Go to Top

Blog Full Width

Marsha’s Musings – March Edition

Marsha’s Musings Personal Transformation – Lessons from Purim Tomorrow evening, Jews around the world will celebrate Purim, the festival of Lots. We will read the story of Queen Esther and how refusing to give up, she confronted the challenges of her life and converted them into an opportunity to save the Jewish people and transform herself. Our sages identify a number of contemporary life lessons to be learned from Esther’s …Read More

Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour 2018 – Join Us This Summer!

This year’s Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour takes place Sunday, June 17 – Sunday, July 22. Learn more at JEWISHcolorado.org/IST The Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour (IST) is a journey of a lifetime and life-changing experience. From sunrise at Massada to Shabbat at the Western Wall (Kotel), it combines extraordinary adventure, exceptional leaders, a commitment to education, Jewish values, and years of experience to guide students to learn, explore, discover …Read More

Israel Update

JFNA’s Israel office has prepared the summary below of the escalation in the tensions between Israel and Iranian and Syrian forces operating in Syria that took place over Shabbat.  Should you seek additional information please contact Osnat Fox, Community Israel Emissary, at OFox@JEWISHcolorado.org.  Our thoughts and prayers are for a speedy and peaceful resolution. Diana and Marsha _________________________________ Over Shabbat, there was a significant escalation in the tensions between Israel …Read More

JEWISHcolorado urges passage today of the Colorado Nonprofit Sustainability Act, HB 1013

Colorado’s nonprofit organizations are the heart of our state’s communities, caring for the people and places across Colorado. JEWISHcolorado stands with countless other Colorado nonprofit organizations urging passage of the Colorado Nonprofit Sustainability Act, HB 1013, which will be heard by the House Finance Committee today, Wednesday. Through this legislation, nonprofit donors are able to claim a 25% state tax credit on their endowment donations. In fact, Legislative Council estimates …Read More

Marsha’s Musings – January Edition

Creating Our Personal Jewish Journey, together. “Life is a journey not a destination” —Ralph Waldo Emerson Thirty years ago this month, December 1987, more than 250,000 people marched on Washington in an unprecedented display of solidarity with Soviet Jewry. Living in Richmond, VA and working for their Jewish Federation we bussed over 1200 community members; including my mom, my sisters and my kids in strollers – and together, a quarter …Read More

2017 IRA Charitable Rollover Information

If you are over 70½ years of age and have an IRA, we have some great news for you! You may transfer up to $100,000 directly from your individual retirement accounts to JEWISHcolorado – without triggering income tax. It’s called an IRA Charitable Rollover Gift; the amount you transfer may satisfy your entire required minimum distribution and is TAX-FREE! (Yes, even though the money comes from an IRA, it is …Read More

Tax Planning – December 31, 2017

Now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been approved by Congress, there are a few questions that donors should consider before the end of the calendar year: Will I continue to itemize? If your total of mortgage interest, allowable medical expense, $10,000 of state and local taxes, and charitable contributions don’t add up to more than $12,000 (individual) or $24,000 (married filing jointly), you probably will not be …Read More

JCRC and JEWISHcolorado Response to White House Jerusalem Announcement

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), a program of JEWISHcolorado, and JEWISHcolorado welcome President Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and begin the process of relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. This action reflects the reality that Jerusalem has long been both the political center of Israel and the spiritual center of the Jewish People. These actions are consistent with existing JCRC …Read More

Marsha’s Musings – December Edition

Marsha’s Musings – Plenty or Everything – A World of Difference Today would have been my Mom’s 97th birthday. Bubbe Leah as her 4 kids, 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren called her, passed away in 2014. She was our family matriarch who devoted herself to her family and community – she lived a modest life with very few frills. She always had a smile on her face and was ready …Read More

Marsha’s Musings – November Edition

Marsha’s Musings Collaborating as defined by Google is: The action of working with someone in a cooperative arrangement in which two or more parties (which may or may not have any previous relationship) work jointly towards a common goal … like Tikun Olam (that phrase came from our Sages via Google) Synonyms for Collaborating include partnership, cooperation, association, coalition, alliance, affiliation, relationship, connection. Since arriving to the Denver Jewish community …Read More