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MICAH e-MAILBOX: November 2014

November 1st, 2014

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These Are the Homes That Micah Builds

November 1st, 2014

by Sarah Rovner, Micah Representative, Habitat Interfaith Alliance

Habitat Interfaith Alliance is a coalition of 14 congregations including Temple Micah, sharing a goal to build homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver. The coalition aspires to raise $85,000 per year to support the building of one home – and is completing its 12th home! HIA strives to continue to be an example of inclusivity and acceptance for these homeowners and the Denver metro community by working closely together in partnerships. Throughout the year HIA hosts various fundraisers and hopes that members of these congregations participate as appropriate.

Upcoming events include the annual HIA Soup Dinner and Cook-off on Saturday evening, Jan. 31, 2105. If inclined, you may provide a soup or dessert for this event. Later this winter will be our week-long Used Book Sale, Monday, Feb. 9-Monday, Feb. 16. To contribute to and/or attend either event or for more info, contact Sarah Rovner or Mary Ann Strassner through the Temple Micah Membership Directory or leave a message at 303-388-4239 x1. We are so appreciative of your involvement in HIA events.

You can find additional information about these interfaith social action activities at www.hiadenver.org. Besides Temple Micah, participating congregations include B’nai Havurah, Central Christian Church, Christ the King Catholic Church, First Universalist Church, Hebrew Educational Alliance, Rodef Shalom, St. Andrew Methodist Church, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, South Broadway Christian Church, Temple Emanuel, Temple Sinai, Trinity United Methodist Church and Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT — Why Alli Winn Is a Winner

November 1st, 2014

by Elaine Lee, Membership & Communications Director

On Friday, Nov. 14, a Micah teen will receive an “outstanding youth” award as part of National Philanthropy Day at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Quite an honor! Here’s how it happened, in her words: “Shalom, Temple Micah members! My name is Allison Winn. I am 14 years old, and in ninth grade at Denver School of the Arts. In 2009, I founded The Stink Bug Project. What is the Stink Bug Project? It’s a program that gives well-trained dogs to children with life-threatening illnesses. All of the dogs are trained by prisoners in the K-9 Companion Program. The Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation helps run Stink Bug and is our 501(c)3 organization. My family and I fundraise by baking dog biscuits with volunteers at a commercial kitchen, and we sell the dog biscuits at local businesses and farmers markets. My grandpa, Bill Litvak, helps deliver the biscuits all over Denver.

“National Philanthropy Day is a celebration of philanthropy in Colorado. I was nominated for this award by my mentor Steve Donzelli and Jan Nadav at the Mizel Museum. Steve is a professional in the pet services industry and he has helped make many important connections for Stink Bug. Jan works with kids at the Mizel Museum’s summer camps and she has been a strong supporter of Stink Bug for years. They wrote nomination letters and the National Philanthropy Day board decided to choose Stink Bug! Now I will also be considered for a national award, competing with other state winners in the youth category.

“I’m very honored to receive this award, which will give me $2500 for my college fund.

“For more information on Stink Bug Project, our website is http://www.rmchildren.org/programs/stink-bug-project/. If you know a family who has a child battling a life threatening disease who might be interested in a companion dog, or if you have any questions, please e-mail us.”

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  • Barbara Bandel of Denver
  • Robin & Mitch Chasansky of Aurora
  • Toni & Randy Palmer & family of Denver
  • Julie Selsberg & Josh Protass & family of Denver
  • Jeffrey & Kate Sirota & family of Denver


  • An addendum to the autumn announcement from Nancy & Alan Bieber… their grandbaby born on Rosh Hashanah has since acquired a name: Johanna Mika Schwartz. You may spot this wee one and her parents, Amanda & Jason Schwartz, visiting here from New York City during Hanukkah!


