Program Guide: January 12, 2014 (Shevat 11, 5774) 

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Comparing Jewish Day Schools to Public Schools:
Lessons Each Can Learn From the Other  

6:30 pm on 990 KRKS AM in Denver
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Photos (L-R):  Maxwell Rotbart majored in history and finds lively ways to teach the subject, including a Civil War reenactment, and portraying "Doctor History".  Maxwell has co-hosted Radio Chavura since its debut in July 2012.  Maxwell graduated cum laude from Metropolitan State University of Denver in December 2013.  Here he is pictured with Dr. Stephen Jordan, the University's president. Click on photo to view larger image.



On the first half of this week's program, co-host Maxwell Rotbart reflects on his experiences at Grandview High School, where he recently completed a semester as a fulltime student teacher. Grandview, which is in the Cherry Creek School District, is - at 2,600 students - the second-largest high school in Colorado.


Maxwell previously spent four years assisting and teaching at the Denver Academy of Torah.  On the show, he compares the two educational environments and reflects on insights he gained by teaching in a large public school that can be brought into the Jewish day school classroom, and what he brought to Grandview, inspired by his experiences at DAT.


Maxwell points out that Grandview's physical facilities play a significant and unexpected role in boosting student pride in the school. Grandview has two full-size gyms, a swimming pool, a football field, a soccer field, tennis courts, and two baseball fields.


Working in their favor, teachers in Jewish day schools enjoy smaller class sizes, which allow them more time to build individual relationships with their students, working to inspire and encourage each student to fulfill his or her potential.


Maxwell, who graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in December and earned his Colorado State teaching license, plans to pursue a career in Jewish education.  He is currently working on a series of history books, aimed at middle and high school students.


Maxwell is also available to tutor Jewish students on a one-on-one basis in most secular and Judaic subjects.  For more information, email him at: or phone:  855-JEWISH-4 (855-539-4744).




Segment Two: A Conversation with Jamie Sarche, Feldman Mortuary


Why Prearranged Funeral Planning Is As Important As Life Insurance for Living with Peace of Mind 


Nowak and Sarche
Nancy Nowak (l) and Jamie Sarche

In the second half of our program, we speak with Jamie Sarche, director of outreach and prearranged funeral planning at Feldman Mortuary. Feldman Mortuary has served the community as Denver's Jewish mortuary since 1936.


Jamie talks about the fact that - because funeral planning is such an uncomfortable topic for so many people - too few decide to plan ahead of their actual time of need.


Yet prearranged funeral planning is much like life insurance - the time will come where it is very much needed; without a plan, the challenging days surrounding the death of a loved one will be compounded by the stress of arranging the funeral.


Jamie's goal is to make the end-of-life transition as smooth as she can for families in grief. By meeting with families when all members are healthy, Jamie is able to - very tactfully - have a conversation about death and put in place all of the accompanying necessary planning.


Jamie is joined on the show by one of her prearranged funeral planning clients, Nancy Nowak, who talks about the amazing way that Jamie was able to help her family when Nancy's husband passed away.


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Edited by Talya Rotbart


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by Charles Krauthammer (January 9, 2014)
"Free Palestine" graffiti on Denver's Auraria Campus 

"Upon taking the oath of citizenship in Jerusalem, [European piano virtuoso Evgeny Kissin] declared: "I am a Jew, Israel is a Jewish state.... Israel's case is my case, Israel's enemies are my enemies, and I do not want to be spared the troubles which Israeli musicians encounter when they represent the Jewish state beyond its borders."


Express your solidarity. Sign the open letter or write your own. 









Kerry and the Long-Term Cost of Releasing Terrorists

by Caroline Glick (January 7, 2014)


"Kerry is the Palestinians' ace in the hole. He used the US's limitless leverage on Israel to coerce Israel into agreeing to pay for the privilege of speaking to Palestinian negotiators who reject our country's right to exist and extol as heroes the terrorist scum who murder us."


