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Program Guide: June 8, 2014 (Sivan 10, 5774) 
Today: 11 am to 5 pm - Boulder Jewish Festival on the Pearl Street Mall

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There's a lot to look forward to in this week's newsletter, including:
  • Where are Colorado's Jews Hiding? A New Way To Connect With Colorado's Jewish Community
  • Audio:  Anne Frank's Legacy: Marking What Would Have Been Her 85th Birthday  
  • Photos: The Jewish Experience - Grand Opening
  • LinksDid You Spot These News & Feature Items?
  • Photo: Kosher and Amish Feta Cheese
  • EventsColorado Jewish Calendar - Don't Miss Any of These Activities
  • Audio: Rabbi Yitzchok Wasserman Speaks @ The New Jewish Experience Center
  • AudioThe Jewish Business Values of Safe Systems
  • Job Opportunity: Schmoozing and Profiting
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, the weekly audio program that celebrates the Jewish Community in Colorado and around the world, is proud to announce that it is now regularly recording its shows at 

The Jewish Experience's newly opened headquarters. 

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Anne Frank's Legacy
On What Would Have Been Her 85th Birthday
An Exclusive Interview with Yvonne Simons
Director of The Anne Frank Center 

There is a unique and very special anniversary this week. June 12th marks what would have been the 85th birthday of one of the world's most celebrated authors, most thoughtful philosophers, and most beloved global citizens.


Anne Frank - who penned what would become the Diary of a Young Girl - died in Bergen Belsen in early 1945, a few months before her 16th birthday. Yet the words she wrote, the beliefs about the innate goodness of humanity that she cherished, and her dreams for the future continue to inspire all those who read her diary.


To commemorate Anne's 85th birthday, this week's guest on Radio Chavura is Yvonne Simons, executive director of the Anne Frank Center in New York - located just two blocks from ground zero - and the American parter of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.WhereAreThey

A New Way to Connect with Colorado's Growing Jewish Community
We know they're out there.  

Population studies confirm that Colorado is home to more than 90,000 Jewish residents - a number that almost certainly continues to swell with the influx of newcomers to our Centennial State.

But where are these modern-day descendants of Abraham and Sarah?  How can we connect with them and encourage them to be in contact with us: the Jewish organizations, congregations, businesses, medical facilities and community resources that are anxious to welcome and serve them? 

Since our launch on July 1, 2012, Radio Chavura has used the broadcast airwaves, e-newsletters, social networking sites, photography and videos to connect with both the established Colorado Jewish community and the many so-called "Hidden Yeedin," who identify as Jews, but don't readily affiliate with organized Jewish groups and institutions.

Now, on the eve of our third year of operations, Radio Chavura is pleased to announce plans to publish a free, four-color magazine that will reach Colorado Jews where they shop, eat, learn, live, play, pray and care for themselves.

The inaugural edition of The Radio Chavura Magazine, scheduled to arrive in late August - one month ahead of this year's High Holidays - will be distributed for free to 15,000+ Jewish readers in Metro Denver, Boulder, Northern Colorado, Colorado Springs, Vail and Aspen.

The magazine will be edited by Maxwell and Dean Rotbart, who produce and co-host the weekly Radio Chavura audio programs.  Photography will be provided by Avital Rotbart, who regularly captures local Jewish events and celebrations.  
Read more about it and learn how your business or organization can get involved here.

 Mazel Tov... Pearl Clayman, a previous guest on Radio Chavura, on winning the Judy A. Kantrowitz Award for Creative Writing at the Denver Academy of Torah. The annual "Mrs. K" Award - as it is affectionately referred to by the students at DAT - is named for Judy Kantrowitz, z'l, a beloved English teacher at DAT who passed away in 2011. The award goes to the 7th or 8th grade student whose work demonstrates the spirit and creativity that Mrs. K loved and encouraged.TJEPhotos

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

Today marks 10,426 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 1,649 days since Alan Gross ( was imprisoned in Cuba.

Today in Jewish History: In 1898, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU) is established. In 1904, Wolf Wissotzky, a Russian Jewish philanthropist and the founder of the Wissotzky Tea company, dies. In 1967, Israel secures control of the Sinai Peninsula during the Six-Day War.TalyasNews



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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, Chaya ParkoffRabbi 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 Adam Kredo (June 6, 2014)

The new resolution, sponsored by Reps. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) and Trent Franks (R., Ariz.), calls on the State Department to designate the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its new Hamas-backed unity government as a terrorist organization. The resolution is expected to be introduced Monday.


It additionally calls for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to be reclassified as a terror group and for the U.S. government to fully cut aid to the Palestinians, who have received around $5 billion in bilateral assistance since the 1990s.


"The Palestinian Authority has shown its true colors by forming a unity government with the terrorist organization Hamas," Bachmann told the Free Beacon. "This nightmare scenario for the peace process means that Congress must reassert its constitutional authority and suspend foreign aid to the PA. We cannot continue to assist our enemies at the expense of our ally, Israel."


by Ari Yashar (June 6, 2014)

Ecoppia E4 | Autonomous Water-Free PV Solar Panel Cleaning Solution | 2014Israel's hi-tech industry and sunny Middle Eastern climate have combined for a world-leading usage of solar panels that harness the sun's power.There's just one problem: dust.


