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Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald

Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald joined the HEA clergy in July 2008, shortly after his ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. His previous experience includes serving as the rabbinic intern at Congregation Bnai Israel in Tustin, California, and as a chaplain at UCLA Medical Center. Rabbi Gruenwald directed the Lishma Program at Camp Ramah in California for two years and taught on the faculty of Los Angeles Hebrew High for 4 years. He holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from UC Irvine, an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in Rabbinic Studies from the American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism).

Rabbi Gruenwald was raised in southern California and is the son of Jewish immigrants from Peru. He and his wife, Melanie, have three children: Yaakov "Koby" (z"l), Hannah, and Micah.

 

Rabbi Sarah Shulman

Rabbi Sarah Shulman Rabbi Shulman is passionate about community building through Jewish educational experiences. She was ordained as a Conservative Rabbi with dual Masters degrees in Education and Rabbinic Studies from American Jewish University. Originally from Seattle, Rabbi Shulman attended Stanford University, where she received a B.A. in Human Biology and Creative Writing.

Rabbi Shulman has worked in several different congregations and Jewish organizational settings throughout her career before founding Camp Ramah in Northern California. She has fond memories of living in Denver and being a part of the HEA community a decade ago when she worked as a hospital chaplain, the Director of Community Education for Hazon, and the Assistant Director of Ramah in the Rockies.  She also has an impressive athletic background, having competed in IRONMAN world championships and other ultra-endurance events as an accomplished swimmer, runner, and cyclist.

Rabbi Shulman lives in Denver with her husband Nate and their daughters Lielle and Meital.

 

 

Rabbi Bruce Dollin
Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Dollin served as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Hebrew Educational Alliance from 1994 to 2022. After his retirement in August 2022, he was named Rabbi Emeritus of the congregation. 

Before moving to Denver, he served as the spiritual leader of Adath Shalom in Dover, New Jersey for eight years. 

Rabbi Dollin received rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1986, receiving a master's degree in Judaic Studies at the same time. He previously spent a year in Israel studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1982-83). The rabbi holds a bachelor’s degree in Judaic Literature from the University of Judaism, received in 1982, and completed his undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Santa Clara in 1980 magna cum laude. 

Rabbi Dollin has held leadership positions in a variety of local and national Jewish organizations including the Central Agency for Jewish Education both in Denver and MetroWest, New Jersey. He has served twice as President of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Counsel, served on the Boards of the Denver Jewish Community Center and Jewish Colorado. He served on the National Council of AIPAC and the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism. 

Rabbi Dollin is married to Tamra Dollin who is herself a distinguished Jewish communal professional who currently works for the Grinspoon Foundation in its Life and Legacy Department. They have four adult children, Yoni, Shai (Rebecca), Kivi (Michelle) and Aviva (Ryan). 

 

 

Eitan Kantor
Musical Director

Eitan Kantor joined the HEA team in 2022 after completing Artist Residencies at Congregation B'nai Amoona (St. Louis, MO) and Hadar's Rising Song Institute (Philadelphia, PA). Eitan channels music through his fiddle, his singing voice and the collective singing voice of the community. His music is rooted in musical traditions of Eastern Europe and sends branches skyward towards the potential of the present moment. Employing organizing skills as well as performance background, Eitan uses the unifying power of group song and dance to galvanize crowds into action. Eitan’s teachers include Joey Weisenberg, Rabbi Yosef Goldman, Jake Shulman-Ment, Cantor Sharon Nathanson, Dot Levine and Matt Plenk. Eitan is a co-organizer of Festo Festo, Denver's monthly Klezmer and Balkan concert and jam session. He performs at each Festo Festo event with his band, Upsherin. 
 
Eitan holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University and he worked in the City of Boulder's Community Relations Office before deciding to focus on music full-time. 

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