Singer Gallery exhibit opens October 8 – December 18, 2015
Opening Reception, Thursday, October 8, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Sponsored by Carol and Larry Levin
“Bereishit – Heaven and Earth: Paintings by Sandra Kaplan and James Cook” is inspired by the opening verses of Bereishit in which God creates the Heavens and the Earth. Sandra Kaplan, a much-celebrated Colorado artist has created a body of work called “Galactic Stories.” These paintings and collages, many of which are based on photographs taken by the Hubble telescope are astonishing in their capacity to reawaken a sense of the wonderment and vastness of the sky and the cosmos. In them history, science, astronomy, philosophy and art collide. James Cook’s works are in the best tradition of American landscape painting. They are big and gutsy, lavish and gorgeous. Cook’s paintings bring us closer to the sublime splendor of the Earth – an earth not yet invaded or touched by human hands. Kaplan’s and Cook’s virtuoso paintings take us back to the “first day” – the day that God created the Heavens and the Earth and “saw that this was good.”
Sandra Kaplan graduated with honors from Pratt Institute in NYC. She has been living in Denver since 1971. Her painting may be found in corporate and private collections throughout the United States, as well as in Stockholm, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Hong Kong and Japan. Kaplan is on the faculty of the Art Students League of Denver, and after six years of dedication, has just rotated off of the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver. She has been awarded: a grant by the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, a Co-Visions Grant from the Colorado Council on the Arts, and a fellowship to YADDO. Among the publications in which Sandra’s work has been discussed are The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Art in America, American Artist, Southwest Art and Artist Magazine.
James Pringle Cook was born in 1949 in Topeka, Kansas. He received his MFA from Wichita State University in 1972. Cook’s paintings are in the best tradition of American landscape painting. He is an artist absorbed with the process of painting. He paints quickly and creates richly colored, highly textured surfaces. While his work is reminiscent of the Abstract Expressionists, it differs from them in that it projects a recognizable reality, dictated by his personal vision and technical skills. His paintings are bold and monumental in scope. Whether he depicts the ripples upon the surface of still pools in mountain streams or the color studies of a stormy sky, his use of color and contrasting textures and techniques invite the viewer into the scene.
I DREAMED about this novel.Jenna Blume, New York Times Bestselling Author of Those Who Save Us
The Paris Architect
Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 pm
Elaine Wolf Theatre
$18 Adult, $15 Student/Senior
Sponsored by Ellen Beller
Charles Belfoure is a New York Times bestselling author and architect. In addition to two novels, The Paris Architect and House of Thieves, he has also written architectural histories. Belfoure has won multiple awards for his books from the Maryland Historical Trust.
About the book
In 1942 Paris, a gifted architect accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money and maybe get him killed. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German office won’t find it. When his hiding space fails and the challenge becomes personal, he can no longer ignore what’s at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we’ll go to make things right.
In this his first novel, Mr. Belfoure has a knack for designing a tale with high tension and deep conflict. There are few situations that can deliver those elements as clearly as that of European Jews during the Holocaust, and The Paris Architect delivers the tension that is needed to make this an interesting table.
– Judith Reveal, New York Journal of Books
Two unique stories and authors come together to spend an afternoon talking food, life and healing. Chef Rossi and Jessica Fechtor will share their stories and recipes together in a talk-and-taste panel discussion.
Friday, October 23, 11:00 am
$15 Adult, $12 Student/Senior
Jessica Fechtor writes the popular food blog Sweet Amandine. She is an alumni of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships and Dorot Fellowship, in Israel.
Stir follows Jessica’s journey of recovery after almost dying from a burst aneurysm in her brain at 28. As soon as she could stand, she began to stir and learn what it means to nourish and be nourished. Woven throughout the narrative are 27 recipes for dishes that comfort and delight. Stir is sure to inspire and send you straight to the kitchen.
Chef Rossi is the owner and executive chef of The Raging Skillet. She has earned a reputation as the one to call when it’s time to do things differently. She is the host of a long-running radio show, “Bite This” and has been featured on The Food Network and NPR.
The Raging Skillet: The True Life Story of Chief Rossi shows us how the creativity
of the kitchen allows us to give a nod to where we come from while simultaneously expressing everything that we are. When the microwave replaces her mother’s slow-cooked, traditional Hungarian dishes with meals from a box, Rossi takes to the kitchen – and a chef is born. The Raging Skillet is set within Chef Rossi’s story of “wayward” living to serving First Responders at Ground Zero days after 9/11,and includes unpretentious recipes for real people everywhere.
