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What's Happening at the Hebrew Educational Alliance

February 27, 2020


Friday, February 28
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Preschool Shabbat Sing with Cantor Shayndel Adler, 9:10 a.m., Chapel
Coffee & Conversation (for parents of babies), 9:45 a.m., GYC
Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet with Cantor Shayndel Adler in the upstairs lobby followed by Kabbalat Shabbat worship in the Chapel, 5:30 p.m.
MChY Shabbat Dinner, 6:30 p.m., GYC

Saturday, February 29 (4th-5th Grade Shabbat)
Traditional Service, 9:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Babysitting, 9:00 a.m., Room 201
Shir Hadash, 9:45 a.m., GYC
Jr. Congregation, 10:30 a.m., Room 101/102
Teen Time, 11:00 a.m., Lobby
Adult Education Class with Marlene Richter ~during Musaf, @11:15 a.m., Library
Niggun and Q&A with Cantor Shayndel Adler, 1:00 p.m., Chapel
Mah Jongg and Bridge, 1:30 p.m., Library
Mincha-Maariv, 5:40 p.m., Sanctuary
Youth Group Havdalah, 6:30 p.m., GYC

Featured Events


Cantorial candidate, Cantor Shayndel Adler will be joining us this Shabbat. Here is the schedule:

Friday, February 28

9:10 a.m. HEA Preschool Shabbat Sing in our Chapel
5:30 p.m. Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet in the upstairs lobby followed by Kabbalat Shabbat worship in the Chapel

Shabbat, February 29
Cantor Adler will be at the Shir Hadash worship service and will share a Niggun, a prayer or two and share some kavannah with the congregation. Then she will be at the Traditional worship service around 10:45 or so to offer a d’var Torah message and lead Musaf. After services she will join us in the Social Hall for our Kiddush luncheon.
1:00 p.m. Join us in the Chapel to learn a Niggun from Cantor Adler and to participate in a Q&A session.

Sunday, March 1
9:00 a.m. Cantor Adler will be leading our Religious School Tefilla in the Sanctuary. All are welcome. 

You can listen to Cantor Adler HERE. Please read her bio HERE.


Persian Palace Purim Party- Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 8, 11:00 a.m.

Join the HEAbros for our Purim Carnival where we are taking Purim back to its roots and having a Persian sensory experience. Enjoy traditional carnival games, gaga pit, bouncy castles, obstacle courses, arts and crafts and much, much more! This year, HEA is partnering with the IAC (Israeli American Council) to provide the entire community a wonderful Purim experience. 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Carnival; 12:00 p.m. Special Costume Contest! Register HERE.

2020 PPPP Purim Shpiel! 
Sunday, March 8, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary

The Perpetually Perplexed Purim Players presents the 7th annual Community Purim Shpiel, Shushan! (A Purim story, based on the Golden Age of Broadway). Many HEA members (old and very young) are members of the cast of characters. And, there will be surprise appearances by very familiar faces of the HEA. Please come to cheer (and boo) them on. The shpiel is FREE for the entire community.

Persian Purim Feast
Monday, March 9, 6:15 p.m. (followed by Megillah Reading at 7:30 p.m.)

Join us for a fun-filled Persian feast prepared by Lymone Catering, bringing you an authentic, traditional Persian meal. There will be fun drinks for adults, Purim crafts for children, and festive atmosphere for the entire community at our intergenerational Purim celebration! Tickets HERE.


Nominations are now open for the 2020/21 HEA Board of Directors
The nominating committee is chaired by Bruce Likoff. The committee will be meeting during March to review candidates and to create the slate of directors and officers that will be voted on by the congregation at the annual meeting. If you want to nominate someone (or yourself), who is passionate about the HEA, is serving (or has recently served) on a synagogue committee or is otherwise actively working on behalf of the HEA (e.g., part of the planning team for major events), and who should be considered to be on the Board of Directors, please write to Bruce Likoff or Laura Intfen by March 11. Any nominated individuals will be asked to write a summary of why they would be a good candidate for the HEA board and answer a few questions prior to being considered by the nominating committee. Thank you for engaging in this process.

Cast Your Vote for Mercaz, the official slate of the conservative movement in the upcoming World Zionist Congress election. To learn more and pledge to vote, text 'VOTE' to 917-336-1162 or visit Voting ends Wednesday, March 11.


