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MICAH e-MAILBOX: July 2015

July 8th, 2015

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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT – on Intimate Interfaith Dynamics

July 3rd, 2015

by Elaine Lee, Membership & Communications Director

“Choosing Love and Family at a B’nei Mitzvah” describes the occasion of Casey and Rebecca Zickerman becoming bar and bat mitzvah, respectively. The dual ceremony in honor of brother and sister at Temple Micah is recalled in a June 22 viewpoint on IFF Network Blog by their cousin, Ed Case of Newton, MA, founder of InterfaithFamily, who participated at this interfaith celebration here a few months ago. “I’ve been to a lot of bar and bat mitzvahs in my life,” he blogged about the Temple Micah service, “but I’ve never been so deeply moved as I was on a recent Shabbat.”

He especially appreciated the rabbi’s inclusive approach allowing non-Jews to participate in various Jewish rituals.

InterfaithFamily, according to its mission, “empowers people in interfaith relationships — individuals, couples, families and their children — to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices, and encourages Jewish communities to welcome them.” For resources, contacts or more info, check the organization’s website.

Mazel tov from everyone at Temple Micah to Nancy Sharp, the Zickerman twins’ mom, whose memoir, “Both Sides Now,” recently won the Colorado Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. It’s an annual award presented by the Colorado Humanities and Center for Books.



  • David Fein, yahrzeit June 1, 2015, cousin of Sheri Lockhart


MANY THANKS FROM TEMPLE MICAH (for donations received last month)


  • Mark & Lola Farber Grueskin
  • Elaine & Irv Levy – yahrzeit donation in memory of beloved mother Jemma Johnson
  • Sheri Lockhart – in memory of my mother, Shirley Kamin
  • Sheri Lockhart – in honor of my grandson’s birthday
  • Louis Wolfe – in honor of Jennah Klein bat mitzvah
  • Louis Wolfe – in honor of Marin Griffith bat mitzvah
  • Louis Wolfe – in honor of Benjamin Schreiber bar mitzvah
  • Louis Wolfe – in honor of Max Kessler bar mitzvah

Toward High Holy Days Prayer Books:

  • Temple Micah — in honor of Michael Clapman’s service as president of the congregation
  • Temple Micah — in honor of Brian Silverman’s service as vice-president of the congregation


  • Fred Kutner – in memory of Natalie Kutner
  • Drs. Jeffrey & Kate Sirota – in honor of Juliet’s baby naming
  • Norm & Judy Soep


  • RETIRING OFFICERSMichael Clapman & Brian Silverman for their service to the congregation as president & vice-president, respectively. Both were honored at the 2015 Temple Micah Annual Meeting.
  • 2015-2016 CHESED COMMITTEE (doing kind deeds) – Donna Morganstern, David Kelly, food co-coordinators; Gail Mason, Kelli Theis, Lisa Dean, Ilana Rubin, Janis Anderson, Patti Parson, Barbara Bandel, Marsha Kaufmann, Christina Pope, Debbie Rothenberg, Carol Molnia, Karen Hagler, Lynn Greenberg-Stuart, card-writers
  • 2015 GOLF COMMITTEE (planning fun & fundraising for Temple Micah) – Hal Bruno, Jeff Roberts, Sam Mamet


SUMMER READING REWARDS… Temple Micah Women’s Book Group will review Nevil Shute’s “A Town Called Alice” at 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 20 off-site. Pondering books with this group is its own reward! For location and to RSVP, contact Nancy Weil or leave messages at temple, 303-388-4239 x1.