  • Henry Arthur Miller, yahrzeit, Oct. 20, 2014, grandfather of Sascha Ripps, grandfather-in-law of Brad & great-grandfather of Grayson & Elon

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


  • Beverly Kaufmann — in memory of Carl Kaufmann, husband, father & grandfather
  • Sheri Lockhart & Mitch Levy – in memory of Bertha Haugen, mother of Kari Epstein
  • Sheri Lockhart & Mitch Levy – in memory of Warren Paul, father of Jacob & Ella Paul
  • Bernie Mazor – in honor of the marriage of Elissa Goldberg & Anndee Hochman
  • Brad & Ruth Hart Segal – in memory of David Segal
  • Vicki & Harry Sterling – in honor of the Sterling/Hay family & their delight in their membership at Temple Micah
  • Louis Wolfe – in honor of the bar mitzvah of Evan Wiley
  • Louis Wolfe – in honor of the bat mitzvah Jariya Freehling


  • Richard S. Simms, P.C. – in honor of the birthday of Jon Thorson


  • Shelley Wiley & Beth Cohen – for Evan Wiley toward b’nai mitzvah class gift


  • Betsy Armstrong
  • Nancy Beighley
  • Jack & Nancy Blumenthal Family Fund
  • Vicky Collins Ewalt
  • Bruce Berman, Howard Fistell
  • James & Emily Gerson & family
  • Michael & Nancy Greenspon
  • Ernie & Mary Alyce Groman – in appreciation to Temple Micah
  • Sarah Indyk
  • Alan & J.M. Jaffe – for the very enjoyable High Holy Days services… “we enjoy the warmth and community feel of Temple Micah”
  • Eric Kaplan
  • Michael Katz
  • Judy Amilaner Lichtbach
  • Nancy & Mark Winski


  • Anonymous
  • Roz Cantrell
  • Elyse Gellerman & Michael Fierberg
  • Sarah Klahn & Eyal Sella & family
  • Megan Marx
  • Marin & Wendy Smith
  • Ken Vogel & Lia Woodall


  • Rabbi Adam Morris, Cantorial Soloist Uri Ayn Rovner & all High Holy Days vocalists, musicians, Temple Micah Board, Torah readers, ritual participants, contemplation facilitators, Shema Kolaynu speakers and logistical teammates
  • Robyn Hodas, Susie Schreiber & B’nai Mitzvah families for coordinating Temple Micah’s High Holy Days Food & Hygiene Items Drive & to all who contributed to it
  • All donors of in-kind furnishings & other forms of support for Somali refugee newcomers in Aurora, whom Temple Micah is helping to resettle
  • All who are strengthening the Women’s Homelessness Initiative by deed or in-kind contributions or both
  • All who patronized or pumped energy into pumpkin patches for social action purposes
  • All who participated in recent “Mitzvah Day” activities
  • Park Hill United Methodist Church for ongoing cooperation

Please notify Elaine Lee, elaine.lee@micahdenver.org, 303-388-4239 x1, of any inadvertent error or omission.

WITHIN OUR REALM… (at Temple Micah, 5209 Montview Blvd., Denver, unless noted otherwise)

  • Temple Micah Board Meeting – Tuesday, Nov. 11 – 6:30 p.m. Micah members always are welcome for monthly meetings of the congregation’s board of trustees.
  • Micah Boomers +/- — Thursday, Nov. 13 – 7:00 p.m. Anyone considering himself or herself a “Boomer” in the Jewish community can come schmooze and study at this program about the Prophet Daniel, led by Rabbi Adam Morris. RSVP to Risa Tatarsky via the Temple Micah Membership Directory or at 303-388-4239 x1, and say if you’ll bring a snack to share.
  • Temple Micah Women’s Book Group – Monday, Nov. 17 — 7:00 p.m. Join this conversation centered on Christina Baker Kline’s “The Orphan Train,” place to be determined. RSVP to Nancy Weil via Temple Micah Membership Directory or reach her through the temple, 303-388-4239 x1.
  • Rabbi Mo’s Roundtable – Thursday, Nov. 20 – 7:30 a.m. Perk up with Micah people discussing current topics of Jewish interest at Snooze, 2262 Larimer St., in LoDo; pay your way for caffeine or breakfast.
  • Anshei Mitzvah Informational Meeting, Sunday, Nov. 23 – 10:00 a.m. Jews who didn’t have a bar or bat mitzvah ceremony during adolescence can do so as adults in a Temple Micah class culminating in a group B’nai Mitzvah Service in 2016. Attend this meeting to find out more about what’s entailed, or ask the rabbi, 303-388-4239 x3.  
  • Happy Thanksgiving! – Thursday, Nov. 27 – Will you say a blessing or be a blessing? Or both?


