March at Bonai Shalom is Packed with Exciting Events

March 1, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Global Day of Jewish Learning Part 2! Come on back this Spring for a morning of learning, with sessions for adults only. Jason and Rosalie are teaching again and we invite those of you that attended to come back and learn from the other teacher this time as we use 2019’s theme of “Speaking Volumes.” A light lunch will be provided.

March 2, 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm – A Two-Part Class on Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira with Maggid Charna Rosenholtz – A Rabbi whose work has deeply influenced many in the Boulder Jewish community, and whose works are central to exploring Jewish spirituality, Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira (1889-1943), also known by the name of his signature work “Esh Kodesh” (Holy Fire), was a Hasidic rabbi in the Warsaw ghetto who tragically perished in the Holocaust in 1943. His story is of a man who was a giant among men, a rabbi for all times, and an inspiration for many people in the darkest of times. In this two-part class we will visit his story and explore some of his works. His love and faith in God in dark times is a beacon of hope for us all. Maggid Charna Rosenholtz has been teaching Hebrew wisdom since 2005. The second class meets on Wednesday, March 18 at the same time. Come to one or both! Donations Accepted.

March 6, 6:00 pm – First Friday with Dr. Rebecca Wartell: Conversos in the American Southwest: an Early History. Did you know that the first Jews in the New World came as Spanish and Portuguese colonialists in 1492? Forcibly baptized during the Inquisition, many conversos and their descendants sought opportunity and freedom from religious oppression by settling in some of the most remote parts of the Spanish territories. This talk will explore some examples of early Sephardic Jewish settlement in the American Southwest and the implications of this history for the modern Sephardic diaspora. Dr. Rebecca Wartell is an Instructor in the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research is primarily on the early modern Mediterranean and the migration of Iberian refugees after the Spanish Expulsion. Since returning to Colorado, where she is a fourth-generation native, her focus has turned to early Sephardic communities in the Americas. Dr. Wartell has a PhD in History from Monash University and a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University, and also three kids and two cats. Services at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 7:15 pm & talk at 8:00 pm. BYOB Kosher wine or beer.  Dinner is $18 per member, $21 per non-member. $54 max per family.  Please RSVP by March 4th at or by calling the office at 303-442-6605.

And keep an eye out for a separate announcement about PURIM!

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