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Doug’s Drash – March Edition

Dear Community Members,

As I write to you, Colorado and other communities across the country are reeling from the sixth wave of anti-Semitic acts targeting Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish communal institutions. At last count, since January, 152 incidents at 110 locations in 37 states and 2 Canadian provinces have occurred. Here in Colorado, our Boulder Jewish Community Center just received a second bomb threat and in January, a Denver elementary school was spray painted with Nazi swastikas. Each one of these 152 threats sends a message of hate to innocent children and adults and aims to build a sense of fear and anxiety in our communities.

As Ben Lusher, chair of our JCRC program, recently stated, “We will not be intimidated, and we will not allow our community to be disrupted.” JEWISHcolorado stands united with our local Jewish institutions and Jewish communities across the country in urging federal support to put an end to these repeated hostile actions. Our Colorado Senators, Michael Bennett and Cory Gardner, joined all 100 U.S. Senators in signing onto a letter to the nation’s security and law enforcement agencies urging increased federal funding and security assistance to keep our Jewish institutions safe. There are several more letters circulating Congress, and JEWISHcolorado and our JCRC have called on our congressional delegation’s continued support on this critical issue. We urge all members of our community to do the same. CLICK HERE to contact your Congressional representatives and senators and let them know we appreciate their support for our Jewish community.

JEWISHcolorado also applauds the work done in our local community by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), local law enforcement, and the Jewish Federation of North America’s Secure Communities Network (SCN) to ensure that our children are safe and our community is taking all necessary precautions. May you, your family and your community feel a sense of peace and security at this unprecedented time. JEWISHcolorado stands with you and with communities across Colorado and urges us all to come together in a show of support and solidarity.

 JEWISHcolorado Mourns the Loss of Robert E. Loup

Here at JEWISHcolorado, our hearts are heavy as we grieve the passing of our friend and community patriarch, Robert (Bob) E. Loup.

Bob defined leadership. He poured his heart and soul into building and sustaining Denver’s Jewish community for over half a century. CLICK HERE to read our full statement.

JEWISHcolorado’s FY2018 Volunteer Leadership

JEWISHcolorado is pleased to share with you our volunteer leadership for FY2018, effective July 1, 2017 unless otherwise noted. Please join us in welcoming the following:

  • Tiffany Glucksman Appel, Development/Campaign Chair
  • Alan Brandt, Treasurer (current Planning & Grant Making Committee Chair)
  • Cintra Pollack, Planning & Grant Making Committee Chair
  • Brian Demain, Investment Committee Chair (effective immediately)
  • Holly Sollod, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) Chair-Elect (effective FY19)

These individuals were selected as part of a volunteer-led nominating & governance process. We are extremely grateful to their predecessors, Jackie Sprinces Wong, Andy Franklin, Alan Brandt, and Gary Wagner for continuing to build a foundation for success in each of their specific areas as well as organizationally. CLICK HERE for a full list of both new and continuing volunteer leadership for FY2018.

 Leadership Update in Ramat HaNegev

Following the untimely passing of Ramat HaNegev Mayor, Shmulik Rifman z”l, we are pleased to let you know that Eran Doron will be the next Mayor of Ramat HaNegev Regional Council. He will be entrusted as Mayor on April 4, 2017. Per an update from Jared White, partnership coordinator, Ramat HaNegev Regional Council, “Eran Doron has been a key figure in Ramat HaNegev for many years. His last position at the Regional Council was CEO and Partnership Director. He is a long time resident of Midreshet Ben Gurion with his wife Einat and their four children.”

JEWISHcolorado looks forward to many more years of partnering with Eran to build a bright future for Ramat Hanegev and the Jewish people.

“All of us here at JEWISHcolorado look forward to continuing our partnership with Ramat Negev as Eran steps into his new leadership role of this beautiful region,” said Diana Zeff Anderson, Board Chair of JEWISHcolorado.

I know our community joins me in congratulating Mayor Doron and wishing him every success in this new role.


Upcoming Community Events

JCRC Luncheon, featuring honorees Chad Asarch and House Speaker Crisanta Duran

Make a tribute or become a sponsor today

• Tuesday, April 4
Register Now!

JEWISHcolorado presents:
Colorado’s 9th annual Queer Seder!

• Thursday, April 13
• Temple Emanuel
Learn More and RSVP

YAD presents: Cocktails with a Macher
Featuring Robin Chotin

• Thursday, April 20
Learn More and RSVP

Jewish Student Connection (JSC) presents:
The Jewish Hero Project

Jewish Student Connection created The Jewish Hero Project to educate our community about Jewish Heroes, both past and present.

Participants utilize various creative and artistic means to decorate mannequins to depict a Jewish Hero of their choice. Creator of the best mannequin will win $150 to be donated in their name to the Jewish organization of their choosing!

• Wednesday, April 26
Learn More and RSVP

Yom HaZikaron
Israeli Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers and terror victims

• Sunday, April 30
Learn more and RSVP

JEWISHcolorado and JCC Denver present:
Walk for Israel | Celebrate Family Festival

• Sunday, May 7
• South High School, West Lawn
Registration now open!

Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour (IST) 2017
June 11 – July 16

Has your teen signed up for the trip of a lifetime yet? There are already 68 kids on the list for IST this summer, and there’s still time to save your seat on the bus! Click here for more information, or contact Josh Samet, Program Director, at jsamet@jewishcolorado.org.

Colorado Birthright Israel Trip 2017
Travel to Israel with young adults from Colorado! This summer join an exclusive Birthright Israel trip for young adults from or living in Colorado. Enjoy all that Israel has to offer, visit Denver’s partnership region Ramat HaNegev, and return home with 40 new friends!Trip dates: June 18-28 2017, with the opportunity to extend your trip.
Participants must be 21-26 years old.
IST alumni are eligible!

Click here to sign up today!


Doug Seserman
President and CEO