Temple Beit Torah

“V’Ahavtah ~ You shall love the world with all your thoughts, with all your feelings, and with all your actions. Feel this teaching deep in your heart so that what you say and what you do become examples of love. When you lie down and when you rise up remember how special you are: no one can take your place in this world. When you go out and when you come home remember how special everyone else is: not one can take the place of anyone in this world…” Rabbi Rami Shapiro

By Heila Rogers

Marilyn Conn, one of the founding members of the Jewish congregation Temple Beit Torah (Bayt Tow-rah) in Patty Jewett, carries this prayer on a flowery sheet of folded paper in her wallet, with her at all times.

Teaching and trying to learn this way of thinking could solve a lot of grief in our society.

The temple building has been vandalized on two separate occasions, followed by and prefaced by extraordinary and some also very ordinary, support by neighbors in the area.

A bulletin board in the downstairs reception hall holds cards of support and love written and sent by neighbors after the hate incidents.

Although “Beit Torah” can be translated as “House of Teaching” and the people definitely focus on teaching, learning and creating, Bob Rachlis, introduced as a Torah Study Group teacher clarifies, “I don’t teach, I enable.” He gets serious and maybe even a bit emotional when he refers to the rally in Bon Park after the last vandalism incident, “That greeting in the park was absolutely amazing.”

Marilyn says, “This neighborhood is unbelievable, we were meant to be here.” She tells of the gentleman who lives across the street who got up in the morning and saw the graffiti, got a bucket of soap and water and came over to wash it off. “That gesture from that man said it all.”

The Temple had a BBQ after the meeting, as a thank you to many for their support. Marilyn tells of other times in the past, when she would get calls from people, “You left your lights on in your kitchen, did you mean to leave your lights on?” And Bob mentions those who’ve told him they’ll walk past the building on purpose just to keep an eye on things.

The Temple congregation has been around since 1992 when twelve families went to the Air Force Academy for services. When their chaplain Rabbi Ehrlich was getting ready to retire from the Air Force, they formed a separate congregation to meet in the community with him. They’ve had close working relationships for years with the Sisters of Benet Hill and Faith Presbyterian church and have teamed up together to help the wider community in areas like the Interfaith Hospitality Network and Care & Share. Before their permanent location on Madison St. came up in 2004, they leased a building from the Sisters at one point. At another, they renovated a building near a Krispy Kreme donut shop, “horrible on Yom Kippur when fasting,” jokes Ms. Conn. Then they ended up in Patty Jewett. The building was used as a Baptist church previously.

Current activities at the synagogue vary from art and music in their religious school for children and adults, to Hebrew classes recently open to the whole community. Marilyn says everyone’s welcome, they have open doors.

Coming up on March 10th is a special concert featuring Leon Gurvitch, an accomplished musician, composer and conductor based out of Hamburg, Germany who played at Carnegie Hall last year. Marilyn relates the last time he came to play at Temple Beit Torah, pretty much everyone couldn’t pick their jaws up off the floor the entire time.

 

Temple Beit Torah

Presents

“L’Chayim : To Life”

An Encore Performance

with

Internationally renowned concert pianist

Leon Gurvitch

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Jazz, Jewish music, Classical, and more

Joining Mr. Gurvitch in concert are Tim Blake, percussion; Pat Abbott, string bass and Dr. Tom Fowler, tenor and soprano sax.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 7:00 pm

522 E. Madison Colorado Springs, CO

TBT members $15, Community $20

Reception follows– “Meet the Artist”

For tickets and information, Call 719-573-0841,

 tbt@beit-torah.org; Beit-torah.org

 

L’Chayim: To Life!

Featured Image: Tzedakah (Charity) Box

 

 

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Adieu Butch’s Garage

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By Heila Rogers

How do you successfully run a business for 41 years?

Butch Lippincott joked, “If you don’t tell people what you’re doin’ – they’ll keep comin back to figure it out.”

Then he answered more seriously. “Nah. You treat people like people, not a number. Do the work. Take the money. Say goodbye when they leave.”

He and his employees have obviously “done the work” for many years since he started business in 1978. He bought what was then an already established garage that used to be a gas station, situated on a pie-shaped lot at the corner of Columbia and Corona streets. Across Columbia at the time was another automotive services shop and a grocery store.

Across Corona now are two residences that used to be narrow “train houses,” row houses that Butch heard were built to keep folks who worked on the trains away from the bars and taverns downtown.

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He says he’d been a Westsider forever and now looks forward to being north of Woodland park where neighbors have a lot of acreage.

Mr. Lippincott grew up on a farm and learned there about fixing things. The military brought him to Colorado Springs. “Cars are just something to do; I just do it. Car’s broke, we’ll fix it.” Thousands of cars later, and the place is cleared out except for some equipment still for sale, a very old Chevrolet (a customer’s – “we won’t have a chance to get to it”) and randomly, a large giraffe bone, brought in by a customer. “A mountain lion dug it up at the zoo.”

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After some recent health issues, Butch’s last day in business is March 1st and a realtor has bought the place already – possibly to be converted to his offices.

Many thanks for all the years of service and best wishes, Butch!

Casa Verde Cohousing – What is it?

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By Heila Rogers

In 1999 Colorado Springs resident Tim Haley decided to sell his family’s land at the corner of Columbia and Corona streets in Patty Jewett. Having been greenhouses and a flower farm for years, he was ready to shut down operations of the facility after it being in his family since the 40’s and in operation for 90 years.

Casa Verde cohousing now exists on the site and includes 34 condominium units of 4-plex or duplex homes arranged around a central garden area and shared fruit orchard, a spread of lawn, and a playground situated next to a Common House. The 2 or 3-bedroom homes are lived in by a cluster of people who choose to live by consensus. Continue reading “Casa Verde Cohousing – What is it?”

Patty Jewett History

By Tim Scanlon

Photos By Dave Rogers

Located near downtown Colorado Springs, the Patty Jewett Neighborhood is a diverse collection of homes, businesses and public spaces that has evolved for over a century. The 1912 City Plan, crafted by pioneer city planner Charles Mulford Robinson, shows the southwest portion of the neighborhood developed first, south of Fontanero St and east toward El Paso Street.

Named for its historic association with the adjacent Patty Jewett Golf Course, the original fairways of the 1897 Town and Gown Golf Course were located north and east of Columbia and El Paso Streets, now occupied by residences. Ten years later, the facility was moved to its current location and renamed the Colorado Springs Golf Club. In 1919, William K. Jewett, an early club member, purchased and donated it to the City as a self-sustaining facility in honor of his wife, Patty Stuart Jewett, an avid golfer and outdoor sportswoman. The 1899 clubhouse remains today as a private residence at the northeast corner of El Paso and Columbia Streets.

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A Walkable Neighborhood

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Blue spruce, apple trees and picket fences. You’ll find all these and more walking the sidewalks or paved trails around the area. People in Patty Jewett and the surrounding neighborhoods enjoy walking their dogs (or themselves) at all times of year. It’s a chance to greet one another, maybe exchange a few words and enjoy the outdoors.

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And a chance to keep the neighborhood safe from fake cats.

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