Program Guide: June 23, 2013 (Tammuz 15, 5773)
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Newsletter: Our Chavura This Week:
Intermountain Jewish News turns 100 * Small Business of the Year Honors * Steve Hutt Appointed to CHFA Board * Outstanding Temple Micah High School Graduates * Welcome Home Shoshana Ward * Births * Bar Mitzvahs * Palestinian Media Watch

Mission to Cuba * Women's Israel Trip * Temple Sinai Israel Tour * Colorado Community Mega Mission


Jewish Beer by the Barrel * Recipe: German Marble Cake * Opinion: Michael Medved, Caroline Glick, Giulio Meotti and Ronn Torossian * Ordaining Women by Rabbi Levi Brackman

Heavenly Lemonade at Rodef Shalom * Jewish & Widowed on July 1st * Julie Geller performs at JCC * Tour de Farm bike ride * Colorado Hebrew Chorale performance * Annual Conference of the Society of Crypto-Judaic Studies * Shabbat Morning hike with Temple Emanuel * Exploring the music of Ernst Bloch at Congregation Har HaShem* Honoring Ida Goldberger and more than a dozen other great events!

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Mazel Tov and Happy 100th to the Intermountain Jewish News!
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Photos(l-r): Commemorative Issue, Chris Leppek and Rabbi Goldberg
Radio Chavura host Dean Rotbart, who also hosts the weekly Business Unconventional radio newsmagazine, interviewed Rabbi Hillel Goldberg about this week's commemorative issue of the 
Intermountain Jewish News (IJN), which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.


Dean's 15-minute interview with Rabbi Goldberg, who is the IJN's executive editor, was taped in August of last year in anticipation of the paper's centennial festivities. Dean was joined by David Biondo, who serves as Dean's co-host on Business Unconventional.  B. Unconventional is broadcast each Sunday on 710 KNUS AM in Denver from 8 am to 9 am.


In this edited portion of the August 26, 2012 business program, Rabbi Goldberg discusses what it takes to keep the IJN vibrant and relevant, as well as his pride over the high-quality of readers and advertisers that the paper attracts.


Rabbi Goldberg's father, Max, of blessed memory (z'l), purchased the IJN in 1943 for $1.  At the time, the community-owned publication was a financial mess.  Max Goldberg and Robert Gamzey, who was brought in as a partner, revitalized the paper both financially and editorially.  The IJN has won dozens - perhaps hundreds - of editorial honors over the decades.


Upon his father's passing, Rabbi Goldberg's mother, Miriam assumed the leadership of the paper and oversaw its continued growth until passing along the duties to Rabbi Goldberg. Virtually all of the Rabbi's children are active (or have been active) in contributing to the IJN.


Rabbi Goldberg notes that several of the IJN's employees have remained with the paper for more than 35 years, including assistant editor Chris Leppek



Hear the one-minute 710 KNUS / Small Business Drives Colorado radio commercial honoring the IJN's 100th Anniversary.  

The commercial, narrated by Dean, will be broadcast throughout the 
week, beginning June 24th.  Dean is chairman of the Small Business Drives Colorado campaign.


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Jewish Teens 'Rock It' at Mile Chai Y

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When Kolby Morris was hired by the Hebrew Educational Alliance as its first full time "Mountain Jews" youth programming director, members of the Jewish community in Colorado had no idea what to expect.

Now two years on, Kolby runs one of the most dynamic social groups for Jewish children and teenagers in the state - and she does it with ease and plenty of ruach (spirit).

Kolby, who is also the musical director of Shir Hadash (the HEA's weekly musical service), is our guest this week on Radio Chavura, along with Abby Tracer, an incoming 11th grade student at Grandview High School and a member of the Mile Chai Youth Leadership Board.  Kolby and Abby join hosts Maxwell and Dean Rotbart to highlight the great programming and events they help to run.
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Kolby Morris 
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Mile Chai Youth - or Mile Chai Y - is one of five different Mountain Jews programs organized by Kolby and hosted by the HEA. The five programs are:

1. ATID - This group, for 4th and 5th grade students, meets twice a month on Sundays and gives young children an opportunity to socialize in a safe setting. Kolby organizes seasonal outings for ATID, including summer white water rafting and a Shabbaton each February.

