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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.

Essential contributions to our world community include:

  •  Summer 2011, Rabbi Marc was in Ghana as part of a Rabbinic Delegation with American Jewish World Service, volunteering with a grantee in the south of the country, rehabilitating child slaves in the region.
  •  2011/2012, Rabbi Marc was a fellow of the prestigious Rabbis Without Borders program with The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in New York. He is also a graduate of the 5th Rabbinic Cohort of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a two-year program for Jewish leaders in mindfulness meditation practices.
  • 2012, the film A Fire in the Forest premiered in several cities. This documentary film, hosted and narrated by Rabbi Marc, traces the historical and spiritual legacy of the Baal Shem Tov.
  • 2015, the film Treasure Under the Bridge premiered in several cities.  In Treasure Under the Bridge, Rabbi Marc Soloway invites us on his journey to modern-day Ukraine to visit the graves of  Hasidic Masters as he tries to establish a connection with the famous names that have so long occupied a place in his imagination. Along the way, he introduces us to the colorful characters he meets, and we get to see for ourselves the burial places of these Hasidic masters in Uman, Bratzlav, Anipol, Berditchev, Gnatovka, and Mezhibozh, as Soloway tells us stories and anecdotes of each master.

You can reach Rabbi Marc at, ext. 1102, or you can use this link to schedule an appointment with him using Calendly. Learn more about Rabbi Marc: Story: The Tree of LifeStory: The Angel of FriendshipStory: A Fire in the ForestJDOV Talk – Breath Medicine

Stacey Aviva, Executive Director

Stacey Aviva Flint is a longtime nonprofit and Jewish professional. Stacey has a BA in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati, a Masters of Urban Planning and Public Policy for UIC (CHICAGO), and Certificates in Jewish Leadership and Jewish Education from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Stacey began her career as the Policy Director for Chicago’s Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) advocating for housing reform, criminal justice, and Jewish/African-American dialogue. Stacey went on to specialize in Economic Development as Senior Director of Real Estate Development for Affordable Housing, Mixed-Use Spaces, Brownfield Redevelopment, and New Market Tax Credit financing. Stacey is passionate about Jewish African American relationship building with current membership in the  MOED of Jewish Federations of North America, Alliance4Israel, a Board Member of West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest, Illinois, and JFS Colorado. In her spare time, she nurtures a college student and a teenager while speaking and writing nationally on Antisemitism and Jews of Color.

Learn more about Stacey:

Esther, Education Director

Esther Benari Altmann, previously, the interim Head of School and Judaic Studies Coordinator of the former Sinai Academy Jewish Day School in Pittsfield (where she served for two years), Esther boasts nearly two decades of experience in Jewish education, including as Principal of Supplementary and Day Schools in Eastern and Western Canada. Prior to her career as an educator, Esther, an Israeli native, worked as a criminal attorney, including a stint as Chief Prosecutor in the Haifa Police Judicial Department.  Esther holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Jewish Studies from Bar-Ilan University, Israel and Jewish Day School Principal Certification from York University, Canada.  She also has a Master's Degree and a LLB from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.  Esther holds a highly prestigious Harold Grinspoon Foundation's Excellence in Education award.

Lisa, Assistant Administrator

Lisa, our new Assistant Administrator, comes to us from the Boulder JCC, so she has had the pleasure of getting to know some of you already, and looks forward to meeting more of our members in the (hopefully) not too distant future! 

Prior to working at the JCC as both Receptionist and Community/Family Engagement Program Coordinator, Lisa was a stay-at-home Mom of two children, Jackson and Sophie, now 18 and 16. Before full-time Motherhood, she worked at Intel Corporation in Oregon and holds a degree in Psychology.

Lisa is a Boulder native and so blessed to have her entire extended, and very large, family all living in the Boulder area. She is an artist, life-long learner and loves to travel (especially to Israel!) She is dedicated to Holocaust awareness/education and spoke to elementary and middle school classes after a life-changing visit Auschwitz.

Michael, Marketing Strategist

Michael moved to Colorado from New Jersey in 2011 and gained incredible experience in the Jewish nonprofit world working at the Boulder JCC, holding the positions of Community Concierge, Flatiron Tribe (young adult) Director, Cherryvale Day Camp Director, and eventually Marketing Director. His knack for capturing stories through video and sense of humor help to bring levity to the organizations and communities he interacts with. 

After working at a digital marketing agency, Michael now works part-time at Bonai helping with all things marketing, communications, and website-based, while running his own digital marketing consulting company. He lives in Lafayette with his wife, daughter, and dog. You can reach him at


For all general inquiries, please email or call 303-442-6605.

Sun, November 28 2021 24 Kislev 5782