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Ben Weil, Georgie Seserman and Rabbi Michael Sunshine
Ben Weil, Georgie Seserman and Rabbi Michael Sunshine


This Week on Radio Chavura: 


RADIO DEBUT: They've Got Kisharon (Talent)!


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Georgie Seserman - Radio Chavura
Georgie Seserman
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This Sunday, April 14th, at 6:30 pm on 990 KRKS AM, we speak with two outstanding students from the Jewish Student ConnectionGeorgie Seserman and
Ben Weil

Georgie (who, in addition to playing five instruments, is a talented singer and songwriter) is a senior at the Denver School of the Arts and plans on attending the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) next year. She aspires to a career in music education.  She uses the professional name Georgeta-Rae.



Hear Georgie perform Outstretched Wings, an original composition.



Ben (who is a master of audio mixing and rap) is a junior at the Denver School of the Arts and is looking at attending Berklee College of Music or the California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA) when he graduates.  He uses the professional name Bdub$.


Hear Ben's rap mix, You and Me.


Ben Weil - Radio Chavura
Ben Weil   
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Georgie and Ben talk with us about their college and career aspirations, and explain how Judaism has influenced their lives and music. 


Rabbi Michael Sunshine, who serves as the regional director of JSC, joins Georgie and Ben on the program. Rabbi Sunshine was previously a guest on the October 21, 2012 edition, when he discussed how important Jewish Student Connection is to ensuring that our children in public schools maintain a solid relationship with their religious and cultural identity.


In making their radio performance debuts on Radio Chavura, Georgie and Ben also help us inaugurate our "We've Got Kisharon (Talent)!" Showcase.  We've Got Kisharon will regularly provide a broadcast stage to Colorado's talented Jewish young people - giving them an opportunity to share their special gifts with our growing audience of Jewish and non-Jewish listeners.


If you or a student you know has got "Kisharon," then we'd like to hear from you.  The student need not be a singer or musical artist.  We're also interested in Jewish students with skills as actors and actresses, entertainers (of any variety), and even gymnasts and athletes.  


Send us an email at [email protected], and we'll consider you for a future broadcast edition of "We've Got Kisharon."

Interested in joining Jewish Student Connection (and scoring some really good Kosher bagels in the process)?  Contact Rabbi Sunshine "via smoke signal" or at [email protected]



Yoni Gottlieb - Radio Chavura
Even More Kisharon:  On our March 24th edition, we featured another talented student, Yoni Gottlieb, a sophomore at Denver Jewish Day School. Yoni is a composer and musician.  By request, here are the full, unedited versions of Yoni's two compositions, which were featured on the program (second segment).  






Today is the final day of the weeklong National Days of Remembrance. 

Hear our exclusive interview - available online only - with Andrew Hollinger, director of communications at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. USHMM is marking its 20th anniversary this month. 

Andrew talks about the progress the museum has made over the past two decades and the many challenges ahead. 

Read Radio Chavura's National News Release About This Special Audio (featuring the voices of Denver Holocaust survivors, as well as 2nd and 3rd Gen speakers):

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Visit the museum's website
20 Actions to Mark 20 Years
Donate now to the museum
Holocaust Survivors' Memorial Photo Essay
Sunday April 7, 2013 - Jewish Community Center
By Avital Rotbart
Photos By Avital Rotbart
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Also featured on the second half of this week's edition of Radio Chavura are audio clips from the April 7th Holocaust Survivors' Memorial event at the JCC. 
Portions of speeches by Rabbi Zev Pomeranz, Rabbi Raphael Leban, and Adam Leventhal are played, as well as an original song from the Hillel Academy Boys Choir.


