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Program Guide: June 29, 2014 (Tammuz 1, 5774)
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There's a lot to look forward to in this week's newsletter, including:
  • Photos: Bring Back Our Boys Community Vigil
  • Video: Jewish Kids Singing At Coors Field
  • Audio: Denver Jewish Mission To Ukraine
  • Audio: Interview with Israel Lacrosse Team Members - Coming to Denver in July!
  • Photos: Jewish Family Service of Colorado - Celebration
  • Stars For Israel: Today marks 17 days since the kidnapping of Eyal YifrachGilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel
  • LinksDid You Spot These News & Feature Items? [Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host Dennis Prager Did]
  • Photo: "HaTikvah" Sung in Halls of Congress
  • Prayer: Psalm 121 
  • ArticleWhere Are Colorado's Jews Hiding? Introducing The Radio Chavura Magazine
  • EventsColorado Jewish Calendar - Don't Miss Any of These Activities
  • Audio: An Interview With Two Community-Minded Beth Jacob High School Students
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Bring Back Our Boys Community Vigil 
@ The Jewish Community Center
June 23, 2014 

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Jewish Kids Singing National Anthem @ Coors Field
Jewish Community Appreciation Day
June 22, 2014
Were You There?  Who Do You Recognize?

New on Radio Chavura:

Barry Meriash Discusses The Upcoming
Denver Jewish Mission To Ukraine

Embarking on a Chassidic pilgrimage to Ukraine and Poland with Denver's Rabbi Howard Hoffman in July, local photographer Barry Meriash is now raising funds to publish a Holocaust remembrance book based on images from the journey, including stories contributed by Colorado families. Hear about Barry's upcoming trek to Eastern Europe here and contribute to his project here.LacrosseAudio

This Week on Radio Chavura:

Scott Neiss (Executive Director) & Yochanan Katz (Midfield Player)
Israel Lacrosse Tell Us About Their Upcoming Tournament in Colorado

Photos courtesy of Israel Lacrosse

In 2014, for the first time ever, Israel Lacrosse will participate in the Federation of International Lacrosse's 

World Lacrosse Championships. The acclaimed tournament - which features talent from 38 countries  - will take place in Commerce City in July.



As a first time challenger, Team Israel has not been tested in an official capacity (although we have reason to believe that Israel will be a strong contender in her World Championships debut). Show your support for Israel's National Lacrosse Team by coming to one of the games listed below. Team Israel has specifically asked the Colorado Jewish community to turn out in numbers to the boldfaced games. See you there! 




Thursday, July 3 at 4:00 PM - Israel vs. Millenium Chiefs - (Edwards Turf; Vail, CO)


Tuesday, July 8 at 1:00 PM - Israel vs. Turkey - (East HS; Denver, CO)


Tuesday, July 8 at 4:30 PM - Israel vs. Netherlands - (UC Boulder; Boulder, CO)


Wednesday, July 9 at 12:00 PM - Israel vs. Finland - (East HS; Denver, CO)


Wednesday, July 9 at 6:00 PM - "Blue vs White Game" - (East HS; Denver, CO)

Free Admissions 


Thursday, July 10 at 11:45 AM - Israel vs. Latvia - (East HS; Denver, CO)


Thursday, July 10 at 4:00 PM - Israel vs. Colorado State - (East HS; Denver, CO)



2014 World Championships


Friday, July 11 at 11:30 AM - Israel vs. Sweden (Dick's Sporting Goods Park)


Saturday, July 12 at 8:30 PM - Israel vs. Slovakia (Dick's Sporting Goods Park)


Sunday, July 13 at 11:30 AM - Israel vs. South Korea (Dick's Sporting Goods Park)


Playoffs and Consolation Rounds begin on July 14thJFSAudio

Exclusive Chavura Photos Galorie   
Were You There?  Who Do You Recognize?

The Jewish Experience Center - Grand Opening
More than 900 view to date!

Please call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and ask President Obama to release Jonathan Pollard, pressure the Palestinians to release the three kidnapped Israeli students, and pressure the Cuban government to free Alan Gross. The time to act is now.

Today marks 17 days since Eyal YifrachGilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel (, yeshiva students in Gush Etzion, were kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists. 

Today marks 10,447 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 1,670 days since Alan Gross ( was imprisoned in Cuba. Alan Gross's mother passed away in June 2014. Read about the most recent details of Alan's plight here. 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

by Naomi Ragen (June 28, 2014)


On February 16, 1989, Sergeant Avi Sasportas of Ashdod was kidnapped when he got into a vehicle with two Hamas murderers dressed as haredim, who almost immediately killed him. 


