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Program Guide: May 18, 2014 (Iyar 18, 5774) 
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There's a lot to look forward to in this week's newsletter, including:
  • Photos: DAT High School Commencement Ceremony
  • Audio: The Genetics of Being Jewish
  • Audio: Israel's War Orphan
  • Photos: JNF Mountain States's Annual Breakfast
  • LinksDid You Spot These News & Feature Items?
  • Photo: Global Anti-Semitism Index - USA v. France
  • Invitation: The Jewish Experience Open House (June 1st)
  • Events: Colorado Jewish Calendar
  • Audio: Beth Jacob High School's New World-Class Dormitory
  • Job Opportunity: Schmoozing and Profiting 
 Talya Rotbart, our news and features editor, is on Twitter! Follow her @IMAZionist!DATPhotos

105 Exclusive Photos:

Denver Academy of Torah High School
Commencement Ceremony
(May 15, 2014)

 Click here to view all 105 exclusive photos!Genetics

The Genetics of Being Jewish
with Dr. Karl Skorecki

Top Photo: Starship Enterprise First Officer Spock
First Row (l-r): Medieval scholar Rashi, Israeli nephrologist Dr. Karl Skorecki, and Israeli singer Hagit Yaso
Second Row (l-r): Indian Jewish youth community leader Meirah Bhastekar, a strand of DNA, and Mr. Ram, a Chinese cantor

Dr. Karl Skorecki, a nephrologist (kidney specialist) who directs research and medical development at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, will be speaking at the University of Denver Hillel (2390 S. Race Street) on Tuesday, May 27th at 7:00 pm, about "The Genetics of Being Jewish." (See ad below)

In our exclusive interview, which provides listeners a preview of what Dr. Skorecki will discuss in Denver, he explains the historical and religious questions raised through the study of DNA, including how a native tribe in southern Africa - the Lemba - ended up with "Jewish genes."  Listen to his full interview here.Orphan


Israel's War Orphan
Ret. Col. Yossi Ron


On May 13, 1948, the day before Israel declared its independence from the United Kingdom, Arab forces - anticipating the May 14th withdrawal of British troops - attacked the Jewish garrison at Gush Etzion, outside of Jerusalem.

The Jewish defenders surrendered to the Arab attackers after an intense battle. Despite having surrendered, they were all killed. Among those massacred were the parents of Col. Yossi Ron

Col. Ron - then only a year-and-a-half old - remains the only Israeli ever to have lost both parents as soldiers in an Israeli war.

The Battle of Gush Etzion inspired the Israeli government to mark the day before its Independence Day as Memorial Day. Now, the story of the massacre is the focus of a Jewish National Fund project to construct a memorial site in Gush Etzion.

Col. Ron, who came to Denver to address the JNF Mountain States Annual Breakfast, is joined on Radio Chavura by Shani Abrams-Simkovitz, director of the Gush Etzion Foundation. You can listen to the audio here.

Watch a video about Col. Ron's story and read more about it hereJNFPhotos

76 EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS:  Were You There?  Who Do You Recognize?

Jewish National Fund
Mountain States Region - Annual Breakfast
(May 13, 2014) 

Click here to view all 76 exclusive photos!

Today marks 10,405 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 1,628 days since Alan Gross ( was imprisoned in Cuba.News



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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, 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
by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (May 14, 2014)
by Parker Mantell (May 14, 2014)

by Tova Dvorin (May 12, 2014)

For the final project in his "Social Media to Drive Business Results" course at Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women, Adjunct Instructor Rob Longert gave students a simple assignment: raise money for a charitable cause by crowdfunding - collecting small amounts of money towards a shared goal from a large group of donors, usually via online platforms - using the social media tools they had learned in his class.


The class expected to raise $4,000 in two weeks. Instead, they raised more than $32,000-and the number is still climbing. 


The class is raising money for Sara Bezaley, a young girl from Great Neck, New York, who suffered terrible complications after contracting swine flu at age seven.

by Naomi Goldberg (May 6, 2014)

1. ReWalk: Israeli inspirational tech, at its best, Rewalk helps people with physical disabilities to walk again. A brilliant Zionist innovation.


2. MyHeritage: As Jews we're obsessed with family history and connections. MyHeritage has connected individuals all over the world to their family history.


3. Soda Stream: Based in the West Bank, Soda Stream prides itself on equality to its mixed Arab and Jewish workforce, plus a focus on sustainability and the environment.


4. 3G Direct Pay: Founded by an Israeli, and based in Nairobi, Kenya, 3G Direct Pay is revolutionizing mobile payments in the tourism sector across East Africa.


5.  Wix: There are thousands of websites created every day using Israeli company Wix's technology, and that makes me pretty proud.


by Amanda Schallert (May 6, 2014)

The majority of candidates running for undergraduate student government officer positions this week have promised to not go on free or sponsored trips with certain pro-Israel lobbying organizations and non-student centered external groups if they are elected.


All candidates running with the FIRED UP! and LET'S ACT! slates and none running with Bruins United have signed the Joint Statement on Undergraduate Students Association Council Ethics, which asks for council members to refrain from taking free or sponsored trips with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, the Anti-Defamation League or Hasbara Fellowships. PhotoWeek


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Global Anti-Semitism Index: USA v. France

The Anti-Defamation League released its Global Anti-Semitism Index this week. Greece was found to be the most anti-Semitic country outside of the Middle East and North Africa, and Laos the least anti-Semitic of the 100 nations examined.TJE

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Hebrew Calendar

Radio Chavura's Colorado Jewish Calendar 
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 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 ad below)
  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!

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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
Last week on Radio Chavura, we were 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 discussed 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.

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

 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 For more information, phone Maxwell or Dean at 855-JEWISH-4.

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