  • Arts Camp Slots Open – Check with Arts Students League of Denver, 200 Grant St., for summer arts camp options for kids through teens. Call the league at 303-778-6990, or ask the ASLD executive director, Rachel Basye, who is a Temple Micah member.
  • Mary Poppins, Where Are You? — A member family is seeking a nanny for a 5-month old from one-three days a week, starting in early August. If interested, contact the parents through Temple Micah, 303-388-4239 x1. Another family, new to the Denver area and expecting a baby in September, also hopes to hire a nanny, so you may want to inquire about that position too.
  • Denver Jewish Chamber of CommerceDJCC groups to help grow your business continue this summer at regular intervals. Monthly Networking meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9 on a patio at The Tavern Lowry, 7401 E. First Ave., Denver, with light vegetarian appetizers provided. Cost for those who pre-register is $5 per DJCC member, $10 non-member or $15 for anyone at the door. Semi-Monthly Networking meets twice each month and has its next meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 15 with Carolin Topelson, speaker, at New York Deli News, 7105 E. Hampden Ave., Denver; $9.50 cost includes breakfast.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver — High school students are sought to apply by Friday, July 10 for Habitat’s  Youth United Steering Committee for the 2015 -2016 school year. Motivated teens ages 16-18 will comprise this community service group to learn more about affordable housing issues in Denver, organize volunteer opportunities, raise funds to sponsor a home, advocate for affordable housing initiatives and encourage other youth involvement in supporting Habitat’s mission. The committee will meet twice per month, every other Thursday from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Find out more about it from Debbie Isen, 720-496-2716.
  • Hospital Volunteer Roles Available — Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL, 1719 E. 19th Ave., Denver, need people each willing to commit to a weekly four-hour shift for at least 6 months. To join the diverse corps of 300+ volunteers already providing patients, loved ones, visitors and staff “unhurried support and friendly interaction,” call Lorie Klumb, 303-839-6107. Volunteers are particularly wanted at this time for helping in adult units, providing clerical services, staffing Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and serving as greeters.
  • 55+ Singles Book and Potential Programming — “The Book of Sinai” is being organized for people ages 55 and older who would like to meet one another. Bring a current picture of yourself to add to the book at Temple Sinai, 3509 S. Glencoe St., Denver, and fill out a personal profile. The book will be a community-wide resource, not only for members there. After your profile is submitted, peruse “The Book of Sinai” to see whom you may wish to meet. Fee is $18 for administration. Questions? Call Gayle Glucksman, 303-908-0455.

Hey, Fans, Bring Your Own Peanuts

July 3rd, 2015

by Kane Aldinger, Team Micah Softball Captain

The self-chosen, self-anointed “Motley Jews” of Temple Micah are .500 after seven games and making history with every swing of the bat this year. The Bet Division of The Denver Jewish Softball League has become quite competitive and we are in the mix. But we couldn’t do it without our loyal fans and our new fans. With winning in our diet, our fan base has grown and we even have a team doctor. Michelle Mang has mended a few scrapes and bruises this year. Why? Maybe all the middle-aged men, sliding and diving, are trying to match the play of our two young hot shots, Jacob Sorokin and Josh Bogen, who keep making highlight plays every week.

“It’s really fun watching the Micah Motley Jews play softball. They definitely have the Micah ruach/spirit!” says Dena Sorokin, Jacob’s mom, who snapped photos of the team with a few bleacher buddies.

Long story short, we are having a good season and a great time. Games are between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon almost every Sunday into early August at Kennedy Ballfields on South Kenton Street. It’s just off the Cherry Creek Bike Trail, so come on out and enjoy some great American past-time while mingling with the rest of the Denver Jewish community.

No Fruit Falls from Withered Trees

July 3rd, 2015

by David Teitelman, President, Board of Trustees

Yiddish Proverb – Fun fartrikenteh baimer kumen kain paires nit arois. (No fruit falls from withered trees.) Based on the annual meeting we had on Sunday, June 14, it is clear to me that Temple Micah is NOT a withered tree and we continue to bear many beautiful and tasty fruits. As treasurer and now president of the Temple Micah Board of Trustees, I’m proud to serve the temple and its members during our continued growth and prosperity. We are firmly ensconced in our new home at Park Hill United Methodist Church and continue to serve a membership of more than 200 families, including over 400 individuals.

We have consecrated a new covenant with Rabbi Adam Morris that extends his tenure with Temple Micah through June 2025. We have extended our lease with Park Hill United Methodist through June of 2022. We have successfully established an endowment at Rose Community Foundation which will allow us to plan for the future. We are a tree with a firm foundation and have every opportunity to spread our branches and grow and bear many fruits.

As the newly installed President of the Board of Trustees, I am excited to be a part of Temple Micah leadership at this exciting time. We have several new board members who are going to bring enthusiasm and excitement as well as new perspectives and ideas. We recognize that our temple make-up is changing. And we need to better understand the needs, values and expectations of our members, so that we can develop programs that appeal and bring value. We are paving the way to better understand and engage our membership through the reshaping of professional staff and the installation of software that enables data collection and functionality to gain insight into our membership. We will be sharing more about this in the coming months.