2. Nitzanim - Middle school students (grades 6-8) revel in having the opportunity to attend their twice-monthly Mountain Jews programs, which incorporate Jewish learning with fun evening meetings during the week and on the weekend. In addition to winter snow tubing and an annual "Extravaganza," the kids in Nitzanim get to celebrate the new year with a party, known as "CRSH."

3. Mile Chai Y - Meeting three times each month, in addition to many informal gatherings, this high school group (also open to second semester 8th grade students) is exemplary. With both religious programming and Tikkun Olam (community service) activities built in, Mile Chai Y knows how to "rock it" with out-of-state trips, ski Shabbatons, swimming, bowling, and more! The members of the elected Mile Chai Y Leadership Board help manage these events (Abby Tracer is a wonderful and articulate example of the outstanding quality of Jewish teens who are involved with Mile Chai Y).

4. Dude's Night - This monthly meeting (for male students grades 7-12), run by Daniel "Juiceboxx" Gavens, offers "fun and energy burning activities to strengthen the male teen/tween community and inspire compassion and thoughtfulness in our Young Jewish Men." Need we say anything more?

5. Ladies' Night - Kolby oversees this monthly meeting (for female students grades 7-12) which presents "a variety of [discussion] topics related to the beauty and challenges associated with being a Young Jewish Woman in today's world."

Each of the five programs are open to all Jewish children and teens in the community, regardless of their synagogue affiliation. 

For more information about Mountain Jews and Mile Chai Y, visit their Facebook page or Twitter account. Kolby can be reached at or at 303-758-9400 x. 206.




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Yosh Eisbart
Mazel Tov: To Yosh Eisbart, cofounder of NIMBL, whose company was honored by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce as the 2013 Small Business of the Year.  In 2012, NIMBL, a leading SAP professional services firm, was honored as the Chamber's Emerging Business of the Year.  NIMBL is the only company in the history of the award's program to win back-to-back recognition.
Mazel Tov:  To Shel and Lisa Cook and Sharon and Max Sturman on the birth of a granddaughter, Addison Taylor Sturman.  Addison is the great- granddaughter of Essie and Jordon Perlmutter.  Proud new parents are Kacie and Daniel Sturman.
Mazel Tov:  To Albert and Marla Cohen on the recent Bar Mitzvah of their son, Zev
Tzipporah Freedman
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Mazel Tov:  To Rabbi Yitzchok Goldstein, Principal, and Mordechai Hoffman, Executive Director, at Hillel Academy of Denver on the wonderful commencement ceremony held on June 18th. Among those addressing the graduates were Rabbi Tzvi Steinberg, Rabbi Eli Krausz, and Mrs. Tzipporah Freedman.  
Mazel Tov: To Elan and Hadassa Penn on the birth of a daughter, Sima Rivka. 
Shoshana Ward
Shoshana Ward
Welcome Home: Shoshana Ward, daughter of Dr. Seth and Carol Kozak Ward, who recently participated in the Yachad National Jewish Council for Disabilities Taglit-Birthright summer trip to Israel.  Shoshana was one of 24 participants from the United States and Canada.  You can view her Facebook page and more trip photos here
Graduates: Temple Micah lists some outstanding high school graduates from its community.  Mazel Tov to them all, including:  Maddy Bruno, Denver East High School, who will attend Bates College; Daniel Epstein, South High School, headed to University of North Carolina School of Design and Production; Emma Grueskin, a graduate of Colorado Academy, who will attend Skidmore College; Ava Radigan, Littleton High School, who plans to take a gap year; Abe Mamet, who was Head Boy at East High School, will attend Colorado College; Inbal Sella, East High School, who served on the executive board of B.B.Y.O. Chapter 165, headed to Savannah College of Art and Design; Eliza Stein, Denver School of Science and Technology, who will take a gap year as a volunteer at an elementary school in Ecuador; and Dennis Young, East High School, will enroll at Whitman College.
Steve Hutt
Steve Hutt
Mazel Tov: To Steven "Steve" Hutt who was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to a four-year term on the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) board of directors.  Steve, executive director of Denver Employees Retirement Plan, fills a vacancy.  The CHFA board establishes policies, appoints members of the executive team and adopts credit policies and guidelines, among other responsibilities.


