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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT — On Izzy Award Winner, David Sirota!

April 1st, 2015

by Elaine Lee, Membership & Communications Director

David Sirota, Micah member, will receive an Izzy Award for his investigative reporting, presented by the Park Center for Independent Media. Praised for outstanding achievement in independent media and journalism, he will speak at the award ceremony on Wednesday, April 15 at Ithaca College in New York. According to the college website, David’s “dozens of exposés in 2014 on corruption in our country’s $3 trillion pension system… shed a critical spotlight on powerful officials of both major parties (from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie). The result: mainstream media attention, official investigations, passage of legislation and changes in government practices.

“In one exposé headlined ‘The Wolf of Sesame Street,’ Sirota revealed that New York’s public TV station accepted a $3.5 million donation from a billionaire anti-pension activist to fund coverage of the pension issue. The station was forced to return the money; PBS’s ombudsman wrote of ‘ethical compromises in funding arrangements’ that ‘nobody really knew until Sirota wrote about it.’”

Izzy Award judges further noted, “With his torrential coverage of the pension story, David Sirota shows a remarkable ability to make financial issues clear – clear enough to prompt action by officials and news outlets from coast to coast.”

The Izzy Award is named for I. F. Stone, who launched I. F. Stone’s Weekly in 1953 and exposed government deception, McCarthyism, and racial bigotry. Bestowed annually in recent years, the award is intended to honor “an independent outlet, journalist or producer for contributions to our culture, politics, or journalism created outside traditional corporate structures.”

Mazel tov, David, from your Temple Micah community! (This 2015 award is shared by him with co-winner Naomi Klein, cited for her book on climate change and columns on varied social issues.)

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GRADS-TO-BE OF 2015, WHO ARE YOU? – Temple Micah members with someone in the family completing high school, college, university or other higher educational study this spring, please e-mail a paragraph about the grad’s accomplishments and plans to Elaine Lee, 303-388-4239 x1, for inclusion in an upcoming e-newsletter. This congregation enjoys good news, is proud of its scholars and likes to recognize mortar boards with “Mazel Tovs!”

CONDOLENCES…

  • Robert Fireman, yahrzeit, 3-2-15, father of Orah Fireman, father-in-law of Andrew Schiavoni, grandfather of Max & Naomi
  • Mazal Sella, yahrzeit 2-28-15, mother of Eyal Sella, mother-in-law of Sarah Klahn, grandmother of Lotem & Inbal, Luke & Jariya
  • Robert (Bob) Braman, yahrzeit date unavailable, cousin of Jeff & Karen Roberts, Alyssa, Caroline & Benjamin

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

RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND:

  • Fran Glucroft – in honor of b’nai mitzvah of Casey & Rebecca Zickerman… Mazel Tov!

GENERAL FUND:

  • Scott & Alice Alban – in memory of Jerry Klein
  • Sonia Boin – yahrzeit donation in memory of her husband, Jerome Boin
  • Gwenael Hagan & Denise Geiger – yahrzeit donation in remembrance of his stepfather, Eugene M. Krader
  • Sarah Klahn & Eyal Sella – yahrzeit donation in loving memory of her father, Richard Klahn
  • Irv & Elaine Levy – yahrzeit donation in memory of beloved father, Joseph S. Levy
  • Cyrel Phillips – in memory of Jack Molnia, uncle of Carol Molnia
  • Jan Roth – for perpetual yahrzeits of Lenore & Barbara Silverwise, Sydney, Millie & Leo Roth
  • Rabbi Ted Stainman
  • Risa Tatarsky & Michael Clapman – yahrzeit donation in memory of her husband, Fred Tatarsky
  • Risa Tatarsky & Michael Clapman – yahrzeit donation in memory of her mother, Norma Jeanne Freedman
  • Louis Wolfe – in honor of Casey & Rebecca Zickerman becoming b’nai mitzvah
  • Jo Ann Zvares & Miriam Swihart – in memory of Jo’s sister, Sherry Zvares Sanabria

