January 21, 2018

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.

February Peanut Butter Plan

Peanut Butter Plan

When: Sunday, February 17th 2013 from 11:30am-2:30pm 
Where:  Moishe House: 443 S. Humboldt St. Denver, CO 80209

Join Denver B’nai B’rith as we join forces with the Denver Peanut Butter Plan for a February community event:

The Peanut Butter Plan,…it’s simple! We’ll make PBJ’s and pass them out to people in need in the downtown Denver area.

THE DONATIONS: Each Peanut Butter Plan participant will be asked to donate one jar of Peanut Butter and one jar of Jelly, plus TWO or more loafs of bread (We are always needing more bread donations).

Hey! If you can bring a friend or three….that is great too!

THE MISSION: After the PBJ’s are made, we will form carpools to the Denver Rescue Mission neighborhood, head out to find the homeless, and hand out the sandwiches. After we have given food to many of the people we find on the streets and in the parks, we will donate any left over food to Samaritan House and/or other agencies in need.

**Children of all ages are welcome to join in fun when we make a temporary PBJ production line; HOWEVER, when we go out to distribute the PBJ’s we would not recommend bringing any young children. Use your own discretion.

You can find the Denver Peanut Butter Plan on Facebook.

Blood Drive May 15th


B’nai B’rith Denver will hold a blood drive for The Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, May 15 from 9:00 am until 12:45 pm at the Jewish Community Center.  The state-of-the-art mobile collection unit will be parked at the theater entrance to collect blood donations for the Denver area’s smallest patients.  More than 8,000 units are given to Children’s Hospital patients every year, and your donation can give a child a better chance for a healthy life.

Appointments to donate are preferred, but stop by the big yellow mobile unit if you are in the area and we’ll be happy to work you in to accept your donation. 

Click here to sign up:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtPIGwrCMrDydExHbXVybG8wQW1MSlBGUV93VndKU1E#gid=0


Annual Leadville Cemetery Cleanup

Join B’nai B’rith Denver for a meaningful and fun weekend in Leadville this summer.  B’nai B’rith sponsors the annual clean up of the historic Leadville Hebrew Cemetery each June.  Yearly goals include cutting weeds, pruning tree branches, cemetery picket fence painting, and sprucing up soiled grave markers.

Weekend events begin at 5:00 pm Saturday with a Kosher Pot Luck Dinner for the Less Fortunate in the Leadville area, with volunteers also being served.  The pot luck will be held at St. George Episcopal Church at 4th & Pine (one block west of Harrison), across the street from the beautifully restored historic Temple Israel.  Donations to B’nai B’rith to help provide the food would be greatly appreciated.  The pot luck will be followed by a Havdalah Service led by Rabbi Debra Rappaport from B’nai Vail Congregation.

The annual cemetery clean up starts at 9:00 am Sunday.  Early volunteers will be served free coffee and bagels.  A grave side memorial service at noon will by conducted by Rabbi Rappaport.  Following the memorial service, a kosher barbeque lunch is planned for hungry volunteers. 

The Leadville Hebrew Cemetery was established in January of 1880, during Leadville’s pioneer boom times.  When the Temple Israel Foundation acquired the cemetery, it had experienced decades of neglect.  Only 59 orginal markers from 130 burials remained, and the locations of 12 burials had been lost.  Working with the Temple Israel Foundation, B’nai B’rith Denver took control of the cemetery grounds 16 years ago and since then the site has been cleared of heavy overgrowth, a new encircling fence constructed, and an entry arch and monument constructed.  It was reconsecrated in 1999, and the replacement of missing markers completed in 2004.  Plots are now available for interments.

Max Frankel Jewish Prisoner Program

B’nai B’rith Denver has sponsored Passover Seders and Rosh Hashanah services for over 60 years and volunteers are needed to help with this program.  If you are unable to actually go to the correctional facility, Ed can use help getting kosher food donated and asking for donations to offset expenses.  The following story describes the 2010 Passover Seder.  If you are interested, please email Ed Koplin.

Max Frankel

On Tuesday March 30, 2010, four B’nai B’rith members made the 220 mile round trip to the medium security Fremont Correctional Facility to conduct the annual Passover Seder.

This year’s Seder was attended by 8 inmates. According to tradition, some non-Jewish inmates were invited to attend. A few inmates have converted to Judaism while incarcerated; with the help of the Jewish inmates, they have learned to read Hebrew and very often know the Seder service better than we do. An abbreviated Seder is conducted due to the time allotted by the Prison management. No candles or matches are allowed so we use electric candle sticks. While the Seder is shortened, it is still a traditional one except for the absence of the..” opening the door for Elijah” portion in consideration of the inmate’s incarceration.

The inmates were very appreciative of our annual trek to conduct the Seder. They participated in the service and enjoyed the Kosher Pesach food supplied by B’nai B’rith. The menu included matzah, charoset (made by the inmates from the apples, nuts, honey & raisins),horseradish, pre-sliced meats , herring, hard boiled eggs donated by East Side Kosher Deli (Eggs must be peeled and vacuum-sealed to be brought into the Facility) gefilte fish, chopped liver, grape juice, Coke products, pickles, and assorted candies & sweets.

Prison Passover

Lay Rabbi Allan Markman and Ed Koplin shop for Kosher food weeks prior to the Passover visit since all food on the menu must be pre-approved by the CDOC, in addition to being factory sealed and unopened. No longer can we have charoset made by the Temple Sisterhood, as used to be the case when Uncle Max Frankel, (of blessed memory), brought with him individually packaged servings in plastic-wrapped paper cups. All food items are closely inspected by a guard.

Over the past couple of years, volunteering has become more difficult due to the Colorado Department of Corrections new security requirements that all Faith-Based Volunteers take a basic 8-hour CDOC Prison Training Class, plus a 4-hour follow up class each year. Following approval of their application process, volunteers must take a Facility Orientation at each prison the volunteer visits so they are fully aware of the Facility/Prison layout. In addition, each volunteer is subjected to an intensive security check prior to each visit, as well as a personal screening at entry to the facility.

“As a result many of our Volunteers have just not been able to cope with the new time-consuming security requirements, and have dropped out of our Program and we are deeply appreciative of our B’nai B’rith volunteers who helped make the 2010 Seder a great success due to their personal effort and commitment to this mitzvah”… said Ed Koplin, co chair of the Max Frankel Jewish Prisoner Program. Allan Markman, Jonnie Pizer, and Gerald Rosenblatt contributed to making this Seder a great success by giving up most of their second day of Pesach to visit the Jewish Inmates.

Literacy Tutors

B’nai B’rith Denver participates with the Jewish Coalition for Literacy to provide tutors for students at Holm Elementary School in southeast Denver.  Volunteers can spend as little as one hour per week helping at-risk children learn to read.  Training and ongoing support is provided to new tutors.  As President Bill Berger said, “Your involvement will be personally rewarding – and goes to the heart of the foundation of Bnai B’rith:  Service to our Community”.

This is an ongoing program sponsored by our lodge. Please contact us for more information on getting involved.