  • Jewish Gender Journeys – Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m., Temple Sinai, 3509 S. Glencoe St., Denver, free – Transgender Day of Remembrance is designated for remembering gender non-conforming and transgender individuals who were murdered in the past year. This panel, brought to the community by Keshet, is comprised of a transgender man, a transgender woman, an intersex individual, a genderqueer individual and the parent of a transgender person. They will tell their respective stories, with time for questions and answers afterward.
  • Fair Trade Market – During winter holidays, consider giving gifts of extra significance. Unique, fair-trade and handmade products from Colorado and around the world are for sale at Park Hill United Church of Christ, 2600 Leyden St., Denver. The market is open Friday, Nov. 7, from 3:00-7:00 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 8, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 9, 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. All proceeds go to the crafters and organizations providing the merchandise.
  • Pack Light and Fill Your Pages! – Would you like to capture your travel experiences? Judith Cassel-Mamet, a Temple Micah past president, welcomes inquiries about her Travel Journal Workshop, based on the premise that making a travel journal offers an unusual, satisfying souvenir more poetic than buying any object. The workshop is from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, Room 205, 5209 Montview Blvd., Denver. Learn techniques to record your adventures by mixing media, playing with collage, preparing pages and discussing how to use photos creatively. No drawing, writing or art experience is needed! Cost is $50 for Micah members or $75 for non-members and includes necessary materials except blank journal and apron. Register before Tuesday, Nov. 18 at www.jcmamet.net/workshops.
  • Rosh Hodesh 2015 Program: “Women’s Expressions of the Soul” – Women representing  a cross-section of Jewish Denver are putting together a collaboration for Everywoman in the community on Sunday, March 15, which Temple Micah is co-sponsoring with other synagogues and organizations. A keynote address by Caryn Aviv of Judaism Your Way headlines the 2:30-6:30 p.m. event at Rodef Shalom and Mizel Museum, 450 and 400 S. Kearney St., including afternoon snacks and a catered kosher supper. Breakout sessions will be presented by guests with varied backgrounds such as Ruth Sharon, yoga/meditation instructor; Nancy Sharp, Micah member and author of “Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss and Bold Living”; Rabbi Evette Lutman of B’nai Havurah; Claudia Trevithick, counselor and art therapist; and Yael Weinstein, Judaic fabric artist. Hold the date, and watch for details unfolding!

Varied Ways To Assure Temple Micah’s Future

November 1st, 2014

by Brenda Bruno, Temple Administrator, on Behalf of the Board and Micah Tomorrow

“Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. That spoke right to my heart. I think Temple Micah has helped me be a better version of myself.”

“Temple Micah welcomed me when I was unsure of how I might participate, allowing me to expand my religious beliefs and spiritual curiosity  at my own pace, slowly but surely becoming comfortable enough to embrace my Jewish identity.”

“It’s the right fit for me and my family.”

