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This Week on Radio Chavura: 


The Pioneering Jewish Community of Leadville

An Interview with Bill Korn

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For a period of thirty years at the onset of the 20th century, Leadville was the economic driver of the state of Colorado and home to a thriving Jewish community.

Bill Korn 
This week on Radio Chavura, Bill Korn, an expert on early Leadville Jewry who helped spearhead efforts to rededicate the town's forgotten synagogue and cemetery, shares with us some of the more exciting anecdotes about the town's early Jewish residents and merchants.

Read more about Bill Korn and Jewish Leadville here.
Hear an extended interview with Bill Korn here.

[Do you have Jewish family roots in Leadville? Radio Chavura host Maxwell Rotbart is writing a history of Jewish Leadville and would like to hear from anyone with information, photos or memorabilia pertaining to Leadville during the period ranging from the late 1800s to World War II. Contact him at or phone 1-855-JEWISH-4.]

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Mazel Tov: To Rabbi Joshua Narrowe on his promotion to Lt. Colonel. Rabbi Narrowe serves as the Chaplain at the United States Air Force Academy. His promotion ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow, May 13th.
Yachad Student Runners 
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Yasher Koach: These community minded students will be participating in The Color Run to benefit Denver Yachad on Sunday, June 16th.  Radio Chavura
has pledged $25 to each of them.  You can help them and Yachad with a pledge in any amount.     
 Avital Rotbart, Radio Chavura's staff photographer, will also be running for Team Yachad.


[Pictured (L-R): Pearl Clayman, Heidi Clayman, Estee Brooks and Aaron Brooks.]  To pledge, click on each runner's name.


Attention Runners Are you also participating in The Color Run 2013 on behalf of a charitable organization and want to be recognized on our website and in our weekly newsletter? Email us at We'll be happy to mention it!


Mazel Tov: To Tami Ellison, a member of the board of directors of the YIZKOR project, for winning an InnoCentive Solver Award for her communications' strategy designed to promote hand hygiene compliance in hospital settings. InnoCentive is an innovative crowdsourcing solutions resource website for businesses.   

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Mazel Tov: To Gwen Smith Ehrlich on her participation in the Spring art show taking place between now and June 30th in the Santa Fe arts district in Denver. Gwen, a talented painter, is owner of G. Marie Interiors, a full-service interior designer for home and office. Watch her video above.


Mazel Tov: To David and Connie Suson of Denver on the birth of a grandson, Daniel Levi Suson, on April 24th.  Daniel is the son of Jonathan and Kristin Suson of San Francisco.


Mazel Tov: To Dr. Charles and Robin Barotz on the upcoming marriage of their son, Daniel, to Michaela McLaughlin.  A June 22nd wedding is planned. 




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Last Week on Radio Chavura: 


Jewish & Widowed: A New Community Group


A new community-wide initiative, Jewish & Widowed, was the focus of our program last week on Radio Chavura.


Jewish & Widowed The group, offering a safe, non-threatening way to begin new friendships, held its first event ton Wednesday, May 8th.  One hundred or more men and women participated, enjoying casual conversation and appetizers at Brio restaurant in Cherry Creek. 


Joining us in the 990 KRKS AM studios to discuss the creation of Jewish & Widowed, as well as its goals, were Connie Suson and Lisa Thorner.


Connie, programming director at Congregation Rodef Shalom, came up with the concept for a community-supported program to connect Jewish men and women who've lost a spouse or partner.  Connie's own father is a widower.


Among those who quickly embraced the concept and shared in its development is Lisa Thorner, programming director at Temple Sinai, who also has a widowed parent.


Connie and Lisa
Connie (l) and Lisa

Connie and Lisa stress that Jewish & Widowed is not a dating service, nor is it a forum for a "group cry."  Rather, it's aimed at fostering friendships and fun among individuals who, in time, will direct their own social functions.


Our interview with Connie and Lisa will be especially interesting to potential group members; their friends and family; and to other community leaders who will enjoy hearing how Connie, Lisa and others have found common purpose, even though they represent different Jewish congregations, religious affiliations and organizations.


