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Weekly Events

Adult Education During Musaf
(after the Rabbi’s sermon) on Saturdays

Talmud with David Richman
Sundays, 8:50 am, no charge  

Mah Jongg
Saturdays, ~1:30—3:00 pm, no charge, Library

Lunch & Learn Short Story
Discussion Wednesdays, Noon–1:00 pm, Library. Contact Naomi for readings, dairy brown bag lunch if desired.

Israeli Dancing
Practice and learn Israeli Dancing, Wednesdays, 7:00 pm. Contact Joan Saliman:,  303/759‐5549

Tuesdays, 9:30 am, $10 per class, GYC

Mondays, 9:30 am, GYC, no charge


Studying and Storying Torah: guided by Cherie Karo Schwartz: Storyteller, Author and Educator
Every Friday, 11:00 am, beginning June 2

“Turn it and turn it again”, says Reb ben Bag Bag. Come on a weekly journey into the parasha ha shavuah to explore the inner stories of Torah. One word can lead to opening worlds of meaning, and one line can lead to powerful connections. This program, in English, will let you discover with each other ancient interpretations, new insights and personal connections to our never-ending story of Torah. Jewish stories may be interwoven within the sessions. Come with open eyes and ready to receive: from Sinai and from each other.

Biography: Cherie Karo Schwartz
Storyteller, Author and Educator, Cherie has shared worldwide Jewish tales of wishes, wonder and wisdom with people from throughout the country and abroad for over four decades, including teaching, performances, keynotes, and mentoring . She is co-founding coordinator of the international Jewish Storytelling Network. Cherie has authored My Lucky Dreidel, The Kids’ Catalog of Passover, and her adult book Circle Spinning: Jewish Turning and Returning Tales. She is on the faculty pf the Jewish Spiritual Education adult maggid ordination program. Cherie is part of the Shir Hadash minyan.

Meditation with Regina Topelson
Monday mornings, 9:30 am, GYC
Meditation is an ancient practice shown to enhance our days, reduce stress, manage pain, and increase coping skills. Join me for this ongoing, guided meditation to cultivate awareness, empathy, and self-compassion. Please bring a pillow or cushion to sit on if you wish to use the floor, otherwise chairs will be available. No charge. RSVP appreciated to Naomi.
Vinyasa Yoga and Mindfulness classes
Tuesdays, 9:30 am, Goldberger Center (across the street from the main HEA building)
Looking for a way to relax, rejuvenate, and re-center at the beginning of your day? We are offering an all-levels vinyasa-style yoga class. Open to all levels of practice, experience, and fitness, the classes will focus on mindfulness and emotional-awareness. Please bring a yoga mat (some mats can be provided) and water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. Cost: $10/class or $50 for all 6. Taught by Talia Salzberg Horowitz, LCSW, RYT-200. RSVP appreciated to Naomi.
Feldenkrais with Shira Salzberg
Every Friday, 10:00 am

Beginning June 2. $10/class, $40 for 5 classes, $75 for 10 classes (this pass may also be used for yoga classes).

Membership Appreciation Night
Monday, May 22, 6:00 pm, Yak and Yeti restaurant 9755 E Hampden Ave. Denver, 80231

Come join the HEA community for an evening out. This is an event to celebrate YOU! We will be getting together at the Yak and Yeti restaurant. There will be appetizers and drinks and as a special treat, music will be provided by HEA community members. There is no charge to attend. For more information contact Robyn Ronen, or Mona Jacobson

HEA Sisterhood Cook and Drash: What to Cook for Shavuot
Wednesday, May 24, 6:30-9:30 pm

Ever wonder what to make for the Jewish holidays? Want to learn about the women behind the holidays? Look no further—Sisterhood is here to help! Join us for our new 5-part Cook and Drash series! You'll get to make and bring home a holiday treat and learn more about the holiday itself. We'll make cheesecake and while it's baking, we'll enjoy wine and cheese and have a drash on the Book of Ruth. There will be no cost for these sessions, but RSVPs to are necessary so we are sure to have enough cooking ingredients. Stay tuned for other Cook and Drash sessions for Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim and Pesach.

The Jews of Sudan with Carlos Zarur
Thursday, May 25, 7:15 pm

Documentaries and lectures: $10 per class. RSVP to Naomi is appreciated.

