Program Guide: July 28, 2013 (Av 21, 5773) 

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Camp Maayan kids on grass
Photo by Avital Rotbart

Kids from across the Denver Jewish community bask in the warmth of summer and of a loving, enriching, fun-filled Jewish environment each summer at Camp Maayan.  The day camp, headed by Rabbi Michael Sunshine, is based at the Denver Academy of Torah, although campers enjoy frequent field trips to partake in Colorado's great outdoors and visit a wide variety of entertainment venues aimed at kids.

For the second consecutive year, Radio Chavura staff photographer Avital Rotbart has also served as a Camp Maayan counselor and photographer. Although camp still has one week remaining, Avital shares 87 of her favorite 2013 Camp Maayan photos here.  Is anything sweeter than capturing the smiles, laughter, and creativity of our Jewish children?


Jewish Travel: The Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri (21 Photos) *Bais Menachem in Denver Hosts an Engagement Party (35 Photos) *Leadville Jewish Cemetery Cleanup (48 Photos) *Historic Temple Israel in Leadville (21 Photos) *Behind the Scenes: Recording Radio Chavura's exclusive interview with U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn (25 Photos)

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Dor l' Dor: One Family's Legacy of Education & Zionism

 Jeff Hecht on His Father, Emil z'l, and Unshakable Faith 

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Jeff Hecht and his father, Emil, z'l

The bloodline is unbroken, despite the harsh journey.


It runs from Svalava, Czechoslovakia through some of the finest pre-war yeshivot in Europe, surviving Auschwitz and Mauthausen, rescuing Jews for Palestine, immigrating to the United States, prospering and building here in Colorado, and finally, arriving at the present where the tradition of passing along a rich Jewish legacy to family and community continues.


Such is the trail of Emil Hecht, z'l, and his family, five recent generations of highly educated, committed Zionists, who have greatly enriched the Jewish world and shared - dor l' dor - the values and teachings that are the very mortar of the Jewish people.


Emil Hecht, who died in December 2010 in Denver at age 86, continues to serve posthumously as a role model and inspiration to many Jews, both in Colorado and around the world.


Through the darkest days of the Holocaust, Emil once recalled that he never gave up hope of his own survival and that of the Jewish people.


"It was my faith in the higher power we call G-d and the spirit and rule of morality instilled in me by my parents and teachers, that knowledge of what was right and what was wrong, as well as my understanding of Jewish history that kept me holding out against all odds and adversity," Emil said during a 2004 speech at Denver's Holocaust Awareness Institute.


Emil's legacy, and how his children and grandchildren are working to carry it forward and adapt it to today's realities, is the subject of the first segment of this week's Radio Chavura, airing Sunday, July 28th, at 6:30 pm on 990 KRKS AM in Denver.  The program is also available to stream or download at


Jeff Hecht, Emil's son and a Denver-community leader, tells hosts Maxwell and Dean Rotbart that he was aware of his family's strong educational and Zionistic roots from an early age, as well as his special place as a second-generation Holocaust survivor.  Jeff's mother Eva, who still lives in Denver, is also a Holocaust survivor.


Jeff notes that education - both secular and Jewish - were always top priorities for the Hecht family.  Emil's father and grandfather had great secular educations and the family owned one the largest, multi-language private libraries in all of Czechoslovakia.


In raising their own two children, Gillian and Tristan, Jeff says that he and his wife, Mindy, recognize, "every generation needs to create its own world."


That means, Jeff explains, that his children will have to take their rich Jewish heritage and find their own path to living it and sharing it.


As for his father, Jeff says, Emil would wish to continue to inspire the Jewish community to support Israel, even with its inevitable imperfections, because it is so vital to the continuation of the Jewish people and religion. "He believed very strongly in Jewish history, language and culture," Jeff says.


Also on this week's Radio Chavura, Rabbi Yaakov Menken, founder of Project Genesis, and creator of many of its sites and programs, including, is interviewed. Based in Baltimore, Rabbi Menken describes Project Genesis as one of the fastest-growing Jewish outreach programs, appealing to Jews of all affiliations, and to unaffiliated Jews.



