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Program Guide: August 18, 2013 (Elul 12, 5773) 

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Dr. Neil W. Levin, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary and one of the world's leading experts on Jewish music, joins us for our hour-long High Holidays series kickoff. 
Dr. Levin presents seven classic Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur songs from the Milken Archive of Jewish Music, where he has served as the artistic director since 1993.  These stirring tunes are guaranteed to move and inspire you as we approach the New Year and the Days of Awe. 

The seven featured melodies are listed and linked below.  By clicking on the links you'll be able to hear the unabbreviated versions of each song.

Ahot K'tanna

This classic tune, conducted in the "Western Sephardic" - or Amsterdam - tradition, dates back to the American colonial era, and would undoubtedly have been heard by George Washington had he ventured into one the five American congregations that existed at the time. The exact same tune can still be heard at Congregation Sheerith Israel (a.k.a. The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue) in New York, the country's very first synagogue. This recording is sung with a unison choir, as it would have been in the 18th century.

Ahot K'tanna is a "piyut," or inserted poem within the liturgy, and is recited at the close of the Jewish calendar year.  The text reads: "The year being ended, may all the evils of thereof be terminated..."
This tune is a sophisticated artistic treatment of the shofar service, which is conducted multiple times during the High Holidays. Herman Berlinski's composition gained popularity in the 1960s in Reform congregations in America. It beautifully intertwines the call of the ram's horn with its accompanying liturgy.

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This shofar and the accompanying books are located in the office of Temple Emanuel's Rabbi Joseph Black
This holiday tune, composed by Israel Schorr, is sung with a traditional choir in the virtuoso cantorial practice, or Hazzanut. The prayer, which comes from the Yom Kippur service, translates as: "We dare not cast our supplications before You with a false feeling of our own righteousness. We do so because of our faith in Your great mercy."
This tune is part of the "Mi Sinai" tradition, which dates back to the Rhineland region of Germany in the Middle Ages. The Mi Sinai tunes are so old, and so well known, that - in the Ashkenazi world - they might as well be considered canon. The Hatzi Kaddish is recited at the start of Mussaf service on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
This tune is a typical cantorial quasi-improvisation (with an improvised choral backup). The composition is attributed to Moshe Koussevitsky, widely-considered to have been one of the greatest cantors of all time. This version was recorded with Ben Zion Miller, a leading modern-day cantor. 

Une Sane Tokef is a central "piyut" for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and recites: "We observe the mighty holiness of this day - one of awe and anxiety... We conceive You established on Your throne of mercy... as Judge and Witness, recording our secret thoughts and acts, and setting the seal thereon."
Set by Joshua Lind, this tune follows the typical joyous nature of the Asheres S'foseinu prayer, which invokes: "May our entreaties find favor before You, most high and exalted God, Who not only hears but understands, and Who gives consideration to the voice of our shofar blast." Appropriately, this prayer is read following each of the three sets of shofar blasts in the Rosh Hashana Mussaf service.
This prayer is read at the end of the Mussaf service on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. This very tuneful setting, again by Joshua Lind, accompanies the following words: "May You strengthen and bless us on this day; may You inscribe us [in the Book of Life] for a happy life..."
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The Milken Archive of Jewish Music is a cultural and historic project of unprecedented scope, launched in 1990 by philanthropist and business executive Lowell Milken.  Milken is the chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation.

Dr. Levin has devoted his professional and academic life to the scholarly study of the music of Jewish experience from historical, musicological, ethnological, Judaic, and cross-cultural perspectives.  You can read his complete bio here.

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Also on Tonight's Special Broadcast

Following Dr. Levin's interview, we air a conversation we had with Chuck Michaels, a Denver attorney, whose ancestors were among the pioneering Jews who lived in Leadville, CO. 
The Michaels Family
Sara and Chuck Michaels and children, Shayna and Benjamin, at the Jewish Cemetery in Leadville, Colorado this past June
Chuck, who - 17 years ago -  was at the very first B'nai B'rith Leadville Cemetery Cleanup with his wife Sara and then-infant daughter Shayna (now a senior at Beth Jacob High School), tells us about his ancestor, Solomon Flaks, and gives us a taste of life in late-19th century Leadville. We interviewed Chuck earlier this summer at the B'nai B'rith Leadville Cemetery Cleanup

Chuck and Sara's two other children are Shmuel, 15, and Benjamin, 13, both students at the Denver Academy of Torah.