JNF Tree Planting Campaign
We are excited to participate in JNF’s Tu B'Shevat in the Schools Tree Sale campaign. Planting a tree in Israel is a wonderful way to celebrate and observe Tu B'Shevat. Please help us reach our school’s campaign goal by making your tree purchase today HERE.

Upcoming Events

Sunday Morning Talk and Teach Series for Adults at 11:00 a.m.
Join us for informal adult education classes led by different teachers on a variety of topics on Religious School Sundays. Open to all adults and perfect for Religious School and Mensch Academy parents. Coffee and cookies will be served. No commitment or cost, just come when you can. Upcoming sessions: March 1: Martin Sicker - Pirkei Avot: Ethics of our Fathers; March 22: Rabbi Josh Ginsberg-Margo; April 19: Rabbi Dollin.

Unlikely Partners for Peace 

What happens when Israeli settlers and local Palestinians meet? 
with Shadi Abu Awwad & Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger
Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 p.m., HEA

Born into a family of leaders in the First Palestinian Intifada, Shadi Abu Awwad grew up with a deep sense of Palestinian patriotism—and a fierce hatred of Israelis. Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, an Orthodox rabbi and passionate Zionist settler, lived most of his life in the West Bank but didn’t have his first
conversation with a Palestinian until six years ago. That Palestinian was Shadi’s uncle Ali, and their friendship became the basis for ROOTS, a grassroots Israeli-Palestinian initiative dedicated to understanding, nonviolence, and transformation. Join Shadi and Rabbi Schlesinger as they share their stories and present the groundbreaking and challenging work of ROOTS. No cost to attend | Please RSVP to For more information about ROOTS, please visit For more information about ITS, contact Itai Divinsky, Community Israel Emissary (Shaliach), at

Kavod on the Road at HEA
A Klezmer Musical Tour Through the Ages
Wednesday, March 18, 12:30 p.m.

The Klez Dispensers (clarinetist Michael Drapkin and accordionist Ben Cohen) take a trip through the history of klezmer music: its origins in Eastern Europe; its arrival in America in the great immigration wave; its near extinction from the Holocaust and assimilation; its recent klezmer and Yiddish revival. RSVP at

Congregational Relational Judaism Forum
Thursday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.

Join Director of Engagement Shira Teed, CEO Laura Intfen, as well as our Rabbis to learn about the idea of Relational Judaism and how we will be bringing this exciting way of connecting with each other to our HEA community. There will be time to learn as well as time to ask questions. Refreshments will be served. 

The Jews of Colombia with Anthropologist Carlos Zarur
Thursday, March 19, 7:15 p.m.

Jews have lived in Colombia since Spanish colonial times as "Conversos". Eventually, in the 1800s, Sephardic Jews from Jamaica and Curaçao established the first synagogues in the Colombian cities of Bogota, Cali, Medellín, Barranquilla, and Cartagena. Eventually, Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern and Northern Europe and Jews from the Ottoman Empire made their way to Colombia, joining an already vibrant community. Currently, Colombia has become a destination for a new group of Jewish immigrants from Venezuela, Argentina, Israel, England, and the United States, taking advantage of promising business opportunities, stability and an absence of antisemitism. Documentary movie and lecture presented by Carlos Zarur. $10.00 HERE.

Passover Workshop with Ariella HaLevi
Preparing for Liberation: A Jewish Mindfulness Meditation and Workshop
Saturday, March 21, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Explore how Jewish meditation and mindfulness can deepen your connection to your body, mind, and soul and transform your life. Experience many different pathways to meditation, mindfulness and true freedom from the inside out. $25 HERE.

The Week Ahead


Sunday, March 1
Shacharit, 7:45 a.m. 
Talmud Class with David Richman, 8:50 a.m.
Religious School/Mensch Academy & Tefilla with Cantor Shayndel Adler, 9:00 a.m.
Sisterhood Purim Cook n Drash, 9:30 a.m.
Cantor Search Committee, 10:30 a.m.
Talk & Teach Series with Martin Sicker, 11:00 a.m.
Purim Shpiel Rehearsal, 1:30 p.m.