Toward High Holy Days Prayer Books…

  • Anonymous
  • Janis Anderson
  • The Aubreys
  • Barbara Bandel
  • Michael Bercovitz
  • The Bram/Thor family
  • The Brunos
  • Joel Cohen & Kathryn Oberdorfer
  • The DeRosas
  • Stephen Dreskin & June Inuzuka
  • Lisa Dean & Oliver
  • Steven & Kari Epstein
  • Michael Erlich & Kelly Besfer
  • Lawrence & Elizabeth Feldman
  • Michael Fierberg & Elyse Gellerman
  • The Fireman/Schiavonis
  • Peter & Suzanne Fischer
  • Fran & Mike Fisher (2 donations)
  • The Fishers
  • The Goldsteins
  • Donna & Harry Gordon
  • The Gores
  • Karen Hagler
  • Robin Kane & Mitch Wolberg
  • The Kassons
  • Beverly Kaufmann, Marsha Kaufmann, Cheryl Solko
  • The Kleins
  • Lynn Klyde-Silverstein & Darrian
  • The Krumholzes
  • Fred Kutner
  • Elaine & Irv Levy
  • Mitchell Levy & Sheri Lockhart
  • Sheri Lockhart
  • The Soep/Galatys
  • The Litwack Strongs
  • Dianna Litvak
  • David Miller & Lisa Farber Miller
  • Dan Mitzner & Rachel Baumel
  • Carol L. Molnia & Gary E. McIntosh
  • Carol L. Molnia
  • Rabbi Adam Morris
  • John & Sandy Nance
  • The Nassis
  • Irv Nelson
  • Debbie & Frank Piazza
  • The Pollack/Franks
  • The Pope/Altshulers
  • Michael Rose & Melissa Weiser-Rose
  • Dorothy Rosenblatt
  • Joyce Rosenblum (2 donations)
  • Family of Leo Roth
  • Ilana & Terry Rubin
  • The Schreibers
  • The Segals
  • Ira Selkowitz & Pilar Osorio
  • The Silvermans
  • The Sorokins
  • Carol Spero
  • Mary Ann Strassner
  • Risa Tatarsky & Michael Clapman
  • David Teitelman & Sol
  • Kelli Theis
  • Jon & Sharon Thorson
  • The Vissers
  • The Weinstein/Kellys
  • The Winfields
  • The Zillers
  • Jo Ann Zvares & Miriam Swihart

SPECIAL THANKS to 2015 B’nai Mitzvah Students & Their Families for promoting the new High Holy Days Prayer Books for Temple Micah

AND A BIG THANK-YOU IN ADVANCE to Judith Cassel-Mamet & the whole Spring Event Committee & to all supporters of the upcoming event…

  • Ticket-buyers
  • Auction donors (Remember: Friday, April 3 is the deadline for donating auction items!)
  • Recipe contributors
  • Cookbook pre-purchasers
  • Volunteers
  • Sponsors

Spring Event SPONSORS will be listed in the “Temple Micah Cookbook” and also will be thanked in a future MICAH e-Mailbox listing except those wishing to remain anonymous.

MORE ABOUT SPRING THINGS WITH TEMPLE MICAH…

  • Thursday, April 9 — Micah Boomers +/- , those who consider themselves “Boomers” more or less can discuss Jonah at this 7:00 p.m. program at the synagogue, 5209 Montview Blvd., Denver. Make time to learn, converse and nosh. RSVP to Risa Tatarsky through the Micah directory or temple, 303-388-4239 x1, and mention if you’ll bring a snack to share.     
  • Thursdays, April 16 and May 21 — Rabbi Mo’s Roundtable – Talk about current topics of Jewish interest with Temple Micah’s rabbi and congregants at 7:30 a.m. on these mornings at Snooze, 2262 Larimer St., Denver. Buy your own breakfast items.
  • Monday, April 20 – Temple Micah Women’s Book Group – “A Tale for the Time Being” by best-selling author Ruth Ozeki is the prose to explore this month with Micah friends, place to be determined. In case you’re wondering whether to read this novel, “A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.” Let Nancy Weil know if you’ll attend, and she’ll tell you where – or call the temple, 303-388-4239 x1. If you want to jump ahead and start reading the title (and book) for May, that’s “Nothing Daunted” by Dorothy Wickenden. New participants are welcome!     