Finally on tonight's episode, we receive a field report from Dr. Herzl Melmed, 76, phoning in on the final leg of his 500-mile solo bike ride on behalf of "Biking for Kids Under Fire."

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Wouldn't You Like To Be A Pepper, Too?  
The Pepper Family Reunion Picnic:  
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From as far away as Brazil, descendants of Motel, Isaac, Gitel and Max Pepper (Pfeffer) came together for a family reunion, held here in Denver, August 9th to 11th.  The first of the Pepper siblings landed in the United States from Omelno, Ukraine in 1905.  The three siblings produced a large dynasty originally centered in Salt Lake City and Denver.
The reunion, which was attended by nearly 200 extended members of the family, was orchestrated by Doris Bronstein of Ottawa, Ontario, with the help of many local family members, including: Marilyn and Norton Boslow, Elka Haligman, Tobi Pepper Morgan, and Stewart Pepper.

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The Secret to Making A Great Kosher Bagel in Colorado
 Dr. Herzl Melmed's 500-Mile Bike Trek for Israeli Children


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There are only six, all-natural, finest-quality kosher ingredients - including real malt syrup - in a hard-on-the-outside, soft-and-chewy-on-the-inside, hot and fresh bagel from Denver's The Bagel Store, now in its 37th year. 


Owner Beth Ginsberg, educated as an engineer, purchased the bakery at 942 S. Monaco Parkway four years ago and is thriving in an industry that, in general, is faltering under the burden of the very costly, laborious and challenging job of turning bagel dough into spendable scratch.


Beth was our guest on the first segment of a recent edition of Radio Chavura.  Read the full article about Beth and The Bagel Store here.


In our second segment on the same program, we featured a recorded interview with Dr. Herzl Melmed, who has embarked on a 500-mile bike ride from Bandon, Oregon to hilly San Francisco to raise funds to purchase bicycles and support bike clubs for Israeli children who live under the perpetual threat of rockets fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.


Dr. Melmed, a fit 76 years old, is the founder of ActionIsrael, a Denver-based non-profit that relies on grassroots campaigns and empowered volunteers to engage in pro-Israel advocacy programs.


Read Maxwell Rotbart's full Examiner.com article about Dr. Melmed here.

Watch the moving "Biking For Kids Under Fire" video here.

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Fall Holiday Sampler

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 5:30-7 p.m.


Feast on spaghetti and salad before the Yom Kippur fast. Learn about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah through art, story, and food. Dessert and refreshments will also be provided. RSVP by Thursday, Aug. 29 to [email protected].


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Friday, Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

$15/family for ages 5 and under

Tour Ekar Farm, including the farm's bee hives. Sample various local honeys and seasonal fruit - apples, melons, and challah. Learn about the benefits of honey and why buying local fruits and veggies are important. Take home a tiny (simple and safe) bee hive for your own backyard! RSVP by Fri., Aug. 30.


Rosh Hashanah-Tashlich Ceremony (casting off)
Sunday, Sept. 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tommy Davis Park (9200 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village)

Participate in a family activity with Rabbi Menachem Lehrfield, Jewish Outreach Initiative, symbolically casting off sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread into a body of water. Free 


An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy 

Sunday, September 29, 7-8 p.m.

JCC South Denver (9625 E. Araphoe Rd Greenwood Village 80112)

You probably think that there is nothing of interest in your family history.  This Jewish Genealogical Society presentation will illustrate that delving into your ancestry will significantly impact your life in ways you never imagined.  You don't need to pursue this quest on your own because help is available to aid you in your search. RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 17 to [email protected] Free

Love and Affection in Marriage, and Kabbalistic Insights into Marital Intimacy

Mondays, 7:30-8:30 PM, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21

JCC South Denver (9625 E. Araphoe Rd Greenwood Village 80112)
4-part series: $48/individual, $60/couple 
Instructor: Aliza Bulow

RSVP by Friday, Aug. 30 to [email protected] 

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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 above.  
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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. 


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Did You Read About How the IKEA Store In Israel Handled A Customer Who Fell Asleep a a Display Bed?  (The Blaze)

"I never saw anything like it," another eyewitness told the Hebrew news site. 


ATTENTION: Day School Administrators and Synagogue Directors:  This Life-Saving Jewish Safety Guide is For You! (JNS.org) 

"The goal is to make people aware of areas they can work on and improve on them," he says. "We're giving them the easy tools for people to look at and be able to grade themselves." 


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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 Café (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 (LeviBrackman.com)

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

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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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