February 10, 2016

Dates set for 2016 Leadville Cemetery Mitzvah Weekend!

Leadville Cemetery CleanupThe 20th annual Leadville Cemetery cleanup, sponsored by B’nai B’rith Denver and the Temple Israel Foundation (Leadville) will be held the weekend of June 25-26, 2016.

The weekend will offer:

  • camping on Friday and Saturday nights (Printer Boy campground at Turquoise Lake) for those who want to enjoy the great Colorado outdoors;
  • potluck dinners at the campground;
  • Saturday morning shabbat service at the restored Temple Israel, followed by an oneg;
  • a Saturday evening meal to the less fortunate at St. George Episcopal Church (across from Temple Israel);
  • Sunday cleanup at the Leadville Jewish Cemetery, with complimentary breakfast and lunch for all volunteers;
  • other activities organized by B’nai B’rith’s Young Leadership Network.

The town of Leadville will also be hosting its BBQ and Brews Festival the same weekend, for additional activities and entertainment.

We hope to make this year a special celebration in recognition of 20 years of performing this mitzvah.

For volunteer opportunities (and we always need volunteers!) please either contact the B’nai B’rith office Admin@BnaiBrithDenver.org (303-393-7358) or president Bill Berger bergerwj@comcast.net (720-988-0754).

Member Appreciation and Open House

BB Oct BlogJoin us FREE Open House event!
Monday, October 12, 5:30 – 8:00
Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St., Denver
All members, friends and guests are invited!

Come mix and mingle with other B’nai B’rith members, meet the board, and learn more about B’nai B’rith in Denver, community service projects, young leadership events, and professional networking. Whether you’re a current member, a previous member, or considering membership, you’re all invited to attend!

Appetizers and the first round of drinks are on us. Happy hour prices until 7:00 p.m.

This is a perfect opportunity to become a member of this great organization or to renew you membership!

We hope to see you there!

WHAT: Member Appreciation and Open House

WHEN: Monday, October 12, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St., Denver, 80203

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, bergerwj@comcast.net, 720-988-0754
Shel Spiegelman, sheldon.spiegelman@gmail.com, 720-291-5500

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


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Volunteer with Newborns in Need

Sunday, October 6th from 12:30PM-3PM

777 Bannock Street, Denver 80204

Nearly 3,200 babies are born each year at Children’s Hospital.  Many families are low-income and struggle to provide the things they need for their newborns. With support from volunteers and donors like you, every baby leaves the hospital with a “Warm Welcome” bag filled with diapers, blankets and clothing to help them get off to a healthy start in life.

Please join us to help us assemble these “Warm Welcome Bags”.   Children ages 6 and older are welcome and we have a limit of 20 volunteers.  Kosher pizza will be served from 12:3oPM-1PM and we’ll sort from 1-3PM.

Volunteers will meet me at the information desk at the main front entrance of the hospital, also called Pavilion A.  For Mapquest directions, use the address 777 Bannock Street, Denver 80204.  Parking is available in the visitor’s garage and the entrance is on the east side of Delaware Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue (free parking provided).

Please bring a water bottle, wear comfortable shoes and bring a new gift for the babies.

We need:

Disposable diapers (size 1 or 2)
Onesies, Undershirts
Outfits, Sleepers
Bibs, Socks, Booties
Baby wash/ shampoo, lotion
Nursing supplies (pads, cream, etc.)
Baby ear thermometers
Baby picture books
Infant toys
Car seats
Umbrella strollers
Cribs and Crib sheets

Please note that all items must be NEW, and please no bottles or formula.


Image by Jan de Graaf

Children’s Colorado Mobile Blood Drive

Tuesday, August 27th from 9AM-12:45PM at the JCC-Denver Parking lot
Please read below to find out if your eligible to donate.
If you are eligible and you would like to donate, sign up here.

Are you eligible to donate?

If your answer is yes to any of the below questions on the day you present to donate, you may not be eligible.
1. In the past 12 months, have you traveled outside the U.S. or Canada?
2. Have you received a tattoo or piercing in the past 12 months?
3. Are you currently taking antibiotics for an active infection?
4. Are you taking any medications or received a vaccination?
5. Do you weigh less than 110 pounds?
6. Are you younger than 17 years of age?
7. Are you feeling ill or not well?
If you answered yes to any of the questions, please call to review your eligibility ~ 720-777-5398
Thank you for your help with ensuring our blood supply is safe for the little ones that need it

If you choose to donate, please read the following:

  • Arrive at the bus as close to their scheduled time as possible
  • We will try our best to accommodate you if you arrive late but due to the nature of our schedule that may not be possible.
  • Bring a government issued photo ID
  • Check the eligibility criteria before signing up for an appointment.  It is linked to the online schedule or anyone can call us here at the donor center with any eligibility questions 720-777-5398.

