Christmas in Colorado

Ep. 209: Hazon Denver director Sue Salinger, former Colorado state Sen. Michael Johnston, plus a special musical tribute to Leonard Cohen

December 26, 2019

This week, we’re coming to you live from Denver’s JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center as part of the 12th annual Neustadt Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies, and Music Festival.

Our Jewish guest is Sue Salinger, director of the Denver region of Hazon, the environmental organization working to strengthen Jewish life and contribute to a more environmentally sustainable world. She tells us what Jewish tradition teaches us about farming and sustainability, what makes Denver’s Jewish community unique, and why Judaism calls us to act against climate change.

Our gentile of the week is Michael Johnston, a teacher and politician who served as Colorado state senator from the 33rd district from 2009 to 2017, and is currently a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2020. He tells us about the culture shock of leaving Vail, Colorado, to attend Yale University, explains how his work as a teacher got him interested in politics, and weighs in on the 2020 Democratic primaries.

And finally, a musical tribute on the eve of Leonard Cohen’s third yahrzeit from Eve Ilsen, a storyteller, singer, and psychotherapist. She was ordained as a rabbinic pastor of the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal, by her late husband, Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.

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Sony Pictures Classics presents The Song of Names, a new film from Francois Girard starring Tim Roth and Clive Owen, and featuring a score by two-time Academy Award winner Howard Shore. When a Jewish music prodigy disappears, a childhood friend starts an obsessive search that spans two continents and a half century. The Song of Names opens in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 25 and comes to a theater near you in January.

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