Before the intermountain region became punctuated with Jewish congregations with clever names like B’nai Vail, Har Mishpachah, B’nai Big Sky and Beth Elk, there was Beth Evergreen, thanks to the foresight and determination of a guy named Bernie Goldman.
Goldman, a brazen New Yorker and avid skier, moved his family to Evergreen in 1973, and quickly discovered that the nearest synagogue, the HEA on Stuart St., was nearly an hour away. He located a handful of Jewish families in the Evergreen area and decided to bring Judaism to the mountains. Today, Beth Evergreen is a vibrant congregation with a beautiful mountain-style facility and full-time rabbi.
Years later, when Goldman married Susan Zinn and moved to Denver, he didn’t forget Beth Evergreen but refocused his tenacity as he and Susan founded the Historic Isaac G. Solomon Synagogue Foundation. The community treasure on the grounds of the former JCRS is secure.
The Jewish communities of Evergreen and Denver have benefitted from Bernie Goldman’s passion — stemming from his passion for skiing. The US Ski and Snowboard Assn. honored Goldman at age 85 in 2011.
Goldman passed away this week. We thank him for his contributions to Colorado Jewry.
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