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There's a lot to look forward to in this week's newsletter, including:
  • Article: Denver's Forgotten Holocaust Survivors
  • Facebook: Youth account for 3rd and 4th Gen Holocaust Survivors
  • Flashback: Interview with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Andy Hollinger (communications director)
  • Photos: A Slice of Jewish NYC
  • LinksDid You Spot These News & Feature Items?
  • Photo: Standing United Against The Westboro Baptist Church
  • Save The DateApril 27th Holocaust Memorial Event
  • Invitation: To the JCC's Celebrate Family Festival (May 18th)
  • Events: Colorado Jewish Calendar
 Talya Rotbart, our news and features editor, is on Twitter! Follow her @IMAZionist!AbbaStory

Denver's Forgotten Holocaust Survivors

Their addresses were Auschwitz, Treblinka, Dachau, Bergen Belsen, Majdanek and Teresienstadt.  They lived on Vrain, Tennyson, Raleigh, Canejos and West Colfax.


What were their names?  Do you recall what they did for a living?  Where did they go to shul?  What became of their children?


The legacy of Denver's remarkable community of Holocaust Survivors is endangered. 


After the Shoah, a striking number of those Jews who survived the concentration camps, fought as partisans, spent the war in hiding, or emigrated ahead of the German tanks, found themselves and their meager belongings arriving on the tracks of Union Station.


Many were single.  Some married.  A few carried infants and toddlers.


Just how many journeyed to our state between the war's end and the early 1960s is unclear.  Without a doubt there were more than 100 survivors.  Likely, several hundred.  A thorough search of the public records may yet pinpoint a more exact number. [Please help.]


At the time, Denver - unlike the major cities along the East Coast - hosted a tiny Jewish community consisting largely of the descendants of early pioneering mining families, and later World War I immigrants and others who were part of the respiratory wave who were treated at the Jewish Consumptive Relief Society from 1904-1940.


That so many Survivors wound up in Colorado was extraordinary.  Our Jewish Family & Children's Services and other local Jewish community groups helped resettle the immigrants.


The largest cluster of Survivors planted new roots on Denver's West Side, living in modest homes and apartments located between Sheridan Boulevard and Federal Boulevard, from 13th Avenue to 17th Avenue.

The classrooms at Colfax Elementary, and to a lesser degree Cheltenham Elementary, were dotted with the children of survivors who were destined to begin anew - in a country they would come to know and appreciate as their own.  America.


The heritage of Denver's Holocaust Survivors and their immigrant experience is both rich and of historical importance.


For most of these families, the horrors of the Holocaust did not cease in the arrival terminals of Union Station.  Those who did survive had the dual struggle of having had their lives unimaginably shattered and needing to reconstruct their families, livelihoods and sense of community in a new land.


Their children did not witness the atrocities first hand, but read them morning and night in the faces of their parents, and spotted them at each birthday and simcha by the glaring absence of the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who they never knew.   


To tell the whole story of the Holocaust and relay its lessons for future generations, the tale cannot and must not stop at with the liberations in 1944 and 1945.  Indeed, the history of the Holocaust continues to be written today, as the third and fourth generation of survivors are impacted and respond to events long ago and far away.


Never Forget - Action Steps

Survivors Memorial - From Generation to Generation

Sunday, April 27th - 4 pm   Jewish Community Center/Phillips Social Hall

Click on image above to view the 3rd and 4th Gen page

The newly launched 3rd and 4th Gen Holocaust survivors Facebook page is a place for young people to connect and share stories about their ancestors and their own lives today. Flashback

Flashback: Last Year's Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day Interview Is Available from Radio Chavura

Chelmno, Poland

DENVER, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - In association with Holocaust Remembrance Day and the weeklong National Days of Remembrance, Radio Chavura is featuring an exclusive audio interview with Andrew Hollinger, director of communications at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


The 20-minute audio may be heard online or downloaded for free at:


This month the Holocaust Museum (USHMM) is marking its 20th Anniversary. Hollinger tells Radio Chavura about the mission of the Holocaust Museum, the progress the museum has made over the past two decades, and the many challenges still ahead.


Also featured on the Radio Chavura audio are the voices of Holocaust survivors and members of the 2nd and 3rd Generations who have been interviewed on previous editions of the program.

Today marks 10,377 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 1,600 days since Alan Gross ( was imprisoned in Cuba.JewishNYC

33 Exclusive Photos:
A Slice of Jewish NYC
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Radio Chavura paid a visit to Manhattan in early March 2014. These are a few of the many Jewish slices of culture we spotted.News



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, 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 Ron Torossian (April 20, 2014)

In an era in which there is so much publicity given to the BDS movement against Israel, Lockheed Martin's press release this week at which they announced the opening of a new office in Israel to "..further demonstrate the Corporation's commitment to supporting the Israeli Defense Force and their 'Move to the South' campaign" was a great feat for Zionism.