Families don’t miss this interactive workshop. Keep reading fun and engaging and watch your child’s imagination blossom.
Leslie A. Kimmelman
Everybody Says Shalom
Friday, October 23, 10:00 am
$5 per child, accompanying adult free
Pre-K – 2nd grade
Sponsored by Terry and Art Heller
Don’t miss this hands-on workshop and play session with Leslie Kimmelman as she explores the worlds she creates with your children. Your child will step into this book and watch it come to life.
Leslie Kimmelman is the author of many children’s books including the Sam and Charlie books and The Very Crowded Sukkah. She has won many awards which include Best Children’s Books of the Year from the Bank Street College of Education. She is editor at Sesame Street Workshop and a freelance writer and editor.
Everybody Says Shalom is a spirited rhyming picture book tour of Israel and invites young readers to join a family with two children as they visit this old-new land of many contrasts. Among the places visited and wondrous sights seen are the Old City of Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, a kibbutz and the Biblical Zoo, ancient mosaics and contemporary stained glass windows, desert and sea, busy markets, cafes, Roman ruins and more. Vibrant watercolor illustrations illuminate the lively text and bring to life a colorful country of myriad cultures and customs.
Colorado is known for many things, including great authors. Join four local favorites and learn more about their unique work and how they are navigating the industry.
Sunday, October 11, 11:30 am
$10 Adult, $8 Student/Senior
Rabbi Joseph Black
Rabbi Joseph Black is the Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanuel, in Denver, Colorado. He is also a prolific musician and has published two children’s books Afikomen Mambo and Boker Tov! Good Morning!
There Once Was a Man From Canaan: The Five Books of Limerick is a wonderful blend of storytelling, rhythm and rhyme encapsulating every portion in the yearly cycle of the Torah.
Megan Feldman is an award-winning writer and has been featured in Glamour, Details and 5280: The Denver Magazine as well as newspapers including Newsday and the Dallas Observer.
Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World follows Megan Feldman on a global adventure as she seeks to find out not just what forgiveness is, but how it works. From road rage to war crimes, she discovers the remarkable physical and psychological benefits of forgiveness.
Dafna Michaelson Jenet
Dafna Michaelson Jenet is an author, speaker, TEDx Speaker and is the President and co-Founder of the Journey Institute.
It Takes a Little Crazy to Make a Difference tells the story of personal struggle with faith, family and community while one woman travels to all 50 states in 52 weeks to gather and share the stories of so many others facing the same struggles.
Hannah Nordhaus is the author of the critically acclaimed national best seller The Beekeeper’s Lament. She also writes for the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice and many others.
American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest tells the true story of Julia Staab, a mail-order Jewish bride shipped from Germany to New Mexico in 1866. Her ghost “haunts” an elegant hotel in Santa Fe.
While truth is stranger than fiction, it is often the well-crafted stories that combine the two that captivate us most. We’re excited to bring together three unique novelist to discuss how they craft life, history and storytelling together to recreate historical worlds and bring “what if” to life.
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Sunday, October 18, 6:00 pm
$10 Adult, $8 Student/Senior
Nicole Dweck is a journalist and holds a Master’s in Global Affairs from New York University. The Debt of Tamar is her debut novel and is a USA Today bestseller.
The Debt of Tamar follows the last descendant of an Ottoman Sultan and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor who meet by a twist of fate that connected them centuries before they met. Their story intertwines with that of their ancestors and an ultimately tragic decision that bound two families together and not threatens to tear these young lovers apart.
Bernie Schein is a retired educator and author of several books. His stories and essays have also appeared in numerous magazines throughout the South.
Famous All Over Town is a comically candid, multi-generational account of two Southern Jews, a low-country native and a Northern transplant at the epicenter of momentous civil rights events in their sleepy Southern coastal town, Somerset. In Somerset, we are lovingly and laughingly invited to consider what it means in the modern South to be white, black, Jewish, Christian, military, civilian, same, insane, old, young, male, female, gay or straight. This fictitious stand-in for Schein’s native Beaufort, SC sets the stage for what it means to be of a place, rather than merely in it.
Kim van Alkemade
Kim van Alkemade is a professor in the English department at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where she teaches writing. Her creative nonfiction essays have appeared in numerous literary journals.
