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On Tonight's Program
Special Salute to Boutique Judaica
A legacy that will live on 
Boutique Judaica Collage

Editor's Note:
 Tonight's episode of Radio Chavura, airing at 6:30 pm on 990 KRKS AM, was originally recorded on January 3, 2013.  On that day, it was business as usual for longtime partners Roslyn Weiss and Carolyn Auerbach.

Carolyn taped the broadcast by phone from home, while her husband, Ralph, listened on.  Ralph had been ill and Carolyn was caring for him.  Roz, pictured above - top row, left - joined us at the radio station. 
The very next day, Ralph, a businessman, community leader and lifelong supporter of Israel and other worthy Jewish causes, passed away.  During the shiva period, Carolyn slipped and was injured. 
In the weeks since, Roz and Carolyn reached the difficult decision to close their gift shop, which the two friends originally opened in 1977 and which has served generations of grateful customers - both Jewish and gentile.
Tonight's show, although unintended, serves as a snapshot of the final "normal" day in the long and distinguished march of the two dynamic, determined, and dedicated women who shared in the simchas and sorrows of the greater Denver Jewish community for nearly 36 years.  We broadcast it as a tribute to all they have accomplished and given, and in tribute to the Weiss and Auerbach families who poured their collective souls into Boutique Judaica.
Read's Salute to Boutique Judaica Here
This Week:


Jewish-Owned Businesses Featured On The Radio:

Have you heard the 710 KNUS AM - Small Business Drives Colorado™ radio commercials featuring Bonnie Brae Ice Cream and East Side Kosher Deli?  


Ken Simon - Bonnie Brae The 60-second spots are produced and narrated by Radio Chavura's Dean Rotbart, who also hosts Business Unconventional, a one-hour business news magazine broadcast every Sunday from 8 am to 9 am.  Dean is the founder and chairman of the yearlong Small Business Drives Colorado™ campaign, which honors the contributions of area businesses to the Colorado economy and lifestyle.


Photo: Ken Simon, co-owner, Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, a guest on Business Unconventional last May. Ken brought along ice cream for students from Denver Academy of Torah High School, who participated in the broadcast. 

Click on photo to view larger version.  Hear the Bonnie Brae Ice Cream commercial.  Hear the East Side Kosher Deli commercial.

15th Anniversary Celebration
Denver Community Kollel
Denver Kollel Collage - 600


We are blessed to count the Denver Community Kollel among our most precious and cherished local Jewish institutions.


With a mission to spread love and understanding of Torah, the Kollel is here to serve every Jew who seeks a greater knowledge, regardless of which synagogue you belong to - or if you belong at all.


In addition to its convenient regular classes and learning groups, the Kollel strives to reach out to each individual who expresses an interest in learning, regardless of where he or she may be located.


The 15th Annual Celebration dinner, with a fitting tribute to Rabbi and Mrs. Yehuda Amsel, showcased another aspect of the Denver Community Kollel - it's warmth.  The Kollel, led by Rabbi Aron Yehuda Schwab and Rabbi Shachne Sommers, Roshei Kollel, personifies the Yiddish word "heymish."  When you are at the Denver Kollel, one of its study groups, or at a Kollel event, you are "at home" - comfortable among loving family.


Mazel Tov to all the Kollel leaders and scholars - past and present - on the occasion of your 15th anniversary.  And a special thank you to Rabbi Yehuda and Tirtza Amsel, for the knowledge and warmth you always shared so generously. 

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To view the celebration's special video presentation,

In the Air: The Torah Revolution, click here


Kollel 15th Anniversary Tribute Journal
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See Inside

To view the video tribute to Rabbi Yehuda Amsel, click here.


To view the Kollel Dinner Tribute Journal, click here.


To view recipes of the dishes from Wine & Dine: An Artistic Arrangement of Creative Cuisine, click here.  


To donate to the Denver Community Kollel, click here.  
Chavura Community Calendar




DAT School - 20th Annual Dinner * Honoring Dr. Peggy KasloffCantor Zachary Trude Kutner, and Jeff Wilson. Cocktails and silent auction @ 5:00 pm.  Dinner @ 6:30 pm. Location: The Denver Synagogue (BMH-BJ Congregration). Registration.

March 6 (Wednesday)


Torah for Tycoons presented by Denver Community Kollel - East Side Kosher Deli, Noon.


March 8 (Friday)


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


March 12 (Tuesday)

Fashion Show at Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder, featuring congregants as models.  RSVP no later than March 5th.  $18.  South Building.  6:30 pm.  Light supper.  Contact Dawn Rogers at [email protected]

March 13 (Wednesday)

Denver Chamber of Commerce Kosher event, featuring Arel Mishory, a successful artist. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at East Side Kosher Deli.  Members $25.  Non-Members $32.  At the door $36.

