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Homegrown Colorado Jewish Music
Host: Julie Geller

Maybe it's the crisp mountain air. Maybe it's the snowmelt. Maybe it's the spiritual influence of our great Jewish day schools and educational programs. 


Regardless, it is undisputed that Colorado's Jewish musical artists generate a unique vibe - a special feel that distinguishes them from the sounds of other Hebrew and Jewish groups.


Julie Geller

This week, we launch Studio J at Radio Chavura, an all-music edition of our program that will be hosted several times a year by our multi-talented musical director, Julie Geller.


Each edition of Studio J at Radio Chavura will highlight bands that are channeling the Rocky Mountain energy and producing awesome, original Jewish music.  


In fact, the first band that Julie features on this week's show is Sababa: Cool. Jewish. Music. Sababa features Temple Emanuel's artist-in-residence, Steve Brodsky; Scott Leader of Arizona and Robbi Sherwin of Texas. 


Julie also showcases two of the beloved songs of Or Zimrah, the house band of Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder, and the fun, rockin' tunes of Rocky Mountain Jewgrass: High Octane Jewish Bluegrass


WARNING: Studio J at Radio Chavura has been known to cause listeners to leave their seats and start dancing. if you find yourself enjoying the show, please subscribe at

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Chavura Community Calendar


February 19 (Tuesday)   

  • Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce - Q&A with Ethan Lazarus, M.D. * Fiocchi's Pizzeria Bar - @ 5:30 pm
  • The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab - Gun Violence Discussion * Moderated by Governor John Hickenlooper * The Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Complex (1000 14th Street, 80204) @ 6:30 p.m. * More information: 303-844-4000 ext. 4.  Fee.

February 22 (Friday) 


Mizel Museum - The Art of Shabbat: One Land, Two Stories * Featuring
Dr. Shaul Gabbay and Amin Kazak 
* 400 S. Kearney Street, 80224 - @ 6:30 p.m. * More information: 303-394-9993 * Kosher/Vegetarian Dinner


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
  •  BMH-BJ: The Denver Synagogue - Purim in the City Masquerade and Megillah Madness * 560 S. Monaco Parkway, 80224 - @ 6:30 pm * 303-951-8226.  Nut free hamentashen and mandelbroit for sale.  Fee  
February 24 (Sunday)


Congregation Rodef Shalom Annual Gala Event * "Diamonds and Delicacies" honoring Leslie Tjarks and Janet Smith (Rodef Shalom Social Hall - @ 6:00 pm) * RSVP @ 303-399-0035


February 26 (Tuesday)


Denver Community Kollel - 15th Anniversary Celebration * Awarding 

Rabbi Yehuda Amsel * McNichols Civic Center Building - @ 6:30 pm * More information @303-820-8355


March 2 (Saturday)


Yeshiva Toras Chaim Board of Directors and Women's Auxiliary - Melave Malka * Featuring world-renown musical sensation Sruli Williger * 1555 Stuart Street, 80204 - @8 pm.  RSVP: 303-629-8200


March 3 (Sunday)


DAT School - 20th Annual Dinner * Honoring Dr. Peggy KasloffCantor Zachary & Trude Kutner, and Jeff Wilson @ 5:00 pm

March 8 (Friday)


Congregation Har HaShem - Or Zimrah * Musical Shabbat Service and Dinner * (3950 Baseline Road * Boulder, CO * 80303 - @ 6:00 pm) * RSVP:


March 16 (Saturday)

Temple Micah's Wild West Saloon * Put on yer best Western duds and a poker face too for a night of gaming, do-si-do, good grub, carousin' and schmoozin' (Crystal Rose * 9755 E. Hampden Ave. - @ 7:00 pm) * RSVP @ 303-388-4239 x1

April 7 (Sunday)

Colorado Holocaust Survivors Memorial Service * Scheduled speakers include Rabbi Raphael LebanRabbi Zev Pomeranz, and Adam Leventhal * Chairwoman: Tana Rosenberg (JCC - @ 4:00 pm) 


Send calendar notices for your organization's upcoming events to us at: [email protected]

Photo Essay - Holocaust Remembrance

On Sunday, January 27th, the greater Denver Jewish community gathered at the Hebrew Educational Alliance to commemorate the 68th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The ceremony, which was organized by Tami Ellison and The Yizkor Project, featured local guest speakers; the moving music of the Carol Kozak Ward's Colorado Hebrew Chorale; and the talents of the Kol Ami Community Players, directed by Alan Schreiber.