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS…

  • Thursday, April 9, Interfaith Prayer Vigil — Traffick Stop, part of Broomfield United Methodist Church, plans a gathering “to declare that all people deserve freedom” at 11:30 a.m. at the Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave. Traffick Stop aims to end trafficking such as forced labor or forced prostitution by raising education and awareness. For more info, call 720-391-2050.
  • Tuesday, April 21, Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day Community Commemoration — This free event in remembrance of those who lost their lives fighting for Israel and victims of terrorism is presented by JewishColorado and Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council. The tribute takes place at 7:00 p.m. at Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 S. Ivanhoe Way, Denver.
  • Sunday, April 26, Jews on the Move: A History of Modern Migration David Shneer, a professor and director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder, speaks at 10:00 a.m. in a program of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado at the Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., in Denver. Joel Cohen of Temple Micah is a member of the genealogical group and would be happy to tell you more about its monthly speakers and other activities. He’s reachable through the temple directory or by leaving a message at the temple, 303-388-4239 x1.

Will You Help To Build or Fund a House?

April 1st, 2015

by Sarah Rovner, Temple Micah Liaison to Habitat Interfaith Alliance

HIA member congregations and other groups have begun the work on our latest Habitat home, located at 10th and Mariposa. You can easily sign up to build on any day… and/or you can join Temple Micah and Rodef Shalom members in building on Sunday, April 26. For either or both of these options, you simply go to the HIA website and follow directions to sign on for any of these times. As always, we appreciate your support.

If building is not your forte, there is info on the HIA website about the upcoming HIA Golf Tournament to be held on Monday, June 1.  You can sign up to golf or be a sponsor by providing goods and/or services for a silent auction in connection with the tournament.  All details are contained in links on the same website.

Governance Task Force Update Opportunities

April 1st, 2015

by Micahael Clapman, President, Board of Trustees

For the past nine months, the Temple Micah Governance Task Force (GTF) has been meeting to evaluate and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding Temple Governance and Administration. The GTF is comprised of representatives from the board, congregation, staff and Clergy.

The goal of the GTF is to recommend ways to establish well-defined, understood and institutionally supported roles for the three basic pillars of the Micah community: the Board, the Professional Staff and the Membership that fulfill the governance and programmatic needs of the synagogue.

Towards that end, the GTF will be making recommendations in the following areas:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees
  • Roles and responsibilities of the professional staff
  • Ways to engage the congregation to enhance the congregation’s ownership in additional aspects of the Temple’s programs and governance.

As the GTF’s work is beginning to come together in preparation for presentation to the congregation at our Annual Meeting on June 14, 2015 (save the date!!), I would like to invite you to hear more about this important work. Members of the Board and GTF will be available at the following times to review the GTF’s work and answer questions:

April 11 — immediately following Saturday morning services

April 17 — immediately following Friday night services

April 19 — at 9:15 a.m. at the religious school (at Montview and Elm)

If these times are not convenient or you would prefer a one-on-one conversation, please contact me at 730-231-1433 or the Rabbi at 303-388-4239 x3. Thank you.

Vayikra 5775 — The Levitical Lens

April 1st, 2015

by Rabbi Adam Morris

I am sad. I am disillusioned. I am angry. It is not that the recent Israeli election changed the status quo. There will be a similar ratio of a ruling ‘conservative’ block and an opposing ‘liberal’ one. It is not even that there were any true surprises coming from Prime Minister Netanyahu — he was manipulative, combative, parochial and… consistent. My sadness, disillusion and anger result from how his efforts were rewarded by the electorate. This response gave him — at least in the context of Israeli politics — a landslide victory. It is a harsh reminder of the kind of rigidity, chauvinism and myopia that has Israel’s present and future in what is akin to a death grip.

How fitting for me that the mysterious machinations of our spiritual tradition would present the beginning of the book of Leviticus as the Torah lens for me to reflect on these feelings. Each year as we are confronted by Leviticus’ antiquated and anachronistic notions and practices: ardous sacrificial offerings; an officious and domineering priestly caste and all the graphic descriptions of how’s, what’s, when’s and who’s involved. Yes, we endeavor (with moderate success) to translate the sacrificial system into some mythic and metaphorical meaning. At the end of the day — no matter the eloquence of our transformative tale — we have no problem rejecting the relevance of these obligations and relegating them to their appropriate place in our past. I became a Reform Jew — because I was drawn to this willingness to unashamedly, unabashedly and respectfully leave such attitudes and practices where they belong — in our past.

