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Rabbi's Series

  Journey Through the Jewish Holidays
January 4: 7:00-8:30 p.m. ZOOM 
Rabbi Gruenwald will lead us through the history, theology, traditions, and customs of the upcoming holidays, and discuss innovative ways to celebrate and honor them. Please feel free to register for any of the sessions.


Weekly Classes
Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Gruenwald
Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. ZOOM
How might lessons and values from the Torah help us as individuals and as a society to thrive in an increasingly fractured and chaotic world? In this ongoing study group, we will explore and discuss the weekly Torah portion (parasha), using traditional and contemporary commentaries. Have a Bible/Humash handy, other texts will be shared on-screen and available for download. Class will meet on Zoom weekly on Tuesdays, 12 noon – 12:45 pm through the end of May 2022. Please feel free to register for any of the sessions. 


   Shabbat Musaf Classes
Saturdays 11:15 a.m. IN-PERSON at the HEA library
A weekly Musaf - Shabbat class led by various rabbis and scholars on the Parasha. Registration not required. Please feel free to attend any of the sessions.
December 11: Rabbi Mark Fasman
December 18: Rabbi Marlene Richter

December 25: Rabbi Doug Weber


  Talmud with David Richman
Sundays at 9:00 a.m. ZOOM
This class learns the tractate of the Talmud known as Berachot, which discusses various aspects of the prayer services. We learn from copies of the pages from the Steinsaltz version, which is printed in the original text with a Hebrew translation in the margin. Although newcomers are welcome, we will be resuming in the middle of Chapter 3 of the tractate. Please feel free to register for any of the sessions.


  T'filah Hebrew with Rabbi Grinsteiner

Tuesdays 9:15-10:00 a.m. ZOOM 
We treasure our prayer rituals and the sacred word, but we don’t always understand what we say. In T’filah Hebrew we will attempt to understand the general meaning and intention of the prayer through the understanding of the literal Hebrew words. We will learn to identify reoccurring verbs, propositions and other grammatical rules that will help us navigate the Hebrew with better ease. Ability to read Hebrew is a prerequisite. Please feel free to register for any of the sessions.

Beginning Hebrew with Rabbi Grinsteiner
Thursdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. ZOOM 

This course is for everyone who ever wanted to converse in Hebrew! This 12 lesson series is designed for beginners and will cover basic and entry level Hebrew.  However, the ability to read Hebrew is a prerequisite for the class.  Please feel free to register for any of the sessions. 


  Torah Trope with Mallory Bustow

Thursdays 12:15-1:15 p.m. IN-PERSON at the HEA library & ZOOM
Learn to read (leyn) Torah! We will learn about why Torah is read with cantillation (trope), and then learn the trope itself. Each student will learn a short (3-4 verse) aliyah to read at Shabbat morning services in late 2021 or early 2022 (recordings will be provided for studying). Mallory is an experienced Jewish educator who is currently pursuing a Master in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has tutored b'nai mitzvah students at the HEA since 2017 and serves as Ritual Coordinator for the congregation, teaching and supporting lay leaders in reading Torah. You will often find Mallory layning (reading from the) Torah on Shabbat mornings. She has learned 5 of the 6 musical systems for cantillation (trope) -- Torah, Haftarah, Esther, Eicha, and High Holiday -- as well as Shirat HaYam, and looks forward to learning Regalim soon. A lifelong member of the HEA, Mallory learned Torah and Haftarah trope from Cantor Marty Goldstein. Please feel free to register for any of the sessions.

HEA Educator's Series

    Family & Parenting with Rabbi Ginsberg-Margo
Navigating the December Dilemma * December 13: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. ZOOM
The December Dilemma is that time of year where multiple holidays collide and people with good intentions can find themselves in the middle of potentially toxic misunderstandings. This phenomenon occurs in workplaces and schools across America, and can also have impact on global workplaces. Rabbi Ginsberg-Margo will lead a conversation about the differences between celebration and observance, understand the origin and meaning that is imparted via symbols, rituals, traditions, and how to recognize similarities and acknowledging differences in various traditions. Register HERE


  Sacred Texts with Rabbi Weber: Judges
Tuesday, December 14: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. ZOOM & IN-PERSON at the HEA library
"Trigger Warning!!" While the book of Judges/Shoftim is replete, (indeed sumptuously stuffed) with tales of unrestrained violence and attitudes toward women, sexuality and non-Jews greatly at odds with most contemporary sensibilities, the final chapters are especially. The book seems to have two conclusions.  We'll read together the final chapters, starting with the especially troublesome chapter 19 and schmooze over what, if any, spiritual or  other insights we might extract from this bloody mess. Register


  Cooking with Albert Cohen
Wednesday, December 15: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. ZOOM
Albert Cohen graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He caters a variety of kosher events throughout the Denver-metro area, including private events, dinners, b’nai mitzvahs, Shabbat dinners, kiddushes, weddings, corporate events, meals to go and many more. The food is prepared in the kosher kitchen at the HEA. Register


     Life Stories with Amy Schinagel
Thursday, December 16: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ZOOM & IN-PERSON at the GYC building
Please join us in conversation with Amy Kaufman Schinagel as she details her life experiences as a citizen of Venezuela, daughter of Cuban Jewish Zionist parents, and granddaughter of Polish Jews. Amy will also discuss her involvement with the Jewish Community, Macabi Tzair youth movement and passion for Israel.
Amy is Director of Investor Relations at Israel Investment Advisors, married, the mother of three Denver Jewish Day School students, a software engineer and an educator at heart. Register


    Issues of Our Times
Melting pot vs. Multiculturalism 
Wednesday, January 5: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ZOOM
In cooperation with Itai Divinsky of Jewish Colorado, this course will focus on the themes of Israeli demographics, diversity of Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis and the integration of different groups such as the Mizrahi, Ethiopians and Arabs. Register


   Issues of Our Times
Israel - Start-up Nation 
Wednesday, January 12: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ZOOM
In cooperation with Itai Divinsky of Jewish Colorado, this course follows themes presented in the book Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle by Dan Senor & Saul Singer, including the interdependence between the Israeli and global economy and what this means for Israel geopolitically. Register

   Issues of Our Times
Early Zionist Approaches to the Existing Arab Population
Monday, January 24 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ZOOM
The Zionist Movement often saw Israel as a “land without a people” for a “people without a land”. And yet, there were many Arab-Palestinian communities throughout the Land of Israel. This raised the question for early Zionists: Should Palestinian Arabs be seen as partners or enemies in the quest to build a Jewish State? In this session, we’ll explore two competing Zionist approaches to this question and how their respective ideologies can be seen in the contemporary conversation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    About the speaker: 

Lauren Cohen Fisher is the Director of Israel Education for Hillel International, where she developed Masterclass: Israel, a training fellowship for Hillel Professionals across North America, and Kol Yisrael, a 6-week learning cohort about Israel that is slated to reach its 1000th student this year. Lauren has been recognized as a national leader in Israel education, integrating history with narrative to explore the values animating today’s landscape. Outside of her work at Hillel, Lauren is a member of the Jewish Studies faculty at Colby College and an Israel education consultant for the Foundation for Jewish Camps, BBYO, Makom, and Moishe House. Lauren received her BA in Government from Colby College and her MA in Political Science from Tel Aviv University. When not “in the office,” Lauren can be found camping, reading Mary Oliver, or looking forward to her next family Zoom call. Register HERE


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