Intermountain Jewish News

Oct 05th

Steinberg sees a bright future for West Side

E-mail Print PDF

Rabbi Tzvi SteinbergA WORD of warning: Don’t tell Rabbi Tzvi Steinberg that Denver’s West Side is a Jewish ghost town.

He’ll set you straight on that point, and quickly.

Earlier this year, after the rabbi had already agreed to take the pulpit of Denver’s Congregation Zera Abraham — the last functional synagogue standing on the West Side — he overheard a conversation between two other people.

One of those speaking, who knew that Rabbi Steinberg had previously run a Jewish hospice, laughed and said that a hospice rabbi would be the “perfect” person to serve as a West Side rabbi.

“It’s funny,” Rabbi Steinberg says with a grin. “I wasn’t supposed to hear it. But it’s entirely untrue. On the contrary, there’s a lot of development in many arenas.”

Since taking the job early this year — he commuted back and forth between Denver and Lakewood, NJ until the Passover season — his conviction has only intensified.

Intensity suits this rabbi quite well. Whip thin, fond of wry humor and colorful parables, he wears his commitment to and deep knowledge of Judaism naturally and comfortably, without a trace of self-righteousness or superiority.

Although he thinks carefully before answering every question, he cannot hide the energy and enthusiasm he brings to just about everything he’s engaged in – Judaism itself, the Torah, the Talmud, his past, his present, his congregation and the venerable neighborhood in which it is situated.

The rest of this article is available in the IJN's print edition only. Contact Carol to order your copy at (303) 861-2234 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated ( Monday, 24 September 2012 08:11 )  

Get the IJN's free newsletter!

Shabbat Times

JTA News

Why is a Conservative synagogue abandoning the second day of yontif?

Jas Chana Rabbi Mark Mallach explains why his synagogue is celebrating Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah on one day. ... [Link]

Why Israelis are fearing a third intifada

Ben Sales The slow-burning Israeli-Palestinian conflict has flamed up in the past week with a series of terror attacks, but it has happened before. ... [Link]

What became of Holocaust survivor thought a victim?

mbrodsky A Brazilian man’s discovery at a Polish museum launches a search for his great-aunt’s family; maybe even his great-aunt. ... [Link]

Italian synagogue damaged in severe storm

mbrodsky Some of the windows were shattered and pictures showed glass littering the interior of the sanctuary in Tuscany. ... [Link]

Funerals held for 2 Jerusalem stabbing victims

mbrodsky Thousands attended the rites in Jerusalem for a 41-year-old rabbi and 22-year-old soldier killed in an Old City terrorist attack. ... [Link]

PA condemns Israel for killing 2 Palestinian attackers

Marcy Oster The Palestinian Authority said the international community must intervene without noting that the Palestinian men were killed in the wake of attacks on Jewish-Israelis. ... [Link]

Israeli officer removed after soldiers destroy journalists’ cameras

Marcy Oster Two photographers for the French news agency AFP were filming a Palestinian demonstration in the West Bank. ... [Link]

Israeli army: Palestinian boy shot himself while playing with gun

Marcy Oster The family had claimed that a Jewish-Israeli driver in the West Bank had stopped his car and shot the 6-year-old in the stomach before fleeing. ... [Link]

Intermountain Jewish News • 1177 Grant Street • Denver, CO 80203 • 303 861 2234 • FAX 303 832 6942 • •