I look forward to blogging on a monthly basis: about the state of Temple Micah, my thoughts on its activities and goings on, maybe a little about my perspective on current events, temple life and Judaism, among other things. I’d love to hear from you about how we can better serve you and the membership. Please feel free to reach me through Temple Micah, 303-388-4239.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT – Mazel Tov, Micah Grads… Now Get Out of Those Robes!

June 1st, 2015

by Elaine Lee, Membership & Communications Director

Each year Temple Micah applauds new graduates among members’ families, commends student accomplishments and encourages their continued thinking. Furthermore, may they live passionately ever after, while eking out a living. Despite imminent practical challenges such as getting a job, this year’s graduation ceremonies implored over and over: Do what you love and love what you do. Grads want to believe that this path can lead out of Egypt (parents’ homes) to the American Dream (a separate entrance) or even to the Promised Land (a different address). My son spoke on stage at his campus with a charge to all present to get out of the robes, get up and go forth, because the world needs you and it’s time to find your place.

“In preparing for this speech,” he said, “I went through and listened to some recent commencement speeches that included Colbert, Ellen DeGeneres, JFK, and Steve Jobs. I loved the inspiring feelings and confidence that these speakers instilled in me and could picture myself sitting in the audience with each graduating class. In the words of Ellen: Usually when you’re wearing a robe at 10 o’clock in the morning it means you’ve given up. Now, you might be thinking that has happened to me before. And I’m here to tell you it will happen again. But Graduation isn’t an excuse to wear a robe for the rest of your life. It’s never too late to remove the robe, get out there, and continue to share your gifts with the world.”

Mazel tov, Micah grads of 2015!

High School Diplomas…

  • Lena Aubrey is graduating this year from Overland High School in Aurora. Lena earned a varsity letter in swimming and a varsity letter in theatre, accumulating over a 1000 hours of experience while working on eight different shows. Lena is graduating with academic honors and as a recognized AP Scholar. While in high school, Lena taught in Temple Micah’s religious school and Mishpacha! program. She will attend Columbia College in Chicago in the fall and study the theatre arts, specifically technical theatre.
  • Lillian Baldivia is graduating from George Washington High School. During her time at George, Lillian was the Top Patriot and was on the honor role for several semesters. Lillian is going to participate in the Step Up program and will attend career readiness classes through North High School’s CEC. Lillian’s favorite things are being with friends and traveling to distant places. Lillian’s family is VERY proud of her and excited for the future!
  • Shira Cohen is graduating from Denver Jewish Day School and will be attending Oberlin College in the fall.
  • Dana Lillian Coren graduated in May from Lakewood High School’s International Baccalaureate program with a 4.7 GPA. She enjoyed several activities and sports including four years as the Varsity Soccer team’s intrepid goalkeeper, President of Kiva club, playing saxophone in the school band and participating in the Honor Society. She will be attending Cornell University’s School of Human Ecology next Fall where she will be majoring in Policy, Analysis and Management.

College or University Degrees…

  • Alix Bernholtz graduated from the Honors Program of University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts and The University of Michigan Residential College with Honors in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. She was designated a James B. Angell Scholar. She also is a member of Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology and Phi Beta Kappa Society. Her family hopes for gainful employment for her, during a gap year while studying for the MCAT… She hopes to eventually practice in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Claire Bruno recently earned her B.A. degree, with double majors in English and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Claire will spend the summer managing the pool at JCC Ranch Camp before tackling bigger life decisions. She is interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in Education.
  • Elliot Mamet graduated from Colorado College in May with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy minor. He is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar. Immediately following graduation, Elliot is headed to Warsaw, Poland to work as a Humanity in Action Fellow doing research on a human rights issue. After he completes this fellowship, he will attend Oxford University for a graduate degree in Philosophy.
  • Ezra Lee Sackett received a Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Political Science at the University of Colorado-Boulder with honors thesis exploring political party identification of American Jewry. As Valedictorian of CU’s Program in Jewish Studies and Phi Beta Kappa inductee, he graduated also with the school’s medal of distinction. Adding to his experience from internships and jobs, he works this summer for Boulder’s Congregation Har HaShem.
  • Dylan Saunders graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Dylan is presently in Washington, D.C., interning with Congressman Ed Perlmutter. This past year he interned with State Senator Mike Johnston and the year prior, was part of a fellowship program also with Senator Johnston’s team. Dylan holds real passion for public service.
  • Casey Ziller graduated from Colorado State University on May 15 with a degree in Nutrition. She is exploring various future career options, but isn’t sure of preferences at this point. She is remaining in Fort Collins where she currently works as a dietary aide.
  • Lexie Ziller is graduating June 14 from the University of California-Santa Barbara with a major in Linguistics and a minor in German. She is returning to Denver where she plans on taking some prerequisite courses to pursue a graduate degree in Speech Pathology.

