Rabbi Marc Soloway has been Bonai Shalom’s rabbi since 2004, the same year that he was ordained at The Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies at The American Jewish University in Los Angeles. His rabbinical training spanned six years in London, Jerusalem, and Los Angeles. Before that, he was an actor and storyteller in his native London, and developed and performed a spirited one-man show of Jewish stories called The Empty Chair, as well as a show for children called The Jewish Princess and Other Stories. He was also a practitioner of complementary medicine, including massage and cranial-sacral therapy. He values dialogue and diversity and is a jubilant supporter of the chicken and goat co-op.
Rabbi Marc is engaged with many important faith-based, environmental, and justice organizations and contributions to the world community are great. He is very involved with Boulder’s rabbinic community through Haver and an active member of a local interfaith clergy group through Together Colorado. An active participant in Limmud Conference in the UK, he served as co-chair in 1996 and 1997 and was a founding board member of Limmud Colorado in 2008.
He is also active in Hazon, America’s largest faith-based environmental organization, and he serves as the national chair of Hazon’s Rabbinical Advisory Board, as well as a member of Hazon’s Colorado Advisory Board. This involvement has helped Bonai Shalom’s greening work, which has been recognized nationally.
Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein of Bonai Shalom
Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein recently moved to Boulder, and is excited by the hiking, biking and mountain air. He is a teacher who strives to make learning accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds and an officiant who works to build meaningful, authentic ceremonies.
He lived most recently in St Paul, MN, where he was founding director of By The Rivers: A Multi-Faith Learning and Lifecycle Center; was a staff member at Hineni: A Center for Adult Jewish Learning and Contemplative Practices, and a member of the Interfaith Family Network.
For two years, he was rabbi of the Tri-City Jewish Center, in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa. He was then the rabbi at Temple of Aaron, St. Paul, MN from 2002 to 2014.
Rabbi Alan currently works helping manage the Genius team at the Apple Store in the Twenty Ninth Street mall, repairing relationships, iPhones and computers.
He and his wife Becky are blessed with three children, Noa, Naveh and Naomi.