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Program Guide: June 1, 2014 (Sivan 3, 5774) 
Today: 11 am to 4 pm - Grand Opening Celebration of The New TJE Center 

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Larry Halpern
Jewish Values Make For Good Business Values
Larry Halpern, founder of Safe Systems and a generous supporter of the Jewish community, explains how Jewish ethics and secular business practices harmonize.
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Preview Next Week's Boulder Jewish Festival
Join Cowboy Hersh, Mikey Pauker, Boulder Klezmer Consort and Or Zimrah at June 8th's Boulder Jewish Festival.  We speak with Wayne Silverman, one of the many great exhibitors, about his delicious kosher granola, "Matzolah." 
Read the story. 
Rabbi Wasserman
Blessed Are Those Who Come In The Name of G-d
Rabbi Yitzchok Wasserman offers a blessing on The Jewish Experience's new community center, and an explanation of why Shavuot remains relevant today.
Listen to his inspiring remarks here.

Radio Chavura Recording Studios To Open at The Jewish Experience

Radio Chavura, the weekly audio program that celebrates the Jewish Community in Colorado and around the word, is proud to announce that it will begin regularly recording its shows at The Jewish Experience's newly opened headquarters. 

Read the complete story here.
There's a lot more to look forward to in this week's newsletter, including:
  • Audio: Jewish Values Make For Great Business Values
  • Photos: DAT Grade 8 Graduation + Maimonides Society Presentation
  • Audio: Boulder Jewish Festival Preview
  • Audio: Celebrate Family Festival - Interview With Participants
  • Audio: The Genetics of Being Jewish: Dr. Karl Skorecki
Wayne Silverman
  • LinksDid You Spot These News & Feature Items?
  • Photo: Israeli Boy Shows Jay Leno His Model Cars Collection

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Jewish Values Make For Great Business Values

Larry Halpern (top) and Tim Watson of Safe Systems are guests on 710 KNUS AM's  Business Unconventional, co-hosted by Radio Chavura's Dean Rotbart

Larry and Cindy Halpern have built their company, Safe Systems, Inc., into Colorado's largest locally owned security provider by following a Jewish-inspired philosophy of treating customers like members of the family.


Safe Systems, which began in 1982, faithfully serves more than 10,000 residential and business customers in Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Ft. Collins, and all along the Front Range.


Larry is the featured guest this week on both Radio Chavura and on 710 KNUS AM's weekly Business Unconventional broadcast.  Joining Larry is Tim Watson, director of sales and marketing. 

Larry and Cindy Halpern
Larry and Cindy Halpern


Larry's joint appearance on the two audio programs arises because the story of Safe Systems's phenomenal success is one of interest to both the Jewish community - where Larry and Cindy have long been supportive of many fine nonprofit programs and institutions - and to the secular community, which admires his company's growth, service record and remarkable hiring practices.


Indeed, Larry tells Dean Rotbart, co-host of both Radio Chavura and Business Unconventional, that the secret to Safe Systems's growth has been the quality of employees the company has hired and retained.  Today, Safe Systems employs more than 70 workers who share Larry and Cindy's mission: "to ensure your family or business's on-going safety with the most advanced, custom-designed security systems."


Whether you are a member of the Jewish community who knows Larry and Cindy and appreciates all that they've done; whether you're a homeowner or business professional who might benefit from the great services provided by Safe Systems; or whether you're an owner or entrepreneur who hopes to glean some success insights from Larry, you won't want to miss this insightful interview.


Business Unconventional, featuring Dean Rotbart and co-host David Biondo, airs each Sunday from 8 am - 9 am on 

710 KNUS AM, and is also simulcast on the Internet at

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Denver Academy of Torah 8th Grade Continuation
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Maimonides Society: Dr. Karl Skorecki Presentation
New This Week
Celebrate Family Festival/Walk For Israel

Rose Youth Foundation
Rose Youth Foundation  Year-End Celebration

Denver Jewish Day School Graduation

Lattes & Learning

Also See:  DAT High School Graduation and Jewish National Fund BreakfastBJFestival

Preview of the 20th Boulder Jewish Festival:
Matzolah, 'The Trail Mix of the Exodus,' To Be Featured 

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Clockwise: A live performer at the 2013 Boulder Jewish Festival; Foodman
President Wayne Silverman; BJF organizers Cheryl and David Fellows

The 20th Annual Boulder Jewish Festival is scheduled for next Sunday, June 8th, from 11 am to 5 pm along the Pearl Street Mall near the County Courthouse in Boulder. Admission is free.