Orphan Number Eight is a lush historical fiction inspired by true events. A young Jewish orphan is subjected to dangerous medical experiments in New York. Years later, she encounters the doctor who disfigured her when she becomes his nurse. Her obsession to make him acknowledge his crimes leads to more than she bargained for as she realizes a person’s fate is not always set in stone.
David Axelrod has been a believer in democracy from his youth. From investigating corruption as a young journalist to guiding underdog candidates to victory and then into the White House as a senior adviser to the president during one of the worst crises in American history, he has held fast to the belief that democracy is the deepest promise our country has to offer.
In Believer: My Forty Years in Politics the great strategist, who masterminded Obama’s historic
election campaigns, opens up about his years as a young journalist, political consultant, and ultimately senior advisor to the president.
The man behind some of the greatest political changes of the last decade,David Axelrod has devoted a lifetime to questioning political certainties and daring to bring fresh thinking into the political landscape. Whether as a child hearing John F. Kennedy stump in New York or as a strategist guiding the first African American to the White House, Axelrod shows in Believer how his own life stands at the center of the tumultuous American century.
Believer begins in the inimitable world of 1960s New York, but rapidly moves west. As a young newspaperman in the Chicago of the 1970s and 1980s, Axelrod reported on the dissolution of the last of the big city political machines, along with the emergence of a black, independent movement that made Obama’s ascent possible. Seeing the golden age of Chicago journalism collapse, Axelrod switched careers to become a political strategist, working for pathbreakers like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and morally conflicted characters like John Edwards. For better and worse, Axelrod helped to redefine the techniques by
which modern political campaigns are run.
The heart of this memoir is devoted to Axelrod’s twenty-year friendship with Obama, a warm partnership that inspired both men even as it propelled each to great heights.As senior advisor to the president, Axelrod served during one of the most challenging periods in national history and worked at Obama’s side as he battled an economic disaster, navigated America through two wars, and fought to reform health care, the financial sector, and our grid-locked political institutions. In Believer, Axelrod offers a deeper and richer profile of this extraordinary figure — who in just six years vaulted from the Illinois State Senate to the Oval Office — from the perspective of one who was at his side every step of the way.
In frankly sharing his life and work over the decades, Axelrod ultimately traces the continuing evolution of the Democratic Party and the country at large. Believer is a powerful and inspiring memoir enlivened by the charm and candor of one the greatest political strategists in recent American history.
Searching for Bubbe Fischer: The Path to Mah Jongg Wisdom
Friday, October 16, 1:00 pm
$10 Adult, $8 Student/Senior
In Kind Sponsors: Temple Emanuel Sisterhood and L.E.A. Hadassah
Karen Gooen lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. She has degrees from Brown and Columbia Universities and has served as a budget analyst, medical writer, and summer camp administrator, but found her true passion in mah jongg. She has spent years analyzing a ten-minute activity that is fortified by popcorn and M&Ms.
Mah Jongg ismore popular than ever in the Jewish community. Taking one’s seat at themah jongg table has been a rite of passage among Jewish women and men for almost 100 years. Novice player Karen Gooen loved the game and wanted to take her skills to the next level. She set out on a mission to find the mythical Bubbe Fischer of mah jongg and learn all her secrets. Her book Searching for Bubbe Fischer: The Path to Mah Jongg Wisdom is a self-deprecating humorist quest filled with wisdom found along the way.
Karen will lead an afternoon of Mah Jongg giving pointers and insight to players of any skill level. Bring your tiles and join in the fun.
Sponsored by Sue Miller and Harold Cohen; Elaine and Arnie Tinter
This event will sell out, get your tickets today.
David Gregory is an American television host and former moderator of NBC News’ Sunday morning talk show Meet the Press.
David Gregory’s first book is a spiritual autobiography about growing in faith and the lessons learned along the way. David was raised with a strong sense of Jewish identity, but not much belief. After a decade of studying the Bible with an Orthodox Jewish scholar, that changed.
How’s Your Faith? takes its title from a question President George W. Bush asked David during his time as a White House reporter. David investigates his own deepening Jewish belief and interfaith marriage. He also turned his journalistic curiosity to Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith leaders, asking them big questions about belief and surrender, in an effort to encourage all of us to live a more spiritual life.
Uncovered: How I left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home
Sunday, October 25, 4:00 pm
$10 Adult, $8 Student/Senior
Leah Lax is an award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She has been included in numerous anthologies and publications, print and online including, Dame, Lilith and Salon. Her work for stage has been reviewed in The New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine, has been broadcast on NPR and includes an opera libretto for the Houston Grand Opera.