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AUGUST 18th:  One-hour special High Holidays edition of Radio Chavura - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 990 KRKS AM


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  • Beth Ginsberg, owner, The Bagel Store.  Making great-tasting kosher bagels is no simple task. Beth is a master of the art, and she tells Radio Chavura that she has a plan to bring fresh, hot bagels directly to your kitchen.    
  • Cheryl and David Fellows, founders and publishers, The Boulder Jewish News   
  • Itamar Marcus, founder and director, Palestinian Media Watch  
  • Neil W. Levin, artistic director, Milken Archive of Jewish Music


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Why wait? You can place your free personalized High Holiday greetings to family and friends in the special Radio Chavura 5774 New Year's Edition of our e-newsletter and program guide. Our colorful weekly digital guide reaches a wide cross-section of Colorado's Jewish community, stretching from Colorado Springs through greater Denver and the Front Range, to Boulder and Fort Collins.

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Special Announcement: Save A Life!

Jeff Helfman needs a Blood Stem Cell donor to survive Acute Myeloid Leukemia. We need to find a donor for him soon. Due to the nature of the disease, people from the same heritage have the best chance of being a match. 


Jeff is of Jewish/Russian/Romanian/Moldovan descent. Because time is of the essence, if you fit this description, please call Chandra at 213-446-3798 to have a kit overnighted to you. All others, please go to and register today. It is a painless and simple procedure to register online at or call 1-800-627-7692.InOurCommunity_071413 


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Yasher Koach: To our musical director and Studio J host, Julie Geller, on producing her newest song, You Are My Greatest Adventure, in honor of Tu B'Av (the 15th of Av), the Jewish day of love. You can see the song's music video here.
Toda Raba: To all of the table chairs who are supporting the 11th Annual Keshet of the Rockies Dinner on Sunday, August 25th. This year's honorees - Mazel Tov - are Ida Goldberger, Woman of Valor Award; Avi & Shoshi Schwalb, Lev Tov Award; and Nechama Zakroff, Student of the Year Award.
Junior Chairs for the event are: Ilana and Morey Berman, Faige Feldheim, Gillian Hecht, Hannah Kark, Sarina Esther Major and Leah Basya Major, Esti Meyer, Shayna Michaels, Esti Shapiro, Ahuva Wasserman and Tamar Wilen.
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Mazel Tov:
To Sharon and Ted Gelt, previous guests on our program, on celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.
Yasher Koach: To Radio Chavura host Maxwell Rotbart, who has been named a columnist for the online news and features website, Maxwell's articles will focus on the organizations and people who comprise Denver's vibrant Jewish community.  His first column, Denver's undiscovered kosher family bake shop, features the Flourpot Bake Shop, owned by Nancy Jacobson and her daughters, Chelsea and Jamie.  
Tzeitchem L'Shalom: To Sara Schwartz, beloved community member, who has relocated to Baltimore to be closer to her family. 


MitzvahThank You:  To those families, businesses, and individuals who have made generous financial contributions to Radio Chavura recently, including: David RobisonShirley LewisDr. James Ehrlich, Jim Storm, Tana and Richard Rosenberg (Tana's Delights), Meir Cohen, and Alicia Vargo (Pampered Passions)


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Radio Chavura Jewish Colorado Calendar 
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.
July 30 (Tuesday): 

Tour the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration in Boulder with the Hebrew Educational Alliance.1:00 pm. NOAA David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, 80305. Free. RSVP at 303-497-4091. Be prepared to present valid photo ID card.

July 31 (Wednesday):

Picnic and Rocky Mountain Jewgrass Concert at Four Mile Park; Music starts at 6:30 pm; Tickets are $10 at the gate ($7 for Swallow Hill members, seniors and those who bike to the event). $2 for children 12 and under. 

August 2 (Friday):
Temple Micah will host a Shabbat-in-the-Park for kids at Cheesman Park.  6 pm.

Join Boulder's Congregation Bonai Shalom for the continuation of its First Friday series. This session will focus on "Synagogues We Have Visited: Familiar and Unexpected" with Dr. Jerry Linsky, at 8:00pm at 1527 Cherryvale Rd. * Boulder. Preceded by 6 pm services and a 7 pm dinner. Fee. Details.