The Jewish festival is the largest in Colorado and one of the most popular in the country. The annual event features live musical performances and entertainers, fine art and Judaica, ethnic food, and a wide array of exhibitors representing community groups and other booths of interest.


This year, Radio Chavura will be teaming with the Boulder Jewish News to introduce visitors to both community information forums. Radio Chavura and the Boulder Jewish News provide free access to their content, reaching and engaging Jews throughout Colorado.


Read Maxwell Rotbart's preview of the festival here.

Hear Radio Chavura's interview with Wayne Silverman, the Matzolah King, hereCFFestival


Celebrate Family Festival
Lag B'Omer 2014

The 11th Annual Celebrate Family Festival - held Sunday May 18th at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center - was a wonderful community event, attended by thousands of parents and children. 

Among the guests interviewed on this edition of Radio Chavura are:
  1. Melanie Gruenwald, director of athletics, family programs, and teens, Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center
  2. Kimberly and Eliana Fishman, chefs, Dads on the Grills BBQ
  3. Jim Barnard, commander, Jewish War Veterans Post #344
  4. Shayna Friedman, director of admissions, Denver Jewish Day School
  5. Leah Schiermeyer and Kala Hirsch, teachers, Aish Preschool
  6. Elaine Lee, director of membership and communications, Temple Micah
  7. Jordan Andersen, counselor, and Ellery Anderson, camper, Camp Ramah of the Rockies
  8. Brenna Deutchman, founder, Blue Jasmine Studios
  9. Lynn Cooper, director of marketing, The Jewish Experience
  10. Rabbi Yisroel Engel, senior rabbi, Bais Menachem
  11. Samuel Vida, founder, Lego Mezuzahs
  12. Shana Morgan-Sherman, membership director, Bnai Havurah
  13. Yael Weinstein, director, Colorado Agency for Jewish Education
  14. Kolby Morris, outgoing youth director, Hebrew Educational Alliance JewishGenetics


The Genetics of Being Jewish
with Dr. Karl Skorecki
Dr. Karl Skorecki is a noted nephrologist (kidney specialist) who directs research and medical development at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. He recently spoke at the University of Denver Hillel about "The Genetics of Being Jewish."

In our exclusive interview, which provides listeners a taste of what Dr. Skorecki discussed 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.

Today marks 10,419 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 1,642 days since Alan Gross ( was imprisoned in Cuba.

Today in Jewish History:  In 1898, actress Molly Picon was born.  She went on to star in 'Milk & Honey' and many other Jewish roles.  In 1916, the nomination of Louis D. Brandeis to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court was confirmed by the Senate.



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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


By Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon (May 27, 2014) 

Professor Elizabeth Ordonez, a retired Spanish professor from Metropolitan State University in Denver, accused "Zionist attack dogs" of pressuring the [BDS] resolution's supporters.


"As on the broader political scene, moves to seek justice and opportunity for Palestinians (or to remove obstacles to achieving those goals) are countered by Zionist attack dogs," Ordonez wrote in a March 22 post on the listserv. "When the Zionist lobby railroads its way through Congress, universities, and civil society no request is made for equal time for the other side."


Ordonez, who refers to controversial Palestinian academic Edward Said as "our beloved late leader," went on to urge her colleagues to vote "yes" on the boycott measure.

Cleveland Jewish News (May 30, 2014)
Five cantors from around the country will perform in "One People, One Heritage," B'nai Jeshurun Congregation's annual spring concert at 7 p.m. June 8 at the synagogue in Pepper Pike, Ohio. 
Cantor Zive

"We're looking to bring a very diverse program," said B'nai Jeshurun Cantor Aaron Shifman, who will host the event. "Everyone brings something that I'm hoping will resonate with the crowd at large. Each one will highlight a smattering of his cultural heritage. It's really an opportunity to get a broad view of the talent that is out there nationwide." 


