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March 28, 2012 - Denver Jewish Day School: Generations of Extraordinary Education

What: Denver Jewish Day School Annual Dinner

Where: Grand Hyatt Denver

When: Wednesday March 28, 2012

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Beneficiary: The Classsroom Technology Fund

Master of Ceremonies: David Foster, Denver JDS Board Chair

Honoree(s): Paula Arnold, Harvey Alpert, Teena Leben Slatkin and Aileen Leben

Founders: Rabbi Steven and Joyce Foster

Co-Chair(s): Tanya & Brad Appel and Sally & Scott Alpert, Kien Arnold, Andrea & Jack Hyatt, Jonathan (JJ) Slatkin, Iris & Michael Smith, D Diamond & Alex Topelson

Executive Director: Head of School/CEO Avi Halzel

Committee Members: Debbie & Lee Alpert, Marsha & Ted Alpert, Rod Alpert, Elaine & Richard Asarch, Marlin & Ed Barad, Sharon & Tashof Bernton, Robin Chotin, Lisa & Shell Cook, Ellyn & Steve Hutt, Linda & Jerry Kernis, Debbie & Jimmy Lustig, Vicki & Ken Pepper, Ari Slatkin, Cassie Slatkin, Daniel & Alyson Slatkin and Marcella & Steve Wolf

Invocation: Rabbi Mark Goodman Upper Division Judaic Studies Director

Speaker: Robert Bernton, Alumni Class of 2005

Catering: Grand Hyatt Denver

Sponsors: Rose Medical Center, Iris & Michael Smith, Harvey Alpert, Paula Arnold, Teena & Buddy Slatkin, Alpert-Appel Family, Atlas Metal, Ilene & Mike Rosen, Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher., LLP, Guaranty Bank and Trust Co., Jimmy & Debbie Lustig and Family, MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, Micky & Louann Miller, Oak Tree Foundation, Scott & Debra Primack, Vinnik Family, Phil & Elle Winn

Menu: Bib, endive salad with red leaf lettuce and Asian pear with Challah knots and rolls. Rosemary-thyme crusted chicken breast (from Kosher Express) with vanilla rum sauce drizzle, served with quinoa and farra pila and vegetable ragout. Flourless chocolate pudding cake with butterscotch cream and raspberries.

Attendance: 300

Attire: Formal

Special Thanks: Amy Toltz-Miller Special Events, Paula Arnold and Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florist and the Grand Hyatt Denver

Board of Directors: David Wm. Foster, Board Chair; Jodi Asarch; Lisa Reckler Cohn; DiAhndra Diamond; Annie Foonberg; Lindsay Gardner; Rana Kark; Elaine Kauffman; David Kaufman; Rick Kornfeld; Scott L. Levin; Ray D. Merenstein; Debra Primack; Ellen Robinson; Jacques Ruda; Jordan Scharg; Brent Slosky; Steven Volin, M.D.; Jason Williamson; Rabbi Raymond Zwerin; Julie Rubin, President PTO; Ex-Officio: Avi Halzel, Head of School/CEO; Krista Boscoe, Director of Development; Shayna Friedman, Director of Admission; Cindy Boger, Business Manager; Susan Resnick, Lower Division Head; Marcie Calm, Director of Judaic Studies, Lower Division; Bryan M. Hay, Upper Division Head; Rabbi Mark Goodman, Director of Judaic Studies, Upper Division; Rabbi Jeffrey Kaye, Rabbinic Council Rep.

Steering Committee: Honorary Dinner Committee: Debbie & Lee Alpert, Marsha & Ted Alpert, Rod Alpert, Elaine & Richard Asarch, Marlin & Ed Barad, Sharon & Tashof Bernton, Robin Chotin, Lisa & Shell Cook, Ellyn & Steve Hutt, Linda & Jerry Kernis, Debbie & Jimmy Lustig, Vicki & Ken Pepper, Daniel & Alyson Slatkin, Cassie Slatkin, Ari Slatkin, Marcella & Steve Wolf

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 L'Dor V'Dor,
Daniel, Alison and new generation Gabriel Slatkin
L'Dor V'Dor, Daniel, Alison and new generation Gabriel Slatkin


L'Dor V'Dor-From Generation to Generation

As is the case in most things in Jewish culture, L'Dor V'Dor is more then just a translation of the phrase "from generation to generation." It is a principle, a prayer and a relationship with each other and the divine. L'Dor V'Dor is gratitude for the past and an acceptance of responsibility for the future.

Since its inception as Denver’s only community K-12 Jewish day school, Denver Jewish Day School (JDS) has stressed knowledge and wisdom as crucial to each other. "The Denver JDS educational experience leads to critical thinking, creativity, a love of learning and a social responsibility that forms the foundation of a meaningful, satisfying life." --from the Mission statement for JDS.

JDS students have matriculated to some of the finest colleges in the nation, including Cornell, Dartmouth, Swarthmore, Brandeis, Vassar, Stanford as well as many state universities. Alumni have entered and led in the fields of medicine, law, engineering and the arts. The promise of L'Dor V'Dor is not just to Jews but to the world. The practice of L'Dor V'Dor can be heard in many parents telling their children about their time at JDS.

Wednesday evening, March 28, found the community of supporters of Denver Jewish Day School at Grand Hyatt Denver to honor outstanding achievements and ongoing commitment to L'Dor V'Dor. David Foster, acting as master of ceremonies again this year, deftly guided the program that began with a Ha Motzi by Claire and Eloise Appel with Lexie Alpert. This was followed by a beautiful invocation by JDS Judaic Studies Director Rabbi Mark Goodman. The Star Spangled Banner was sung by Matan Halzel, and Ben Sanders performed the Hatikvah ("The Hope"), Israel's national anthem.

This year, Paula Arnold was honored with the Star of David Award for Outstanding Community Service. The award was given to recognize her commitment to JDS--both as part of the Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florist, a family and business that has shown unending generousity to JDS, and Paula's solo contributions that include decades long support of  school special events and her work on the board of Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

The Neshamah Yeteirah Award, (which translates into an additional soul) for making Jewish education possible for others, was bestowed on three people this year: Teena Leben Slatkin, who has served on the boards of Rose Medical Center, Jewish Women's Philanthropy Center and Denver Jewish Day School just to name a few; Aileen Leben, who has also supported JDS in a wide variety of ways and is a grandmother of JDS students; Harvey Alpert, who shared the stage with and was recognized by his children, grandchildren and more L'Dor V'Dor. Harvey Alpert has developed some of the finest communities in Denver and has been heavily involved with and supportive of numourous Jewish organizations, including Denver Jewish Day School.

Assisting with the presentations, Head of School and CEO Avi Halzel introduced alumnus and keynote speaker Robert Bernton. Robert attended Denver JDS, then Herzl/RHMA from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In his freshman year at Emory University, he found a passion for bringing kosher meals to observant Jews on campus. In 2009 Robert graduated Goizeuta Business School with an undergraduate BBA in Marketing & Business communication and promptly secured a position with Relationship1.

His passion for his faith, kosher foods and entreprenuerism led him to found Kosher Express and quickly gained a customer base of over 700. In a clear powerful voice, Robert personified the JDS alumni who learn that with education, information, passion and faith any course a young person sets for themselves can be reached.





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