Radio Chavura is proud to join these other organizations as co-sponsors of Jewish & Widowed:  Allied Jewish ApartmentsBMH-BJ: The Denver SynagogueB'nai HavurahCongregation Rodef Shalom; Feldman MortuaryHebrew Educational AllianceJFS at the JCCKeshetShalom CaresTemple Emanuel; and Temple Sinai


For more information, contact Connie at 303-399-0035.


The next Jewish & Widowed event is tentatively planned for June.


Hear or Download the Program here.

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Today marks 1,257 days since Alan Gross ( was imprisoned in Cuba.

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Today marks 10,034 days since Jonathan Pollard ( was imprisoned in the United States.

Community Action Alert

Last Chance to Oppose Nablus Sister City Project


The Boulder City Council has set the public hearing on the proposed Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project on:

- Monday, June 10, 2013
-Starting at 5 pm
-At the Boulder City Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway (at Canyon Blvd.)

This will be the only item on the agenda that evening.

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this critically important hearing.
Forward this notice to people you know who also oppose this project and  encourage them to attend this hearing.

This is our final opportunity to voice opposition to the Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project in front of the City Council, who will decide the outcome that evening.

If you plan to attend, please reply to or This will give them an approximate number of attendants. There is strength in numbers. Showing up, whether you speak or not, is a powerful message.
If you would like to participate as an opposition speaker at the hearing, please contact Bill Cohen at

Chavura Community Calendar 


May 15 (Wednesday):


JNF Conference DEADLINE: Register by today to save $100 on registration to the Jewish National Fund's National Conference, which will be held in Denver for the first time ever.  Pay only $375.  Special rates for teens, college students and JNFuture members.  Contact Helene Ellis at 323-964-1400, ext. 955.  Email:  The conference will be held October 25-28th.







May 18 (Saturday):


The History and Traditions of the Crypto Jews, a presentation by the Sanchez Family.  Part of the Hebrew Educational Alliance's Seasons of Dinners.  6:30 pm. Zaidy's Deli. 121 Adams Street, Denver, 80206.  Reservations required.  Contact Gerard Rudofsky at 303-333-5336. $18 per person plus 18% gratuity.  A minimum $25 donation to the HEA is suggested.   



May 19 (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. Sponsored, in part, by Radio Chavura.

  • Temple Emanuel's 17th Annual Mitzvah Day, 8:15 am to 1:30 pm.  Join in the Temple's largest single-day community service event.  More than two dozen choices of locations and organizations that need your help!  Details and registration at: 


May 21 (Tuesday):


Annual Morning of Music at the Hebrew Educational Alliance.  11 am. A piano concert featuring Gabriela Gottlieb, Debbie Center and Blanche Greenberg.  Free.  RSVPs appreciated to Naomi Kirshner at 303-758-9400 x. 213.  [See Advertisement Below


The Effect of Obamacare-Healthcare Reform on Your Business, presented by The Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce. Speakers: Katherine A. Blair, Health Policy Advisor, the Office of Governor John Hickenlooper and Jim Sugden from the Colorado Health Exchange.  Registration required no later than May 20th at noon.  Members $25.  Non-Members $36.


May 22 (Wednesday):


Mizel Museum Annual Dinner and Community Enrichment Award presentation to Pat Bowlen, owner and CEO of the Denver Broncos.  Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd.  6 pm cocktails.  7 pm buffet dinner.  8 pm presentation.  Contact the museum at 303-394-9993.

  • SBA Breakfast for Members: Twitter, Blogging & Lawsuits - Introduction to Online Marketing Law, presented by Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce.  7-8:30 am at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, Perlmutter Room (Lower Level). Check with organization for reservations and costs.


May 23 (Thursday):


Denver Jewish Day School Graduation.  6 pm.  Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia Street, Denver, 80246.

  • The Ten Commandments and the Second Amendment - a discussion exploring Jewish values and gun control.  Part of the "Ten Jews Walk Into A Bar" series presented by Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder.  7:30 pm at the Walnut Brewery, 1123 Walnut Street, Boulder.  Free. 


