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This Week on Radio Chavura: 


Jewish Students Run for the Disabled  

Segment One
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The 19th Annual Boulder Jewish Festival
Segment Two



Four of Denver's community-minded Jewish young people are guests on the first segment of this week's broadcast of Radio Chavura.  The students, each of whom attends the Denver Academy of Torah, will be participating in The 2013 Color Run to benefit Denver Yachad on Sunday, June 16th.


The students, pictured immediately above and at the top of the page carrying the Radio Chavura banner with host Maxwell Rotbart, are siblings: Estee and Aaron Brooks (l) and Heidi and Pearl Clayman (r).  To view a complete list of scheduled runners, click here.

Radio Chavura staff photographer, Avital Rotbart, will also be running in support of Denver Yachad (the National Jewish Council for Disabilities), an agency of the Orthodox Union. NJCD is dedicated to addressing the needs of all individuals with disabilities and including them in the Jewish community.

To show your support for these students, click on their names below.  Even a contribution of a few dollars will be greatly appreciated.  

DONATE: Aaron Brooks, Estee Brooks, Heidi Clayman, Pearl Clayman and Avital Rotbart.




During our second broadcast segment this week, we are joined by Cheryl Fellows, head of the volunteer committee organizing this year's Boulder Jewish Festival, which will be held on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder on Sunday, June 9th.  Cheryl talks about the great entertainment and food that will be featured at this year's Festival.


RunnersIn Our Community:
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Contact us at 855-JEWISH-4 (539-4744) or email: [email protected]
Yasher Koach:  In addition to the four students featured on this week's edition of Radio Chavura, these other students (and adults) are listed as scheduled participants in the June 16th Color Run for Yachad:

Shimmy Alter, Yehuda Alter, Gabi Bean, Shifra Brandt, Mark Brooks, Gitty Bulow, Sarah Felsen, Dorit Fischer, Kyra Fischer, Liat Fischer, Sahpir Freedman, David Kieval, Emily Kieval, Aliza Makovsky, Avital Rotbart, Terry Samuel, Naava Teitelbaum, and Rabbi T. Tenenbaum. 

To pledge your support to any (or all) these participants, visit:  http://Denver.TeamYachad.com/runners/.

Mazel Tov:  Yeshiva Toras Chaim Ladies Auxiliary 
"Roses of the Year" honorees: Hinda Raphaela Buchbinder (Distinguished Friendship Award); Lucie Prenzlau, Naomi Erlanger, and Ruthie Krausz (M'Dor L'Dor Tribute). The awards will be presented on Thursday, June 20th at 11:45 am, in the social hall at Yeshiva Toras Chaim.  Co-Chairs: Adina Krausz, Barbara Nieder and Marlene Siegel.

azel Tov : To the 30 members of the third quarter Dean's List at Beth Jacob High School of Denver: Miryam Esther Abraham, Talia Bean, Aliza Berman, Miriam Berman, Rivka Miriam Brackman, Sofia Cain, Chaya Engel, Faige Feldheim, Malka Feldheim, Racheli Felsen, Nurit Fligelman, Chasya Joseph, Rochie Kagan, Yael Kassin, Irit Kaufman, Leah Basya Major, Mijal Mendelewicz, Esti Meyer, Shayna Michaels, Esther Moussali, Rivka Nortman, Efrat Prober, Aleeza Schwartz, Sarah Leah Shurtleff, Chaya Nomi Steinberg, Shira Tessler, Inbal Ushdi, Ahuva Wasserman, Avital Weiman, and Tamar Wilen. 


Chavura Community Calendar 



May 19 (Sunday):  


Drop by the Radio Chavura table at today's Celebrate Family festival at the Jewish Community Center and say "hello."  The family friendly celebration takes place from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and will feature lots of fun activities and entertainment.  Radio Chavura's musical director, the talented Julie Geller, will be performing along with other local vocalists and musicians.  Free admission and Kosher meals and snacks for sale.


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: http://emanueldenver.org/MITZVAHDAY 


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.  www.denverjds.org.

  • 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.




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Last 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 
Last 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, shared 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 [email protected] or phone 1-855-JEWISH-4.]



  •  Israel's Growing Trade with China

    Radio Chavura hosts Maxwell and Dean Rotbart discuss Israel's relations with China and other diplomatic topics during their exclusive interview Herb Keinon, chief diplomatic correspondent, The Jerusalem Post

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 [email protected]
[email protected] or jane.[email protected]. 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 [email protected].

Today marks 1,257 days since Alan Gross (www.bringalanhome.org) was imprisoned in Cuba.

Today marks 709 days since Jacob Ostreicher (www.freejacobnow.com) was imprisoned in Bolivia.

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


Part-Time Educator

Are you knowledgeable in Reform Judaism? Have you studied Judaism at a college or graduate level? Do you have experience as an administrator? Been a teacher for 2-3 years? Well then! This part-time educator job - overseeing
Temple Micah's religious school - might be perfect for you!

Contact Elaine Lee at [email protected] for the full job description.

Aish Preschool

For the 2013/2014 school year, Aish Denver is seeking experienced teachers, aides and substitutes.  Email: [email protected].

Journalism Interns

High school and college students who would like experience reporting and writing about the Denver Jewish community and producing this weekly newsletter and program guide are invited to contact either Maxwell or Dean: [email protected].  Positions are available year-round.

Share your Help Wanted positions with Colorado's vibrant Jewish community.  We reach a wide cross-section of Jewish families and professionals. Contact us: [email protected].
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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 (LeviBrackman.com)  

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 thereligionofpeace.com 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  (Jewocity.com)

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.



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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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