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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT – Settle in Now and Fortify the Move-Over

April 1st, 2014

by Elaine Lee, Membership and Communications Director

Even as the congregation settles into its milieu at 5209 Montview Blvd., you still can choose from the list of possible gifts to help cloak the temple’s new home. Donate for the Micah Move-Over in general or toward whichever pieces of it “move” you! If you haven’t yet attended services in the renovated Mikdash/Chapel, try out a service in April. Thank you to the Space Committee, the moving team and all financial supporters who’ve enabled the Move-Over (and to other Micah givers). Donations last month are noted in this e-newsletter’s “Community Spotlight.”

Speaking of supporting and participating in Temple Micah, let’s cruise in reverse to review our recent Micah Sock Hop. Honestly, it was the most checkered, greasiest and cutest Spring event ever. You had to be there to make your way through the polka dots, gyrate with hula hoops and inhale A Perfect Pear’s decadent but oh-so-delectable onion rings (not to mention Brenda Bruno’s desserts) — while deliriously divesting yourself — all for the sake of driving up the temple’s take! Never before had D.J. Holly seen so many varsity letters and appliqué poodles flaunted in a Jewish Fellowship Hall. Thank you, Sandra Dee – er, Jill Young, the luminous blonde in charge of our hop squad, which included Dede A., Brenda B., Nicole K., Sheri L., Risa T., Laura T. and me, plus some board cheerleaders and welcome tag-alongs (like Jacob Sorokin peddling grocery cards alongside his mom, Dena, to benefit the temple). Star Sponsors, Prize Donors, beatniks and “make-out loungers” all helped to make this FUNdraising scene the out-of-sight night that it was! 

Next, skim a Purim synopsis from Bethany Friedlander, educator, wondering: “What other time of year is required to BE HAPPY? Not so easy to be told you have to have a certain emotion, but Judaism thankfully stresses that one. As the days of winter slowly disappear, we still recognize that freezing temperatures, more white stuff, long days at work, short weekends to play and too much to do – always – are pushing our buttons. The month of Adar, when Purim takes place, allows us to let loose just a little bit (or a lot) and have fun. Thanks to our terrific teachers, madrichim assistants and engaged religious school families, we celebrated the whole day this year. 

“Beginning with an Olympic-style shpiel, we continued with a Megillah reading using mac-and-cheese groggers donated to the food bank, a penny toss for tzedakah, friendly mishloach manot deliveries to various congregants, and of course tasting hamantashen. And that was just the morning. In the afternoon we joined with Congregation Rodef Shalom for a raucous Purim Carnival, manned by many Micah participants. Thanks to everyone for participating in ’Being Happy Day,’ otherwise known as Purim.”

GREET NEW MEMBERS…

  • Harry & Donna Gordon of Denver — soon they will celebrate daughter Linda Johnston’s and grandson Ryan Johnston’s milestones of Jewish adulthood!
  • Ira A. Selkowitz & C. Pilar Osorio of Denver – they are not only new Micah congregants but also newlyweds!    

HELLO TO BABIES…

  • Skye Jubilee Philip Kaplan, born March 8, 2014. He is the son of Michael & Ann Kaplan and has three siblings: Elijah, River & Georgia.
  • Zoe Bea Sirota, born March 9, 2014. She’s the daughter of David & Emily Sirota and sister of Isaac.
  • Iris Blackbird Magalnick, born March 14, 2014, in San Diego. She’s the daughter of David & Neva Ayn Magalnick, sister of Henry and granddaughter of Sarah & Uri Ayn Rovner.

HEARTFELT SYMPATHY…

  • Carol Rose, yahrzeit March 23, 2014, mother of Michael Rose & mother-in-law of Melissa Weiser-Rose
  • Sherry Zvares Sanabria, yahrzeit March 6, 2014, sister of JoAnn Zvares & remembered by Miriam Swihart

THANK YOU TO MICAH MOVE-OVER DONORS (for donations received in past month)…

  • Liz & Larry Feldman – for Move-Over
  • Sherry & Jeff Morris – for Move-Over
  • Uri Ayn & Sarah Rovner – rabbi’s plaque
  • David Teitelman – toward stained glass covering in large sanctuary
  • Louis Wolfe – toward Montview signage (or wherever)

MANY THANKS TO MICAH SOCK HOP SUPPORTERS…

Star Sponsors:

  • Feldman Mortuary/Generations
  • Jewish Family Service
  • JB Nimble Group
  • Meg, Hal & Brenda Bruno
  • Michael Clapman & Risa Tatarsky
  • Liz & Larry Feldman
  • Sarah Klahn & Eyal Sella
  • Hope & Bryant Kligerman
  • Sheri Lockhart & Mitch Levy
  • Sam Mamet & Judith Cassel-Mamet
  • Rabbi Adam & Renee Morris
  • Debbie & Frank Piazza
  • Laura Thor & Robert Bram
  • Sharon & Jon Thorson
  • Jill & John Young

Prize Donors:

  • Adagio Bakery & Cafe
  • Annie’s Café & Bar
  • East Side Kosher Deli
  • Moss Pink Flora & Botanicals
  • Snooze
  • Park Hill Bookstore

Miscellaneous Hop Donors:

  • Dede Arnholz
  • Martin & Wendy Smith
  • JoAnn Zvares
  • And All Attendees!

