Congregation Nevei Kodesh’s journey, like that of the Jewish people, has been filled with wandering and transition. Founded 20 years ago as a group of Havurot coming together, the Nevei Kodesh community has traveled far; it has changed, expanded, and grown along with its membership, all the while maintaining its commitment to the spiritual practice of Judaism. Now, after years of communing in people’s living rooms, renting space at the Unitarian Church, and nestling above a Dairy Queen and a Moe’s Bagels in a small downtown shopping center, Nevei Kodesh has settled into its new, and hopefully permanent, home.
Located at 1925 Glenwood Avenue in north Boulder, the building once housed the Bethel Methodist Church. Nevei Kodesh currently has a lease-to-buy contract with United Methodist Church. Nevei Kodesh has done initial renovation of the sanctuary, classrooms and kitchen to make the space functional for their needs, with more changes to come once they purchase the space.
To celebrate this new chapter, Nevei Kodesh is hosting a community-wide dedication and Grand Opening ceremony this Saturday, May 11, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Friends, family and neighbors are all invited to the event which will feature food, dancing, blessings and dedications by Rabbis Tirzah Firestone and David Zaslow, a performance by the Kosher Ham Players, and music by Sheldon Sands and Joe Lukasik. There will also be an art exhibit downstairs.
Dena Gitterman, Nevei Kodesh’s executive director, said:
Nevei Kodesh means ’Oasis of Holiness.’ And, our new home, which we have been working toward for quite awhile, is really just that: a place of sacred community and joy; a physical dwelling that will also house our spirit.
“After a long time, we are most definitely home,” she added.
Gitterman reported that Nevei Kodesh has plans to make the sanctuary, classrooms and social hall/kitchen available to other groups for rent. You can contact her at (303) 443-4567.
For additional information about the May 11 Grand Opening, please call 303-443-4567 or visit our website at www.neveikodesh.org