Advanced Degree…

  • Adam Segal received a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Michigan. He has been teaching math in Detroit for the past two years as a corps member of Teach for America. He’s still in the process of deciding what he’s going to do after he finishes teaching in August — top choices at the moment are to move to Denver or Seattle.



  • Herbert Teitelman, yahrzeit 5-7-15, uncle of David Teitelman & great-uncle of Sol


THANK YOU FROM TEMPLE MICAH (for donations in the past month)


High Holy Days Prayer Book…

  • Shira Belman

General Operating Support…

  • Robert Bram & Laura Thor – for general operating, yahrzeit remembrances & healing prayers
  • Michael Clapman & Risa Tatarsky – in memory of Dan Cassel, father of Judith Cassel-Mamet
  • Michael Clapman & Risa Tatarsky – in memory of Russ Thorson, father Jon Thorson
  • Mark Greenberg & Robin Fleischmann in memory of Dan Cassel, father of Judith Cassel-Mamet
  • Julie Malek – in memory of Dan Cassel, father of Judith Cassel-Mamet
  • Susan Mason & Richard Wedgle in memory of Dan Cassel, father of Judith Cassel-Mamet
  • Marlene Siegel in memory of Dan Cassel, father of Judith Cassel-Mamet
  • Mary Ann Strassner – in memory of Dan Cassel, father of Judith Cassel-Mamet
  • Mary Ann Strassner – in memory of Russ Thorson, father of Jon Thorson


  • Judith Cassel-Mamet & Sam Mamet
  • Joan, Richard & Michael Druckman – in honor of their aliyah at bat mitzvah of Ella Galaty
  • Debbie & Frank Piazza – in memory of Dan Cassel, father of Judith Cassel-Mamet


  • Judith Cassel-Mamet & Sam Mamet
  • Debbie & Frank Piazza – in memory of Russ Thorson, father of Jon Thorson
  • Sharon & Jon Thorson – yahrzeit remembrance of her dad, Louis Reed
  • Sharon & Jon Thorson – in memory of Dan Cassel, father of Judith Cassel-Mamet
  • Sharon & Jon Thorson – in  memory of Judy Goldberg



