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Membership at HEA

The Hebrew Educational Alliance is an egalitarian, conservative Jewish congregation located in southeast Denver, Colorado. With a vision to “Inspire Lives of Meaning,” we strive to maintain a camaraderie amongst our congregants who are vibrant, committed, and curious. Representing Jewish life in Denver for over 91 years, we seek to provide our members with opportunities for Jewish study, prayer, culture, and social action in the continued building and preservation of our community. We hope you'll join us at the HEA!

Dear Friends, 

Thank you for considering membership at the Hebrew Educational Alliance. Although we are a large congregation, we see every member as precious, made in the image of God. Our Sages tell us, kol yisrael arevim ze b'ze, all of Israel is responsible for one another and we at the Alliance take these words very seriously. Becoming a member of the Alliance places you within our extended family. Jews have depended on each other for millennia, and we continue that tradition in our synagogue community. 

As a Conservative congregation, we uphold the importance of Jewish tradition and Jewish law. At the same time, our approach is to meet every congregant wherever he/she happens to be in his/her level of Jewish knowledge and experience. God makes no distinctions amongst Jews and neither do we. Our goal is to encourage your religious and spiritual growth. We seek to provide many and varied experiences for you and your family to learn and practice our profound and beautiful religious traditions. Our "ideal" Jew is a searching Jew. 

You are welcome here, and we cherish your presence. 

B'shalom, 

Rabbi Bruce Dollin






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Hebrew Educational Alliance operates on a May 1 to April 30 fiscal year. Dues, for those joining after the beginning of the fiscal year, will be prorated. For purpose of dues billing, all memberships run form May 1-April 30. Those joining during other months will have their dues prorated. All members are then billed for a new year on May 1. If you have financial concerns or questions, please contact our Executive Director, Neal price at 720.390.4424, nprice@HEAdenver.org. We welcome your membership in the Congregation Hebrew Educational Alliance. Please select your Membership Type below.
* Associate Membership is open to members of other Denver synagogues and those not living in the Denver metropolitan aea. This type of membership does NOT include High Holiday Tickets, and children of Associate Members are NOT entitled to enroll in the Religious School or receive a bar/bat mitzvah date.

 

 

HEA PLUS MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES

All Plus Membership Levels include:
- Annual Dues
- Participation in HEA Fundraising event(s) and Member’s Plus Appreciation event(s)
- Sponsorship of all Purim bags
- Admission for your child(ren) in all in town HEA Youth Group Activities
- Waiver of bar/bat mitzvah fee ($180)
- Annual Yizkor Book listings
- Community Recognition for Plus Membership
- Option to grant scholarship for Hebrew School discount or Preschool discount
- Portion of dues credited to Alliance Preschool Development Fund for Colorado Child Care Tax Credit

Membership-Plus $4,490
Five (5) donation card per month (in memory of, in honor of, etc…)
10% discount on Hebrew School tuition for child(ren)/grandchild(ren)
5% discount on HEA Preschool tuition for child(ren)/grandchild(ren)
$100 credit toward HEA sponsored program/activity (non-transferable and expires yearly)
$2,240 allocated towards Colorado Child Care Tax Credit

Chai Membership $6,120
Five (5) donation cards per month (in memory of, in honor of, etc…)
25% discount on Hebrew School tuition for child(ren)/grandchild(ren)
10% discount on HEA Preschool tuition for child(ren)/grandchild(ren)
$100 credit toward HEA sponsored program/activity (non-transferable and expires yearly)
$3,720 allocated towards Colorado Child Care Tax Credit

Patron Membership $8,415
Reserved High Holy day seats in Sanctuary
Unlimited donation cards per month (in memory of, in honor of, etc…)
50% discount on Hebrew School tuition for child(ren)/grandchild(ren)
15% discount on HEA Preschool tuition for child(ren)/grandchild(ren)
Sisterhood and Brotherhood membership
$100 credit toward HEA sponsored program/activity (non-transferable and expires yearly)
$5,415 allocated towards Colorado Child Care Tax Credit

Cantor’s Circle Membership $10,785
Reserved High Holy day seats in Sanctuary
Reserved parking for High Holy days
Unlimited donation cards per month (in memory of, in honor of, etc…)
Hebrew School tuition for child(ren)/grandchild(ren)
20% discount on HEA Preschool tuition for child(ren)/grandchild(ren)
Waiver of room rental and dance floor rental for use of social hall for event(s)
Sisterhood and Brotherhood membership
Admission to all congregational events, i.e. dinners, luncheons, adult education classes, concerts, etc..
$7,035 allocated towards Colorado Child Care Tax Credit

Rabbi’s Circle Membership $14,790
Reserved High Holy day seats in Sanctuary
Reserved parking for High Holy days
Unlimited donation cards per month (in memory of, in honor of, etc…)
Hebrew School tuition for child(ren)/grandchild(ren)
20% discount on HEA Preschool tuition for child(ren)/grandchild(ren)
Waiver of room rental and dance floor rental for use of social hall for event(s)
Sisterhood and Brotherhood membership
Admission to all congregational events, i.e. dinners, luncheons, adult education classes, concerts, etc..
$9,890 allocated towards Colorado Child Care Tax Credit

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FAQ

How many members does HEA have?
> 900 households.

How many families attend the religious and pre-schools?
> 350 families, many with multiple children enrolled.

How many rabbis are there?
> There are currently 2 Rabbis: Rabbi Bruces Dollin and Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald.

