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 10 (part 2)ל Lonely. Will You too, Love, by-stand and walk away? Now, when wide eyes narrow with fear and anger, grief, you go [and leave me to be] hounded by a pride in my depravity? Seeing solitude as deprivation, who thinks that way?כ Come on. No wonder the nefesh-self’s songs exacerbate an appetite for fills that are fleeting. The kneeling supplicant feels rejection, kindnesses distorted by distance. It’s all, going, like that. כל. לך.מ Mixed up, and down in מזימות, joys zooming by,
Psalm 14 – Love’s Longing for LeadershipConfounding mind, confused heart. Lost discernment says,“There’s no divine justice.Goodwill gone bad. Disgusting.There’s no human-doing good.”Look at us, how far we’ve fallen from the heavens!Are we humans being kind, or wise,running to, or from, your calling?Everyone’s turning away from each other,Wasting the goodness granted,There’s no human-doing good, -being kind.Not a one.Do we not know better?Consuming sorry substitutes for community,This is not the
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