Radio Chavura
A YouTube Investigation:
Jacob Wedgle
James Bondstein (Agent 00-Zion) - Assigned to the Crime


By day, he's Jacob Wedgle - a mild-mannered student at the Denver Academy of Torah. Jacob attends class, completes his homework (when he's not being interviewed on Radio Chavura!), and plays basketball with his friends at recess.


By night, he's James Bondstein, a suave, British-accented, Manischewitz-drinking (shaken, not stirred) secret agent. And James has got a very important mystery to solve: all of the Chumashim - printed Torah books - have disappeared from two Denver synagogues - BMH-BJ Congregation and the DAT Minyan!


In their place is a copy of Staff, a Jewish thriller novel by local author (and Jacob's uncle) Jeff Wedgle. Strange.


Even stranger, Mr. Wedgle claims to know nothing about the switch. Is he telling the truth? Can James identify the true culprit? Will he be able to save the Shabbos davening?


This week on Radio Chavura, we speak with Jacob, his father Howard, uncle Jeff, and family friend Larry Buter about the ingenious YouTube video that they created in celebration of Jacob's recent Bar Mitzvah.



Case of the Missing Chumashim


Chavura Community Calendar

January 27 (Sunday)


The Yizkor Project - 3rd Annual Commemoration (Marking the 68th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and International Holocaust Remembrance Day)


Kol Ami Players, Readers' Theater presentation of "Voices from Auschwitz: Where Truth Speaks"

Hebrew Educational Alliance - Reception @ 3:00 pm, Program @ 4:00 pm


February 2 (Saturday Night)


The Jewish Experience - 11 Annual Gala Event: Wine * Cheese & Chocolate Dessert Challenge


Toast to Rabbi Raphael Leban

History Colorado - @ 8:00 pm


February 10 (Sunday)


DAT Minyan Annual Fundraiser 


Honoring Craig Schottenstein and Rabbi Yisrael and Tova Rosenfeld

McNichols Civic Center Building - @ 6:00 pm


February 19 (Tuesday)


Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce - Q&A with Ethan Lazarus, M.D.

Fiocchi's Pizzeria Bar - @ 5:30 pm


February 23 (Saturday)


Rocky Mountain Jewgrass - Purim Show
Come in costume to win prizes and join in the merriment!

Swallow Hill Music Association - @ 8:00 pm


March 3 (Sunday)


DAT School - 20th Annual Dinner


Honoring Dr. Peggy Kasloff, Cantor Zachary & Trude Kutner, and Jeff Wilson

@ 5:00 pm




Last Week's Program:
Pillars of the Colorado Jewish Community™
Chazan Maurice
Chazan Maurice "Moshe" Weiss


When Chazan Maurice "Moshe" Weiss decided to move to Denver to become the cantor at Beth Joseph Congregation (now The Denver Synagogue: BMH-BJ Congregation), his family was against the idea.


"Where are you going?" his parents asked.

"You're going to be frozen all the time," warned his friends.


PCJC_Logo The year was 1958 and the Cantors Assembly had asked Chazan Weiss, who is also an ordained rabbi, to come to the Mile High City - which, despite the naysayers - he instantly fell in love with.


Chazan Weiss spent nearly 25 years serving the Beth Joseph community along with his wife, Roslyn - co-owner of Boutique Judaica (5052 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, 80222). Today he still serves the community officiating at both joyful and mournful occasions.  


Chazan Weiss joined us in the studio to reflect on his career and his time in Colorado.

Radio Chavura proudly recognizes Chazan Moshe Weiss as our newest Pillars of the Colorado Jewish Community™


Also On Last Week's Radio Chavura

Seth Peritzman - Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce
Seth Peritzman
We speak with Seth Peritzman, president of the Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce. Seth, a recent guest on 710 KNUS AM's Business Unconventional, talks about the mission of the Chamber and the many Jewish-owned and operated small businesses in our state. 



It's Time to Address Jewish Day School Tuition 


Denver has five top-tier Jewish schools - Beth JacobDenver Academy of TorahDenver Jewish Day SchoolHillel Academy, and Yeshiva Toras Chaim
We Support Jewish Day SchoolsSadly, these schools are often under-funded, and parents increasingly must struggle to afford Jewish day school tuition.

As 2012 drew to a close, hosts Maxwell and Dean Rotbart shared two of their ideas for solving the day school tuition crisis without raising rates, refusing students, or turning to government funding. How is this possible? 


Hear the full show online now by clicking here


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We invite you to share your thoughts on how to best fund Jewish day schools.  Email: or phone 1-855-JEWISH-4.


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