November 24, 2017

Brunch and Learn: Harry Truman and the State of Israel

Harry Truman, My Grandfather, and a Bottle of Bourbon – The Historical and Personal Moments Leading to International Recognition of the State of Israel  


President Truman granting de jure recognition of Israel.  From left to right: President Truman, Edward Jacobson, Maurice Bisgyer, B’nai B’rith Secretary, Frank Goldman, B’nai B’rith International President.

Lox & Bagel Brunch and Learn
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 10am – 12pm
Jewish Community Center

Join us for our lox & bagel brunch on Sunday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and learn about “Harry Truman, My Grandfather, and a Bottle of Bourbon
–The Historical and Personal Moments Leading to International Recognition of the State of Israel”
with B’nai B’rith Board Member Frank Goldman.

This is the historical and personal story of how Frank Goldman’s grandfather and namesake, B’nai B’rith International President Frank Goldman, came to influence one of the most significant events of the 20th Century: U.S. Recognition of the State of Israel.

With the end of the World War II, after more than 6 million Jews and countless others perished at the hands of the Nazis, the momentous challenge facing the world was the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Jewish survivors who languished in “displaced persons” camps across Europe. On May 2, 1947, Frank Goldman became International President of B’nai B’rith, and among his first actions was to call upon the United Nations to facilitate the establish of a homeland for Jewish people in Palestine. In September 1947, a UN special committee voted in favor of partitioning Palestine into a Jewish and Arab State. Frank Goldman immediately sent a telegram to US President Harry S. Truman asking for full US support. Although it initially appeared that the US would support partition, the US State Department and others succeeded in changing US policy. Without US support, there was no possibility that a Jewish state would become a reality, and the fate of those who had endured Nazi atrocities seemed to be sealed.

goldmanbengurion0001Many Jewish leaders appealed to President Truman, but the White House was closed to them. Frank Goldman knew that something needed to be done. He knew that President Truman’s close, personal friend and business partner, Eddie Jacobson, was a B’nai B’rith member in Missouri. Together with Mr. Jacobson, they appealed to President Truman to meet with Chaim Weizman, internationally famous scientist and later the first President of Israel, in March 1948. Through these efforts, on May 15, 1948, the US supported recognition of the State of Israel and immediately the Soviet Union and others followed suit.

On January 31, 1949, when President Truman extended official recognition to Israel, the only invited guests in his office were Eddie Jacobson, the Secretary of B’nai B’rith, and my grandfather.

When: Sunday, December 4, 10 am-12 pm

Location: Jewish Community Center Phillips Social Hall
350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80246

Members – $10, Non-members – $15
Lox and bagels and beverages will be served.

Register online or RSVP and pay at the door
Online pre-registration ends December 2.

Online registration is now closed.

RSVP or email questions to:

About our presenter:
Frank Goldman is Senior Counsel with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He has been a member of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement for approximately 7.5 years, serving in both the Chicago and Denver Regional offices. As an Enforcement attorney, Frank has investigated and litigated a number of SEC violations, including insider trading, accounting fraud, Ponzi schemes, market structure violations, market manipulations, and best execution violations. He is an active member of B’nai B’rith Denver and serves on the Board of Directors.

Homegrown Jihad Movie Night

B’nai B’rith Denver and AAT Goes to the Movies

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The Terrorist Camps Around US
Sunday, November 13, 4 :00 pm

Scattered around the United States, including Colorado, are dozens of Islamic terrorist-training compounds known as “Muslims of the Americas.” Under the leadership of a radical Pakistani cleric, Sheikh Mubarik Gilani, Muslims of the Americas has thousands of devoted followers who are being groomed for homegrown jihad.

This movie exposes these dangerous terrorist compounds and reveals a secret training tape in which American Muslims are recruited to “join one of the most advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare”… right here in America. (1 hour 4 minutes)

Group discussion follows the film.

Date: Sunday, November 13, 4 :00 pm

Location: Jewish Community Center, Phillips Room, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 80246

Suggested Donation: $5 in advance, $7 at the door.
Purchase advanced tickets HERE

This event is co-sponspored by B’nai B’rith Denver and Americans Against Terrorism.