Using this levitical lens, I examine these elections and the things that are said, done or promised to be done in the name of Judaism. With the same vehemence with which I reject the relevance of sacrifices in our present and future view of the world, I am compelled to reject these narrow (Mitzrayim like?) attitudes toward other human beings — no matter how one may label these human beings: Arabs, Israeli Arab Citizens or Palestinians. I am compelled to reject such attitudes that embrace a supposed divine promise for a swath of land while negating the actual divine gifts of compassion, justice and peace.

No, the election has not changed the status quo in the Knesset, the Israeli electorate or even Prime Minister Netanyahu. The election, however, has changed me.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT – Order & Personalize New High Holy Days Prayer Books!

March 1st, 2015

by Elaine Lee, Membership & Communications Director

Please support the 2015 B’nai Mitzvah Class Project by ordering one or more new High Holy Days prayer books for Temple Micah. To count toward the project, orders must be completed by Wednesday, March 25. Fill in this form, or access a link via Temple Micah’s website to buy and inscribe books as you wish. The newly published liturgy, “Mishkan HaNefesh: A Machzor for the Days of Awe,” will be used by the Micah community this fall and annually. Bar and bat mitzvah families are purchasing books as a class gift to the temple and hope you join their efforts to generate an even more generous supply.

As you may remember, Temple Micah piloted a draft version at the congregation’s 2014/5775 Rosh Hashanah Morning Service last fall. Now you can help the temple obtain enough copies of the completed full set to be used at services throughout Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. Cost for each prayer book is $30, with or without an inscription. The book is published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Newly updated prayer books will be acquired by the momentum of this b’nai mitzvah class campaign combined with communal contributions. Inscribe the books in honor or memory of special people, or designate other wording. Thank you, in advance, for supporting this book drive. Then be amazed with what your Micah community does with these state-of-the-art books!

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CONDOLENCES FROM THE MICAH COMMUNITY…

  • Marguerite Oxman, yahrzeit 2-6-15, grandmother of Sara (& Klaas) Visser & great-grandmother of Nina
  • Jack Molnia, yahrzeit 2-5-15, uncle of Carol Molnia (& Gary McIntosh)
  • Leo Roth, yahrzeit 9-27-13, Micah honorary member & husband of Jan Roth
  • Anne Winokur, yahrzeit 1-29-13, Micah member

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

GENERAL FUND

  • Irv & Elaine Levy – in memory of his beloved sister, Dolores Schankerman

RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND

  • David Coren & Meg Frantz & family – in memory of his father, Clarence Coren

FRANCES REED MUSIC FUND

  • Debbie & Frank Piazza – in honor of Sharon & Jon Thorson

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GET INVOLVED IN CONTINUING ACTIVITIES…

  • Micah Boomers +/- — If you feel older or a little younger than this group’s name suggests, you’re close enough!  Micah Boomers +/- will resume with Rabbi Adam Morris remarking on biblical writings about Judges in a discussion at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at Temple Micah, 5209 Montview Boulevard. To find out more about this monthly program focused on finding meaning and relevance in the Bible, or to RSVP, contact Risa Tatarsky or leave her a message at 303-388-4239 x1. Please bring snacks to share.
  • Rabbi Mo’s Roundtable – Sometimes you have to get up early to keep with Temple Micah. Meet up with rabbi, congregants and others who can’t wait to chat about timely topics of Jewish interest at 7:30 a.m. third Thursdays monthly this spring at Snooze, 2262 Larimer St., Denver.
  • Temple Micah Women’s Book Group – Read and be ready to review “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown at 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 23. For location and to RSVP, contact Nancy Weil via Micah’s directory or call the temple, 303-388-4239 x1. New participants are welcome. If you’re a repeater with this group but don’t read the book-of-the-month, that’s okay too; you’re still welcome!
  • Para-chaplain Program — Jewish Family Service seeks Jewish volunteers for its Para-chaplain Program. Training will be held on Wednesdays, April 29, May 6 and May 13, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at 3201 S. Tamarac Drive, Denver. Bikur Cholim para-chaplains are caring individuals who visit Jewish seniors in non-Jewish facilities and in their own homes. Para-chaplains also facilitate discussion groups, lead Shabbat and holiday services or simply sit and visit with a Jewish resident who wants companionship. Apply for training at www.jewishfamilyservice.org/volunteer/para-chaplains by Friday, March 20. Or learn more about what the program entails from Beth Lippa, 720-248-4599.