MORE THANKS TO OTHER DONORS…

  • Anonymous – wine for Temple Micah Community Passover Seder
  • Deanna Gusman & Ari Walkertzedakah in remembrance of his grandmother, Dorothy Baron
  • Gwenael Hagan & his mother, Suzanne Boule – yahrzeit donation in memory of Eugene Krader
  • Hannah Houston – yahrzeit donation in memory of her brother, the Rev. Robert Hughes
  • Cheryl Kasson – yahrzeit donation in memory of mother, Rhetta Turkin Goldstein
  • Beverly Kaufmann & daughters Marsha Kaufmann, Cheryl Solko – yahrzeit donation in memory of husband & father, Carl Kaufmann
  • Megan Marx – yahrzeit donations in memory of Gerry Marx, mother, and Aaron Weiss, family friend
  • Risa Tatarsky – yahrzeit donation in memory of Fred Tatarsky, husband, and Norma Jean Freedman, mother

THANKS FOR INVALUABLE VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTIONS…

  • Michael & Robin Aubrey – for relentlessly “capturing Micah moments” on camera and diligently sharing them at annual temple meetings and on Facebook
  • Beth Cohen & Shelley Wiley – for cheerily and tirelessly co-coordinating more than a few Temple Micah Community Passover Seders including the upcoming one on Monday, April 14 and for setting great examples for their apprentices, the Aubreys, who will become our 2015 seder co-coordinators
  • Micah Move-Over Committee – for organizing giving opportunities related to the temple’s move: Judith Cassel-Mamet, Sharon Thorson, Stefanie Winfield   
  • Ruth Segal – for collaborating to produce the MICAH e-Mailbox in its fresh, more visual format
  • Space Committee – for putting us in our place: Michael Clapman, chair, Scott Alban, Liz Feldman, Gwenael Hagan, Charles Kessler, Brian Silverman, Sharon Thorson (+ Rabbi Adam Morris)
  • Mary Ann Strassner – for ongoing acknowledgments to donors
  • Risa Tatarsky – for coordinating Boomers +/- events
  • Sharon Thorson & Kari Epstein – for Israel trip plans  

 Note: Please notify Elaine Lee, 303-388-4239 x1, of any inadvertent error or omission; your feedback is appreciated!  

SPECIAL INTEREST ACTIVITIES…

  • Reservation Deadline for Our Micah Community Seder Is Tuesday, April 8 — Exult at a first-night freedom fest, like no other, at 6:00 p.m. Monday, April 14 at Temple Micah, 5209 Montview Blvd. Payment for this seder must be received by April 8. RSVP and pay at http://www.micahdenver.org or through Elaine Lee, 303-388-4239 x1. See you at seder! 
  • Micah Boomers +/- — Thursday, April 10 – Isaiah is the topic at 7:00 p.m. at 5209 Montview Blvd.; RSVP to Risa Tatarsky or temple with whether you’ll bring a snack.
  • Rabbi Mo’s Roundtable – Thursday, April 17 –  Early risers can chirp with one another and the rabbi at 7:30 a.m. at Snooze, 2262 Larimer St., in LoDo; buy your own breakfast, coffee or both.
  • Funky Friday Reggae Shabbat & Sampler Supper – April 18 — Service is at 6:00 p.m. at Temple Micah, 5209 Montview Blvd., and supper afterward nearby at 7:15-ish. For details and to RSVP, check in with Elaine Lee, 303-388-4239 x1, by Thursday, April 17.
  • Me’at Shabbat – Saturday, April 19 – Celebrate this toddler-centered Shabbat at 9:00 a.m. at Temple Micah, 5209 Montview Blvd. (Little ones, bring your families!)
  • Temple Micah Women’s Book Group – Monday, April 21 – Meet at 7:00 p.m. at the Weil home in Park Hill to discuss Penelope Fitzgerald’s Booker Award winning novel, “The Blue Flower.” RSVP to Nancy Weil or leave message at temple, 303-388-4239 x1.

