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Last night, on the eve of the 2012 Presidential Election, nine area Jewish high school students gathered at BMH-BJ Congregation to question a panel of experts about how today's election will impact our nation and their futures.

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The students represented the Denver Academy of Torah, Denver Jewish Day School, Yeshiva Toras Chaim, Bnei Akiva youth group, and area-public schools through the Jewish Student Connection.

The forum was organized by Radio Chavura, a weekly radio broadcast aimed at Colorado's vibrant Jewish community. The program airs each Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on 990 KRKS AM.

Each of the students were chosen by their principals and faculty members because of their knowledge and interest in politics and current events. The students asked questions to four experts, as well as to Herb Keinon, the keynote speaker. Keinon is the chief diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, where he covers the activities of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The students divided their questions into three categories: domestic policy; foreign policy; and U.S.-Israel relations.

"These young men and women did a marvelous job of identifying the key election issues and exploring what impact the November 6th election is likely to have, depending upon which candidate wins," said Maxwell Rotbart, who moderated the event. Rotbart, along with his father, Dean, co-host Radio Chavura. "The Jewish community can be most proud of its young people and the quality education they are receiving."

Proceeds from the forum will be divided among local Denver Jewish day schools and educational programs.

In addition to Keinon of the Jerusalem Post, last night's panel of experts included:

  • Ruth Benton, CEO, New West Physicians (Expert on Healthcare)
  • Dr. Shaul Gabbay, senior research associate, University of Denver (Expert on the Islamic World)
  • Al Lewis, columnist, Dow Jones Newswires (Expert on the Economy)
  • Dr. Xiansheng Tian, professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver (Expert on China)

The students asking questions were:

  • Parker Davis, an 11th grader at George Washington High School, who was representing Jewish Student Connection
  • Shaya Fisgus, a 12th grader at Yeshiva Toras Chaim
  • Hannah Kark, a 10th grader, representing Bnei Akiva
  • Avi Last, a 12th grader, representing Bnei Akiva
  • Zev Narrowe, a 10th grader at Denver Academy of Torah
  • Yoni Rabinovitch, an 11th grader at Denver Academy of Torah
  • Sarah Senkfor, a 10th grader, representing Bnei Akiva
  • Ari Shapiro, a 12th grader at Denver Jewish Day School
  • Shlomo Spar, a 12th grader at Yeshiva Toras Chaim

Rabbi Ben Greenberg, senior Rabbi at The Denver Synagogue - BMH-BJ, hosted the event and made opening remarks.

Portions of the student interactions with the experts will be broadcast this coming Sunday, November 11th on 990 KRKS AM at 6:30 p.m.