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Even during this unprecedented year, our survey results were amazing. Families commended the creativity and interactive lessons from the teachers. They loved how Judy Petersen brought her passion for literature to life. The teachers got to know our students, tried new ways to capture attention over Zoom, and pushed our students to make tremendous curricular growth.  

It must be mentioned that everyone’s favorite part of the day was shira/tefillah. A huge thanks to Debbie Fidler for the “Evret of the Week”, teaching us new songs, customs, and traditions, and creating community with the fan favorites. Families felt that Tefillah was an extremely effective part of our schedule and truly prepared the students for leading services and their b’nai mitzvahs. We are so thankful that Debbie has agreed to return in the fall.

Speaking of fall, registration for the 2021-2022 school is open! Register today, as we bring in-person learning back to Har Shalom, for all grades 


Inter-congregational Gathering in Lee Martinez Park

Sunday, August 8, 12:00pm

Temple Or Hadash and Congregation Har Shalom will host an Inter-congregational Gathering in Lee Martinez Park (Shelter) on Sunday, August 8. Join us at  noon for a “bring your own lunch” gathering and a conversation on our shared Jewish values by Or Hadash Rabbi Goldsmith and Har Shalom Rabbi Finestone. Note: for those who would like to participate in a gentle hike/walk along the Poudre Trail, please meet at Lee Martinez shelter at 11:00am. 

Event is free, registration requested. Register here


Bingo is back at Har Shalom!

Sunday, August 8, 4:00pm


Enjoy $5 games, fun prizes, and fabulous number callers while visiting with friends and community members in person! To beat the heat, Bingo will take place in the Har Shalom Sanctuary. Childcare available- $10/child (snacks provided, please bring a water bottle). Registration required only for childcare.  Register here!     

Beyond Har Shalom

Our Commitment to Self and Society

The vision of Our Commitment is to bring people in Fort Collins together to heal as a community by committing to change the way we do business and creating an ongoing community of transparency and accountability. In doing so, we'll move Fort Collins closer to being a “Choice City” for all.

One of the issues that we want to deal with in Our Commitment is how siloed our Fort Collins community is. Many of us rarely get an opportunity to meet people who come from different racial groups/ faith communities/ socioeconomic groups/ backgrounds/ generations/ countries/ cultures/ languages than our own. So we are creating those opportunities!

Our Commitment Community Picnic

Please hold the date: Sunday, August 15 at 2:00 – 6:00pm
Spring Canyon Park – north shelters, access parking lots at the end of Overland Trail

If you are interested in being involved in the planning and organizing or just have questions, please email

New Additions to the CHS Library





The Upside-Down Boy and the Israeli Prime Minister by Sherri Mandell
Grade K-4

Daniel, who lives in Israel, likes to do things his own way, usually upside-down! On a class field trip to the Prime Minister's office, Daniel succeeds in remaining right side up until the guide, an assistant to the prime minister, drops a coin. When Daniel retrieves it he finds himself upside-down once more. An entertaining story about the value of looking at things from a different perspective.


They Went Left by Monica Hesse
Grade 8-adult; Sydney Taylor Silver Medal Award winner

This book begins where most Holocaust novels end. Zofia, liberated from Gross Rosen concentration camp, searches for her long-lost brother, the only other member of her family who was sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Everyone else in her family was sent to the left. Her journey takes her through Poland and Germany, and into a displaced persons camp where everyone she meets is trying to piece together a future from a painful past. But the deeper Zofia digs, the more impossible her search seems. How can she find one boy in a sea of the missing?

A Moon for Moe and Mo by Jane Breskin Zalben
Grade K-4

While shopping with their mothers on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, Moses Feldman, or "Moe," and Mohammed Hassan, also "Mo," meet and become friends. When their families share a picnic in the park, Mo's family brings date cookies, a traditional dessert enjoyed after the Ramadan fast, and Moe's family shares raisin rugelach in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah and they make a wish for peace. 

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