We sat down with Rabbi Fred Greene to see what makes him tick.
What do people call you? I am simply glad if people call me! I believe in the power of being accessible. So, I am happy to be called whatever it is that builds a connection to my congregants. For some, it is Rabbi Greene, for others, it is just Fred.
Organization (Denomination): Har HaShem (Reform)
Programs/Services you run/offer:
Congregation has many gateways through which people can enter. I have always been drawn to the image of gateways – Learning, Prayer, Healing, Justice, and Community. The things we “offer” connect to accompanying people through those gatways.
Specialty within Judaism:
I try to share my gifts in order to make our Jewish community a more vital and vibrant synagogue. My “specialty” is to help advance a congregation engaged in justice, that is inclusive, whose worship experiences are compelling, and where we respond to the needs of our congregants.
One Jewish event in Boulder you recommend:
Shabbat! Anywhere! With people! It comes every week!
One secular event in Boulder you recommend:
Boulder Creek and Hometown Festivals
The truth is…I love learning about and tasting different kinds of whiskeys.
Who is your favorite Jew?
My daughters – Yael, Leora, and Noa – are kind, thoughtful, spiritual, and yes, spirited! They have their own gifts and inspire me daily.
What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Definitely Sukkot. If everyone was to show up for one day, I would choose Sukkot! It teaches amazing lessons about journeying, the fragility of life and so, we out to make it meaningful.
What is your favorite Jewish food?
Food made by my Jewish wife, who is an AMAZING cook. Since I am a vegetarian, most traditional Jewish food doesn’t work for me. But, I am still very partial to a Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda.
Fun fact about you:
My wife’s father is Barbara Streisand’s first cousin.
Congregation Har HaShem
3950 Baseline Road
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 303-499-7077 x 40
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Reform)