A 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.”