Rabbi Fred Greene is respected for his insight and passions as a community partner, and has worked with different agencies to promote social justice and the protection of civil rights, and address addiction, food insecurity and homelessness. He is a gifted teacher of all ages, and has been a strong advocate for youth engagement and Jewish summer camp experiences.
Rabbi Greene comes to Har HaShem from Temple Beth Tikvah in Roswell, Georgia, where he served for nine years. His background has a wide range of experiences, including serving as the Associate Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel of Bridgeport, Connecticut, working for organizations such as the New Israel Fund, and working in different departments of the Union for Reform Judaism focusing on adult education, membership engagement, and outreach to those who feel vulnerable in the Jewish community. He was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, in 2001, and remains an active member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Along with his wife, Deborah, Rabbi Greene is the proud father of daughters Yael, Leora, and Noa.
Rabbi Emeritus – Rabbi Deborah Bronstein of Har HaShem
Rabbi Emerita Deborah Ruth Bronstein is known nationally for her passion for causes of justice and compassion. She loves to teach adults and children alike, using stories to define life issues and provide personal meaning while addressing serious themes in her sermons. Rabbi Bronstein thinks of herself above all as a pastoral rabbi, devoting great personal attention to the ill, the mourner, or the individual person in conflict or need. In this respect, she likes to call Har HaShem the “home of hope.”
She delights in lifecycle simchas and personal joys in the lives of her congregational family as well as in the fun and joyous holy days for our diverse community. With deep concern for those who live on the margins of society, she is an inspiring voice on the role of synagogues in providing a spiritual haven for those struggling with mental illness, and she sits on the boards for various mental health programs, safe houses and shelters.
Adjunct Rabbi – Rabbi Ruth Gelfarb of Har HaShem
Rabbi Ruth Gelfarb has a B.A. with honors from Harvard College and received a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination from HUC – JIR . While at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Gelfarb was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy (Chaplain-Retired) and received the Stephen Pierce award for counseling excellency.
Rabbi Gelfarb is certified through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation Practice.
Rabbi Gelfarb is passionate about social justice, teaching, Jewish spirituality and making connections with world Jewry. Prior to joining Har HaShem, Rabbi Gelfarb served as the Director of Service at American Jewish World Service, Program Director at the Chicago Foundation for Women, and as the Senior Jewish Educator at the University of Chicago’s Hillel. While a rabbinic student, Rabbi Gelfarb interned at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, the world’s largest synagogue for LGBTQ Jews and their families.
She has also traveled to Jewish communities in Ethiopia, Turkey, Israel, France, Argentina, El Salvador as well as to India, Nepal, Thailand and Ghana.
Rabbi Gelfarb, a New York native, lives in Boulder with her husband Tom Hopson, an atmospheric scientist, and their rescue dog, Cappy.
Rabbi Gelfarb joined the Har HaShem community in 2011. Presently, Rabbi Ruth E. Gelfarb assists the clergy team in conversions and providing pastoral care. She also leads our monthly Tikkun Middot/ soul trait program, our monthly contemplative Shabbat experiences and our Women of Har HaShem Rosh Hodesh group. A master educator, she enjoys teaching mindfulness and Jewish history, philosophy, and poetry.