Our Mission

Our Mission: Congregation Bonai Shalom is an egalitarian synagogue of diverse membership that embraces traditional prayer and practice with openness and creativity. We strive to make a difference in our community and the world by preparing our children for Jewish Life, providing adult education, strengthening connections to Israel, and participating in social action projects and green initiatives.  Bonai Shalom is affiliated with The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

FullSizeRender (13)Bonai Shalom was founded in 1981 by a small group of visionaries who dreamed up a warm, welcoming place to daven, build community and provide their children with a solid Jewish education.  Today, their vision is a reality. With over 200 families in our membership and over 70 children being educated by our highly qualified staff.

In Hebrew, Congregation Bonai Shalom (CBS), means ‘Builder of Peace.’ CBS is associated with the Conservative movement of Judaism. It remains committed to traditional observance and worship. Most of our prayers are in Hebrew. However, we recognize the importance of appropriate change and evolution in our religious heritage. As a result, the synagogue is egalitarian- men and women participate equally in all aspects of the the congregation and service.

While maintaining its identity as Boulder’s conservative egalitarian synagogue, Bonai Shalom is a diverse, multi-generational congregation. We have, as our foundation, a warm, accepting and participating membership. We believe that our rabbi, Rabbi Marc Soloway, has been able to build on this foundation through his enthusiasm and spirituality.

Pride-image_FINAL-500x500CBS is an open, affirming and diverse community that values difference and individuality. Among our members and guests we welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans* and questioning Jews and non-Jews. We are an inclusive congregation.  We welcome and strive to accommodate people of all abilities, and encourage all members of our community to participate.

In September of 2013, on Yom Kippur, Boulder County was hit by the 100 year flood. This flood destroyed many properties within 17 surrounding counties. The Congregation Bonai Shalom’s Shul was flooded and suffered intense damage, as well as, Rabbi Marc Soloway’s home. Thank you to local, national, and global donations we have been blessed enough to rebuild.