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Program Guide: July 20, 2014 (Tammuz 22, 5774) 

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No cure for stupid in EU's outpouring of anti-Israel vitriol
If historic and lingering European anti-Semitism wasn't enough to enflame the population against Israel and the Jewish people, then Arab immigration has served as potent lighter fluid

By Dean Rotbart
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A survivor of the July 1942 Nazi roundup of French Jews is again afraid
We don't have to speak Arabic to hear the warnings now. The mass Muslim migration to Europe has brought with it a hatred of the Jews and everything that represents western values and multiculturalism

By Talya Rotbart
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Reflections on the five Israeli soldiers who perished this past Shabbos
They awoke this Shabbos having no clue they were never going to greet another sunrise; having no clue they had seen their families for the final time; having no clue that they were going to die.

By Avital Rotbart
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Jewish Family Service of Colorado Showcases the Best of the Jewish People
JFS provides care based on the Jewish values of repairing the world and engaging in acts of loving kindness

Yana Vishnitsky 
President & CEO 
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Radio Chavura is sponsored in part by Feldman, Denver's Jewish mortuary for 78 years, and its newest funeral service, Generations, creating inclusive memorial events for interfaith families. Read about Feldman's upcoming "Before The Mourning" series here.




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Rocky Mountain Jewish Pet of the Week 

Introducing MishPAWcha™ 
in Honor of Our Beloved Jewish Pets
Beginning today, JNF and Radio Chavura are asking Mountain States pet lovers to share their favorite Jewish pet photos and stories with the public, while also supporting the vital work conducted by JNF in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.

Meet Oliver: A poodle mix adopted by Denver native, Norman Chandler
"He fell in love with me immediately (which none of the other dogs did) and I knew that he was the one"

A righteous man knows the soul of his animal - Proverbs 12:10Yana

This Week on Radio Chavura

Yana Vishnitsky
Jewish Family Service of Colorado
An Interview with Yana Vishnitsky

This week on Radio Chavura, we speak with Yana Vishnitsky, president and CEO of Jewish Family Service of Colorado, about the important role that JFS plays in our community.


As an immigrant, Yana, herself, has a special connection to JFS, which she explains during our interview.


Begun in 1872 as the Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Society, today JFS of Colorado directly serves 23,000 Coloradans annually - both Jews and non-Jews.


Working with the elderly (in-home meals and cleaning); mentally endangered (kids with difficult home lives and adults suffering from depression); special needs (people with Down Syndrome, traumatic brain injuries and others who cannot live independently); and impoverished members of our society (unable to afford sufficient food, rent, and medical care), JFS provides care based on the Jewish values of repairing the world and engaging in acts of loving kindness.


JFS's much lauded Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Food Pantry provides meals for 1,600 people each month; that's in addition to the 3,200 nutritious meals that JFS's Lunchbox Express program delivers weekly to children when school is not in session.


With 850 volunteers and a dedicated staff headed by Yana, Jewish Family Service of Colorado showcases the best of the Jewish people.


Hear the interview now.

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Were You There?  Who Do You Recognize?

Hillel Academy of Denver - Grade 8 Graduation

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 10,469 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 1,692 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 [email protected].

by Sharon Udasin (July 20, 2014)

In a world where web-based hacker attacks have reached far beyond lifting personal credit card information, a Herzliya- based firm is preparing to launch a first-of-its-kind Energy Cyber Security Center this fall.

"We are now in the position to help every country, every utility - whether it's gas, water, or energy - to secure their digital network, to integrate today with electric cars, with energy infrastructure, with storage devices," Daniel Jammer, founder and CEO of energy cyber security firm Nation-E told The Jerusalem Post.

Aiming to tackle threats to infrastructure around the globe, the company plans to launch its Energy Cyber Security Center in Hadera on September 15.
by Allon Sinai (July 18, 2014)

Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko set a new Israeli record in the long jump on Thursday, recording a result of 6.52 meters to claim the gold medal at the 78th Israel national championships at Hadar Yosef Stadium in Tel Aviv.
Knyazyeva-Minenko, who specializes in the triple jump, finishing last year's World Championships in sixth place, rarely takes part in the long jump. However, she decided to do so in the national championships and set a new personal best while improving the previous Israel record by six centimeters.

Sigal Gonen's old record had stood since 1986.
by Caroline Glick (July 17, 2014)
As Hamas sees things, it has three ways of winning.

First, if Israel had agreed to ceasefire terms that left Hamas better off than it was when it started its newest round of indiscriminate missile attacks against Israeli civilian targets, then it could have declared victory.

Hamas's terms for a ceasefire included, among other things, an open border with Egypt, egress to the sea, open access to the border zone with Israel, an airport, a sea port, and the release of terrorists from Israeli prisons. Obviously, if Israel agreed to even a few of these terms, its agreement would have constituted a strategic victory for Hamas.

The second way for Hamas to win is if it able to accuse Israel of killing a large number of Palestinians at one time. In that case, Hamas can expect for the US to join with the EU and the UN in forcing Israel to accept ceasefire terms that require it to make significant concessions to the Palestinians in Gaza as well as in Judea and Samaria...
by Doron Peskin (July 15, 2014)

While the fighting is only expected to worsen the distress of the residents of Gaza, the Strip's economic outlook for the Strip was never good. The unemployment rate in Gaza stood at approximately 40% before the latest conflict, with a similar proportion being classed as living under the poverty line.


But while most of the Gaza population tries to deal with the difficulties of daily life, it seems that one sector at least has had few worries about their livelihoods - Hamas leaders and their associates.


