Rabbi Marc Soloway has been Bonai Shalom’s rabbi since 2004, the same year that he was ordained at The Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies at The American Jewish University in Los Angeles. His rabbinical training spanned six years in London, Jerusalem, and Los Angeles. Before that, he was an actor and storyteller in his native London, and developed and performed a spirited one-man show of Jewish stories called The Empty Chair, as well as a show for children called The Jewish Princess and Other Stories. He was also a practitioner of complementary medicine, including massage and cranial-sacral therapy. He values dialogue and diversity and is a jubilant supporter of the chicken and goat co-op.
Rabbi Marc is engaged with many important faith-based, environmental, and justice organizations and contributions to the world community are great. He is very involved with Boulder’s rabbinic community through Haver and an active member of a local interfaith clergy group through Together Colorado. An active participant in Limmud Conference in the UK, he served as co-chair in 1996 and 1997 and was a founding board member of Limmud Colorado in 2008.
He is also active in Hazon, America’s largest faith-based environmental organization, and he serves as the national chair of Hazon’s Rabbinical Advisory Board, as well as a member of Hazon’s Colorado Advisory Board. This involvement has helped Bonai Shalom’s greening work, which has been recognized nationally.
Essential contributions to our world community include:
- Summer 2011, Rabbi Marc was in Ghana as part of a Rabbinic Delegation with American Jewish World Service, volunteering with a grantee in the south of the country, rehabilitating child slaves in the region.
- 2011/2012, Rabbi Marc was a fellow of the prestigious Rabbis Without Borders program with The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in New York. He is also a graduate of the 5th Rabbinic Cohort of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a two-year program for Jewish leaders in mindfulness meditation practices.
- 2012, the film A Fire in the Forest premiered in several cities. This documentary film, hosted and narrated by Rabbi Marc, traces the historical and spiritual legacy of the Baal Shem Tov.
- 2015, the film Treasure Under the Bridge premiered in several cities. In Treasure Under the Bridge, Rabbi Marc Soloway invites us on his journey to modern-day Ukraine to visit the graves of Hasidic Masters as he tries to establish a connection with the famous names that have so long occupied a place in his imagination. Along the way, he introduces us to the colorful characters he meets, and we get to see for ourselves the burial places of these Hasidic masters in Uman, Bratzlav, Anipol, Berditchev, Gnatovka, and Mezhibozh, as Soloway tells us stories and anecdotes of each master.
You can reach Rabbi Marc at firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 1102. Learn more about Rabbi Marc: Story: The Tree of Life, Story: The Angel of Friendship, Story: A Fire in the Forest, JDOV Talk – Breath Medicine
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. Hannah is excited for this opportunity on her path toward rabbinic ordination. She also has worked as a birth doula. You might know her as Zivi and Aya’s Mom. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Kit, a native of Michigan, has lived in Colorado for over a decade and been the director of Bonai Shalom for 5 years. She brings to Bonai Shalom several years of experience in administrative management, event planning, marketing and project management. She feels at home at Bonai and loves coming to work every day. She has pursued many dreams and her accomplishments include working for Farm Sanctuary, running a coffee shop, and becoming a mom. Kit has a deep love of music, Judaism, learning, and animals. Kit loves being a wife and a mom to her three kids, Mae, Amaya and her beagle Willameena. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and ext. 1103.
Esther, Education Director
Esther Benari Altmann, previously, the interim Head of School and Judaic Studies Coordinator of the former Sinai Academy Jewish Day School in Pittsfield (where she served for two years), Esther boasts nearly two decades of experience in Jewish education, including as Principal of Supplementary and Day Schools in Eastern and Western Canada. Prior to her career as an educator, Esther, an Israeli native, worked as a criminal attorney, including a stint as Chief Prosecutor in the Haifa Police Judicial Department. Esther holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Jewish Studies from Bar-Ilan University, Israel and Jewish Day School Principal Certification from York University, Canada. She also has a Master’s Degree and a LLB from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Esther holds a highly prestigious Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s Excellence in Education award.
Mary is a transplant from Hinesville, Georgia, which is about 30 miles SE of Savannah, Georgia. Mary has extensive experience in customer service, sales and marketing. She has worked in a supervisory capacity as Emergency Room control supervisor, Intern with the Operating Engineers, Office Manager, dispatcher at Trucking Company, Plant Service Manager at a Chemical Plant, and then Store Manager at Coach. She was blessed to provide end of life care for her parents which allowed her to get to know them in a different way and experience things that she never thought that she would be able to. It was tough but her life with them has given her strength to be the person she is today. God first, and then family and friends. Bonai Shalom is the perfect fit for her because she finds inner peace and comfort from the community. In 2015, Mary moved to Colorado to be closer to her daughter and three grandsons. She says “To feel those many hugs from a child are a blessing and can heal a broken heart.” You can reach Mary at email@example.com
Ayla, Receptionist/Kitchen Supervisor
Ayla is a native of Colorado. She originally came to Bonai Shalom with her family in 2007 as a student in the Hebrew school. Over the years Judaism has played an increasingly important role in her life, and she is thrilled to be back to work for her childhood community. She has always loved fine dining and is passionate about combining Jewish values with outstanding food. In her free time, she likes to be outside or dancing. You can reach Ayla at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-442-6605.
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