  • Regular Board Meeting Schedule Changed – Starting this June, routine meetings of the Temple Micah Board of Trustees will be held on second Wednesdays of most months at 6:30 p.m. at the temple, 5209 Montview Blvd., Denver. Members of the congregation are welcome.
  • Toes in Talmud – Discuss “Dipping Our Toes into the Sea of Talmud — I,” schmooze and snack with Rabbi Adam Morris and Micah Boomers +/- (give or take a few years). The meeting is at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 11 at Temple Micah, 5209 Montview Blvd., Denver. RSVP to Risa Tatarsky through the Temple Micah membership directory or leave her a message via the temple, 303-388-4239 x1; let her know if you’ll provide a snack.
  • Intro to Judaism — Learn about Judaism in a 28-week course starting Thursday, June 11. Topics touch on Mysticism & Kabbalah, Social Action, Jewish Music & Liturgy, Modern Judaism & its Various Expressions. Rabbis from the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council (including Rabbi Adam Morris of Temple Micah), local cantors, ADL staff and Colorado Holocaust Educators Council teach these topics and more. A rabbinic sponsor is required for each student. Cost of the series is $400; scholarships are available. Ask Betsy Epel, 720-941-2655, for details.
  • Warm Playdate –Families with babies 6 months or younger are welcome for a Denver Jewish Community Center play get-together at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 17 at 350 S. Dahlia St. This free event at the JCC is part of a Warm Welcome program, in cooperation with partners including Temple Micah, and includes a gift bag and one-year introductory “Friendship” to the J. For more info or to RSVP, call 303-316-6336.
  • Talk About BooksTemple Micah Women’s Book Group reviews a memoir by Roz Chast — “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” — at 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 22, at the Weil home. RSVP to Nancy Weil; request a book list and look forward to third Monday evenings monthly at assorted locations. Or call the temple, 303-388-4239 x1. If you want to read ahead, start on “A Town Called Alice” by Nevil Shute for July 20.
  • Park Hill 4th of July Parade – Find out how to join the march! Help create a float or decorate your bike. Visit http://parkhillparade.org/. Justin Bresler, a parent in the temple’s religious school, coordinates this annual neighborly event.
  • Committee to End Gun Violence – Participants are sought for an ongoing committee to promote a more peaceful world by halting gun violence through Colorado Faith Communities United. The organization is looking for someone from Temple Micah to join representatives of 26 congregations involved. Meetings occur once a month for an hour. Anyone interested can contact Glenn Cooper, 720-394-2720. This opportunity came to the attention of Temple Micah through a friend of his, Melissa Weiser-Rose.
  • The Joy and Anguish of Being a Mother – “I push my teenage son back and forth in the swing. He laughs, he whimpers, the sun gently bathes his face. He has my nose, his dad’s eyes, his own unique genetic syndrome. I talk of his sister’s arrival home for a college break. He listens with hearing amplified through aids. He can’t see or speak. His faint smile tells me he’s content in this moment.” – excerpted from The Denver Post Opinion (posted May 9, 2015). Read the rest of this write-up encompassing trials and triumphs of being a parent and being a child and what familial love entails by Karen Roberts, a Temple Micah member.
  • Lunchbox Express — Jewish Family Service provides free lunches for children age 3-17 through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. It’s a mobile food delivery system that brings lunches via mini school buses to children who typically receive free or reduced-fee lunches at school during the school year. For distribution with lunches, new or gently used books geared to readers ages 3-13 are sought. Drop off book donations at JFS, 3201 S. Tamarac Drive, Denver.
  • Be a Host – If you have extra space, consider making new friends, plus learning about other countries and cultures by becoming a host to graduate-level students from another land. Check out www.Beahostfam.com to learn how you can get trained and paid to share your home with one or more advanced students, pursuing varied subjects.
  • Internet-based Relationship Education for Older Adults – This project will research how adults age 62+ may benefit from couple-relationship education, consisting of information about relationships such as skills and strategies for communicating safely and for maintaining and enhancing relationship happiness over time. The Prevention and Relationship Education Program allows people to access it online in privacy of their homes when convenient. According to researchers, there will be twice as many older adults by 2030 as in 2000, and the 2010 divorce rate for adults over 50 was two times the 1990 divorce rate. Improving relationship health may increase physical health and longevity. Study participants get free access to the program for a month and take a survey about their relationship and overall health when they join the study, and again one month later. E-mail oldercouplesresearch@gmail.com.

Natalie Kutner: Women and Children First

June 1st, 2015

by Fred Kutner, Temple Micah Member

Temple Micah congregants and others interested are invited to the Opening Reception for this display of Natalie Kutner’s artistic work from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, June 19 at The Art Gallery, Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 13080 E. 19th Ave., Aurora. Natalie was a member of the Temple Micah family [and Fred’s wife] until her death in April 2014. In her 50s after a career in Medical Social Work, she returned to school to earn a Master in Art (Sculpture) degree, then a Master in Fine Arts degree in order to realize her life-long dream of becoming a full-time artist. The show reflects her musings about domesticity, motherhood, being a woman and how we treat children.

· Curated by Simon Zalkind, this show is on view Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 21.

· Fulginiti Pavilion is the small building on the map, between Education Buildings 1 & 2, with pay parking in Ignacio or Georgetown visitor lots.

· Questions? Ask Fred, or reach him through the temple, 303-388-4239 x1.

