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There's a lot to look forward to in this week's newsletter, including:
  • Video: Celebrate Family & Walk For Israel 2014
  • Prayer: Psalm 121 
  • AudioBoulder Jewish Festival 2014
  • Photos: Boulder Jewish Festival 2014
  • Stars For Israel: Today marks 3 days since the kidnapping of Eyal YifrachGilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel
  • Links: Did You Spot These News & Feature Items?
  • Photo: Fatah Jokes About Kidnapped Yeshiva Students
  • Article: Where Are Colorado's Jews Hiding?
  • EventsColorado Jewish Calendar - Don't Miss Any of These Activities
  • AudioAnne Frank's Legacy: Marking What Would Have Been Her 85th Birthday 
  • Job Opportunity: Schmoozing and Profiting
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Denver's Celebrate Family & Walk for Israel - 2014
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Were You There?  Who Do You Recognize?

PSALM 121 - A Prayer For Recovery

Please join Jews and people of peace around the globe in reciting a prayer for the safe and speedy return of: 
Yaacov Naftali ben Rachel DevoraGilad Michoel ben Batgalim; and Ayal ben Iris Teshua
The Three Kidnapped Yeshiva Boys of Gush Etzion

A Song For Ascents: I shall raise my eyes to the mountains, from where will my help come?
My help is from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 
He will not allow your foot to falter; Your Guardian will not slumber. 
Behold the Guardian of Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 
The Lord is your Guardian; the Lord is your shadow; [He is] by your right hand. 
By day, the sun will not smite you, nor will the moon at night. 
The Lord will guard you from all evil; He will guard your soul. 
The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from now and to eternity.


Mazel Tov...

...Rabbi Aron Yehuda Schwab, Rabbi Sachne Sommers, and the entire Denver Community Kollel on opening their new Southeast Torah Center at 9550 E. Belleview Avenue.BoulderJFest

2014 Boulder Jewish Festival  
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Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder joins the growing list of organizations that agree to distribute
The Radio Chavura Magazine, coming in August. Pictured is Gary Fifer of Har HaShem (l) and Radio Chavura's Dean Rotbart.

The 20th Annual Boulder Jewish Festival - held last Sunday, June 8th, at the Pearl Street Mall - was an incredible showcase of the talents and organizations of the Colorado Jewish community. Festival director Cheryl Fellows (who, along with her husband David, publishes the Boulder Jewish News) once again outdid herself.  Although it rained and poured at times, the weather did not dampen the ruach - the spirit - of the event.

Among the festival participants interviewed on this week's program are:
  1. Jonathan Lev, executive director, Boulder JCC
  2. Rivka Miriam Brackman, former counselor, Camp Gan Izzy
  3. Ann Lederer, founder, Dyes on Silk
  4. Jerry Pinsker, volunteer liaison, ADL's No Place for Hate
  5. Amy Atkins, coordinator, Jewish Together Boulder
  6. Kayla Goldstein, Kate Sadow, and Rachel Heilbronner, representatives, BBYO
  7. Arel Mishory, founder, The Hands Work
  8. Debbie Garelick and Marilyn Pinsker, members, Bonai Shalom Sisterhood
  9. Josh Gold, initiative manager, MazelTot
  10. Rabbi Anat Moskowitz, spiritual leader, Congregation B'nai Torah
  11. Debbie Schwartz, vice president of programs, Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado
  12. Rabbi Pesach Scheiner, spiritual leader, Chabad of Boulder County
  13. Josh Raderman and Ezra Cohen, chefs, LB Kosher Grill
  14. Rabbi Joshua Rose, outgoing spiritual leader, Congregation Har HaShem PhotoEssays

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Today marks 3 days since Eyal YifrachGilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel (, yeshiva students in Gush Etzion, were kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists. 

Today marks 10,433 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 1,656 days since Alan Gross ( was imprisoned in Cuba. 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 Parkoff, Eve LevyRabbi 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 Stuart Winer (June 15, 2014)

Doctors in Israel performed surgery on Amina Abbas, the wife of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, at a private clinic near Tel Aviv over the weekend, as tensions between Israel and the PA mounted over the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinian terrorists.


Abbas was hospitalized at the Assuta Medical Center in Ramat Hachayal, near Tel Aviv. Her stay in a private room at the clinic was kept under wraps and security guards were stationed to maintain her privacy round the clock. Other patients were unaware of the identity of the VIP in the private room and Hebrew media said hospital staff members were evasive when questioned.


