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February 13, 2020

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.

Congregational Informational meeting to learn the latest on the Cantor search: TONIGHT, 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Join us as the Cantor selection process enters the final phase. Please visit the Cantor Search page on our website for more details, a timeline of the process.


Friday, February 14
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Preschool Shabbat Sing, 9:10 a.m., Chapel
Coffee & Conversation (for parents of babies), 9:45 a.m., GYC
Mincha-Maariv, 5:15 p.m., Chapel
YOUTH EVENT: Atid Shabbat Dinner, 5:30 p.m., GYC

Saturday, February 15
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
Understanding Prayer Through Movement, 11:00 a.m., Room 202
Adult Education Class with Melanie Gruenwald ~during Musaf, @11:15 a.m., Library
Mah Jongg and Bridge, 1:30 p.m., Library
Mincha-Maariv (Alexander Rabinovich bar mitzvah), 5:25 p.m., Sanctuary

Bar Mitzvah This Shabbat
Alexander Rabinovich will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah at afternoon services this Shabbat. Alex is the son of Henry and Inna Rabinovich.


Our delicious Shabbat Kiddush is funded by generous donations from our members. Please consider donating to the HEA Kiddush Fund either by check or online HERE.


Become a Shabbat Morning Greeter
We need at least ten volunteers, including four for Shir Hadash, per week signed on to give ourselves good coverage at the doors. Please contact Mark Samuelson at


Volunteer to Call Congregants on Erev Shabbat
We need congregants to make Shabbat calls to fellow congregants who are over 80 years old. HEA member Cari Friedman has been coordinating this effort for several years and could use a few more volunteers to make calls to check-in on older members and wish them a good Shabbat. Cari can attest that volunteers and the members they call often become great friends! If interested, please call her at (303) 804-5950. 


If you have been ill or if you know of a congregant who has been ill or hospitalized, please contact Joyce Perlmutter at 720-390-4422 or so that the rabbis will be made aware.

Featured Events

Purim 5780
The Purim bag fundraiser is all online this year. Click 
HERE to select member families that you want to sponsor (you must be logged into to access this page. If you have never logged in or if you forgot your login, please contact Options include $24 for six bags and $275 for the whole congregation! If you need help, please contact the HEA office at (303) 758-9400. The HEA's mishloach manot program is done in memory of Kevin Bitz (z"l).

PJ Library Family Story Time and Activity before the Carnival

Sunday, March 8, 10:15-11:00 a.m.

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

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 


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 

Upcoming Events

The Jews of the Dominican Republic with Carlos Zarur
TONIGHT, 7:15 p.m.
As we keep moving to North America, in our way to the great Jewries of the US, Mexico and Canada, small but important Jewish communities keep fighting to survive. The Jews of the Dominican Republic live the struggle of maintaining their Judaism in a tiny community with very little Jewish resources but with a giant spirit of survival! Descendants of Sephardic Jews from Curazao and Ashkenazi Jews whose ancestors were WWII refugees that built their own heaven in the city of Souza meet each other in modern times in a touching story worth to be experienced. Cost: $10. Click 
HERE for tickets.


YOUTH EVENT: Atid Shabbat Dinner
Friday, February 14, 5:30 p.m., GYC
While the parents enjoy the night out on the town, join us at the GYC for a Shabbat dinner and games night. RSVP 


Sunday, February 16, 11:00 a.m. to Monday, February 17, 7:00 p.m.
Skinnus is the MChY annual ski trip. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, and more! Information and registration 


Greeter/Safety Training
Thursday, February 20, 6:00 p.m., Library/Sanctuary
Email so we know if you're coming.


HEA Shofar Sounds Concert featuring Charlie Kramer
Saturday, February 22, 8:00 p.m., at an intimate location in Denver (address provided upon ticket purchase)
Legally blind and armed with an acoustic guitar, Charlie Kramer unites, magnetizes and elevates the communities around him. Click 
HERE for tickets.


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: February 23: Steve Uslan - The Centrality of Purim and Megilllat Esther in Judaism; March 1: Martin Sicker - Pirkei Avot: Ethics of our Fathers; March 22: Rabbi Josh Ginsberg-Margo; April 19: Rabbi Dollin.


Kavod on the Road: Kavod on the Road - Artists of Colorado
Tuesday, February 25, 1:00 p.m., Chapel
Glenn Cuerden is a Denver art photographer who operated a graphic design and photography studio for 45 years. He has photographed many members of the Colorado arts community and published a book in 2013, Artists of Colorado. Join us as he shares his photographs and experiences with some of Colorado’s photographers, painters, authors, designers and sculptors. RSVP: Rebecca, 720.382.7848, or


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

Weekly Adult Programming

Saturday Class during Musaf, about 11:15 a.m. 
Every Shabbat during Musaf join one of our teachers in the HEA Library for a text study. No charge, no prior knowledge needed, no RSVP needed.  

