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.

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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

hgj-1280x960Homegrown Jihad
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.


Annual Golf Tournament 2016

Co-sponsored by B’nai B’rith and Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce

Golf-Image-1280x960Monday, August 29, 2016
Valley Country Club
14601 Country Club Dr., Centennial, CO 80016

7:00 am Registration and Check-In
8:00 am Shotgun Start

Cost: $144 Entry Fee per Golfer
Includes: green fees, golf cart, practice balls, buffet lunch, drink ticket, prizes, networking, and a fun day golfing at a great facility!
A portion of proceeds goes to Jewish Family Service 

Sponsorships available
$750 – Silver – player benefits for one foursome; sponsor sign on one tee box; listing on the tournament rules sheet.
$1,000 – Gold – same benefits as Silver sponsor, plus prominent display on tournament day publicity.
$1,500 – Platinum – player benefits for two foursomes; sponsor sign on two tee boxes; prominent display on tournament day publicity.

For more information contact
Bill Berger: 720-988-0754
Stuart Shwartz: 303-888-4575

Proper golf attire required (e.g., shirts with collars; appropriate-length shorts; no denim; etc.)

Golf Tournament Registration

Please fill out the golfer form below with your name and any players you wish to be paired with.
Click the Buy Now button to submit your payment online with a credit card.
To pay by check, mail to: B’nai B’rith Denver, attn: Golf, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80246

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

Brunch and Learn with Phil Goodstein

PG by Schoen 9_22_09Join us for our lox & bagel brunch on Sunday, August 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and learn “Secrets, Lies and Other Tall Tales from early Jewish Denver” with author Phil Goodstein.

Denver native, well known local historian, author (of more than 20 books), master storyteller and consummate tour guide, Phil Goodstein exposes the highlights and lowlights of Denver’s early Jewish community by probing what makes it tick and the character of its people and institutions. Along the way, he has given numerous walking tours through historic parts of the community.

Though not active in the Jewish community, he has turned his attention to it in his volume Exploring Jewish Colorado while emphasizing the Jewish dimension in neighborhood histories of East, South, West, and North Denver.

Come! Be entertained and thoroughly fascinated as you sit back and ponder life within early Jewish Denver as only Phil Goodstein could describe it. Guaranteed to be our best program of the year.

When: Sunday, August 21, 10 am-12 pm

Location: Jewish Community Center Perlmutter Room
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 August 20th.

Brunch Payment Options

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Treasurer Position

Untitled designThe Board of Directors of B’nai B’rith Denver has an immediate board opening for the volunteer position of Treasurer.  The successful candidate will have an Accounting background (CPA preferred, but not required), and a desire to serve on the board of a well-recognized Jewish organization in the Denver metro area.

B’nai B’rith Denver is a membership-based, service organization of both men and women.  It was founded in April, 1872, and has been in continuous operation to the present day.  Please contact board president, Bill Berger, with your qualifications ( or 720-988-0754).

Leadville Cemetery Cleanup 2016

Leadville Cemetery CleanupJune 24-26, 2016
20th Annual Leadville Cemetery Cleanup Project

Leadville, Colorado

leadville9 copyYoung Leadership Network Camping Trip

Everyone is invited!
June 24-26, 2016
To RSVP click HERE

Join the Young Leadership Network (YLN) for a weekend of camping and PERFORMING A MITZVAH. We will kick off our weekend celebration Friday night with a Kabbalat Shabbat at the Printer Boy Campground (Site GR2 – Loop GRP2) at Turquoise Lake. All Leadville Hebrew cemetery volunteers are invited to camp for any portion of the weekend. The main event, cleaning up the cemetery, is on Sunday.

YLN Schedule For everybody.  Feel free to join us for all or some of the activities!!!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Weekend activities will begin with a Shabbat experience. We will be lighting candles at 8:15 PM at the Printer Boy Campground. We will be providing wine and/or grape juice and challah.  Please bring your own food and beverage for Friday night. There will be a campfire AND SMORES!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Official B’nai B’rith activities begin at 10:00 a.m. with a Shachrit service, followed by an oneg at the restored historical synagogue Temple Israel (at the corner of 4th & Pine, 1 block west of Harrison Avenue). Rabbi Sara Gilbert from Greeley’s Beth Israel Congregation will lead services.  Alice Forshner will read from the torah.