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June 24 (Monday):


Celebrate JFS wine reception at Palazzo Verdi.  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Information: Lisa Mehl at


June 26 (Wednesday):


The Godfather of Flamenco Guitar and Dance Performance, Rene Heredia, will present an entertaining program at Temple Emanuel. 1:45 pm refreshments/2:00 pm program. 51 Grape Street. Please RSVP to Jodi Glater at 303-388-4013, x. 307.  $5 donation welcome.

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Rabbi Gerson


June 29 (Saturday):

  • Rodef Shalom's Rabbi Bernard Gerson begins a two-part series, "Heavenly Lemonade," at 5 pm. The discussions will explore divine grace and love.  Lemonade and cookies will be served.  Part two will be held on July 13th.  Open to the entire community.  Free.
  • 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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June 30 (Sunday):  
Tour of West Bijou, the Plains Conservation Center's 9,000 acre short-grass prairie natural area. Organized by Hebrew Educational Alliance.  9 am - 3 pm.  Reservations required. Special rate - $15. Limited to 30 people.  Meet at 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, 80018.  Contact Naomi Kirshner at 303-758-9400, x. 213. 
Allegra Haynes
Allegra Haynes

Wisdom of the Ages, Generations in the Queque: Is This Latest Generation Missing the Boat?  Hear from Allegra "Happy" Haynes, current vice president of Denver Public Schools Board of Education and former Denver City Council president. Part of Temple Micah's Community Conversations series. 11 am.  2600 Leyden Street.  $15/person in advance. $20 at the door.  Sam Mamet will moderate.  Co-Chairs are board members Dena Sorokin and David Teitelman.

Hazon bike ride, starting at Bonai Shalom in Boulder and making a 10-mile roundtrip with stops at the Boulder Jewish Community Farm and Red Wagon Organic Farms. All ages. Details at

July 1 (Monday):

A cocktail hour at Chinook Tavern hosted by Jewish & Widowed. Free veggie appetizers with drink specials. 6 pm.  6380 South Fiddlers Green Circle, Greenwood Village, 80111.  Information:  303-399-0035 (Connie).  See advertisement above.    

July 5 (Friday):

Tot Shabbat at Silo Park, a fun, engaging, half-hour service presented by Temple Sinai for families with children up to age five.  Sing songs and prayers, listen to a story told by the Rabbi and share in some juice and challah.  For more information, phone 303-759-1827.   

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July 6 (Saturday):

2nd Annual Temple Micah Golf Tournament at Emerald Greens. A benefit for the congregation. Organized by Jason Altshuler, Hal Bruno, Sam Mamet and Jill Young.  Sponsorships available. Contact Elaine Lee at 303-388-4239 for pricing and other details or visit

July 12 (Friday):
Naomi Less
Naomi Less

Outdoor worship and a concert with Naomi Less on the East Lawn at Temple Emanuel, 5:30 pm.  Naomi founded Jewish Chicks Rock and Jewish Kids Rock.  Bring your own picnic dinner.  51 Grape Street, Denver 80220

July 23 (Tuesday):

Poolside concert featuring Julie Geller, presented by JCC Family Programs at the JCC outdoor pool. Part of the Family Summer Concert Series.  10:30 am.  $5.  Free for Sports & Fitness members.

July 25 (Thursday):

Temple Sinai Summer Courtyard Concert Festival featuring Saul Kaye, Jewish Blues Musician. Opening act: Bryan Zive and Kol Echad.  BBQ food for sale.  See for pricing.  Or phone Chazzan Bryan Zive at 303-759-1827.

July 27 (Saturday):

Music, Belief and the Soul: A Discussion with Rabbi Josh Rose and Michael Christie, director, Colorado Music Festival.  Exploring the relationship between the musical and religious themes in Ernst Bloch's Sacred Service. Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder.  7 pm.  Free.  RSVP here.

