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
WEEK 8:ח/Het echoes with dissonance,strains of regret and anger prompting soul-growth,a ladder linking loss and lasting life.WORD: ח/Het embodies that guttural ACH-growl of exertionthat hoversbetween exasperation and exaltation. Knowing the pain of regret and a flame of righteous anger,she is the ‘mother of all [new] life,’ חוה. WORD-NUMBER PLAY: An early for of this letter was shaped like a ladder. As in Jacob’s dream, she frames the vicissitudes of life as bridges between worlds – earth and
WEEK 7:ז/Zayin is a weapon sharpened by opposition and debate,cutting through delusion,reaping what’s sown, whetting an appetite for more,when well wielded, satiating the soul for good.WORD: The name of the 7th letter as noun is a ‘weapon’ and as verb means ‘to nourish.’ It represents the promise of the Sabbath [7th] Day, the prophetic call to "sow swords into plowshares." WORD-PLAY: The seven-day festival, Sukkot, celebrates the fall harvest. It arises each year with the full moon of the 7th
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