Until now known only as the “Israeli Minyan,” Denver’s youngest synagogue will celebrate its first anniversary this Shabbat, Aug. 2-3, by naming itself Beit Uriel in memory of Rabbi Uriel Malka, the former DAT teacher who was killed in the Carmel forest fire in Israel in December, 2010.
The one-year anniversary will be marked by a community dinner on Friday night, Shabbat services, and a kiddush following services on Shabbat morning.
Beit Uriel is also celebrating the arrival several weeks ago of its third Torah, lent to it on a semi-permanent basis by the New York Syrian Jewish community.
The shul’s second Torah was lent earlier this summer by the Torah Community Project, whose president is Rabbi Hillel Goldberg. It joined a Torah earlier provided by Denver’s Bukharan Jewish community.