An open letter to the Boulder Jewish Community:
As you may have heard, I have accepted a position at MIT Hillel serving as Senior Jewish Educator.
It was not a simple decision, primarily because of the many people that we love here in Boulder. Through our ten years here, my life and the lives of my wife and children have been enriched through learning, praying, feasting, celebrating and building with the wonderful and unique Boulder Jewish community. What a first job this has been!
We’ve had the honor of meeting so many people. Some have come through our community for a short while, gotten inspired, and moved to Israel or Denver. Others have been with us the whole time, building alongside us. Some come to classes, some to daven, others to our unique Purim parties or annual dinners. If we had a reunion of everyone who set foot at an Aish Kodesh event, we could sure have a lively mechitza dance party.
Ketriellah and I believe in the Aish Kodesh community, because we have seen it grow. When we got here ten years ago, the shul was in our living room. My kids got to witness our morning minyans from their breakfast table. Now Aish resides in a beautiful property nestled in what promises to be the new heart of Jewish Boulder. We have a wonderful executive director, a very capable board, and a wide array of members and donors from across the spectrum of Jewish Boulder.
Morah Yehudis Fishman took Aish Kodesh from Point A to point B. We have had the honor of guiding Aish Kodesh to Point C. And now it is time for someone else to guide this community to the next stage.
One of the most important lessons we have learned over the years is that a rabbi and rebbitzen, even with a capable staff, devoted board and willing contributors, cannot do it alone. It really takes a village. Aish’s successful future requires that all of Jewish Boulder, from the JCC to Har HaShem to Chabad, recognize the value of diversity. Communities thrive when they embrace diversity.
Perhaps our leaving can be an impetus for the greater community – lay leaders, rabbis, teachers, thinkers, funders and learners – to have what the good people at JT Boulder have been calling the Courageous Conversation. This is a conversation I want to be a part of. In the coming months, let’s get together and share memories and stories, tie up any loose ends, and speak about the great future that Aish Kodesh, and Jewish Boulder, are headed toward.