May 24 (Friday):


Friday night Shabbat dinner and lecture with Shaman Roger LaBorde, presented by Judaism in the Foothills.  LaBorde is known for his work with no-hope coma cases.  6 pm.  3959 Ponderosa Lane, Evergreen, 80439.  Contact JITF for details/pricing.  720-837-2224.

Susie Fishbein
Author Susie Fishbein


May 29th (Wednesday):


Kosher by Design author Susie Fishbein will conduct a demonstration at a special dinner hosted by The Jewish Experience.  The women-only event will be held at BMH-BJ: The Denver Synagogue.  5:30 pm. Eve Levy is the women's programing coordinator for TJE.  For information: 303-316-6412. 


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 




May 31-June 2:


Shabbos-shel-Chizuk with Rabbi Mordechai and Rebbetzin Suri Twerski. Hosted by Merkaz Torah V'Chesed. Rabbi Twerski's visit will include communal davening and meals; Divrei Torah; and Sunday brunch.  To RSVP and for more information: Rabbi Chaim Sher - 720-881-2768.


June 2 (Sunday):


Jewish Colorado's Got Talent - A community talent show produced by Randy Shapiro Weiss, featuring men and boys from Aish Denver, Bais Menachem, Bais Yisrael, BMH/BJ, Bonai Shalom, EDOS and Zera Abraham.  [See Advertisement Below]  9550 E. Belleview Avenue.  3:45 pm. $7 for Adults, $5 for Children 12 and under.  $25 family maximum.


June 5 (Wednesday):


Torah for Tycoons lunch and learn series presented by the Denver Community Kollel.  Held monthly at the East Side Kosher Deli.  Noon to 1 pm. Cost. $20.  For details visit: 


June 7 (Friday):


Shabbat Service and Concert, featuring Sababa, at Temple Micah.  Made possible by Temple Micah's Frances Reed Music Fund.  Free.  Sababa was featured in February on STUDIO J at Radio Chavura.  Sababa members are: Cantor Robbi Sherwin, Steve Brodsky and Scott Leader.  6 pm.  2600 Leyden Street.  Questions: Elaine Lee at 303-388-4239, ext. 1.


Rabbi Selwyn Franklin - Radio Chavura
Rabbi Franklin

June 9 (Sunday):


Boulder Jewish Festival, a one-day celebration of Jewish culture, featuring live entertainment, fine art and Judaica, ethnic food, community organizations and activities for all ages.  Boulder County Courthouse Lawn and Pearl Street Mall. 11 am to 5 pm.  Free. 


June 10 (Monday):  SEE ACTION ALERT ABOVE 

Boulder City Council public hearing on the proposed Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project. 5 pm. Boulder City Council Chambers - 1777 Broadway (at Canyon Blvd.)



June 15 (Saturday):


Rabbi Selwyn Franklin, formerly the senior rabbi at BMH-BJ: The Denver Synagogue, will be visiting Denver.  He'll speak today at the DAT Minyan Seudah Shlishit


June 16 (Sunday):


5K Color Run in City Park to raise funds for Yachad - The National Jewish Council for Disabilities.  The community is invited to walk or run in support of programs for individuals with disabilities in the Denver Jewish community.  Raise just $250 and receive special Team Yachad t-shirt.  [See Advertisement Below].

For additional details visit: 



June 18 (Tuesday):


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

7 pm-9 pm.  Jewish Community Center.


June 29 (Saturday):


Annual B'nai B'rith Denver Leadville Cemetery cleanup and Sabbath services. Rabbi Debra Rappaport of B'nai Vail Congregation will lead the services at Temple Israel, located at the corner of 4th & Pine, one block west of Harrison Avenue in Leadville.  Additional details and reservations here



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BOOK REVIEW: The New Anti-Semitism by Phyllis Chesler. Reviewed by George Jochnowitz (Perry J. Greenbaum blog) 

When feminists, gay rights groups, and civil rights activists choose to support Islamic countries where women are subject to honor murders, where homosexuals are imprisoned and sometimes executed, and - in the case of Sudan today and Saudi Arabia before 1962 - slavery is practiced, something irrational is at work. Only anti-Semitism can explain this weird Marxist-Islamic alliance.  