MORE TO DO… 

You Only Live Once: Jewish Wisdom on Aging Well — Sunday, April 6 – at Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. This free community conference from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., is co-sponsored by Temple Micah and others. Registration is required at http://youonlyliveoncedenver.org/register/.

Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance – Thursday, May 1 – “A Lucky Child: The Incredible Story of Judge Thomas Buergenthal” will be the focus of this program, recalling the Holocaust. The event takes place at 6:00 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver. Complimentary tickets are required; RSVP by Thursday, April 17 to 303-830-7177 x220.  

Park Hill Art Club Semiannual Show and Sale – Friday, May 2-Sunday, May 4 – Some 1200 framed and unframed pieces of original art created by members of the Park Hill Art Club will be on view at 5209 Montview Blvd. Friday from 4:30-8:00 p.m.,  Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The display is free and open to the public. Get a preview of this club’s endeavors at www.parkhillartclub.org.

10th Habitat Golf Classic – Monday, June 2 – This tournament of Habitat Interfaith Alliance to advance home-building for people needing a home, starts with a 7:45 a.m. shotgun at Glenmoor Country Club, 110 Glenmoor Drive, Cherry Hills Village. To help sponsor a golf hole or sign up to play, contact Sarah Rovner via the Micah membership directory or temple, 303-388-4239 x1.

Compass USA Host Families Sought — French and Spanish teens will sojourn in Denver this summer for two-five weeks of English immersion, volunteer stints, lessons and camp experiences. If you’re willing to open your home and heart to a student, ages 14-20, call Marge Benning303-871-8994 for more info about dates and specific kids. Host families receive a $50/week stipend.

Live On — Micah Tomorrow

April 1st, 2014

by Nancy Litwack-Strong, on behalf of the Temple Micah Live-On Committee

One day, Honi the Circle Maker was walking on the road and saw a man planting a carob tree. Honi asked the man, “How long will it take for this tree to bear fruit?”

The man replied, “Seventy years.”

Honi then asked the man, “And do you think you will live another seventy years and eat the fruit of this tree?”

The man answered, “Perhaps not. However, when I was born into this world, I found many carob trees planted by my father and grandfather. Just as they planted trees for me, I am planting trees for my children and grandchildren so they will be able to eat the fruit of these trees.”

A few months ago, Temple Micah received an invitation. This invitation, from the Rose Community Foundation, was an honor, as it recognized us as an established and thriving organization within the local Jewish community. Accepting this invitation was a big step in Micah’s growth and could not have come at a more appropriate time as we move into our new mikdash (chapel) and look to our future. The board reviewed and discussed this invitation and decided to say YES! We hope that you will say YES along with us.

Have I gotten your attention? Are you wondering about this invitation? Let me fill you in on the details. We have been invited to participate in LIVE ON: Build Your Jewish Legacy. This is an initiative of the Rose Community Foundation. The goals of this initiative are, in part, to ensure the survival of a thriving Denver/Boulder Jewish community, to help agencies build permanent endowments through bequests, and to educate, train and support professional and lay leaders in how to accomplish this.

We — Rabbi Mo, Temple Administrator Brenda Bruno, and Board Members Brian Silverman, Jason Altshuler and Nancy Litwack-Strong — are part of the 4thgroup of Jewish organizations that have participated in this training and development process. We started in October 2013 and will be participating in this project through October 2015. What has motivated us to commit to a two-year process? Several things:

  1. It seemed like an offer we could not refuse. The Rose Community Foundation has provided financial incentives for each step of the process we complete. We are being rewarded for moving  Temple Micah forward and helping to secure our financial future.
  2. We will learn A LOT of good stuff. For instance, did you know that 74% of American Jews have a will or estate plan compared to 60% of non-Jews. And that regardless of income, the most active, loyal, long-term supporters of an organization are among those most likely to include a planned gift in their will.
  3. We can use these tools to build Micah Tomorrow, a Temple Micah legacy fund, to help secure our financial future.
  4. We can have meaningful conversations with our members about our community.
  5. Oh, and did I mention… this would help secure our financial future? Micah is an organization we love. We want it to be around for us, our families and our future members.

You will be hearing more about the Micah Tomorrow fund. When we call on you, please say “YES, I want to have a conversation about Temple Micah.” Join me in planting many trees for our future. This is a journey we take together, and what a difference we can make. 

Freedom from the Food Chain

April 1st, 2014

by Rabbi Adam Morris

It’s time for the quite culinary and garishly gastronomic based experience that we know as Passover. Sure, we joke that we always will have food with our holidays (or is it that we will have holidays with our food?)… but Passover holds a special classification when it comes to its food-centric nature.  Perhaps, more than any other ritual we know, the food of Passover serves as a nutritional time machine and a spiritual medium through which we move beyond the corporeal realm of nourishing and energizing our bodies.