A Personal Reflection On The Kidnapping of Three Israeli Teens

by Sara Yoheved Rigler (June 14, 2014)


At midnight, we finished saying the final psalm. I thought we would close our books and go home. But instead people spontaneously started singing the poignant melody, 

Aheinu kol Beis Yisrael:

Our brothers are the whole family of Israel.
Those in distress and those in captivity,
Whether on the sea or dry land.
May God have mercy on them,
And bring them out from distress to relief,
From darkness to light,
From bondage to redemption,
Now, speedily and soon.
And let us say, Amen.

The song lifted us all up in its moving strains. When it was over, we sang it again. And again. And again. "Our brothers are the whole family of Israel." As we sang, we were fused into a single congregation of avid souls, beseeching God for the salvation of three boys and 14 million Jews, "the whole family of Israel."


Tel Aviv sets Guinness record for largest Shabbat dinner

by Laura Kelly (June 13, 2014)

Exactly 2,226 people gathered at Hangar 11 at the Tel Aviv Port to participate in the record-making largest Shabbat meal ever, organized by Chabad and White City Shabbat, the Tel Aviv-based NGO that organizes public shabbat meals once a month at the Goren Synagogue on Modigliani Street, as well as other events geared toward the English-speaking and immigrant community that include holiday learning classes, challah baking classes, and religious lectures. Sponsors of the Guinness event included the Tel Aviv Municipality.





The Facts About Israel's Demographics

by Yoram Ettinger (June 13, 2014)


* From 1995-2013, the annual number of Israeli Jewish births surged by 65 percent -- from 80,400 to 132,000 -- despite the decline in the fertility rate (number of births per woman) of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sector, but due to the unprecedented increase of secular fertility. At the same time, the number of Israeli Arab births increased by a mere 8 percent, from 36,000 to 39,000.


* According to the CIA World Factbook, Arab fertility in Judea and Samaria was 5.34 births per woman in 1995, rapidly reduced to 2.83 births in 2014, and trending downward.


* In 1995, Jewish births constituted 69 percent of total Israeli births, compared with over 77 percent in 2013 and trending toward 80 percent.


by Perry Chiaramonte (June 9, 2014)


Students for Justice in Palestine, with nearly 100 chapters on campuses around the nation, has become increasing strident in promoting its agenda, staging "die-ins," handing out mock eviction notices in dormitories, and raising funds for Hamas-aligned groups, according to Jewish watchdog groups. Individual members have been accused of assaulting students, vandalizing property and hurling anti-Semitic slurs at Jewish students, all in the name of their cause.


"In the last several years, the tactics used by the group have created an atmosphere that ultimately does not help with a dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, told


How This Israeli Proposed To His Girlfriend

by Brian Krassenstein (June 8, 2014)


Project Proposal - Sefi and TaniaThe most important part of any proposal is usually the engagement ring. Instead of going out and purchasing a ring, Sefi decided to have a custom engagement ring 3D printed for Tania.


On one side of the ring, there is Hebrew writing which translates as 'I will betroth you to me forever'. On the other side there is a pattern chosen by Sefi.  


The venue in which he would propose was filled will all sorts of technological marvels. He had a quadcopter with led lights on hand, which was controlled remotely by a computer, a long exposure camera to capture the words which the quadcopter would spell out via the LED lights, and of course some fireworks. It took 21 people to set up and mange the entire production, and the coordination was like a military operation, according to Sefi. WeeklyPhoto


Did You Spot This Photo?
Fatah Portrays Kidnapped Yeshiva Students As Rats 

In a post on its Facebook page this morning, Fatah - the supposedly moderate faction of the new Palestinian unity government - shared the above depiction of the three kidnapped yeshiva students, calling the cartoon a "master stroke" and inviting its online followers to comment on it. Our comment: And these are supposed to be our partners for peace?!?!?WhereAreTheJews

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.Calendar

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Radio Chavura's Colorado Jewish Calendar 
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).
July 13 (Sunday): The Jewish Women's Theatre Company (formerly the Jewish Denver Drama Girls) presents Peter Pan at 2:00 pm at Aish Denver (9550 E. Belleview Avenue). Directed by Wendy Greenwald, music direction by Randy Weiss, and choreography by Chana Weiss. For boys age 4-8 and women of all ages. Fee. See ad above.

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

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 month. June 12th marked 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, last week's guest on Radio Chavura was 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.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 [email protected]. For more information, phone Maxwell or Dean at 855-JEWISH-4.

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