Humans of Olami: Alex Cowan

If you’re a young, Jewish professional in their 20s or 30s, Alex Cowan wants you to know that there is a safe, welcoming community here in Denver, just waiting for you. “I went to my first JewPro (now Olami) event and I met a good number of people who are, today, my closest friends. It […]


This song, originally composed for Ezer Mizion, a Jewish Bone Marrow Registry was composed by Abie Rotenberg and sung by Mordechai Shapiro. It’s a powerful song about sharing yourself to help friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and literally anyone you come in contact with, and that giving to others will make you significantly happier than anything else.

PB’s Cookie Pie

If you’re in need of a delicious, yet easy dessert for your Shabbos table – or any table for that matter – you’re going to love PB’s Cookie Pie! Just a few ingredients and plenty of ways to customize this simple dessert and you’ve got a tasty treat for any occasion.

Parsha Vaeira with Rabbi Tzvi Alyesh

This week’s Parsha, Vaeira, brings us to the story of the liberation of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt, a story very familiar to those of us accustomed to hearing it around the Passover table year after year.

Hoops and Halacha Schedule

January 25 6:15 Yoni Robinson 7:05 Bruk Halpern 8:00 Kaspin Rotbart February 1 6:15 Yoni  Bruk 7:05 Robinson Rotbart 8:00 Halpern Kaspin February 8 6:15 Yoni Halpern 7:05 Robinson Kaspin 8:00 Bruk Rotbart February 15 6:15 Yoni Rotbart 7:05 Robinson Halpern 8:00 Bruk Kaspin February 22 6:15 Robinson Bruk 7:05 Halpern Rotbart 8:00 Yoni Kaspin […]

It’s All in the Name, by Rabbi Tzvi Alyesh

This week, we move on to the Second Book of the Torah, known in Hebrew as Shemot, and in English as Exodus. This week’s parshah launches the enslavement of the Jewish people, a horrible, sadistic servitude that would last over two centuries. Through the back-breaking manual labor and the desecration of their dignity, the Jewish […]

The Benefits of Sweating, by Rabbi Tzvi Alyesh

This week’s parshah, Vayechi, begins with Jacob on his deathbed. The last great Patriarch of the Book of Genesis, Jacob, knows that the end is near. And he does what one might expect any patriarch to do in such a situation: He summons his sons before him to dispense wisdom, expectations, and prophecy.

Parshat Vayigash

What does it mean to be asked for forgiveness and to say no? What does it mean? What does it mean when someone begs you to absolve them of their wrongdoings, and you exercise your power to deny them that absolution? What does it mean when someone owes you a debt, and you refuse them […]

Parshas Vayigash: Yosef’s Dramatic Reunion with His Brothers

I think I speak for most people when I say that if someone tried to kill me, or to completely uproot my life by selling me to be a slave, I would long for revenge. If the opportunity arose, I would likely not be inclined to be so forgiving or kind to the person who threatened […]

Learning Night: Photo Call

Our weekly learning nights are always meaningful and thought-provoking. Take a look at the latest round-up of our weekly Men’s Learning Nights. If you’re interested in joining us – let us know!

Chocolate Mousse Cups

Recipe By PB Alyesh Prepare the Chocolate Moose:1 Cup of Cocoa½ Cup of Brown Sugar¾ Cup of White Sugar2 Rich’s Whip1 Container of tofutti CC1 TBs of Vanilla Make the Base:You can either do a Graham cracker base for the bottom of the cup, or what I like to do is make a pan of […]

The Shared  Lesson of Joseph and the Story of Chanukah

By Rabbi Danny Wolfe Every single year, without exception, the phenomenally inspiring story of Joseph coincides with Chanukah. The question that many ask, is what exactly does the story of Chanukah have to do with Joseph, and why are the two stories so naturally connected? I heard quoted in the name of Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl, […]

Don’t Throw the Towel In

This week’s parshah brings us the tales of two independent women – Women who have agency, creativity, cleverness, and decisiveness. These are not the first and certainly not the last powerful female characters we meet in the Torah, but they certainly serve as a potent reminder that our Jewish holy books value female intelligence, influence, and autonomy despite what contemporary attackers of traditional Judaism may say.

Humans of Olami: Rachel Trout

Rachel Trout’s Jewish Journey led her to a leadership position on the Board of Olami Denver Experience – one in which she helps to create and maintain a strong Jewish community of like-minded young professionals in Denver.

Parshat Chayei Sarah: Staying Focused In Tough Times

As the Torah progresses, we begin to hear more stories about humans interacting not just with God, but with other people and, by extension, the tremendous breadth and capacity that human beings have for kindness and cruelty.

The Pain of Leaving & The Triumph of Finding Yourself

By Rabbi Tzvi Alyesh Elon Musk officially became Lord Commander of Twitter this week, sending shockwavesthrough the planet. An app that limits our expression to 280 characters has changed hands, andthe ripples are felt and discussed (including on Twitter) by billions. Many claim to use Twitter asmerely a tool or a past time, but for […]

Olami Ski Day

Can you keep up with the rabbi? Come find out at our Olami Ski Day on January 29th at A-Basin! We will have Beaches 3 and 4 reserved for a delicious BBQ and beverages throughout the day, with the BBQ starting around 11:00 AM.

A Mitzvah A Day Keeps The Flooding Away

This week, we read the story of Noach, his family, the Great Flood, and the Ark that saved them. God felt the world as it was had lost its right to continue. But why? What was the mortal sin that left God compelled to flood the world and save Noach, his family, and select pairs of animals? Some say theft, some say adultery. I think we can find the answer right here in our home town of Denver.