Last Week on Radio Chavura: 

Hillel of Colorado: Jewish Life on Campus  

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Kelli Theis - Hillel of Colorado
Kelli Theis


Last Sunday, April 7th, we spoke with Kelli Theis, executive director of Hillel of Colorado, about the programming that Hillel offers university students across the state, and Hillel of Colorado's upcoming brunch, featuring actress Mayim Bialik

Chelsea Lenore Miller
Chelsea Miller


We also talked to Chelsea Miller, a junior at the University of Colorado - Boulder and co-president of the campus Hillel.





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Today marks 1,229 days since Alan Gross ( was imprisoned in Cuba.

Today marks 681 days since Jacob Ostreicher ( was imprisoned in Bolivia.

Today marks 10,006 days since Jonathan Pollard ( was imprisoned in the United States.

Chavura Community Calendar 

April 14 (TONIGHT)
Yom Ha'Zikaron - Israel's Memorial Day. 2013 Remembrance Ceremony.  7-8 pm.  Robert E. Loop JCC, Elaine Wolf Theatre.  No fee.
Yom HaZikaron
April 16 (Tuesday):
Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society Annual Heritage Award Dinner.  Honoring Colorado Jewish sports figures: Irv Brown, Steve Hess and Gerald Mellman.  Premiere screening of "Play Ball! Early Colorado Jews in Sports."  BMH-BJ Congregation.  6:30 pm.
April 18 (Thursday):
Rabba Sara Hurwitz
Rabba Hurwitz
"Can Orthodox Women be Rabbas?" Featuring Rabba Sara Hurwitz, the first officially ordained Modern Orthodox female spiritual leader.  Presented by The Arden Wandel Education Trust Scholar in Residence Series.  BMH-BJ: The Denver Synagogue.  7 pm.  Registration appreciated. Contact Della Jultak - 303-951-8231.
April 19-20  (Friday/Saturday):
Dr. Aryeh Cohn
Dr. Cohen
Shabbaton with Scholar-in-Residence: Aryeh Cohen, Ph.D.  Congregation Rodef Shalom.  Dr. Cohen is Professor of Rabbinic Literature at American Jewish University and the author of Justice in the City, Rereading Talmud: Gender, Law and the Poetics of Sugyot.  Friday, Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 6 pm.  Shabbat Dinner at 6:45.  Keynote presentation at 7:45 pm.

Saturday Morning Services at 9:30 am.  Expanded Kiddush at noon.  Lunch & Learn 12:30 pm.  Concluding session at 7 pm  RSVP requested. Phone: 303-399-0035. Ask about fees.
April 21 (Sunday):
  • Temple Micah * Run, Walk, Schmooze! * Honoring Rabbi Adam Morris * Washington Park (Denver) * Registration @8:00 am - Race @9:00 am * RSVP by April 16 @303-388-4239 x1 for early rates.

* Hillel of Colorado * Spring Fling 2013: Dedication to the Next Generation * Featuring actress 
Mayim Bialik * RedLine (2350 Arapahoe Street * 80205) @11:00 am * More Info @ 303-777-2773 x 224 * Fee


* 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: 


April 23 (Tuesday):

DJCC_Logo Business Card Bingo presented by the Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce.  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Avenue Grill, 630 East 17th Avenue, Denver, 80203.  Members $15.  Non-Members $20. At the door $25.  Register



* Taste of Melton presented by Colorado Agency for Jewish Education.  Two opportunities:  9:30 am - 11 am or 7 pm to 9 pm at Temple Emanuel.  51 Grape Street.  Free.  Classes for all levels of knowledge and background.  Info and RSVP: Sue Parker Gerson, director.  [email protected]. 303-951-0275.


April 24 (Wednesday):


The Jewish Learning Institute presents Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Yourself in the Legends of Our Sages.  Course runs each Wednesday for six weeks, through May 29th.  7:30 pm - 8:45 pm.  Chabad Jewish Center.  Conducted by Rabbi Avraham Mintz, founder and senior rabbi of Chabad Jewish Center of South Metro Denver.