Uncovered is an insider’s view of Hasidic life and of a lesbian who hid closeted among them. After being directed by a rabbi into an arranged marriage, author Leah Lax lived for 30 years keeping her homosexuality a secret while raising seven children, ultimately rejecting everything she had lived in order to be who she really is.
In Uncovered, Leah Lax tells a personal story that millions of women can recognize. All over the world are women whose bodies are covered, not by their own decision, but by one of the many patriarchal religions that by definition rule their wombs. Leah Lax lived that life, yet has the spirit, courage and honesty to tell her story. It’s been said that, if one woman told the truth, the world would split open. If others follow her, it just might.Gloria Steinem
Alan Lelchuk is a novelist and professor who was born and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BA in World Literature from Brooklyn College and studied at University College of London, receiving his MA and PhD from Stanford University. He is a co-founder of Steerforth Press, has taught at Brandeis University and Amherst College, and since 1985 has been on the faculty of Dartmouth College.
The world remembers Raoul Wallenberg as the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in Budapest before he was subsequently arrested by the Soviets in 1945 and taken to Moscow where he disappeared until his presumed death. Now, more than 65 years after these events, many mysteries about Wallenberg’s life and fate persist. This historical novel explores the mysteries still surrounding Wallenberg. How and when did he die? Did he perhaps survive in some Gulag camp or psychiatric hospital? Why did he languish in a Soviet prison from 1945-1947 without being exchanged by the Swedish government- as other political prisoners in Europe were – or rescued by his very wealthy and well-connected family in Stockholm? Searching for Wallenberg provides a compelling experience for the reader – one filled with multiple layers of feeling, surprising characters, scenes of intense drama, and moments of lyrical revelation.
For anyone in a non-conventional role this is a not to miss session! Find out what life as the “Domestic First Responder” a.k.a. husband to Jenji Kohan, (television writer/producer and the creator of Orange is the New Black and Weeds) is really like during this fun discussion with Christopher Noxon.
Christopher Noxon is an author, journalist and illustrator. He’s the author of Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes and the Reinvention of the American Grown Up. He has also written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine and Salon. His illustrations have been featured on “The Undo List” and in Unscrolled: Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah.
Plus One tells the story of a caretaking “support goy”, his breadwinning Jewish wife, and the fast-changing roles of parents and partners. This honest, funny and smart novel takes a comedic look at what it is like to be on the outside looking in to the mad show-business vortex of success, how to balance the rhythms of marriage, children and career and answer the question, “So what do you do?” when you’re the non-bread winning husband.
Funny is tough and Noxon pulls it off with aplomb. From the first laugh out loud incident concerning a Hollywood Awards Gala, a stranger and duck tape, to the scenes on the beach involving his son, a sea creature and several would-be firemen squirting their hoses in competition, this book rocks.Charlene Diane Jones, The Compulsive Reader
The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe
Sunday, October 18, 1:00 pm
$10 Adult, $8 Student/Senior
E.M. Rose is an historian and expert in medieval history. Dr. Rose has taught in Johns Hopkins University, Villanova University, Princeton University, and Baruch/CUNY.
The Murder of William of Norwich is a scrupulous and engaging book that delves into the story of William’s murder and the notorious trial that followed to uncover the origin of the ritual murder accusation known as the “blood libel” in Western Europe in the Middle Ages. Focusing on the specific historical context 12th-century ecclesiastical politics, the position of Jews in England, the Second Crusade, and the cult of saints and suspense fully unraveling the facts of the case, makes a powerful argument for why the Norwich Jews (and particularly one Jewish banker) were accused of killing the youth, and how the malevolent blood libel accusation managed to take hold.
E.M. Rose’s book on the murder of William of Norwich is a breathtaking work of revision that addresses one of the central questions in the history of Christian/Jewish relations in the Middle Ages, a topic of enormous relevance in the contemporary world and one around which there is considerable scholarly contestation. The book is a brilliant piece of historical investigation and a marvelous read as well.Gabrielle Spiegel, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII
Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 pm
$10 Adult, $8 Student/Senior
Sponsored by Dottie and Steve Resnick
Robert S. Weintraub is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, ESPN, and Slate as well as the author of two acclaimed books on baseball, The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age and The House that Ruth Built: A Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923.
No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII highlights the incredible bond formed between Judy, an English pointer, and Frank Williams, an RAF technician in a Japanese POW camp during WWII.
