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Adult Education

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.

For information about Adult Jewish Enrichment offerings, contact Katherine Schwartz, RJE, Director of Lifelong Learning at (303) 499-7077 ext. 112 or

Intro to Tikkun Middot

Thursday, August 5, 7:00pm
Led by Rabbi Ruthie Gelfarb and Congregant Jeff Tatelman

An Introduction to Mussar and Becoming Our Better Selves Together

Har HaShem is launching its 7th Tikkun Middot group in September. This 10 month group is comprised of a small, diverse group of congregants. Participants meet monthly from September—May and follow a structured curriculum which gently supports participants in developing their soul traits/character traits/middot. Participants learn to chant and meditate while studying in paired learning and attending a monthly discussion group. Come learn what it is all about & hear from congregants who share how the Tikkun Middot group has changed their lives for the better.

Tikkun Middot 1.0

Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:15pm, monthly
9/22, 10/27, 11/17, 12/15, 1/12, 2/16, 3/9, 4/13, 5/18, 6/8
Led by Rabbi Ruthie Gelfarb and Congregant Jeff Tatelman

In a small supportive group, participants learn about, discuss and develop their middot (soul traits). Our structured curriculum includes a monthly group meeting, meditation, chanting, journaling and paired learning. 

Introduction to Jewish Meditation Workshop

Thursday, September 30; 7:00-8:30pm
Led by Rabbi Ruthie Gelfarb and Congregant Alyssa Frank-Martin

Want to learn more about Jewish meditation? Considering signing up for the Awakening the Soul course? This workshop will begin with a presentation exploring and addressing:

  1. Why is meditation helpful?
  2. What is Jewish meditation? What is Jewish about meditation?
  3. How do I meditate?

Meditation instruction will be offered and participants will practice different meditations. Participants will leave with resources to take home. This workshop is open to experienced and beginning meditators.

Awakening the Soul: An Introduction to Jewish Meditation

Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm, monthly
MULTI ACCESS (in person and online)
10/28, 11/11, 12/16, 1/27, 2/24, 3/31, 4/14, 5/19, 6/9
Led by Rabbi Ruthie Gelfarb and Congregant Alyssa Frank-Martin

Have you ever asked yourself: How do I meditate? How do I keep up a practice? Why is it so hard for me to sit still for an extended period of time? Why do people always talk about how wonderful it is to meditate? 

This monthly class will help you connect with others around your meditation practice.  

Kabbalah Reading Group

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm

This group meets to read and discuss The Zohar and Rabbi Kaplan's book Inner Space. Our discussion will center on Jewish mysticism generally and as applied in every day life. This will be a continuation of the study introduced by Professor Dan Matt during his visit last year. 

Check dates and get the Zoom link on our calendar

Adult Education Calendar

Tue, July 27 2021 18 Av 5781