Returning to Our Roots: High Holidays at Boulder Aish Kodesh

Aish LogoImagine spending Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur in a field, “among the trees and grass – among all growing things, talking with the One to whom you belong.” Praying in community and singing the ancient, inspiring melodies has a certain power to stir the heart and uplift the spirit. There are times, however, during these holiest of days when you just need to take a break from services, go off by yourself and spend some time sitting by the creek or under a tree for some quiet reflection.

Behind a little white house at 1545 Cherryvale Road in Boulder, stands a large white tent that has been our open air synagogue all summer long. Nestled amidst the woods and South Boulder Creek, we find inspiration being in a place of natural beauty. We are a caring community of people who value authenticity and heartfelt connections with each other and our Source. We represent a diversity of Jewish backgrounds and experience, welcoming everyone exactly where they are.

The line quoted in the opening paragraph, is from a teaching of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, which concludes:

May I express there everything in my heart,
And may all the foliage of the field –
All grasses, trees, and plants –
Awake at my coming,
To send the powers of their life into the words of my prayer
So that my prayer and speech are made whole
Through the life and spirit of all growing things,
Which are made as one by their transcendent Source.”

Please join us at Boulder Aish Kodesh, our tent is open.  Services will be led by our cantor, Chazzan Lev (Feivel) Ettelson. On Rosh Hashanah he will be assisted by student rabbi Raif Melhado, who joins us from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York.

On Yom Kippur, we are once again honored to have as our guest, Rabbi Henoch Dov Hoffman, Ph.D. from Denver. Rabbi Hoffman has long been a friend, supporter and guide of Aish Kodesh, bringing years of experience in such fields as Kabbalah, wilderness exploration and psychodrama. He studied with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and Rabbi Shloime Twerski and holds degrees from Dartmouth, Antioch and CU Boulder.

Reb Ari Hoffman, a Torah scholar, skilled therapist and heartfelt ba’al tefillah (prayer leader) will also be joining us on Yom Kippur.

For more information call: 303-317-3903 or email:

High Holiday Schedule

Rosh Hashana

Wednesday September 4

Evening Services begin at 6:30 PM

Thursday September 5

Morning Services begin at 9:00 AM

Kiddush lunch at 1:30 PM

Afternoon Services begin at 4:30 PM

Friday September 6

Morning Services begin at 9:00 AM

Kiddush lunch at 1:30 PM

Afternoon Services begin at 4:30 PM

Yom Kippur

Friday September 13

Kol Nidre at 6:30 PM

Saturday September 14

Morning Services begin at 9:00 AM

Afternoon Services begin at 5:00 PM

Break Fast at 7:50 PM

About Lev Ettelson

Reb Lev Ettelson serves the Jewish community of Boulder as a teacher and Ba'al Tefillah (prayer leader).

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