Joining Shifman as singers will be Cantor David Feuer of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Cantor Itzhak Zhrebker of Dallas; and Cantor Bryan Zive of Denver. Cantor Daniel Gildar, a Cleveland native who lives in Philadelphia, will accompany all of the cantors on piano. 


Zive has been cantor of Temple Sinai in Denver since 2009. A graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus, he served Temple Israel in Columbus for six years as cantorial soloist. He's a versatile composer, Shifman said. 

Sweet lokshen kugels tend to be the most popular in the U.S., with good reason! They are simple and affordable to throw together with just a few ingredients. They can be easily transported, making kugel a good choice for potlucks or family get-togethers. Most importantly, they are delicious. 

By Professor David Shneer, Boulder Jewish News  (May 29, 2014)  
David Shneer
Professor Shneer

A few weeks ago, we publicly granted the only degrees in Jewish Studies in the entire Rocky Mountain Region. Our graduates are blessed to be part of these exciting developments, as it allows us the opportunity to enrich knowledge in the classrooms as well as help our students develop professional skills - that together make them global citizens, who can also land jobs!

Six years ago, my partner in crime, our assistant director Jamie Polliard, and I came to campus with a promise: to build a great Jewish Studies program that embodied the values of the university's Flagship 2030 mission statement that envisioned learning, cutting across disciplines, and embedding our students in a global environment. 

At the same time, we wanted to make CU a place that high school students interested in Jewish Studies throughout Colorado and the country would be excited to attend, learn, and experience.  I am proud to say that we have kept our promise, and I encourage you to read our mission statement on our website to see how we think about what we do here.

Arutz Sheva (May 28, 2014)

"They asked us to get out of town because they said that we kidnap children, and then added to the fire by saying the town would be invaded by Jews," he said. "At the meeting, a lady presented 300 alleged signatures, asking us to leave the village."  

Rambam Hospital - YouTube
Medical history was made at Rambam Health Care Campus when an Israeli essential-tremor patient successfully underwent targeted surgical ablation of deep-seated brain tissue through an intact skull, a radical therapy made possible by the marriage of MRI-guidance and ultrasound-ablation technologies. Watch the video here.WeeklyPhoto


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Israeli Boy Shows Jay Leno His Model Cars Collection
Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno made his first trip to Israel this week, where he hosted a ceremony - attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - honoring former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Leno, who described himself ahead of the trip as "very pro-Jewish, very pro-Israeli," met this Israeli boy - Omer - at his hotel. 

Omer shared his model cars collection with Mr. Leno, who is an automotive aficionado. Click on the above image to watch a video of their interaction.

Hebrew Calendar

Radio Chavura's Colorado Jewish Calendar 
June 2 (Monday): Habitat for Humanity's Interfaith Alliance will be hosting its 10th Annual Golf Classic at 7:45 am at Glenmoor Country Club (110 Glenmoor Drive, 80113). More information at
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. (See ad below)


June 4 (Wednesday): Shavuot Happy Hour at Rodef Shalom, featuring "Adult" and kid-friendly beverages, with light appetizers. Stay for a family-friendly service with music and the reading of the Ten Commandments. Free and open to all. 5:30 pm. 450 S. Kerney, Denver.

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!
June 9 (Monday): Mizel Museum's No Strings Attached: Puppets and Masks From Around the World camp will be taking place all week long from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm for ages 5-10 at the Boulder JCC (3800 Kalmia Avenue, 80301). 
June 16 (Monday): Mizel Museum's Earth Shakin' Planet! camp will be taking place all week long for ages 8-12 at the museum (400 S. Kearney, 80224).
June 22 (Sunday): Jewish Community Appreciation Day at Coors Field will begin at 1:00 pm with Jewish students singing the national anthem on the field. RSVP here.
June 23 (Monday): Mizel Museum's ArtRageous Pets, Compassionate Friends camp will be taking place all week long for ages 6-11 at the museum (400 S. Kearney, 80224).
June 27 (Friday): The B'nai B'rith Annual Leadville Cemetery Cleanup two-day event begins. Call 303-393-7358 for more information.

 Send calendar notices for your organization's upcoming events to us at: radiochavura@gmail.comShavuotEmanuel



 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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