March 14 (Thursday)

Denver Jewish Day School Annual Dinner - "Heart & Soul" - honoring Marla & David Brown, Lisa & Jonathan Perlmutter, and Amy Tolz-Miller.  Location: BMH-BJ Congregation.  Cocktails @ 5:30 pm. Program and Dinner @ 6:15 pm.  Learn more at:

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) 



April 21 (Sunday)


Holocaust survivor Osi Sladek to speak as part of Bnai B'rith's "Light: The Holocaust & Humanity Project."  11 am to 1 pm.  Loup JCC.  Details:


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

Last Week on Radio Chavura: Purim 5773 Edition

The Radio Chavura Players Present the Exclusive World Debut of

Some Shtik and a Kleine Shpiel by Maxwell Rotbart, a.k.a. "Dr. History"
Radio Chavura Players
[L-R] Dr. History, Adam, Julia, Shmuel and Dean
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Every Sunday @ 6:30 p.m. on 990 KRKS AM in Denver 
24/7 at

Featuring (in alphabetical disorder):

"DR. HISTORY" a.k.a. Maxwell Rotbart as Himself
TEVYE the MILKMAN as Himself

View Photos of the Radio Chavura Players Recording the Purim skit.
The Legend of Dr. History

A prescription for knowledge
When he's not hosting Radio Chavura or taking education courses as a graduating senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Maxwell Rotbart, 20, assumes the persona of "Dr. History," a self-created character who loves nothing more than prescribing to K-12 students the wonderments and enlightenment that come with acquiring the knowledge and lessons of history.

Dr. History is especially well versed in U.S. Presidential History, Jewish-American History, and Colorado History.  The Doctor is always available to speak to school groups and clubs on his favorite topics.  Just ask!

While Maxwell is a long-time evangelist for the study of history, he selected Purim 5773 to publicly debut both his skills as a playwright - When Paul Newman Met Golda Meir - and his double life as Dr. History.

Photo by Avital Rotbart 
People around the country and as far away as Mongolia - no kidding - are listening to this special edition of Radio Chavura and writing us to say how much they enjoyed the episode.  If you haven't heard the show yet, what are you waiting for?

StudioJHomegrown 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


Last month, we launched 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 featured on last month's show was 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 showcased 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


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Seth Ward
Seth Ward
On this week's edition of Radio Chavura, we hear from Dr. Seth Ward, a professor in the religious studies department at the University of Wyoming. Last month, Dr. Ward was in Albuquerque, NM, where he served as the program chair at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies. Dr. Ward phoned us from that conference to talk to us about Crypto-Judaism and issues affecting the descendants of Jews who were forced to hide their religion during the Inquisition.
We also speak with Elizabeth Naidu, a native of India, who frequently lectures at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center about the indigenous Jewish population of India. She shares with us a little bit of her own background, as well as a little bit of Indian-Jewish history and culture.


November 11, 2012:

Alan Veingrad
Shlomo Veingrad

Former Dallas Cowboys Linebacker, Alan "Shlomo" Veingard, discusses his journey from the gridiron to the world of Orthodox Judaism. Shlomo was the featured speaker at the Yeshiva Toras Chaim annual dinner.

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.





Talya Rotbart

Edited by Talya Rotbart*

An American in Israel by Naomi Ragen (Jerusalem Post)

The American consulate seems to be exclusively aimed at benefiting West Bank and east Jerusalem Palestinians.

Naomi Ragen
Naomi Ragen

The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking (New York Times Sunday Review) 

Thirteen years ago, researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began the grim task of documenting all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe. What they have found so far has shocked even scholars steeped in the history of the Holocaust.


Environmentalism and Human Sacrifice by Dennis Prager  (Townhall)


First, in life it is almost always irrelevant whether or not an individual or a movement is well intentioned. It is difficult to name a movement that has committed great evil whose members woke up each day asking, "What evil can I commit today?" Nearly all of them think they're well intentioned. Good intentions don't mean a thing.


Ukraine - Town To Stop Using Jewish Headstones As Pavement (Vos Iz Neias?)



Fitch Ratings downgrades National Jewish Health's bonds  (Denver Business Journal)



Seeking Kin: From Denver to Brooklyn, a family reconnects  (JTA)

(CBS - Denver) 
Joshua Fine
Josh Fine

By Rabbi Levi Brackman (Ynet News)

 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




Samsung to open startup center in Israel  ( 
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It's Time to Address Jewish Day School Tuition 


TuitionDenver 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: [email protected] or phone 1-855-JEWISH-4.


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