One of the best parts of talking with people about the Micah Tomorrow endowment fund has been participating in conversations one-on-one, hearing about people’s values, sharing personal stories about why Temple Micah is meaningful and relevant and valued. Each discussion is unique and different.  Informational meetings are starting, and the following members have committed or promised to commit to the financial future of our temple:

Micah Tomorrow donors as of Oct. 31, 2014

Michael & Robin Aubrey

Hal & Brenda Bruno

Lawrence & Elizabeth Feldman

Charles Kessler, Chris Lynn

Nancy Litwack-Strong & Peter Strong

Rabbi Adam, Renee, Addison & Dakota Morris

Dena Sorokin

Helen Spiegel

David Teitelman

Anonymous (1)

There are different ways people have chosen to donate: future gift (bequest) of a percentage of estate; future gift (bequest) naming Temple Micah the beneficiary of a retirement plan; current planned gift spread out over several years; current one-time gift. Some have chosen not to indicate the details of their gift but that they have included or they will include Micah Tomorrow in their wills. Just as there are many different reasons why people love Temple Micah and why they would choose to donate to the Micah Tomorrow endowment, there are many different ways the gifts can be arranged. We will be updating and sharing the list of Micah Tomorrow endowment donors regularly.

Are you an estate attorney? Other temples who have already participated in the Rose Live On grant have told us this donation conversation has been a learning opportunity for those who do not have a will. We’d like to keep a list of professionals who could be a resource for those with questions. Please contact Brenda Bruno, brenda.bruno@micahdenver.org, if you would like to help.

So, What’s in Your Name?

November 1st, 2014

by Rabbi Adam Morris

Did you know that Abraham and Sarah (of ‘first Jews’ fame) were not always Abraham and Sarah? When we first meet them this season in a Torah portion — Lech L’cha — they are Abram and Sarai. As their experiences define them and their story evolves, they each add the letter ‘hay’ to their names. The ‘hey’ is not just any old ‘hey,’ but the ‘hey’ from the four-lettered, unpronounceable name of God. They added to the recipe of letters that constituted their names to that point, the divine spice of the letter ‘hey.’ The biblical author understood and sought to teach us who would listen to this story — that there can be meaning and impact even in the most mundane of actions — even in how we identify ourselves and how we identify others.

We don’t change our names much in our day and age, but we do have more than one way that we are referred to or reference others… perhaps we acquire a nickname (chosen or forced upon us) or we have different appellations depending on the relative familiarity or roles that our titles will fulfill with the various people in our lives (Mr., Mrs., Darling, Ma’am, Dr., Coach, etc.) Just like any other mundane choice we make in our lives, the names we use for ourselves and for others hold potential for other layers of meaning.

Before you start googling the best marketers and branding professionals to help imagine your new name, perhaps the first steps to unpacking the meaning behind our monikers is simply to begin to pay attention to how we identify ourselves and how we identify others. After all, even before Abram and Sarai added the divine ‘Hey,’ their lives still embodied plenty of divinity. I would bet that that same divinity abides in our lives, too… hiding in plain sight each time we say ‘Mom’ or ‘Dad’ or call out to a child, a sibling or a friend. We don’t necessarily need to add a ‘hey’ to be aware of what is already present within.

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October 11th, 2014

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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT – Whatever We Wonder, These Rabbis Have Answers

October 11th, 2014

by Elaine Lee, Membership & Communications Director

Though High Holy Days are done, Micah congregants still have more to learn from the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the source of the draft Rosh Hashanah Service recently piloted here. “Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Jewish Questions,” a new book published by CCAR Press and edited by Rabbi Paul Citrin of Albuquerque, offers responses from 39 rabbis around the world to a dozen common questions about Jewish belief. People ask… they answer, reminding us that we’re part of their community. With a few choice topics such as God, ethics, humanity, suffering, evil, the soul, afterlife, interfaith dialogue and more, this book begs for a look!

When I was a little girl, the boys next door and I used to play “Chapters.” We walked within the perimeter of my backyard, more or less following its outline and pausing here and there: orange brick wall, ragged woodpile, climbing roses, railed porch and so on. As we made our rounds, we noticed too the patio glider, tetherball pole, doghouse, clothesline, fallen pecans, tossed coffee grounds and so many other catalysts for curiosity. We saw the yard from different angles, all encouraging the wandering of our minds. We pondered the stuff – and dreamed up more stuff. And acting out a chapter in each “setting” didn’t mean we were guilty of misbehaving or wasting time. No, chasing one another’s imaginations through the chapters helped us see ourselves more clearly and led us kids to keep becoming somebodies.

