Everyone is invited!
June 23-25, 2017
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Join the Young Leadership Network (YLN) for a weekend of camping and PERFORMING A MITZVAH. We will kick off our weekend celebration Friday night with a Kabbalat Shabbat at the Father Dyer Campground at Turquoise Lake. All Leadville Hebrew cemetery volunteers are invited to camp for any portion of the weekend. The main event, cleaning up the cemetery, is on Sunday.
YLN Schedule For everybody. Feel free to join us for all or some of the activities!!!
Friday, June 23, 2017
Weekend activities will begin with a Shabbat experience. We will be lighting candles at 8:15 PM at the Father Dyer Campground. We will be providing wine and/or grape juice and challah. Please bring your own food and beverage for Friday night. There will be a campfire AND SMORES!!!
B’nai B’rith has reserved campsites 10, 11, 13, and 15 in the Father Dyer Campground at Turquoise Lake. We easily have space for 30+ campers.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Official B’nai B’rith activities begin at 10:00 a.m. with a Shachrit service, followed by an oneg at the restored historical synagogue Temple Israel (at the corner of 4th & Pine, 1 block west of Harrison Avenue). Rabbi Sara Gilbert from Greeley’s Beth Israel Congregation will lead services. Alice Forshner will read from the torah.
Dinner that evening will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Father Dyer Campground, we will have a kosher-style dairy potluck organized by the Young Leadership. To participate in this potluck, please sign up here HERE to bring a non-meat dish or two to share (salads, sides, desserts, chips etc). The potluck will be followed by Havdalah.
For those that are interested there will be an opportunity to serve the hungry in the Leadville community at St. George Episcopal Church at 5:00 p.m. (directly across the street from Temple Israel). Donations to B’nai B’rith Denver to help cover the food and clean up expenses would be greatly appreciated.
We ask that all attendees bring canned goods to support the church’s ongoing meals program. Non-perishable protein items (e.g., tuna, peanut butter, etc.) are especially appreciated.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
We will begin the annual clean up of the Leadville Hebrew Cemetery at 9:00 am on Sunday, beginning with a free continental breakfast. Our goal this year is general clean up of the cemetery grounds; which will include cutting weeds, pruning tree branches, picket fence painting and sprucing up soiled grave markers.
Starting in 1995, B’nai B’rith Denver has partnered with the Temple Israel Foundation to restore the cemetery after decades of neglect. The cemetery was re-consecrated in August 1999 and is currently accepting new interments. Our partnership has remained and annual volunteer clean ups have been continued every summer.
A graveside memorial service honoring those early Jewish pioneers buried in the Leadville Hebrew Cemetery will be conducted at 11 am. Each year the service is held around a different gravesite that has been researched regarding the history of the deceased.
Following the memorial service, B’nai B’rith will provide a kosher lunch to thank all volunteers for their hard work and devotion to this annual mitzvah.
Clean up will continue throughout the day until approximately 4:00 pm.
B’nai B’rith Leadville Weekend Schedule
Friday – June 23rd
6:30 pm Arrival and Setup Father Dyer Campground
8:00 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Father Dyer Campground
8:20 pm Dinner on your own Father Dyer Campground
Saturday – June 24th
10:00 am Shabbat Service Temple Israel (4th and Pine)
12:00 pm Oneg Temple Israel (4th and Pine)
2:00 pm Afternoon Activity Hike, BBQ Festival, whatever you choose
4:00 pm Potluck dinner Father Dyer Campground
5:00 pm Meal For the Less Fortunate St. George Episcopal Church
9:43 pm Havdalah Official Time
Sunday – June 25th
Check out of campground
9:00 am Continental Breakfast Leadville Jewish Cemetery
9:15 am Cemetery Service Project Leadville Jewish Cemetery
11:00 am Gravesite Memorial Service Leadville Jewish Cemetery
11:30 am Lunch Leadville Jewish Cemetery
4:00 pm Clean-up ends