PA Leader: Stages Plan To Eliminate Israel is Basis of PA Policy

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik (January 6, 2014)

Goal is end of Israel, but
Fatah's Abbas Zaki, Palestinian Media Watch.
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"He said that Mahmoud Abbas shares the goal of eliminating Israel in stages, but that the PA says it only wants a state along the 1967 borders because it is unacceptable politically to say you want to destroy Israel: 'You can't say it to the world. You can say it to yourself.'"


Halimi Movie Portrays Turning Point in French Anti-Semitism

by Cnaan Liphshiz (January 8, 2014)


"But with a wave of anti-Semitic violence convulsing France over the past year, and particularly following the 2012 slaying of three Jewish children and a rabbi in Toulouse, many have come to view the Halimi murder as a watershed moment."


Chilean Soccer Team Incites to Genocide and Terror Against Israel

by Pamela Geller (January 12, 2014)
Chilean soccer team with map of
Chilean soccer team with map of "Palestine." Note that their map includes the whole of Israel, not just the 1949-1967 borders.


"This Chilean soccer team is inciting to violence and Jew-hatred. They have replaced the number 1 on all of their uniforms with maps of "Palestine". The message? The destruction of Israel."   

Hebrew Calendar

Radio Chavura Jewish Colorado Calendar 




January 14 (Tuesday): The JCC South Denver brings Jewish Outreach Initiative educator Sarah Lehrfield to teach a "Jewish Values for Jewish Moms" series of classes, also to be held on February 11th and March 11th. The topic for the January 14th class (11:00 am - 12:00 pm) will be "Tu B'Shevat Seder." Cost is $5/class and $12 for all three classes.


January 15 (Wednesday): The JCC South Denver invites Debbie Goodman, JCC Director of Jewish Life and Learning, to bring her "Lunch and Learn" series to southeast Denver. The classes will also be held on February 19th and March 12th. The January 15th class (11:45 am - 1:00 pm) will discuss the "Tu B'Shevat Seder." Cost is $5/person.


January 15 (Wednesday): The Denver Community Kollel presents its "Jewish Women's Wellness Workshop" from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at 101 Monroe Street in the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Keynote speaker is Lori Palatnik, author of "What, Me Worry?: How to Eliminate Worry, Fear, and Anxiety From Your Life." The event will also feature "six stimulating presentations from experts in mind, body, & soul." RSVP at 303-820-2855. Cost is $54.


January 18 (Saturday): The Hebrew Educational Alliance hosts a "Youth Camp Night" to present the different Jewish camp opportunities available in Colorado and to reunite former camp members. The event begins at 6:30 pm and lasts until 9:30 pm. Open to 6th through 12th grade students. Cost is $10. 


January 19 (Sunday): Temple Micah will officially inaugurate its new home at 5209 Montview Blvd  at 10:00 am. The ceremony will be held jointly with the Park Hill United Methodist Church. It will be preceded by a 9:00 am Torah walk, starting near Cake Crumbs on Kearney Street (between 22nd and 23rd Avenues).


February 5 (Wednesday):  The JCC South Denver brings Lynn Rubenstein to teach a series of "Israeli Folk Dancing for Beginners" classes, to be continued on February 19th, March 5th and 19th, April 9th and 23rd, and May 7th and 21st. The classes will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Cost is $10/class.


February 8 (Saturday)Join The Jewish Experience for its annual Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
fundraiser at Infinity Park. This year's event will feature an "Edible Construction Competition" in honor of the new home of The Jewish Experience at 399 S. Monaco Pkwy.  [See ad above.]
February 19 (Wednesday): The Jewish Experience will host Rabbi Ken Spiro, author of "WorldPerfect - The Jewish Impact on Civilization," as the first guest at TJE's new home. Call 303-316-6412 for more information.  Tentative.
February 27 (Thursday): The Hebrew Educational Alliance will host an "All-Judaic & Israeli Art & Jewelry Festival." Runs through March 3rd. Contact Neal Price at 303-758-9400 for more information or to volunteer. [See ad below.]

