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Program Guide: March 3, 2014 (Adar Sheni 1, 5774) 
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There's a lot to look forward to in this week's newsletter, including:
  • Photos: Art & Jewelry Festival at the Hebrew Educational Alliance
  • Audio: The Denver Community Kollel's 16th Anniversary Celebration
  • Audio: The Denver Jewish Day School Annual Dinner
  • Links: Did You Spot These News & Feature Items?
  • Photo: Miss Israel Visits NBA Team Members
  • Events: Colorado Jewish Calendar
  • Article: The WhatsApp Sale and the $19 Billion Cost of Anti-Semitism
  • Audio: "How To Woo A Jew: The Modern Jewish Guide To Dating And Mating"

Make sure you catch past editions of our program here, including:
Ben Weil, Georgie Seserman and Rabbi Michael Sunshine
Talented Teens: Ben Weil (l) and 
Georgie Seserman (c) with 
Rabbi Michael Sunshine of the 


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The Denver Community Kollel's 16th Anniversary Celebration
Interview with Honorees Mike and Bob Weiss
Rabbi Aron Yehuda Schwab, Rosh Kollel
On this segment of Radio Chavura, we speak with Mike and Bob Weiss, who - along with their respective wives, Randy and Allison, as well as Jeremy and Sora Simblist - will be honored by the Denver Community Kollel at its anniversary celebration on March 12.

Mike and Bob discuss how they have - over the past decade - shteig'ed (climbed, grew, ascended) with the Kollel spiritually and in Torah knowledge.

From its headquarters at 1516 Xavier Street, as well as at numerous synagogues in the metro area, the Denver Community Kollel offers Torah and Talmud classes to Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations.

The upcoming anniversary celebration will be held at Aish Denver (9550 East Belleview Avenue, Greenwood Village), where the Kollel recently opened its own dedicated learning space. The celebration will feature keynote speaker Rabbi Yochanan Zweig of Miami (in addition to great Chinese food, courtesy ofDenverJDS2 the Kollel's Rebbetzins).

Denver Jewish Day School Annual Dinner
Interview with Head of School and CEO Avi Halzel 

On this segment of Radio Chavura, we speak with Avi Halzel, head of school and CEO of Denver Jewish Day School, about the school's annual dinner, to be held March 20th at the Grand Hyatt hotel in downtown Denver.

The school will be honoring Sandy and Lisa FeldDavid and Allison Foster, and David and Nancy Kaufman.

Mr. Halzel talks about the great educational and extracurricular offerings at Denver Jewish Day School, pointing to the dinner's keynote speaker, 2008 alumnus Daniel Smith, as an important example. Mr. Smith is a co-developer of the popular Snapchat phone application, and has noted that Denver JDS's longstanding integration of new technology in the classroom served as a foundation for his own digital expertise.

Do you want to know more about Jewish education in Colorado? You can read Mr. Halzel's recent report on helping parents make intelligent school choices here.Links



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, Rabbi Daniel AlterCheryl 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 Debra Kamin (March 3, 2014)
Arnon Milchan, producer of Best Picture 12 Years A Slave, with Brad Pitt. Photo courtesy of Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP via Times of Israel

"Prolific Israeli-American producer Arnon Milchan, who last year told Israel's Channel 2 that he spent his early years in Hollywood moonlighting as an Israeli spy, joined Brad Pitt on stage to collect the Best Picture statuette for '12 Years a Slave,' on which he served as a producer...

Other Israeli (and Israel-connected) Oscar winners include...the late Alice Herz-Sommer, the focus of Sunday's Best Documentary winner, 'The Lady in Number 6.'" 

by Yori Yanover (February 27, 2014)

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Click on the image above to view the full interview with MK Naftali Bennett
[Mr. Yanover, making a historical comparison of MK Bennett's remarks to his BBC interviewer]:

"I think it was Benjamin D'Israeli who replied to a taunt by Irish political leader Daniel O'Connell: 

'Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.'"

by Barry Shaw (February 27, 2014)

"Middle East countries do not share the European mindset, not in morality, and not in democracy. The West must understand the mindset of the Arab and Muslim world before they impose their liberal, democratic, values on a region that has zero tolerance for such niceties. Forcing Israel, the only liberal democracy in the area, to behave European, while giving a free pass to a rejectionist, rigid, and intolerant adversary, is not the path to peace.  It will be as useless and immoral as it has been with all the other genocides and massacres that have been perpetrated since the last Holocaust of the Jewish people. 
Such a disaster will not swathe a Western guilt complex. On the contrary, such a mistake could lead the Jewish people into yet another ghetto from which they will be unable to effectively defend themselves. 


