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Program Guide: September 1, 2014 (Elul 6, 5774) 

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No, That's Not Egg on His Face:
JEWISHcolorado's Doug Seserman
Doug Seserman
Hamas v. Hummus for the Israel Defense Forces.
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JEWISHcolorado held its 2014 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, August 27th, at the Infinity Park Event Center.  An enthusiastic crowd of supporters attended to thank the outgoing leadership, to honor volunteers and young leaders, and to welcome 2015's board.

One of the highlights of the evening came when Doug Seserman, president and CEO, accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and then, while still dripping wet, took the Hamas v. Hummus challenge on behalf of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.  A video of Seserman's self-applied hummus facial is available here.

Special recognition was given to Nancy Gart and Ruth Malman, 2014 Board Co-Chairs and Amy Toltz-Miller, 2014 Development Chair and incoming Board Chair.

Seth Wong and Cintra Pollack were presented young leadership awards. Lisa Engbar was named volunteer of the year.
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View 68 exclusive photos from the 2014 Annual Meeting here.

Video and All Photos by Avital Rotbart, Radio Chavura

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How These Colorado Rabbis Prepare for Rosh Hashanah 5775
Part One - Rabbi Evette Lutman, B'nai Havurah
Rabbi Lutman
 Rabbi Evette Lutman - B'nai Havurah
Beginning this week exclusively on Radio Chavura, we launch our annual series on preparing for the High Holidays.


This year we are proud to feature another prominent group of Colorado spiritual leaders, starting with Rabbi Evette Lutman of B'nai Havurah, the Denver Reconstructionist Congregation that serves more than 240 households.


B'nai Havurah is an egalitarian and participatory community, open to multiple perspectives and forms of religious expression.


Rabbi Lutman, who is affectionately called "Rabbi Evette" by her congregants, was hired in July 2010 upon her rabbinic ordination for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA.  She has a law degree from Ohio State University.


Clockwise: Rabbi Rapp,
Rabbi Leban and Rabbi Field

Our interview with Rabbi Lutman was conducted in June 2014, just prior to her departure for a summer in Israel. The rabbi is passionate about Israel and urges her congregants to visit and stay engaged.


Rabbi Lutman discusses her personal and congregational preparations for the High Holidays, which begin this year on Wednesday evening, September 24th.  


In future segments, we'll feature Rabbi Daniel Rapp, visiting professor of Talmud and Associate Dean of Students at Yeshiva University (East Denver Orthodox Synagogue); Rabbi Raphael Leban, The Jewish Experience; and Rabbi Brian Field, Judaism Your Way.


Although the rabbis represent a variety of approaches and Jewish denominations, each rabbi shares insights certain to make 5775 relevant and inspirational. 


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Rocky Mountain Jewish Pet of the Week: Smudge

Smudge and owner Rafi Daugherty were brought together in 2005 when Rafi found him on the way to work one morning in Brooklyn. Since then, Smudge and Rafi have been an inseparable duo, with Smudge accompanying Rafi around New York, to Israel, Denver, a cross-country trip, and Camp Ramah. Smudge spends most of his days sleeping and occasionally chasing Rafi's new cat around their apartment. Smudge loves hot dogs and small furry toys. 

Rafi, who was born in Colorado and raised in Missouri, is well-known in Colorado for his role overseeing Keshet's local office and his involvement with B'nai Havurah.  Rafi has worked with individuals with development disabilities, homeless New York City youth, and taught for Limmud NY and Nehirim about transgender issues.

One pet each week is selected by The Mountain States Region of Jewish National Fund and Radio Chavura as part of the MishPAWcha™ campaign, which allows Jewish pet owners to mark pet birthdays and adoption anniversaries, or just to say, "I love you" in the universal language of giving. 

To nominate your dog, cat or other beloved pet, email photos and stories to [email protected] along your contact details, including a phone number. Those who pledge a minimum of $36 to JNF will be guaranteed that their pet will be recognized on the MishPAWcha™ website. 

To view previous winners, click here.

Attention Cat Lovers: Don't let the canines have all the fun.  Be sure to nominate your cat (or cats) for our weekly MishPAWcha™ honors.
Previous Winners

Meet Chilly (top left) Meet Joy (top right)  Meet Oliver (bottom left) 

Photos of Joy and Chilly by Avital Rotbart 

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Today marks 1,733 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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Photo of the Week

The infant son of Adam and Shira Freedman of Denver's The Jewish Experience

discovers a new friend during a recent event at TJE's new center.

Photo by Dean Rotbart


East Denver Orthodox Synagogue
52nd Annual Dinner
September 18, 2014 - 7pm
Honoring: Dr. Yitzchak & Michelle Teitelbaum with the Service and Leadership Award
Recognizing: George Gumbiner with the HaKarat HaTov Award
Guest Speaker: Dr. David Pelcovitz

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Feldman Mortuary presents Before the Mourning: Sacred Conversations About End-of-Life Concerns, a series of lectures.  Noon.  PARKPLACE, 111 Emerson, Denver. RSVP to Jamie Sarche at 720-404-6772 or [email protected]. Remaining dates:

September 3, September 10th and September 17th.

September 4, 2014 (Thursday):  Denver Jewish Bowling League begins its season at AMF Monaco Lanes.  Enjoy exciting mixed bowling. Registration is open.  Contact Shel (720-291-5500) or Ed

(720-480-9079). (See Ad Below)

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): Challah Baking presented by the Hebrew Educational Alliance Sisterhood, 10:30 am, in the HEA Social Hall. Taught by Joan Saliman. Free. RSVP to [email protected].




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.


The J Street Challenge: The Seductive Allure of Peace in Our Time. Screen the provocative, pro-Israel documentary and participate in a community discussion with Dr. Charles Jacobs, co-founder of Americans for Peace and Tolerance. 1:20 pm.  Aish Denver. 9550 E. Belleview Ave, Greenwood Village.  $8 minimum donation in advance.  $10 minimum at the door. Reserve seats at: 303-473-3144. [Call for details on two other Denver screenings.]

Dafna Michaelson
Dafna Michaelson

September 14 (Sunday): Shma B'Kolah: Listen to Her Voice.  A retreat for Jewish women hosted by the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center. Keynote speaker: Dafna Michaelson. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Jefferson County Fairground.  Additional details here. Register here.  Fee.


September 16 (Tuesday):  Denver Academy of Torah Annual Parlor Meeting. 7:30 pm. Four Mile Historic Park. 715 Forest Street, Denver. Chairs:  Noomi and Philip Hirsch; Jennifer and Max Schrutt; and Randy and Mike Weiss.  Learn about plans for the coming school year.


September 18 (Thursday):  52nd Annual Dinner - East Denver Orthodox Synagogue. Honoring Dr. Yitzchak & Michelle Teitelbaum and George Gumbiner.  Guest speaker: Dr. David Pelcovitz.  7 pm.  


September 20 (Saturday):  Save the Date! - Benjamin Pogrund, renowned international journalist/editor, will be the keynote speaker for Selichot at BMH-BJ at 8 pm.  Co-sponsored by Action Israel.  Additional details to follow.


Mizel Arts and Culture Center (MACC) at the JCC will present the 2014 Neustadt JAAMM Fest from October 22 through November 9 at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center.  MACC features Jewish arts, authors, and movies.  Among this year's headliners is Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Michael Chabon.


Save the Date:  The 2014 Men's Event presented by JEWISHcolorado - November 12th, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. 6 pm to 9 pm.  Minimum donation of $180.  


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