“Lights in the Forest” puts chapters together in a world-wide scenario. These collected essays on Jewish belief(s) seem to offer insights for better understanding ourselves and one another within the periphery of global Jewry. May Jewish communities and rabbis far and near continue encouraging and responding to our wonderings!


  • Michael & Elissa Bercovitz & family of Denver
  • Reid Fischer & Angela Howard & family of Centennial
  • Jesse Groman & Abigail Person & family of Denver
  • Brad & Sascha Ripps & family of Denver


  • A new girl was born on Rosh Hashanah 5775! She is the daughter of Amanda & Jason Schwartz of New York, and granddaughter of Nancy & Alan Bieber.
  • Elissa Goldberg & Anndee Hochman were wed on Sept. 19, 2014, according to a reliable source, Elissa’s mom, Judy Goldberg. The newlyweds live in Philadelphia.


  • Bernard G. Rubin, yahrzeit Sept. 4, 2014, father of Terry Rubin & mother-in-law of Ilana
  • Roslyn (Rosie) Grueskin, yahrzeit Sept. 9, 2014, stepmother of Mark Grueskin & step-mother-in-law of Lola, step-grandmother of Abbie & Emma
  • Bertha Haugen, yahrzeit Sept. 30, 2014, mother of Kari Epstein & mother-in-law of Steve, grandmother of Anya, Daniel & Noah

THANK YOU SO MUCH FROM TEMPLE MICAH (for donations received last month)


  • Corissa Figaro & family – in memory of David Segal
  • Mark & Lola Farber Grueskin, Abbie & Emma – in memory of Rosie Grueskin
  • Debbie & Frank Piazza – in memory of Bernard Rubin, Terry Rubin’s father
  • Orah Fireman & Andrew Schiavoni – in honor of Rabbi Mo & his wonderful work with young people as they prepare to become bar/bat mitzvahs
  • Helen Spiegel – toward potluck costs


  • Melinda Pollack & Tony Frank
  • Terry & Ilana Rubin – in memory of Bernard G. Rubin


  • Sima & David Bayless
  • Susan Becker
  • Mildred Harris Caplitz & Bryan Bernholtz
  • Judith Birnbaum
  • Gail Cohen & James Dean
  • Rob Stein & Mariah Dickson & family
  • Emily Eikelberner
  • Rachel Fisher
  • Barbara Gibbs-Gore
  • Judy Goldberg
  • Susan & Michael Goldstein
  • Mary Jo Gross
  • Danielle & Larry Henshaw & family
  • Howard Hertzberg
  • Karen Iker
  • Becky Snell Labson & Vic Labson – Kol Nidre/Yom Kippur large floral arrangement
  • Johanna Ladis
  • Susan Martin
  • Elyana Sutin McCeney
  • Brian Muszynski
  • Marion Nutt
  • Aaron Parson
  • Caryl Polonsky
  • Vicky Smith & Jon Polonsky
  • Renee Raabe
  • Lisa & Chad Rorden
  • Barry Roseman
  • Lori Ryan
  • Ann & Lisa Saliman
  • Mirella Schreiber
  • Judy Shlay
  • Benjamin Simler
  • David Spector
  • Cori Streetman
  • Ada Sahud & Loretta Warren
  • Adriana Weinberg
  • Louis Wolfe
  • Dr. Philip Yarnell


