Upcoming Events


Friday, August 21st - 7:00pm - Shabbat Services - Library Hall

Saturday, August 22nd - 10:00am - Shabbat Services led by Lauren Ehrlich in honor of her Bat Mitzvah - Torian Plum Condominiums

Saturday, August 22nd - 4:00pm - Torah Study with Rabbi Mark - 173 Maple Street

Sunday, August 23rd - 10:00am - Living Jewishly Open Forum - The Paramount (in Torian Plum Plaza) -

Thursday, August 27th - 6:00pm - Book Club at the Steinhouse home

Sunday, September 13th -7:00pm - Rosh Hashanah services to be held at The Ranch at Steamboat

Monday, September 14th -10:00am - Rosh Hashanah services to be held at The Ranch at Steamboat

Tuesday, September 22nd - 7:00pm - Yom Kippur services to be held at the The Ranch at Steamboat

Wednesday, September 23nd - 10:00am - Yom Kippur services to be held at the The Ranch at Steamboat

December 11-13 - Chanukah/Shabbat weekend with Rabbi Mark. Activities include community menorah lighting. Details to be announced.

March 25-27 - Shabbat weekend with Rabbi Mark. Details to be announced.

May 27-29 - Shabbat weekend with Rabbi Mark. Details to be announced.

June 24-26 - Shabbat weekend with Rabbi Mark. Details to be announced.

July 29-31 - Shabbat weekend with Rabbi Mark. Details to be announced.

*Dates are subject to change - please check our Calendar for event dates, locations and details

Book Club


Our next selection for Book Club is titled "The Color of Water," by James McBride. A potluck and discussion will take place on Tuesday, August 25th, at 6:00 p.m. at Joan and Ken Steinhouse's home, 2000 Ski Time Square, #208 (Kutuk, back building).
Please RSVP to them at either joanken7@aol.com or 970-879-2051 to let them know you will be coming and whether you will bring a side dish or dessert.

The following is a description of the book by amazon.com:

Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut, The Color Of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother.

The son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white, James McBride grew up in "orchestrated chaos" with his eleven siblings in the poor, all-black projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn. "Mommy," a fiercely protective woman with "dark eyes full of pep and fire," herded her brood to Manhattan's free cultural events, sent them off on buses to the best (and mainly Jewish) schools, demanded good grades, and commanded respect. As a young man, McBride saw his mother as a source of embarrassment, worry, and confusion—and reached thirty before he began to discover the truth about her early life and long-buried pain.

In The Color of Water, McBride retraces his mother's footsteps and, through her searing and spirited voice, recreates her remarkable story. The daughter of a failed itinerant Orthodox rabbi, she was born Rachel Shilsky (actually Ruchel Dwara Zylska) in Poland on April 1, 1921. Fleeing pogroms, her family emigrated to America and ultimately settled in Suffolk, Virginia, a small town where anti-Semitism and racial tensions ran high. With candor and immediacy, Ruth describes her parents' loveless marriage; her fragile, handicapped mother; her cruel, sexually-abusive father; and the rest of the family and life she abandoned.

At seventeen, after fleeing Virginia and settling in New York City, Ruth married a black minister and founded the all- black New Brown Memorial Baptist Church in her Red Hook living room. "God is the color of water," Ruth McBride taught her children, firmly convinced that life's blessings and life's values transcend race. Twice widowed, and continually confronting overwhelming adversity and racism, Ruth's determination, drive and discipline saw her dozen children through college—and most through graduate school. At age 65, she herself received a degree in social work from Temple University.

Interspersed throughout his mother's compelling narrative, McBride shares candid recollections of his own experiences as a mixed-race child of poverty, his flirtations with drugs and violence, and his eventual self- realization and professional success. The Color of Water touches readers of all colors as a vivid portrait of growing up, a haunting meditation on race and identity, and a lyrical valentine to a mother from her son.

Hope to see you there!

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