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Pardes Levavot

Pardes Levavot, “Orchard of Hearts,” was formed in the spirit of creating conscious holy community. Our name expresses the spiritual blossoming of each individual heart within an inspiring and nurturing orchard.

For information on our congregation please call (303) 563-2110 and leave a message or send email to To join our congregation, please print a copy of our membership form, fill it out, and send it to our Synagogue.

Pardes Levavot gratefully acknowledges Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado for their support of our Circle of Family Education program. Thank you!

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In the News

Bridging a big divide on Yom Kippur
Daily Camera, September 27, 2009

But even if many liberal-minded Jews are willing to cross the divide in reaching out to Eastern religions, Judaism and Christianity have seemed, to many, to lie on opposite sides of an unbridgeable divide. Tell that to Pardes Levavot and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, congregations that have shared a worship space for more than six years.

Sounds of Hope
Longmont Daily Times-Call, September 14, 2007
Teens lead musical worship at Renewal congregation

The musicians at Pardes Levavot, a Jewish Renewal congregation, have spent the past few weeks preparing the music for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah, which began Sept. 12, and Yom Kippur on Sept. 21.

Sacred journeys
Longmont Daily Times-Call, May 11, 2007
Pilgrimages reconnect and awaken beliefs and traditions

Miriam Pollack of Boulder recently returned from Israel, and though she's been there six times before, she said this trip was different.

Now in his 80s, a maverick rabbi remains the soul of Jewish Renewal
JTA - The Global News Service of the Jewish People, February 6, 2007

Reb Zalman, as he's known to his followers, is the heart and spiritual engine of Jewish Renewal. He created the movement in the early 1970s, fusing the mystical traditions of his Lubavitch background with the sensibilities of the modern world in an effort to revitalize a synagogue practice he found stultifying. Pray from the heart, he exhorted people. Don't be spiritually lazy.

Renewal wants to keep same spirit while standardizing rabbis training
JTA - The Global News Service of the Jewish People, January 15, 2007

Whereas other seminaries have carefully structured five-year rabbinic programs six if a preparatory year is required an Aleph course can take from two to 10 years or more. Few students are full-time; most are older and cannot leave family and career behind to attend a traditional seminary.

Kindling The Chanukah Lights
Longmont Daily Times-Call, December 16, 2006

Family Circle
Longmont Daily Times-Call, October 27, 2006
Synagogue puts adults, children on parallel faith paths

Founded on the Torah principle "V'Shinantam l'vanecha - and you shall teach your children" the Circle of Family Education program at Congregation Pardes Levavot takes adults and children on parallel paths to an understanding of Judaism.

Go west, young seeker
Daily Camera, July 8, 2006
Christianity, Judaism offer rich meditative traditions

While the ancient Jewish practice of Kabbalah has garnered attention in recent years, as celebrities such as Madonna have embraced it, Judaism also includes other meditative practices. Rabbi Nadya Gross, who with her husband, Victor, serves the Jewish Renewal Congregation, Pardes Levavot, leads a weekly chant group.

Science and Religion Face Off
Denver Post, November 20, 2005
The two really aren't incompatible

With controversies raging over the teaching of intelligent design in the classroom, people on opposite sides of the debate seem to agree on one thing: The answer is "no." They frame the issue in black-and-white terms, leaving no room for nuance and ambiguity. In doing so, they implacably pit religion and science against each other, harming both.

Remembering the dead
Daily Camera, October 1, 2005
All Souls' Day event reaches beyond Christianity

Theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel famously wrote that death helps people understand life. "In our tradition, there's a notion that life is a journey and death is the homecoming," says Rabbi Nadya Gross of Pardes Levavot, a Jewish Renewal congregation in Gunbarrel.

Jewish, Muslim congregations exploring common threads
Denver Post, October 13, 2005

For a service celebrating the second day of the Jewish New Year, it was an unusual choice of music: a Sufi Muslim chant with lyrics in Hebrew and Arabic:
"Allah Hu Allah la illah ha il Allah Elohim Echad Elohim Gadol"

An interfaith surprise
Daily Camera, October 1, 2005
People of many faiths will find reason to observe traditions this month

Some are calling it "God's October Surprise." Today marks the beginning of a month in which sacred events in the calendars of several religious traditions occur at the same time. In the Jewish tradition, the lunar month of Tishrei, which includes the High Holy Days begins Monday and Tuesday, as does the lunar month of Ramadan,the holiest period of the Islamic Year.

A Confluence of the Sacred
Boulder Weekly, September 29, 2005
Pardes Levavot brings Jews, Christians and Muslims together to pray.

It's not often that Jews, Christians and Muslims, spiritual children of fabled biblical patriarch Abraham, sit down to pray together. It's rarer still when the doors to the synagogue, church or mosque are thrown open to welcome people of non-Abrahamic faiths — Buddhists, Hindus, Wiccans.

Wise Guy, Wise Man, October 2, 2005

When I first heard about Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi known as Reb Zalman or just plain Zalman by his students and friends I was a yeshiva high-school student, and the story being told was one of the Jewish world's equivalents of an urban legend: awesomely outlandish, yet so perfect it just had to be true.

Jewish Renewal
PBS, September 30, 2005

As the Jewish High Holidays begin this coming week, we note a growing movement within American Judaism that recalls the tendency in most faiths for worshippers over the years to move back and forth between the head and the heart -- theology and doctrine on one side, spiritual fervor on the other.

Kabbalah: Feeling The Spirit Of Prayer
Newsweek, August 29, 2005
This rabbi extols the joy of experiencing an intimate connection to the Almighty.

"How much time have you spent in the presence of God?" Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi's tone is both gentle and disarmingly direct as he questions participants at a retreat in Johnstown, Pa.

Souls, rebellion and TiVo
The Boulder Daily Camera, June 11, 2005
An interview with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement.

Less than a year after retiring from his World Wisdom chair at Naropa University, 81-year-old Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi is as busy as ever.

Filling the Seder Plates
The Oregonian, April 23, 2005
The traditional symbols for the Passover meal undergo changes to make room for new causes.

For small groups of Jews around the country, symbols used at the meal have in recent years become yet another way of expressing individuality and promoting causes.

Spirit wisdom
Boulder Weekly, August 12, 2004
Soul Memory Discovery looks at past lives to answer the biggest questions of this lifetime.

When most people hear the word reincarnation, they think of Buddhism and Hinduism. Both spiritual traditions speak of a cycle of death and rebirth, which a soul finally escapes when it achieves enlightenment. It might come as a surprise for many that Judaism also speaks of past lives and of rebirth.

A Faithful Friendship
The Boulder Daily Camera, July 24, 2004
Lutheran and Jewish congregations share space and fellowship.

"It was like something that had been prepared, but nobody knew it yet," Nadya says. "It was the fulfillment of something I was longing for all my life, but didn't know how to name it," Linda says.

Boulder Colorado Jewish Renewal Community a Pioneer in Deep Ecumenism
ALEPH news release, May 25, 2004

Pardes Levavot (Orchard of Hearts), a Jewish Renewal community led by Rabbis Nadya and Victor Gross, is working to transform the lives of its congregants through a unique and compelling partnership with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.

Paradigm Shift
Boulder Weekly, May 20, 2004
Jewish, Lutheran congregations join spiritual forces.

In Boulder, two congregations are stepping beyond historical enmity in search not just of common ground, but of real community. The congregations of Pardes Levavot, a Jewish Renewal community in its first year, and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church have joined together in what they call "deep ecumenism" to share sacred space and create what they refer to as a new paradigm in the relationship between Jews and Christians.