We at Aish Kodesh are in the process of moving from Balsam Avenue in north Boulder to Cherryvale Road on the east side. While we were anticipating the beauty of the lush vistas, and looking forward to being near the future JCC, I confess I did not know how Congregation Bonai Shalom would feel about having us next door.
But at our first formal meeting a few weeks ago, Steve Hill, the incoming president of Bonai, put any apprehensions aside. He not only gave us the warmest of welcomes, he let us know how pleased they are that we are nearby, and how much Bonai looks forward to working together. The meeting centered on common goals, how we can expand the experience of Yiddishkeit in Boulder within our communities, and at the same time respect healthy good neighbor boundaries. What menschen!
While countries, political parties, religious groups, and other associations across the globe are becoming increasingly isolationist and xenophobic in an attempt to protect their own domains, Bonai Shalom has expanded their vision of possibilities, and demonstrated a willingness to open their hearts and their fences to help their new neighbors. I am impressed, moved, and grateful to the Bonai community, and we join them in working together to enhance the experience of Jewish life in Boulder. Todah Rabah to Congregation Bonai Shalom!
We extend an invitation to all Jewish Boulder to join us at our grand opening on July 7, when we will host a Kiddush at 1545 Cherryvale after Shabbat services, around 12:30 pm. Please join us, enjoy some great food and ice cream, and help us celebrate our new home.
President, Aish Kodesh