There is a reason that each year we ceremonially mush apples, walnuts and wine (if you are of the Ashkenazic tradition) into a pasty pate of mortar, rather than look at pictures of the mortar used by our enslaved ancestors. There is a reason that each year we bite into a bitter, instead of listening to someone tell us about the bitterness of slavery. There is a reason that each year we eat that tasteless, constipating unleavened bread of affliction, instead of reading about affliction in a book. The reason has to do with being concrete, and not only abstract. The reason has to do with being active, rather than passive. Our tradition intends for the story of slavery, the experience of it, to be something we remember and re-live… in order that we cherish the blessing of freedom and carry on a sense of urgency about protecting or establishing freedom throughout our world.

As we anticipate the familiar food-related sensations that accompany Passover, let us not get stuck in that physical experience of eating. Let us invite the experiencing of choosing, preparing and eating the foods of this season to open our hearts and souls to lessons and possibilities in our story of bondage, redemption and freedom.

MICAH e-MAILBOX

March 1st, 2014

Click here for Temple Micah’s March 2014 e-newsletter/blog.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT — Real-World Hunger Games

March 1st, 2014

by Elaine Lee, Membership and Communications Director

Those of us fortunate not to be in hunger and facing vacant cupboards or no cupboards at all are being asked to step up for others for one week in a season when food donations are especially low and need is excruciatingly high. Hunger Stops Here, an Easter/Passover Denver Community Food Drive from Monday, April 7-Sunday, April 13 depends on people in various congregations including ours to bring in as much nonperishable food to share as possible.

Besides faith-based organizations, this drive includes businesses and other entities in the community. One unified week of such kind acts will hardly stem stubborn dilemmas of hunger at arm’s length or starvation and malnutrition around the world. But please pay attention to this plea for that week. For after all, we are they – those who hunger for a more perfect world – each person, including and among us, imperfectly needing a little extra helping sometimes.

So, the task to make an impact against hunger has been set on a manageable timetable: one week. Bring food contributions to Temple Micah at 5209 Montview Blvd. any day that week or to the temple’s religious school location at 1958 Elm St. only on that Sunday. All proceeds from this food drive will go to Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry.

If it motivates us to think of this drive as another worthy game or competition to see who can do the most and best and fastest, then let’s go for gold! This collection complements other Temple Micah attempts to “Do Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.” Thank you on behalf of all who hunger for food for all in the real world.

Note: Temple Micah’s Chesed Committee is available year-round to provide caring thoughts and gestures to Micah members facing challenges of all sorts. The Chesed team tries to accomplish its “acts of loving kindness” by occasionally sending cards or notes, arranging a meal delivery or a baby welcoming, making friendly calls and providing rides to temple if feasible. If you’d like to volunteer to help bring caring sentiments such as congratulations, healing wishes or sympathy to Micah congregants, let Elaine Lee know at 303-388-4239 x1. Or if you’re aware of anyone in the congregation who may appreciate Chesed volunteers’ intent to be of service, please mention it to Elaine or the rabbi so that it can be arranged.

Micah Bulletin Board…

  • Funky Friday Chassidic & Shabbat Sampler SupperFriday, March 7, service 6:00 p.m. at temple, 5209 Montview Blvd.; casual supper 7:15-ish; RSVP for restaurant seats to Elaine Lee, 303-388-4239 x1, elaine.lee@micahdenver.org. Please pay your own tab. 
  • Boomers +/-Thursday, March 13, 7:00 p.m., 5209 Montview Blvd.; RSVP to Risa Tatarsky or via temple, 303-388-4239 x1. Will you bring a nosh?
  • Rabbi Mo’s RoundtableThursday, March 20, 7:30 a.m., at Snooze, 2262 Larimer St., in LoDo, discussion on timely topics of Jewish interest
  • Me’at ShabbatSaturday, March 22, 9:00 a.m. interactive activities for toddlers and their families at 5209 Montview Blvd.
  • Temple Micah Women’s Book GroupMonday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., place to be determined; review Anna Quindlen’s “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake”; RSVP to Nancy Weil or via temple, 303-388-4239 x1. 

