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How to Live Jewishly Where There Are Few Jews

12/03/2018 09:18:45 AM

Dec3

Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith

My phone rang one spring afternoon during the first year I served as the rabbi in Dothan, AL. You will have to imagine the Southern accent that greeted me when I answered.

“Rabbah, this is Leon. I’m going to Montgomery to get some Passover food Barbra and I need. I thought I would pick up the supplies for the seder for the congregation. Do you want to come with me?”

That...Read more...

I Will Not Yield My Hope

11/05/2018 05:36:20 PM

Nov5

To our Har HaShem community: Last Shabbat, hundreds of people come into our Sanctuary to stand in solidarity, in prayer and in mourning. The Torah Read more...

Consolation for our Community this Shabbat

10/27/2018 06:56:18 PM

Oct27

Rabbi Fred Greene

At Torah study this morning, we were focusing on the themes of living with our eyes wide open so that we can live fully. It was a meaningful conversation filled with sharing and laughter. Little did we know that another shooting was taking place, this time at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.  

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Shmira, A Unique Path to Fulfillment

10/25/2018 08:20:34 PM

Oct25

Doug Sparks

Doug Sparks, our congregant, shares his reflections on sitting shmira — accompanying a deceased person from the moment of death until burial — one of the most honourable traditions in Judaism. If his experience inspires you to learn more or to assist the Boulder Chevra Kadisha, please contact Doug at...Read more...

These Relationships Nourish My Soul

09/18/2018 08:00:00 PM

Sep18

Greg Frost, President

I am a Jew by choice. I am a member of HHS by choice. I am the president of this congregation by choice. These choices are part of my Jewish journey, a journey guided and nurtured by HHS and its values. In the coming weeks, you’ll be hearing more about the vision statement adopted by HHS’s Board. Tonight I’ll tell you how my family has lived the values embodied by this vision. 

With my former wife Elaine and our two...Read more...

I Wait All Year for This Moment - The Neilah Service

09/12/2018 09:40:46 AM

Sep12

Rabbi Fred Greene

There is a dramatic moment in our liturgy that I wait for all year long. It is the final service in the late afternoon on Yom Kippur called Neilah. Neilah means “locking.” The idea is that the Gates of Repentance are closing and these are the last few moments available to us to do the important work of teshuvah – turning/returning/repentance. The intensity is so strong that it actually makes me feel like my very life depends on...Read more...

As the Days of Awe Aproach

08/29/2018 03:17:07 PM

Aug29

Rabbi Fred Greene

Our Days of Awe are constructed to challenge us. It is that simple. To get out of our own ways and find a renewed sense of purpose in our lives and a renewed relationship with God.

Recently, I have had a lot of conversations with different congregants about their feelings about God. They have shared questions, challenges, objections, and arguments. Nevertheless, among them I have seen a real, heartfelt desire to connect with God. They...Read more...

Groups House Formerly Homeless

08/20/2018 10:05:16 AM

Aug20

Shay Castle, Staff Writer of Boulder Daily Camera


Nonprofit CEO: 'We want this to be a model for property owners'

Misti Doyle doesn't remember the last time she had proper housing. She used to live with family, until one night, when they decided to get high. Doyle didn't feel like joining in, so they handed her $20 and sent her out into a snowstorm. She was homeless in Longmont for awhile, and spent the past year living at Bridge House, participating in its Ready to Work...Read more...

D'var Torah: Parshat Re'eh

08/08/2018 01:56:54 PM

Aug8

Lori Nichols

The book of Deuteronomy gives us 3 sermons by Moses to the people of Israel, restating God’s commands originally given to the Israelites some forty years earlier in Exodus and Leviticus. This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Re'eh, is from the 2nd of those sermons and begins with the classic statement, "See, this day I set before you a blessing and a curse" - a blessing if the people obey God's commandments and a...Read more...

Actions To Protect Refugees

07/20/2018 10:28:38 AM

Jul20

Rabbi Fred Greene

Last night, I heard the sound file on the news where a young child was crying out, "Papa! Papa!" It was heartbreaking. I knew I needed to write to you.

President Trump's tweet that immigrants will "infest our Country" echoes the antisemitsm of Shoah where Nazis described Jews as rats carrying contagion. I also hear the echo of Pharaoh in the first chapter of Exodus, when the newly emerged Pharaoh who didn't know Joseph was...Read more...

Can We Have God and Science?

07/20/2018 09:41:37 AM

Jul20

Rabbi Lynn Goldsmith

There are some drawbacks to getting older. Getting up in the morning and having to really think about moving because we are so stiff, or the sudden realization that we have lived more life than we have yet to live. But there are perks, like senior discounts.  Getting a Senior cup of coffee at McDonalds seems like such a savings when we get change back from our dollar.  One of the least well known senior...Read more...

What We Grow on Kibbutz Tzofim, OSRUI

07/10/2018 03:00:24 PM

Jul10

Rabbi Fred Greene and Geoffrey Prass

On any kibbutz in Israel, there are a wide variety of crops and animals, like on many farms. In recent decades, they have even grown beyond agriculture and have created industries and products that support their communities.

At OSRUI, our little kibbutz has a lovely gan (garden), a refet (which is a “dairy,” but at OSRUI, it is our collection of sheep, goats, hens and a very loud rooster)....Read more...

Bridge House and Har HaShem Partner to Address Boulder's Affordable Housing Crisis

07/09/2018 04:30:52 PM

Jul9

Alan Halpern

Beginning in August, Bridge House and Congregation Har HaShem will partner to provide housing to six successful graduates of Bridge House's award-winning Ready to Work program. Bridge House will rent two houses owned by Har HaShem and managed by Boulder Property Management. The rooms will be sublet to graduates of Ready to Work with full-time, mainstream jobs who will also receive aftercare case management. Bridge House will provide a subsidy...Read more...

From Generation to Generation: Learning Life Lessons at Camp, OSRUI

06/26/2018 03:01:55 PM

Jun26

Dr. Katherine Schwartz and Rabbi Ari Margolis

Dreaming of possibilities, testing hypotheses, picking ourselves up through adversity, pushing ourselves to grow, making connections, learning Torah, having fun.  

These are experiences we want our young people to acquire.  And what a great environment camp is to learn them! The chanichim (campers) are together with each other 24 hours a day.  They look to their madrichim (counselors) to learn those...Read more...

Wedding Officiation: Do I Or Don't I? I Do.

06/23/2017 12:03:43 PM

Jun23

Rabbi Fred Greene

I write to share some recent reflections relating to a question that I received in every single encounter during my interview process: Will you officiate at a wedding between a Jew and a non-Jew?

At the time, I described feeling like I was standing at a crossroad. In my previous 16 years as a rabbi, I had committed to never reject or condemn couples who chose to intermarry, but I felt unable to officiate where one...Read more...

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