Rabbi Evette Lutman and her wife Shari came to Denver after her rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2010. Before entering the rabbinate, Rabbi Lutman practiced law in Michigan, representing battered women in various settings, eventually taking a position as Referee for the Washtenaw County Friend of the Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she served for ten years.
Rabbi Lutman has brought her passion for social justice to her congregation, B’nai Havurah. Each of the bar and bat mitzvah candidates at B’nai Havurah must design and execute a serious mitzvah project in order to qualify for the bar/bat mitzvah (a Jewish coming-of age ceremony celebrated by 13-year-old boys and girls). Rabbi Lutman also challenges the adults in her congregation to be an ongoing part of the repair of our world, through personal involvement in social justice projects, and through public advocacy.
Rabbi Lutman and her congregation are proud to participate in the MLK Parade, and the Gay Pride parade each year. The congregation also hosts numerous special religious shabbat services centered around human rights, civil rights, LGBTQ inclusion, world hunger, gun violence prevention, ovarian and breast cancer awareness, homelessness & Habitat for Humanity, and inclusion of the differently-abled.