Saturday Drop-In Mah Jongg and Bridge, 1:30 p.m., Library 

Talmud with David Richman
Sundays, 8:50 a.m., Library 
Discussion is in English, knowledge of Aramaic and Hebrew not needed. No charge.

Jewish Short Story Discussion Group
Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m., Cry Room

Conversational Hebrew with Sherry GrinsteinerWednesdays: Intermediate at
6:30 p.m., Beginners at 7:30 p.m.

Hebrew Reading with Judi Marcus
Wednesdays, February 12 - May 13, 6:45 a.m.
Designed for the novice, this 12-week (1 hour) class provides the opportunity to learn to read Hebrew with accuracy and ease.

Israeli Folk Dancing with Joan Saliman and Bev Michaels
Wednesdays, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Social Hall
Great fun and great exercise! Slight charge. For more information contact Joan at  

Faithful Thursdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who will hold multi-faith events, every other Thursday, at the Colorado State Capitol throughout the 2020 legislative session of the Colorado General Assembly. Some of these events may feature specific legislation, while other events may focus on forwarding a shared narrative of justice, love, healing, reconciliation, and care for the other. Join Rabbi Gruenwald and The Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council every other Thursday at 12:00 p.m. at the State Capital. RSVP HERE.

Thursdays at the GYC
These classes are independent yet interconnected. You can take one, the other, or both, either as drop-in or continuing. You are welcome to come experience Feldenkrais and sTORy Journeys. $15 per person each class (pay at class).  

sTORy Journeys. Journey through the Torah of our Worldwide Sacred Stories and Folktales taught by Cherie Karo Schwartz, 11:00 a.m., GYC
Come on a journey of revealing weekly Torah in our Rabbinic, Hassidic, Worldwide Folktales and Modern stories, exploring cultural, spiritual, and religious values that continue to sustain and strengthen us.

Feldenkrais Gentle Body Movement taught by Shira Salzberg
9:45 a.m., GYC
Through the gentle, guided movements of a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class, you will discover renewed ease, coordination and vitality in your everyday life.

The Week Ahead

Sunday, February 16
Shacharit, 7:45 a.m.
NO Talmud Class with David Richman
NO Religious School
MChY Skinnus, 11:00 a.m.
Peanut Butter Plan, 12:30 p.m.
Purim Shpiel Rehearsal, 1:30 p.m.

Monday, February 17
President's Day National Holiday - HEA Offices are OPEN / Preschool Closed
Shacharit, 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 18
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Short Story Discussion, 12:00 p.m.
Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Religious School - Hebrew School, 4:30 p.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, February 20
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Feldenkrais, 9:45 a.m., GYC​​​​​​​
sTORy Journeys, 11:00 a.m., GYC
Religious School - Hebrew School, 4:30 p.m​​​​​​​
Chai School, 6:00 p.m.
Greeter/Safety training, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, February 21
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Preschool Shabbat Sing, 9:10 a.m.​​​​​​​
Coffee & Conversation (for parents of babies), 9:45 a.m., GYC
​​​​​​​Mincha-Maariv, 5:25 p.m.

In the Community

Stemming the Rising Tide of Hate: Better Futures Through Jewish Learning

Sunday, February 16, 1:00 p.m.

University of Denver: Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room:

2150 E. Evans Ave., Denver, 80208 

Click HERE for more information and to register.


JEWISHcolorado Presents CHOICES Featuring Guest Speaker, Abigail Posner

Wednesday, February 26, 5:30 p.m.

Marriott DTC: 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver, 80237

Reception 5:30 p.m. • Dinner 7:00 p.m. • Program 7:30 p.m.

Details HERE.


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.

Support the HEA

Shop on Amazon and Support HEA

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

New Website & App is now much more than just a website. It's a membership database program and a communications platform, too! Log into your account and update your information, view the congregational directory, sign-up for events, make donations, and even pay your bills.

IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY LOGGED INTO YOUR ACCOUNT, please email Anna Szentivanyi at and she will send you a new link.

The new HEA app is available both for Apple and Android phones. After you've signed into your account, please go to your App Store and download the app to your smartphone. When you are in your app store, search for Hebrew Educational Alliance (not HEA) and download and open the app. 

Sun, February 16 2020 21 Shevat 5780