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Clergy and Staff

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

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.

Administrative Staff 

Mags Leach is the newest addition to the staff at Bonai Shalom. She joins us from New Hampshire where she worked as an office manager. After graduating from Florida Southern College with a degree in Music Management, Mags went on to work with nonprofit organizations such as the Sarasota Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic, and Bethany Christian Church. She has recently relocated to Boulder and is looking forward to getting to know the Bonai community!

We are excited to welcome Ayla Woodward (Lieberman) back to our team! Ayla worked as an administrative assistant and kitchen manager for Bonai Shalom until leaving in 2019 to be a stay at home mom and go to college. Ayla has since graduated from Naropa University with bachelor's in contemplative psychology as well as minors in education and art therapy. She currently lives in Fort Collins with her husband and two kids and will be working both in our office and from home. She is thrilled to be serving our community again.

Executive Director Search

We have a working group assessing and refining the Executive Director job description in preparation for that search process.

Please feel free to email with any questions, comments or concerns and thank you in advance for any help you can provide in the meantime.

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

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