Clearly it’s not just cats that have nine lives. In Robert Weintraub’s exceptionally well researched and engaging No Better Friend, we meet Judy, a purebred English pointer and hero of World War II.
Born in Shanghai in 1936, Judy was adopted as a mascot by the British Royal Navy and had already survived a ship’s sinking and a jungle march before encountering 23-year-old Royal Air Force technician Frank Williams. The two met in 1942 in a Japanese POW camp in Sumatra. After another prisoner who’d been slipping scraps to Judy died, Williams made a life-changing decision: He gave the dog his entire ration, beginning an inspiring partnership.
To protect Judy from being killed and eaten by guards, Frank convinced the camp commander to give the pointer official POW status. That paper was to save Judy’s life more than once.
Through luck, gumption and sheer force of will, Frank managed to keep himself and his dog alive in camp, on a harrowing march and even after a torpedo attack on a prisoner transport ship. And as for regulations that no animals would be allowed on the troopship returning survivors to England when the war ended, well, you can just imagine what this remarkable pair of friends did about that.
No Better Friend is an inspiring story, and one that both dog lovers and history buffs will embrace.Deborah Hopkin, BookPage
Supported by MDC Holdings/Richmond Homes Foundation
Vertigo Dance (Israel) was founded in 1992 by Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha’al, dedicated to bringing people together and touching them through the language of the body in motion. Vertigo Dance blends international standards of artistic excellence with a community touch – Noa, her three sisters, and their families founded the Vertigo Eco-Art Village. The Village is home to Vertigo Dance, a School for Earth Building for the use of renewable, local materials and ancient building techniques, workshops and classes in art and practical ecology, a community recycling center offering workshops, an artists’ residence for local and foreign artists, and outreach performances for diverse communities including those with disabilities and special needs. Their goal was to create a family model based on ecological and social principles that can be passed from community to community, even country to country.
The major work on this Colorado premiere by Vertigo Dance is called Reshimo, a Kabbalistic idea suggesting the impression light makes – the afterimage – once one is in darkness. Vertigo calls the work an exploration of the remnants of a vacant space, a journey of the receptive soul, as Reshimo lights the way to a future state. It is set to a hauntingly beautiful musical score by Israeli composer Ran Bagno.
Rashimo draws its inspiration from the Kabbalah…Dance…certainly can suggest states of mind, moods and temperments. Choreographer Noa Wertheim conveyed that well, and developed flowing movements with a meditative air that hints at her spiritual sources.The Jerusalem Post
Hidden Constellation - Wonderbound with Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe
MACC and Wonderbound Dance Company Present
Hidden Constellation – Wonderbound with Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe
World Premiere Performance
Thursday, November 5, 7:30 pm
Elaine Wolf Theatre
$36 Adult, $30 Student/Senior
Sponsored by Recht Kornfeld, PC, Attorneys at Law
Hidden Constellation, Wonderbound’s new collaboration with klezmer fusion band Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe, explores the Kabbalistic idea that we live simultaneously in four worlds: the world of action (the physical, material plane), the world of formation (emotions and feelings), the world of creation (thought and intellect), and the world of emanation (the hidden spiritual world). This piece explores the tension between feelings of despair and chaos and the Kabbalistic teaching of a cosmic order to the universe and our place in it.
Wonderbound is an American dance company that lives at the convergence of tradition and innovation, vulnerability and courage, and intimacy and openness. Under the leadership of husband-and-wife team Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay, Wonderbound is committed to the development and sharing of collaborative artistic experiences. These undertakings have come to define Wonderbound, producing creations that erase boundaries between mediums and engage artists and audiences in candid explorations of the human experience.
Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe play nouveau klezmer music – an exuberant musical experience, rooted firmly in traditional Jewish modes and melodies and driven by contemporary rhythms and danceable grooves.
The versatile musicians who make up The Lost Tribe have a deep respect for their source material, from the evocative tunes of Eastern European Jews and Gypsies to the sinuous rhythms of the Middle East and Mediterranean. In the long-standing Jewish tradition of absorbing musical inspiration from surrounding cultures, The Lost Tribe steeps their songs in a broth spiced with rock, reggae, salsa, funk and blues influences, serving up an irresistible party vibe. The Lost Tribe is dedicated to bringing Jewish music to a wider audience. Whether you’re a longtime klezmer aficionado or have never heard the word, The Lost Tribe will make you a klezmer fan before you can say mazel tov!
