Learning enriches Jewish life and grows Jewish identity. The rabbis also teach us that when two people sit together to study Torah, the presence of God rests between them (Pirke Avot 3:3). At Har HaShem, whether you seek more knowledge, a connection to community or spiritual growth, we believe that these opportunities should exist at every age. We offer both formal and informal learning opportunities for our young people and adults.
||Rabbi Ruthie Gelfarb
||Rabbi Fred Greene
Director of Lifelong Learning
Katherine Schwartz, RJE
**2016-2017 Complete Offerings HERE!
Texts of Our Tradition
Monthly Lunch and Learn on Pirkei Avot/Ethics of the Fathers led by Rabbi Fred Greene
Thursdays from 12:30-1:30pm, Dates: January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4.
No Cost. All are welcome. Drop in.
Rabbi Greene will lead a discussion on Pirkei Avot, a collection of ethics, honesty, and advice that offers timeless wisdom. Enjoy a nugget of wisdom with your bag lunch.
Saturday Morning Torah Study and Minyan led by Rabbi Greene and guest leaders
Saturday mornings, 9-10:00am; No Cost.
Torah is our greatest gift! But it isn’t reserved just for rabbis. It is accessible and inspirational to all. Young and not-so-young, experienced and new-comers, all are welcome to explore the Torah portion of the week with Rabbi Greene and volunteers who will take turns to explore the Truths to help make meaning in our lives.
Sacred Transition: Jewish Approaches to Death and Dying; A Panel Discussion with Boulder's Rabbis
March 5; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Location: Boulder JCC.
Come and learn from some of our local Rabbis as they teach time-honored Jewish customs and perspectives regarding death and dying. Hear from local funeral directors about what Boulder now offers and about our Boulder community's Sacred Burial Society, the Chevra Kaddisha which has tended hundreds of families, providing dignified care for their loved ones.
Rabbi Deborah Bronstein will be representing Congregation Har HaShem.
You will learn about:
- What Judaism says about death and the hereafter
- What the Chevreh Kaddisha does and what they can provide
- Local burial options
Bring Your Questions!
Refuat Hanefesh: A Healing of the Spirit – Monthly Spiritual Support Group for Mental Health and Wellness, for People Struggling with Mental Illness, their Family and Friends
Fourth Monday night of the month; 6:30-8:00 p.m.; Drop in. No registration necessary. Cost: Free of charge.
One in every four people in every faith community is affected by a brain disorder. That means 25% of our congregation may need help coping with their own mental health issues or those of a family member or friend. Being a faith community automatically means being compassionate and being a channel for what is holy or sacred. Over the last year, we have sponsored a monthly support group that is open to Har HaShem members and members of the wider Jewish community. We offer a safe and loving place where people can meet confidentially and openly name how their spiritual life/faith can help with mental health challenges. In our discussions, we share and hear how faith and reliance on a Higher Power can be helpful in coping with brain disorders. Facilitators for the meetings are Rabbi Deborah Ruth Bronstein and Dr. Susan Ollar, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
Rabbi Bronstein came to Har HaShem in 1994 and served as the senior rabbi for 21 years. She is now the Rabbi Emerita. Rabbi Bronstein is a member of the board of the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness and has been engaged, within the congregation and in the community, with people who struggle with mental health issues.
Dr. Ollar is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar illness, chronic illness, and pain management. She also provides evaluations and treatment of cognitive problems including dementias and other neurological disorders. Dr. Ollar is a member of the American Psychological Association and is on the Medical Staff of Boulder Community Health. For more information, visit her website at: www.BoulderIntegrativePsychology.com.
Contemplative Shabbat Experience
Saturday mornings from 10:15 - 11:45 am, Dates: January 21, February 18, April 22, May 20. No Cost. All are welcome. Drop in.
Our contemplative Shabbat service, led by Rabbi Ruth Gelfarb, offers a slower paced and more meditative approach to prayer. Anchored in the traditional liturgy, the contemplative service incorporates guided meditations, silence, soulful melodies and chants, and text study. The contemplative service is an opportunity to explore a different mode of Jewish spirituality that relates to Shabbat as a day of rest and renewal. Accessible to those without a strong Hebrew background. All are welcome.
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
Tuesday, May 30
Save the date for late night learning with Rabbi Greene and other Boulder rabbis.
Adult Hebrew with Stuart Feinhor
Ever sit in services and feel a little lost or just wish you knew more? In this class, we'll learn the aleph-bet and slowly start reading and understanding prayers and blessings we recite at Shabbat services. We learn together, at your pace. This class is taught by Stuart Feinhor, who has played many teaching roles at Har HaShem over the years.
How Can Prayer Lead Me to a Better Life?
If we set our intentions for each prayer experience, we can open our hearts and minds to wonder, awe, gratitude and shalom. Along with Cantorial Soloist Berman, learn how to use prayer to broaden your mind and heart, connecting us to God and each other.
Arts and Culture
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Past Classes 2016-2017:
IKAR: The Essentials of Judaism
ELUL: Selichot Study and Service: Sin and Forgiveness in the 21st Century
ELUL: High Holy Day Music Experience; Singing and Spirituality: Music Speaks to Our Souls
ELUL - The Book of Life with Rabbi Morey Schwartz
Yom Kippur Afternoon Study Sessions
A Taste of Melton
Symposium on Spirituality and the Environment
Our Master Stories: How the Books of Genesis and Exodus Can Shape Our Lives