Program Guide: May 11, 2014 (Iyar 11, 5774) 
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There's a lot to look forward to in this week's newsletter, including:
  • Audio: Beth Jacob High School's New World-Class Dormitory
  • Videos: To Our Mothers...
  • LinksDid You Spot These News & Feature Items?
  • Photo: Denver JDS Kindergarten Students "Fly To Israel"
  • 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: Hadassah National President Marcie Natan - Exclusive Interview
  • Photos: Hadassah's Marcie Natan Speaks at Temple Sinai
 Talya Rotbart, our news and features editor, is on Twitter! Follow her @IMAZionist!BethJacob


Denver's Newest World-Class Jewish Dormitory:
Beth Jacob High School of Denver Open House - May 18th
Chaya Meyer, programming director at Beth Jacob High School speaks with co-host Maxwell Rotbart
This week on Radio Chavura, we are joined by Chaya Meyer, director of programming at Beth Jacob High School of Denver and Feivel Gallard, a longtime dormitory parent at the school.  Our two guests discuss the completion of dorm renovations at Bais Yaakov, as well as the strong appeal of the girls' high school.

The renovations, which have been ten years in the making, include data ports connecting to school servers; an upgraded assembly area with sound and video systems; increased campus security; new energy-efficient lighting; new exercise facilities and communal areas - including a patio with picnic tables; new landscaping; remodeled closets and restrooms; central heating and air-conditioning; and new carpeting.

The school will be unveiling these improvements at a community open house on May 18th - Lag B'Omer - from 12:00 pm until 3:30 pm at 1261 Zenobia Street. The open house is free to the community and will include a children's carnival and kosher barbecued hot dogs.

*In honor of Sefirat HaOmer, this week's audio is only available as a no-music edition.MothersDay


1. Mother: Director of Operations (19 million+ views)
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2. A Day In The Life Of A Jewish Mamma (by Wissotzky Tea)
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Today marks 10,398 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 1,621 days since Alan Gross ( 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 Alter, Dr. Harley 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 Menachem Posner (May 9, 2014)


Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik is an anomaly in Fort Collins, Colo., where he juggles many hats. Together with his wife, Devorah Leah, the 38-year-old Melbourne native directs the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center of Northern Colorado, teaches the philosophy of traditional Judaism at CSU, and in that capacity, serves as faculty advisor to the Chabad Jewish Student Organization on campus.


"So many students from larger Jewish population centers find themselves challenged to understand their Jewish identify for the first time," Gorelik explains, something he helps them explore in the semester-long course he teaches.


One such student was Ashley Mills, who was one of the students and alumni who nominated Gorelik for the award. "I grew up with very little Jewish background," says the Aspen-native who graduated CSU with major in human development and family studies in 2009, "and I had been thirsty to learn more about Judaism and connect to roots. Today, I am living a Jewish lifestyle largely due to my interactions with the Goreliks."


Proof Abbas deliberately destroyed peace talks

by Yifa Yaakov (May 7, 2014)

In the April 22 letter, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's national security adviser, Yossi Cohen, revealed that chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat wrote a policy paper in March in preparation for a Palestinian rejection of American mediation efforts and Israeli overtures - nearly a month before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a unilateral move to sign 15 international conventions, ostensibly in response to Israel's refusal to honor its commitment to release the final round of prisoners, Haaretz reported Wednesday. 

by Caroline Glick (May 6, 2014)

Republican Senator Rand Paul is an isolationist. This ought to make him a natural ally for appeasers like Steve Walt and John Mearshimer and the whole blame Israel first crowd.


And indeed, he has taken positions, like opposing additional sanctions on Iran that placed him in their camp.

But Paul is a mixed bag...

Last week, following the PLO's unity deal with terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Paul introduced the Stand With Israel Act. If it had passed into law, Paul's act would have required the US to cut off all funding to the Palestinian Authority, including its security forces. The only way the administration could have wiggled out of the aid cutoff would have been by certifying that the PLO, Hamas and Islamic Jihad had effectively stopped being the PLO, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

by Great In Uniform (April 30, 2014)

Integrating special needs citizens into the IDF.



Did You Spot This Photo?
Denver JDS Kindergarten Students "Fly To Israel"

Jill Goldstein, the longtime kindergarten teacher at Denver Jewish Day School, "flying" her students to Israel on a special annual "trip." Nesiah Tovah! 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.
Peyton Manning 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.
Be certain to stop by the Radio Chavura booth and register to win an autographed Peyton Manning football.

Click on image above to view more event details!

Hebrew Calendar

Radio Chavura's Colorado Jewish Calendar 
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.
The Denver Academy of Torah High School's Class of 2014 will graduate at 7:30 pm at Temple Sinai (3509 S. Glencoe Street).
This is the last day to sign up for the early rate ($100/person) for the DAT Minyan's Family Camping Trip at Pike National Forest, lead by wilderness guide Ari Hoffman. The trip will take place from Sunday, June 15th through Monday, June 16th. More information and RSVP at 303-803-4832.
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): At 10:30 am, Congregation Rodef Shalom's Religious School students will be graduating at 450 S. Kearney Street.
Students in the 8th grade class at Temple Sinai (3509 S. Glencoe Street) will - at 6:30 pm in the synagogue's Social Hall - be showcasing their talents in a "hip hop Havdallah" service and parkour demonstration benefiting Ekar Farms and Soles 4 Souls. Donate new or used shoes. Fee.
Join Rabbi Bernard Gerson at Congregation Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearney Street) at 7:45 pm for an "End of Shabbat Shmooze."
The Denver Academy Torah (6825 E. Alameda Avenue) will be hosting a community Lag B'Omer bonfire after evening services. Details to follow.
Beit Uriel (295 S. Locust Street) - Colorado's Sephardic Israeli congregation - will be having Lag B'Omer festivities starting at 9:00 pm.
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.
Beth Jacob High School of Denver will be hosting an open house from 12:00 pm until 3:30 pm, celebrating its recently redeveloped dormitories at 1261 Zenobia Street. The festivities will include a barbecue and a children's carnival. 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.
Jewish & Widowed will be attending a Musical Theatre Cabaret Night featuring Broadway tunes at the University of Denver's Newman Center (2344 East Iliff Avenue)The performance begins at 7:30 pm. Dinner at the Saucy Noodle (727 South University Boulevard) will be at 5:00 pm. RSVP by May 19th to Ellen Schaeffer at 303-862-9536.
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].
  Boulder Jewish Festival - 2014
June 1 (Sunday): Come join The Jewish Experience at the grand opening of its new center at 399 S. Monaco Street. (See ad above)
June 3 (Tuesday): Spend six hours engaged in Jewish learning - starting at 6:00 pm - at Temple Emanuel (51 Grape Street) ahead of the start of the Shavuot holiday.
June 6 (Friday): Zalman Popack will be leading a Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat on Denver's East Side. Stay tuned for more details.
June 8 (Sunday):  20th Annual Boulder Jewish Festival 
will be held from 11 am to 5 pm on the Boulder County Courthouse Lawn and Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado. Free admission.  A one-day celebration of Jewish culture, featuring live entertainment, fine art and Judaica, ethnic food, community organizations and activities for all ages. Be certain to visit the Radio Chavura booth!

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

 Click on image to register now!NatanArticle


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 last 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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 What A Job! - Schmoozing and Profiting


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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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