July 28 (Sunday):

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    Ekar Farm to Delaney Farm and back along the High Land Canal bike path.  More than 125 riders are expected. All proceeds directly benefit Ekar's programming and donation of produce to Jewish Family Service's Weinberg Food Pantry. $25 for each rider over 13 years old.  $5 for children under 13.  $70 maximum fee per family. Details and registration:  
  • DAT Minyan family trip to Boondocks Fun Center in Northglen, featuring bumper boats, go-karts, miniature golf and much more.  Save the date!
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  • 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.  Runs through Tuesday, July 30th.  Keynotes:  Dr. Jane Gerber, author of "The Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience," and Dr. Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, author of "In the Shadow of the Virgin: Inquisitors, Friars, and Conversos in Guadalupe, Spain."  For additional details and registration, click here.
July 29 (Monday): 

Colorado Hebrew Chorale's Annual Summer Sight-Singing Romp. You be the chorus!  7:30 pm at the Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 S. Ivanhoe Street, Denver, 80237.  Info and RSVP at 303-355-0232. Contact: Carol Kozak Ward.
August 17 (Saturday):
Join members of Temple Emanuel for a Shabbat Morning Hike.  9:30 am.  Visit for additional info and to register.
August 18 (Sunday):
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August 25 (Sunday):
Family Food, Fun, & Fitness Festival in Boulder, presented by Hadassah. 9 am to 1 pm at the Boulder JCC.  Music by Kol No'ar (Har HaShem Youth Choir). Rock wall, Zumba, Archery, Healthy Snack Food Samples.  3800 Kalmia Avenue, Boulder.  For information and to register: Sandy Friedman, co-president, Boulder Hadassah -
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Mrs. Goldberger

  • 11th Annual Keshet of the Rockies dinner, honoring Mrs. Ida Goldberger, Woman of Valor Award. BMH-BJ Congregation, 6 pm.  Also presenting Student of the Year to Nechama Zakroff and the Lev Tov Award to Avi and Shoshi Schwalb.  For information and reservations, contact Lola Zussman at 303-720-4643.
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  • Temple Sinai Israel Tour - March 26 to April 6, 2014.  Led by Rabbis Rick and Susan Rheins.  Visit Tel Aviv, Caesaria, Ramat HaNegev, Masada, the Dead Sea and, of course, Jerusalem.   
  • Women's Israel Trip with Tammy Dollin - October 27 to November 6, 2013. Interact with Israeli women making a difference, including members of the Knesset and the military.  Includes a jeep tour in the Judean desert at night and an afternoon at the luxurious spa in Rosh Pina. Information: or 303-246-1943.
    Kathryn Bernheimer
    Kathryn Bernheimer
  • A Jewish Mission to Cuba - January 13 to January 21, 2014.  Join Menorah and the Boulder JCC to learn first-hand about today's Jewish community in Cuba.  The trip is limited to 40 people. Contact Kathryn Bernheimer: - 303-998-1021.  
  • Colorado Community Mega Mission to Israel - December 7 to December 17, 2013.  A solidarity trip featuring briefings by political and media analysts. Sponsored by Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado.  
    Phone: 303-316-6499.


Last Week on Radio Chavura:    

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(L-R): Nigel Savage, Hazon;  Josh Pierce, Boulder JCC;  and Jamie Korngold, Adventure Rabbi

On June 9th, the Radio Chavura team drove to Boulder to participate in the Boulder Jewish Festival

This year's event, the 19th annual festival, was organized by Cheryl Fellows, who also publishes the Boulder Jewish News with her husband, David.

We saw many friends from both Denver and Boulder, and had the opportunity to meet new people and learn about some wonderful regional organizations, including LoKo Denver: Local Kosher Food, the Longmont Shabbat Group, Westminster's Congregation B'nai Torah, the Boulder Mikvah, and Boulder's Congregation Bonai Shalom.

Three of the groups we encountered - Adventure Rabbi, Hazon, and Camp, Inc. - were featured on last week's edition of Radio Chavura.


The Adventure Rabbi Program was started by Rabbi Jamie Korngold in 2001.  A strong believer in the power of nature to inspire modern Jews and bring them closer to G-d, Rabbi Jamie and her congregation regularly take trips to some of the most beautiful places in the United States and Israel. 

The author of seven books - including five aimed at children and families - Rabbi Jamie is a dynamic leader and exemplifies the fresh spirit that abounds in Boulder.

We were joined by Rabbi Jamie to talk about the exciting programs that Adventure Rabbi offers.


Hazon  - now the largest Jewish environmental group in the country - was started by New York resident (and British expat) Nigel Savage in 2000.

Believing that Jews have a responsibility to "create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond," Hazon has helped make Jewish Colorado a more environmentally-aware place to live.

We were joined by Nigel and by Hazon's Boulder director, Becky O'Brien, to talk about Hazon's mission and its future.