April 25 (Thursday):

Deborah Howard
Deborah Howard



Artist Deborah Howard will discuss her acclaimed collection of Holocaust survivor portraits during Salon Night: Gallery Talk with Artist Deborah Howard.  Mizel Museum. Reception 5:30 pm. Presentation and discussion at 6 pm.  400 S. Kearney Street.  $12 members.  $16 non-members. 


She will also teach the popular workshop, So You Think You Can't Draw on Sunday, April 28th, from 10 am to 3:30 pm at the Mizel Museum.  Ms. Howard is head of the painting program at University of Denver.  Her workshop is designed for beginners and those looking to regain drawing skills.  $50 members.  $55 non-members




April 28 (Sunday): 

  • Father-Son Learning at DAT Minyan, begins with breakfast at 8:45 am followed by learning from 9-9:45 am.  Rabbis from the Denver Community Kollel will be there to assist with the learning. Weekly raffle for prizes.
  • Colorado Hebrew Chorale * Lag B'Omer Celebration * Enjoy music, food, fun, and a bonfire, with special guests from the Denver Zoo! * Denver's Four Mile Historic Park (715 South Forest Street * 80246) @2:00 pm * More Info @ 303-355-0232 * Advanced RSVP Encouraged * Fee. Phone: 303-355-0232.
  • Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado Super Sunday - Smile & Dial.  To volunteer, contact Susan Weinberger at 303-316-6481.

April 29 (Monday):


ACT! for America founder, Brigitte Gabriel, will speak on the rise of Islamic radicalism in our nation.  Friendship Assembly of God, 3685 New Center Point, Colorado Springs 80922.  7pm. Free. 


Brigitte Gabriel - Radio Chavura
Brigitte Gabriel - April 29th

May 1 (Wednesday): 


Jewish National Fund Annual Breakfast. Keynote speaker: Gil Tamary, Washington Bureau Chief, Israel's Channel 10 News.  Hebrew Educational Alliance. 7:45 am.  For more information: Helene Ellis, 303-573-7095, or [email protected].  


May 4 (Thursday):


4th Annual Youth Directions Fundraiser and Auction.  Rabbi Levi Brackman, executive director. 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  Artwork Network, 878 Santa Fe Drive, Denver 80204.  Former Denver School Board President, Nate Easley, is this year's recipient of the annual Youth Dedication award. Tickets $50.


May 19th (Sunday):  


Walk for Israel and Celebrate Family Festival. Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israel Independence Day. Pre-ceremony begins at 2 pm and the walk takes off at 2:30 pm.  Jewish Community Center.


May 30 (Thursday): 


History of the Jewish Community of Leadville * Presented by Bill Korn * JCC South (9625 East Arapahoe Road * 80112) @7:30 pm * More Info @ 303-799-6975


June 18 (Tuesday):


Annual Meeting of the Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce.  Election of directors and officers. 

7 pm-9 pm.  Jewish Community Center.



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

Previously on Radio Chavura: 

Passing the Torch of Holocaust Remembrance 

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Clockwise: Miriam Hoffman (1st-Gen); Tana Rosenberg (3rd-Gen); 
Sam Kutner (2nd-Gen); and Rabbi Zev Pomeranz (2nd-Gen)


As time marches on - and the number of living Holocaust survivors dwindle - it becomes increasingly imperative for members of the younger generations to step up to the plate and continue to teach the lessons of the Shoah to the world.


Two weeks ago, we spoke with Tana Rosenberg, chairperson of the
Holocaust Survivors' Memorial event, which was held at the Jewish Community Center
on April 7th.


The 2013 memorial service - officially titled: Growing Up as Children and Grandchildren Of Holocaust Survivors - focused on transferring the responsibility of remembrance to 2nd and 3rd-generation survivors. 

Joining Tana - who, herself, is a 3rd-generation survivor - was Sam Kutner, a 2nd-generation survivor who has previously chaired the Holocaust Survivors' Memorial event, and Rabbi Zev Pomeranz - associate rabbi at Aish Denver and a 2nd-generation survivor, as well. 