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YLN New Year Happy Hour

B’nai B’rith Denver Young Leadership Network Happy Hour

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New Year Happy Hour!

Wednesday, October 19, 5:00-7:30pm
Urban Roadhouse Downtown
999 18th St., Denver, CO 80202

Join B’nai B’rith Denver’s Young Leadership Network for Happy Hour at the Urban Roadhouse Downtown!

Come toast the New Year! Meet and network with other young Jewish professionals in the community.

It’s free to attend and we’ll provide appetizers and buy your first drink!


We hope to see you there!


Denver Jewish Bowling League 2016-17

Bowling League

Bowling League

Teams now forming for 2016-17 Denver Jewish Bowling League

It’s the 70th consecutive year for the Denver Jewish Bowling League sponsored by B’nai B’rith and we’d love to have you join us!

League Bowling Begins September 8, 6:30 p.m. at AMF Monaco Lanes.
(Meet at 6pm for organizational/informational meeting)

The league is open to Jewish men and women, 18 years and older, of all abilities. No experience necessary. This is a fun, social league. We have kosher pizza nights and 9 pin “no-tap” nights, and more.
 Both four-person teams, as well as individuals are welcome to join.

What Do I Have To Do?

  • bowling2Put together teams of four people each from your Jewish organization. (If you don’t have a team, we will be happy to find one for you!)
  • Commit to bowling every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. for 26 weeks.
  • Plan to have LOTS OF FUN with friends old and new!

What Else Do I Need To Know?

  • Cost is $16.00 per week, per bowler. (Plus a one-time registration fee of $25.00)
  • No experience needed!
  • Men and women are invited!
  • Sponsored by B’nai B’rith

bowlingRegistration is open NOW! For more information or to register please call: Shel at 720-291-5500 or Ed at 720-480-9079.

What: Denver Jewish Bowling League

When: Thursday, September 8, 6:30 p.m. (6pm organizational/informational meeting)
Meet us in the snack bar, prior to bowling for a pre-game meeting for questions, rules and to form teams.

Where: AMF Monaco Lanes, 6767 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80224

Why: To have fun!
 Cost: $16 per night, one time $25 registration fee.


Report from Leadville Cemetery Cleanup 2016


B’nai B’rith’s 20th Annual Leadville Cemetery Clean-up weekend was held June 24-26 — and it was a huge success!







If you are on Facebook, please help us out by liking the B’nai B’rith Denver Page and tagging yourself and your friends in the photos. You can see all the photos HERE even if you aren’t on Facebook.

IMG_0142Here are some of the highlights from the weekend:

  • Nearly 100 volunteers showed up at the cemetery on Sunday, painting the fence, removing slash, cleaning up grave sites, raking, mowing, cooking food, and doing general clean-up.
  • Every volunteer received a commemorative 20th Anniversary tee shirt (also offered to our donors).
  • We were able to feed all of our volunteers very well — and a lot of food was also donated to Leadville’s St. George Episcopal Church, across the street from Temple Israel, to feed the less fortunate.
  • More than 50 people attended Saturday morning services at the restored Temple Israel, and the oneg following.
  • Approximately two dozen participated in the  potluck and havdallah at our Printer Boy campsite at Turquoise Lake.  Most camped in tents or campers; others stayed in Leadville hotels.  (Nine people also camped Friday night.)

IMG_0143Besides B’nai B’rith, organizations represented included:

  • Beth Israel Congregation (Greeley)
  • B’nai Chaim (Morrison)
  • B’nai Chavurah (Denver)
  • B’nai Vail
  • Congregation Beth Evergreen
  • Hebrew Education Alliance (Denver)
  • Synagogue of the Summit

IMG_9643Recognition for making the weekend a success:

