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Celebrate the Holy Days

09/01/2020 02:09:14 PM


Rabbi Fred Greene

Holli and I will livestream Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services from our sanctuary simultaneously to  Zoom, Facebook Live, and our website. Please pre-register if you wish to join us on Zoom. We have limited capacity, and we’ll need to know attendance in order to upgrade our account, if necessary. Read more...

JTREE Boulder

08/17/2020 01:34:30 PM


Climate change was such a concern for one local Boulderite that she felt it needed to be included in her D'var Torah. In a recent interview, Natasha Dickson and her mother Lisa Sundell, talked about the connection between a 13th Mitzvah and JTree.

Natasha’s interest emerged at the same time that Lisa saw JTree information in the Har Hashem newsletter. The connection was made of both passion and purpose, and the JTree donation link...Read more...

Update on In-Person Programming

08/10/2020 09:33:19 AM


Marianne Balin, President

Our goal is to balance our community’s spiritual and emotional needs against potential risks to our health during the COVID pandemic. We’re being guided by science, data, and the recommendations of public health officials viewed through the lens of Judaism’s ethical teachings to protect life. Read more...

I'm happy to say that we are living our vision...

06/30/2020 10:11:05 AM


Greg Frost

We are Congregation Har HaShem. We create meaning in our lives...through Jewish practice.Read more...

Your best will be good enough

05/15/2020 12:03:23 PM


Ira Greschler, Immediate Past President

A d'var Torah for the board: Just like Jacob and his sons, I know that you are all up to this. You are all strong, smart, educated, experienced, and ready to lead. Jacob’s household was 70 when he went down to Egypt, they became a great nation. Har HaShem can be a great institution in American Reform Judaism, you can help lead the way.Read more...

Earth Day

04/20/2020 09:02:35 AM


Becky O'Brien

While Earth Day activities are only online this year, there are many great ways to help protect the planet! Here are resources and activities we can do now.Read more...

Celebrating B'not Mitzvah online

03/31/2020 11:04:09 AM


As Zoey Mandelbaum and Amelia Protas approached their b'not mitzvah on March 21, they and their families reimagined the celebration and found meaning and connection in deep and unexpected ways.Read more...

Sabbath of Social Distance

03/13/2020 04:33:22 PM


Shabbat Shalom In this moment, when we seek community and security, we will gather online to share a little light, a little joy, a little Shabbat. May we find hope, health and wholeness especially in this uncertain moment. May we find connection, even when the times call for distance.  This week, may we find new ways to make space for Shabbat.Read more...

Building closed.

03/12/2020 06:30:51 PM


Alan Halpern, Rabbi Greene, Greg Frost

We are closing our building tomorrow evening and moving services and programs online by streaming, virtual meetings or other means.Read more...

Covid Update

03/11/2020 06:09:51 PM


Alan Halpern, Greg Frost, Rabbi Greene

We are suspending onegs, food at Torah study and Beit Cafe. We stream services on Friday and Saturday. We are developing ways for groups to meet virtually.Read more...

A picture is worth 1000 words...

02/26/2020 10:16:41 AM


Alan Halpern, Executive Director

Our new logo represents our aspirations, our real and hoped for diversity, openness, and evolution from the community we are, to the community we wish to be.Read more...

World Zionist Congress Elections

02/19/2020 10:36:18 AM


Dexter Simon

You have a voice in Israel if you vote in the World Zionist Congress elections.Read more...

Women's Leadership in Parashat Shemot

01/16/2020 08:37:51 AM


Melinda Kassen

Parashat Shemot opens with Pharaoh enslaving the Israelites because they are becoming too numerous. When the brave and wily midwives refuse Pharaoh’s command to kill all male Hebrew babies, he tells Egyptians to throw these babies into the Nile instead. Moses’ mom does that herself and Pharaoh’s daughter picks up his basket and raises him as her own in the palace. Moses leaves the Palace one day and comes across an Egyptian beating...Read more...

Vayetze Sermon - Kislev 2019

12/30/2019 10:13:58 AM


Rabbi David Barak-Gorodetsky


This last Yom Kippur, we held a full service at Midreshet Ben-Gurion, the central hub of my community, which is the larger Ramat Hanagev Regional Council. Our Hazan was orthodox, originally from the settlement of Tkoa, home to one of the most renowned peace activists in Israel, Rabbi Menachem Fruman, of blessed memory. Our Kol Nidrei was performed by a female singer from the Mitze Ramon music school, and we...Read more...

Two Important Messages

12/13/2019 08:39:51 AM



As many of you know, Haver, Boulder's Rabbinical Council, has been working with Mountain View Memorial Park for plots in the Jewish area of Read more...

Har HaShem Honored by Bridge House as Landlord of the Year

10/22/2019 09:57:18 AM


Alan Halpern

Roxanne Bailin and Sara-Jane Cohen accepted Bridge Houses's Landlord of the Year Award at Ready to Work's 2019 graduation. The award recognizes the year-old partnership between our congregation and Bridge House to end homelessness by combining existing housing stock, public and private rental subsidies, and case management to help successful Ready to Work graduates find permanent homes.


When is a Surplus not a Surplus?

10/17/2019 09:20:07 AM


Jim Edelman

Never. A surplus is always a surplus. However, a surplus does not mean that you have met all of your financial challenges. A family may make more money than it spends in a year, but it may need to prepare for college expenses or retirement down the road.

Har HaShem is in a similar situation. Last year, we had a surplus of almost $100,000 and added more than $50,000 to our Endowment. Hooray! Congrats to...Read more...

