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Feb 06th
New arrangement at Western Wall

New arrangement at Western Wall

TEL AVIV — Israel’s government on Sunday, Jan. 31, approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall. The non-Orthodox prayer section at the Wall will become much larger and more accessible. Orthodox control of the Orthodox section will also be solidified. The deal, a copy of which JTA obtained ahead o... Read more...

Nothing like underdog talk

Is it just me, or are you too dizzy and giddy from all the recent amusements and distractions? Between the National Western Stock Show and the politic...

Where fear lurks

Super Bowl 50 awaits. It looms in the near distance. It grows nearer by the day. Beneath its copious bunting of orange and blue, its flags, stocking ...

With Adelson's help, Raiders might move to Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Sheldon Adelson met with the owner of the Oakland Raiders team owner to discuss the casino mogul’s plan to build a billion-dollar stad...
Post-Soviet Jews meet in LA for a different Limmud

Post-Soviet Jews meet in LA for a different Limmud

FOR ONE weekend at the Westin Pasadena hotel in the Los Angeles area, hallway conversations were conducted mostly in Russian and Hebrew, with English ...
Lowry: How it came to be

Lowry: How it came to be

WHEN LOWRY Air Force Base officially closed in 1994, Denver already faced a gripping dilemma — whether to allow 1,866 abandoned acres to rot or to b...

BMH-BJ resigns from OU, ponders its future direction

BMH-BJ resigns from OU, ponders its future direction CONGREGATION BMH-BJ formally ended its relationship with the Orthodox Union last month, putting an end to a membership that dated back to 1956. In a letter dated Dec. 31, 2015, and distributed to synagogue members, H. Michael Miller, president, and Rabbi Yaakov Chaitovsky, spiritual leader, wrote that the congregation had learned that the OU was planning to expel BMH-BJ over its mixed seating policy, a bone of contention between the OU and the Denver synagogue at least since 1988....

Not just fruit: Tu b'Shevat a chance for personal growth

Not just fruit: Tu b'Shevat a chance for personal growth LOS ANGELES — For the last three years, I’ve celebrated Tu b’Shevat — the Jewish New Year of the Trees — by organizing a participatory seder in a nearby canyon-top park. The seder usually includes about 10 to 15 people from my group, the Movable Minyan — a small, lay-led, independent congregation that needs every member’s active participation in order to thrive. We meet in the parking lot, and from there, bags of seder supplies in hand, we take a short hike up past oak trees to a ...

With Adelson's help, Raiders might move to Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Sheldon Adelson met with the owner of the Oakland Raiders team owner to discuss the casino mogul’s plan to build a billion-dollar stadium for the NFL team. On Jan. 29, the same day of the meeting, Mark Davis also toured the site of Adelson’s proposed 65,000-seat stadium on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus. The UNLV football team would share it with the professional franchise, which would become the NFL’s first Las Vegas-based team. Hours after Davis’ meeting with...

JYW's big tent — seriously and literally

JYW's big tent — seriously and literally CHANUKAH EDITION 5776SECTION A PAGE 9 While some synagogues struggle to maintain members, Judaism Your Way’s successful outreach model is attracting unaffiliated and interfaith families by the thousands. JYW does not have a permanent building, a sanctuary, Shabbat services or religious school. It has a mailing list but is not membership-based. There is no standing minyan or 24/7 rabbi — standard features in typical Jewish denominational settings.

Politics and parody; your dog for president

As the Wall Street Journal put it, from the beginning, the 2016 White House race has defied just about every expectation. Donald Trump was more punchline than presidential contender when he announced his candidacy in June, 2015.  Despite coming in second — close to third — in this week’s Iowa caucuses, Trump holds the lead in the polls in New Hampshire, where the first primary in the nation takes place this coming Tuesday. The joke still might be on his detractors.

Aaron ‘Herb’ Cohen

Aaron ‘Herb’ Cohen Aaron Herbert “Herb” Cohen, a native Denverite and lifelong resident, passed away Jan. 21, 2016, in Denver. Rabbi Richard Rheins officiated at the Jan. 24 service at Temple Sinai. Interment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “He was our hero and Superman,” the family said. “A gentleman to the end, he never lost his sense of humor.”

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Bernie Sanders, Larry David to appear together on ‘SNL’

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will appear with comedian Larry David on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, according to several media outlets. Tad Devin... [Link]

Brazil Hillel feigns closure in bizarre marketing stunt

Julie Wiener The Jewish campus group’s Rio branch announced it would not close down just three hours after lamenting that it would – provoking outrage. ... [Link]

Orthodox trader, immigrant Harvard grad, killed by Manhattan crane collapse

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — A 38-year-old Orthodox Jewish man was killed when a construction crane collapsed on his car in Manhattan. David Wichs, an immigrant from Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic, w... [Link]

Former Nazi, 93, to be third Auschwitz guard to face trial this year

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A 93-year-old former Nazi guard at Auschwitz will go on trial in Germany in April — the third such case to be tried in 2016. A German court announced on Friday that the ex-Waffen SS gu... [Link]

Israel returns bodies of terrorists who killed soldier in Jerusalem

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Israel handed over to the Palestinian Authority three bodies of terrorists who died in a Jerusalem shootout, in which they killed one soldier. The bodies of Ahmed Abu al-Ghub, Ahmed Zaka... [Link]

Israeli actress, 46, sues fashion boss who replaced her with younger model

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – An Israeli fashion store’s decision to fire Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer, 46, as its house model and replace her with a 25-year-old sparked a national debate on women’s rights in that in... [Link]

Etan Patz parents seek reversal of ’04 conviction in murder case

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The parents of Etan Patz, a Jewish boy who was killed in 1979, are seeking the overturning of a 2004 judgement blaming a pedophile for the boy’s murder — which they claim was per... [Link]

Lithuanian Jewish leader seeks delay on naming alleged Nazi collaborators

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The leader of Lithuania’s  Jewish community supported a proposal to delay publishing the names of suspected Holocaust perpetrators out of concern for their families’ reputation and ... [Link]

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