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AIRING: January 26, 2014


On this edition of Radio Chavura, we will speak with Rabbi Ahron Wasserman, executive director, and Rabbi Raphael Leban, managing director, of The Jewish Experience.


Leban and Wasserman
Rabbi Leban (l) and Rabbi Wasserman  

The Jewish Experience offers classes, programs and events for greater Denver-area Jews of all backgrounds, regardless of their previous education, affiliation or upbringing.  TJE's mission is to inspire and nurture Jewish growth and help members of the community apply the lessons and principles of Torah in their everyday lives.


Rabbis Wasserman and Leban will preview their new home - scheduled to open in February 2014, at 399 S. Monaco Parkway.  The center will house classrooms, meetings spaces, lounge areas, teen rooms, a kosher kitchen, a learning library, administrative offices and much more.


The Rabbis also will discuss the wonderful and diverse programs that are offered through TJE for kids, teens, and adults.


On February 8th, TJE will host a "Wine, Cheese & Chocolate" fundraiser at Infinity Park.  The annual event, which this year will include an "Edible Construction Competition," is a major component of TJE's yearly funding efforts.  For more information or to make a reservation, contact TJE at, or phone: 303-316-6412. 

Sunday, January 19th on Radio Chavura
Sholem Aleichem's Granddaughter - Bel Kaufman, To Be Interviewed Exclusively on Radio Chavura


Bel Kaufman, the 102-year-old granddaughter of famed Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem, will be the guest on the January 19th edition of Radio Chavura.
Bel Kaufman Collage
(L) Bel as a child with her grandfather, Sholem Aleichem;  (R) A recent photo of Bel Kaufman.
Born Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich in 1859, Sholem Aleichem is best known for writing the stories that were eventually adapted for Broadway and film as 'Fiddler on the Roof.'


Often referred to as "the Jewish Mark Twain," Aleichem was born into a Hasidic family and grew up in a shtetl in what is now the Ukraine. He resettled in New York City in 1905 and passed away in 1916. Aleichem had six children. His daughter, Lyalya, a Hebrew writer, was Kaufman's mother.

In her exclusive interview with Radio Chavura, Kaufman observes, "I am the only person in the world at this time who [personally] remembers Sholem Aleichem."


Although Kaufman was five years old when her famous grandfather died, she still has clear memories of him. She recalls that Aleichem used to say to her, "'The tighter you hold my hand, [the better] I will write.' So," Kaufman jokes, "anyone who enjoys his writing has me to thank."


Kaufman, who lives in Manhattan with her 97-year-old husband, is a successful author in her own right. In 1965, she penned the bestselling "Up The Down Staircase," which recounted the life of a first-year public school teacher in New York City. The book was made into a film in 1967, starring Sandy Dennis as the teacher.


Read more about Bel Kaufman and her upcoming Radio Chavura interview here.

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 "You don't make a photograph just with a camera.  You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved." 


- Ansel Adams



Avital has quickly earned a reputation for her stunning ability to capture priceless moments of joy and celebration.  In addition to her work on behalf of Radio Chavura and Business Unconventional, she serves as a staff photographer at Girls Inc. and Camp Maayan.


Avital puts her heart and soul into photography - and it shows.  Talk to her about capturing the "spirit" of your loved ones and your most important moments.  

Email: or phone 1-855-JEWISH-4 (539-4744).


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Today marks 10,279 days since Jonathan Pollard ( was imprisoned in the United States.
Top US Officials: Free Jonathan Pollard Now!
Top US Officials: Free Jonathan Pollard Now!
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Today marks 1,502 days since Alan Gross ( was imprisoned in Cuba.

Jacob Ostreicher was imprisoned in Bolivia in June 2011.  He was released on December 16, 2013.

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