13th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Program - 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus
13th Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Program
50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus
Documentary Film with director Steven Pressman
Sunday, October 18, 2015, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Elaine Wolf Theatre
Sponsored by the Holocaust Awareness Institute of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver
In the spring of 1939, a Jewish lawyer and his wife left their comfortable home and two children in Philadelphia and embarked on a bold and improbable plan to rescue 50 children from Nazi-controlled Vienna. Despite the oncoming horrors of the Holocaust, Gil and Eleanor Kraus bravely traveled into the heart of the Nazi empire in an effort to save innocent lives. Their unlikely mission would turn an ordinary American couple into extraordinary heroes. Their incredible story has never been told…until now. This screening will be followed by a talkback with director Steven Pressman.
Annual Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado Seminar
Annual Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado Seminar
With Guest Speaker Ron Arons
Sunday, October 18, 2015 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
$20 for JGSCO members, $40 for non-members
The Kosher Nostra or Jewish Criminals!
What’s in a Name? Trouble!
Nifty Technologies for Genealogical Analysis and Reporting
Mind Mapping for Genealogists
Ron Arons became interested in understanding his roots after he lost his parents to cancer 16 and 18 years ago. In the process of researching a criminal ancestor’s past, Ron has traced his roots to England, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania. He is a recipient of a Hackman Research Residency Award from the New York State Archives to continue his research of New York Jewish criminals, and Ron appeared on the PBS television series, “The Jewish Americans” as the acknowledged expert on Jewish criminals of New York’s Lower East Side. Born in New York, Ron holds a BS in Engineering from Princeton University of Chicago. He worked for many years as a marketer in the high-tech industry before deciding to work full time on his first book, The Jews of Sing Sing. Arons is based in California and tours the country giving educational and entertaining presentations on Jewish criminals and Jewish genealogy.
The Scholar in Residence Program is sponsored by the Denver Jewish Learning Collaborative, a project of the Department of Jewish Life and Learning, Robert E. Loup JCC, and the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies.
Dr. Rachel Korazim is a freelance Jewish educator who travels throughout the world teaching in several different areas of expertise. She is a consultant in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education; engages audiences in Israeli society through the lens of literature; and is a scholar of re-emerging Jewish life in Europe.
Born in Israel, Dr. Korazim holds a PhD in Jewish education from Haifa University. She has held positions of leadership in Jewish education throughout her career, including Shlichut in Canada, and as Academic Director of Distance learning programs at The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Department of Education. Dr. Korazim is familiar, through many visits, with the Jewish education communities of the US, Canada, Latin America and Europe. Since 1990 she has been instrumental in helping the emerging Jewish schools of Hungary.
Dr. Korazim is a regular teacher at Israel’s well-known learning centers such as Pardes and the Shalom Harman Institute.
Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force
Denver Jewish Film Festival Audience Choice winner back for one showing
Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force
Audience Choice Award Winner at the Denver Jewish Film Festival 2015
Documentary Film – Running Time 90 Minutes
Sunday, October 25, 2015 6:00 pm
Elaine Wolf Theatre
$12 Adults, $10 Seniors/Students
Produced by Nancy Spielberg, Above and Beyond is a story of courage, commitment, and sacrifice. In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of “Machal” – volunteers from abroad – this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth, they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force. At a time when much of the world stood by, unwilling to help a fledgling nation under attack, a tiny band of airmen answered the call for help. They risked their citizenship, their futures and even their lives. Above and Beyond is their story, told for the first time.
For some, delicatessen food is close to a religious experience; a tender crumbling cut of corned beef steeped in its juices, a full-bodied garlic dill pickle, spicy brown mustard with grain, a blintz that melts in your mouth like a Creamsicle on a summer’s day. Recipes and culinary garnishes from Hungary, Poland, Russia and Romania flowed into late 19th and early 20th century America and soon became part of an American culinary and cultural vernacular, known as “deli.”
Deli Man is a documentary film produced and directed by Erik Greenberg Anjou. The principal guide of Deli Man is the effusive and charming Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation delicatessen man, owner and maven (as well as a Yiddish-speaking French trained chef) who currently operates one of the country’s top delis, Kenny and Ziggy’s in Houston.
The story of the American deli is the story of Jews – their immigration, migration, upward mobility and western assimilation. How this burgeoning tribe moved and thrived from city to suburb and from suburb to strip mall, creating a legacy of the Jewish-American journey.
