Kobi Chumash, a veteran instructor, teaches Hebrew at Colorado College and in Temple Shalom’s religious school and also serves as the coordinator of Jewish life and as advisor to the Hillel at Colorado College. Kobi lectures frequently and develops and delivers intercultural training programs, presentations and classes regarding various aspects of Israel, Judaism and Jewish history. He has served both as a member of the Colorado Springs CAJE Adult Ed faculty and as its Melton coordinator since 2004.
Rabbi Sandra J. Cohen was ordained from Hebrew Union College in 1995. She has served as assistant rabbi at Temple Emanuel and as the rabbi at Temple Micah. She currently teaches in a variety of settings, including at Regis University. Rabbi Cohen has been teaching with CAJE Adult Ed since its inception in Denver in 1999.
Haver is a coalition of rabbis who work and live in the Boulder Area. Haver’s purpose is to increase the opportunities for Jewish engagement in the boulder Jewish Community, by bringing rabbis together to collaborate on learning opportunities, holiday celebrations, events, lifecycle responsibilities and programs. Haver also serves to provide collegial support and mutual enrichment among the rabbis. Haver’s members are ordained rabbis (or equivalent as determined by Haver) in good standing, who serve Boulder’s existing synagogues and Jewish institutions.
For more information go to www.boulderhaver.org.
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Cynthia benEzra Heller, MSC, is a Jewish and interreligious educator, speaker, facilitator and counselor. She works with diverse groups of people and individuals creating support services, programs and workshops that address a variety of issues including: mentoring for adults exploring Jewish spirituality, education/practice, interfaith education and healing programming for wellness concerns. She formerly served as the Director of Education at Stepping Stones to a Jewish Me and as the Director of the Rafael Jewish Healing Center, at Jewish Family Service. She now leads Jewish Directions, an adult Jewish education and mentoring program and is a master facilitator for Ayeka.
Ellyn Hutt has been teaching in Colorado’s CAJE Adult Education program since its inception. Ellyn describes herself as a student of Torah with an ongoing interest in Jewish mysticism. She enjoys helping students learn about some of the basic ideas of Torah and exploring ways to integrate their understanding into everyday living in a way that is both sophisticated and down-to-earth. Ellyn enjoys learning with adults who are eager and open to deepening their connections to Judaism.
Dr. Julie Lieber earned her Ph.D. in Modern European Jewish History from the University of Pennsylvania. She comes to Colorado by way of the East Coast where she taught in the New York City Melton Mini-School. She also has taught academic and community courses at the University of Pennsylvania and at the University of Denver. A recipient of numerous academic awards and honors, Julie joined the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder in fall 2010.
Steve Uslan, an attorney practicing in the field of family law, has been teaching with CAJE Adult Education for over ten years. Steve’s lifelong passions have been Jewish history, philosophy and theology. An avid student of Torah and Talmud, Steve has developed a significant following at the Hebrew Educational Alliance, where he teaches frequently, and studies Talmud daily with his chevruta and colleague Judge David Richman.
Yael Weinstein has been present in CAJE’s community since 2009 when she joined the Melton faculty after earning her M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University in 2006, focusing on the topics of Anti-Semitism and Jewish Identity. While at Brandeis, Yael had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant for Dennis Ross, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, for his course on the Arab-Israeli conflict. A recipient of numerous academic awards and fellowships, Yael has taught in both the U.S. and Romania, where, as a volunteer member of the Jewish Service Corps, she created and directed the first ever Jewish youth summer camp in Bucharest.
Rabbi Raymond A. Zwerin is a graduate of UCLA and was ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, where he also received his Doctor of Divinity degree in 1989. After serving as assistant rabbi at Congregation Emanuel for three years, Rabbi Zwerin founded Temple Sinai – a synagogue he proudly served for the next 38 years, becoming its rabbi emeritus in 2005. Rabbi Zwerin also was co-founder and President of A.R.E. Publishing, Inc., a major producer of creative Jewish educational materials, and has written numerous books, journal articles, and sermons. Rabbi Zwerin and his wife Rikki have two married children.