Summer Barbecue- Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer Barbecue

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 starting at 5pm
at Cranmer Park: 4501 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80220

Join B’nai B’rith for a potluck barbecue at Cranmer Park. B’nai B’rith will be honoring the Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing support. We’ll play Frisbee, play games, eat food and have fun! Please bring a Kosher pareve or meat potluck item (no dairy) such as a side dish, salad, fruit, snacks, dessert or beverage. Please comment below the item you are planning to bring, so we have enough food.

This is a family-friend picnic, so all are welcome. B’nai B’rith will provide kosher hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments and buns.

Please RSVP here.

Denver Jewish Bowling League- Kick Off Meeting

DJBL Do you love to bowl and want to learn more about the Denver Jewish Bowling League?  Come join us for our first meeting. We will form teams and explain the rules of the league.  Free bowling to follow!

Thursday, August 22nd from 6:30-8:30pm at Monaco Lanes: 6767 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80224

The cost is just $15.00 per week for 28 weeks, plus a one-time registration fee of $25.00.
  • League beings Thursday, August 28th (we skip Jewish holidays)
  • The League is a mixed league with handicaps
We would love to have you join us once again – and bring your friends and family with you!  Form teams, or we will be happy to place you – either way is great!
If you have any questions, please call Shel at 720-291-5500 or Ed at 720-480-9079. To register online, please visit here.

Leadville Cemetery Cleanup

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Leadville Edition

Saturday, June 29

Weekend activities begin at 10:00 am with a Shachrit service, followed by an oneg at Temple Israel (at the corner of 4th & Pine, 1 block west of Harrison Avenue).  Rabbi Debra Rappaport, from B’nai Vail Congregation, Rabbi Elliot Baskin, Chaplain at Jewish Family Services, and Rabbi Birdie Becker will lead services with B’nai B’rith’s restored, 90 year old Polish Torah scroll.

During the early evening, we will serve a non-dairy pot luck dinner and dine with the hungry at St. George Episcopal Church at 5 pm (directly across the street from Temple Israel). Donations to B’nai B’rith Denver to help cover the food and clean up expenses would be greatly appreciated.  We’d suggest all volunteers to bring a minimum of five canned goods for the church’s ongoing meals program.

The community is invited to a Havdalah Ceremony and campfire at the Printer Boy Campsite following the pot luck dinner.

Please register here for the Leadville Cemetery Cleanup.

  Sunday, June 30

We will begin the annual clean up of the Leadville Hebrew Cemetery at 9:00 am.  Breakfast will be provided for early ariving volunteers.  Our goal this year is the general clean up of the grounds, which will include cutting weeds, pruning tree branches, cemetery picket fence painting, and sprucing up soiled grave markers.

B’nai B’rith Denver partnered with the Temple Israel Foundation, starting in 1995, to restore the cemetery after decades of neglect.  The cemetery was reconsecrated in August, 1999 and is currently accepting new interments.  Annual volunteer clean ups continue every summer.

A graveside memorial service honoring those early Jewish pioneers buried in the Leadville Hebrew Cemetery will be conducted by Rabbi Rappaport at noon.  Each year the service is held around a different grave site that has been researched regarding the history of the deceased.

Following the  memorial service, B’nai B’rith will provide a kosher lunch to thank all volunteers for their hard work and devotion to this annual mitzvah.  Clean up will continue throughout the day until approximately 4:00 pm.

Please register here for the Leadville Cemetery Cleanup.

NEEDED:  rakes, tree pruners, lawn mowers, weed eaters, rags, work gloves, and drop cloths.


CampingCamping with the Young Professional Network at Printer Boy Campground

Friday Night: We will be camping at Printer Boy Campground on Turquoise Lake. We will have a kosher-style, diary pot luck when we arrive at the campground

Saturday: We will join Shabbat services at Temple Israel and young professionals have the option to go on a mountain hike in the afternoon, hang out at the campground or walk around town.