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict is a feature documentary about the life of art icon Peggy Guggenheim, based on her sole authorized biography. As Peggy, an heiress to the Guggenheim family who would become a central figure in the modern art movement, moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists. Her colorful personal history included trysts, affairs and marriages with such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock and Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, which is today enshrined in her famous Venetian palazzo. The film is a compendium of the greatest 20th century art mixed with the wild and iconoclastic life of one of the most powerful women in the history of the art world.
In celebration of the beloved and unstoppable performer Theodore Bikel, singer, actor, activist, and mensch.
Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem combines Bikel’s charismatic storytelling and masterful performances with a broader exploration of Aleichem’s remarkable life and work. A pioneer of modern Jewish literature who championed and luxuriated in the Yiddish language, Sholom Aleichem created dozens of indelible characters. His Tevye the Milkman, Motl the Cantor’s Son, and Menachem Mendl – “shtetl Jews” for whom humor and pathos were two sides of the same Yiddish coin – remain invaluable windows into pre-war Eastern European Jewish life, real and imagined.
Homage to Pablo Casals – Amit Peled, cello and Stefan Petrov, piano. This program was originally performed by Maestro Casals in 1915 at the Peabody Institute of the City of Baltimore Conservatory of Music.
Amit Peled is an Israeli cellist of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence. He is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today. At 6’5” tall, Peled started life as a basketball player and was called “larger than life” when he enveloped his cello and “Jacqueline du Pré in a farmer’s body.” Peled often surprises audiences with the ways he breaks down barriers between performers and the public, making classical music more accessible to wider audiences.
Peled did a lot of joking in remarks to the audience. His amiable and inviting personality is exactly the type everyone says we’ll need more of if classical music is to survive.Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun, reflecting on a recent performance
Peled is honored to continue sharing with audiences around the world the sound of the historic cello of Pablo Casals. The instrument, a Goffriler ca. 1733, was personally handed to him by the Maestro’s widow, Mrs. Marta Casals Istomin.
Peled has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and in the world’s major concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York; Salle Gaveau, Paris; Wigmore Hall, London; Konzerthaus, Berlin; and Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium. An active chamber musician, Peled is a founding member of the famed Tempest Trio (with pianist Alon Goldstein and violinist Ilya Kaler).
Peled is also a frequent guest artist, performing and giving master classes at prestigious summer music festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Schleswig Holstein and Euro Arts Festivals in Germany, Gotland Festival in Sweden, Prussia Cove Festival in England, The Violoncello Forum in Spain, and the Mizra International Academy and Festival in Israel.
Kinky Friedman has worn many hats: as a singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist and politician, he has seen and done it all. With more than 30 books and 11 albums under his belt, he has been writing and performing for decades.
Kinky has reinvented himself yet again, this time with his first all new studio album in nearly forty years. Just signed to Avenue A Records/Thirty Tigers, Kinky, with the help of producer Brian Molnar and guitarist Joe Cirotti, presents an “all new Kinky,” with his CD, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met. Filled with never-heard-before Kinky originals and beautifully rendered covers of such artists as Tom Waits, Warren Zevon and Willie Nelson, the new album is all about Kinky’s ultimate ability to deliver much more than just a funny line or humorous tune. The spare, yet lush arrangements all point up Kinky’s unique talent as both a songwriter and interpreter of great material. Guest performers Nelson, Little Jewford and Mickey Raphael support but never override the simplicity and grace of the tunes and the artist.
We are honored to be one of his first stops in his The Loneliest man I Ever Met Tour. It is also his first record company supported tour since his earliest days with the Texas Jewboys. It is already being projected to be Kinky’s most successful adventure yet, in a career filled with wondrously successful adventures.
And there is more on the horizon! Kinky has just completed his first detective novel in ten years, The Hard-Boiled Computer, which will likely mean another extended tour, this time to promote the book, in early 2016. Perhaps even more exciting for the future, Kinky is now collaborating with Billy Bob Thornton in creating a series of television movies based on the who-done-it books, with Billy Bob slated to play Kinky. There is certainly no stopping him; don’t miss an evening that is sure to entertain us all.
Michael Feinstein’s suave vocalism, irrestible charm, and remarkable insights into popular song make his concerts wonderful celebrations of the genre. He has been dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” has released multiple-platinum-selling albums, and has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award and five times for a Grammy Award. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.
More than simply a performer, Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America’s popular songs and preserving their legacy for the next generation. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Foundation, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it thorugh educational programs, master classes and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. Michael serves on the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage.