Welcome to New Micah Members…

  • Debra & Frank Piazza of Denver

Condolences…

  • June Klyde, yahrzeit 2-15-14, mother of Lynn Klyde-Silverstein and grandmother of Darrian Aguirre
  • Suzy Rauch, yahrzeit 2-11-14, friend of David & Lauren Ross

Many Thanks for Micah Move-Over Donations (in past month)…

  • Janis & James Anderson – for new chapel
  • Dede Arnholz & Greg Smith – for the Micah Move-Over
  • Jacob Gore – for Micah Move
  • Liz & Larry Feldman – for the Move-Over
  • The Silvermans – Kimberley, David, Lindsey & Jenna – for Micah on the Move, toward chairs

More Thanks (for other recent donations)…

  • Anonymous donor – toward educational programs
  • Micah Sock Hop “Star” sponsors so farFeldman Mortuary/Generations, Meg, Hal & Brenda Bruno, Robert Bram & Laura Thor, Liz & Larry Feldman, Sam Mamet & Judith Cassel-Mamet, Sheri Lockhart & Mitch Levy, Jon & Sharon Thorson, Jewish Family Service, JB Nimble Group
  • Deirdre Arnholz & Gregory Smith – yahrzeit remembrances
  • Sonia Boin – yahrzeit  remembrance of husband, Jerome Boin
  • Kate & Matt Chasansky – yahrzeit remembrance of Marcella Hanson
  • Jacob Gore – donation of teacher salary
  • Gwenael Hagan & Denise Geiger – yahrzeit  remembrance of father, W.D. Hagan
  • Nancy Sharp & family — yahrzeit donation in honor of Brett Zickerman of blessed memory, husband of Nancy Sharp & father of Rebecca & Casey Zickerman
  • Sharon & Jon Thorson – yahrzeit remembrance of Frances Reed
  • Charlotte R. Weiser – in appreciation of Temple Micah’s good wishes

(Note:  Please notify Temple Micah, 303-388-4239 x1, of any inadvertent error or omission.)

Extra Opportunities…

  • Building Inclusion: Becoming a Jewish LGBTQ AllyThursday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. at Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 Ivanhoe St., Denver, Interactive text study facilitated by local rabbis for those interested in learning to use Jewish text and language to be inclusive. Cost: free. RSVP to rafi@keshetonline.org.
  • Kohelet TalksTuesdays once a month, 7:00 p.m. learning series: Judaism and… Health Care (March 18), Science (April 22), Mental Health (May 27), Daily Prayer (June 24), Environment (July 15), Philanthropy (Aug.19), all at Kohelet House, 428 S. Forest Street, Denver. Cost: free. For more information, check with Kathryn Oberdorfer or Joel Cohen, reachable via Temple Micah’s directory or leave them a message at 303-388-4239 x1.
  • Jewish Disabilities Awareness DaySunday, March 30, 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. at the Sie Film Center, Achieve with Us Colorado Film Festival celebrating achievements and successes of people with developmental disabilities. Cost: free; iTunes gift card donations accepted in lieu of ticket cost to help bring technology to people with disabilities.

Arriving at Perpetual Change

March 1st, 2014

by Dena Sorokin, Board Member and Dues Committee Chair

I find myself thinking about change (again, still) – after all, change is the nature of the universe as we know it. We are always in the midst of moving toward the new, and at the same time, conserving elements of the old. There is a balance (or sometimes a tension) between our use of “high tech” innovations and our preservation of traditional ways.

Examples are apparent in our Micah experience, including our recent move. We could see the innovative aspect of change in hooking up the new office space with a high-tech internet/phone system. The “low-tech,” traditional aspect was exemplified in walking the Torah from the old space to the new.

Nothing was more poignant than the day we set out from Park Hill Congregational Church, bidding a warm adieu to our old friends there, continuing on as a community, to be greeted just as warmly by our new partners at Park Hill United Methodist Church, carrying the Torah in our arms, on foot, to its home in the same old ark, now on the bimah in a brand new place.

Climb Every Mountain

March 1st, 2014

by Rabbi Adam Morris

Each year as I prepare for my sabbatical time I have a few goals. Some of those goals vary from year to year; some of the goals are concrete and some are more abstract; some are personal and some are professional. No matter the goal or no matter the year, each sabbatical I consistently endeavor to spend some time on the ‘mountain.’ While every year there has been a physical mountain involved, it is the mythic mountain of which I speak.

The words from Psalm 121 help describe the kind of ‘mountain’ I seek. “I lift my eyes towards the mountains and look to see from where my help will come.” There is a relationship between seeking clarity, guidance and even understanding and the experience of a mountain. Perhaps it is as simple as the physical view and spiritual outlook one cannot avoid at the top of a mountain. It is a view that enables one to see the Big Picture. One feels awe, a sense of place and perspective in the grand scheme of the world. With that sense of place and perspective comes a clearer focus of what is precious and priority toward what ends we should direct our lives.