HHS Treasurer to write about money because...why not?

10/16/2019 12:58:04 PM


Jim Edelman


Few of us like to think about finance. Money matters can be intimidating, depressing, and the source of conflict. As a result, many people and organizations try to avoid the whole issue. They can’t. We all evaluate options for big and small financial matters every day. If we do not think them through, we are much more likely to make poor choices, which will make us even more uncomfortable in the...Read more...

Let's Get Real at Yom Kippur...

10/11/2019 10:06:22 AM


Greg Frost, President of Har HaShem Board of Trustees

I’d like to get real with you tonight. During these High Holy Days, we’re challenged to look deep within ourselves, to consider our actions and our relationships over the past year, and to think about how we want the year ahead to be different. What have we done right? Where we can do better? 

Thinking this way might lead us to feel a bit alone and lost. Does anyone really get me? Does anybody understand...Read more...

This Rosh Hashanah, Commit to Joining the Fight Against Climate Change

09/25/2019 12:56:46 PM


Yonatan Malin

The high holidays are a time of personal and communal reckoning. These are the sins we have committed, we recite. Before the beginning of Yom Kippur, even before Kol Nidrei, the prayer leader or shaliach tzibbur recites “with the consent of God … we allow ourselves to pray with transgressors.” We are in this together.

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Immigration through a Torah Lens

08/08/2019 09:10:35 AM


Lauren Park

In this week’s Torah portion, Matot & Masei, we find Moses and the children of Israel about to enter the Promised Land. Over the past 8 weeks, we have recounted their turbulent journey through the wilderness, their search for safety and security, their search for home. And now they are standing on the eastern bank of the Jordan River – the doorstep of the Land of Israel. They have dreamed about this moment for 40 years and they are...Read more...

Fostering Independence in Mosh Aleph at OSRUI

07/17/2019 09:27:44 AM


Dr. Katherine Schwartz, RJE, and Rabbi Ari Margolis

We send kids to summer camp to have fun, make Jewish friends, embark on new experiences and to develop a sense of independence. In Moshavah, our chanichim (campers) choose to go on overnight wilderness trips – hiking, canoeing, biking, or rock climbing. During their travels, they covered miles on the water and on the trail. We witnessed them pushing themselves with a good sense of humor and constant support of one...Read more...

CASA Advocate for Children

07/01/2019 10:10:20 AM


Marianne Balin, Vice President of the Board of Trustees

After retiring, Marianne Balin relocated to Boulder and began volunteering with CASA. This video highlights the impact of her engagement upon one family and on Marianne herself.  Marianne's work with CASA exemplifies Har HaShem's focus on creating change in our communities and inspiring our own growth.

Voices for children CASA--Light of Hope 2019 from Voices for Children CASA on Vimeo.

My Journey Helping SpaceIL's "Apollo Moment"

05/24/2019 09:13:39 AM


Michael Kaplan

It had been four months after I had made Aliyah to Israel when I first met the informal leader of SpaceIL,  Yonatan Weintraub, at the Ilan Ramon Space Conference in Herzliya in January 2011. A mutual friend introduced me to Yonatan, as he felt that after my 30-year career in various leadership positions in the U.S. space program, I could help SpaceIL win the Google Lunar X Prize. At that time, more than 10 teams had formed to...Read more...

Homelessness is an "us" problem...

05/03/2019 08:11:27 AM


Isabel McDevitt, Bridge House CEO

Congregation Har HaShem (HHS), a local synagogue in Boulder, has provided more than 30,000 nights of emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness over 10 years. In 2018, HHS wanted to do more and leverage the housing assets they own – two singleRead more...

Honoring Katherine Schwartz

03/25/2019 10:01:26 AM


Rabbi Fred Greene

Katherine Schwartz has been educating our students and adults, alike, for the past 21 years. She has brought creativity, inspiration, and vitality to our school, youth programs and adult learners. For more than two decades, she has provided meaningful leadership, served as our director when needed, been a mentor to colleagues around the country and so much more.
This year is Katherine’s 25th year...

Message about Mosque Attacks

03/15/2019 12:20:24 PM


Rabbi Fred Greene

In Response to the Attacks on the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand Read more...

Parashat Vayak'hel: How to Make a Big Tent

03/05/2019 05:24:15 PM


Bill Gotthelf

I had this devious plan, that by waiting until 52 to become Bar Mitzvah, I could get away with a small, quiet, low-key service, and spare myself the pressure and anxiety we put the kids through. But my plan didn’t work. And maybe that’s a good thing. Because now I get to experience exactly what the kids do, when they’re asked to share something deeply meaningful, but not yet fully understood, with an overwhelming number of people. And...Read more...

A New Vision for Congregation Har HaShem

02/18/2019 11:45:32 AM


Greg Frost, President, HHS Board of Trustees

Congregation Har HaShem recently adopted a new Vision Statement. Our Vision is the culmination of a year-long process to craft a concise, powerful declaration of Who We Are as Boulder’s Reform Jewish community. I spoke a bit about the Vision during my remarks to the congregation on Kol Nidre. I’d like to share more about my personal connection to this guiding document for our synagogue.    

We create meaning in our...

Faith in Housing

02/08/2019 08:46:24 AM



...Congregation Har HaShem, a Reform synagogue in Colorado, has a long history of providing temporary shelter to the homeless in its community. Like Christ Church, Har HaShem also has two houses on its property, but its partnership includes not only a non-profit agency but also a commercial property manager, with the intent to demonstrate a viable affordable housing model to for-profit landlords in Boulder.

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