This historic fate would have echoes of the past and only increase the guilt of a world that has always failed its Jews."


by The Staff of Haaretz (February 27, 2014) 


"The Independent newspaper quotes Norman Lebrecht, whose series 'Music and the Jews' begins on BBC Radio 3 next month, saying: 'There's a lot of circumstantial evidence that pop music begins in a conversation on a hot day in New York between the sons of people who fled the pogroms in Russia, and the sons of others who'd fled from the horrors of the slave field in the Deep South, and this common affinity that young Jewish people and black people find for certain rhythms and blue notes, and a legacy of oppression. And commercially, the American music business was founded by Jews, working with black musicians.'" 


A Pakistani Jew steps cautiously out of the shadows

by Marc Goldberg (February 26, 2014)


Faisal Benkhald: Courtesy of the Times of Israel 

"His real name is Faisal Benkhald, though he has recently adopted the Yiddish first name 'Fishel.' He was born in Karachi in 1987, the fourth of five children born to a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. 


Though registered at birth as Muslim, he considers himself Jewish and is now fighting for state recognition of his chosen religion - an apostasy."  





Nuclear talks won't stop Iran's progress toward a weapon

by U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn (February 25, 2014)  

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U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn has previously been a guest on Radio Chavura


"Let us be clear: The interim agreement did not suspend Iran's uranium enrichment. Its most enriched uranium is being turned into uranium oxide - a chemical process that is completely and easily reversible...


Significantly, the accord also does not dismantle a single one of Iran's nearly 20,000 centrifuges. And Iran's leadership says they have no intention of ever doing so.


'The iceberg of sanctions is melting while our centrifuges are also spinning,' Iran's nuclear chief boasts, calling it 'our country's greatest achievement.'"



by Sharona Schwartz (February 24, 2014)

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop 
Courtesy of the Sydney Morning Heral


"Australia's foreign minister... caused quite a stir last month when she suggested that settlements may not be illegal under international law and that people should stop calling them illegal until their status is determined by Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.


'I would like to see which international law has declared them illegal,' Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told the Times of Israel..."








Did You Spot This Photo?
Miss Israel Visits NBA Team Members

Miss Israel 2013, Yityish Aynaw, visited Philadelphia 76ers basketball players this week during one of their practice sessions. 
She described the members of the team as "so nice."News

Hebrew Calendar

Radio Chavura's Colorado Jewish Calendar 

March 4 (Tuesday): The Colorado Hebrew Chorale will be performing at 7:00 pm at Anythink York Street's Rosa Auditorium (8990 York Street, Thornton), in a special Music of the Holocaust: History and Hope event.
Come to the Library at Temple Emanuel (51 Grape Street) tonight at 7:00 pm (as well as at the same time on March 11, 18, and 25), for a Dishes of Our Lives: Jewish Cookbooks, Jewish Stories class. The March 4th class, taught by Rita Dahlke, is on "Jews and Chocolate." 
March 5 (Wednesday): There will be folk dancing in the Social Hall of the Hebrew Educational Alliance (3600 S. Ivanhoe Street) from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
The Hebrew Educational Alliance, for the next eight Wednesdays, will be hosting a conversational Hebrew class. Beginners class is at 7:00 pm. Advanced class is at 8:00 pm. RSVP to Naomi Kirshner at 303-758-9400 x.213. Fee. 
March 6 (Thursday): For those wishing to learn how "to use Jewish text and language to be inclusive of the LGBTQ community," come to a special 7:00 pm Text Study With Rabbis at the Hebrew Educational Alliance (3600 S. Ivanhoe Street). Anticipated speakers include Rabbi Evette Lutman of B'nai Havurah; Rabbis Bruce Dollin and Salomon Gruenwald of the Hebrew Educational Alliance; and Rabbi Joe Black of Temple Emanuel. The event will be hosted by Samantha Raizen Walsh of the Allied Jewish Apartments. 
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. [Listen to show above.]
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. [See ads below.]
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.]


The DAT Minyan's BBQ Purim Seudah will take place at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center (350 S. Dahlia Street) at 4:00 pm. RSVP at Fee.
March 20 (Thursday): A special youth series, taught by various community rabbis, will begin this week at Temple Emanuel (51 Grape Street). The series, titled iEngage: Engaging Israel As Young Adults, will be held Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
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.
The entire community is invited to join Congregation Rodef Shalom's Rabbi Bernard Gerson for a Shabbat morning Tisch at 12:30 pm in the Social Hall (450 S. Kearney Street). "This is a fun and relaxed setting in which you can pose questions you have always wondered about!" 

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


April 9 (Wednesday): Join the Colorado Jewish community at the Pepsi Center to watch the Denver Nuggets play the Houston Rockets at 7:00 pm. Contact Lyndsay Marchbanks at 303-405-7635 with any questions.

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


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.Caspi


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.

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