Social Action Encounters & Rewards

March 1st, 2015

by Helen Spiegel, Board Member, with Jo Ann Zvares for Women’s Homelessness Initiative & Sarah Rovner for Habitat Interfaith Alliance

As part of its imperatives, Temple Micah provides dinner on first Wednesday evenings bimonthly through the Women’s Homelessness Initiative, in cooperation with Park Hill United Methodist Church. Also, the Micah team provides conversation, a prayer if requested and creative writing involvement facilitated by Jo, next on March 4. “Prior to my retirement, I spent the last 7½ years of my eclectic career working with disadvantaged women, many of whom were homeless,” she recalls. “It was the most rewarding time of my working life. So, for me, volunteering along with other members of Temple Micah’s baby boomer group has been a blessing. It gives me the chance to know that I am contributing not only food, but caring and respect to women who often do not experience caring or respect.”

To add your presence or to bring a dish for the homeless women this Wednesday or to volunteer for future occasions, contact Helen through the Micah membership directory or leave her a message at 303-388-4239 x1.

Also, here’s the latest submission from Sarah about Habitat Interfaith Alliance, including a wrap-up on the HIA used book sale and an invitation to the next HIA event – a day to work on building a home!

HIA thanks Micah members for contributing to the annual used book sale last month, either by donating books or by buying replacements. This sale raised more than $8,000 which will contribute greatly to the next house build, #14 for HIA!

This year the house building will start in mid-March, weather permitting. It will take place at 10th and Mariposa in Denver, close to Metro University downtown. This is an area to be revitalized with multi-use projects, including homes. Temple Micah will team with Rodef Shalom to work on Sunday, April 26, weather permitting. Contact either Mary Ann Strassner or Sarah, with questions and to reserve your spot; both are reachable in the Micah directory or through the temple, 303-388-4239 x1. There will be other days opening for volunteers, and you can sign on to work any of those days too. Once again our thanks go out to Temple Micah folks who contribute to HIA’s success.

Happiness is… the Daffy Month of Adar

March 1st, 2015

by Bethany Friedlander, Educator

I came back from a run the other day. Both my dog and I had kind of gotten stuck in a brief flurry of rather large snowflakes. We could have made good Frozen extras. The month of Adar is the perfect time for such bodily decorations. It is actually a mitzvah to be happy. We are asked to get dressed in funny costumes, eat Haman’s ears (in Hebrew, hamantashen are ozne haman – literally Haman’s ears), play with really noisy toys (groggers), go to Purim carnivals, and have plenty to drink.

One of my favorite parts of the holiday of Purim is giving mishloach manot – gifts – to friends, family and to the poor. Unlike our American counterpart, Halloween, where we go to our neighbors and beg for junk, we take the time to make pretty containers filled with all sorts of goodies, and deliver them to friends, family and the poor.

In religious school we learn about the different holiday, study the texts, taste the foods and try to actively participate in the joy of celebration. This year Purim is certainly a time for all of this at Micah. On Sunday, March 1 the kindergarten, first and second grade students partnered with Kavod on the Road to create mishloach manot boxes for delivery to people in our community. Third through seventh grade students as well as madrichim studied different chapters of Megillat Esther and have created silly limericks that will be part of our continued festivities on Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. as we read from the Megillah and party like it’s 3,000 years ago in Shushan. Hope to see you all there.

IT’S ADAR…BE HAPPY!