Each year during my sabbatical time, I humbly and hopefully try to grasp this view of Big Picture — for me as Adam, husband, father, son, brother, friend and rabbi — and carry with me this Big Picture when I return to the wants, needs and joys of living life each day.   As I make my re-entry into Micah life this year, I am greeted by the opportunity to engage in this Big Picture view by a few endeavors happening in the life of our community:

  •  Legacy… Our community has been invited by the Rose Community Foundation to participate in its Live On grant initiative program.  The Live On program is designed ‘to help Jewish organizations and their donors promote a culture of endowment giving through wills and estate gifts.’ It seems to have been our community’s way to shy away from discussions and requests about endowments, wills and estate gifts. Such discussions and requests — done in a manner reflective of the Micah spirit — can help sustain the values we seek to embody. Looking through the lens of our Jewish wisdom, it is quite a genuine and authentic long-term, Big Picture perspective to consider how an institution we value may continue and how we support it then and beyond our own lifetimes.  
  • Covenant… Believe it or not, in January I began serving the last 18 months of my current five-year contract as Temple Micah’s rabbi. It is the fourth such covenant that the Micah community and I have entered into since the beginning of my tenure in 2003. In the normal ebb and flow of synagogue life, it is time for us to begin conversations about that fifth covenant between you and me. It is a dynamic intersection for me of seeing both the personal and professional Big Picture and we talk about our future together. I look forward to taking in that view and how the ensuing conversation will afford us the chance to reflect on our shared path and revisit our vision for Micah in the coming years.
  • Israel… Upon my return I learned that our inaugural congregational trip to Israel filled up in a matter of days after registration began. From my time in Israel this past month, I was reminded of the way that the very existence of the state and the contours of the place are portals to the long-term, broad-minded approach to understanding Judaism and the Jewish people. Both the promise of this land and the reality of the Jewish State serve an essential role in the formation and evolution of the Jewish psyche and soul. Our trip to Israel is an opportunity for me to guide individuals from our community toward an encounter and experience of this promise and this reality. It is an opportunity for us to view the world from this Big Picture perspective.

And so, even having descended the ‘mountain’ from my sabbatical time, I am still blessed and challenged to ascend another mountain — this time with you — and allow its view of the Big Picture to awe, challenge, focus and inspire us. I look forward to it.

MICAH e-MAILBOX: February 2014

February 3rd, 2014

GET COZY IN TEMPLE’S NEW HOME
·ON THE ROAD TO CIVIL RIGHTS… Kathryn Oberdorfer’s father, Louis Oberdorfer, who died nearly a year ago, was in the forefront of the legal struggle for civil rights. With this legacy in mind, last fall she and her husband, Joel Cohen, went on a “Civil Rights Road Trip” organized by the Mississippi Center for Justice (www.mscenterforjustice.org), a racial and economic advocacy group. This 2-½ day journey took them and 70+ others to Jackson, MS, and the Mississippi Delta where significant events in the civil rights struggle took place. The pair will tell of their trip at a 6:00 p.m. Funky Friday, Feb. 7 service, including a “sampler” of Jewish music at Temple Micah, 5209 Montview Blvd. Afterward, proceed to the temple’sShabbat Sampler Supper, starting about 7:15 p.m. at Jett Asian Kitchen & Sushi Bar, 5007 E. Colfax Ave. (near Elm Street)RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 6 for your supper seats to Elaine Lee, 303-388-4239 x1.
·BOARD OUTREACH MEETING WELCOMES YOU… Temple Micah members can catch up on the synagogue’s recent change of location and become apprised of aspects still in progress, during a Board of Trustees Outreach Meeting at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at the congregation’s new address, 5209 Montview Blvd., Denver. For more information, e-mail Michael Clapman, president. Or leave him a message via 303-388-4239.
·”PERSONAL HISTORY” FOR SCRUTINY… Temple Micah Women’s Book Group is reading Katherine Graham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography, titled “Personal History.” A review of the book is planned for 7:00 p.m. Feb at the Kaplans’ house near Washington Park. RSVP to Nancy Weil or Elaine Lee, 303-388-4239 x1.
·BOP TO OUR MARCH 22 SOCK HOP!… DJ Holly with Adventures in Dance and her partner will entertain you at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Micah Sock Hop at 5209 Montview Blvd., Denver. Start swaying with tame 50’s tunes, then ease into varied dance moves and musical games. Remember sno-ball, woolly-bully, monster mash or swim? Strut your socks with optional-but-encouraged saddle shoes, poodle skirts and crisp shirts, jeans and jackets, ponytails or pompadours — and be prepared for the costume contest, a bubble-gum blowing contest and door prizes! Swig root-beer floats and munch other deluxe party goodies, while you banter over bingo, checkers, Candy Land or Twister. Sign up soon athttp:⁄⁄www.micahdenver.org for sponsorships or reservations! To arrange underwriting or offer hands-on voluntary help for this main Micah 2014 fundraising event, give a shout-out to Jill Young, chairperson, or call the “hopline,” 303-388-4239 x1.
·HOW TO BOLSTER MICAH MOVE-OVER?… Please support Temple Micah’s transition to its new home with Park Hill United Methodist Church by donating toward the moving costs, if you haven’t yet. What’s Your Thing? — Be a part of the MicahMove-Over and contribute something especially for our new home athttp:⁄⁄www.micahmove.blogspot.com⁄. Or mail a check noted “for the Move-Over” and, if you wish, you also may designate it toward one or more of the suggested items for this new home: Temple Micah, 5209 Montview Blvd., Denver, CO 80207. Ifyou’ve already contributed in prior months toward the move, thanks so much!  See the most recent Micah Move-Over donations and other recent donations in “Community Spotlight” (and add your gift for future mention and appreciation!)

