by Elaine Lee, Membership and Communications Director, with a report from the Inclusion Committee
Consider all your Temple Micah members…. That’s what a new Inclusion Committee, challenged to meet the needs of disabled members and their families throughout the community, is doing. Under a pilot program of the Denver Jewish Disabilities Network Inclusion Committee, a few Temple Micah members have formed an ad hoc committee with the goal of making sure that our synagogue is addressing the needs of the physically and intellectually disabled. The Denver-wide committee, which has been meeting for more than a year, hopes to make Jewish institutions throughout Denver more welcoming and comfortable, as well as accessible.
With Jeff Roberts as chair, early discussions have targeted possible needs such as ramps for entering buildings and easing access to the bimah, large-print prayer books, hearing devices and sign-language interpreters. The group is also considering the need for transportation of those unable to drive themselves to and from Temple Micah and other facilities, as well as events and programs of interest elsewhere in the community. The committee will look at the needs of children in the religious school and at services and their parents’ needs as well. The committee wants you to participate and send your ideas for raising awareness and including everyone. Please feel free to send your suggestions to Jeff directly or leave him a message via Temple Micah, 303-388-4239. Other Micah participants in this effort so far are David Kelly, David Teitelman, Hillary Wiseman and Sonia Boin. Thanks for your interest and help! – submitted by Sonia Boin
Mazel Tov on Becoming a Great-Grandpa…
- Jackson Bencan, born Nov. 10, 2012, in Newtown, PA, is the first great-grandchild of Temple Micah’s Erich Callmann and the son of Zachary & Ashley Bencan. Jackson weighed in at 7 lb, 14 oz. Congratulations to all due any ounce of credit for the little lad’s arrival – and most especially, congratulations to Erich!
- Ruth Zitlin, yahrzeit Nov. 3, 2012, mother of Fran Fisher, grandmother of Scott Fisher & great-grandmother of Hayden, Marin & Noah Fisher.
Hanukkah Happenings Around and About…
- Mingling with a Spin – Gather with the Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 for Dreidel Networking. Grab your favorite dreidel and come by to make your own miracle by meeting new people and creating new business contacts. Hanukkah treats and drinks (two alcoholic) will be provided, and candles will add highlights. All this topsy- turvy action takes place at BMH-BJ: The Denver Synagogue, 560 S. Monaco Parkway, a co-sponsor of the event. Cost in advance is $15/DJCC member, $20/non-member or $25 for anyone who pays at the door.
- Klezfest on Christmas Eve – Hear Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe’s “nouveau klezmer,” a blend of reggae, ska, hip-hop, funk and Middle Eastern grooves; singer/songwriter/recording artist Rabbi Joe Black; plus Sheldon Sands’ ensemble, the Boulder Klezmer Consort, combining instrumental virtuosity, humor and improvisation with deep knowledge of Jewish musical traditions. Shows start at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 at the Mercury Café, 2199 California St., Denver. Tickets are $18 from Mizel Museum, 303-394-9993, which is a sponsor of this concert.
- Unlimited Fun for All – Seeking a Jewish community alternative on Tuesday, Dec. 25? LaserTag, eXerGame Zone, a rock climbing wall and bumper cars will entertain teens, while families with younger kids can ice-skate, learn in a hockey clinic, snag a hot dog lunch and ride a carousel, ferris wheel or teacup during the Jewish Family Extravaganza on Christmas Day. Feel the exuberance from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at South Suburban Parks and Recreation Family Sports Center, 6901 S. Peoria, Centennial. Price for unlimited rides is $13 per person (+ $3/skate rental). Tickets and possible discounts can be arranged with Denver Kollel, 303-820-2855.