What if I can't afford the membership dues?
> No one is ever turned away because of finances. Contact the executive director to adjust dues and fees.

How are services run? What should I expect?
> We have several different kinds of services at HEA. On Saturday morning, we have a traditional three-hour service led by one of the Rabbis in the main sanctuary. We also have a lively, musical two-hour service, called Shir Hadash led by one of the Rabbis and a team of singers that engage the congregation in song that meets in the Goldberger Youth Center. On Friday nights, roughly every five weeks we have a Musical Kabbalat Shabbat service with instruments and singing. On the other weeks, we have a traditional Friday night service that meets in the Chapel.

I'm new to Denver -- will I fit in?
> Absolutely. Our congregation is made up of a wonderful mixture of long-time Denverites and many transplants from the east coast, south, and just about anywhere in the US, and some from overseas! The Alliance is a well established (founded in 1932) over 60% of the members have joined the congregation since the southeast Denver building was completed in the mid-1990s. Many of these members are new to Denver -- just like you.

I just had a baby. Can I meet other parents? Where?
> We encourage people with infants and small children to participate in our Shabbat morning services. In addition to welcoming "little ones" into the sanctuary, we have a cry room as well as a well-supervised babysitting program. In addition, the Alliance Preschool is a great way to meet other families with young children. Finally, there's a Tot Shabbat program which is a parent and child combined service. 

Are the clergy available for personal consultations when I need them?
> The clergy of the Alliance are easy to reach. Call or email Joyce at 303-758-9400 x 202 to set a meeting with a member of the clergy.

Who can I call to speak to for more information?
> All of our staff are friendly, easily approachable, and ready to answer your questions. Please see our Staff page to contact our staff directly by email or phone. You can also contact Neal Price, executive director at 303-758-9400 x 204.

How do you fit all those members in during the high holidays? Will I have a seat?
> The sanctuary, chapel and social hall located to maximize the number of seats available to the High Holidays. Nearly 2,200 can be seated at one time.

Are women allowed on the bimah? Are they able to read from the Torah?
> Women are full participants on the bimah. They, just as men, can have aliyot, read from the Torah, chant a haftarah, as well receive other bimah honors.

I know very little about Judaism -- will there be a place for me to learn more about my heritage, religion, and language?
> The Alliance offers a wide variety of educational programs for individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds. Rabbi Dollin holds an Adult B'nai Mitzvah program every-other-year that includes beginning levels of Judaic learning as well as Hebrew.

I am a convert -- will I be accepted?
> Jews by Choice are accepted equally with Jews by Birth. A number of Jews by Choice have and are serving on the Board of Directors, as Officers of the congregation, and in other leadership roles including teachers in both our religious school and Adult Education program.

Are there facilities for parties and events?
> Because the Alliance social hall was designed to be flexible, comfortable spaces are available for very small groups to dinner/dance events for over 600. The Alliance has a professionally equipped kitchen that can accommodate large groups.

Is the Kosher catering available?
> The Alliance has a flexible catering policy with both an in-house caterer Cohen's Cuisine, and the availability to use other Denver area caterers who do kosher catering.

How many weddings and bar mitzvahs are performed each year?
> Between 10-15 weddings are held at the Alliance each year. Between 40-55 b'nai mitzvah each year. Approximately 2/3 of the b'nai mitzvah are celebrated on Shabbat morning, with 1/3 held at the Shabbat mincha/maariv service.

What neighborhood is the shul in? Is it easy to find?
> The HEA is conveniently located in southeast Denver. The synagogue is one block west of I-25 and two blocks south of Hampden Ave. See a map and get directions on our contact page.

Is babysitting available during services?
> There is babysitting at Shabbat and Festival morning services. Also, babysitters are available for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

Is there a room for young families during services?
> Infants and young children are welcomed into the sanctuary for services. If the little ones get a bit too noisy, there is a cry room adjacent to the sanctuary where families can see and hear the service, but where children's noises will not interfere with worship. Following the Torah reading and the sermon, many young families join their little ones in the babysitting room for a weekly Tot Shabbat program. 

What if I know someone who is ill?
> Let us know! The HEA is a very caring and welcoming congregation. If the person is hospitalized, the rabbis of the congregation want to visit. If at home, we want to be able to call and talk to them. Also, we would like to add their names to the Mishaberach list and include them in our prayers for healing. We want to be able to acknowledge the illness, including them as part of the service and help in any way we can. 

What if I suffer a loss in my family?
> Let us know! The HEA is a very caring and welcoming congregation. Neal Price is the emergency contact for the HEA. You may call him at 303-758-9400 x 204 or email him. Neal will contact you to guide you and he will also contact the clergy. We want to help in any way we can. 

How do I schedule a bris, baby naming, bar mitzvah or a wedding?
> Contact either Anna Szentivanyi, Assistant to the Executive Director 303-758-9400 x 215 or Neal Price, Executive Director 303-758-9400 x 204.

What if my spouse is not Jewish? Will my family be welcome?
> Yes, all households in which at least one adult is Jewish are welcome to affiliate with the HEA. Non-Jewish spouses are welcome to participate as much or as little as they would like. We have non-Jewish spouses who are actively involved in congregational life, including serving on committees, while others choose to participate infrequently or not at all. We are sensitive to the dynamics of each and every household.

What if someone in my family needs accommodations? 
>HEA prides itself on building an inclusive community. We work closely with members to provide necessary accommodations to ensure full participation in our programs and events. Please call the office if you or a loved one needs accommodations to participate in any programs or events.

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