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There's a lot to look forward to in this week's newsletter, including:
  • Audio: Hadassah National President Marcie Natan
  • Photos: Hadassah's Marcie Natan Speaks at Temple Sinai
  • Photos: Holocaust Survivors Memorial Service
  • Article: Thoughts on the Shoah from the Survivors Memorial Service
  • Photos: Governor's Holocaust Memorial Service with the ADL
  • LinksDid You Spot These News & Feature Items?
  • Photo: Buying Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"
  • Article: Saying Thank You To U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn
  • Invitation: To the JCC's Celebrate Family Festival (May 18th)
  • Events: Colorado Jewish Calendar
  • Audio: Jewish Musical Comedy in the Terezin Concentration Camp
 Talya Rotbart, our news and features editor, is on Twitter! Follow her @IMAZionist!NatanAudio

Israeli Independence Day Exclusive Interview:

Hadassah National President Marcie Natan
Mrs. Natan (l) with co-host Maxwell Rotbart (r)
Running the world's largest Jewish volunteer organization - with more than 330,000 members - is an impressive feat, worthy of admiration. For Marcie Natan, who is the national president of Hadassah: The Women's Zionist Organization of America, running such an organization is an honor.

Radio Chavura spoke with Mrs. Natan this week about how the 102-year-old organization continues to attract such a devoted following - despite the changing times.

The answer - which is well-worth listening to - is that Hadassah has remained true to its pro-Israel and social action values, which traverse generational differences. Indeed, Hadassah is the world's flagship Zionist organization and a prime example of how Jewish medical innovation is saving the lives of Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Listen to Ms. Natan's full interview here. NatanPhotos

25 Exclusive Photos:
Hadassah President Marcie Natan Speaks At Temple Sinai
(May 4, 2014)
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53 Exclusive Photos:
Holocaust Survivors Memorial Service 
(April 27, 2014)
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Thoughts on the Shoah...
From the Survivors Memorial Event

The official theme of this year's Survivors Memorial is "Reflections from the Past and Present."

By right, it should read, "Reflections from the Past and Present, ...and on the Future."

We are here today to honor the survivors of the Shoah, and to remember and pay tribute to those who were slaughtered.  

The Holocaust victims whose family and friends still remember and cherish them are - sadly - few compared to the large number of those who were murdered - and whose names and faces are lost to history.

This year we will mark the 75th anniversary of the start of WWII.  Today, however, even as we commemorate the past, I ask that we also peer forward 25 years - to September 2039 - the 100th anniversary. 

We are as close to 2039 as we are to 1989.

Twenty-five years passes in the blink of an eye. 

With Hashem's blessings, what can we expect in 2039?

Read emcee Dean Rotbart's full remarks on the Shoah here.

98 Exclusive Photos:
Governor's Holocaust Memorial Service with the ADL
(May 1, 2014)
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Today marks 10,391 days since Jonathan Pollard (www.jonathanpollard.org) was imprisoned in the United States. Read Maxwell Rotbart's column, Separating fact from fiction about Jonathan Pollard, on Examiner.com.

Today marks 1,614 days since Alan Gross (www.bringalanhome.org) was imprisoned in Cuba.News



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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 Gil Ronen (May 4, 2014)

Between Memorial Day of 2013 and this Sunday, 57 soldiers and terror victims have joined the list of Israel's fallen, as did 50 disabled IDF veterans who died as a result of their disability, and were recognized during the year as fallen soldiers...
The number of officially recognized bereaved families in Israel in 2014 is 17,038. They include 2,141 orphans and 4966 widows whose loved ones fell in the service of the IDF and security establishment. 
"Through wondering tears, the people stare.
"Who are you, the silent two?"
And they reply: "We are the silver platter
Upon which the Jewish State was served to you." 
- Poet Natan Alterman (1947)
by Yoram Ettinger (May 2, 2014)

Abbas highlights the claim of return to the "1948 occupied areas," which explains his insistence to represent and release Israeli Arab terrorists. Being a devout Muslim, and a former top Muslim Brotherhood activist, Abbas emphasizes the principles of waqf -- the supposed divinely ordained Muslim right over any area previously controlled by Muslims -- and Hudaybiyyah, which considers agreements concluded with "infidels" a pragmatic, provisional stage to be breached on the way to bringing the enemy to submission and not to peaceful coexistence.