Gritty particulates and sand can severely hamper desert solar power stations, causing solar panels to lose up to 40% of the solar energy they could potentially harvest.


The Israeli company Ecoppia has come up with an ingenious solution to the issue. Their new breakthrough is a cleaning robot that removes dirt from the panels daily, boosting their efficiency, reports Israel21c.

by JTA (June 6, 2014)

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard Edzard van der Laan said the extra security measures, which were not specified in Dutch media, will come in addition to existing security arrangements made by the Jewish community of Amsterdam, where most of the Netherlands' 45,000 Jews live.


"It will increase the community's security and ability to resist [attacks]," ANP quoted van der Laan as saying.
Dutch politicians and Jewish community representatives have lobbied for years for their government to increase security arrangements around Jewish institutions. The Jewish community of Amsterdam estimates its annual expenditure on security at just over $1 million.


Meanwhile, in the Belgian city of Antwerp, a spokesperson for the local police told the ATV channel that police will soon reduce security around Jewish institutions, which since the attack have been guarded by a special force of approximately 200 officers armed with machine guns.


"We can continue patrolling for a while longer, but not forever," the spokesperson said Monday.


by Brian Schrauger (June 4, 2014)

Because I am a Christian, many people assume it is my religious faith that is the primary motivation for my advocacy for Israel. But that is not the case. Like all true Zionists, my strongest motives are more visceral, more mysterious than any creed or pledge. I am a Zionist because of my son, Taylor. His spirit and his struggle led me to the only people, the only nation on earth, that share the essence of both.
When Taylor was nine years old, a huge tumor was discovered in his pelvic dish...

Tennessee family of 12 are fresh converts

by Renee Ghert-Zand (June 3, 2014)

In a mass conversion of sorts, Chad and Libby McJunkin and their 10 children became members of the tribe last Sunday. The formerly Christian Chattanooga, Tennessee, family was converted to Orthodox Judaism on June 1 in Brooklyn. The parents, now known as Sholom and Nechama, were also married according to Jewish law the same day.


In a phone conversation with The Times of Israel, the father described his children as "sparkling" and "shining" as they emerged from their ritual immersion in the mikveh. The couple, married for 18 years, has six girls and four boys, ranging from one to 16 years of age.


by Faygie Levy (June 1, 2014)

As the academic year draws to a close, a group of girls from a high school in Italy will accomplish something unusual and opportune-acquire a diploma from the Israel Ministry of Education.


The Te'udat Bagrut is the official Israeli matriculation certificate attesting to graduation from high school; it's also a prerequisite for higher education in Israel.


According to Rabbi Igal Hazan, director of administration and development at the Joe Nahmad High School in Milan-a Jewish institution run by Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in Italy-the impetus for starting the program came, in part, from a desire to spend more time teaching Jewish history and traditions.

COLLIVE (May 31, 2014)

I'd like to share a real life experience that occurred in our family recently. The "Kid and the Yid" is our son, Yossi, 9 years old, an avid baseball fan, and valuable team member on our local Little League team. We recently dropped him off, "uniformed up" at "the diamond" for the regular game. 

What happened next was the "foul ball." 

The game was going fine, with Yossi (as always) very actively participating, and very much looking forward to his "at bat." As he came up to bat, the umpire happened to notice that Yossi wears two uniforms, his team uniform, and also the fringe undergarment uniform of every male Jew - Tzitzit... WeeklyPhoto


Did You Spot This Photo?
Kosher and Amish Feta Cheese

It's not much to look at, but this uniquely creamy feta cheese - known by the Ezra's Dairy product name - represents the partnership between two companies - one Israeli, the other Amish. Click here to read all about it.

Hebrew Calendar

Radio Chavura's Colorado Jewish Calendar 
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 10 (Tuesday): Congregation Zera Abraham's 126th anniversary dinner will be taking place at the synagogue (1560 Winona Court, 80204), honoring the educational institutions of Beth Jacob, Hillel Academy, and Yeshiva Toras Chaim. More information at 303-820-2682.
June 13 (Friday): Musician Michelle Citrin will be joining Temple Emanuel (51 Grape Street) for a worship service, picnic, and concert starting at 5:30 pm.
June 15 (Sunday): Come to the Denver Community Kollel's Southeast Torah Center's grand opening event from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Aish Denver (9550 E. Belleview Avenue), featuring keynote speaker HaRav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler shlit"a, head of the Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ.
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 20 (Friday): Temple Sinai's farewell service and dinner for Cantor Bryan Zive and his wife Melyssa will begin at 6:00 pm at the synagogue (3509 S. Glencoe Street, 80237). RSVP by June 16th to Lisa Thorner at 303-759-1827. Fee.
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.
Colorado's Jewish community welcomes Cantor Sheila Nesis, the new clergy member at Temple Sinai (3509 S. Glencoe Street, 80237) in a 6:00 pm service followed by an Oneg Shabbat.
June 29 (Sunday): Hazon's Jewish Food Festival will be taking place from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center (350 S. Dahlia Street).

 Send calendar notices for your organization's upcoming events to us at: [email protected]WassermanAudioSafe2


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 was the featured guest last 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

 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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