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MICAH e-MAILBOX: October 2014

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!

GREET NEW MEMBERS…

  • 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

MAZEL TOV…

  • 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.

CONDOLENCES…

  • 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)

GENERAL FUND

  • 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

RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND

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

HIGH HOLY DAYS

  • 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

ROLL OF REMEMBRANCE

  • 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!

EXTRA THANKS…

  • 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

COMMUNITY CORNER…

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.

MICAH e-MAIlBOX: September 2014

September 1st, 2014

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Introducing Reading Partners

August 31st, 2014

by Helen Spiegel, Board Member & Social Action Chair

Reading Partners describes itself as “the only comprehensive literacy intervention organization in Colorado.” By leveraging volunteers and a curriculum, the group empowers kids to get literacy and life skills. Last year the organization reached more than 550 students in kindergarten-5th grade. Temple Micah would like to fortify this program, which serves several schools nearby. Volunteer tutors receive support, training and coaching from a Reading Partners employee. Tutors must be at least age 14 and can help change the trajectory of struggling students’ lives. So, watch out! Helen Spiegel will be recruiting Micah volunteers for this purpose. Can’t wait? Let her know, or leave a message at temple, 303-388-4239 x1.

GREET THIS FAMILY… Temple Micah is partnering with Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services in resettlement of a refugee family. Prepare to welcome the parents and three girls younger than 5, expected to arrive in Colorado in November or sooner! Sign up to help the Somalis http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c45a9ad2aa5fd0-sponsorship or via Brenda Bruno, brenda.bruno@micahdenver.org, 303-388-4239 x2.

HIGH HOLY DAYS FOOD DRIVE… Information will be announced about Temple Micah’s annual High Holy Days Nonperishable Food Drive coordinated by b’nai mitzvah families, details forthcoming!

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT – Do You Hear the Jammin’ and Calls of the Shofar?

August 31st, 2014

by Elaine Lee, Membership and Communications Director

You – yes, you! The Temple Micah community needs you here, with your resonant wishes and renewed hopes for peace. Bring yourself, family, friends and acquaintances at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 for the Family Shabbat Jam & Potluck Picnic and a few weeks later for High Holy Days. Led by Rabbi Adam Morris and Uri Ayn Rovner, cantorial soloist, with Hal Aqua, David Ross and other jammers, this busy season at the temple ultimately relies on your presence, involvement and support. Read your MICAH e-MAILBOX and tap the links. Still unsure how to proceed? Contact me, Elaine Lee, elaine.lee@micahdenver.org, 388-4239 x1, to steer you to a good year — L’Shana Tova – shoulder to shofar with Temple Micah!

REV UP FOR JEWISH LEARNING… Make time for sessions starting in September: Adult Hebrew, Religious School (chiefly for children) and Mishpacha! (alternative family education). Learn more about these programs from Temple Micah’s website or Bethany Friedlander, bethany.friedlander@micahdenver.org, 303-388-4239 x4.