Camp, Inc., a new Jewish camp for young entrepreneurs, may not be opening its doors for another year, but it's already creating buzz among circles of innovative young people here in Colorado.


Managed by the Boulder JCC and its chief camp officer Josh Pierce, Camp, Inc., promises to inspire the Jewish youth of today to develop the ideas that will "make a positive difference in the world" of tomorrow.


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Jewish war veterans in Colorado have a rich and proud history of service to our nation and our local communities.


Since 1896, Jewish War Veterans of the USA has stood for Jewish pride, identity, and military service to our country.


Here in Denver, J-W-V Post 344 - the Captain Ellis David Greene chapter - actively works to honor and support veterans in general, and Jewish veterans and active duty personnel in particular.


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Post 344 is looking to involve new members and leaders to help it carry on its important mission and perpetuate its many fine traditions - which include the fight against anti-Semitism and unwavering support for the State of Israel.


If you are an American Jewish veteran, members of J-W-V Post 344 would be honored to have you join their group and actively participate in their meetings and activities.  If you are not a veteran, but know of one who has not yet joined J-W-V Post 344, we hope you'll alert eligible Jewish veterans to the opportunity.


For more information, contact Post Commander Jim Barnard at 303-791-6114.  

J-W-V Post 344 also offers associate memberships to those who did not serve, but wish to show their support and appreciation.   
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The Torah Fashion District of Denver is a collaboration of small businesses that cater to women, teens and children who prefer to dress in a modest manner. Appointments and fashion consultations are available.  Contact Sorah Larimer at 720-854-9328.   




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Rabbi Refoel Levitt, a gifted educator and scholar, is accepting summertime Judaic Studies tutoring and enrichment assignments for either adults or children.  Both individuals and group are welcome.  

Contact Rabbi Levitt at 303-329-8226.

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If Israel Has No Right To Exist, What Is America's Right to Exist?  by Michael Medved (

No Arab nation ever existed in this area, only ill-defined pieces of various Islamic, Turkic, Byzantine and Roman empires over the course of 2,000 years. The only time any national identity existed centered on this particular piece of real estate, that national identity was Jewish. 


Muslim Television Miniseries Aims To Expose the 'Naked Truth' About the Jews and their Untrustworthiness (Commentary)

The popularity of such smears should send a chill down the backs of those who continue to argue that Palestinians and the Arab world are ready to give up their hundred-year-old war to eradicate the Jewish presence in the region.  


Jewish Civil Rights and Privatization by Caroline Glick  (

The supposedly grassroots groups of local rioters - including children - attacking IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians with bullets, firebombs and stones are not at all independent or grassroots. They are wholly owned and operated franchises of the PA. And the ones leading the attacks are the US-trained Palestinian security services.


Tory Avey
Tori Avey
RECIPE: Classic German Jewish Marble Cake by Tori Avey - "The Shiksa in the Kitchen"

Shmaltz has embraced its Jewish side with a gusto unmatched by any of the others. Its newest addition, David's Slingshot Hoppy Lager, joins a host of quirky labels including Funky Jewbilation, Hop Manna, Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale, Messiah Nut Brown Ale and Rejewvenator.

The World Is Beating A Path to Israel in a Rush to Partner with its Tech Companies (Israel National News)

Over a dozen foreign delegations visited the 2013 BioMed show, sponsored by IATA, an organization that promotes Israel's high-tech industry. 


Chinese Fund to Offer Scholarships to Chinese Students at Technion (Jerusalem Post)

"This agreement is the beginning of a greater cooperation between the cities of Haifa and Handan, and between China and Israel." 


A Different, Harsh Take on Shimon Peres by Giulio Meotti (Arutz Sheva)

Mr. Peres, you just hosted dozens of celebrities and useful idiots in Israel for your 90th birthday. I will not be generous like they were. I will remind you and your people why your name will be linked forever to a bloody heritage.  


I am Ashamed of the American Jewish Committee by Ronn Torossian (Arutz Sheva)

These so-called American Jewish leaders must have missed recent demographic polls which show that 74% of all NYC Jewish Children are Orthodox and there's explosive growth in the Orthodox & Hassidic communities.  


