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Our Rabbi and Interim Rabbi

Sara Lonstein Gilbert has been ordained as a Rabbi from the Academy of Jewish Religion in California, in May 2006. She and her husband Michael raised their three now-grown children in Denver, where Sara is active in the Jewish community.

Working as a synagogue professional at the Hebrew Educational Alliance for nine years, Sara also worked as a teacher and volunteer in Jewish schools and organizations. She has taught adults, teen and children in such venues as the HEA, BMH/BJ, the Denver Institute for Jewish Studies, the Jewish Women's Resource Center and the Jewish Community Center, specializing in prayer and women's issues.

Sara feels very fortunate to be able to participate in filling the spiritual needs of the Northern Colorado Jewish Community. Emphasizing the importance of making our rich heritage and practice more accessible to Jews of all background, she sees the role of a congregational leader as one of teaching, nurturing and facilitating communal and individual growth. Her purpose is to help each Jew find the understanding that will bring deeper meaning, comfort and beauty to his/her life.

To learn more about our Rabbi's alma matter, visit Academy for Jewish Religion. You can read more about Rabbi Sara's experience at AJR though this link.

While Rabbi Gilbert is on leave we are pleased to learn from interim Rabbi Moshe Halfon. Rabbi Halfon is an active rabbi in Wyoming and periodically speaks, leads services and events elsewhere in Wyoming, and around the country. He is also an accomplished guitarist and cantor.

Rabbi Moshe Raphael Halfon has served as a pulpit rabbi, cantor, Hillel director, and chaplain, as well as a musician and special education teacher. "Reb Moshe" is an accomplished guitarist and singer who performs Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Middle Eastern, blues, jazz and folk music. His album of Jewish healing chants Let There Be Light is used by communities and healers worldwide. Some of his past pulpits include Temple Israel of Long Beach, CA (Reform), Temple Ami-Shalom of West Covina, CA (Conservative), and Agudas Achim of Attleboro, MA (Reconstructionist). In each position he enhanced membership, education, and the synagogue's community profile. He has officiated at hundreds of B’nai mitzvah, weddings, conversions, and funerals, including mixed and same-sex weddings. He has taught Jewish history, Kabbalah, meditation, percussion and dance.