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Workshop on parenting middle-schoolers

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“Being a parent to a middle schooler can be the toughest gig of all...but it doesn't have to be!”

Parents (or grandparents) of current or soon-to-be middle school students will want to attend the Tuesday, May 2 workshop at Congregation Beth Evergreen, 2981 Bergen Peak Drive. Social worker Laurie Walowitz will talk about the unique challenges and incredible opportunities that come with parenting during the middle school years. Attendees of this free workshop will leave feeling more empowered and confident in their navigation of this often-tumultuous stage of parenting.

Laurie Walowitz, MSW, LSW is the parent of two sons, now in college. They all survived the middle school years! She has facilitated parenting classes and has worked one-on-one with parents throughout Evergreen and Conifer.

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Rabbi David Jaffe to discuss achieving personal and social change

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Rabbi David Jaffe, author of “Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change,” which won the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life, will be this year’s Ellen Diesenhof Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Beth Evergreen, 2981 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen.

The program on Friday, April 28, beginning at 6 p.m. begins with a free community dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat service with Mostly James Taylor music. At 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Jaffe will discuss spirituality and social change. Saturday morning, April 29, Rabbi Jaffe will offer interfaith teen programming, “Agents of Change; Teens Transforming Our World” along with speakers from the Anti-Defamation League.

To RSVP for these events, go to the Congregation Beth Evergreen website, bethevergreen.org

Rabbi Jaffe is the founder and principal of the Kirva Institute, which integrates Jewish spiritual wisdom with community building and social change. He teaches the path of Mussar in Boston and nationally with such organizations as The Mussar Institute and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Jaffe’s writing, teaching and organizing explore the intersection of spiritual and moral development, and ethical action in the world. He is the former Director of Social Justice Programs for the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council, founding board member of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps and was on the founding committee of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. His ordination is from the Bat Ayin Yeshiva, and he has a master’s in social work from Columbia University and a master’s in Jewish studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Jaffe lives in Sharon, Massachusetts, with his wife and two teenage boys. 
For more information, contact Congregation Beth Evergreen at 303-670-4294

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Show what you know: Trivia Night, pub-style

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Do you know every lyric Elton John ever wrote? Can your best friend identify second-tier superheroes by sight? Show off your trivia skills at Congregation Beth Evergreen’s pub-style Trivia Night, 6:30 pm Saturday, April 22 at the synagogue, 2981 Bergen Peak Drive.

The fundraising event will include multiple rounds of trivia. You can team up with some friends or fly solo. If you want to be on a team but can’t find enough people to form one, no problem, we’ll set you up with others.

There will be prizes – like a Winter Park weekend condo and a date with Rabbi Jamie Arnold – not only for the trivia contest winners, but also for the best team name and best team costume.

The ticket price of $99 per person includes the trivia game, two drink tickets, a raffle ticket, and snacks like pizza, wings and other pub food. You can purchase additional drink and raffle tickets when you register.

Want to come but don’t have a sitter? We’re offering three hours of childcare for just $20 per child.

For more information and to register, go to https://bethevergreen.org/participate/community/trivia-night-fundraiser/ or call Congregation Beth Evergreen at 303-670-4294

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Bequest to Knights of Columbus reduces debt

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When Barbara Jackson asked her fellow congregants at Christ the King Catholic Church for help when her husband died several years ago, many men belonging to the Knights of Columbus willingly stepped forward.  It was quite a job, as Earl (her husband) loved to collect junk, and much of it was out in the yard – things discarded by others but with just a little bit of life in them, too good to toss out, as far as he was concerned.  Enough to fill four roll-offs.  Earl had been a janitor at Evergreen High School.  

Earl and Barbara (pictured right) had owned the land where The Overlook subdivision now stands and had lived in a little cabin there since 1935. Before Christ the King Church was constructed years ago, the little cabin at The Overlook had served as a place for mass to be held. 

Barbara didn't drive, so she needed help when it came to medical appointments and running errands.  The ladies of the church helped her with cleaning, and communion was taken to her weekly.  She learned to have her groceries delivered by King Soopers and, according to her friend Joy Poirot, "always included an order of 10 dozen eggs each week to donate to the Loaves and Fishes food bank in Idaho Springs."  

When Barbara died in July of 2016, Christ the King Church learned that she had named the Knights of Columbus as the beneficiary of the sale of her cabin in gratitude for all her fellow parishioners had done for her.  

On Sunday, March 12th, at a pancake breakfast the Knights of Columbus presented a check for $150,000 to Father Jim Fox to help pay down the debt incurred to expand and renovate the church about seven years ago. When the dust settles from the estate, a second payment is anticipated, which should wipe out the remaining debt.

 

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Kabbalah – a Journey of Self-Discovery at CBE

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Rabbi Jamie Arnold will offer Kabbalah 101: A Journey of Self-Discovery in conjunction with Kabbalah Experience at Congregation Beth Evergreen, 2981 Bergen Peak Drive. The classes will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. every other Tuesday from Jan. 10 to March 14. The class is open to all community members regardless of religious affiliation. Participants will experience unseen reality through the study of Kabbalah, an ancient wisdom and mystical tradition that profoundly shaped Judaism, and certainly influenced Christianity over the last 500 years. Topics include: 

  • Who am I, really?
  • Power – Light and Language
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Divine Feminine
  • The Truth about Miracle
  • Radical Understandings of God and Scripture
  • Meditation and Melody

The first class, on Jan. 10, is free. Call Beth Evergreen, 303-670-4294 to RSVP. If you wish to register for the entire course, at a cost of $275, go to the Kabbalah Experience website, http://kabbalahexperience.com/registration/