As Marillyn A. Hewson, the company's CEO said in her statement, "The consolidation of IDF Technical Units to new bases in the Negev Desert region is an important transformation of Israel's information technology capability. We understand the challenges of this move. Which is why we are investing in the facilities and people that will ensure we are prepared to support for these critical projects. By locating our new office in the capital of the Negev we are well positioned to work closely with our Israeli partners and stand ready to accelerate project execution, reduce program risk and share our technical expertise by training and developing in-country talent." 

Video Posted By Caroline Glick (April 18, 2014)

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Click on image above to view the video

 "For the first time since the Holocaust, since 2013, the Jewish population is once again rising. It means we have to built new cities now because it takes 1 to 7 years to built a new city and we are talking about an Israeli population of 10 million within 14 years. It will change the entire relations between Jews and Arabs."











by Miles Rosenblatt (April 15, 2014)

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"Ten years ago, the notion of a world run by touch-screen phones, wireless internet and battery-powered cars was reserved for fans of science fiction.


This light-speed pace at which technology is being advanced begs the inevitable, and sometimes worrying question of what the future has in store.


Well, for answers to much of that question, look no further than Israel, the tiny country which seems to be on a perpetual step ahead of much of the rest of the world when it comes to futuristic technologies.


Here is a look at ten Israeli companies researchers whose futuristic innovations will shape days to come..."



Did You Spot This Photo?
Standing United Against The Westboro Baptist Church

Forming an "angel wall" across the street from members of the Westboro Baptist Church protesting the funerals of the three people killed in the attack on the Jewish Community Center in Kansas City, the good people of Kansas blocked the families of the victims from having to witness the WBC's hate.Date

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).

Listen to interviews with last year's participants here.Invite

Kick off the Summer at the JCC
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May 18th is not going to be just another Sunday, laying around the house, watching television, and trolling over unfinished work...

It's the 11th Annual Celebrate Family Festival - Colorado Jewry's official launch of the summer season!
Come to the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center (350 S. Dahlia, 80246) and hang out with your friends, watch the kids run around and play, and enjoy great summer food.
The event is free to the public, so stop by anytime between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm to join in on the fun.

Plus, your favorite Jewish radio show team will be there conducting live interviews and taking pictures. Check out our images from last year's festival and last year's audio.Calendar

Hebrew Calendar

Radio Chavura's Colorado Jewish Calendar 


April 27 (Sunday): Come celebrate Teen Earth Day at Ekar Farm (181 S. Oneida, 80203) from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Register here.
April 30 (Wednesday): The JCC South Denver (9625 E. Arapahoe Rd, 80112) will be hosting an Essential Music of the Holocaust: History and Hope event from 7:00 pm until 8:10 pm, featuring Colorado Hebrew Chorale soprano and child survivor Estelle Nadel. RSVP at (303) 799-6975. Free.


May 3 (Saturday): Temple Sinai's Second Annual Spirituality Retreat, led by lay members of the congregation, will take place from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Call Susan Bernhardt at 303-523-5289 for more information or to RSVP. Space Limited. Fee. 
May 4 (Sunday): Come hear the national president of Hadassah, Marcie Natan, speak at Temple Sinai (3509 S. Glencoe, 80237) from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm. RSVP at 303-321-7430.
The Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center (350 S. Dahlia, 80246) will be holding an event for Yom HaZikaron - Israel's Memorial Day - from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Free and open to the community.
May 7 (Wednesday): The Shalom Cares Annual Fundraising EventOutside the Music Box - will take place at the Lone Tree Arts Center from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Call Marilyn Bogan at 303-680-5000 to RSVP. Fee.
May 9 (Friday): Zalman Popack will be leading a Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat on Denver's East Side. Stay tuned for more details.
May 10 (Saturday): Bnei Akiva's Gillian Hecht will be hosting a girls-only AP Exam "de-stresser night," featuring spa massages and manicures. Phone Steve Feldman at 720-394-3020 for more details.
May 11 (Sunday): Come participate in a special Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearney, 80224) farewell brunch at 11:00 am for executive director Sandy Greene. Register here. Fee.
May 13 (Tuesday): The Jewish National Fund Annual Breakfast will take place at 7:45 am at the Hebrew Educational Alliance (3600 S. Ivanhoe, 80237). Register here.
May 18 (Sunday): Following the Celebrate Family Festival (see ad above), the Walk For Israel will begin, leaving the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center (350 S. Dahlia, 80246) at 2:30 pm and arriving at the Denver Academy of Torah and the Ekar Farm at 3:30 pm. Registration required at Free.

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Last 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.Jobs

 What A Job! - Schmoozing and Profiting


Sales Collage


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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