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Rabbi Gerson: finding the recipe to stay young at heart

Rabbi Gerson: finding the recipe to stay young at heart

Rabbi Bernard Gerson has been at Rodef Shalom since 1993, with one of the longest careers among his colleagues in the region. Gerson received his ordination 20 years ago from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America after receiving a BA in Jewish studies from Brandeis. Rabbi Gerson and his wife, Sue, have two children, Elliot, 19 and Jenny,17.

WITH 18 years behind him at Rodef Shalom, Rabbi Bernard Gerson describes his synagogue as the smallest big shul, a synagogue that offers a full range of services but has an intimate, family feel.

Since Rodef Shalom participated in a program called Synagogue 2000, Gerson has led his congregation in new ways to combine devotion to tradition while innovating to meet people’s spiritual needs.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 July 2011 11:46 )

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Denver

Rabbi Joel Schwartzman retires

Rabbi Joel Schwartzman retiresRabbi Joel Schwartzman, spiritual leader of B’nai Chaim since 2000, retired on July 1, 2011, to spend more time with his family. He will continue as part-time rabbi at Synagogue of the Summit, which encompasses the Jewish communities of Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne and Breckenridge. Schwartzman, who served as a Jewish chaplain in the US Air Force for 23 years, moved to Denver upon his retirement from the military in 1998.
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Denver

Catching up with Rabbi Bruce Dollin and the HEA

Catching up with Rabbi Bruce Dollin and the HEARabbi Bruce Dollin is coming up on 17 years as the senior rabbi at the Hebrew Educational Alliance, serving 925 member families. Rabbi Dollin began his rabbinical studies at the University of Judaism, and received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC. He attended the University of Santa Clara, receiving his undergraduate degree in psychology. Rabbi Dollin and his wife, Tammy, have four children, Yoni, Shai, Kivi and Aviva. ALTHOUGH his congregation may be anyt...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 June 2011 15:37 )

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Denver

Rabbi Zucker retiring after 18 years at Shalom Cares

Rabbi Zucker retiring after 18 years at Shalom CaresRabbi David J. Zucker will retire as full-time chaplain at Shalom Cares (formerly Shalom Park) at the end of June. Rabbi Steven J. Rubenstein of Massachusetts will become the full-time rabbi for residents and patients at Shalom Cares starting in July. Rabbi Zucker began his career at the Shalom Park Nursing Home in 1993. Since then, his “congregation” has grown to include residents and family members, both Jewish and non-Jewish. For more than 18 years, Rabbi Zucker has been responsible fo...

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 June 2011 10:38 )

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Denver

JFS at the JCC: agencies join forces for seniors

JFS at the JCC: agencies join forces for seniors JFS and Loup JCC are teaming up to provide social, recreational, educational, and health programming to older adults under the new name of JFS at the JCC Colorado Senior Connections. All programs will all take place at the JCC. Cathy Grimm, program coordinator and director of Senior Solutions at JFS says: “This new partnership will take all the programs older adults love at the JCC and will add exciting new programs and resources that will strengthen and bring the community together.” ...
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