The Woman Behind the Dolls: Decades Before Denver's Ruth Handler Invented 'Barbie' (Tablet) 


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Rallies Against Israel

(Associated Press)


Nonie Darwish
Nonie Darwish

Why Muslims Must Hate Jews by Nonie Darwish(American Thinker)

There is no third solution to save the core of Islam from collapsing; either Mohammed was evil, or the Jews were evil.  Any attempt to forgive, humanize, or live peacefully with Jews is considered treason against Islam.  How can Muslims forgive the Jews and then go back to their mosques, only to read their prophet's words, telling them they must kill Jews wherever they find them?  It does not add up, if someone wants to remain Muslim.


Arab Israelis who seek to integrate into Israeli society and reject the separatist messages of their political leaders are forced to contend with extraordinary social pressures and even coercion to prevent them from acting in accordance with their wishes.  


Rabbinic Plagiarism and Scholarly Integrity by Rabbi Levi Brackman (  

Rabbi Michael Broyde misrepresented himself in order to gain entry to a rival rabbinic organization, the

Rabbi Brackman
Rabbi Brackman

International Rabbinic Fellowship (of which I am a member). He also used fake names to write letters and comments to bolster ideas he was disseminating. Broyde, like [Rabbi Gilles] Bernheim, was forced to resign from his position as rabbinic judge at the Beth Din of America.


Israelis know how to start their morning right. It might possibly be the reason that Israel was ranked 6th by Bloomberg Rankings of the World's healthiest countries in May 2012.


A website with the politically incorrect URL of tracks these things.  According to them, as of May 2, 2013, there have been 20,794 deadly attacks by Islamic terrorists since September 11, 2001.

At its core, anti-Zionism rejects the Jews' fundamental right to self-determination, devalues their national identity, and presumes that they should be treated differently from all other peoples.  Despite attempts to characterize progressive Israel-chiding in neutral political terms, an appropriate word already exists to describe the delegitimization of the Jewish State - and that word is "antisemitism."


VIDEO:  The Operating Room of the Future (Technion)  6 minutes 28 seconds.

Technion Video
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Israeli Factory To Grow Human Bones (Israeli Innovation News)



ZOA Criticizes Dustin Hoffman For Being Special Guest At Radical, Anti-Israel Muslim Public Affairs Council Gala  (

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, "We strongly criticize Mr. Hoffman's shocking and terrible decision to give aid, comfort and legitimacy to this group of Muslim haters of Israel and Jews by accepting an invitation to appear as a special guest at an MPAC function. We are also appalled that he withdrew from appearing at the Jerusalem Film Festival, something which emboldens extreme Boycott, Sanctions, Divestment (BDS) activists who seek to delegitimize Israel as a first step towards ultimately eliminating Israel.


Columbia Professors Against Israel (Israel National News)

Roughly 100 professors and lecturers at Columbia University in New York are demanding that their pension funds not be invested with companies that also do business with the IDF or with civilian security providers in Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) or eastern Jerusalem.


Asian American academic group backs Israel boycott (Jewish News of Greater Phoenix)

The resolution calling for a boycott passed unanimously and accused Israeli universities of being complicit in violations of international law by the Israeli government. In addition to other claims, the resolution also accused Israeli universities of discriminating against Palestinian students and academics.


Meet '100 Most Influential Jews' (Arutz Sheva)


The time has come for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to confront US President Barack Obama.

A top emergency medicine doctor at a Boston hospital where many of the wounded from Monday's bombing attack were being treated credited Israel with training the hospital's first-response team and readying it to deal with mass-casualty incidents.

Surely the Marathon bombing was the work of either the right-wing extremists Janet Napolitano has been warning us about since 2009, or those notoriously violent Catholics and Evangelicals that today's Army equates with Hamas and Hezbollah.


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.


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) 



Protestors storm Israeli pianists recital  (

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


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.




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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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