Middah of the Month

Judaism nurtures our ability to make this world a better place, growing our capacity to love and be loved. Central to the collective work of repairing the world is the individual cultivation of our inner qualities of heart and mind. Mussar is a practice, the work of refining and fine tuning the measures of those inner qualities (midah).

News and Events

Volunteer Training for ESP, October 19

October 19, Bergen Park Church

As we prepare for our second year of our Emergency Shelter Program, all volunteers are invited to attend this training at Bergen Park Church.

7-9 PM New Volunteer Training and Current Volunteer Refresher

Princess Bride Shabbat, October 20

Friday, October 20, 5:30PM

Inconceivable! The rabbi is out of town this week, so what are we to do? Have a Shabbat party, of course! Join us for this themed potluck followed by a screening of The Princess Bride in the sanctuary for a fun Shabbat unlike any other. Have fun storming the castle!

Making a Minyan, October 24

October 24, 7PM
MINYAN MAKER is an generations-old Jewish expression, referring to the tenth person to show up to a service enabling the group to do a complete service.  Technically, each attendee, first or last is a minyan maker.
Session #2 is a practical workshop where we collectively “make a minyan,” create a “service” together and experiment with different “offerings” for a wide array of occasions from a simple shabbat to a shiva minyan in a house of mourning. All are welcome, whether you attended the first session or not!

Thanksgiving Box Packing, October 25

Wednesday, October 25, 6PM

We are renewing our annual (and deeply rewarding) tradition of getting together as a group to pack Thanksgiving food boxes at The Action Center (Formerly JeffCoAction).

Please join us for this family-friendly mitzvah!

Kabbalah: The Tree of Life with Rabbi Jamie, October 26

A key to consciousness in Kabbalah is the Tree of Life, a visual map of how infinite and finite flow into and from each other. We enter places, form relationships and pursue projects often with little understanding of how they come about, their meaning and the relevance of seeing beyond what manifests. In this introduction to the Tree of Life we learn about and then practice incorporating this system of energy flow in all our interactions.
Join Rabbi Jamie right here at CBE for your introduction to Kabbalah. This 6 week class begins at 7PM on Wednesday, October 11.

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Rocky Mountain Reconstructionist Trip to Israel
Spring 2018

Join Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav (co-led the first Colorado Reconstructionist trip to Israel with Rabbi Jamie) and Reconstructionist Chavurah B'Yachad (Salt Lake City) on this special journey designed for "first timers" and others who have not toured Israel extensively or been there in a long time. Our goals include:

  • Come to know and love the land and people of Israel
  • Hear diverse voices and learn about some of the challenges in Israel today (Jewish-Arab coexistence, religious freedom, environment, poverty, immigrants, women's rights)
  • Deepen your own Jewish spirit.
  • Build relationships with Reconstructionist Jews from the region.

Rabbi Steve will be visiting services at CBE on Friday night Nov. 3. Come meet him, bring your questions and learn more.

November 7, 7PM

Mary Zinn and Marilyn Saltzman will co-facilitate a discussion of the book, “Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most,” written by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen. A limited number of copies may be borrowed or purchased from CBE.

 Mary Zinn has more than 25 years in the dispute resolution field as a practitioner, trainer, administrator and curriculum designer. She offers expertise in mediation, conflict and anger management, conflict coaching, collaborative models and facilitation. Mary has taught conflict and anger management, facilitating and mediating diverse groups regardless of cultural, income, or educational backgrounds.

 In addition to serving as president of Zinn Mediation Associates, Mary is the “Chief Instigator” of the annual Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado campaign, now in its 13th year. She also co-produces, with Sam Fuqua, a quarterly Conflict Resolution Issues call-in radio program at KGNU in Boulder. Mary serves on the Advisory Board for the Conflict Resolution Institute at the University of Denver.

 Marilyn Saltzman, CBE Adult Education Committee chair, is a public relations professional who has extensive experience in crisis communications. She was communications manager for Jeffco Public Schools for 20 years and has taught public relations for graduate students at Colorado State University. The co-author of several books, Marilyn wrote a chapter about the shooting at Platte Canyon High School in the award-winning volume, “Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma.”  She has made numerous presentations on communications issues, including dealing with difficult people, around the country at education conferences. Marilyn continues to study and practice Mussar, which has helped her a great deal with “difficult conversations.”

Join Rabbi Jamie in this 7 session exploration of the often challenging  experience of talking to children (and each other) about God using Harold S. Kushner’s book “When Children Ask About God; A Guide for parents Who Don’t Always Have All the Answers”.

Registration $100/family includes book fee and childcare.  Families with children already registered in Religious School receive $25.00 discount.  Book Study meetings correspond with Family Shabbat dates.  See Religious School Calendar.

Questions contact Tara Saltzman tara@bethevergreen.org

Beth Evergreen is a Sponsoring Congregation of the Alternative Gift Fair and is right around the corner!  We need your help!  Bake sale items are needed and there are still plenty of volunteer opportunities such as cashier spots and greeters!  
 
Additionally, we are requesting:
  • Contributions for the Bake Sale (financial, baked goods or packaging) which offsets the expenses of the fair. Please contact Randi Murray.
  • Volunteers to take a shift for a few hours such as:
  • Cashiers & cashier support
  • Cashier Line Director
  • Parking attendant
  • Set-up, Break-down/Clean-up before and after the event
  • Front door greeter (Greet shoppers and distribute shopping bags)
  • Hospitality room (Welcome/chat with volunteers and vendors, re-supply coffee, snacks, etc.)
  • Medical assistant (Nurse/EMT, etc. to be available in case of unexpected events, first aid, etc.) 

November 17, 7:30PM

Join us for a Shabbat featuring the stylings of Paul Simon and Neil Young for a musical experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Youth and Family News

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Intergenerational Book Study, November 11

Join Rabbi Jamie in this 7 session exploration of the often challenging  experience of talking to children (and each other) about God using Harold S. Kushner’s book “When Children Ask About God; A Guide for parents Who Don’t Always Have All the Answers”.

Registration $100/family includes book fee and childcare.  Families with children already registered in Religious School receive $25.00 discount.  Book Study meetings correspond with Family Shabbat dates.  See Religious School Calendar.

Questions contact Tara Saltzman tara@bethevergreen.org

Stained Glass Window Unveiling, December 13

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM, our third stained glass window will be presented.  This magnificent piece was designed from ideas and sketches developed by the 7th grade class of CBE last year.  On December 13, come join the presentation of this work by Linda Elliott.  Linda, Rich Levine, and Rabbi Arnold will discuss the process of the creation of these pieces, the importance of ritual art within a religious community space, and the hidden meanings contained within each of the three windows.

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