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January 23, 2020

Some of you have received an email from Rabbi Dollin via a Gmail account this morning. There is a national phishing scam targeting rabbis and other clergy members. Someone is creating fake Gmail accounts and sending out emails. It is a scam that has targeted numerous rabbis and congregations nationally. If you see an address along the lines of, it is NOT from him and unfortunately with the ease of creating a new Gmail address there is nothing that can be done to prevent someone from pretending to be him.

Any email that you receive from Rabbi Dollin will come from the address: That is the only address he uses to email congregants. Please delete any email that you receive from him using a Gmail address. 


Friday, January 24
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Preschool Shabbat Sing, 9:10 a.m.
Coffee & Conversation (parents of babies) Challah Baking, 9:45 a.m.
Mincha-Maariv, 4:50 p.m.
(consider attending so there is a minyan for Kaddish)

Saturday, January 25
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 David Richman ~during Musaf, @11:15 a.m., Library
Mah Jongg and Bridge, 1:30 p.m., Library
Mincha-Maariv, 5:10 p.m., bat mitzvah of Simi Drantch, Sanctuary
Youth Group Havdalah, 6:30 p.m., GYC

Bat Mitzvah this Shabbat

Simi Drantch will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah at afternoon services this Shabbat. Simi is the daughter of Mitch Drantch and Portia Drantch.


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

HEA is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting two weekends with scholar-in-residence Deborah Sacks Mintz.

The weekend of February 7-9, join us for any or all of the following opportunities:

  • Friday, February 7, 6:00 p.m.: There will be a Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a congregational dinner. RSVP HERE by Tuesday, February 4.
  • Shabbat, February 8: Deborah will participate in Shir Hadash and then move to the Traditional service where she will give a d'var Torah and lead Musaf. 
  • Sunday, February 9, 9:00 a.m.: Deborah will lead a Religious School Tu B'Shevat musical program.

Then the weekend of March 27-29:

  • Friday, March 27: Kabbalat Shabbat service
  • Saturday, March 28 Teaching and Musaf at traditional service 
  • Saturday, March 28 Song circle
  • Sunday, March 29 Religious School Musical program, 30 min (Pesach program)

Eitan Kantor returns April 3-5 for another scholar-in-residence weekend.


Celebrating Neal Price
Sunday, February 9
5:00 p.m. hors d’oeuvres and drinks
7:00 p.m. Presentation and Concert by FACE Vocal Band

Please join us as the HEA community celebrates Neal's retirement. Click HERE for tickets and to participate in the Living Journal. If you plan on attending the event, you MUST RSVP by tomorrow (Friday, January 24), so we can plan accordingly.


Purim 5780
The Purim bag fundraiser is all online this year. Click HERE to select member families that you want to sponsor. 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. 


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


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 Tu B'Shevat in the school's campaign goal by making your tree purchase today HERE.

Upcoming Events

Coffee & Conversation - for Parents of Babies:
Special Challah Baking Session!
Friday, January 24, 9:45 a.m.

Join HEA Preschool's Rebecca Paradis and Dani Wynn after Shabbat Sing to connect with other parents of babies-12 months, and engage in meaningful and guided conversations about what neuroscience teaches us about parent-child relationships. $15 charge for materials HERE.  


Youth Group Havdalah
Saturday, January 25, 6:30 p.m., GYC

Join us at the GYC for a camp-style Havdalah service. Bring blankets, pillows, dress comfy, and together we will celebrate the end of our wonderful Sabbath and welcome in the new week with song and prayer. This is a new addition to the Youth Programs, and ALL youth group ages are welcome. Snacks will be provided. Register HERE.


RELIGIOUS SCHOOL: Ramah in the Rockies #FunDaySunday!
Sunday, January 26, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Social Hall

Let’s have a blast at #SundayFunDay! Camp Ramah staffers are coming to HEA for a morning of camp-style fun in the winter. This event is open to students in grades K – 5th, whether they are in the HEA religious school or not. Join us at Winter Camp with games and gaga with some of your favorite staff members. Be prepared for inside and outside fun with coats and boots, weather permitting. Bagel snack is included in registration too! 
Register for January 26.


The Colorado Hebrew Chorale and Kol Nashim’s annual event: Raisins and Almonds will honor Osi and Selma Sladek 
Sunday, January 26, 6:30 p.m.​​​​​​​
BMH-BJ: 560 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver, 80224

The concert honors the music of Oscar (Osi) and Selma Sladek, respected Jewish Community professionals for over six decades. Afterwards, there will be a gourmet dessert reception, and an Israeli sing-along led by the choirs. Click HERE for information and tickets.


Carlos Zarur Lecture Series
Thursday, January 30, 7:15 p.m.

Discover the small Latin America Jewish communities of Central America and Puerto Rico with Anthropoligist Carlos Zarur. Register at HERE


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 2: Ariella Halevi - God in the Details: Everyday Holiness in a Busy World; 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.


Congregational Informational meeting to learn the latest on the Cantor search: Thursday, February 13, 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. This will be the last meeting before 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, and a job description that you can share.

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 Grinsteiner
Wednesdays: Intermediate at 6:30 p.m., Beginners at 7:30 p.m.

To register or for more information contact Sherry Grinsteiner at

Hebrew Reading
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. Please contact Judi Marcus at for more information and to register.

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, January 26
Shacharit, 7:45 a.m.
Talmud Class with David Richman, 8:50 a.m.​​​​​​​
Religious School #SundayFunday with Ramah, 9:00 a.m.
Cantor Search Committee Meeting, 1:00 p.m.
Purim Shpiel Rehearsal, 1:30 p.m.

Monday, January 27
Rosh Chodesh Shevat
Shacharit, 7:15 a.m.

Tuesday, January 28
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Short Story Discussion, 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 29
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Religious School - Hebrew School, 4:30 p.m.
Cantor Search Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Intermediate Conversational Hebrew, 6:30 p.m.
Israeli Dancing, 7:00 p.m.
Beginning Conversational Hebrew, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 30
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.​​​​​​​
Carlos Zarur Lecture, 7:15 p.m.

Friday, January 31
Shacharit, 7:30 a.m.
Preschool Shabbat Sing, 9:10 a.m.​​​​​​​
Coffee & Conversation (for parents of babies), 9:45 a.m.
Mincha-Maariv, 5:00 p.m.

In the Community

Habitat Soup Cook-Off Dinner
Saturday, February 1, 6:30 p.m.
First Universalist Church of Denver: 4101 E. Hampden Ave., Denver, 80222
This is a great party and a chance for all the members of our congregations to meet one another, share a meal, enjoy the entertainment, and help raise funds for the 2020 build. $15 per person/$35 per family. Contact Naomi Kirshner for tickets and information. 


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.

Support the HEA

The piano in our chapel needs a new home! If you would like to have it, all we ask is that you make a donation to the HEA and haul it away.


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.

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, January 26 2020 29 Tevet 5780