August 3 (Saturday):


Nechama Z event featuring musical artist Zevi Kaufman at East Denver Orthodox Synagogue. In conjunction with Chai-Life.  10 pm. FREE. For more details, keep watch on the Facebook page of Elise Hamburger Zakroff, who is enthusiastically helping to promote the event.


August 4 (Sunday):


Colorado's Jewish community is invited to a free sample of The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning's popular 10-week "Jews in America" course from 7 pm - 9pm. Come to the JCC South Denver campus (9625 E. Arapahoe Rd., Greenwood Village, 80112) to participate. RSVP by July 31 to [email protected]



August 9 (Friday):


A Shabbat Weekend of Fun at JCC Ranch Camp in Elbert, Colorado. Begins Friday at 10 am and ends Sunday morning following a fabulous breakfast.  A wonderful way to cap off the summer!  Details from Melanie Gruenwald, family programs director, at [email protected].    

August 11 (Sunday):
NW Denver Jewish Community Picnic & BBQ at Berkeley Park, with the Denver Community Kollel. More information to follow.

The next Jewish & Widowed gathering, a picnic, will be held at 11:00 am at Cook Park. The event is free, but RSVPs are appreciated. Call Connie Suson at 303-399-0035 for more information.  (See advertisement above)


A special EDOS membership meeting has been called at 8:30 pm. Eligible members are encouraged to come vote (on issues discussed during the semi-annual meeting) in person, or to send a proxy.

August 17 (Saturday):
Join members of Temple Emanuel for a Shabbat Morning Hike.  9:30 am.  Visit for additional info and to register.


Temple Sinai Congregational Picnic at Centennial Center Park.  5 pm to 9 pm.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and activities.  Underwritten by the Brotherhood and Sisterhood.  $20 per family or $5 for individuals.  RSVP by Friday, August 10th, to Lisa Thorner at [email protected] or 303-759-1827.  13050 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial, 80112.
August 18 (Sunday):
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990 KRKS AM. Airing from 
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, featuring special guests, music, and community-wide New Year's greetings. For sponsorship opportunities, contact us at 1-855-JEWISH-4 (855-539-4744).
Rodef Shalom Annual Picnic at Cook Park.  4 pm to 7 pm.  
August 22 (Thursday):
Orientation meeting for Mishpacha!Temple Micah's family education program, at 7:00 pm at 2600 Leyden Street * Denver * 80207
August 25 (Sunday):


The Jewish Women's Theatre Company (formerly the Jewish Denver Drama Girls), presents "Little Women: The Musical" at 1:30pm at Aish Denver (9550 East Belleview Avenue * Greenwood Village * 80111). Exclusively for female audience members age 6 and up. See advertisement above for details. 

Back To School New Year's Concert featuring the amazing a cappella talent of Boulder's FACE Vocal Band. Pre-register for only $10 ($50 family maximum), or pay $15 at the door ($60 family maximum). Hosted by the Loup JCC Denver, 350 S. Dahlia Street, 80246,  in the Phillips Social Hall. Contact Melanie Gruenwald, family programs director, at [email protected] for more information or to register.

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- [email protected]   See advertisement below.  
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  • 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 Liz Halpern at 303-591-5296 or Lola Zussman at 303-720-4643. 
August 27 (Tuesday):

Presentation of the Allied Jewish Federation and Jewish Women's Philanthropy Center's 33rd Annual Golda Meir Award to Henny Kaufmann will take place at 11:00 am. Location TBA. RSVP at 303-316-6443. Cost is $50.


August 28 (Wednesday):

JCC Denver's High Holiday Highlights Prep Class: A thought-provoking and interactive class for mothers of other religious backgrounds raising Jewish children, exploring the themes of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. 9:15 am in the Board Room. Contact Melanie Gruenwald, family programs director, for more information or to register.

August 31 (Saturday):

Temple MicahThe entire Jewish community is invited to the following Temple Micah events, beginning with Selichot services this Saturday: Erev Rosh Hashanah services, September 4th; Rosh Hashanah services, September 5th; Shabbat Shuva Hike at Bluf Lake, September 7th; Kol Nidre services, September 13th, Yom Kippur services. $120/family for one or two events; $240/individual for all events; $360/family for all events. Call Elaine Lee at 303-388-4239 x.1 for more information.


