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Tonight: Community solidarity gathering

Tonight: Community solidarity gathering

A community solidarity gathering will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Robert E. Loup JCC Elaine Wolf Theater. The gathering is being held a show of support for and solidarity with the Kansas City Jewish community following the tragic shootings at the Jewish Community Campus there earlier this week. There will also be a security ... Read more...
Beth Evergreen marks 40 years

Beth Evergreen marks 40 years

PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 10 IT is among the most apt and poetic of synagogue names. Beth Evergreen conjures images of the pleasant foot...
From farm to table: Locally grown matzah on the rise

From farm to table: Locally grown matzah on the rise

PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION C PAGE 16 NEW YORK — In their small farmhouse bakery in Vermont, Doug Freilich and Julie Sperling work round the clo...
Kudos: Four free Jews who personify Passover

Kudos: Four free Jews who personify Passover

PASSOVER 5774 EDITION SECTION C PAGE 24 Every year the IJN salutes people — known or obscure — who bring freedom into our lives. It is always t...
Olivia Kessler helps fight malaria in Africa

Olivia Kessler helps fight malaria in Africa

PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 9 WASHINGTON — Like many teens, Olivia Kessler was unaware of malaria’s devastating global death toll. Each...
Silence in the Haggadah and beyond

Silence in the Haggadah and beyond

PASSOVER EDITION SECTION A PAGE 4 “. . . a time to be silent and a time to speak.” — Ecclesiastes 3:7 HAGADDAH means “telling” and Pass...
 

Pollard for peace?

Pollard for peace? WASHINGTON — Possibilities raised during efforts to resolve the current crisis over Israeli-Palestinian peace talks include freeing Jonathan Pollard, a partial settlement freeze, guarantees that Palestinians won’t push for international recognition and a mass prisoner release. Officials close to the talks confirmed to JTA that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had discussed a formula that would extend the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, now on t...
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Olivia Kessler helps fight malaria in Africa

Olivia Kessler helps fight malaria in Africa PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 9 WASHINGTON — Like many teens, Olivia Kessler was unaware of malaria’s devastating global death toll. Each year, the disease, which is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, strikes an estimated 219 million people in 109 countries around the world. Approximately 600,000 people die from malaria every year; most are children under the age of five. “I’m very passionate about global health issues, but I didn’t know much about malaria...
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Former Nuggets coach Larry Brown barely missed March Madness with SMU

Former Nuggets coach Larry Brown barely missed March Madness with SMU BALTIMORE — Before leading the Southern Methodist University men’s basketball team onto the practice court Sunday afternoon, March 16, coach Larry Brown spent a few moments in his office with several of his six grandchildren visiting from Charlotte, NC. The day being Purim, Brown was asked whom he was masquerading as. “I’m dressed like a coach,” the straitlaced Brown responded. Not an NCAA Tournament coach, as it turned out this season. Brown had hoped later that day to figurativel...
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Dr. Sarah Grope: Denver’s first and only mohelet

Dr. Sarah Grope: Denver’s first and only mohelet Placing an eight-day-old male into a stranger’s arms for a brit milah, the ritual of circumcision that binds men to the Jewish covenant, can be a tremulous act of faith. Dr. Sarah Grope, a Denver pediatrician and first practicing Reform mohelet (ritual circumciser) in Denver, understands. One of about 50 Reform women certified to perform brit milah in the US, Grope also is the mother of three sons. The fusion of personal insight and professional skill gives her an unusual perspective on the...
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Kudos: Four free Jews who personify Passover

Kudos: Four free Jews who personify Passover PASSOVER 5774 EDITION SECTION C PAGE 24 Every year the IJN salutes people — known or obscure — who bring freedom into our lives. It is always time to say ‘thank you,’ but Passover, with its eternal message of gratitude to G-d for our freedom, seems an especially appropriate moment. David Fogel: Leadership In his community activism, David Fogel embodies the bon mot of the late, beloved Max Frankel, who, when asked whether he’d lived his whole life in Denver, replied: “Not yet.”...
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Peter C. Guthery

Peter C. Guthery Peter C. Guthery, a devoted family man and a national and local expert on tax law for non-profits, passed away March 27, 2014, in Denver. He was 76. Rabbi Keren Gorban and Chazzan Bryan Zive officiated at the March 30 service at Temple Sinai. Interment followed at Emanuel Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “He was such a wonderful father,” said his son Dr. Steve Guthery. “We could absolutely depend on him to be there for us.”
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