Dinner that evening will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Printer Boy Campground, we will have a kosher-style dairy potluck organized by the Young Leadership.  To participate in this potluck, please sign up here HERE to bring a non-meat dish or two to share (salads, sides, desserts, chips etc). The potluck will be followed by Havdalah.

For those that are interested there will be an opportunity to serve the hungry in the Leadville community at St. George Episcopal Church at 5:00 p.m. (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.

Feel free to bring canned goods to support the church’s ongoing meals program. Non-perishable protein items (e.g., tuna, peanut butter, etc.) are especially appreciated.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Leadville-2012 033We will begin the annual clean up of the Leadville Hebrew Cemetery at 9:00 am on Sunday, beginning with a free continental breakfast. Our goal this year is general clean up of the cemetery grounds; which will include cutting weeds, pruning tree branches, picket fence painting and sprucing up soiled grave markers.

Starting in 1995, B’nai B’rith Denver has partnered with the Temple Israel Foundation to restore the cemetery after decades of neglect. The cemetery was re-consecrated in August 1999 and  is currently accepting new interments.  Our partnership has remained and annual volunteer clean ups have been continued every summer.

A graveside memorial service honoring those early Jewish pioneers buried in the Leadville Hebrew Cemetery will be conducted at 11 am.  Each year the service is held around a different gravesite that has been researched regarding the history of the deceased.  The brief service will be led by Rabbi Joel Newman of B’nai Vail Congregation.

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.


Map – Printer Boy Campground

B’nai B’rith Leadville Weekend Schedule

Friday – June 24th

6:30 pm     Arrival and Setup             Printer Boy Campground

8:00 pm     Kabbalat Shabbat            Printer Boy Campground

8:20 pm     Dinner on your own        Printer Boy Campground

Saturday – June 25th

10:00 am     Shabbat Service             Temple Israel (4th and Pine)

12:00 pm     Oneg                                Temple Israel (4th and Pine)

2:00 pm     Afternoon Activity          Hike, BBQ Festival, whatever you choose

4:00 pm     Potluck dinner                 Printer Boy Campground

5:00 pm     Meal For the Less Fortunate    St. George Episcopal Church

9:43 pm     Havdalah Official Time

Sunday – June 26th

9:00 am     Continental Breakfast            Leadville Jewish Cemetery

9:15 am      Cemetery Service Project       Leadville Jewish Cemetery

11:00 am   Gravesite Memorial Service   Leadville Jewish Cemetery

11:30 am    Lunch                                        Leadville Jewish Cemetery

4:00 pm Clean-up ends

Sign Up Here!

Brunch & Learn – The Crypto-Jews

Crypto Jews one sizeJoin us for our lox & bagel brunch on Sunday, May 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and learn about “Crypto-Jews – Origins, Survival and Return”.

“In the Quest for their Own Religious Identity, Our Guest’s Discovered The Crypto Jew’s Origin & Fascinating Story of Survival and The Daunting Challenges That Remain…”

Manuel Martin and Otto Van-Troi Perozo Minaya will deliver a brief history of Spanish and Portuguese Crypto-Jews: their origin, persecution and survival until present day. From here, the group will explore the importance of their return to Judaism from a historical, Halachic and Talmudic point of view.

As a teenager in Caceres, Spain, Manuel Isaias Martin Ramos became aware of his Jewish roots and since then has been studying the Spanish ‘juderia’ (Jews and Conversos). His mother’s family names, Ramos and Ciudad, are both ‘Converso’ names. Many of his family traditions point to Kohen origin. Van-Troi Perozo was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. His maternal family has been on the island of Hispaniola since the 1500s. He has traveled frequently to Spain and Portugal documenting Crypto-Jewish family heritage and lineage of early settlers in Hispaniola and the Caribbean. Manuel and Otto are currently researching Crypo-Jewish settlements from Caceres, Extremadura, Spain.

When: Sunday, May 1, 10 am-12 pm

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

Online registration is now closed.

Walk-in are welcome! Register at the door.

Cost at the door without pre-registration or RSVP:  
Members – $12, Non-members – $17

RSVP or email questions to:

Cost with Pre-registration Online or RSVP and pay at the door:
Members – $10, Non-members – $15
Lox and bagels and beverages will be served.
Online pre-registration ends April 30th