Sheila Malcolm graduated from the Leadership Program offered through the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ, http://iishj.org). The purpose of this training is to develop professional leaders who serve the needs of the Secular Humanistic Jewish movement as Jewish ceremonial officiants, philosophic counselors, educators, and movement spokespersons. Within Beth Ami, Sheila facilitates services, creates and updates liturgy and plans congregational events, including a variety of outdoor activities.
M.A. Education, Madrikha/Professional Leader and Life Cycle Officiant
Sheila immigrated from NY to CO many years ago, where she married, raised two children, and completed a 40 year career as a teacher, mentor and substitute in Boulder Valley Schools. She now volunteers voraciously, nurtures the Beth Ami garden, bikes and hikes, and has grown into her role as Madrikha for Beth Ami. Sheila and John plan to continue their world travels. Their children and granddaughter, of course, now live in NYC.
Sheila explored many ways to be Jewish, and finally felt at home and at peace with her discovery of Secular Humanistic Judaism. After meeting Rabbi Wine, the founder of Humanistic Judaism, and other leaders in the movement, she decided to commit time, professional training and creative energy to support the Beth Ami community. She sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Society for Humanistic Judaism. She was a member of the former Jewish Together Boulder, and appreciates the community networking and friendships which resulted from that organization.
A.B Education, Masters in Social Work, Birmingham Temple Educator
Lenore Kingston taught Sunday School for many years. She began her Jewish journey as a Conservative Jew. Her daughters had Bat Mitzvahs in a reform congregation. She belonged to the Birmingham Temple prior to moving to Colorado in 2006. In 1963 Rabbi Sherwin Wine began Humanistic Judaism at the Birmingham Temple.
Lenore worked 31 years for Farmington Public Schools as a School Social Worker, She supported student learning by participating in teacher-parent conferences to develop effective strategies based upon the latest brain research. She intervened in student disputes by teaching effective conflict resolution skills. She taught life skills thru cooperative group games. She values collaborative group problem solving.
Lenore is Beth Ami’s Educational Director. She plans holiday and community events as a member of the Beth Ami Programming Committee. Lenore has mentored many Bar/Bat Mitzvah students over the years. .
Lenore is interested in Jewish history based on historical and archeological data. Humanistic Judaism emphasizes the story of the Jewish people over the past 2500 years. Who are history’s role models?
A creative outlet for Lenore is baking traditional Jewish dishes such as challah, rugalah, mandlebread. If you have an interest in baking, please let her know. She is happy to share her recipes.
Please contact Lenore at email@example.com if you would like to find out more about Beth Ami's Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program.
Marti Hirsch is Beth Ami’s Cultural Director, planning and developing Beth Ami cultural events. As a member of the programming committee she lends her educational experience to organizing activities.
Double B.A. Theatre Directing/Psychology of Creativity,
M.A. Special Education
Marti started her career as an educator while she was still in high school working as an elementary teaching assistant. After earning a Master’s degree in Special Education, she worked as a special education teacher in Richmond, Daly City and Piedmont California, Trenton New Jersey and Atlanta Georgia. She now works part-time as support staff in the Boulder Valley School District where she leads the student Green Team.
Marti was raised in a culturally Jewish household, celebrating Jewish holidays, honoring Jewish values, and supporting Jewish philanthropic groups. When her children were young she began searching for a Jewish congregation that would meet both her ethical and secular needs. She found that with the writings of Rabbi Wine and other leaders of the Humanistic Jewish movement she did not have to filter out parts she did not agree with or things she thought were irrelevant. Marti has found her Jewish home.
When not teaching or “Beth Ami-ing”, Marti may be found doing Tai Chi, hiking, biking, or playing Mah Jongg.