Monday, March 2
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, March 3
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Short Story Discussion, 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Intermediate Conversational Hebrew, 6:30 p.m.
Hebrew Reading, 6:45 p.m.
Israeli Dancing, 7:00 p.m.
Rabbi Serebryanski class, 7:00 p.m.
Beginning Conversational Hebrew, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 5
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Feldenkrais, 9:45 a.m., GYC
sTORy Journeys, 11:00 a.m., GYC
Youth Group Carnival Sign-Making, 3:30 p.m., GYC
Purim Bag Volunteers, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 6
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Preschool Shabbat Sing with Cantorial candidate Arielle Green, 9:10 a.m.
Coffee & Conversation (for parents of babies), 9:45 a.m., GYC
Wine & Cheese Meet & Greet with Cantorial candidate Arielle Green followed by Kabbalat Shabbat, 5:30 p.m.
Nitzanim Purim Shabbat Dinner, 6:00 p.m., GYC

Support the HEA

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Support the HEA with every purchase by signing up for Amazon Smile. If you designate Congregation Hebrew Educational Alliance (please be sure you begin our name with Congregation) as your charity of choice, we will receive 0.5% of your purchase at no additional cost to you. If you have not already enrolled with Amazon Smile, please follow the directions HERE.

Scrip Cards: Simply sign up online at or on your phone with Call Marla at (303-263-4755) to get our enrollment code. Once you sign up, link your bank account or pay with a credit card, then get your eGift cards and reloads immediately! Physical gift cards are also available and take about a week to come in.

Take advantage of the extra earnings:
 * Reload funds to physical cards you use all the time, like gas stations grocery stores and restaurants.
 * Holiday gifting for friends, family, teachers, coaches, and more.
 * Stock up on b’nai mitzvah, birthday and anniversary presents.
 * Treat a special someone to a night at the movies, a nice dinner or both!

King Soopers Loyalty Program: Register your loyalty card online at and link your card to the HEA Sisterhood. After you enroll, select HEA Sisterhood, then you're set! If you already have an account, go to community rewards and choose the organization. Then when you scan your card or enter your number at checkout, 5% automatically goes back to Sisterhood!

Items for the Homeless
Items that are desperately needed include shampoo, lotions, lips balm, deodorant, dental floss, toothbrushes, band aids, body soaps and gels, and healthy snacks. With winter here, the homeless are in need of warm hats, scarves, mittens, and socks for both men and women. A container has been labeled and placed near the coatroom to collect your items.

Members Misc.

A member's family friend is looking to move to Denver from Los Angeles with his young family. He is seeking an opportunity in finance, wealth management, private or commercial banking, non-traditional lending, or real estate. He has been working in the industry for 7 years. If you have any leads or know of anyone who would be a good point of contact, please contact Akiva Fialkoff at

In the Community

Jewish Heritage Night at the Avalanche
Wednesday, March 11, 8:00 p.m.
Pepsi Center: 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, 80204

The Colorado Avalanche and the Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce are excited to present Jewish Heritage Night at The Avalanche vs. New York Rangers! It will be a fun night of hockey, community and Jewish pride. Click HERE for tickets.  

Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Leadership Celebration
Thursday, March 12, 11:00 a.m. 

Grand Hyatt Denver:1750 Welton Street, Denver, 80202 
Click HERE for information and tickets.

Contact Us


Rabbi Bruce Dollin
Senior Rabbi
(720) 390-4431


Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald
Associate Rabbi
(720) 390-4439


Laura Intfen
(303) 758-9400 x 204


Jody Meyer
Director of Operations
(720) 390-4423


Jacob Chatinover
B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator
(860) 655-1541


Albert Cohen
Mashgiach and Kitchen Manager
Phone: (303) 758-9400 x 209


Sherry Grinsteiner
Rabbinic Intern & Director of Education
(720) 390-4431


Teri Kenagy
(720) 375-5166


Gail Kessel
(303) 758-9400


Jamie Lambert
Preschool Assistant Director
(303) 758-1462


Leah Marcus
(303) 758-9400 x 208


James McKeon
Communications Director
(720) 390-4434


Rebecca Paradis
Preschool Director
(303) 758-9400 x 217



Joyce Perlmutter
Rabbi's Assistant
(303) 758-9400 x 202


Emily Silverman
Youth Programs Director
(303) 915-2980


Anna Szentivanyi
Executive Assistant
(303) 758-9400 x 215


Shira Teed
Director of Engagement
(720) 390-4426


Dani Wynn
Judaic Coordinator & Family Outreach
(303) 758-1462


Jennifer Zucker
Assistant Director of Education
(720) 390-4431

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