Likewise, Corporal Ilan Saadon, on his way home from his unit on May 3, 1989, was picked up at the Masmiya junction by a white Subaru with Israeli license plates. Again, the kidnappers were dressed as ultra-Orthodox Jews. The terrorists' original plan - to hold Saadon hostage at the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza - changed when they saw an IDF patrol. Saadon, who fought valiantly for his life, was shot in the head. 


A squad of Hamas terrorists kidnapped Border Police Officer Nissim Toledano, in Lod on December 13, 1992. Israel refused to negotiate until it received proof Toledano was still alive. Proof was not forthcoming, and his body was found the next day near Kfar Adumin. He had been shot and stabbed by Hamas murderers within two to four hours of their deadline.


Two years later on October 9, 1994, Hamas kidnapped Sgt. Nachson Wachsman on his way home from a military training course. Again, the kidnappers wore black kippot and had beards. Hassidic music was playing, and there was a siddur on the dashboard... Wachsman was shot and killed by his captors along with Commander Nir Poraz, who headed the rescue.


On June 25, 2006, seven Hamas terrorists, using a tunnel carved under the Gaza-Israel border, attacked an army unit, killing Staff-Sergeant Pavel Slutzker and Lieutenant Hanan Barak and kidnapping then-Corporal Gilad Schalit. For five years, Hamas held Schalit prisoner, denying him basic humanitarian rights, including Red Cross access. 

On June 12, three teenage yeshiva boys on their way home from school ran into yet another Hamas band of barbarians. And so we begin again, a country and her people held hostage by our love of life, the preciousness and irreplaceability of every single person in this country to all of us, our government and our army. Held hostage by our kindness, Jews are easy prey for those who are cruel, those who do not hold human life as the supreme value. People like the Nazis and like Hamas. 
video by Senator Ted Cruz (June 26, 2014)
Sen. Cruz: Hamas Must Return Kidnapped Boys 
















by Dr. Mordechai Kedar (June 26, 2014)

The man who is seen as the leader of the Salafist Jihad movement in Jordan is  Assem Barqawi, better known as Abu Mohammad al-Maqdesi,(the Jerusalemite). He was born in the villaeof Burqa near Shechem on July 3, 1959 (next week is his birthday!) and studied Islam in Mosul and Medina. He published a book in which he claimed that the Saudi regime had no legal basis. He is the spiritual mentor of  Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, who founded "al-Qaeda in the Land of the Rivers" in 2004. The latter is the organization that turned into ISIL ("The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant"). 
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik (June 24, 2014)


Only four days after the kidnapping of the three Israeli youths, Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement posted a video on its Facebook page promising Israelis: "Death is near." [Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page," June 16, 2014]


The song promotes violence and destruction in the name of Allah, as it calls to "smash the fortress of the hopeless" and "shout: 'Allah is Greater'" and states that "the remains of our bodies and our blood are a song of rage."

Fatah's military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, is described as "the rival in the land who burns the foreign enemy" and who will "reach the enemy everywhere." Israelis and/or Jews are addressed directly and promised death:


"Stop and consider, sons of Zion, that death is near...

All you'll get from us is death

Stop and consider a thousand times

That a revolution sparks with a flame

Fatah is like a rock, whose soldiers love to fight"


The Wickedness of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (and the World)

by The Editors at The National Review (June 24, 2014)


If Israel did not exist, the United Nations might not have much to do. Last year the General Assembly adopted 25 resolutions against particular countries. Twenty-one of those resolutions were against Israel; the other four were against Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Burma. Not since the apartheid regime in South Africa has a country been so stigmatized by the world. And foes of Israel, of course, promote the lie that Israel is an "apartheid state."


Consider a few steps in the effort to delegitimize Israel. Stephen Hawking, one of the most famous scientists in the world, joined the academic boycott of that country. He has been happy, however, to go to Iran and China. The American Studies Association voted to boycott Israel. In Scotland, the West Dunbartonshire Council forbade local libraries to carry books printed in Israel. Israeli athletes are often harassed, and prevented from playing; same with Israeli musicians.


It used to be that, when a performer refused to perform in Israel, it made news. Now it makes news when a performer has the nerve to show up in Israel. WeeklyPhoto


Did You Spot This Photo?
"HaTikvah" Sung In Halls of Congress

As Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders placed their hands over their hearts, a military choir sung HaTikvah - Israel's National Anthem - in the halls of the U.S. Capitol, before honoring Israeli President Shimon Peres with the Congressional Gold Medal.