  • Bill Korn, Temple Israel Foundation – organizing and taking care of all arrangements at the cemetery and at Temple Israel.
  • Rabbi Sara Gilbert, Beth Israel Congregation (Greeley) – officiating shabbat services, and assisting at Sunday’s gravesite memorial service.
  • Alice Forshner – reading from the torah on shabbat, and generally helping organize throughout the past year (including arranging for Bill Korn’s presentations with many synagogues).
  • Ron Lev/Katie – organizing the Saturday campsite potluck and camper sign-up.
  • Rabbi Joel Newman, B’nai Vail – officiating the Sunday gravesite memorial service.
  • Cantor Michelle Cohn Levy, B’nai Vail – assisting at the Sunday gravesite memorial service.
  • Cantor Kim Harris, B’nai Chaim (Morrison) – assisting at the Sunday gravesite memorial service.
  • CJ Tenner – bringing coffee and bagels to the cemetery for volunteers’ breakfast.
  • Rob Philippe – preparing/serving lunch at the cemetery on Sunday.
  • Marty Walbaum – preparing/serving lunch at the cemetery on Sunday.
  • Sue Glairon – preparing/serving lunch at the cemetery on Sunday.
  • Susan Dean – preparing/serving lunch at the cemetery on Sunday.
  • Jerry Batisch – shlepping drinks up to Leadville

Special recognition – Representing those who starting this project 20 years ago!

  • IMG_0133Bill Korn
  • Alice Forshner / Mike Mayashiba
  • Jonathan Birnbaum
  • And most especially, Ed Koplin

Representing our B’nai B’rith board of directors:

  • Bill Berger
  • Marvin / Pat Dworkin
  • Ed Koplin
  • Joel Weissman

Many thanks to everyone who made this year’s project a success – and looking forward to our 21st annual event next year – again, the last full weekend of June (June 23-25, 2017)!

Bill Berger, President
B’nai B’rith Denver

Vets Speak Out on Iran Deal

B’nai B’rith Denver and Americans Against Terrorism are sponsoring a community meeting by  “Veterans Against the Deal” on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Veterans Against the Deal is comprised of American veterans from across our military, families of the fallen, and wounded warriors – all united in opposition to the Iran deal.

Come hear Robert Bartlett, Staff Sergeant, Ret., wounded in action by an Iranian bomb in Iraq in 2005 and Michael Pregent, Executive Director of Veterans Against the Deal and former close advisor to General Patraeus.

Congress is scheduled to vote on the Iran deal September 16-17.

WHAT: Vets Speak Out on Iran Deal

WHEN: Wednesday, September 2, 7:30-9:00 pm

WHERE: Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, Perlmutter Room, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver 80246
For more information about Veterans Against The Deal, go to

Golf Outing with B’nai B’rith Denver and DJCC

GolfEnjoy a morning of golf with B’nai B’rith Denver and the Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce as we begin planning a 2016 golf tournament.

When: Monday, August 31, 2015

Tee times: Starting at 7:30 a.m.

Where: South Suburban Golf Course
7900 S. Colorado Blvd., Centennial, CO 80122

Cost: Regular green fees, paid at pro shop

Prizes: Long drive and closest to hole – $10 to participate

Please RSVP to:  
Bill Berger,, 720-988-0754
Shel Spiegelman,, 720-291-5500

NO NUKES FOR IRAN – Rally Sunday at the State Capitol – 2:00 p.m.


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Leadville – the last weekend in June

There is an added incentive to participate in B’nai B’rith’s 19th annual Leadville Cemetery Cleanup, the last weekend of June (Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28, 2015).

The Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its inaugural “BBQ & BREW FESTIVAL” on June 26 & 27, 2015.

The Festival will feature some of the best “pit masters” in the country, fine local micro brews, and live music right on Harrison Avenue in Leadville.

Festival hours:
 Friday – 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
 Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

(Check out the “Programs” tab for details about the Cemetery cleanup.)

Summer Picnic set

Save the date!

This year’s summer picnic will be Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Crestmoor Park.

B’nai B’rith will supply kosher hamburgers and hot dogs and condiments – and volley ball.  We’ll ask attendees to bring side dishes, etc.

B’nai B’rith members, family, friends, and Young Leadership are invited, as well as members of the Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce.

Stay tuned for more details.