Schizophonia: Cantorial Recordings Reimagined (Blue Thread Music) is a series of Jewish cantorial recordings as you’ve never heard them. This endeavor takes these iconic albums of performative prayer music in a completely different direction, and creates rock masterpieces full of sonic texture, heavy riffing, and deep groove.
Yoshie Fruchter is a guitar, bass, oud player and composer whose band, Pitom (Tzadik Records) has received critical acclaim from Jazz Times, the Wall Street Journal, Guitar Player and many more. The unique blend of rock, jazz, experimental and Jewish styles in his playing and composing is a defining characteristic of his music. He has toured the US and Europe with Pitom and other groups, playing the Atlantique Jazz Festival in France, the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria and others. He recently released an album on the new Jewish record label Blue Thread Music of post-rock arrangements of old cantorial recordings entitled Schizophonia: Cantorial Recordings Reimagined.
Yoshie is also a sought-after freelance musician in New York City in bands ranging in style from acoustic world music to heavy metal and has performed with John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, and Frank London, among many others.
Doesn’t pull any punches while slapping around the Jewish liturgical traditionRelix magazine
So far past unimaginable that sets up an entirely new kind of individualism in music…wild, truly wildThe Buffalo News
Some of the best Psychadelic rock I’ve heard in a long whileBruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
Yumi Hwang-Williams, concert master of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 pm
Elaine Wolf Theatre
$18 Adult, $15 Student/Senior
Yumi will be performing Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” for piano, cello, violin and clarinet. She will also perform a viola and violin duet by László Weiner and will be joined by Margaret McDonald, and Basil Vendryes, Jason Shafer, Judith MacIntyre from the Colorado Symphony.
“Quartet for the End of Time” was written while Messiaen was imprisoned in the Stalag VIIIA German prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz in the winter of 1941. Imprisoned with Messiaen were a cellist, clarinetist and violinist therefore he composed the piece with these instruments in mind with the piano for himself.
Rather than composing a piece lamenting the obvious horror of war, Messiaen’s Quartet tells a story of transcendence, redemption and joy. The eight movements for the Quartet, seven for the days of creation and the eighth for the eternity after, were inspired by a dream Messiaen had of the Angel of the Apocalypse.
Yumi Hwang-Williams made her debut at the age of fifteen as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra six years after emigrating from South Korea. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she is an artist of exceptional musicianship known both for her thoughtful and stylish interpretations of the classics and for her commitment to the works of contemporary composers. Strings Magazine calls her a “modern Prometheus” who has “emerged as a fiery champion of contemporary classical music.”
Yumi is a frequent soloist with the Colorado Symphony and has soloed with other major orchestras both in the US and abroad. Since 2000, Yumi has been Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony. She was Concertmaster of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra for twelve years and Guest Concertmaster for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa, at the invitation of Music Director Pinchas Zukerman. She’s a frequent guest first violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and is a faculty member at Denver University’s Lamont School of Music.
Slam Poetry is more than verse or prose. It is a unique art form which not only focuses on what is being said, but on how it is being said. It is performance poetry with a deep and diverse range. Poets may share searing social commentary, powerful personal confessions, passionate love poems, or uproarious comedy. Really, the sky is the limit.
The JAAMM Poetry Slam is excited to bring Hannah Halpern and Amina Iro to Denver. Poets and friends, they, speak about faith, a powerful term especially when one speaks of the Star of David and her synagogue and the other about Allah and her mosque.
Hannah and Amina met on a Washington DC slam poetry team, Split the Rock, in 2013 and took their team to the national semi-finals. They connected over their commitment to religion, despite their obvious differences. For these two young women, slam poetry is about breaking stereotypes and looking at people for what they are as opposed to what they are supposed to be.
Hannah and Amina will headline the evening and then welcome local artists to grab the mic. All poets are welcome, be sure to bring your work to share.
My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding Directed by Richaard H. Pegg
Musical Direction by Trent Hines
A hilarious, heartfelt musical comedy about a woman’s journey of self-discovery, this uplifting, life-affirming, modern love story is also about embracing change and finding yourself. With a universal message for all – no matter what religion, sexuality, or spirit you favor – MMLJWW is based on the true story of the playwright’s mother and couldn’t be more timely. A hit at the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival, this charming new musical is catching on at theaters throughout the nation where it has frequently been extended or reprised due to popular demand.
Theatre Or’s My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding performance added due to popular demand:
Sunday, November 8 at 6:30 pm.