Program Guide: April 14, 2014 (Nissan 14, 5774) 
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There's a lot to do to get ready for Passover - and reading our weekly newsletter and program guide likely isn't at the top of your priority list. So we've kept this week's email considerably shorter than usual. 

Before the seder tonight, we encourage you to listen to this week's show on thinking beyond the four questions with Ari Hoffman, who has some wonderful insights into the Passover festival, and read our highlighted news and feature item on the four sons and identity by Rabbi Lazer Gurkow.
  • Audio: Thinking Beyond The Four Questions
  • Purchase: A Beautiful Haggadah is Available to Support Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
  • Audio: Paula Burger Writes a Book About Her Holocaust Survival with the Bielski Partisans
  • Links: Discovering Yourself Through The Four Sons and Remembering Nuremberg
  • Photo: Raise Your hand - Julie Geller's Passover 2014 Music Video
 Talya Rotbart, our news and features editor, is on Twitter! Follow her @IMAZionist!Hoffman

This Week on Radio Chavura: 


Thinking Beyond The Four Questions - A Conversation With Ari Hoffman


Denver psychotherapist and wilderness guide Ari Hoffman believes that the four traditional questions asked during the Passover Seder are just the beginning of the questions that we should be asking ourselves.


Indeed, Ari explains in this compelling discussion, the Exodus story can teach all of us something about human nature, overcoming adversity, and internal growth. But - before we can get to that point, we must ask the question:


"What do I want to be free from this year?"

To speak with Ari Hoffman about his therapy sessions - which are designed to help families, couples, and individuals escape their proverbial Egypts and traverse the desert towards Israel - call him at 303-803-4832. Listen to our complete interview with him here.FIDF

Show Your Support for the Israel Defense Forces

Listener David Robison shared with us a copy of this magnificent Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Passover Hagadah, and we want to pass it along to you.

"152 full-color pages featuring beautiful pictures and the full text of the Hagadah in both Hebrew and English. Printed in Israel."
At only $36, this Hagadah is a wonderful addition to the Seder table, and helps supports this important Jewish organization.

Order your own FIDF Hagadah today.

Today marks 10,371 days since Jonathan Pollard ( was imprisoned in the United States. Read Maxwell Rotbart's column, Separating fact from fiction about Jonathan Pollard, on

Today marks 1,594 days since Alan Gross ( was imprisoned in Cuba.Burger

Last Week on Radio Chavura: 


Paula's Window: Papa, the Bielski Partisans, and A Life Unexpected

By Paula Burger (As told to Andrea Jacobs) 


Paula's Window on Amazon
Paula Burger was only a child when she and her younger brother, Denver's beloved Cantor Isaac Koll, survived the Holocaust with the Bielski partisans. 
Now Paula, an accomplished painter and grandmother, has written an account of her harrowing childhood experiences and the heroic efforts of her father, Wolf Koladicki (z'l), to protect his children under the most trying of circumstances.  On this week's edition of Radio Chavura, Paula explains her reasoning for writing the book and the lessons it provides.  


Writes Robert Bielski in the foreword to the book: "Paula's story brings the pain and suffering of her experience to the forefront so that her family, students and all generations to come will learn of the evil brutality that Paula, her brother Isaac and her father Wolf endured."


[Note: Those who read Paula's Window will immediately recognize the skilled and moving writing of Andrea Jacobs, the senior writer at the Intermountain Jewish News.  For 2 1/2 years, Andrea met weekly with Paula to capture and relay Paula's experiences.  Andrea "possesses a rare and beautiful gift - a heart that hears," Paula writes in the book's acknowledgements.  "Without her talent, dedication, sensitivity and compassion, this book would not exist."]


Paula will be featured at a BMH-BJ luncheon on Sunday, June 8th.  Come hear her speak and purchase a signed copy of her book.Talya



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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, Rabbi Daniel Alter, Helen RotbartCheryl 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 Rabbi Lazer Gurkow (April 9, 2014)

"A couple of years ago, a tour group that was traveling by bus to the volcanic Eldgj� canyon in Iceland stopped near the canyon park. A woman went inside to freshen up and change her clothes, and when she returned, her bus mates didn't recognize her.

Word spread among the group of a missing passenger, and the woman didn't recognize the description of herself. Next thing you know, a fifty-person search party was canvassing the area, and the coast guard was mobilized to deploy a search party of its own.
About 3:00 a.m., it was finally discovered that the missing woman was actually in the search party, albeit in different clothes, and the search was called off."
"What a metaphor for life."
by Vincent Carroll (April 4, 2014)

"Imagine yourself a 22-year-old woman on a military transport plane en route to Nuremberg in 1946. A whiz at manual and machine shorthand, you've been selected by the War Department to assist in creating what some will call the "record that will never forget," of the trials of Nazi war criminals.


The experience would likely change your life.


It did with my Aunt Vivien. The harrowing testimony on behalf of victims of Nazi medical experiments and the chilling attitude of the doctors in the dock would especially sear her soul."


"I would spend the rest of my life trying to recover from what I had heard and written."Geller


Did You Spot This Photo?
Raise Your Hand - Julie Geller's Passover 2014 Music Video
Click on the image above to view Julie Geller's Passover 2014 music video.Shoah

Save The Date: Sunday, April 27th


As the number of first generation Holocaust survivors dwindles, the mantle of carrying on the lessons of the Shoah has fallen to members of the 2nd and 3rd generations. This annual event - now in its 62nd year - which Radio Chavura co-host Dean Rotbart is emceeing, will focus on the next steps for Holocaust education in the United States.
Cantor Kutner
Cantor Kutner

With the rising tide of global anti-Semitism, the effort to delegitimize Israel on college campuses, and concerns about worldwide Jewish demographics, it is more important than ever to arm our children with the tools they need to survive a potentially dangerous 21st century.

Please attend this important Holocaust memorial. The fight for our future is underway.

In addition to Dean Rotbart (a member of the 2nd generation), speakers will include Julius Diezch-Reich (1st generation), Talia Zall (3rd generation), and spiritual leaders Rabbi Heyman and Cantor Kutner.

The event begins at 4:00 pm at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center's Philips Social Hall (350 S. Dahlia Street).

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Radio Chavura, which will soon complete its second year serving the local Jewish community, is seeking a part-time, commission-only sales person to sell sponsorships for our program, newsletter, website, and other content. 


The right candidate will enjoy "schmoozing" with Jewish business owners and non-Jewish businesses that serve greater Denver's vibrant Jewish community. This is a perfect opportunity for a candidate with previous sales experience who would enjoy the networking and socializing that comes with doing person-to-person sales. 


We pay a generous commission on all sales, beginning at 20% and ranging as high as 45%.   


Please email a brief note of interest, contact information, and sales experience to [email protected]. For more information, phone Maxwell or Dean at 855-JEWISH-4.

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