  • Janis Anderson
  • Michael & Robin Aubrey & family
  • Barbara Bandel
  • The Beighley, Mandel & Ruttenberg families
  • Joel Bogen, Susan Borgos, Shirley Borgos, Joshua Bogen
  • Sonia Boin
  • Laura Thor & Robert Bram
  • The Bruno family
  • Mildred Harris Caplitz & Bryan Bernholtz
  • Gail Cohen & James Dean
  • Lisa Dean & Oliver
  • Emily Epstein
  • Vicky Collins Ewalt
  • Fran & Mike Fisher & family
  • Judy Goldberg
  • Gary Sullivan & Karen Goldblatt-Sullivan & family
  • Denise Geiger & Gwenael Hagan
  • Karen Hagler
  • Howard Hertzberg
  • Donna & Harry Gordon, Linda Johnston
  • Micheal & Cheryl Kasson
  • Betsy & Andy Kaufman
  • Anne Schaefer Kelly & family
  • Hope, Bryant & Shayla Kligerman
  • Lynn Klyde-Silverstein & Darrian Aguirre
  • Fred Kutner
  • Elaine & Irv Levy
  • Janet & Mary Jo Gross & Steve Lissner
  • Sheri Lockhart & Mitch Levy
  • The Mandel-Brewer family
  • Gail Mason
  • Carol Molnia & Gary McIntosh
  • Howard Belon & Donna Morganstern
  • Irv Nelson
  • Patti & Tom Parson
  • Patty Paul
  • Deborah Rothenberg & family
  • Helen Spiegel
  • Melissa Weiser-Rose & Michael Rose
  • Terry & Ilana Rubin
  • Judy Shlay
  • Marlynn & Joe Silver
  • Mary Ann Strassner
  • Risa Tatarsky
  • Sharon & Jon Thorson
  • Lia Woodall & Ken Vogel
  • Adriana Weinberg
  • Albert Weltman & family
  • Louis Wolfe
  • Elizabeth Daves & Eric Ziegler
  • Jo Ann Zvares & Miriam Swihart

MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED MAKE TEMPLE MICAH HIGH HOLY DAYS SPECIAL… Everyone who was here was touched by your generous efforts and contributions!


  • Sloane’s Carpet Secret – for sponsoring the Erev Rosh Hashanah Board of Trustees Reception
  • Y.LO Epicure – for (again!) generously donating Yom Kippur Break-the-fast


HIA Pumpkin Patch Habitat Interfaith Alliance, consisting of 14 congregations including Temple Micah, is sponsoring an annual pumpkin patch to raise funds to build a house in the Denver metro area. Here’s how to participate:

  • Sign up at http://bit.ly/2014PumpkinPatchVol to sell pumpkins Oct. 18-31 at Central Christian Church, 3690 Cherry Creek South Drive, Denver.
  • See hours of the sale on the site noted above and encourage everyone to buy these fresh pumpkins delivered from a local farm.
  • Contact Sarah Rovner directly or through Temple Micah, 303-388-4239 x1, with any questions about this event and upcoming events supporting HIA. Or visit hiadenver.org.

Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970-2014 – RedLine welcomes Judy Chicago for an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 17 (6:00 p.m. for RedLine members, 7:00 p.m. for the public), with a major exhibition of her work spanning more than five decades and ongoing, in celebration of her 75th birthday. The exhibit is on view there at 2350 Arapahoe St., Denver, through Sunday, Dec. 28. Accomplished artist, writer, theorist, teacher, feminist and humanist, Chicago may be best known at Temple Micah for her portrayal of “Rainbow Shabbat: A Vision for the Future,” displayed on the wall facing the Mikdash/Chapel at 5209 Montview Blvd. This art work was a gift from the temple to its current partner in space-sharing, Park Hill United Methodist Church. An identical print was bestowed by Temple Micah on Park Hill Congregational Church, the temple’s prior home.

Art Garage Open Studio Tour – Take a self-guided tour of working studios, display venues and homes of about 20 local artists in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood from Friday, Oct. 17-Sunday, Oct. 19. Each artist will donate a percentage of his or her sales to the Art Garage, 6100 E. 23rd Ave., 303-377-2353, where the tour schedule and free maps are available.