Being Counted

June 1st, 2015

by Rabbi Adam Morris

The news of President Obama’s new Twitter feed was not much of a news flash to me (Didn’t he already have one?). The news of the rapid response of the racists to President Obabama’s new Twitter feed made me sad, angry and dispirited. I know that we are probably speaking of such a small percentage of people who actually would post such nasty, mean-spirited and hateful things. In our day and age, it does not take many people to stir it up. We live in a world in which the more outrageous or extreme voices get attention — and, usually, the extremity of those voices is inversely proportional to the amount of people with those views and perspectives.

I want to be counted — along with what I suspect are the plurality of voices — who are outraged that any person — yet less the President of our county — is treated in such a manner. I want to be counted and have the world hear — MOST of us do not feel this way.

I have the same reaction when I pay attention to other ways that racism and prejudice rear their ugly heads in our world. Last summer it was in Ferguson, MO. Just recently, it was in Baltimore. I believe that most people in our world want safety, security and opportunity for everyone — regardless of race or socioeconomic status. It seems that we do not have an effective way to say so. I feel strongly about these very fundamental justice issues, but I do not know quite what to do with my convictions.

Can we get our voices heard? Can we be counted?

In our weekly Torah portion, Bemidbar, our spiritual ancestors are, quite literally, being counted as they begin their trek through the wilderness to the Promised Land. In an interesting use of language the command to ‘take the count’ by God, translates literally to “‘Raise the heads’ of all of the people of Israel.’” Rabbi Abraham Twerski suggests that this ‘counting’ is more than a simple act of logistics, but an act of empowerment:

“The Divine words were therefore carefully chosen to avoid misrepresentation of the symbolism of the desert: ‘Elevate the heads of the entire congregation.’ Every individual should know that he or she is capable of being elevated, of achieving the greatest heights.”

When we raise our heads (and probably our hearts and our souls, too) — it is then we are counted. When we raise our heads, we remember that we can elevate ourselves and the world around us to heights we envision.

Perhaps we can start being counted in this way in regard to these issues in our own backyard — which for our Micah community is Park Hill. Park Hill is a very diverse community — and in many ways it is a microcosm of our larger society. I know we live all over the Denver Metro Area. I realize, too, that our reach to the Oval Office or to Ferguson or to Baltimore is limited at best. By being a part of Temple Micah we are all deeply connected to a neighborhood where we can be counted. When we stand and be counted anywhere, we are taking the steps toward everyone being counted, everywhere. Come let’s begin being counted together….

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June 1st, 2015

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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT — Celebrating B’nai Mitzvah Hugs to Graduation Handshakes

May 1st, 2015

by Elaine Lee, Membership & Communications Director

Congratulations are in order! Temple Micah’s ongoing bevy of b’nai mitzvah services, replete with tossed candy, allows us all to marvel at students’ sweet steps from childhood into Jewish adulthood. As adolescent congregants grow beyond these coming-of-age rites into other life-stages, the Micah community still cares about its offspring, wonders what becomes of them and gets to find out each spring — in graduation blurbs. Micah members, now’s the time to share those “Grad of 2015” reports! If someone in your family soon will complete high school, college, university or other higher education, e-mail me by Friday, May 15 to put your grad-of-the-year in next month’s Micah spotlight.

Please include the student’s first and last names, school, diploma or degree and major, honors, chief activities, plans and so on – whatever you and your graduating person are willing to share publicly and would appreciate appearing in the temple blog. If I may help, I’d be delighted to hear from you at 303-388-4239 x1.


  • Ellen Zeff of Centennial


  • Sasha Joelle O’Malley, born March 23, 2015, weighed in at 8 lb, 3 oz and measured 21″ tall. She is the daughter of Gena & Sean O’Malley.


  • Judy Goldberg, yahrzeit 4-30-15, Temple Micah member and a past president; survived by children Adam (Lisa), Jonathan (Sandy), Benjamin (Molly), Elissa (Anndee) & their families
  • Daniel Cassel, yahrzeit 4-25-15, father of Judith Casel-Mamet, father-in-law of Sam Mamet & grandfather of Elliot & Abe
  • Russell M. Thorson, yahrzeit 4-22-15, father of Jon Thorson, father-in-law of Sharon Thorson, grandfather of Brett (Meghan) Thorson & Mieke Thorson (Scott Esserman) great-grandfather of Paxton & Peyton, Jeira & Isaiah


  • Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m., Shalom Cares 2015 Annual Fundraising Event, “It’s All About Heart & Soul,” featuring The Motones in a musical journey through the era of Motown. Proceeds from this event, supported by community sponsors including Temple Micah, will help residents of Shalom Park Nursing Home who are unable to pay fully for their care and services. For tickets, go to www.ShalomCares.org/events, or call 303-680-5000.
  • Friday (5:30-8:00 p.m.), Saturday (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.), Sunday (9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.), May 8-10, Park Hill Art Club Spring Art Show Jo Ann Zvares, a member of Temple Micah and the art club, has two paintings in this show. Among the works on display at 5209 Montview Blvd., Denver, will be oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels and photography in a wide variety of styles and themes.
  • Sunday, May 10, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Mother’s Day/Shavout Festival, at EKAR Farm & Community Garden, 181 S. Oneida St., Denver. Try the petting zoo, pony rides, butter making and more! Cost is $20 per family. Families are encouraged to bring a dairy picnic to enjoy on the farm. Ekar strives to build community, provide experiential and environmental education and grow sustainability-produced fruits and vegetables for those in need. Call 303-520-7581.
  • Friday, May 15-Saturday, May 16, Shabbaton on the Santa Fe Trail, including Shabbat services at Temple Aaron, 407 S. Maple St., Trinidad, CO, the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the western United States. Find out more from Lin Sunshine, 303-748-0866, Union for Reform Judaism Rocky Mountain Community Chair. Cost is $36/person; sign up here. For registration questions, call Ryan Becker, 212-650-4196.
  • Sunday, May 17, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Celebrate! at the J, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. A combined festival of Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center and Hazon with exhibitors including Temple Micah, this event celebrates the intersection of food, family and community. It’s designed to be a fun, hands-on day for all ages with do-it-yourself options and family-friendly activities, including art, music, cooking and gardening projects. Volunteers at Temple Micah’s info/activity table will enjoy free admission to this fest! To arrange your shift, contact Elaine Lee, 303-388-4239 x1.
  • Sunday, May 17, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado will be at the Denver JCC with Debbie Schwartz speaking on “Overcoming a 30 Year Brick Wall: How We Found Our Lithuanian Shtetl, Hasidic Cousins and a Genealogy Goldmine from the 1930s.” Find out more about this group from Joel Cohen in the Micah member directory or leave him a message at temple, 303-388-4239 x1.

  • Sunday, May 31, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Walk for Israel, leaves from JCC Denver, 350 S. Dahlia St. The two-mile community walk celebrates Israel’s independence and wraps up in a post-walk party with live music, Israeli games, activities and festive food. The walk is free, but registration is required through www.JewishColorado.org. Contact Susan Weinberger, 303-316- 6481.

MANY THANKS FROM TEMPLE MICAH (for donations received last month)…


Toward High Holy Days Prayer Books…

  • Jason & Robin Glanz
  • Gwenael Hagen & Denise Geiger
  • John Harrington III
  • The Hodas family
  • Patti & Tom Parson
  • Dan Rimland
  • Jeff & Karen Roberts
  • Daniel Shurz
  • Martin & Wendy Smith
  • Helen Spiegel
  • Marc & Katy Spritzer – for new prayer books & general operating support
  • David Wexler

General Operating Support…

  • The Aubrey family – for Passover
  • Carol Molnia & Gary McIntosh – for yahrzeits of Edwin McIntosh, Jack Molnia, David Molnia
  • Marlynn & Joe Silver – yahrzeit donation in memory of James “Bart” Dean
  • Louis Wolfe – in honor of Spencer Hodas bar mitzvah
  • Louis Wolfe – in honor of Marin Fisher bat mitzvah
  • Louis Wolfe – in honor of Alexis Mitzner bat mitzvah
  • Louis Wolfe – in honor of Ella Galaty bat mitzvah


  • Sharon & Jon Thorson – in memory of her mother Frances Reed’s fifth yahrzeit


  • Michael Kutner — in memory of Natalie Kutner
  • Park Hill Congregational Church