Latin American Havura Potluck Shabbat Dinner
Friday, May 26, 7:30 pm, GYC

After the successful Latin-American Havura first meeting, the group will meet again for Kiddush and Shabbat Latin-American Dairy Potluck dinner. RSVP to

Hike Alderfer/3 Sisters
Sunday, May 28, meet at HEA parking lot, 8:00 am

A moderate 6 mile loop

Tikkun Leil Shavuot—Tuesday, May 30
Finding Meaning in Saturday Morning Services

6:15 pm—Dairy dinner, $12/person, RSVP to Naomi by May 25
7 pm—Discussion with Rabbi Gruenwald and Cantor Goldstein
7:50 pm—Maariv
8:15 pm—Sessions with Rabbi Gruenwald or Cantor Goldstein
9:15 pm—Snack
9:45—Jewish Meditation with Rabbi Anat Moskowitz

Shavuot Services
Wednesday, May 31: 9:00 am
Thursday, June 1: 9:00 am (Yizkor ~11:00 am)

HEA Movie Night: The Children of Chabannes
Tuesday, June 6, 7:15 pm

From 1939 to 1942, in the village of Chabannes in central France, more than 400 Jewish children were hidden, schooled, and ultimately saved through the heroic efforts of the school's director and teachers and of Jewish rescue organizations that first got the children there. In 1996, two of the teachers and the children and their families reunite.

Nashira! Let Us Sing! Kabbalat Shabbat service and community dinner
Friday, June 9, 6:15 pm

$18/adult 15+; $15/child 7‐ 14; $10/child 4 ‐ 6, under 4 free. A musical service to the melodies of Reb Shlomo Carlebach accompanied by instruments! RSVP for dinner to Naomi. Please include the names of all people included in your reservations and ages of children under 15. Please let us know if you need a vegetarian meal, and if there are people you would like to be seated with.

Jewish Horoscopes
Tuesday, June 13, 5:30 pm

Join us for wine and cheese and a look at the Jewish
horoscope system. No charge, RSVP to Naomi by Monday, June 12. Co-sponsored by Kavod on the Road.

Pride Events

Pride Shabbat—Friday, June 16, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Celebrate Pride Shabbat with your Denver Jewish Community! Egalitarian Shabbat service followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner. Stay tuned for more details on the dinner.

Pride March—Sunday, June 18
8:30 am: assemble at Jewish community area in Cheesman Park
9:30 am: march in support of the LGBTQ community

PrideFest—Sunday, June 18, After the march until 6:00 pm
We are looking for volunteers to sit at the Jewish community booth for 2 hour shifts during PrideFest. Contact Naomi.

Book of Samuel II Study
Third Sunday of every month: June 18, 6:30 pm

Taught by Martin Sicker, Library, no charge. A detailed exploration of the Book of Samuel based on the Masoretic text and ancient and modern exegesis.
Judaism in the 21st Century Discussion Group
Monday, June 19, 7:00 pm, HEA Library

Led by Professor (ret) Alex Maller, this discussion group intended to help clarify the meaning of Modern Judaism in the new century. This group is open to all.

Family Shabbat Potluck in the Park
Join us for games, connection and Shabbat! Check back here for more information.

Jewish Roots of West Denver at Denver Public Library
More than 100 years ago, West Colfax was developed as the residential and commercial home of Denver's original Jewish population. Today you can be a part of the West Side Jewish Roots Projects at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales branch of the Denver Public Library at West Colfax and Irving. We are looking for your West Side memorabilia as well as your financial support to create this important one-of-a-kind installation. This is also a wonderful way to honor or memorialize your loved ones with a donation to the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation and the Jewish Roots Project. For more information, contact Community Liaison Judy Joseph at

Please call the office if you or a loved one needs accommodations to participate in any programs or events.


HEA Family Connection

HEA Family Connection engages Jewish families with children ages 2-10 (PS – 3rd grade) in meaningful Jewish experiences that enhance their family life, foster Jewish identity, create lasting community, and deepen their connection to HEA. Click HERE.

Project Hineini

Creating a community of caring at the HEA To volunteer for any of the opportunities listed below contact Naomi Kirshner at or 303-758-9400 x213

Hesed Society Meal Train
Cook for and deliver meals to people with short term needs. Kosher or non-kosher kitchens okay.

Hesed Meal Train Coordinators
We need 6-12 people to each take a month to coordinate arranging for meals as needed. This will all done by email. Joyce Perlmutter, Assistant to the Rabbis, would contact you when meals are needed.

Shiva Minyan Leaders
We need people throughout the Metro Denver area to lead shiva minyans when clergy are not able. Great familiarity with services is necessary, further training will be provided.

Shiva Minyan Makers
Periodically there are not enough adults to form a minyan at a shiva home. We need people throughout the Metro Denver area who are willing to be on call to help make a minyan.

Shiva Minyan Set Up
On rare occasions a family or individual needs assistance setting up their home for shiva minyans and for visitation after burial. Must have daytime availability.

Shabbat Calls
Calling one of our most senior members every Friday to wish them a Shabbat Shalom.

Bikur Holim—Visiting the sick
Volunteers would spend time with members who are in need of visitors. This may be a long-term commitment, for example with a homebound person, or a shorter-term commitment, for example with someone in a rehabilitation center. This is a selective process entailing meeting with the rabbis and mandatory trainings.

Tikkun Olam-Repairing the world: Social action at the HEA
Contact Naomi Kirshner at or 303-758-9400 x213 for more information.

Rabbi Gruenwald's Rosh Hashanah Sermon: Hineini – Embracing the Moment and One Another

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