7th Neustadt JAAMM Fest… Wednesday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Nov. 9 – A celebration of Jewish culture including art, authors, movies, music, dance and theatre attractions. The fest is presented by Mizel Arts & Culture Center based at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. For the full schedule, details and tickets, go to www.maccjcc.org/jaamm or call 303-316-6360. Here’s a sample of the array:

  • Nancy Sharp Author Talk – Temple Micah member and author of “Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss and Bold Living,” Nancy speaks about her life and her award-winning memoir in the Author Series Premiere at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Hear more afterward on this book’s themes from The Denver Post’s Suzanne Brown. Cost: $10/adult, $8/student or senior.
  • Kindertransport – From Thursday, Oct. 30-Tuesday, Dec. 7, Theatre Or and Mizel Arts and Culture Center present the Colorado premiere of this play written by Diane Samuels, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport. A preview with tribute to Denver Kindertransport participant Henry Lowenstein takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 22, including a dessert reception and post-performance conversation with artists and participants.
  • Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture – At 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 local actress Judy Winnick performs her original one-act, one-person play, “Miep Gies: A Beacon of Hope.” Gies helped the Frank family and others hidden in an attic in Amsterdam during World War II, and preserved Anne’s diary until the war’s end. Suitable for middle-schoolers through adults, this event is free for students, educators and Holocaust survivors. Reservations are necessary.
  • “Elan, Son of Two Peoples” – Heidi S. Hyde’s multi-cultural tale celebrates a young man’s dual heritage. Her program at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, geared for children in pre-K through grade two, incorporates drama and music and includes an interactive book reading, a colorful weaving project, an art project and authentic Native American and pioneer games. A lively Israeli dance celebrates the majesty of trees — the name “Elan” means oak tree in Hebrew. Cost is $5 per child; accompanying adults are free. Hyde is a PJ Library author; the library project provides families rearing Jewish children, age 6 months to 5-1/2 years, with a free Jewish book or music CD mailed monthly to homes. Temple Micah is happy to be a community partner of PJ Library — and JAAMM Fest as well!

There’s Room for You in Homeless Initiative

October 11th, 2014

by Helen Spiegel, Board Member & Social Action Chair

Temple Micah has formed a core group of people who now provide the meal for 20 women who happen to be homeless on the first Wednesday of odd numbered months. The next meal we provide is Wednesday, Nov. 5. The focus of the Women’s Homelessness Initiative is to provide a safe and dignified night’s shelter and a meal. Irv and Elaine Levy provide the main course, others of us provide salad, vegetables, bread and desserts. Louis Wolfe and I are the main operators of the dishwasher, which we consider a vital part of the entire operation since leaving the facility clean is part of the task. We also help those members of the church with setup.  It is a great opportunity for us to partner with members of Park Hill United Methodist Church.

Jo Zvares offers creative writing to those women who choose to participate. Each time she has offered, a number of the women have participated.

We welcome other volunteers to join us.  Actually, the time and materials are minimal compared to the value of the service.

Love Yourself and Neighbors This Season

October 11th, 2014

by Bethany Friedlander, Educator

We are in full swing at religious school now. Families have begun to participate in Bayachad (family together) programs each week as well. These special times when parents and children get to come together and learn are significant aspects of creating a community that truly learns all together. This year, in particular, we are focusing on the concept of Ve’ahavta Le’reecha Kamocha – Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. We will be learning about what it means to love ourselves and what it means to love our neighbor. We will try to better understand who we are and who is our neighbor. We are fortunate to have been paired with a Somalian refugee family who will become our neighbor soon.

As we find ourselves either visiting the sukkot of others or building our own, we are reminded that the homes and neighborhoods can be represented by many different things. Whether it is literally a roof over our head, the street that we learned to ride our bikes on, the community center we played at, the school where we learned our aleph-bet or mathematical equations, or the entire world underneath the shelter of the sky, we find that we are all neighbors.

May this time of Sukkot remind us of who we are and how sacred each of our neighbors is.

Continue to look for information about our family from Somalia as well as our Bayachad programs and visit our religious school blog at templemicahreligiousschool.blogspot.com.

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September 1st, 2014

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