Leadville Jewish cemetery clean-up | SummitDaily.com

Leadville Jewish cemetery clean-up

The 12th annual Leadville Jewish cemetery clean-Up and restoration project festivities will begin with a Saturday morning service on Vail Mountain conducted by B’nai Vail Congregation’s Rabbi Debra Rappaport.

Free gondola tickets will be passed out to all at the base of the gondola at 9:45 a.m. in Lionshead, West Vail.

The lift passes are good for the whole day compliments of Vail Associates.

Early Saturday evening, B’nai B’rith will conduct a pot luck and feed the less fortunate at the Saint George Episcopal Church in Leadville at 4th and Pine streets.

Following this yearly dinner tradition, all will walk across the street to hold a Havdalah Service inside the newly restored Temple Israel directly across the street from the church.

Sunday morning will begin the annual cemetery clean-up promptly at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rabbi Rapaport will conduct a graveside memorial service around 12:30 p.m., and possibly a ritual burying of old outdated or damaged prayer books, holy artifacts or ritual items in the designated “geniza” grave site.

Following the memorial service all will be treated to a Kosher Barbeque ponsored by B’nai B’rith, BBYO, B’nai Vail Congregation, Aspen Jewish Congregation and Synagogue of The Summit.

Local mountain and Denver food purveyors all contributed to the Kosher barbeque to help make this annual event a wonderful community mitzvah project .

Bill Korn, President of the Temple Israel Foundation said, “this annual mitzvah brings the Jewish Communities of the Mountains and Plains together for a wonderful renewal of friendship and mitzvot.” A truly wonderful time is had by all.

For more information and directions call Ed Koplin (303) 355-2715 or the B’nai B’rith office at (303) 393-7358.

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