We All Live Within Range of Hamas
by Dean Rotbart

The incoming rocket sirens may sound the loudest in Sderot, Ashkelon, Be'er Sheva, and even Tel Aviv, but make no mistake about it, the entire world is within range of Hamas's deadly aim.


It is not the Qassams, Grads, M302s, and M-75s that pose an existential threat to Israel and the world, it is the willful blindness of so many millions of people - including heads of state and diplomats - that makes what is happening right now in Israel a threat to all civilized people.


The world once again seems unable to distinguish right from wrong, self-defense from aggression, lies from truth, good from evil. The last time such darkness descended upon us...
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Program Guide: July 14, 2014 (Tammuz 15, 5774) 

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  • Photos: Jewish Women's Theatre Company Presents Peter Pan
  • Audio: Southeast Kollel Torah Center
  • Welcome AboardJim Cohen, owner of Feldman Mortuary
  • Photos: Anti-Israel Lacrosse Protest at East High School
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  • Photo:  Israel Lacrosse UNDEFEATED In Its Division
  • ArticleWhere Are Colorado's Jews Hiding? Introducing The Radio Chavura Magazine
  • EventsColorado Jewish Calendar - Don't Miss Any of These Activities
  • Audio: U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn & Forbes Contributor Richard Behar on Events in Israel
  • ArticleJewish Response To Murder Of Palestinian Youth
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The Jewish Women's Theatre Company Presents:
Peter Pan: A Musical Performance @ Aish Denver
July 13, 2014

This Week On Radio Chavura:

The New Southeast Kollel Torah Center
An Interview with Rabbi Moshe Heyman 

The Denver Community Kollel's new Southeast Torah Center recently opened at 9550 East Belleview Avenue in Greenwood Village (the same facility as Aish Denver), providing Jewish education to people of all backgrounds and affiliations. Rabbi Moshe Heyman joins us this week to discuss the wealth of educational opportunities offered by the Kollel at its new center.JimCohen

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Jim Cohen, owner of Feldman Mortuary (pictured with Radio Chavura's Dean Rotbart), is one of many Colorado business leaders who have agreed to help sponsor The Radio Chavura Magazinecoming in late August. Feldman is located at 1673 York Street, Denver, CO 80206. Phone: (303) 322-7764.  
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Were You There?  Who Do You Recognize?

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 10,462 days since Jonathan Pollard (www.jonathanpollard.org) was imprisoned in the United States. Read Maxwell Rotbart's column, Separating fact from fiction about Jonathan Pollard, on Examiner.com.

Today marks 1,685 days since Alan Gross (www.bringalanhome.org) 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 [email protected].

by Abraham Cooper and Yitzchok Adlerstein (July 12, 2014)


In a comment on Facebook, the Rev. Larry Grimm of Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church in Denver makes this offer to the 6 million Jewish citizens of Israel: "America is the Promised Land. We all know this. Come to the land of opportunity. Quit feeling guilt about what you are doing in Palestine, Jewish friends. Stop it. Come home to America!"


With rockets from Gaza raining down on them, a million Israelis (including our own grandchildren) scurry for cover when the sirens go off. We all thank Larry for expressing his theological anti-Semitism so openly. It makes bomb shelters a more attractive option than accepting the generosity of his offer.


Earlier, in an e-mail to Presbyterians for Middle East Peace from Grimm's Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church address, he wrote, "I favor the dismantling of the Jewish nation. By definition this nation is racist. It is as racist as our American roots were which sought to convert the indigenous population ... . Before long, the land of the Holy One will not have any indigenous Christians. Yes, I favor the elimination of the Jewish State." Hard to know where to begin to deconstruct his hubris.


 by David A. Harris (July 12, 2014)
Say that Israeli women, men, and children have the right to live in peace in their homes, and not be on permanent, 24/7 alert.

Say you empathize with Israelis, as they have no more than 15 seconds to reach a bomb shelter, and to make sure that their young children and elderly relatives also find protection.


Say that Hamas is a terrorist organization, precisely what the United States and European Union declared it to be years ago.


Say you've read the Hamas Charter and understand the group's goal is not to end Israel's settlement policy, but Israel, period. Say you're aware that Hamas uses civilians in Gaza, including children, as human shields.


by Arsen Ostrovsky (July 8, 2014) 

Where is the outrage from the United Nations, which does not hesitate for a moment to call a "special emergency session" on the "Question of Palestine" or pass the umpteenth resolution blindly condemning Israel? But 24 hours after the rocket attacks on Israel started, I am still waiting for even one syllable of condemnation from the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly or the Human Rights Council.


Where is the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who repeatedly slams Israel over settlement building, but is yet to say a word about the Palestinians firing over 120 rockets on Israeli civilians in one day? Even 10 Downing and the Foreign Office are yet to comment.


Where are all those so-called enlightened liberals, who continue to call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the Jewish State, but are silent in the face of Palestinian terror against Jews?


Where are all the human rights organizations like Human Rights Watch, Amnesty and Oxfam, who do not waste a single opportunity to condemn Israel for human rights violations against the Palestinians? Are the human rights of Israelis not equally important? Or is Jewish blood really that cheap?


Do You Pass The Israel Test?

by Dennis Prager (June 30, 2014)







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Israel Lacrosse UNDEFEATED In Her Division 
  • July 11th: Israel (19 pts.) v. Sweden (4 pts.)
  • July 12th: Israel (17 pts.) v. Slovakia (2 pts.)
  • July 13th: Israel (19 pts.) v. South Korea (2 pts.)

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.Calendar2

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Radio Chavura's Colorado Jewish Calendar 
July 21 (Monday) - July 25 (Friday): McBoat Photography will be teaching a class on the "Pedagogy of Light" at the JCC South Denver (9625 E. Arapahoe Road) in the evenings. Contact the JCC South Denver at (303) 799-6975 for more information. Fee.

July 25 (Friday): The Denver Academy of Torah (6825 E. Alameda Avenue) will be hosting a special Carlebach Minyan at 6:40 pm.

July 29 (Tuesday) - July 31 (Thursday): Lynn Rubenstein will be teaching a class on silk painting at the JCC South Denver (9625 E. Arapahoe Road) from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Contact the JCC South Denver at (303) 799-6975 for more information. Fee.


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: [email protected].

Click on the image above to listen to our recent program featuring exclusive interviews with: 
U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn and Forbes Investigative Reporter Richard Behar LastWeek


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 joined us to discuss the current situation in the Middle East.
We then spoke 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.AbuMurder

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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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%.   


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