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 9 (part 1) – A Song that Love May Overcome the Life-Threatening Yoke Placed upon a Son or Daughterא – I will give thanks with all my heart. I will recount your wonder, forward and backwards. I will rejoice and exalt in You. I will voice Your lofty nameב – Backtrack the torment in me. Let this sad-mask come off at last.ג – Get away from inner-gangs lost to misplaced judgement, May their names be forgotten for good (Doorways best unopened)ה – Ha! There. These enemies of pure simplicity
PSALM 8 – For perpetuating purposeful service for love’s sakeYud-hei-vav-hei: Contraction, inhale, expansion, exhale. Breath.Our אדון/Adoneinu: Serving You. Mastering me. Connecting, we.מה אדיר/Mah Adir: How majestically beautiful!Each breath, whispered connections, exclamations of wonder,I hear your name everywhere – in the mouths of babes, crying, sucklingin our most vulnerable momentsYou seed strength for the struggleagainst antagonism, vengeance and shame.Your name I see in each hue of
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