September 4 (Wednesday):
Rosh Hashanah 5774 begins at sundown.
October 1 (Tuesday):
We Support Jewish Day Schools
The entire community is invited to show its appreciation for the vital role played by Jewish day schools by attending the Denver Academy of Torah annual parlor meeting, to be held at Temple Sinai, the new home of the DAT High School.  Among the evening's speakers will be Dean Rotbart, co-host of Radio Chavura.  6:30 pm.  For more information, contact Kathy Bashari, DAT's director of development, at 720-941-6455.
October 24 (Thursday):
Join the East Denver Orthodox Synagogue community for its annual dinner, honoring
Mindy and Jeff Hecht and young leaders Avi Mehler and Shlomo FriedDetails to follow. 


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


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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: [email protected] or 303-246-1943. 
  • 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.

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Groundbreaking Opportunity to Visit Jewish Cuba:

 A Preview of the January '14 Boulder JCC Mission  

The upcoming Boulder Jewish Mission to Cuba, scheduled for January 2014, will be a first of its kind in several respects.


For 30 to 40 Colorado residents, the trip will present a rare opportunity as Americans to experience first-hand the culture, history and people of the communist island nation.  Rarer still, they'll be exploring Cuba through a Jewish lens.

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Kathryn Bernheimer 
Boulder JCC


Organized by Menorah and the Boulder Jewish Community Center, the 8-day, 7-night journey is structured as a learning and humanitarian undertaking, aimed at fostering a clearer understanding of Cuban Jewry, which saw its first significant wave of Jewish immigration as early as 1910.


Lore holds that Jews likely were among the crew of Columbus's voyage to the New World in 1492 and first docked in Cuba along with him.  In 1906, according to the Jewish Virtual Library, 11 American Jews founded Cuba's first synagogue, which islanders consider the beginning of the modern Cuban Jewish era.


The Cuba mission is both the first organized excursion of any Boulder Jewish group to Cuba and the first travel experience being offered by the Boulder JCC.


Kathryn Bernheimer, the Boulder JCC's program director, who is coordinating the mission, has a very personal Cuba connection.  She visited her German refugee grandparents in Cuba when she was only 6 or 7 years old, and her grandfather is buried there.


Bernheimer was the featured guest on the first segment of the July 21st edition of Radio Chavura, which can be heard at 6:30 pm on 990 KRKS AM in Denver.  To hear the program online 24/7, click here.


"We not going to sit on the beach," Bernheimer told hosts Maxwell and Dean Rotbart, who recently interviewed her in Boulder.  In fact, all of the activities will revolve around the Cuban Jewish community, both past and present, including lectures; cultural exchanges with community members in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santa Clara; and visits to landmarks, such as the Jewish cemetery in Guanabacoa.


Prior to the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power in 1959, the Cuban Jewish community numbered about 15,000.  As of 2007, according to the New York Times, that number dwindled to an estimated 1,500.

"They are very much in decline and small today" Bernheimer says.


Escorting those travelling on the Boulder JCC mission will be Chicago's Miriam Levinson, herself a Cuban-born Jew, who has lead more than 100 such trips to Cuba since 2000.


"One of the things that appealed to me about Miriam is that she really understands Cuban Jewish History," says Bernheimer, praising Levinson's ability to spot the Jewish component of art and cultural icons that other tour guides would likely overlook.


While the Boulder JCC mission to Cuba will serve as a unique travel experience for those who participate, Bernheimer says she anticipates the benefits will also accrue to participants upon the group's return to Boulder, in the form of newly formed friendships, camaraderie, and a sense of local community.


Those interested in participating in the Boulder JCC Cuba mission have only until August 15th to register
The cost is $3,500 per person, double occupancy, not including roundtrip airfare to Miami, and some other incidental expenses.


The trip departs Miami on Tuesday, January 14th and returns to Colorado on Monday, January 21st.  For more information, contact Bernheimer via email:[email protected].



