Program Guide: September 8, 2013 (Tishrei 4, 5774) 

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Strong Jewish Marriages: Overcoming Struggle and Frustration



With American divorce rates at an all-time high and Jewish divorce rates rapidly rising, Rabbi Gadi and Eve Levy recognized the need to create a workshop to provide Denver-area couples with practical, Torah-principled, guidelines for maintaining and enriching a happy Jewish marriage.


So the husband-and-wife duo developed a course titled, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Jewish Marriages," which they offer as a 1 � - hour workshop through The Jewish Experience. The Levys are guests on this week's edition of Radio Chavura, where they talk about what it takes to fortify a marriage and build a happy home.


One of the 7 habits, Mrs. Levy reveals, is to celebrate diversity.  


There comes a point in each marriage, she notes, when every husband and wife looks at one another and wonders, "How did I ever marry you? We're so different!"


Mrs. Levy reminds us that gender differences are a reality we need to laud. "It's good to understand that we're different, the Torah tells us so."


Read the full article about the Levys here.



David Suson


Also on this week's program, lifelong bowler David Suson, a past president of The Denver Synagogue (BMH-BJ), discusses the newly repositioned Denver Jewish Bowling League, which continues the tradition of weekly competitive Jewish league bowling begun in the 1940s by B'nai B'rith.  

Perfect Game
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The new league, which began on August 28th and meets every Thursday at Monaco Lanes (except on Jewish holidays), is still accepting new teams and individiual bowlers.  To learn more or to sign up, phone Shel at 720-291-5500 or Ed at 720-480-9079.  Monaco Lanes is located at 6767 Leedsdale Drive, Denver, 80224.


Suson has bowled three league-sanctioned perfect "300" games, including one earlier this year.  He is the owner of Suson Insurance Services, a dedicated and well-respected Allstate agency, located in Lakewood.  His specialties include commercial insurance. Phone: 303-988-9470.


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September 10th:

  • Fall Holiday Sampler presented by the JCC South - 5:30 - 7:00 pm
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September 22nd:

  • Ekar's Sukkot and Fall Harvest Festival - 11:30 am to 2 pm, 181 S. Oneida, Denver 80230   
  • Torah for Tycoons Special Radio Edition - 6:30 pm, 990 KRKS AM
    Presented by the Denver Community Kollel and Radio Chavura 
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October 1st:  

  • Denver Academy of Torah's Annual Parlor Meeting - 6:30 pm, 3590 S. Glencoe, Denver 80237
October 2nd:
  • Listening In: The Issues of Tracking and Snooping on Other People - Torah for Tycoons
    Noon - East Side Kosher Deli
    Presented by the Denver Community Kollel

October 10th:

  •  Rehearsals Begin for Kol Nashim - Women's Choir - 7 pm, Goldberger Building, 3599 S. Ivanhoe
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Our special High Holidays 5774 programs were made possible, in part, by the generous support of Feldman Mortuary, Denver's Jewish mortuary, caring for our community since 1936

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September 1st:  Part Three

The Palestinian Authority continues to hide its true intentions toward Israel from the non-Arab world, while consistently pushing a three-part anti-Israeli message to the Palestinian people, says Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, and the special guest on the final installment of our three-part High Holidays series.
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"When people understand the true Palestinian ideology, they realize that the victimhood [storyline] is a mask," Marcus explained during a pre-recorded telephone interview from Israel.  That internal Palestinian message has three consistent components, he said:  First, to deny Israel's right to exist; second, to demonize Israel and Jews, and third, to promote violence.
Since 1996, PMW has monitored the Palestinian media, speeches and schoolbooks to showcase what the Palestinians are saying - in their very own words, and how their Arab-language messaging differs from the mask the Palestinians present to the English-language world. 
Itamar Marcus
Itamar Marcus
While numerous global news organizations do report on PMW's findings, Marcus told Radio Chavura that too often the news media miss a critical aspect of the Palestinians' messages to their own people - what the journalists call "incitement."
"We say there is no incitement," said Marcus, who grew up in the U.S. and now lives in Israel. "They're expressing their honest beliefs and opinions. They're saying it and we should listen to them and believe them."
The PMW has a staff of nine translators who read the Palestinian newspapers and watch the newscasts of two Palestinian TV stations.

Hear this special High Holidays program online now.  Read more about Itamar Marcus and Palestinian Media Watch on our website.

AUGUST 25th: Part Two

Rabbi Black Interview
Rabbi Black with Maxwell and Dean Rotbart

With more than 6,000 members, Temple Emanuel is Colorado's largest synagogue and the largest congregation between Chicago and Los Angeles. 

Rabbi Joseph R. Black, the synagogue's spiritual leader, sat down with the Radio Chavura team in his office to discuss how he prepares himself and his congregants for the High Holidays, and the central role that Jewish music plays in his spiritual life and at Temple Emanuel. 

Key in Rabbi Black's High Holidays preparations are a series of reflective questions that he emails to members, either to answer for themselves or to share with those around them as part of a High Holidays discussion. Questions from this year (all 28 are available at focus on the celebration of Shabbat, support of the Colorado Jewish community, repairing damaged relationships, and taking care of our physical and spiritual health.

Rabbi Black also performed two songs from his large repertoire of Jewish music.

