Rabbi Benjamin (Jamie) Arnold was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1999. He came to Congregation Beth Evergreen as their first full-time rabbi in 2005. He is originally from Western New York and served Temple Sinai in Amherst, NY from 1999 until 2005.
As a congregational rabbi, he brings warmth, scholarship, music, wisdom, a love of tradition, and a way with children to Jewish communal life. In addition to leading spirited worship services at CBE, Rabbi Jamie is actively involved in the religious school, provides spiritual guidance and pastoral counseling, and leads a popular class on Mussar (an intensive Jewish ethical-spiritual discipline) every Thursday at 1 o’clock. His passion for interfaith cooperation and dialogue is evidenced by his leadership of the local Evergreen Interfaith Group and his service as Board President of AT HOME in Evergreen (an affordable housing initiative) and as Vice President of The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado (TIA-CO). Through these organizations and other efforts he orchestrates interfaith dialogues, multi-faith community celebrations, and collaborative social and educational programming. Rabbi Jamie also serves as a volunteer chaplain for the JeffCo Sheriff’s Department.
Rabbi Jamie has had numerous articles published in local newspapers and original liturgical music recorded by both American and Israeli artists.
From Rabbi Jamie’s Blog
Psalm 12 – A Song for Sustaining Love on an Octave Scale / דיבור אמתWe, sons of Adam, Speakers, Namers, Our loyalty to Love caput Our faithfulness finishedWe need Your help. Save us from ourselves for the sake of your WordThis power of tongues so trustingly bestowed.It’s all around -- Careless words, vain speech and falsehoods between friends Spotlight seeking slick talkers setting one heart against anotherCut it out already! Lips wet with vain glosses Tongues contorted by grandstanding that
Psalm 11 – That Love is Victorious / זהירותIn Loving Awareness, I take refuge.How can you say to my nefesh-soul, “Take flight, off to your mountain top!”Leaving wounded outcasts to bend the bow, pull the strings, fling its arrows?With the secure foundations of love in ruins, what’s a tzaddiq to do?This is Your sanctuary, this Your heavenly palace,High among sun and moon, clouds and wind, Your throne,Judging from on high, Your place not mine,Seeing, probing, eyeing humankind.Find and foster Grace
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