Micah Tomorrow Awarded $5,000 RCF Incentive Grant

March 1st, 2015

by Brenda Bruno, Temple Administrator, on Behalf of the Board

How do you go about asking someone to donate to the Micah Tomorrow endowment fund? I’ve accompanied Liz Feldman and Nancy Litwack-Strong on a few of their appointments and the answer seems to be “start talking and see where it takes you!” Each meeting has a different vibe: often lots of laughter and joyful; heartwarming; sometimes focused on numbers and how the endowment is managed.  It’s always about meaningful connections we share, new ones made or old ones reinforced. I know why Micah is important to me, and participating in these conversations has made me better able to put it into words. But it is listening to others share their reasons why they’re tied to this community — their Micah story — that is most interesting. For someone who does not easily ask for favors or money, participating in these meetings has been surprisingly enjoyable. As a temple member I believe in the importance of Temple Micah and want to make sure it’s around for future members. As the temple administrator I know a donation to the endowment will be invested wisely and will not be wasted.

Liz and Nancy, with help from Jason Altshuler, Brian Silverman, Rabbi Mo and me, have managed to meet the requirements of this phase of Rose Community Foundation’s Live On IV: Build Your Jewish Legacy incentive grant. A $5,000 check from RCF was recently received and added to the $1,500 received in April 2014. Our goal was to meet with 25 people to talk about the Micah Tomorrow endowment and to receive signed donor forms from at least 13. We met with 25… and received signed forms from 20. Hal tells me that’s a batting average of .800, something Rockies fans can only dream of.

Thank you to the following families and individuals who have donated to Micah Tomorrow as of March 1, 2015:

Michael & Robin Aubrey

Hal & Brenda Bruno

Lawrence & Elizabeth Feldman

Charles Kessler, Chris Lynn

Elaine & Irv Levy

Nancy Litwack-Strong & Peter Strong

Sam Mamet & Judith Cassel-Mamet

Dan & Jackson Meyers

Rabbi Adam, Renee, Addison & Dakota Morris

Martin & Wendy Smith

Dena Sorokin

Helen Spiegel

Risa Tatarsky & Michael Clapman

David Teitelman

Jon & Sharon Thorson

Anonymous (4)

MICAH e-MAILBOX: March 2015

March 1st, 2015

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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT – Merging Compassion and Justice

February 1st, 2015

by Elaine Lee, Membership & Communications Director

In many spiritual traditions, repairing the world and renewing selves are connected. What ideas underlie many Jews’ commitment to social action, and why? What Jewish tools can nourish souls to act? People of all political and spiritual persuasions are invited to an interactive, open-hearted conversation about compassion, spirituality and justice through a Jewish lens. Learn tools to enrich one’s connection to Judaism and capacity to “do justly.” Compassion and Justice: Jewish Spiritual Tools for Social Action will be taught by Caryn Aviv, PhD, associate director and rabbinic candidate, Judaism Your Way, with co-sponsor Temple Micah and others. The course meets 6:00-8:00 p.m. Mondays, March 16, 23 and 30, place tbd.

Meanwhile, thank you to the Rev. Dr. Eric Smith for his remarks on justice at Temple Micah’s Shabbat service, in the context of the holiday commemorating the life’s work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pastor Eric left me thinking about “the power of one” and how impactful one person can be. So, with that in mind, I prepared a prayer, my yearly custom on behalf of Temple Micah, for the King Holiday. In a big dining hall downtown while kitchen staff, scores of volunteer servers and pro bono entertainers congregated, as they do year after year, a live line stretched down the whole block and around the corner. About 1,500 people were arriving for the free feast. I’d like to share this prayer with you as well:

Shalom from my congregation, Temple Micah. Three Dreams came to mind, as I thought about my Jewish prayer for this 30th Dinner for Those Who Hunger. Three dreams, all of which our world still seems far from reaching, but we can’t stop believing these dreams are worth dreaming. Let us use our thoughts, words and actions to bring all three dreams to our table.

Dream #1 – the dream of “freedom” – for freedom from fear and hate based on who we are, our race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, creed, religion, appearance, illness, injury, disability or anything we just maybe don’t understand about one another.

Dream #2 – the dream of “plenty” – for plenty of food, shelter, dignity, truth, trust, fairness, humility, mercy and equal opportunity for all of us to share.

Dream #3 – the dream of “peace” – for peaceful courage to call a truce and cease hurting one another or ourselves; our world is overdue for mistreatment, disregard and callousness to be replaced by honoring life, tolerance and compassion.