AUGUST 18th:  Part One

Dr. Neil W. Levin, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary and one of the world's leading experts on Jewish music, joined us for our hour-long High Holidays series kickoff. 
Dr. Levin presented 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 enter the Days of Awe. 
Neil Levin
Dr. Neil W. Levin

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
Herman Berlinski's Shofar Service - Malkuyot
Hattei - From the S'lihot Service
Hatzi Kaddish - From the S'lihot Service
Une Sane Tokef (or Une Tane Tokef)   

Asheres S'foseinu (or Asheres S'fateinu) 
Hayom T'amtzeinu

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 

Hear this special High Holidays program online now.

Following Dr. Levin's interview, we aired 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
The Michaels Family

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, at the conclusion of this 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."

In Partnership with Local Business Leaders
Celebrating A Decade of Torah for Tycoons  
Yosh and Rabbi Fleisher
Special Guests Yosh Eisbart and Rabbi Mordechai Fleisher
Radio Chavura is proud to support the Denver Community Kollel and to help showcase its highly regarded business ethics lunch-and-learn series, Torah for Tycoons.  
To mark the start of Torah for Tycoon's 10th year of bringing together local business leaders and Torah scholars in a lively discussion of business and personal ethics, Radio Chavura will feature a special broadcast edition of Torah for Tycoons on Sunday evening, September 22nd.
Our distinguished guest will be Yosh Eisbart, principal and co-founder of NIMBL, winner of this year's Small Business of the Year award, presented by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.  Founded in 2009, NIMBL is one of Colorado's most dynamic technology sector companies, recently named by Inc. magazine to its prestigious list of America's fastest-growing private companies.
NIMBL's clients include such globally recognized brands as Pepsi, Nestle, Johns Manville, Newmont, Janus, ExxonMobil, Toms, Crocs, White Wave, and Shane Co.  NIMBL is an SAP professional services firm focused on high-value high-impact technical consulting.
The topic for this special broadcast is: "Being a Mentsch and Owning a Business."  
Among the ethical questions to be addressed: What does the Torah instruct when it comes to a business owner's treatment of customers and employees?  Does a business owner have a right - even an obligation - to earn a profit, even if that means firing under-performing workers?  Where is the line between going the extra mile to serve one's customers and maintaining a healthy livelihood?
Leading the conversation and offering Torah insights will be Rabbi Mordechai Fleisher, director of community education at the Kollel.  Rabbi Fleisher is a regular Torah for Tycoons moderator, as are Roshei Kollel Rabbi Aron Yehuda Schwab and Rabbi Sachne Sommers, and Rabbi Yechiel Erlanger, outreach director.
Since 2003, Torah for Tycoons has attracted the participation of more than 500 men and women from diverse backgrounds to explore the importance of Torah-inspired ethics in business.  The series is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Harry H. Beren Trust Z.B.
The first regular Torah for Tycoons lunch-and-learn of the new year will be held on October 2nd at noon at the East Side Kosher Deli.  The topic will be: Listening In: The Issues of Tracking and Snooping on Other People.  For more information, contact the Kollel at 303-820-2855 or visit its website,
The special broadcast, featuring Yosh Eisbart and Rabbi Mordechai Fleisher, will air Sunday, September 22nd, at 6:30 pm on 990 KRKS AM.  The broadcast, along with a bonus extended audio discussion, will also be available for online listening at
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For the third consecutive year, Liliane's Heart is distributing little buckets of nosh and treats throughout the greater Denver area to welcome in the New Year.

In addition, this year recipients* will receive an exclusive Radio Chavura CD, featuring our extended interview with Dr. Neil W. Levin, artistic director of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music, and seven classic High Holidays musical tracks.

The pails, graciously provided by HHH Enterprises of Abilene, Texas, 

make a great planter or an organizer for household knicks and knacks.  Some people toss their spare coins into them - and when they're full, donate the bounty to a worthwhile charity. Our favorite charities include Denver's five local Jewish day schools, which - along with their standard curriculum - teach character, charity and devotion to the Almighty.


Those receiving the buckets* are encouraged to enjoy them, share them, or donate them to a neighbor - or even complete strangers - to brighten their day. (All edibles are strictly kosher.)

Liliane's Heart is inspired by the life and spirit of Liliane Nataf Dawidowicz, z"l.  Liliane's heart was large, giving and unbreakable.  

Liliane passed away on the first day of Rosh Hashana in 2010 (5771 on the Jewish calendar), making an express connection to heaven. To her family and those who loved her, Liliane was and always will be our hero. Her acts of loving kindness and mercy inspire us every day of our lives.


From Liliane's Heart to your home, Happy and Sweet Rosh Hashana. 
* If you know of a Jewish resident of the greater Denver area who would appreciate receiving a Liliane's Heart bucket, please contact us at 1-855-JEWISH-4. The pails are free and hand-delivered during the High Holidays season. 



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This remarkable property, priced for a quick sale, has a rich history of serving as a warm home for well-known local families.  It's located at 295 S. Jasmine and weighs in at a roomy 3,203 square feet.  Priced at $509,000 - a steal.  Act quickly before it's gone.  Contact Kevin Chambless at Re/Max Alliance, 720-273-1421.

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JCC South Denver and the Robert E. Loup JCC Denver 


Be sure to participate in these wonderful upcoming programs:  


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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They Will Be Spending Yom Kippur In Prison - Do Not Forget Them!

Today marks 1,376 days since Alan Gross ( was imprisoned in Cuba.

Today marks 828 days since Jacob Ostreicher ( was imprisoned in Bolivia.

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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! 


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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! ( 

"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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VIDEO: This YouTube Post - 225,000-Plus Views- Features a Biting 5-Minute Monologue Exposing the Utter Hypocrisy of the United Nations and Its Israeli-Related Resolutions


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� (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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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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