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Rabbi Mel Glazer serves a dually affiliated congregation

Rabbi Mel Glazer serves a dually affiliated congregation

Originally, from Atlanta, Rabbi Mel Glazer received a degree in philosophy and Hebrew literature in a double degree program at Columbia and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Glazer received a masters in Judaica from JTS and was ordained in 1974.

He was a rabbi in Canada from 1992-1995. In 1995, he received his doctorate in grief and mourning from the Princeton Theological Seminary.  Glazer has served at Temple Shalom in Colorado Springs for four years.

He is married to Ellen Mossman Glazer, a behavioral coach for young children. They have four children, Avi, Elan, Shoshi and Rafi.

RABBI Mel Glazer first found his passion for Judaism as a camper at Ramah in the Poconos. Initially sent by his late rabbi and role model, Rabbi Harry H. Epstein, Glazer went on to spend 20 summers at Ramah camps, attend Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Pennsylvania and ultimately be ordained.


Rabbi Rheins says Temple Sinai ‘buzzing with activity’

Rabbi Rheins says Temple Sinai ‘buzzing with activity’Rabbi Richard S. Rheins, born in Cincinnati and raised in Indianapolis, has been the senior rabbi at Temple Sinai since 2005. Receiving his bachelor’s in telecommunications from Indiana University, Rheins’ life took a renewed turn toward Judaism when he went to Israel in 1981 and lived on Kibbutz Ein HaShofet. Rheins attended HUC-JIR and was ordained in 1989. He served as an associate and senior rabbi at Temple Beth El in New York and Temple David in Pennsylvania. In 2005, he succeeded fou...

Rabbi Meyer’s goal is to inspire: one family at a time

Rabbi Meyer’s goal is to inspire: one family at a timeRabbi Yaakov Meyer, a native of New York, studied in Yeshiva HaNegev in Netivot, Israel under Rabbi Daniel Lehrfield. Moving to Denver in 1984, Meyer started the Southeast Center for Judaism in 1995 in Greenwood Village, and expanded and joined Aish Hatorah in 2000, now known as Aish Denver. Rabbi Meyer and his wife of almost 28 years Chaya reside in the Southeast community and have 10 children and five grandchildren. THE Jewish community in Southeast Denver has grown at a rapid rate ever since...

Rabbi Engel: ‘Every act we do has a profound impact’

Rabbi Engel: ‘Every act we do has a profound impact’Rabbi Yisroel Engel, originally from Montreal, Canada, received his rabbinical ordination under Rabbi Piekarski at Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch 32 years ago and came to Denver in 1981. Rabbi Engel is the leader of Chabad in Colorado and Bais Menachem in Denver. Fluent in French, Engel is married to Leah and they are blessed with 12 children and many grandchildren. A VETERAN Colorado spiritual leader, Rabbi Engel stays inspired and committed to spreading Yiddishkeit around the Jewish community. Lea...

Rabbi Gerson: finding the recipe to stay young at heart

Rabbi Gerson: finding the recipe to stay young at heartRabbi 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 o...

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