President Peres is one of only nine individuals to have received the two highest civilian honors in the United States - the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. You can view the ceremony, including the rendition of HaTikvah, here.Psalm121

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.Hiding

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.


Hebrew Calendar

Radio Chavura's Colorado Jewish Calendar 

July 4 (Friday): Temple Emanuel will be having a special Independence Day service and barbecue at 5:30 pm at 51 Grape Street.
Congregation Har HaShem will be hosting a picnic for Boulder's homeless at Eben G. Fine Park from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm. Volunteers are welcome. Email if you are available to help.
July 10 (Thursday): The community is welcome to join Temple Sinai's Rabbi Keren Gorban for a Cocktails & Commentaries event at Romano's Macaroni Grill (7979 E. Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village) at 6:00 pm. RSVP to
July 11 (Friday): At 7:00 at its Meditation Garden, Congregation Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearney Street, 80224) will be hosting a "Shabbat Under The Stars" service.


Congregation Har HaShem (3950 Baseline Road, Boulder) will - at 6:00 pm - be having a special Shabbat dinner and prayer service featuring cantorial soloist Holli Berman. RSVP here by July 7 @12:00 pm to participate in the dinner.

July 12 (Saturday): At 9:00 am, Temple Emanuel will be having a family hike and worship service. Email for more information.


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.
Temple Sinai's Suzan Markman will be hosting a "Knitting for Charity" event at her home (6097 South Kenton Street) on July 13 and August 10. The entire community is invited to participate. Call 303-770-4014 for more information.
July 25 (Friday): The Denver Academy of Torah (6825 E. Alameda Avenue) will be hosting a special Carlebach Minyan at 6:40 pm.


August 2 (Saturday): Temple Micah's 3rd Annual Golf Tournament will take place at 9:00 am at 

Emerald Greens Golf Club at Windsor Gardens (597 S. Clinton Street). Call Elaine Lee at 303-388-4239 to learn about sponsorship opportunities or click here to RSVP.


August 15 (Friday): Temple Emanuel is preparing "a wonderful weekend of activities to celebrate Shwayder Camp's 65th anniversary [from] August 15-17" and needs volunteers. Email Francie Miran to learn how you can participate.


August 24 (Sunday): The Hebrew Educational Alliance will be having a "Mitzvah 613 - Writing Our Legacy" Torah-letter writing campaign starting on August 24 and continuing through August 26. Click here for more information.


 Send calendar notices for your organization's upcoming events to us at:


Last Week on Radio Chavura:

Two Community-Minded Students
From Beth Jacob High School of Denver

Beth Jacob High School Students: Esti Meyer (l) and Irit Kaufman (r)

Beth Jacob High School - located at 5100 West 14th Ave. in Denver's West Side - is one of Colorado's five top-tier Jewish day schools. 
Since its founding in 1968, BJHS has been a valued Denver institution, helping to instill a love for Torah and Jewish learning in our daughters while maintaining vigorous secular academic standards. 
What is especially impressive about the school is how community-minded its students are. When Time Magazine's Joel Stein lamented last year that teenagers are being lost to a "Me, Me, Me" mentality (the front cover notoriously labeled the current generation "lazy, entitled narcissists"), he clearly hadn't met any Beth Jacob High School students.
Defying modern convention about how "the guiding morality of 60% of millennials in any situation is that they'll just be able to feel what's right," the 65 students at BJHS represent what is proper about our children, not what is to be lamented. 
Esti Meyer, a 2014 graduate of the school, and Irit Kaufman, an incoming senior, are two shining examples of community-conscious BJHS youth. Both students are involved in all aspects of Jewish life in Colorado, from senior visits to childcare. Esti is now looking at a career in education; Irit in medicine. They want to give back to the people who have given them so much.

In this lively Radio Chavura interview, Esti and Irit reflect on their high school experiences, the meaning of Jewish leadership, and the welcoming nature of Beth Jacob High School of Denver and its students. Listen to the complete program with Esti and Irit here.

Please click on the images below to show your support for each of Denver's top-tier Jewish day schools:



 What A Job! - Schmoozing and Profiting


Sales Collage


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.

Photography by Avital
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Contact Avital by email at or phone her at 855-539-4744 

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The newly launched 3rd and 4th Gen Holocaust survivors Facebook page is a place for young people to connect and share stories about their ancestors and their own lives today.

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