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Program Guide: February 23, 2014 (Adar Rishon 23, 5774) 
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There's a lot to look forward to in this week's newsletter, including:
  • Audio: "How To Woo A Jew: The Modern Jewish Guide to Dating and Mating"
  • Article: The WhatsApp Sale and the $19 Billion Cost of Anti-Semitism  
  • Links: Did You Spot These News & Feature Items?  
  • Photo: Take A Look At Innovative Israeli Technology
  • Events: Colorado Jewish Calendar
  • Article: Denver Jewish Day School CEO Helps Parents Make Intelligent School Choices  
  • AudioTranslating "Zionism: Beginning and End" by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud AbbasThisWeek


Interview With JDate Advice Columnist Tamar Caspi on
"How To Woo A Jew: The Modern Jewish Guide To Dating and Mating"
Tamar Caspi
Author Tamar Caspi is our guest on this week's edition of Radio Chavura. 
Photo Credit: � tracy renee photography
Tamar Caspi, a well-respected Jewish-dating advice columnist for JDate, joins Radio Chavura to discuss her new book, "How To Woo A Jew: The Modern Jewish Guide to Dating and Mating." Hear Tamar dispense some very practical dating advise by listening to our interview here.

This show is perfect for anyone looking for first-time romance, as well as those who are seeking a second or third pairing in their later years. You can order Tamar's book here.WhatsApp

The WhatsApp Sale and the $19 Billion Cost of Anti-Semitism


by Maxwell Rotbart 

Photo courtesy of People Magazine, via the AP
The ranks of the world's Jewish billionaires grew by one this past week, as 37-year-old Jan Koum - who once worked as a grocery-store janitor - personally pocketed roughly $6.8 billion on the sale of the company he co-founded, WhatsApp, to Facebook for $19 billion.


Koum's story is more than just a rags-to-riches fantasy.  It is yet again a reminder to anti-Semites and would-be anti-Semites around the globe of the high price of hating the Jews.


Koum was raised in Ukraine, which remained rife with anti-Semitism long after the end of World War II and the collapse of the Soviet Union...


Continue reading Maxwell's story on Jan Koum and the sale of WhatsApp here.TalyasNews



Talya Rotbart

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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].



At 110, Oldest Known Holocaust Survivor Dies

by Ashley Fantz (February 23, 2014)

"The world's oldest known Holocaust survivor has died at age 110, her grandson told CNN Sunday.  



Alice Herz-Sommer, a talented musician and pianist, lived alone in her London flat, according to a 2014 Oscar nominated documentary about her extraordinary life.


'My world is music. I'm not interested in doing anything else,' she said in 'The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.'"



Photo on the left comes from, the website of the documentary. View a trailer of the documentary by clicking on the image on the right.


by Yifa Yaakov (February 21, 2014)

"The workshop, set to take place between August 10-14, 2014, in northern California, was touted as a 'five-day intensive program' providing 'a fun, comprehensive training program for campus activists.'


'Have you started a BDS campaign on your campus? Are you inspired by divestment victories at University of California schools? Whether you are just beginning to campaign around BDS, or already on your way to a BDS victory, we invite you to apply to the BDS Summer Institute,' read the announcement."



by Joshua Levitt (February 20, 2014)

[Pro-Israel Presbyterian groups issued the following statement in response to the recent announcement that the boycott, divestment and sanction of Israel by the church would be on the table at its upcoming summer conference]:

"For the past decade, the BDS advocates have strenuously denied that they want to do the Jewish state of Israel any harm. They have said in numerous forums, 'We are friends of Israel and we are doing what good friends do. We are trying to convince our friends to do the right thing and end the occupation.' Events this winter reveal that these advocates are anything but Israel's friends."


"The Israel Palestinian Mission Network (IPMN) and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) have broadened their attacks on Israel with explicit challenges to Israel's existence as the Jewish (Zionist) state it was created to be in 1947."


"These challenges... argue that Zionism (a Jewish state) is inherently discriminatory, and that the very idea of a homeland for the Jewish people is illegitimate."


by Giulio Meotti (February 19, 2014) 


"Denmark's government has banned the Jewish ritual slaughter of animals... In Denmark butchering a healthy giraffe in front of kids is cool, but kosher ritual is illegal...


It is the same paradox as is the ban on circumcision. The Swedish Parliament, the first to restrict the Jewish rite in Europe since the Nazi era didn't have any moral problem in promoting eugenics and sterilization of the disabled. Denmark's National Council for Children has also recommended the legislation of a law banning circumcision of boys under the age of 15." 

by Lisa Napell Dicksteen (February 18, 2014)


"The plans for this new structure include multiple uses including but not limited to:

  • A synagogue in which to hold services, holiday parties, educational courses, and other gatherings
  • A Jewish Children's Museum with space for interactive exhibits including hands-on holiday events such as a dreidel house for Chanukah, matzo making for Pesach, shofar making for the High Holy Days, and more as an ever-changing educational experience.
  • A Children's Library (as part of the Museum space) that will be filled with books that bring the joy of Jewish tradition and history alive.
  • A Commercial Kosher Kitchen and Event Hall to ensure easy access to delicious kosher food for community and private events.
On Sunday afternoon, March 2nd, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Chabad of Boulder is hosting a party to honor the breaking of ground on this exciting new project, and you are invited to join the celebration."
by Caroline Glick (February 18, 2014)

"On Monday, a new documentary about J Street called "The J Street Challenge," debuted in Miami. The film, produced by the social action group Americans for Peace and Tolerance, shows how J Street, which claims to be pro-peace and pro-Israel, seeks to eliminate American Jewish groups on the Right and weaken overall American Jewish support for Israel by delegitimizing the American Jewish organizational structure.

