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Tu Bishvat Recipe- "Cooking with the Seven Fruits of Israel"

Tu Bishvat is known as "Rosh Hashanah Lailanot" (New Year for the trees). We celebrate Tu Bishvat by renewing our commitment to save and protect the trees and the environment around us. Check out these recipes using The Seven Fruits of the Land of Israel in honor of Tu Bishvat!



A big pot of barley soup simmering on the stove warms the heart during stormy, rainy weather

  • Half a diced onion
  • 2 diced celery stalks
  • 2 diced carrots
  • Additional vegetables of your choice such as leeks, kohlrabi, parsley and celery root
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cups water or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup hulled uncooked barley
  • ½ cup presoaked beans of your choice
  • 1⁄3 cup crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon of each basil, oregano and thyme
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon celery-salt (optional)
  1. In a large soup pot, sauté the onions for five minutes or more until translucent.

  2. Add celery, carrots and any other vegetables and continue to sauté for three to five minutes.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients including the liquids and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low.

  4. Allow soup to simmer for at least one hour, stirring occasionally, until the barley is soft and somewhat fluffy.

  5. Adjust the spices according to taste and enjoy!

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Yom Kippur with Neshama Center

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday September 22. This year we are holding services at The Little Nell Hotel in Aspen, Colorado

We are so excited to be welcoming Cantor Michal Rubin to help us with our services. Cantor Michal was a Cantor of a conservative synagogue in Columbia SC for the past 12 years. Of these 12 years she spent six of them as a cantorial student with Aleph and six as an ordained Chazzan. She has also served as a clergy, educator, an officiant and leader of many rituals at her synagogue. She has led High Holiday services (Rosh Hashanah and Yom kippur) for 12 years and was instrumental in programming them. And, of course, she led services during all the other holidays; taught a variety of classes as well as numerous Bar/Bat Mitzvah students.

Join Neshama Center and Cantor Michal Rubin for Yom Kippur Services:
Kol Nidre Evening Service- September 22 at 6:00pm
Yom Kippur Morning- September 23 followed by Yizkor Service
at 10:00am

Welcome Cantor Michal! 

Rosh Hashanah 2015

This year's High Holidays were extra special as they marked the 10 years of Neshama Center Aspen. This year Rosh Hashanah fell on Sunday, September 13 and Monday September 14. Services were held at The Little Nell Hotel in Aspen and we feel so fortunate to be a part of such an amazing community. We would like to thank a few people who helped welcome the New Year and make it so special.

Thank you to The Little Nell Staff, it is always a pleasure working with you. You are exceptionally organized, helpful and talented in turning the room into such a beautifully sacred space. 

We had a very special service led by a few of our post Bat-Mitzvah students, Jordan, Carson and Zoey. Thank you girls for all of your help and beautiful voices! You did incredible. 

Thank you to our amazing musicians, Tom, Bill and Sarah for adding such gorgeous sounds and music to our services.

Thank you Eden for filling our hearts by blowing the Shofar and helping us lift our prayers to the heavens. 

Thank you to Gordy for helping us set up and transform the room into a holy place. 


We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful congregation filled with so many wonderful people! Thank you all who attended our services and see you on September 22 and 23 for Yom Kippur, the day of atonement and forgiveness. Shanah Tova!