METRO DENVER OPPORTUNITIES…

  • JEWISH COMMUNITY BOWLING… Be part of the Denver Jewish Bowling League, for men and women organized by B’nai B’rith, to bowl regularly at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 4 at AFM Monaco Lanes and continuing 26 weeks, except on Jewish holidays, till early April 2015. Register yourself — or a team from Temple Micah! If you’re not with a team, the league will place you on one. Cost is $15 per week per bowler and $25 once for registration. Experience… what’s that, and who needs it? Just go for fun. Get set by e-mailing DenverJewishBowling@gmail.com.
  • SELICHOT – Temple Micah (a Reform Jewish congregation) will gather with Rodef Shalom (Conservative) and B’nai Havurah (Reconstructionist) at the latter congregation’s location, 6445 E. Ohio Ave., Denver, at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, for a Selichot Service in preparation for the Days of Awe. All are welcome.
  • TASHLICH – Clean your slate! Temple Micah is cooperating with Jewish Outreach Initiative, JCC South Denver, Hebrew Educational Alliance and Rodef Shalom to present a Denver Jewish Community Tashlich option for casting away sins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 at Tommy Davis Park, 9200 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village. (This event is in addition to Temple Micah’s Tashlich ritual directly after the 3:30 p.m. Rabbi’s Open House at Stapleton on Rosh Hashanah, Thursday, Sept. 25.)
  • CANDIDATES FORUM – A free Candidates Forum 2014 takes place Tuesday evening, Oct. 7, time to be announced. Presented by Jewish Community Relations Council of JEWISHcolorado and National Council of Jewish Women, this educational event is co-sponsored by organizations and synagogues including Temple Micah. Pre-registration is recommended; RSVP: “Events,” 303-316-6484.
  • FROM OY TO JOYNotify Temple Micah, 303-388-4239 x1, if you’d like to be on the mailing list for a free subscription to From Oy to Joy, a monthly calendar of activities open to all seniors (or any “mature” folks) in the Denver Jewish community. This publication under the auspices of Kavod Senior Life is made possible by Temple Micah and other synagogues and organizations. Also ask about Jewish & Widowed group programming, if you’re interested. 

MOTLEY JEWS SPOKESMAN SUMS UP SUMMER… Here’s the first-hand report you’ve been awaiting: “Another season of the DenverJewishSoftballLeague.org has come to a close, and Temple Micah was well represented for the third straight year. We are clearly the most charming and fun-loving bunch out there. Maybe even the best looking. Our record? Not quite as good looking. Big thanks to our seasoned veterans Howard Belon, Hal Bruno, Dan Rimland, Josh Deixler, Steve Waldman, Randy Palmer, Mike Bercowitz, Jeff Roberts and Mark Nassi. Thanks also to our rookies Michael Kaplan, Josh Bogen, Alex Nassi and Jacob Sorokin, all of whom brought needed speed to the organization. Special thanks goes to Mark Koester and Joel Bogen with whom I got to share the thankless task of managing this rag-tag crew of Motley Jews. I’d also like to thank Susan Waldman for improving our on-field appearance this season with some fresh jerseys and even fresher caps. And finally our fans, we couldn’t have done it without you. Maybe our fan base grew due to the Kennedy Ballfields proximity to the Cherry Creek bike path, but it did grow. Thank you, Robin Aubrey, Sarah and Uri Rovner, Melissa and Michael Rose and all the players’ families. If it wasn’t for their support, we’d all probably be doing something more productive on a Sunday morning but not near as fun. Now everyone, stay loose, stay hydrated, and stay tuned. I am Kane Aldinger, see you next spring.”

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS…

  • Peter Sherman & Linnea Krizsan & family of Denver

MAZEL TOV FROM THE MICAH COMMUNITY…

  • John Harrington & Robert Dunn were married in their backyard by Rabbi Mo to the smooth tunes of Hal Aqua before friends and family on Aug. 1, 2014.

GREETINGS TO BABIES & THEIR GREAT ADMIRERS…

  • Amy Belle Anderson, born June 8, 2014, daughter of Cassie & Kevin Anderson; granddaughter of Janis & James Anderson
  • Laura Fischer, born Jan. 13, 2014, daughter of Angela Howard & Reid Fischer; granddaughter of Suzanne & Peter Fischer
  • Rosalie Shapiro, born July 29, 2014, daughter of Amy & Gabe Shapiro; granddaughter of Wendy & Martin Smith