To achieve the strategic goal, Abbas has spoken softly, while carrying a horrendous stick of hate education in schools, mosques and media, brainwashing Palestinian society and running the most effective production line of terrorists. One's education is the most authentic reflection of one's values, ideology and strategic goal. Hence, the popularity of the anti-Semitic "Mein Kampf" and "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" on the Palestinian Street. Hence, the Abbas-driven Palestinian conventional wisdom: It's not the size -- but the existence -- of the Jewish state.


The central role played by terrorism in shaping Abbas' worldview is highlighted by his demand to release Palestinian terrorists who deliberately and systematically murdered, maimed and intimidated Israeli civilians; by providing monthly allowances to families of terrorists; and by naming streets, squares and soccer tournaments after terrorists.


The Printer: Coming To Your Pocket In 2015

by Ari Yashar (April 30, 2014)


An Israeli startup is poised to bring the printer up to the mobile digital age, by creating a printer that can fit in your pocket.

Matan Caspi and Tuvia Elbaum of the Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) pioneered the initiative while in college, establishing ZUtA Labs. With the initial funding and support of JCT, the startup succeeded in creating the world's first ever mini mobile printer.


"Print machines now-a-days are essentially a printhead running on a moving piece of paper," reads a company statement. "Why can't we just put the printhead on a set of small wheels and let it run across a piece of paper?"

by Dennis Prager (April 28, 2014)

The Middle East Problem

by  Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik (April 25, 2014)

Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas says no disagreements between Fatah and Hamas
The agreement signed yesterday between Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah and the terrorist organization Hamas to form a unity government should not have surprised international observers. For years Mahmoud Abbas has been seeking and demanding unity between Fatah and Hamas, despite international recognition of Hamas as a terror organization. In 2009, Palestinian Media Watch documented Abbas' assertion that there is nothing to prevent unity because Hamas and Fatah agree on all important issues:


"There is no disagreement between us [Fatah and Hamas]: About belief? None! About policy? None! About resistance? None! So what do you [Hamas] disagree about? Why are you not signing the [reconciliation] agreement?" 
[Official Palestinian Authority TV Dec. 31, 2009]PhotoWeek


Did You Spot This Photo?
Buying Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"
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The original papers on which famed musician (and American Jew) Bob Dylan wrote "Like a Rolling Stone" in 1965 are going up for action next month. They are worth an estimated $1,000,000 - $2,000,000.LambornStory

How To Say Thank You - 
U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)

Based in Colorado Springs, he is the most pro-Israel member of Colorado's congressional delegation. And he's running for re-election in November.

U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn, who has proven himself to be a true friend to the State of Israel and to the Jewish people, will be attending a Denver fundraiser next month hosted by former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong (R-CO), former Colorado Governor Bill Gates, Dr. Tash Bernton, Norm Brownstein, Rich Harris, Larry Mizel, Tom Kornfeld, Dick Robinson, Rich SokolBrian Watson, and other well-known community members (the complete list of hosts is still being finalized).

The fundraiser, which will also headline U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (who is the highest ranking elected Jew in American history), will be held Friday, May 16th at 8:00 am at the Brown Palace Hotel's The Club (321 Seventeenth Street, 80202).

Congressman Lamborn, who is co-chair of the bipartisan Israel Allies Caucus and the Republican Israel Caucus, was named a Pillar of the Colorado Jewish Community in June 2013 by Radio Chavura. Last month, Radio Chavura's IsraelScore™ Index definitively ranked him at the top of Colorado's congressional delegation for his voting record in the 113th Congress.

Show your support for Congressman Lamborn by keeping him in office and donating to his campaign (the brunch is $250 to attend). RSVP to Monica Owens at 720-319-4936.JCCEvent

Kick off the Summer at the JCC
Click on the image above to read more about the festival!

