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Program Guide: February 2, 2014 (Adar Rishon 2, 5774) 
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Jewish Students Fondly Recall Rabbi Uriel Malka, z'l, Namesake of Denver's Beit Uriel Congregation
Top Row (l-r): Niso Aharonian, Rabbi Uriel Malka, z'l, and Eliana Azoulay Bottom Row (l-r): Liat Fischer, Josh Khalepari, and Yehuda Alter
Top Row (l-r): Niso Aharonian, Rabbi Uriel Malka, z'l, and Eliana Azoulay
Bottom Row (l-r): Liat Fischer, Josh Khalepari, and Yehuda Alter
Beit Uriel is spearheading
an effort to raise funds for Rabbi Malka's widow and six young children, and is asking the help of the Denver Jewish community.


For more information about Rabbi Malka and his legacy, or to donate, visit


On this week's edition of Radio Chavura, we speak with Niso Aharonian, co-founder of Beit Uriel, a new synagogue in Denver that follows the Sephardic tradition of prayer.


Niso, who started Beit Uriel with his brother, Avraham, is joined on the first half of the program by Eliana Azoulay and Josh Khalepari, two of the regular congregants at the synagogue.


Niso, Eliana, and Josh share with listeners the warmth that they feel at Beit Uriel, located at 295 S. Locust Street, Denver, 80224, and discuss the beautiful sense of community that has developed among members of this young Sephardic congregation.


While most Colorado synagogues follow the Ashkenazic tradition of prayer, based on the customs of European Jewry, Sephardic prayers follow the style of the Jews of the Islamic world. The moving services at Beit Uriel are infused with melodies rarely heard elsewhere in Jewish Colorado.


On the second half of the program, Niso speaks about the namesake of Beit Uriel, Rabbi Uriel Malka, z'l. Rabbi Malka was a beloved Judaics teacher at the Denver Academy of Torah, who - tragically - was killed in the Mount Carmel Forest Fire in Israel in November 2010 at age 32.


Two of Rabbi Malka's former students, Yehuda Alter and Liat Fischer, join Niso to reflect on Rabbi Malka's legacy in Colorado. Yehuda and Liat both fondly remember how Rabbi Malka used to engage them in class by re-enacting battles from Jewish history.


Listen to this week's show here.

An Exclusive Super Bowl XLVIII Story:
The Jew Who Saved The Denver Broncos 
by Maxwell Rotbart
Peyton Manning could have been with the Atlanta Broncos
Peyton Manning could have been with the Atlanta Broncos


Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen called him "Mr. Bronco." The congregants at Temple Sinai called him Mr. Goldberg.

And, as we get ready to watch Denver play in its first Super Bowl in 15-years, we should take a minute to remember that without this unsung Jewish sports hero, the Seattle Seahawks might be - I cringe to say - facing off against Peyton Manning and the Atlanta Broncos today.

Charlie Goldberg didn't set out trying to be the savior of Denver's football franchise...


Click here to continue reading Maxwell Rotbart's story on Charlie Goldberg and how he worked to keep the Denver Denver.



Talya Rotbart

Edited by Talya Rotbart


Thanks to the following individuals whose keen eyes helped us identify articles of interest in recent editions: Richard Behar, Dr. Herzl MelmedDr. Donald Salem, Lela Kay, Cheryl and David Fellows, Tamari Gruszow, and Shirley Lewis. If you spot a news feature that is worth including in a future edition of this newsletter, please email the URL to Talya at [email protected]

by Herb Keinon and Lahav Harkov (February 1, 2014)

"Danske bank, the largest in Denmark, recently said on its website that it was boycotting Bank Hapoalim for 'legal and ethical' reasons. And Nordea Bank, the largest in Scandinavia, has asked for clarifications from Bank Leumi and Mizrahi- Tefahot Bank regarding their activities beyond the Green Line."