SPECIAL THANKS TO MICAH GOLF TOURNEY SUPPORTERS…

  • Sponsors – (Eagle) Sloane’s Carpet Secret, by Alice & Scott Alban; Michael Clapman & Risa Tatarsky; Sam Mamet & Judith Cassel-Mamet; Ray Miller, Mark Nassi, Dan & Grady Rimland; (Birdy) Mark Grueskin & Lola Farber Grueskin; Lynn Klyde-Silverstein, in loving memory of June Klyde; Jeffrey & Karen Roberts; White & Jankowski, LLP, by Sarah Klahn; (Par) Michael & Robin Aubrey; Irv & Elaine Levy; Rabbi Adam & Renee Morris; Patrick & Stefanie Winfield
  • In-Kind Donors – Jason Altshuler & Christina Pope, Steve & Kari Epstein, Sam Mamet, Brad & Ruth Segal, John & Jill Young & family, Glendale Rugby Football Club, RWO by Hal & Brenda Bruno, Zaidy’s Deli
  • Committee – Jason Altshuler, Hal Bruno, Sam Mamet, Dan Meyers, Jeff Roberts, Jill Young
  • All Golfers, Lunch Companions & Volunteers!

MANY THANKS TO THESE DONORS (in past month)

  • Janis & James Anderson – in honor of the birth of their first grandchild, Amy Belle Anderson
  • Alison Auster — High Holy Days
  • Liz & Larry Feldman – High Holy Days large floral arrangement
  • Janet & Mary Jo Gross & Steve Lissner – High Holy Days & Roll of Remembrance
  • Irv & Elaine Levy – yahrzeit donation in memory of Sophie Levy, beloved mother
  • Risa Tatarsky & Michael Clapman – yahrzeit donation in memory of her father, Martin J. Freedman
  • Louis Wolfe – in honor of the bat mitzvah of Rose Kelly
  • Louis Wolfe – in honor of the bar mitzvah of Max Fireman Schiavoni

MORE THANKS…

  • Gail Mason, Mary Ann Strassner, John & Eve Sackett – for helping with membership mailing

(Temple Micah is very grateful for all support. Please notify the temple office at 303-388-4239 x1 of any inadvertent error in the above listing.)

Return to Default Settings

August 31st, 2014

by Rabbi Adam Morris

I was reviewing what I have written in this space as Elul and the New Year beckon, and I came across this post that I wrote for 5768. With a little tweaking, it felt like something worth saying this year as well. ~ Rabbi Mo

In our modern world that relies so much on technology, many of us have experienced the annoyance of finding that a now essential piece of technology does not work the way we need it to work. So we try the ubiquitous phone call with a customer service technician — to seek the support we need to repair the device in question. After the small talk that initiates the conversation with the tech, no matter where he or she may be in the world, the tech will give one or two of the following directions: “Make sure the _________ (your device) is plugged into the outlet” AND/OR “Turn off the_________ (your device) and then turn it back on.”  Duh!

If I needed help with such simple things, would I have been waiting for what seems like hours on hold?! And yet, I am often embarrassed that I did not try these two initial steps of any technologically related repair procedure. I am further embarrassed because either the plug was, indeed, not properly in the outlet or the simple reboot magically healed my suffering system.

Oh, only if the emotional, relational and even the physical malfunctions we face in our lives could so magically function with a simple reboot of our systems?! While this reality does not exist on the superficial level of our lives, the metaphor does speak some truth to us as we consider our spiritual systems. Just as the computer, or smartphone or tablet has default setting upon which the system runs most effectively, so do we.  Our sages tell a story of how each infant born into the world has complete awareness of the universe and all within it. As the infant leaves the womb an angel comes and touches each her or him on the skin above the lips and that touch causes the infant to forget it all. We spend our lives trying to re-learn what we have lost.  In some sense, this complete awareness is our default setting and somehow wired into our hardware.

Just as the computer or smartphone or tablet gets bogged down in viruses or other programs that get in the way of its most efficient processing, so do we. The demands of living life are real, necessary and important to our survival, and yet sometimes they subtly (or not so subtly) draw us away from those default settings that define and guide us. And then there are those elements that tease and tantalize us, things not so essential, but attractive and that nonetheless alienate us from our basic truths. Our ancestors’ march through the wilderness is a story that tells of how hunger, fear and idols of all sorts stand between us and our default settings.