FEBRUARY SCHEDULE… http:⁄⁄www.micahdenver.org or 303-388-4239 x1.

THOUGHTS FROM…
RABBI ADAM MORRIS:
Note: Rabbi Morris of Temple Micah is taking a break from posting on this blog while on his sabbatical through Thursday, Feb. 20.
DAVID TEITELMAN, TREASURER AND DUES COMMITTEE MEMBER:
TU BISH VAT, ANOTHER NEW YEAR AND TIME TO RENEW RESOLUTIONS
It isn’t a coincidence that Tu Bish Vat happens during the darkest days of winter.  Even though it is turning to Spring in Israel and having a celebration of planting and trees makes seasonal sense, we can take this time to reinforce our own internal renewal and regrowth. In Judaism, we have four New Years — Rosh Hashanah being one and another being Tu Bish Vat.
Keep reading… http:⁄⁄www.micahdenver.org⁄blog⁄?cat=5
JEFF ROBERTS, DISABILITY INCLUSION COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON:
TEMPLE MICAH’S INCLUSIVE SURVEY SEEKS ALL OPINIONS
We all know that Temple Micah is an inclusive and welcoming place. Many of us joined for that very reason. But can Micah do a better job accommodating members and visitors who are differently abled? Sometimes you don’t know until you ask.
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ELAINE LEE, MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR:
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT– Meet Anat Hoffman of Women of the Wall
Anat Hoffman, a renowned proponent for human rights, is visiting Denver this weekend! Temple Micah congregants are invited to share a little time with the chairwoman of Women of the Wall at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver, including Torah study from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. This discussion will be based on Yehuda Amichai’s “The Place Where We Are Right.”
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Do Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT – Meet Anat Hoffman of Women of the Wall

February 1st, 2014

by Elaine Lee, Membership and Communications Director

Anat Hoffman, a renowned proponent for human rights, is visiting Denver this weekend! Temple Micah congregants are invited to share a little time with the chairwoman of Women of the Wall at Congregation Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver, including Torah study from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. This discussion will be based on Yehuda Amichai’s poem, “The Place Where We Are Right,” and is part of related programming Feb. 7-9 themed Fighting To Pray.

Women of Reform Judaism presented its Jane Evans Pursuit of Justice Award to Hoffman in December 2013, during the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial in San Diego. Rabbi Marla Feldman, WRJ executive director, prefaced that event with remarks excerpted here from Israel Religious Action Center’s The Pluralist: “There is no one in the Jewish world today who better exemplifies Jane Evans’ uncompromising dedication to the pursuit of justice and equal rights for all of God’s children. Anat stands with vulnerable populations in Israel, whether the poor, new immigrants, Arab citizens, or foreign workers. She is a proud advocate for pluralism and rights of Progressive Jews in Israel. And Anat is a relentless champion of women’s equality. We are privileged to have in our movement a strong leader who takes on injustice in Israel.

“Anat has always stood up for people stuck on the margins or who are being pushed out of sight. As a member of the Jerusalem City Council one of her many accomplishments was fighting for equal pay for female municipal workers. As IRAC’s Executive Director she has led the charge to break the ultra-Orthodox monopoly on religious life in Israel. She was not only one of the first voices against gender segregation in the public sphere, but she was one of the first women to ride the segregated buses showing that she not only leads by her words but also by her deeds.

“For 25 years, Anat has been going to the Western Wall every Rosh Chodesh demanding the right to pray in peace and dignity. For this she has been harassed and arrested, but she never gave in to intimidation. Thanks in large part to her perseverance, the day is near when all Jews will have an equal place at Judaism’s holiest site.”

