It’s official! The Boulder Orthodox Synagogue has settled into its new home and welcomed its new Rabbi and Rebetzen.
Rabbi Ami and Rebetzin Eliana Silver, with their two daughters Noveya and Tzohar, have just moved to Boulder. They have settled into the house on the Har Hashem campus, the one previously inhabited by Rabbi Rose. Boulder Orthodox Synagogue has also settled into its new home, utilizing the Har Hashem South Building for Shabbat and holiday services plus other programs.
Rav Ami and Eliana come to us from their recent Jewish community leadership roles at Cornell University. Rabbi Ami attended McGill University and Bat Ayin Yeshiva before receiving smicha at Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov in Jerusalem. He is a familiar face to the Boulder Orthodox Community having acted as visiting Rabbi over several Summers and delighting and inspiring everyone with his warmth, teaching and davening.
Eliana has a long history in Boulder, going back to when she was a student at Naropa University. Eliana made aliyah, spending seven years studying, teaching and working in Israel, returning frequently to visit her friends and family and of course the beautiful mountains of Boulder. She has always been a strong member of our community and we are delighted to have her back.
Rav Ami and Eliana have been involved in creating grassroots communities. They were founding members of a vibrant and diverse community in Jerusalem called Ve’Ani Tefilla, led by Rav Raz Hartman. For the past three years, the Silvers have directed the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Cornell University. A partnership of the Orthodox Union and Hillel, JLIC places rabbinic couples on campuses throughout North America to provide ongoing Jewish learning, programming, personal support and Shabbat and holiday hospitality to create a safe and inviting Jewish home for Jewish students of all backgrounds.
Rav Ami and Eliana are committed to growing the orthodox community in Boulder, and are excited about connecting with the diverse Jewish community here. The Silvers invite members of the broad Jewish community to introduce themselves and hope to have the opportunity to share a Shabbat meal, services, learn together or simply to meet over coffee and share their stories.
We want to express our gratitude to Gary Fifer and the Har Hashem community for so quickly and thoroughly working with us to create a new home for Boulder Orthodox Synagogue and for the Silvers. We further want to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to make this transition happen, and for everyone’s genuine enthusiasm as Boulder Orthodox Synagogue embarks in the next phase of our community’s growth.
Please join us this for Shabbat for services starting at 9:30 am in the foyer of Har Hashem’s south building, and stay for kiddush. Also, stay tuned in the coming weeks for more updates about learning opportunities, programs, service times and other community developments.