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Dafna's Travels: The Lessons This Jewish

Community Leader Gathered Visiting All 50 States 

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The ancient Greek, Diogenes of Sinope, went in search of an honest man. Dafna Michaelson Jenet of Denver went in search of problem solvers and idea generators.  She had better luck.  

In fact, Dafna, a dedicated member of the Colorado Jewish community and founder and president of The Journey Institute, traveled to all 50 states and Washington DC to hunt down people doing extraordinary things on behalf of their businesses and communities.  

Dafna Michaelson Jenet Dafna detests whiners.  Her philosophy is straightforward:  If you want to complain about some aspect of your business or community, then you have to be willing to do something about it.  And if you can't do it yourself, find those who can and cheerlead for them.

Last week during the second segment of Radio Chavura, Dafna explained how she's mobilizing people to solve their own problems.

Jewish Travel: The Truman Presidential Library
Truman Letter Recognizing Israel
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Excerpt: What makes the Kansas City area so unique to Judaic scholars is that, in addition to housing a treasure trove of documents related to the founding of Israel in 1948, it was the location of Westport Men's Wear, a haberdashery on the corner of 39th and Main.

Owned and operated by Eddie Jacobson, an old army acquaintance and business partner of Harry Truman from the late 1910s and early 1920s, Westport Men's Wear was the point of origination of a series of letters from Jacobson to Truman urging the President to recognize Israel's independence when it would be declared.
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Jacobson's position was in stark contrast to many of Truman's closest policy advisors, including Secretary of State George Marshall, who threatened to vote against the President in the November 1948 elections if Truman recognized the independence of the soon-to-be Jewish state.

Historians generally recognize Jacobson as having had a profound influence on the President's decision to acknowledge the government established by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion on May 14, 1948. The street corner where Jacobson's shop once stood - one of the most important in American Jewish-Presidential history - has no plaque or marker to commemorate its special role.  The intersection is now the home of a CVS 
pharmacy, an H&R Block, a local FM radio station, and a non-descript law office.
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Today marks 1,334 days since Alan Gross ( was imprisoned in Cuba.

Today marks 786 days since Jacob Ostreicher ( was imprisoned in Bolivia.

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Jewish Family Bloggers Wanted
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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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Aish Denver's Bikur Cholim (visiting the ill) Committee is in need of volunteers for driving, preparing meals, and visiting the ill. Please contact Mrs. Ilana Hamer at [email protected] to participate.

Jewish & Widowed is looking for volunteers to staff its next event (August 11 at 11:00 am at Cook Park) and to bring watermelons and drinks. Contact Connie Suson at 303-399-0035 to participate.


For young Jewish couples/families welcoming a new baby into their family, the Robert E. Loup JCC Denver offers caring support, a connection to community resources, a way to meet other new parents, and a gift basket that includes, CDs, books, other fun gifts, and information on child development and parenting skills from Colorado Bright Beginnings.  If you are a new parent or new to our community with a baby 6 months or younger, and would like a FREE Warm Welcome visit, please contact Jill Katchen at 303-316-6336. 

The East Denver Eruv serves the Orthodox communities encompassing Hilltop, Lowry and surrounding areas. The Eruv relies on the support of everyone in the area to meet its annual operating budget.  To donate contact Rabbi Daniel Alter or Andy Kark.  The Eruv hotline is 303-836-3788.  Visit 
Tomchei Shabbat of Denver welcomes your support.  Contact Elana Shapiro at 303-355-7173. 
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Thanks to the following individuals whose keen eyes helped us identify articles of interest in recent editions: 
Dr. Donald Salem, Nurit Greenger, Herzl Melmed, Cheryl and David Fellows, David Kimel, Jennifer Harris Schrutt, and Shirley Lewis.
 Red Flag Warning of Anti-Semitism on the March! 


If you spot a feature that is worth sharing, please email the URL to Talya at [email protected].



What Gift Did The Jerusalem Post's Herb Keinon Bring When His Niece Was Recently Wed In Denver?  (The Jerusalem Post)

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What gift to give a bar or bat mitzva kid? How much to give for a wedding? Do you send invitations to people abroad whom you know will not be coming to your simcha - or is that just too obviously a request for a gift? Should the value of a present depend on your fondness for the person? Is it right to "go in" on a gift with others? 