ZOA: Obama's State Of Union Misleads On Iranian Nuclear Threat
by Morton A. Klein, Zionist Organization of America president
(January 31, 2014)
Credit: Forbes via the AP
Credit: Forbes via the AP
"The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has expressed criticism and concern at President Barack Obama's observations and assertions regarding Iran and its nuclear weapons program in his State of the Union address. The ZOA has pointed to five misleading claims on Iran in President Obama's speech..."
by Rafael Medoff (January 29, 2014)

"During the 1940s, some refugee advocates noted the same phenomenon. Meeting with a U.S. senator in 1943, Rabbi Meyer Berlin (namesake of the future Bar-Ilan University) remarked: 'If horses were being slaughtered as are the Jews of Poland, there would by now be a loud demand for organized action against such cruelty to animals. Somehow, when it concerns Jews, everybody remains silent, including the intellectuals and humanitarians of free and enlightened America.' 
Two years later, in a sad fulfillment of Rabbi Berlin's dire prediction, U.S. Gen. George Patton diverted U.S. troops to rescue 150 prized Lipizzaner dancing horses, which were caught between Allied and Axis forces along the German-Czech border."

by Marissa Newman (January 29, 2014)

"Tehran has made technical progress in a number of areas - including uranium enrichment, nuclear reactors, and ballistic missiles - from which it could draw if it decided to build missile-deliverable nuclear weapons," [Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper wrote. 


"These technical advancements strengthen our assessment that Iran has the scientific, technical, and industrial capacity to eventually produce nuclear weapons. This makes the central issue its political will to do so."


Sorry, Coke and Pepsi. (Uncensored)

from SodaStreamGuru (January 27, 2014)


Scarlett Johansson ended her relationship with Oxfam this week. Check out her Super Bowl SodaStream advertisement here. 


Read the words of criticism that anti-Semitic musician Roger Waters

 [Pink Floyd] had for Ms. Johansson.



Read the words of support that Canadian Employment Minister Jason Kenney had for Ms. Johansson.


Thank you to Denver's Susan Sharf, who spotted this website, which is selling SodaStream at an inexpensive price. Purchase one to show your support for the Israeli company and Scarlett Johansson!










with Naftali Bennett and Danny Danon, Israeli Knesset Members (January 27, 2014)
'Where was the US During the Holocaust?'
"Where were the allies? Where was the United States of America? One bomb could have put an end to this machine, and they didn't care. No-one cared. 
My lesson is that only the state of Israel will defend Jews and never depend on anyone else."
Click on image to the left to view 
video of MKs Bennett and Danon.


Did You Spot This Photo?
A 2005 Episode of "The Simpsons" Ostensibly Predicts 
A Broncos Victory Over Seahawks (19-14)

Hebrew Calendar

Radio Chavura Jewish Colorado Calendar 


February 4 (Tuesday): Join Ellyn Hutt in her 15-week "People of the Book" series class at Temple Emanuel at 10:45 am, hosted by CAJE's Adult Education division. Her class will immediately be followed by another CAJE class at 12:00 pm, taught by Yael Weinstein on "The Antisemitism Equation." Fee.


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. 


18th JCC Film Festival
Click to view schedule
February 5 - February 16: 18th Annual Denver Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Mizel Arts & Culture Center (MACC).  For schedule, click here. Opening reception honoring Udi Baron and family at 5:30 pm.  All seating is reserved.  350 S. Dahlia Street, Denver, 80246.  
February 6 (Thursday): Jewish Family Service will be answering questions about its Senior Solutions from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Temple Sinai, with licensed clinical social worker Laura Harter. Call Lisa Thorner at 303-759-1827 for more information.

The Mountain States Anti-Defamation League's 2014 Civil Rights Awards Reception will take place from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, honoring Metropolitan State University of Denver president Stephen Jordan and board of trustees chair Robert Cohen, and Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino.


February 7-8: Dr. Yael Ziegler of Bar Ilan University will speak at the DAT Minyan on various Biblical topics.


