February 24, 2018

Israel Colorado Innovation Fund

You’re invited to an exclusive networking event to learn about a first of its kind opportunity:

The Israel – Colorado
Innovation Fund

Hosted by Sumihiro Investments, LLC at Charcoal Bistro and sponsored by B’nai B’rith Denver, you are invited to learn more about the recently formed Israel-Colorado Innovation Fund. This is a seed-stage venture capital fund focusing on investing in innovative Israeli startups in the water, energy and transportation sectors, while connecting them with the US market through Colorado.

Come meet the principals of the fund: Gili Elkin, and Mike Freeman, CEO of Innosphere, and mingle with people whose goal is to make an economic impact in these sectors both in Colorado and Israel.

Israeli companies of interest to the fund:
· Water, energy, transportation, IoT, etc.
· Experienced and driven founders.
· Innovative technologies.
· Products ready for the market.
· Immediate US market opportunities.
· Committed to launching the business in the US.

The Fund will invest an average of $500,000, with Israeli government matching funds, in approximately ten Israeli companies over a 4-year investment period.

Complimentary program but registration required. Beer, wine and appetizers.

Click HERE to RSVP
Space is Limited

Tuesday, February 28th, 5pm-7pm

Charcoal Bistro, 1028 S. Gaylord St. 80209

·Innosphere: Mike Freeman, CEO | mike@ici.fund
·Gili Elkin: Israel Colorado Innovation Fund | gili@ici.fund

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Board Members Attend Saving Places Conference

Board members Bill Berger, David Fogel and Van-Troi Perozo from B’nai B’rith Denver and Karen Rubin, Randy Rubin and Ron Rubin from Temple Aaron attended the 20th Annual Saving Places Conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

B'nai B'rith Board Members

L to R: Karen Rubin, Van-Troi Perozo, Ron Rubin, Randy Rubin, Bill Berger, David Fogel


Temple AaronTemple Aaron in Trinidad, Colorado is one of the three sites chosen for the 2017 Colorado’s Most Endangered Places Program. The announcement was made by Colorado Preservation, Inc. at the 20th Annual Saving Places Conference in Denver. Temple Aaron is Colorado’s oldest continuously operating synagogue.

Hate Spaces Movie Night

Save the date for a SHOCKING new film: Colorado Premier 


The Politics of Intolerance on Campus

HS-Eblast-ShrtrJewish students and pro-Israel activists are under attack on campuses across the country. The call is to “Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel”, but it is the new anti-Semitism.

Discussion with Producer Dr. Charles Jacobs and D.U. Professor Dr. Johnathan Adelman.

This is a must see film for you if you have an interest in Israel, no matter what your political view.

Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. 
Jewish Community Center 
350 South Dahlia St., Denver, Phillips Social Hall
Donation is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Click here to RESERVE NOW!  Includes popcorn!

Monday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Faith Bible Chapel 
6250 Wright Street, Arvada, West Campus – Family Worship Center
Contact 303-424-2121, x92109 or e-mail Rod.Ginn@fbci.org

This film will rock campuses and communities. Click here to SEE THE TRAILER.

Share on social media!

Purchase tickets for February 25th showing HERE.

Sponsored by Americans Against Terrorism, B’nai B’rith Denver and Faith Bible Chapel.


Jewish Prisoner Program Celebrates Rosh Hashanah 2016

Volunteers Ed Koplin, Rabbi Marvin Goldman, Jonnie Pizer and Gerald Rosenblatt from B’nai B’rith Denver once again performed the mitzvah of bringing Rosh Hashanah to inmates at the medium security Fremont Correctional Facility in Canon City, Colorado.

This marks the 70th consecutive year we have provided this service. Begun by “Uncle” Max Frankel (of blessed memory) in 1946, right after World War II, we continue to perform a short service for Jewish inmates on the second days of Rosh Hashanah and of Passover every year.

Gary Liggett shares his memories of these visits in a Letter to the Editor printed in the November 4, 2016 Intermountain Jewish News. You can download the full article HERE.


B’nai B’rith Denver volunteers made their semi-annual 110-mile trek to the Fremont Correctional Facility in Canon City to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and enjoy kosher food with inmates.














Volunteer opportunities

We are always looking for new volunteers to share this experience, and perform a true mitzvah. Each volunteer must complete the Department of Corrections application process and an 8 hour training class.

Please contact B’nai B’rith Denver (303-393-7358) / admin@bnaibrithdenver.org
 or Ed Koplin (720-480-9079) for more information.


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: nreplin@gmail.com

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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To purchase tickets go to https://causes.anedot.com/at_the_movies-2


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!

RSVP to BBDyoungleadership@gmail.com

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