Importantly, we also spoke with Miriam Hoffman, a Greek survivor of the Shoah, who has dedicated her life to Holocaust education. Miriam is articulate in explaining the dangers that our people face as Holocaust deniers begin to gain platforms around the world. She believes that paramount in protecting the integrity of Jewish culture, history, and religion are Jewish day schools.


Denver is blessed to have five wonderful Jewish day schools:


Talya Rotbart

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Moral relativism is based on a refusal to call evil evil and a concomitant willingness to denigrate truth if truth requires you to notice evil.

A 13-minute video that would have made Abba Eban very proud.  "Let's talk about Jewish civil rights!"
Caroline Glick
Caroline Glick

VIDEO: Caroline Glick on the Holocaust - Competing Visions of 'Never Again'



Silence as the Christians Die by Charles Jacobs

 (Jewish Advocate)  


From Nigeria to Malaysia, from Pakistan to Iraq, from

Uzbekistan to Tanzania, Christians are arrested, harassed and threatened. Murder is in the air.


Greeting Party for 80 New Immigrant 'Lone' IDF Soldiers (Arutz Sheva)


France Honors Group that Spawned Fogel Murders by Giulio Meotti (Arutz Sheva)

France, which equipped Saddam Hussein with his most advanced and deadly weapons, whose President Mitterrand treated Yasser Arafat like royalty, where the PLO opened its first European office with a charter calling for "the elimination of Israel", now sponsors Israel's destruction by giving medals, microphones and front pages to the worst Palestinian terror masterminds.


Israel Population Hits 8 Million (Jerusalem Post)


Rambam Teaches International Teams to Treat Trauma Victims (Arutz Sheva)


VIDEO: An Israeli-Made Car That Runs on Air, Water. Really!  (Bloomberg TV) 



Israel honored with tough-to-land TedMed conference invite (The Times of Israel)




Protestors storm Israeli pianists recital  (

Sixty pro-Palestinian activists interrupt Yossi Reshef's performance in South Africa, chanting and blowing vuvuzelas until concert stopped.


President Obama's Four Questions by Dr. Aryeh Hirsch  (Arutz Sheva)

"Is it fair that Palestinian children don't have their own state? Is it just that settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished? Why do you not picture yourself in their place, with a lack of self-determination? As your founding generation heads into the twilight, why do you not try to understand the Palestinians, and take the risks needed for the goal of 'two states for two peoples (sic)? '". 


VIDEO:  Created in Israel - Part of Your Life

Created in Israel Video - Talya Rotbart
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"Land for Peace" is dead. It's time to try 'Peace for Peace'. A genuine, sincere peace agreement shouldn't require the surrender of Israel's heartland to a band of armed terrorists.


Israeli, US Universities Team Up for Energy Research (Jerusalem Post)


VIDEO:  Students 'FlashWaltz' at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem


Flash Waltz
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Israeli Windsurfers Win Gold, Bronze in Brazil (

Proving the old adage that "good things come in threes," Israeli windsurfer Lee Korzits took home her third consecutive first place prize at the RS-X World Championships in Buzios, Brazil.


Double-Standard for Anti-Semitism on Campus by Ronn Torossian (Arutz Sheva)

College campuses throughout the United States are bastions of racism and anti-Semitism, and for many years that fact has largely been ignored by the mainstream media.

Marijuana: Another Gift of the Left to America's Youth by Dennis Prager

What the left has done to America's youth in the last 40 or so years is so damaging as to be unforgiveable. They have ruined public school education; left them with so much debt that they will likely be the first American generation to live materially inferior to the their parents; and robbed their innocence with sex education classes, now beginning in kindergarten in Chicago and elsewhere. Now they are making marijuana available to more kids and in greater potency than ever before.


IDF Most 'Female Friendly' Army in the World (Arutz Sheva)

More than one third of the army's "enlisted men" are women.

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.



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

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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


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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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? 


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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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