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Do you like to Laugh? 

Come join Shalom Park in an evening of giggles, chuckles and occasionally cracking up. A fun night out at the Lone Tree Arts Center that ALSO supports the ELDERS at SHALOM PARK.

Brad Zimmerman is a very unique and original voice in the world of comedy. His style is part standup, part theatrical and laugh outloud funny. He has worked with many well known comedians and entertainers, in fact Joan Rivers once said, “I’ve had three great opening acts in my lifetime: Billy Crystal, Garry Shandling, and Brad Zimmerman.” Brad’s true pride and joy is his one man show, “MY SON THE WAITER, A JEWISH TRAGEDY,” which was performed Off Broadway in NYC. He is exclusively performing a hybrid show for the Shalom Park Annual Donor Appreciation Event.

No Laughing Matter

Our community works to promote compassion and wellness for all. Shalom Park is a place to thrive and enjoy life in a stimulating safe environment.  Rooted in Jewish traditions and values, we serve all elders by creating a community of joy where honor and belonging flourish. Shalom Park is home to 135 elders of which more than 80% are unable to pay for their care, and also serves elders in our community with exceptional rehabilitation services. Your support enables these Elders to recover and reside at Shalom Park and continue to have meaning and purpose in their life. Of course, the Elders will be joining us for this entertaining evening.

“Infecting those with laughter is to share a bit of joy.”


WHEN: WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2020, 6:30–9:30 PM

WHERE: LONE TREE ARTS CENTER, 10075 Commons St, Lone Tree, CO




James L. Kurtz-Phelan

A distinguished attorney who has served Shalom Park since helping to negotiate the purchase of the land for the campus

more than 30 years ago, Jim has provided an immeasurable amount of legal and business counsel to the Board of Trustees.  Jim has an exceptional and lengthy track record of leadership and service to others and continues to inspire so many of us in the community by the example he sets every day.

Jim’s commitment to service began while attending Yale Law School 50 years ago, where he worked with Ralph Nader as one of “Nader’s Raiders”, ensuring consumer protections, as well as working for the New Haven office of the ACLU.  Jim served as a clinical education teacher and adjunct professor at The University of Denver College of Law when he also organized the Colorado Public Interest Research Group. Jim later served as an Assistant Attorney General for Colorado and as legal advisor to Colorado Governor Richard Lamm.  In addition to Jim’s commitment to Shalom Park, he has served on the Boards of the  American Jewish Committee, Herzl Jewish Day School (in fact, Jim helped negotiate the merger of Herzl and Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy resulting in today’s Denver Jewish Day School, as well as working with colleagues to handle the legal work for the acquisition of additional land to expand its campus), and the Jewish Community Center.  Jim has been an active member on the regional board of the Anti-Defamation League since 1999 and was regional board Chair from 2016-2018.

In Jim’s “spare time”, he works tirelessly as a Partner specializing in real estate law at Spencer Fane LLP.  Jim has been honored as a Colorado Super Lawyer for over ten years, named to Best Lawyers in America 2013-2020, and has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s “Preeminent AV Rating” since 1987, which recognizes an elite group of 10% of all attorneys, as named by their peers, for strong legal ability and high ethical standards.

It is because of Jim’s service to Shalom Park and the impact he has had on our ability to best serve our Elders, Families and Care Partners, that the Board of Trustees recognizes Jim as this year’s Honoree.  Jim’s breadth and depth of experience, especially in the local Jewish “public interest”/nonprofit community, has been instrumental to Shalom Park’s success and ability to provide a joyful community where honor and belonging flourish.

Beyond Jim’s commitment to service to Shalom Park and so many other organizations in our community, he is an avid reader, lover of the symphony, enjoys reading and writing poetry, and is most proud of his family!  Jim and his wife Phyllis (of 47 years) are the proud parents of Rachel, Daniel and Abby, and grandparents to Macy & Grayson.

Please join us as we salute and honor Mr. James L. Kurtz-Phelan as the Shalom Park 2020 Honoree.

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