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.]
Join Rodef Shalom for its "Shabbat with a Backbeat" musical services at 9:30 am in the Social Hall.
February 11 (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 March 11th. The topic for the February 11th class (11:00 am - 12:00 pm) will be "Challah Baking." Cost is $5/class.
February 13 (Thursday): The Allied Jewish Apartments will be hosting an event at Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearney * Denver), featuring Israeli emissary Yoni Alon. The topic of his remarks will be "The Lost Tribes of Israel Revisited." He will speak from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. RSVP at 303-399-0035.
February 19 (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 class will also be held on March 12th. The February 19th class (11:45 am - 1:00 pm) will showcase the film Las Abuelas de Plaza Mayo, followed by a discussion. Cost is $5/person. 
The Colorado Section of the National Council of Jewish Women will have a panel discussion at Temple Sinai from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, moderated by CBS-4 anchor Gloria Neal, about "Women and Homelessness in Metro Denver: Looking for Safe Haven." Please bring feminine hygiene and other related products. Call 303-759-1827 for more information.
The annual dinner for the Temple Sinai Brotherhood will take place at 6:00 pm. Call Paul Levine 303-779-5625.
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 22 (Saturday):  A fabulous evening of fun, gourmet feast and an array of incredible auctions are in store at the Yeshiva Toras Chaim Melave Malka.  8:00 pm. 1555 Stuart Street, Denver, 80204. Phone: 303-629-8200.
February 24 (Monday):  JEWISHcolorado and Jewish Community Relations Council's "Date With The State" to be held in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at The State Capitol, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Reservations:  Janet Sherman, JCRC Director, at 303-316-6490 or [email protected]  Event co-chairs: Glenda Kaufman and Jennifer Dechtman.
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.]
Join Temple Emanuel at the Pepsi Center to watch the Denver Nuggets play the Los Angeles Clippers at 8:30 pm. Purchase tickets at
March 16 (Sunday):  The BMH-BJ Women's League will present its Annual Purim Carnival.  11:00 am to 3:00 pm

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

From The Desk of Tami Ellison:

"John Pregulman grew up in a small Jewish community in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is a former professional photographer in New York City. He has lived in Denver for the past 13 years and has been very involved in the Jewish Community, having served on the Board of Directors of ADL, Allied Jewish Apartments and Shalom Cares. In the 1990's he started a project in Chattanooga to photograph all of the elderly Jews in the community. He has since become interested in doing a similar project for Holocaust survivors here in Denver and across the United States.

John has begun the project in Denver under the auspices of The Yizkor Project, and is solely interested in creating these special portraits for the preservation of memory, for the survivors and their families and for future generations.


Photographs will be printed in black and white and a digital copy will also be made available to survivors.


In addition, the YIZKOR project is pleased to be working with HEA Denver on an upcoming exhibit entitled, "DOROT" (Generations), planned for Yom HaShoah 2014. Survivors and family members may choose to share these special photographic memories in the exhibit and/or to share a story, memory or reflection as part of the community program. The photography exhibit along with the YIZKOR project's Holocaust Remembrance Quilt will also be on display at the AJSH.


To arrange for your portrait to be taken, please contact John at (303) 961-8761." 

Yasher Koach:


Denver-based real estate attorney Josh Fine is a Denver Broncos fan. No, that's an understatement. Josh Fine is a HUGE (all caps, please) Denver Broncos fan.


So when Josh's brother, as a New York Jets season ticket holder (in the year when the Jets are the host team for the Super Bowl) was eligible to buy two tickets to the big game against the Seattle Seahawks at an $800 face value for each, he gave Josh the opportunity to purchase the tickets.


Josh bought the tickets with his in-laws, Barbara and Rabbi Ivan Geller, MD, giving him the chance to see the Broncos play their first Super Bowl game in 16 years! 


Josh could have used the tickets, traveling to East Rutherford, NJ, with his wife and constant supporter, Julie; son, Ilan (pictured with Josh above at the recent AFC Championship game); or a friend or co-worker.


Instead, he donated the tickets to raise funds for Jewish education. Inspired by the concept of investing in products and using the profits from that investment to fund Jewish day schools, Josh donated the tickets to the Denver Academy of Torah, which - as part of its silent auction - was able to sell them for an incredible $10,000! Said Josh of his donation:


"Our $1,600 gift turned into $10,000 and I do not feel at all regretful about giving up the tickets because they are going to a much better cause!"
For more information about Colorado's five top-tier Jewish day schools, click here.

Last Week on Radio Chavura:


On last week's edition of Radio Chavura, we spoke 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 previewed their new home - scheduled to open later this month, 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 discussed 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. 

To Contact Avital, Phone 1-855-539-4744

 "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: [email protected] or phone 1-855-JEWISH-4 (539-4744).


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Today marks 10,300 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 1,523 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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