In recognition of his dedication to the welfare of the people of Colorado and his unwavering support for the State of Israel, U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) will receive a “Pillars of the Colorado Jewish Community” award this Sunday, July 7th, during a special broadcast of Radio Chavura.
Congressman Lamborn is the first non-Jewish recipient of the honor, which is bestowed upon individuals whose career achievements have buttressed the state's Jewish community, the people of Colorado, and the State of Israel.
In presenting the award, Radio Chavura host Maxwell Rotbart notes that Congressman Lamborn has consistently been among the House of Representative’s staunchest supporters of America’s special military, economic and cultural ties to Israel. The Congressman's pro-Israel stance is all the more noteworthy given the fact that the 5th District has a miniscule Jewish population, estimated at only 500 families.
Exclusive excerpts from Congressman Lamborn’s taped interview with Radio Chavura are included in this article.
Broadcast every Sunday at 6:30 pm on 990 KRKS AM, Radio Chavura regularly features prominent members of the Colorado, American, and global Jewish community, as well as non-Jewish supporters.
To mark the start of its second season of broadcasting, Radio Chavura will feature its recent interview with Congressman Lamborn, who was first elected in 2006 and is now serving his third term. The interview was conducted late last month in Colorado Springs.
Congressman Lamborn serves as the co-chair of the bipartisan Israel Allies Caucus; the co-chair of the Republican Israel Caucus; a member of the Congressional Task Force Against Anti-Semitism; and a member of the International Religious Freedom Caucus.
As Rotbart notes, three times since he took office, Congressman Lamborn has led the effort to pass legislation that would relocate the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Israel’s lawful capital, Jerusalem.
“I don’t do this [support Israel] for political reasons,” Congressman Lamborn says. Instead, he explains, his position reflects his recognition of the strategic importance of Israel to America, as well as the two nations’ shared Judeo-Christian values.
Indeed, it is his strong Christian faith and values that sustain his commitment to Israel and to the Jewish people, the Congressman tells Radio Chavura.
Congressman Lamborn rejects the argument some critics make that America would face less antagonism in the Arab world - and particularly from Muslim radicals - if the United States were not so closely aligned with Israel.
“I don’t buy that at all,” the Congressman says, “They don’t like us for who we are and what we stand for,” he says of the Islamic terrorists who threaten America and Israel alike. “We stand for Judeo-Christian values...and so they are going to dislike us viscerally no matter what we do.”
Congressman Lamborn described the Pillars of the Colorado Jewish Community award as a “wonderful” recognition, adding that he is “honored to receive it.”
He also praised Radio Chavura, the Rocky Mountain region’s only regularly broadcast radio program with a focus on Jewish topics and the regional Jewish community.
“You’re a big success and you’re growing even more so every week,” the Congressman said. “It’s an honor to be here and it’s an honor to help you kick off your second season.”
Radio Chavura launched its first weekly broadcast on July 1, 2012. The show has featured numerous local and national figures, including:
- Brigitte Gabriel, founder, ACT! for America
- Michael Milken, global philanthropist, Milken Institute
- Caroline Glick, columnist and editor, The Jerusalem Post
- Rabbi Jamie Korngold, author and spiritual leader, The Adventure Rabbi Program (Boulder)
- Rabbi Bernard Gerson, senior rabbi, Congregation Rodef Shalom (Denver)
- Julie Geller, singer-songwriter, Beating Heart Music
- Michael and Marcy Schreiber, owners, East Side Kosher Deli
- Ken Simon, co-founder, Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
- Rabbi Daniel Alter, head of school, Denver Academy of Torah
- Mordechai Hoffman, head of school, Hillel Academy of Denver
- Georgina Kolber, curator, Mizel Museum
- Andy Hollinger, director of communications, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Boaz Meir, director, Rocky Mountain Region, Jewish National Fund
- James Barnard, commander, Jewish War Veterans Post 344
- Rabbi Harold Kushner, author, When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Radio Chavura offers a free weekly program guide and e-newsletter at www.SubscribeChavura.com. The guide includes local news; an extensive calendar of Jewish community events; exclusive photo essays by staff photographer Avital Rotbart; and links to articles of special interest to the Colorado Jewish community.
Those unable to listen to Radio Chavura this Sunday can download/stream the complete audio here.