The Kol Ami Community Players produced Voices from Auschwitz - Where Truth Speaks, a portrayal of post-Holocaust war crimes trials. Many of the participants in the program were students from the Denver Academy of Torah and Denver Jewish Day School, each reflecting a dedication to ensuring that the horrors of the Shoah will not be forgotten. To learn more about The Yizkor Project and its mission, please visit




Jewish Time Travel: 
In the Year 1993...
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Travel back in time with Radio Chavura to July 1993 and hear the anticipation of opening a new Jewish day school, the Denver Academy of TorahBill Clinton was our President and the
Colorado Rockies were in their very first season of baseball.

Jan Lightstone, one of the school's founding parents, helped set the scene and shared the atmosphere that surrounded DAT's humble beginnings. The founding families dreamed that one day DAT would grow to become a successful K-12 school with a nationwide reputation for quality education - both secular and religious. 

With the help of Rabbi Daniel Alter, we then leapt forward to the present day as DAT fulfills its original promise and prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Joining us in the studio were dinner honorees Cantor Zachary and Trude Kutner, and Jeff Wilson.  

Denver Academy of Torah, as co-hosts Dean and Maxwell Rotbart pointed out, contributes to and draws from Colorado's vibrant Jewish community. DAT graduates embody integrity, honesty and kindness, along with respect and tolerance for all.  Moreover, they aspire to be Torah observant Jews; identify with the people and land of Israel; and feel a responsibility for all Jews worldwide.

"Members of the Colorado Jewish community - especially those without children currently attending DAT - who have the foresight to help support the school in 2013, will see DAT's graduates repaying our investment in them many times over in the years and decades to come," observed Maxwell Rotbart, who, himself, is a DAT graduate.

"Today's DAT students," said Dean Rotbart, "are tomorrow's synagogue presidents, Federation leaders, philanthropists, and - most importantly - model Jewish moms and dads."

The 20th Annual Dinner, which also honors Dr. Peggy Kasloff, the beloved and respected K-8 Principal, will be held on Sunday, March 3rd.  To attend or make a contribution, visit the dinner website.

True to her dedication to the school, Dr. Kasloff was not able to break away to participate in last week's Radio Chavura taping.  But her contributions to the school and to the community at large were noted by each of the guests and hosts.

Read the official DAT history.
Make your reservations to attend the DAT dinner.
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DAT Honorees
(l-r) Rabbi Daniel Alter, Jan Lightstone, Cantor Zachary Kutner, Mrs. Trude Kutner, and Jeff Wilson



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  • Dr. Herzl Melmed, one of Denver's premier Zionist leaders and Chairman of ActionIsrael, a grassroots organization dedicated to actively supporting Israel. Dr. Melmed is also co-founder of the highly regarded Middle East Study Group, which meets monthly.    
  • Mordechai Kedar
    Dr. Kedar
    Lt. Col. Dr. Mordechai Kedar
    , a professor of Arab Studies at Bar-Ilan University and an expert on Islam, Islamic movements, gender issues in Islam, Arabic mass media, popular culture in the Arab world, state and society in the Arab world.
  • Rabbi Yehuda Amsel, a teacher and friend to hundreds of grateful Colorado families. He will be the recipient of a Denver Community Kollel award at the Kollel's 15th Anniversary Celebration on February 26th.

September 23, 2012:


Sue GersonTwo of Colorado's premier Jewish educational directors: Sue Parker Gerson of the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education and Mordechai Hoffman of Hillel Academy of Denver.  Both Sue and Mordechai stress the importance of life-long Jewish learning and what their individual institutions contribute to our community.






July 8, 2012As he returns to Australia, Rabbi Selwyn Franklin, the departing BMH-BJ Congregation senior rabbi, shares some highlights of his time in Colorado and a recommendation for his successor.




 From Ethiopian Orphanage to Jewish Day School: Mesfin Hodes  Makes Inspirational Journey of Hope (The Jewish Daily Forward)



 Sonny's Rocks Closing Jewelry Store (Denver Business Journal) 



Sheldon and Miriam Adelson





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? 


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


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