Saturday Night: Young professionals can join the Kosher pot luck dinner for the hungry at St. George Episcopal Church (across the street from Temple Israel) or attend a vegetarian potluck dinner at Printer Boy campsite followed by Havdalah. Bring a dish to share.

If your last name starts with…
A-F: Bring a Noodle/Potato (Salad, Kugel, etc.)
G-L: Bring Fruits/Veggies
L-R: Cheese/Dairy Dish or Salad
S-Z: Chips & Salsa/Guacamole or Dessert

The cost for camping is $10. Please complete this short survey if you are planning to join us and register here for the Leadville Cemetery Cleanup.


B’nai B’rith Leadville Weekend 2013 Itinerary (Times and Locations Subject to Change)
Friday – June 28th
5:00pm                 Arrival and Setup (Start Time)                    Printer Boy Campground
7:00pm                 Kabbalat Shabbat                                              Printer Boy Campground
7:30pm                 Potluck Shabbat Dinner                                  Printer Boy Campground
Saturday – June 29th
10:00am               Shachrit and Musaf                                           Temple Israel
12:00pm               Oneg                                                                        Temple Israel
2:00pm                 Afternoon Hike                                                   Meet at Camp Site
4:00pm                 Mincha                                                                   Printer Boy Campground
5:00pm                 Meal with the Hungry                                      Church Across from Temple Israel
5:00pm                 Potluck Dinner at Campsite                           Printer Boy Campground
9:48pm                 Havdallah Official Time
Sunday – June 30th
9:00am                 Continental Breakfast                                       Leadville Jewish Cemetery
9:15am                 Cemetery Service Project                                Leadville Jewish Cemetery
12:00pm               Memorial Service                                              Leadville Jewish Cemetery
12:30pm               Lunch                                                                      Leadville Jewish Cemeter


Our Generous Sponsors

a la Carte Publishing, 970-949-4000, http://www.alacarvail.com/

Aspen Jewish Congregation, 970-925-824, http://www.jewishaspen.com/

Bagel Deli, 303-756- 6667, http://www.bageldeli.com/

Bagel Store, 303-388-2648,

B’nai B’rith Denver, Bill Berger, Chair, Leadville Jewish Cemetery Project, 720- 988-0754

B’nai B’rith Denver Young Professional Network, Rebecca Saltzman, 720-300-2424

B’nai Vail Congregation, 970- 477-2992, http://bnaivail.org/

Costco Wholesale, Aurora, Colorado, 303- 750-2116, http://www.costco.com/

Eastside Kosher Deli, 303-322-9862,

Feldman Mortuary, 303-322-7764,

King Soopers, S. Monaco Parkway, 303-333-1535,

Knosh’s Deli, 719-431-9999, Canon City, Colorado http://www.knoshsdeli.com/contact.html

New York Deli News, 303-759-4741,

Rocky Mtn. Jewish Historical Society, 303- 871-3016, http://www.du.edu/cjs/rocky_mountain_jewish_historical_society.html

Synagogue of the Summit, 970- 668-8270,

Temple Israel Foundation,, 719- 486-3625

Zaidy’s Deli, 303-333-5336, http://www.zaidysdeli.com/

B’nai B’rith Program at the Cell




Tuesday, May 28, 2013 starting at 7:00pm
at the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL): 99 W 12th Ave Denver, CO 80204

Join B’nai B’rith Denver for a private tour followed by a presentation by AIPAC’s Claire Margolf on Israel and the current Iranian threat.

About the CELL

The CELL is dedicated to the prevention of terrorism through education, empowerment, and engagement. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution, its one-of-a-kind exhibit, renowned speaker series, and training initiatives provide a comprehensive look at the threat of terrorism and how individuals can play a role in the prevention of terrorism, ultimately enhancing public safety.

About the Speaker

claireClaire Margolf is currently the Area Director for Colorado, Nebraska and New Mexico for AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee).  In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing all grassroots, political and development outreach in the three state region.  She graduated from Tufts University with a BA in International Relations and Economics and prior to working fort AIPAC, Claire served as a Trading Associate on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  She lives in Denver with her husband and 6 month old son.

The cost of the event $10 for members & $15 for non-members.  Please RSVP in advance to admin@bnaibrithdenver.org or 303.393.7358.  You can also register here.