A Dusting Of Snow Covers 
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In The Early Afternoon On November 30th 
November 30, 2014 
(Kislev 8, 5774)

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There's a lot to look forward to in this week's newsletter, including:

Article: What Is The Secret Of The Jew?

Audio: The Booming Global Business of Kosher Food & Beverages
Audio: Carmel Covered In Chocolate - Kosher in Denver

Photos: Kehilas Bais Yisroel's Grand Opening Event
Photo: French Media Watchhdog Visits Denver Academy of Torah

Article: Israel and Micronesia's Unique and Enchanting Relationship


Calendar: Denver JDS v. DAT at the Pepsi Center


Calendar: Jewish Family Service of Colorado Gala
Calendar: BMH-BJ's Dreidels and Donuts Recital Twain

What Is The Secret Of The Jew?

by Mark Twain

On November 30, 1835, Samuel Clemens - who would later adopt the pen-name Mark Twain - was born under Halley's Comet. Clemens, who would bring the literary characters of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn to life, wrote an essay titled "Concerning the Jews" for the March 1898 edition of Harper's Magazine. He wrote the essay in response to a letter from a lawyer who asked Twain the following question:

"Now will you kindly tell me why, in your judgment, the Jews have thus ever been, and are even now, in these days of supposed intelligence, the butt of baseless, vicious animosities?"

While the full article may be read here, we have reproduced - in recognition of his birthday - only the (now-famous) concluding lines of Clemens's work:

"If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers.


He has made a marvellous (sic) fight in this world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished.


The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?Kosherfest

 The Business of Kosher Food & Beverages
26th Annual Kosherfest - A Recap

Menachem Lubinksy
Founder and CEO

When Kosherfest - the global trade show of Kosher foods and beverages - began in 1988, it was a relatively small affair. At this year's 26th annual event - held earlier this month - 330 companies from 21 countries were represented. Many thousands of buyers attended the event in Secaucus, NJ.

Kashrut has become a big business. With nearly 200,000 kosher manufactured goods in the United States and an additional 300,000 kosher ingredients, kosher food is no longer just about matzo, bagels, hot dogs and gefilte fish.

While about one million people in the United States maintain some level of kashrut on a regular basis, Orthodox Jews do not make up the base of the industry. Kosher consumers now include non-observant Jews, gentiles, observant Muslims, health-conscious individuals, and everyone who drinks Coca-Cola or eats a Nestle product.

Menachem Lubinsky, the co-founder and CEO of Kosherfest, joined Radio Chavura co-host Dean Rotbart in an interview for Monday Morning Radio, Dean's weekly national business-to-business podcast. Monday Morning Radio reaches more than 50,000 business owners and entrepreneurs every week.

Listen to Lubinsky's Monday Morning Radio interview here.

Colorado's Kosher Chocolate Confectionary Treat

with Nina Rosenfeld

Sossi Enterprises, founded by Nina Rosenfeld, a Denver mother and chef, has officially launched Chocla-Taschen! This Purim-themed chocolate confectionary - which Rosenfeld debuted earlier this month at Kosherfest 2014 in New Jersey - is made with all natural ingredients.


Her product contains no genetically-modified ingredients; is gluten-free; is certified by the Star-K kashrut agency; and is made sustainably. Chocla-Taschen will be available for retail sale beginning in February 2015.


Listen to Nina's exclusive Radio Chavura interview, discussing her reasoning for creating Chocla-Taschen, and the process of obtaining Kosher certification here.

Were You There? Who Do You Recognize?

Kehilas Bais Yisroel
Grand Opening Event - Denver
November 9, 2014

Photo of the Week:

French Media Watchdog Philippe Karsenty 
Visiting The Denver Academy of Torah High School

Photography By Avital Rotbart Micronesia

 Previously On Radio Chavura:



On November 13, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Compact of Free Association (CFA) between the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia.


The agreement, which had been approved earlier that year by Congress, provides Micronesia with defense and economic aid and other services. In return, America's prime interests in the Micronesian territories are safeguarded.


Although Israel is not mentioned in the CFA, the special US-Micronesia relationship that was sealed 28 years ago also cemented a very special and valuable association between the Federated States of Micronesia and Israel.


What follows is the little-recognized story of a rare and important political alliance that, for once, works in Israel's favor... [Click here to read more]


[Click here to listen to our exclusive interview with His Excellency Asterio Takesy, Micronesia's Ambassador to the United States and Israel.]

Support for Radio Chavura is provided, in part, by Feldman, Denver's Jewish mortuary for 78 years, and its newest funeral service, Generations, creating inclusive memorial events for interfaith families. 



 More information at feldmanmortuary.com and interfaithfuneral.com.Nuggets


A Gala Event To Benefit The Life-Transforming Work of
Jewish Family Service of Colorado


Sheila Bugdanowitz
Kal Zeff Business Leader of the Year Award


Sheryl Goodman
Jack Shapiro Community Service Award

Taking place on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Sports Authority Field (United Club Level West). Reception at 5:30 pm. Award presentation and live entertainment at 7:30 pm. Tickets $250 at www.jewishfamilyservice.org/realhopeBMH-BJ

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Today marks 10,601 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 1,824 days since Alan Gross (www.bringalanhome.org) was imprisoned in Cuba. 
Alan Gross 
Alan Gross: The Toll Prison Has Taken

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