Just as the computer or smartphone or tablet has those protocols to run to attempt to recapture those default settings, so do we. As human beings, we turn toward the wisdom we find in nature, in knowledge and within our religious traditions. In our tradition it is known as Teshuvah – Repentance.  Truly, this word directs us toward more than the English ‘repentance’ suggests. This Jewish protocol originates in the Hebrew root of this word, ‘Return.’ We return to those default settings that define and guide us. And we name those default settings with many terms: ethics, morality, spirituality, Divinity.

Each year our tradition provides us the chance to ‘reboot’ our souls and ‘return’ to our default settings. Beginning in the month of Elul (which began on Aug. 27), the process or running this protocol begins with just a few moments daily of listening for the call of the shofar (which hopefully begins to awaken those dormant or diluted default settings).  This month of listening and loosening up our ‘muscles of return’ culminates in the Days of Awe: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We set aside these times to engage in the essential work of Teshuvah – returning to the default settings that guide us.

I look forward to completing this vital task with you this New Year… as together we create a sacred setting in which we engage in the work of Teshuvah and embrace the Divinity that oozes through our hearts and souls.

MICAH e-MAILBOX: August 2014

July 30th, 2014

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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT – See the New Guide for “2014 Best of Micah”

July 29th, 2014

by Elaine Lee, Membership and Communications Director

Temple Micah’s 2014 Membership Directory is all about cherishing and unifying the congregation. Sometimes our temple may seem like disparate individuals and parts, or maybe only the part(s) we each partake of or participate in…. Not so! One glance at this “Best of Micah” guide will widen every eye to a fuller view of who we are as a congregation.

Micah members can expect to receive this year’s directory by mail any day now. If you think you ought to get it but don’t, please identify yourself. Or what if you’re not in it, but yearn to belong? Let’s take care of that too! Membership can be ouchless.

For everyone in its folds, the Micah member directory is a ready tool to help us reach one another to interact for many purposes… from making friends to arranging carpools, from sharing resources to furthering temple objectives, from celebrating fetes to lauding feats, from sowing social action to simply socializing. Whether you’re a longtime devotee, at a midpoint in your Micah evolution, new to the Micah universe or sauntering on your unique, sacred journey-continuum, this leaflet can lead you to people with overlapping values and interests.

It’s yours, all yours. So, go ahead, hold the directory dearly, clutch it near your heart, stash this fuddy-duddy pamphlet by your i-phone, atop your tablet or whatever else you feel you most rely on, need or want. For when you open the booklet, suddenly you’ll see all of Temple Micah’s greatest gadgets… its humans!

Next time you feel like building a more cohesive Micah community, enhancing or mending your world or finding potential mensches with whom to “Do Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.” – Join the walk with your fingers. Try these Micah pages.

MAZEL TOV TO NEWLYWEDS…

Rebecca Vogel & Matt Wall were married on Saturday, July 12, 2014, by Rabbi Adam Morris at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. They live in New York, NY, where Matt is a doctorate candidate in chemistry, working on nanotechnology applications for cancer research and treatment at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Rebecca, officially now Wall, is the religious school administrative assistant at Temple Shaaray Tefila.

Linda Roe & Darice Bayer were wed on Monday, July 7, 2014. (A note to the Micah community from Linda, whose last name is now Bayer, follows…)

“On July 7, 2014, Darice and I signed a civil marriage certificate along with Rabbi Mo and our two witnesses, Elaine Lee and Brenda Bruno. It’s easy to say that signing the marriage certificate was a significant event — after all, we had been waiting over four years for such a thing to become possible. But we were surprised by how wonderful it felt to be supported by our community.

“In order for marriage equality to become a possibility in the state of Colorado, untold numbers of people had to agree with marriage equality and to take action to make the idea become a reality. We understood at that moment that communities are the most powerful when they come together in support of people who stand at the periphery. This understanding was surprising because we had never been a part of something like this before.

