NOW in its third winter season, Har HaShem is one of seven faith communities — and the only synagogue — in Boulder offering overflow shelter for the community’s homeless population.
The faith communities are partnered with BOHO, Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow, a program that started in 2008 after a homeless man froze to death.
“We are what’s called an emergency warming center,” explains Rabbi Josh Rose, senior rabbi at Har HaShem. “So on Thursday nights [throughout the winter], our congregation will serve as a shelter.”
Initially, the emergency warming centers (EWCs) opened when evening temperatures dropped below 32 degrees on clear nights and 38 degrees on wet and snowy nights.
But with little advance notice, it was difficult for volunteers from Har HaShem and the participating churches to coordinate their schedules.