As we dream on, let us remember one Martin Luther King Jr. and his one voice, still echoing…. Listen, do justly, do kindly and we shall overcome someday.

Let us bless G-d today for bringing us this meal, and thank you also to Volunteers of America:

Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu Melech ha’olam, hamotzi lehem min ha’oretz. – Amen.”

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

GENERAL FUND

  • Ariel Benjamin
  • Michael Clapman & Risa Tatarsky – in memory of Leon Groisser, father of Dena Sorokin
  • Judy Goldberg – in memory of Rabbi Joseph Goldman
  • Robin Kane & Mitch Wolberg – in remembrance of the yahrzeit of Larry Tell
  • Elaine & Irv Levy – yahrzeit donation in loving memory of her father, Warren Johnson
  • Mark & Patty Levy – in memory of Rabbi Joseph Goldman
  • Elyse Rosenthal – for High Holy Days
  • Dena Sorokin – with thanks to Rabbi Mo & the Temple Micah community for joining her in remembrance of her father, Leon Groisser
  • Rabbi Ted Stainman – with appreciation to the congregation “for your warm reception of my presence in the synagogue”

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TEMPLE MICAH MESSAGES…

  • Read a Novel — Michael Chabon’s “Telegraph Avenue” is the book of the month for Temple Micah Women’s Book Group. Review it together at 7:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23. For location and to RSVP, contact Nancy Weil via Micah’s directory or call the temple, 303-388-4239 x1.
  • Micah Boomers +/- — For those who like to plan ahead, note that Micah Boomers +/- is on break through February, but will resume with Rabbi Adam Morris at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at Temple Micah to discuss Judges. At other upcoming meetings Boomers will expound on “Exploring Meaning and Relevance in the Tanach and Something Different, Too!”
  • No Place for Hate – Anti-Defamation League’s 2015 “Positive Impact” multi-cultural calendars are available for free from the Temple Micah office. Tell Elaine Lee, 303-388-4239 x1, when you’d like to stop by to pick up yours, however many you’ll use.

ITEMS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST…

  • Celebrate TreesTu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday often referred to as the “Birthday of Trees” or the “New Year of Trees,” is Wednesday, Feb. 4. In this spirit of nature consciousness and to enhance your yard, plan to plant a tree! The Park People will accept applications till Sunday, Feb. 15 for the Denver Digs Trees planting project. Tree quantities are limited, so apply soon. Trees will be distributed on Saturday, April 18. Cost is $35 per tree generally, $10 in targeted areas or maybe free depending on an applicant’s finances. Find out more at 303-722-6262.
  • Denver Jewish Film Festival — More than two dozen films and related attractions will rivet attention during this 19th cinematic fest Wednesday, Feb. 4-Sunday, Feb. 15, to be presented by Mizel Arts and Culture Center at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. For a schedule and to buy tickets for any or all of the films, call 303-316-6360.
  • Grief Support Group Forming – Jewish Family Service offers a bereavement group for people who have lost a loved one. The next such Rafael Spiritual Healing Services group meets 2:00-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 4-March 25. Rabbi Eliot Baskin, D.Min., Jewish community chaplain, and Arleen Gershen, LCSW, a psychotherapist, will help to cultivate connections with self, faith and community by integrating Jewish traditions and rituals. Cost is $100; arrangements can be made for those with financial difficulty. To inquire or register, call Arleen, 720-248-4598.
  • “Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes” Jewish Disabilities Advocates, a program of Jewish Family Service, is hosting disabilities sensitivity training from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Hebrew Education Alliance, 3600 S. Ivanhoe St., Denver. This free event is meant to sensitize teachers, parents and high school students to learning challenges faced by students with disabilities. Interactive, hands-on activities will mirror various disabilities with discussion questions for each. RSVP by Sunday, Feb. 15 to Lynn Rubenstein, 303-623-0251.
  • You Only Live Once — A free conference and resource day, filled with Jewish Wisdom on Aging Well for seniors, their loved ones and caregivers, takes place from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 S. Ivanhoe St., Denver. Temple Micah is among sponsoring synagogues and other organizations collaborating on this community-wide event. Register at www.YouOnlyLiveOnceDenver.org or by mail by Tuesday, March 17. Questions on how to participate? Call 720-382-7841.