B’nai Vail announces arrival of new rabbi
VAIL — B’nai Vail Congregation, which offers a blend of all branches of Judaism in a welcoming Jewish community, recently announced the arrival of a new rabbi, Joel D. Newman.
After receiving undergraduate degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, Newman was ordained at the Leo Baeck College in London. He then served as an associate rabbi in St. Paul and Minneapolis for six years and rabbi in Denver for six years. For the past 23 years, Newman was one of eight rabbis in the U.S. Navy.
There, he deployed 15 times to the Arabian Gulf. He also deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and twice to Djibouti, the Horn of Africa. While serving with the U.S. Marines, Newman made four combat deployments to Iraq and one combat deployment to Afghanistan.
“Joining a new congregation is like a marriage, and this one appears to me to be a perfect fit,” Newman said. “Vail brings together people from all over the country and from different branches of Judaism, not unlike my Navy experience, so I feel right at home.”
Since 1977, B’nai Vail has offered opportunities for Jewish learning, spiritual development, meaningful Shabbat, holiday services, mutual support and social activities all in a modern and welcoming way. The congregation includes approximately 214 families and single households, and 50 children are enrolled in the weekly Sunday school and Hebrew School. The services and programs meet the wide range of Jewish needs — from people raised reform, conservative or orthodox to non-Jewish family members.
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“This is an exciting time in the evolution of B’nai Vail,” said Mark Gordon, president of the B’nai Vail board of directors. “We have a seasoned rabbi who appeals to the variety of members that our congregation attracts.”
B’nai Vail offers Shabbat Services every Friday night at the Vail Interfaith Chapel located at 19 Vail Road in Vail. An Oneg begins at 5:30 p.m., with a 6-6:45 p.m. Shabbat Service followed by Kiddush. High Holiday service information can be found on the website at http://www.bnaivail.org or by calling the office, 970-477-2992.
Grandparents nature workshop is Tuesday
Grandparents, and those who will be, are invited to a workshop for grandparents of preschool-aged children. The workshop is set for Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon in the Eagle County Building, located at 500 Broadway, Eagle.
“The workshop is for adults, who will be acting like children,” said organizer Greg Earle.
Earle said participants will learn simple ideas to help their grandchildren connect with nature while they learn about counting, sorting, matching, colors, sounds, seasons, trees, vocabulary and more. The hands-on workshop is free, and an activity guidebook and CD are available for $35. For registration and information, contact Earle at 970-343-0369 or 970-328-2329, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-278-8822. The registration deadline is Monday.
VSSA students selected for youth council
Three students from the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy have been selected to serve as members of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center’s youth advisory council, CSSRC Director Christine Harms announced.
Ruby Black, Emma Hall and Lauren Viola from the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy will advise the CSSRC on school safety issues during the 2014-15 school year. The advisory council, officially called the Youth Engaged for School Safety, or YES2, provides guidance to the CSSRC on school and youth safety.
“Among the concerns we want youth to address are bullying and cyberbullying,” Harms said. “We plan to launch campaigns using social media, including Twitter and Instagram, designed and promoted by young Coloradans to develop strategies for safer school environments.”
YES2 is a nine-member council in its second year of working with the CSSRC.