These are frightening and surreal days, changing every moment as we redefine our social realities and things we love to do and places we love to be and people we like to hug become less available to us.
How can we remain close and connected while being physically separate? The double parsha from the Torah, Vayakhel/Pekudei and intentional practice can help us navigate this frightening moment in our world.
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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.
Melanie Gruenwald is participating in the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour in July to raise money for Children's Hospital Colorado patients and families because I want to help Children's Colorado ensure healthier futures for kids.
Here is a beautiful mindfulness teaching presented by facilitator Suzanne Weiss recently to the Morning Meditation group that meets daily on zoom, and in person on Tuesdays at Nevei Kodesh and Thursdays at the Boulder JCC from 9 to 9:30 a.m. All are free to join, no meditation experience necessary, only curiosity!