Israel, The Boycotters and The Islamic Emirate of France by Giulio Meotti (Israel National News) 

Some brave Israeli writers, if there still are some out there, should also write a letter to France's newspapers, which have turned so prolific against Israel, proposing to label that country's goods as follows: "Produced in the territory of the former collaborationist Vichy regime and soon-to-be Islamic Emirate of France". 




BDS Activist Appointed Student Regent at University of California Berkeley (Arutz Sheva)  Danger Sign

Saifuddin is a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood front group, Muslim Students Association (MSA), as well as Students for Justice in Palestine. 


Israel Will Be Damaged By EU's Economic Sanctions, But It Is Not Powerless by Caroline B. Glick (Jerusalem Post)

Israel has for years been operating under the misguided belief that the EU would eventually come around and side with Israel against its enemies.This belief has been informed by equal doses of innocence and wishful thinking. The EU's decision to initiate an economic war against the Jewish state forces Israel to abandon its long-held illusions. 


Fatah Honors Terrorist for Murdering 61 Israelis  (Arutz Sheva)

Barghouti is serving 67 life sentences for preparing explosives for terror attacks in which 67 people were murdered - Sbarro restaurant (15 killed, Aug. 9, 2001), Sheffield Club (15 killed, May 7, 2002), Moment Caf´┐Ż (11 killed, March 9, 2002), triple attack at Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall (11 killed, Dec. 1, 2001), Hebrew University (9 killed, July 31, 2002), and Bus 4 in Tel Aviv (6 killed, Sept. 19, 2002). 


19th Maccabiah Games Open - Israel Welcomes the World In Style (The Jerusalem Post)

The 19th Maccabiah Games opened with a phenomenal flourish at a jam-packed Teddy stadium in Jerusalem on Thursday night in which a dazzling display of lights and breathtaking fireworks set the sky - and all hearts in attendance - aflame.

Jewish pride was the prevalent sentiment as the opening ceremony welcomed more than 9,000 of the finest Jewish athletes as 78 delegations from around the world expressed their joy at being in Israel before an announced crowd of almost 35,000. 


Israel Doesn't Need Anyone's Recognition by Ronn Terossian (Israel National News)

Imagine the world headlines if homosexuals were not permitted to board certain planes which emanated from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport? Could one imagine the world headlines? Or, even more so, if in the Year 2013 blacks weren't permitted to fly on a certain nations' national airline?


Yet that is what is happening to Jews and it's largely a non story. Saudi Arabian Airlines refuses to allow Israeli citizens to fly from American airports. So, while U.S. Federal law says an "air carrier or foreign air carrier may not subject a person in air transportation to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex or ancestry", Saudi Arabia Airlines continues to operate from the U.S. Is discrimination ok if it's only directed at citizens of the Jewish State?


Israeli Swimmer Wins Gold Medal in Youth Olympics  (Jerusalem Online)

The Israeli delegation in the European Youth Olympics in Utrecht saluted swimmer Mark Hinaui, who won the Gold Medal in the 400 meter freestyle heat, after finishing first and setting a new age group record. Hinaui finished with a time of 3:57.73 minutes and passed his achievement from a previous competition by 2 seconds. Delegation Head Danny Oren was heard screaming "Gold! We've won Gold!"

5 Videos Congress Should Watch Before Confirming Samantha Power as a New Ambassador (The Blaze)


1. U.N. Security Council Needs A Shakeup - And Permanent Islamic Member (2004)

2. Some Current Security Threats Stem From America's Past Human Rights Practices (2003)

3. War on Terror is Not An Excuse For Abetting Possible Genocide By Nations Like Russia (2002)

4. America Should Accept the Authority of The International Criminal Court (2003)

5. Obamacare is "Human Rights Leadership" (2012)


Israel Is A Global Leader In Medical Innovation - Healing the World, Literally!


The CrossFit Rabbi by Rabbi Levi Brackman (

Like fitness, the spiritual benefits one can gain from the religious practices of Judaism take effort and dedication.  

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