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Hannah Kapnik Ashar is an alumna of Yeshivat Hadar, the Pardes Institute, Wellesley College, and Kevah Teacher Training.

Bonai Shalom Welcomes Our First Rabbinic Intern

Hannah Kapnik Ashar

After spending much time and effort collaboratively designing a pilot program based on my own experience while in rabbinic school, I am thrilled to announce that Hannah Kapnik Ashar will be Bonai Shalom’s first ever rabbinic intern! Hannah will work closely with me and others in a variety of ritual, educational and pastoral roles, helping with coverage while I am away and supporting our programming and services when I am here. Hannah’s inaugural internship term will run through mid-May to coincide with the academic calendar.

Hannah Kapnik Ashar is an alumna of Yeshivat Hadar, the Pardes Institute, Wellesley College, and Kevah Teacher Training. She is Faculty and Community Educator for the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel. Hannah has collaboratively developed several Jewish learning initiatives, including the Tefilah Retreat, a weekend of Jewish spiritual practice for young adults; Come & Listen, a progressive Jewish podcast; and Girls In Trouble Curriculum, exploring creative interpretation of women’s stories in Torah. She also has worked as a birth doula and you might know her as Zivi’s Mom!

Hannah is excited for this opportunity along her path toward rabbinic ordination!

This is a very exciting development for Bonai Shalom. As we continue to celebrate the Festival of Lights, we are proud to welcome Hannah’s shining light to our community!

About Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc is a native of London, England where he was an actor and practitioner of complimentary medicine before training as a rabbi in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the American Jewish University in 2004 and has been the the spiritual leader at Bonai Shalom in Boulder ever since. Marc was a close student of Rabbi Zalman Schechter Shalomi and received an additional smicha (rabbinic ordination) from him in 2014, just two months before he died. He has been the host and narrator of two documentary films shown on PBS; A Fire in the Forest: In Search of the Baal Shem Tov and Treasure under the Bridge: Pilgrimage to the Hasidic Masters of Ukraine. Marc is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, has traveled to Ghana in a rabbinic delegation with American Jewish World Service and co-chair of the Rabbinical Council and national board member of Hazon, which strives to create more sustainable Jewish communities. In 2015, Marc was among a group of 12 faith leaders honored at The White House as “Champions of Change” for work on the climate. Marc is a proud member of Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish goat milking co-op.

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  1. Mazil Tov to Hannah! And to Bonai Shalom for having her wonderful presence to assist the community.