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Sunday School

Our HEART school utilizes the ShalomLearningTM interactive, a values-based curriculum to help children develop a positive Jewish identity. Holidays are taught with an engaging (hands-on) approach and are celebrated in a school-wide setting. Our Chugim are part of the learning strategies we use to  mirror camp-style fun and excitement. The students participate in a weekly tefilah service led our amazing staff. Hebrew is integrated in every class and we promote love for Israel. God and spirituality are introduced with age appropriate engagements. 

Grades K-5
Sundays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sample Sunday School Schedule for 2021-2022 for 1st - 5th Grades
9:30 - 10 a.m Tefilah
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Block 1 (Judaics or Chugim)
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Block 2 (Judaics or Chugim)
12:00 - 1:15 p.m In Person Hebrew School (grades 4 - 6)


Values Curriculum:  The ShalomLearning's values-based curriculum explores seven Jewish values and their relevance in our everyday lives. Students will learn to use Jewish sources to make responsible decisions and build positive relationships.

Hebrew Curriculum:  Using the ShalomLearning Hebrew program, we will teach your children to read Hebrew, chant prayers, and understand their meaning. At home, your child can log into the ShalomLearning portal to practice.

Virtual Classroom:  Learning together in a virtual classroom, students will interact with each other in a real-time, teacher-led class. By being able to log in from home (or anywhere), students understand that learning and Judaism happen everywhere, not just in the Religious School.

Click HERE for the ShalomLearning flyer.
2021-2022 Monthly Curriculum HERE.

CHUGIM (Electives) חוגים

In addition to the core curriculum, HEART students will select one Chug per semester.  These creative, hands on opportunities will allow for experiential learning.  The Chugim offer a way for the students to develop and express their love of Judaism through their senses, their passions and by following their heart.

Omanut (Arts)  אומנות 
Create your own ARTbeat  
At the foundation, this elective uses creating art as the means to exploring Jewish text, thoughts, and concepts. This is geared toward the creative seeker and aspiring artist. Each workshop encourages mindfulness in areas such as our relationships with others, ourselves, the Divine, and the world around us.

Shira Musica (Music)  שירה
Feel your rhythm
The music elective will incorporate singing, creating music and finding deeper meaning behind many of the Jewish holidays we know and love. We will spend time with text and sing along to the music! This will be an opportunity for kids who love music to find their rhythm, while also being exposed to new music to expand their horizons.

Teatron (Theatre)  תיאטרון 
Take center stage
In this theatre elective, students will use their bodies and voices to create characters, stories, and ensemble pieces. Primarily, we will be looking at the stories of the Jewish Holidays and the people within. Students will take a practical approach to the stories by recreating them and putting them onstage for an audience

HEART Educators

Meet the heart and soul of our program
"As you teach, you learn."  (Jewish proverb)

Rabbi Marlene Richter
Instructor (5th Grade)

A reverse snow-bird, Rabbi Richter moved to Denver in 2007 after living most of my life in South Florida. I retired from a career in Judaic education that included roles as a Religious School Principal and as a Jewish Day School Principal. I love children and keeping them interested in Judaic studies. I've been teaching at the HEA since 2007 as a B'nai Mitzvah tutor and Religious School educator. Additionally, I just completed my Rabbinic ordination in summer 2020.

Josh Newmark

Instructor (2nd Grade)

Originally from Palm Springs, California, Josh’s family moved to Denver in 1997. Long time members of the HEA, he had his bar mitzvah here. Josh earned a bachelor’s degree in English Creative Writing from the University of Colorado-Denver, and because of this, one of his favorite hobbies is to write children’s books and short stories. 

This will be his 15th year teaching religious school at the HEA. Josh has also tutored multiple subjects on for a number of years. He has participated in the Stanley Teacher Prep Program and received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Adams State University with an emphasis on Culture and Diversity. Josh also works at the Toyota Landcruiser Club at Coors Field, which allows him to show off his love for sports.  He’s a huge baseball fan! 

Rivka Cohen

Instructor (Kindergarten)

Rivka Cohen grew up here at the HEA in a very involved family that includes her parents running the catering business. She attended the HEA Preschool, worked as a teen madrichim in the Religious School, co-taught Junior Congregation for many years, was a board member of Mile High USY and a staff member for MCHY while attending college. She graduated from Northern Arizona University in May 2020 with her bachelors degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She's taking a year off before going to graduate school with the hopes of one day being a Speech Pathologist at the Children's Hospital of Colorado. 

Shira Reiss

Instructor (4th Grade)

Shira Reiss attended Hebrew University in 1976-77 during the time of the Entebbe rescue and Sadat’s visit to Israel to make peace.  The entire experience had a huge impact on her life. When she returned to Mich State Univ. to complete her studies in the area of Speech and Language Pathology (SLP). She moved to NM and worked as an SLP all over the state that included Indian Pueblos, but also taught Hebrew and Judaic studies at a synagogue.  In 1988, she moved to NYC to attend Hebrew Union College where she met her husband, and ultimately moved to Colorado in 1992 with her family. 

Anna Szentivanyi

Instructor (3rd Grade)


Bio coming soon




Mimi Raizen

Instructor (1st Grade)

Mimi has spent most of her life living in Colorado and has a B.A in Theatre from Metropolitan State University. Mimi is currently pursuing a paralegal certificate at the Community College of Aurora.  Mimi has a strong connection to the Jewish community having spent many summers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, as well as attending the Nativ College Leadership program.  Mimi has spent the last five years co-writing Purim Shpiels with Michal Peer, a number of which have been performed at HEA.  In her free time Mimi likes to crochet and take part in historical sewing, and reading & researching about history.  

HEART Specialists

Alice Fasman

Specialist (Music)

Alice Fasman is a former music teacher who has taught in Minnesota, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and, most recently, Reno, Nevada. She has experience teaching students from kindergarten through college and in Jewish Day Schools, religious schools, and public schools.

Alice and her husband, Rabbi Mark Fasman, moved to Colorado in the summer of 2019 to be near their son, David, and his wife, Kaela, who are also members of HEA.

 Erika Intfen

Specialist (Theatre)

Erika is so thrilled to be joining the HEA family teaching theatre in the Sunday School HEART program! Though she moved to Denver seven years ago, Erika comes from Kansas City originally where she spent her time getting bachelor degrees in Theatre and Music. Through college and in the time since, she’s spent extensive time onstage as an actor, and offstage as well temporarily teaching children’s theatre back in KC. Erika finds deep joy in sharing her love of storytelling and movement-based improv with others, and is excited to help each child in the HEArt program find their Jewish spark through the same.

Thu, May 19 2022 18 Iyyar 5782