  • General — Feldman Mortuary/Generations
  • Mensch — Anonymous, Michael Clapman & Risa Tatarsky, Elizabeth & Lawrence Feldman, Debra & Frank Piazza, Karen & Jeff Roberts
  • Motzi — Brenda & Hal Bruno, Agnes & Ken Dwenger, Jacob Gore, Charles Kessler & Chris Lynn, Rabbi Adam & Renee Morris, Patti & Tom Parson, Allison & Dan Rimland, Ruth & Bradley Segal, David Teitelman, Jon & Sharon Thorson, Jo Ann Zvares & Miriam Swihart
  • Community Partner — Jewish Family Service


  • Attendees, Auction Donors & Bidders, Raffle Givers, Cookbook Purchasers & Recipe Contributors, & Everyone Else who donated toward or helped with the event
  • Judith Cassel-Mamet and others on the imaginative Spring Event Committee including Julie Lewis, Christina Pope, Karen Roberts, Ruth Segal & Helen Spiegel for creating this fun way to support Temple Micah, Rick Griffith for promotional material — & Nancy Bieber plus Helen for churning the assorted recipes into a lovingly sorted trove for publication as the Micah Cookbook
  • Jewish Family Service, community partner, for its collaborative role


  • Michael & Robin Aubrey, Community Passover Seder co-coordinators, & their assistants
  • All helpers at Temple Micah’s Rick Recht Concert 

Learning Well Done and Yet To Be Done

May 1st, 2015

by Bethany Friedlander, Temple Educator

A year will come, a year will go, but what we learn will stay forever. Thank you to all of our amazing teachers who have planned lessons that have inspired our students not only to come each Sunday, but to think, explore and love their connection to Judaism and the Hebrew language. It is with great pleasure to list just some of our highlights from the Temple Micah Religious School and Mishpacha! program during this previous year and to provide a preview of the new 2015-2016 term:

News from 2014-2015 School Year

  • Bayachad family participants explored the concept of Veahavta Lereacha Kamocha — Love your neighbor as yourself — through interactive activities that parents and students participated together in within their respective classrooms.

  • Hebrew classes were abuzz with prayers, blessings, Shalom, basketball, games, 3D Hebrew letters and even a Llama, all in Hebrew.

  • Our K-1st grade students created flowers in honor of International Women’s Day.

  • On a brisk, rainy morning during Sukkot, students traveled to our sukkah to decorate, learn, shake the lulav, eat harvest bread and sing songs.

  • 4th Grade journeyed from Mitzrayim (Egypt) to the Promised Land experiencing the labor of a long walk, grumbling stomachs, fears of being without a leader and ability to make it on their own. Through a simulation that began at Blessed Sacrament School,  they traveled to our Temple Micah Mikdash (Chapel) and back around to Blessed Sacrament. Students participated in a memorable enactment of our own Jewish journey.

  • Students sang with Rick Recht on a beautiful (non-snowy) Saturday night.

  • Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students teamed up with Kavod on the Road to learn about the mitzvah of mishloach manot – giving gifts of food on Purim. They worked with our Micah community to deliver those gifts to Micah members around the entire city of Denver.

  • 5th/6th grades not only began to put together their own books related to the theme of “Love your neighbor as yourself,” but, along with their families, learned about Sephardi Passover customs, tried different Sephardi foods and worked to create social justice seder plates.

  • Our Bar/Bat Mitzvah 7th graders worked diligently to present their first mock Torah service for the parents and one another in preparation for their big day of each leading an actual service.

  • Adults continue to learn Hebrew through song, prayer and laughter.

News for 2015-2016

  • Family Retreat growing: Religious School families will be invited to the Mishpacha! Family Retreat.

  • Sunday morning Shmear and Shmooze: Parents are welcome to stay after morning assembly to eat and chat with other parents.

  • Stay for Adult Learning: From 10:30-11:30 a.m. Bethany and Rabbi Adam Morris will be teaching a variety of adult learning classes. All classes, dates and topics will be posted at the beginning of the school year so you can choose from one or all to attend.

  • Joint PJ Library-Micah program: PJ Library provides a wonderful gift each month to every registered family in Denver who has a child between the age of 0-8. In the mailbox, families received a Jewish book for FREE to read and enjoy. Temple Micah will co-partner with PJ Library to provide another experience with Jewish books.

  • Sunday musical sessions led by local musicians: We are privileged to have so many local Jewish musical artists in our city. This is the year to let them shine at Temple Micah.