Sat, 25 May 2013
Sat, 18 May 2013
Direct download: 051913_RadioChavura_KRKS_26min_Yachad_BoulderJF_2.mp3
Category:Jewish Students -- posted at: 5:50pm MST
Sun, 12 May 2013
An Extended Interview with Bill Korn Discussing the Jewish Community in Pioneering Leadville, Colorado
This is a bonus audio featuring an extended Radio Chavura interview with Bill Korn. You can hear the broadcast portion of the interview (May 12, 2013) here.
Sat, 11 May 2013
The merchant store that became a national conglomerate. The immigrant family that emerged as among the wealthiest in America. The synagogue president who was also county commissioner (and - bizarrely - for a short time, the owner of a brothel).
For a period of thirty years at the onset of the 20th century, Leadville was the economic driver of the state of Colorado and home to a thriving Jewish community.
This week on Radio Chavura, Bill Korn, an expert on early Leadville Jewry who helped spearhead efforts to rededicate the town's forgotten synagogue and cemetery, shares with us some of the more exciting anecdotes about the town's early Jewish residents and merchants.
Originally founded as a gold mining town, Leadville soon became known for its production of silver, zinc, and molybdenum.
Jews - including David May (founder of the nationally prominent May Company Department Stores); the Guggenheim Family, owners of the American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO); and County CommissionerJoseph Monheimer - all became leaders among both the Jews and non-Jews in Leadville.
The demise of the community began with collapse of the silver industry following the Panic of 1893 and began a steady exodus out of Lake County. Few Jews live in or near Leadville today.
But Bill Korn and others maintain the old synagogue, Temple Israel, as an event center and museum. And, with the help of B'nai Brith, the old Jewish cemetery remains open to visitors and the family of those buried there.
The annual community cleanup of the Leadville Jewish cemetery - a Mitzvah, and a wonderful summer event for the entire Colorado Jewish community - will be taking place during the last weekend of June this year (additional details soon).
To learn more about Jewish Leadville, be sure to attend Bill Korn's discourse at the JCC South (9625 E. Arapahoe Rd. • Greenwood Village, CO • 80112) on Thursday, May 30th at 7:30 pm.
[Do you have Jewish family roots in Leadville? Radio Chavura host, Maxwell Rotbart (in photo above with Bill Korn), is writing a history of Jewish Leadville and would like to hear from anyone with information, photos or memorabilia pertaining to Leadville during the period ranging from the late 1800s to World War II. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-855-JEWISH-4.]
Sat, 4 May 2013
A new community-wide initiative, Jewish & Widowed, is the focus of our program this week on Radio Chavura.
Sat, 4 May 2013
By Maxwell Rotbart
"And Who The $&%^ Are You?"
Those are the words of greeting that legendary rock 'n' roll concert promoter Barry Fey said to me when we first met in November 2011. Mr. Fey had come to the 710 KNUS AM studios - where we tape our weekly business news magazine, Business Unconventional - to talk about rock concerts as an industry and his newly published autobiography, Backstage Past.
In addition to my weekly role as co-host of Radio Chavura (airing on KNUS's sister station, 990 KRKS AM), I help produce Business Unconventional, which my father, Dean, co-hosts.
When Mr. Fey arrived at our station, I escorted him inside the recording studio, monitored the timing of the interview that my father taped with him, and was constantly running in and out of the production room.
When the program ended, members of the station staff came and introduced themselves to the legend who brought Led Zeppelin, U2, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, The Who and Jimi Hendrix, among others, to Denver.
I stood in the back of the radio studio, observing the photo-ops. Then, all of a sudden, Mr. Fey turned straight to me and barked: "And Who The $&%^ Are You?" It was pure Barry Fey.
My father once described Mr. Fey as an "M&M" - hard shell on the outside, but sweet within. The comparison was spot on. Months later, when Mr. Fey joined a group of students from the Denver Academy of Torah High School during our first ever recording session of Radio Chavura, he was endearing.
Mr. Fey, who attended Hebrew school and was Bar Mitzvahed, spoke frankly with the students about his religious beliefs and Jewish upbringing. He also offered many of the students encouragement, in addition to answering their questions about his fabled career as the head of Feyline, his company for 30 years.
When he left the studio that second time - April 27, 2012, a year and a day before his passing - I held the door open for him. Mr. Fey bade me a warm farewell and strode down the hall, beaming. He had just created a new generation of fans.
Goodbye, Barry Fey.
[Hear his entire 14 minute radio segment, taped in April 2012, featuring students from the Denver Academy of Torah High School.]
Photo: Barry Fey and Maxwell Rotbart
Category:Tributes -- posted at: 10:33am MST