Ordaining Women? by Rabbi Levi Brackman (

Having had the opportunity to teach Talmud to girls, it is clear to me that there is a real thirst amongst some Orthodox Jewish girls and women to have the same ability to access Judaism's primary texts as is afforded to their male counterparts. Denying them this opportunity is an untenable position to take in 21st Century America.


Is It Possible that al-Qaeda Is Behind Colorado's Black Forest Fire?  (Atlas Shrugged) 

Fire wars are not limited to Europe and the U.S. Palestinan jihadists have been setting fire to Israel's modest forests for many years. However, political correctness seems to override Israeli and Russian warnings of that jihadist modus operandi. How many Tzarnaevs are hiding in Colorado's woods?


Meet the Famous Israeli Singer Who Has Taken His Talents to Branson, Missouri (TheBlaze)

Fisher's father was saved from the Nazis and Polish vigilantes by a Christian family in Poland during World War II. The couple, Alfred and Maria Kwarchak, hid 17 members of Fisher's family in a bunker for 18 months and were later recognized by Israel's Holocaust memorial museum Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.  


DuDu Fisher
Fisher in Branson

VIDEO:  Dudu Fisher Sings Exodus


SPEECH: British Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks at the 'Closer to Israel' Rally

Antisemitism has returned to virtually every country in the Middle East, and even, unbelievably to Europe, from Greece in the south to Norway and Sweden in the north, from France and Spain in the west to Hungary in the east. Whatever happened to Never Again?

Mordechai Kedar
Dr. Kedar



The "Sushi" is Heating Up by Mordechai Kedar 

In the month of May this year, more than a thousand men, women and children were killed in Sunni attacks against Shi'ites, and in revenge attacks of Shi'ites against Sunnis.  


Islamic Supremacist Nominated as UC Student Regent  (FrontPage Mag)

Saifuddin's record at UC-Berkeley is hardly one of tolerance and love. She co-sponsored a BDS resolution in the Berkeley student Senate, calling on the entire University of California system to divest companies that do business with Israel, based on the spurious premise that Israel is "occupying" Palestinian territory.


Double Standards at University of California  (American Thinker)

Only one professor in the entire University of California so far has had the intestinal fortitude to speak out about the growing jihadi harassment of Jewish students on campus, a beloved part-time professor of Hebrew at U.C. Santa Cruz, Tammi Benjamin.  


VIDEO:  Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat Refutes Those Who Question Jerusalem's Status as Israel's Historic Capital (YouTube)



Perhaps even ore that he actually a published a memoir in 1995 in which he admits to founding the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, serving as a company commander, and collaborating with the SS.

For the next several weeks Rinkevicious stayed after work and built a false wall in the attic, sometimes with the help of Kagan's father, and created a six-foot by six-foot box, were the family could hide. He did that "for a man he hardly knew, at the risk of his life and at the risk of his family's life." 
"I look from the back of my house at the Mediterranean Sea and I feel that I am part of history, I am part of Israel, and I am happy to be here. We are committed and we're gonna make it!" 

BOOK: Half-Life by Joshua Prager
22 years ago, a truck hit the bus that Joshua Prager was riding in Jerusalem, nearly killing him. He had to relearn how to breathe, sit, stand and walk. In Half-Life, Prager (nephew of radio talk show host Dennis Prager) recounts the long journey back and explores both identity and what it means to heal. 


I am thankful and only hope that I have lived and will continue to live each day of my life in such a way as to deserve to have survived when so many others did not. 

"Exposing young Jews to Israel helps broaden their awareness and deepen their cultural identity. We are committed to the goal of all young Jewish adults having the opportunity to be inspired by their ancestral homeland," Miriam Adelson said. 

She also suggested that defending Israel was not a cause that should be dear to all Americans and indeed all decent people everywhere, nor that the great majority of Americans do indeed thus support Israel, but that the only people who might be alienated by invading Israel would be American Jews who exercised tremendous political and financial power over American politics. 

"Ms. Power's record clearly shows that she is viscerally hostile to Israel, regards it as a major human rights abuser, even committing war crimes, and would like to see the weight of American military and financial power go to supporting the Palestinian Authority, not Israel."


But as a Jew, I am in awe of Samantha's achievement in emerging as one of the foremost voices against genocide in our time and I absolutely believe in her strong commitment to Israel's long-term security. One need not agree on every policy point to look up to a woman whose deepest values as to the protection of human life I share and cherish.


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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