Warm Wishes to New Micah Members…

  • Steven & Rachel Leone Marx & family of Wheat Ridge
  • Fran Sterling & Keith Hay & family of Denver
  • Sara & Klaas Visser & family of Denver

Micah Move-over… Special thanks from Temple Micah for these donations received during January 2014:

  • Robin & Michael Aubrey – for a chair for Mikdash
  • Cheryl & Micheal Kasson – for new space
  • Hope & Bryant Kligerman – for a chair, mezuzah & permits in honor of Rabbi Mo, Elaine Lee and the Move Committee
  • Natalie & Fred Kutner – as needed
  • Elaine & Irv Levy – for 10 chairs for the new Mikdash
  • Nancy Litwack-Strong & Peter Strong – three chairs
  • Carol Molnia & Gary McIntosh – for six chairs or whatever needed
  • Kathryn Oberdorfer & Joel Cohen – as needed
  • Spritzer Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation – for Rabbi Morris’ new desk
  • Laurel Weinstein & Aaron Kelly – for two chairs
  • Louis Wolfe – “Rainbow Shabbat” by Judy Chicago, prints presented on behalf of Temple Micah to Park Hill Congregational Church & Park Hill United Methodist Church
  • Jo Ann Zvares & Miriam Swihart – toward Ner Tamid

Many Thanks for donations made in January 2014 for other purposes to Temple Micah…

  • Alice & Scott Alban – in memory of Marian Eichberg
  • Wayne & Estelle Gershberg – for our grandchildren, Rebecca & Abigail Frankel
  • Katelyn & Andrew Leighton – in honor of the naming of our daughter, Alice Pearl Leighton
  • Elaine & Irv Levy – in memory of beloved father, Warren Johnson
  • Elaine & Irv Levy – in memory of beloved sister, Dolores Schankerman, & beloved father, Joseph S. Levy
  • Jewish Disabilities Network — a Shalom Peace Planter to Temple Micah Inclusion Committee for all your support & commitment to the Disabilities Awareness Committee

(In case of any inadvertent error or omission, please notify Elaine Lee, elaine.lee@micahdenver.org, 303-388-4239 x1.)

Around-the-Corner Opportunities…

  • Nancy Sharp Invites You… author, blogger and Micah member, will read from and sign copies of her memoir, “Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss and Bold Living,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave. (at Elizabeth Street, across from Denver’s East High School).
  • Join Jewish Battle Against Breast Cancer… To help address health issues surrounding breast cancer, take a short survey by Monday, March 3 at www.JEWISHcolorado.org/sharsheretsupports. Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization providing support to Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer, has partnered with JEWISHcolorado to create a new community program: Sharsheret Supports™ JEWISHcolorado. The program will create and enhance local breast cancer programs and support services, resources and events. Offerings will include Pink Shabbats® and national educational webinars and teleconferences. Learn more at 303-316-3475.
  • See What’s Being Screened Soon… 18th Denver Jewish Film Festival of Mizel Arts & Culture Center at the JCC, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, spans from Wednesday, Feb. 5-Sunday, Feb. 16. For the schedule and ticket purchases, go to www.maccjcc.org/film or call 303-316-6360.
  • Get Up to Date!… If you haven’t yet got the Anti-Defamation League’s Positive Impact! 2014 Calendar and Resource Guide, a multi-faith, multi-cultural publication, extra copies are available for free at Temple Micah.

Tu Bish Vat, Another New Year and Time To Renew Resolutions

February 1st, 2014

by David Teitelman, Treasurer and Dues Committee Member

It isn’t a coincidence that Tu Bish Vat happens during the darkest days of winter.  Even though it is turning to Spring in Israel and having a celebration of planting and trees makes seasonal sense, we can take this time to reinforce our own internal renewal and regrowth. In Judaism, we have four New Years — Rosh Hashanah being one and another being Tu Bish Vat.

We sat in shul back in the hot summer of September and reflected on the past year and probably made some commitment to change the way we relate to people and to G-d in the coming year. Almost four months have passed and up to a 100-degree difference in temperature. In the dreary, dark days of winter, it’s easy to forget those commitments and reflections from the High Holy Days. As the second New Year in the calendar, Tu Bish Vat offers us an overt opportunity to dust them off and renew them to ourselves, to others and to G-d.

One great way to commemorate this New Year is to help with the Micah Move-Over. Please consider a donation to offset the cost of our move to Park Hill United Methodist Church.  For more information, go to Temple Micah’s website, or call 303-388-4239.

(Acknowledgments to Aish.com for ideas in this blog post.)