Someone who has benefitted financially is the former Hamas prime minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh. Before 2006 and Hamas' shocking electoral win and subsequent dominance of the Palestinian government, 51-year-old Haniyeh was not considered a senior figure in Hamas in the Gaza Strip. But according to reports in the past few years, Haniyeh's new-found senior status has allowed him to become a millionaire. This is an unusual feat, given that he was born to a refugee family in the al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza. 

by Marci Hladik (July 15, 2014)

Rose Community Foundation (RCF) in Denver, CO announced the launch today of a multi-faceted Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative, supported by a four-year matching grant up to $2,256,015 from the Jim Joseph Foundation. The grant will match the support committed from individual donors and local foundations on a 1:1 basis, led by RCF's initial grant of $1,065,255 over two years. 
The collaborative initiative has five key components and is designed both to increase the number and diversity of high school age Jewish teens participating in Jewish education and engagement experiences, and to deepen the quality and diversity of those experiences... The Initiative will support:
1. Expansion of Jewish Student Connection's (JSC) network of Jewish clubs in local high schools, along with the start of new clubs in middle schools.
2. Expansion of Moving Tradition's gender-based monthly discussion groups for Jewish teens-"Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing!" and "Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood.
3. Launch of a new Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative (BJTI) in Boulder modeled after the North Shore Teen Initiative, which facilitates collaboration among Jewish youth groups and synagogues.
4. Launch of a pilot experiment, Jewish Teens Make it Happen Fellows, that will provide micro-grants and support to Jewish teens in Greater Denver interested in creating Jewish experiences for their peers.
5. Training and support for the Jewish Youth Professionals Council, a network of all Jewish youth professionals in Greater Denver as they collaborate to manage participation data, increase their skills to mentor adolescents, and seek to reach the under-engaged.
Israel Defense Forces Video IDF Musician Gabriel Chouraki Plays Shalom Aleichem:



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American Contestant On "The Voice - Israel" 
Sings In Ashdod Bomb Shelter


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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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

Hebrew Calendar

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 23 (Wednesday): Come attend a class at Merkaz Torah V'Chesed (295 South Locust Street, 80224) on "Shabbos: What It Does For Us" at 8:00 pm.
Come hear Rocky Mountain Jewgrass perform at Four Mile Park (715 S. Forest Street, 80246) at 6:30 pm. Bring chairs, blankets, food, and friends. Fee.
July 23 (Wednesday) - August 27 (Wednesday): Come attend weekly classes at CAJE-CO offices (300 S. Dahlia Street #101, 80246) on "American Society Through Jewish Lenses." Topics to include confronting scandals, gun control, and immigration. Email [email protected] with questions. Fee.

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

Come to Temple Emanuel (51 Grape Street, 80220) at 7:30 pm to honor outgoing program director Susie Sigman. Susie has been an invaluable part of the community and we wish her the best of luck in her new position at MetroCareRing.

July 27 (Sunday): Come attend an Israel Rally at the Colorado Capitol (Colfax and Lincoln) at 2:00 pm. There will be an organizational meeting at Beis Menachem (400 S. Holly, 80246) at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, July 22. Call Tzivia Frieder at 303-237-8511 for more information.

Jewish & Widowed will be touring the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York Street, 80206) at 10:00 am. RSVP to Ellen Schaeffer at 303-862-9536. Fee.

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 1 (Friday): At 7:00 p.m., Congregation Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearny, 80224) presents a special "Shabbat Under The Stars" event - a lively and musical way to bring in Shabbat. Free and open to the entire community, you can learn more at 303-399-0035. 


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 4 (Monday): At 7:00 p.m., come attend a "Tisha B'Av - Exploring our Meaningful Minhagim" dairy dinner, learning and reading of Lamentations at Congregation Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearny, 80224). RSVP to 303-399-0035 or RSVP online. Fee.


August 5 (Tuesday): Come to the East Denver Orthodox Synagogue (198 S. Holly, 80246) on Tisha B'Av and view meaningful videos from the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation. More information at 303-322-7943.


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 16 (Saturday): At 5:00 p.m., come attend a "Heavenly Lemonade" class with Rabbi Bernard Gerson at Congregation Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearny, 80224). While the event is free and open to the public, reservations are requested at 303-399-0035.  


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.



At 11:00 a.m, come learn about the Jewish communities of India with Sandra Bornstein at Congregation Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearny, 80224). Reservations at 303-399-0035 are strongly encouraged. Fee.



Temple Sinai has designated today as a Habitat Interfaith Alliance building day. For more information or to participate, contact Lisa Friedman at 303-758-0778.


August 26 (Tuesday): At 9:30 a.m., attend a morning of baseball trivia, music, history, and more with Rabbi Steven Rubinstein, Kavod On The Road and Congregation Rodef Shalom (450 S. Kearny, 80024). RSVP to 303-399-0035. Suggested donation.


August 28 (Thursday): 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).


September 5 (Friday): Temple Sinai has designated today as a Habitat Interfaith Alliance building day. For more information or to participate, contact Lisa Friedman at 303-758-0778.


September 7 (Sunday): From  3:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. come attend a Congregation Rodef Shalom picnic, BBQ, games, and face painting event at Cook Park (Monaco and Cherry Creek South). Prospective members attend free. RSVP to 303-399-0035. Fee.


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

Last 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 joined us last week to discuss the wealth of educational opportunities offered by the Kollel at its new center.JimCohen

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



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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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