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U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn and Forbes Investigative Reporter Richard Behar

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U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn & Forbes Contributor Richard Behar
On Israeli-Palestinian Relations Following The Three Murders

With many world leaders calling on all sides to show restraint following the murders of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel, U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn, who represents Colorado Springs and the entire 5th Congressional District, shared his reaction and recommendations in an exclusive interview with Radio Chavura hosts Maxwell and Dean Rotbart.

As a co-chair of the bipartisan Israel Allies Caucus, a recipient of the Pillars of the Colorado Jewish Community Award (pictured above), and the member of Colorado's congressional delegation with the highest marks on the IsraelScore™Index, Congressman Lamborn joins us to discuss the current situation in the Middle East.
We then speak with Richard Behar, an award-winning investigative reporter, author and contributor to Forbes Magazine, about the future of Israeli-Palestinian economic relations in the wake of last week's murders.ArabDeath

Jewish Response
To The Murder Of
Mohammed Abu Khdeir

by Radio Chavura Staff

Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frankel had not been in the ground yet a day when Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir was kidnapped outside of his home and brutally murdered in a forest outside of Jerusalem.


Now we learn that six Jewish extremists have been arrested in connection with the murder of this 16-year-old innocent Arab child.


Meanwhile, Mohammed's younger cousin, American Tariq Khdeir, made worldwide headlines after a video surfaced that appears to show him being beaten by Israeli police. 


So how do mainstream Jewish leaders and members of the community respond to these disturbing developments? And how do our responses compare to those of Arab leaders and community members to the murders of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali?


1. Our leadership quickly condemns the crime. 


This week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted:

"We do not distinguish between acts of terrorism, and we will react harshly against both. We do not distinguish between forms of incitement... As I condemn the calls of death to Arabs, I condemn calls of death to Jews... Such murderers have no place in Israeli society."


Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said:


"The lowly murderers do not represent the Jewish people and its values, and we should relate to them in the way we relate to terrorists," he said. "We shall not allow Jewish terrorists among us to disrupt the fabric of life between different groups in the State of Israel and to hurt the innocent only because they are Arabs. Such acts and those similar to them do damage to the State of Israel and give it an ugly face, and we must fight their perpetrators with an iron fist." 

Former Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar added:

"We can't lose our heads [in actions of vengeance]. There are soldiers, and policemen, and security forces, praise God [to carry out true justice]. And we can rest assured that by the grace of God, they will take the correct and necessary steps."

The Jewish Federations of North America and JewishColorado:

"We echo the strong words of Rachel Frankel, mother of murdered Israeli teen, Naftali, who said: 'If a young Arab really was murdered for nationalist reasons, this is a horrifying and shocking act. There is no difference between blood and blood. Murder is murder. There is no justification, no pardon and no atonement for murder.'"

2. We hunt the murderers down.

Although the Palestinians who murdered Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frankel have yet to be apprehended, the six accused killers of Mohammed Abu Khudair are in Israeli custody. We move quickly to find criminals and members of lynch mobs, because we believe in justice and are Divinely mandated to pursue it:

"Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may live and possess the land the Lord, your God, is giving you." - Deuteronomy 16:20


3. We all express our horror.
Rabbi Bernard Gerson of Congregation Rodef Shalom concluded Saturday morning services this week with a prayer for Eyal, Gilad, Naftali, and Mohammed. The entire assembly of worshipers stood, bowed their heads, and recited the Mourners Kaddish for those four souls. We do not distinguish between innocent Jewish victims and innocent Palestinian victims.
We are taught:
"When your enemy falls, do not rejoice; and when he stumbles, let your heart not exult [Proverbs 24:17]."
And finally: "I am the Lord; I called you with righteousness and I will strengthen your hand; and I formed you, and I made you for a people's covenant, for a light to nations... to open blind eyes, to bring prisoners out of a dungeon, those who sit in darkness out of a prison [Isaiah 42:6-7]."

Rabbi Bruce Dollin of the Hebrew Educational Alliance sent an email to all HEA members.  It read, in part:

"With deep sadness we mourn the senseless murder of Palestinian teenager, Muhamed Abu Khdeir...No one is cheering.  Blind hatred harms all of us.  Let us work for tolerance and peace. We pray for peace in Israel."


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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.

On June 30th, 18 days after being kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists, Eyal YifrachGilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel, yeshiva students in Gush Etzion, were found murdered.

Today marks 10,455 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 1,678 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 Yellow Raven Productions (July 6, 2014)

Performers playing terrorists sing lyrics, such as "America is one big Jew," and "Wherever poor men are gathered they can find Jews getting fat..."
Witness excerpts for yourself.  The Metropolitan Opera of New York intends to feature this anti-Semitic work later this year at Lincoln Center.  More information is available from The National Conference on Jewish Affairs

by Daniel Gordis (July 2, 2014)

What has Israelis so shaken is the simple fact that the three boys were hunted, kidnapped and murdered simply because they were Jews. They were not soldiers. They had not strayed into Arab villages. They were but the latest victims in a long, painful history of millions who preceded them - killed because they were Jews.


Had they been Druze Israelis, they would not have been touched. Had they been Muslim Israelis, they would not have been kidnapped. Had they been Christian Israelis, they would not have been shot. A millennium after the Crusades, and almost three quarters of a century after the Holocaust, Jews are still dying simply because they are Jews. The quiet, dignified weeping throughout Israel is a response to our renewed awareness that this horror is simply never going to end.


25 Hot Israeli Tech Startups

by Ilya Pozin (June 29, 2014)

Israel's dynamic tech startup scene is no secret. The country has been called the "start-up nation" for years and, today, only the U.S. and China have more companies listed on the NASDAQ than Israel's 90 - worth a total of $40 billion. Innovation continues and a new crop of Israeli tech startups are on their way up, transforming healthcare, entertainment, finance, media and a myriad of other industries. The hot startups below have secured funding from investors, and are perhaps, on their way to successful exits or IPOs. Here are 25 Israeli tech startups to watch this year... WeeklyPhoto


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Ambulance Carrying Our Boys To Their Funeral

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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, as we celebrate 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 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 3 (Sunday): Congregation Rodef Shalom has designated today, from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm as a Habitat Interfaith Alliance building day in Montbello. For more information or to participate, contact 

Leslie Tjarks (303-220-0189) or Janet Smith (303-755-4333).


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:

Previously 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 14thUkraine

Last Week 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 later this month, 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.

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


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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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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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