“I was also surprised by my feelings of pride. I went to high school with Hillary Hall over 30 years ago. Back then, she was a fun-loving girl with a sense of humor. I know she looked forward to her future and I suspect she was confident that she was going to take the world by storm. But I’m not sure that she expected to do it in the way that she did it [issuing documents as Boulder County Clerk and Recorder]. I am so proud of Hillary! Small acts can have big consequences and every single person that has participated in the march toward marriage equality can be proud of themselves. It is an amazing feat and I hope we can see that real societal change is possible when we all act together.

“Darice and I would like to thank you and say that we have been deeply affected by your support.”

CONDOLENCES…

Phyllis Bookatz, July 1, 2014, grandmother of Rabbi Adam Morris; the Micah community extends sympathy to the rabbi and his entire family

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS (during past month)

Michael Clapman & Risa Tatarsky – in memory of Phyllis Bookatz, grandmother of Rabbi Adam Morris

Sheri Lockhart & family – in memory of Phyllis Bookatz, grandmother of Rabbi Adam Morris

Megan Marx – for b’nai mitzvah class gift toward the Micah Move-Over

Dorothy Rosenblatt – Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund, in memory of Phyllis Bookatz & the yahrzeit of Ilene Shiroff

• Marlynn & Joe Silver – in memory of Phyllis Bookatz, grandmother of Rabbi Adam Morris

Jo Ann Zvares – Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Jo Ann Zvares – in memory of her father, Simon Zvares

THANK YOU FOR 3rd TEMPLE MICAH GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIPS…

Sloane’s Carpet Secret (by Alice & Scott Alban)

Michael Clapman & Risa Tatarsky

Sam Mamet & Judith Cassel-Mamet

• Dan & Grady Rimland, Ray Miller, Mark Nassi

Mark & Lola Farber Grueskin

White & Jankowski LLP (by Sarah Klahn)

Lynn Klyde-Silverstein — in loving memory of June Lillian Klyde

Jeff & Karen Roberts

Michael & Robin Aubrey

• Irv & Elaine Levy

•Patrick & Stefanie Winfield

• Rabbi Adam & Renee Morris

Thanks also to the Golf Committee, prize donors, volunteers and everyone planning to play golf or have lunch at this tourney on Saturday, Aug. 2 at Emerald Greens Golf Club in support of Temple Micah!

Please notify Elaine Lee, 303-388-4239 x1, of any inadvertent inaccuracy or omission.

COMMUNITY CORNER…

Park Hill Art Club Welcomes Temple Micah… Park Hill Art Club offers daytime classes, three hours each, on Mondays and Thursdays at 5209 Montview Blvd. in fall, winter and spring. For 40 years this club has provided education, fellowship and support to beginners through professionals interested in art. The club also presents two art shows a year. General meetings include art demonstrations, conducting business and eating lunch together on third Thursdays monthly from 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. Learn more at www.parkhillartclub.org.

Before the Mourning… This free lunchtime series on Wednesdays, Aug. 13-Sept. 17, 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m. will be held at Parkplace, 111 Emerson St., Denver. Topics and speakers include “Soul and Soil: The Journey of the Earthly Self,” David Sanders, executive director, Kabbalah Experience; “What Are You Dying To Know?” Jamie Sarche; director of prearranged funeral services, Feldman Mortuary; “Navigating Your Next Adventure: Managing Your Income in Retirement” Mary Jo Titcombe, financial advisor, Edward Jones; “There Are No Magic Words,” Laura Harter, care manager; “Estate Planning Made Easy: Accomplishing Your Goals and Avoiding Family Disputes at Your Death,” Sarah Golombek; and “Love Prevails Beyond the Veil: Stories from the Beyond,” Donna Morrish, psychotherapist. RSVP to Jamie Sarche, 720-404-6772 by Monday, Aug. 11.