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 
May 5 (Monday): The East Denver Orthodox Synagogue (198 S. Holly Street) will be having a special Yom HaAtzmaut breakfast after services (which begin at 6:30 am).
From 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm, Temple Sinai (3509 S. Glencoe Street) will be having a Bonfils blood drive in its Multipurpose Room. "Please eat a full meal and drink plenty of water before donating blood and allow about an hour to complete the donations process."
At 6:30 pm at the Denver Academy of Torah (6825 E. Alameda Avenue), community member Mrs. Tova Rosenfeld will tell the community about her experiences living in Israel when the country declared its independence in May 1948.
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 10 (Saturday): Bnei Akiva will be hosting a girls-only AP Exam "de-stresser night" with Yael Horowitz at 9:00 pm at the home of the Senkfor's (185 S. Poplar Street). The evening will include spa massages and manicures. Phone Steve Feldman at 720-394-3020 for more details.
Temple Sinai will be honoring Rabbis Rick and Susan Rheins at the Marriott Denver Tech Center (4900 S. Syracuse Street) at 6:30 pm. Call the synagogue at 303-759-1827 for more information.
May 11 (Sunday): Come participate in a special Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearney Street) 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 15 (Thursday): The Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty Dinner will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel (1740 Welton Street) at 5:30 pm. The event will honor Rosalind Wiseman, who wrote the book that inspired the film Mean Girls, and Chaplain (Col.) Robert Bruno of the United States Air Force Academy. RSVP here.
May 16 (Friday): Zalman Popack will be leading a Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat on Denver's East Side. Stay tuned for more details. 
May 17 (Saturday): The 8th grade class at Temple Sinai ( 3509 S. Glencoe Street) will - at 6:30 pm in the synagogue's Social Hall - be showcasing its talents in a "hip hop Havdallah" service and parkour demonstration benefiting Ekar Farms and Soles 4 Souls. Donate new or used shoes. Fee.
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 JEWISHcolorado.org/walkforisrael. Free.
May 20 (Tuesday): Biblical scholar Avivah Zornberg will be speaking at Congregation Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearney Street) at 7:00 pm about the sin of the spies. RSVP to [email protected]. Free. 
Jewish & Widowed will be having its annual "Big Event" from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Embassy Suites Atrium at 7525 E Hampden Ave. RSVP by May 15th to Naomi Kirshner at 303-758-9400 x. 213. 
May 21 (Wednesday): At 7:00 pm, Kol Nashim: The Women's Choir of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale will hold a concert at Congregation Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearney Street) benefiting the Jerusalem Shelter for Battered Women. Minimum requested donation is $18. RSVP here.
May 22 (Thursday): Join Rabbi Eliott Baskin for a walk around Bible Park (6802 E. Yale Avenue), during which time you will discuss various Jewish topics. Meet at the south end of the Yale parking lot at 9:45 am.
May 27 (Tuesday): Dr. Karl Skorecki, a nephrologist at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, will be speaking at the University of Denver Hillel (2390 S. Race Street) at 7:00 pm about "The Genetics of Being Jewish." RSVP to Ashleigh Miller at [email protected].
June 6 (Friday): Zalman Popack will be leading a Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat on Denver's East Side. Stay tuned for more details. 

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

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A Jewish Musical Comedy 
In The Terezin Concentration Camp

(l) Jewish children watching a play in Terezin in the 1940s
(r) Minneapolis actors recreating the 1943 play in Terezin
In 1943 at the Terezin Concentration Camp in what is now the Czech Republic, a group of Jewish inmates calling themselves the Second Czech Cabaret wrote a musical comedy titled "Laugh With Us" - making fun of their Nazi captors - and performed it in the attic of one of the buildings at the Terezin complex.

[It wasn't the first or last time that a cabaret was written by the Jewish prisoners for the Jewish prisoners at Terezin, which is more commonly known by its German name, Theresiensdadt. Yet, bizarrely, the Nazi guards never interrupted the performances.]

The script of this one cabaret miraculously survived the war in a desk drawer and - in a series of unlikely coincidences - ended up getting translated into English and performed in Terezin in 2011 by a theater group from Minnesota.

When movie director and film teacher Richard Krevolin learned that this script would be performed in the same room at Terezin where it was originally produced (with Terezin survivors in attendance), he decided to share its story.

The ensuing documentary - Making Light in Terezin - is being released this month. 

Click here to listen to Mr. Krevolin's recent exclusive interview with Radio Chavura about the incredible story of the Terezin cabaret.

Purchase a DVD of the documentary here. Purchase the companion book here.Jobs

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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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