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Congregation Har HaShem

Our vision: We create meaning in our lives…through Jewish practice. We celebrate together and lift each other when we have fallen. We are inspired to realize our human potential. We work to make the world more just. Your support strengthens our community. In strength, we give back to the world.

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Homeless Support and Advocacy

Class

Public, Society Benefit 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Homeless
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

For more than a decade, Har HaShem has partnered with Bridge House and BOHO and other faith institutions to provide emergency and other temporary shelter for homeless individuals. Since 2018, In partnership with Bridge House, we provide housing for individuals who have experienced homelessness. We are demonstrating a model through which property owners can rent their properties and achieve both societal and their financial goals.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Har HaShem has provided more than 30,000 individual nights of shelter over a 10-year period. Our current partnership with Bridge House provides transitional housing for six residents at a time. We have also inspired at least one additional landlord to offer their rental property for this program.

Jewish Education and Continuation

Class

Religion 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Families
General population

Description

Experiential and educational programs for children, adults and families exploring Jewish practice, values, text, history and culture, including services, summer camp, youth groups, retreats, workshops, reading groups and classes.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We measure our impact by program attendance and lifecycles celebrated. This year, we will bring 38 young teens to celebrate Bar Mitzvah and another 10 teens to confirmation. Almost 200 children participate in our educational programs. Our three youth groups have among the highest participation in our region, greater than congregations much larger than we are. We send almost 40 kids to summer camps.

Adult education includes a weekly Torah study that gathers 50 to 60 weekly and continues to draw similar or greater numbers online during the pandemic closure. Other educational programs run for shorter periods through the year and can draw from five to 25 participants. Last year, 14 adults celebrated b'nai mitzvah together. They studied and prepared for more than a year in advance.

Weekly service attendance draws 80 to 125 weekly on Friday evenings, and our High Holy Day services draw thousands of attendees to services for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

Environmental Action and Advocacy

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Families
General population

Description

Comprehensive review of our operations to minimize our energy consumption and carbon footprint, reduce waste and advocate for change.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have replaced nearly every light bulb with more efficient LEDs, installed programmable thermostats, added a capacity limiter on the power supply for one building, added installation and a more reflective roof during a recent repair, changed our grounds maintenance procedures, replaced most or all disposable products with compostables in order to reduce our carbon footprint and eliminate waste. We have installed solar panels on our building roofs. We have an incentive program in place to encourage our members to add solar panels to their homes and have led informational panels about energy conservation for our members and others. Our Green Team is creating programs to explore environmental advocacy and ways to reduce food waste and the impact of our individual food choices.

Community Building and Social Activities

Class

Mutual, Membership Benefit 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
General population
Parents
Single Parents

Description

Neighborhood and interest groups, receptions and gatherings that build connections among members and create opportunities to celebrate together and support one another.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We point to attendance and the testimonials that individual share about Har HaShem as evidence of our impact. Members linger after services on Friday evenings to enjoy one another and a light reception. More than 300 have attended our annual Harmony+Hops community and fund raiser. We have neighborhood groups around Boulder that gather socially, provide meals during illnesses or bereavement or support one another in different ways. Every member is assigned to a neighborhood group, and 10 to 20 congregants captain these individual groups.

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