In July 2010, as the IRS was engaged in delaying and denying the applications for the non-profit status of groups that campaigned for limited government, J Street asked the IRS to cancel the non-profit status of American charities that support Israeli entities located in or operating beyond the 1949 armistice lines.

Since then, a dozen completely legitimate, law-abiding charitable organizations have been embroiled in lawsuits or audits and have been forced to fight for their institutional lives."PhotoWeek


Did You Spot This Photo?
Take A Look At Innovative Israeli Technology
New technology from Israeli company SoftWheel allows persons in wheelchairs to easily descend staircases. 
Click on the above image to see how it works.Events

Hebrew Calendar

Radio Chavura's Colorado Jewish Calendar 
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 25 (Tuesday): Rabbi Aron Yehuda and Esti Schwab invite the community to celebrate the engagement of their daughter, Chana, to Nosson Schoss from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at an open house at 1401 Winona Court.

February 26 (Wednesday): Come hear Temple Emanuel member Sarah Goldstein sing favorite tunes at 10:00 am at Temple Emanuel (51 Grape Street). RSVP by calling 720-382-7842.
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 9 (Sunday): The DAT Minyan will host its annual event at the Clyfford Still Museum at 1250 Bannock Street, alongside the Denver Art Museum, at 7:30 pm. Click here for more information.
Jewish & Widowed will be hosting a dining event at 5:00 pm at Maggiano's (7401 South Clinton Street, Englewood).
March 11 (Tuesday): The Denver Community Kollel will host its 16th annual celebration at 6:30 pm at Aish Denver, honoring Michael and Randy Weiss, Bob and Allison Weiss, and Jeremy and Sora Simblist. Guest speaker will be Rabbi Yochanan Zweig. RSVP (or place a journal ad) at 303-820-2855. [See ad below.]
March 15 (Saturday): Starting at 5:30 pm and running until 10:00 pm, there will be a series of great events taking place at Temple Emanuel, including a family pasta bar dinner, a Purim shpiel for all ages, and a costume ball for adults. Email [email protected] for more information.
March 16 (Sunday):  The BMH-BJ Women's League will present its Annual Purim Carnival.  11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Congregation Rodef Shalom and Temple Micah host a joint Purim shpiel at 450 South Kearney Street at 5:30 pm inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the arrival of The Beatles in the United States. Free. A Purim Extravaganza including a carnival, costume parade, and family seudah (meal) begins at 3:30 pm. Fee. [See ad below.]
March 22 (Saturday): Temple Micah will host a "Sock Hop" dance and costume contest at 7:00 pm at 5209 Montview Blvd. "Don't forget your saddle shoes, pony tail, chiffon scarves, sharp blouse and poodle skirt... OR how about slick hair, leather or letter jacket, white t-shirt and keen rolled-up jeans?" Call Elaine Lee at 303-388-4239 x1 for more information.

March 23 (Sunday): The Areivim Taskforce of Denver offers an eight-hour class on Mental Health First Aid, starting at 10:00 am. The class will take place at Congregation Zera Abraham (1560 Winona Court). Please RSVP by March 13. Contact Rabbi Shraga Freedman at 303-335-8968 for more information or to RSVP.



Join the DAT Minyan at the Pepsi Center to watch the Denver Nuggets play the Washington Wizards at 3:00 pm. Purchase tickets at


The Temple Emanuel Brotherhood blood drive, held in conjunction with the Bonfils Blood Center, will take place from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Social Hall (51 Grape Street). For more information, contact Matthew Heit at 303-773-6415.


April 6 (Sunday): The Hebrew Educational Alliance will be hosting a trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to view Jerusalem 3D Imax at 5:00 pm. RSVP by March 17 to [email protected]. Fee.


Allied Jewish Apartments, JEWISHcolorado, Shalom Cares, and Jewish Family Service present "You Only Live Once: Jewish Wisdom on Aging Well," featuring Rabbi Dayle Friedman at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center (350 South Dahlia Street). The event takes place from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. RSVP at


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



From The Desk of Avi Halzel:

Mr. Halzel is Head of School and CEO at Denver Jewish Day School
Avi Halzel is Head of School and CEO at Denver Jewish Day School
Avi Halzel is the head of school and chief executive officer at Denver Jewish Day School, the largest Jewish school in Colorado. A recognized authority on Jewish education, Mr. Halzel understands what parents go through in choosing to send their children to a Jewish school instead of a highly-regarded secular school.

Addressing prospective Jewish school parents, Mr. Halzel suggests that - before making a final decision regarding their child's educational future - they consider five metrics, including what current school parents have to say and the value system held by the community.


You can read Mr. Halzel's full report here. Those parents who wish to learn more about Denver Jewish Day School may contact admissions director Shayna Friedman at 720-449-9550.
Please click on the images below to show your support for each of Denver's top-tier Jewish day schools:




Translating "Zionism: Beginning and End" 
by Palestinian Authority
Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, at the United Nations in 2011
Photo Credit: CNN
The cover of Mahmoud Abbas's 
"Zionism: Beginning and End"
In his official biography on the website of the Palestinian Authority, President Mahmoud Abbas lists the authorship of "Zionism: Beginning and End" as among his accomplishments. The 143-page Arabic language book (first published in 1977 and reprinted in 2011) reveals Abbas to be a radical on par with his terrorist predecessor, Yasser Arafat


Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a previous guest on Radio Chavura, is heading a project to translate the book into English so that Americans can understand just how duplicitous Abbas is - offering a different message to Arab and western audiences. Nurit Greenger, a Los Angeles-based friend and ally of Dr. Kedar, joins us to discuss the translation project and the veiled extremism of Mahmoud Abbas. 


You can help support the translation project here.

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Today marks 10,321 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 1,544 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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