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In Lacrosse, Israel is 7th in the world

In Lacrosse, Israel is 7th in the world

WINNING championships is nothing new for Yochanan Katz, midfielder for the Israeli national lacrosse team that competed last week in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships held in Commerce City, Colo. During his first year playing high school lacrosse in Minnesota in the late 90s — on one of that state’s first six varsity... Read more...
Denver teen makes aliyah in war time

Denver teen makes aliyah in war time

WHAT did you do Sunday, July 20, 2014? Go to the mountains? Paint the spare bedroom? Mow the lawn? Stroll through the mall? Visit the grandchildren? ...
‘All brides are beautiful, all dead were pious’

‘All brides are beautiful, all dead were pious’

THE Israelites were condemned to wander 40 years in the desert. Did they? Following the failure of the spies to instill confidence in the free Isr...
Diary from former shaliach, Shaul Amir

Diary from former shaliach, Shaul Amir

‘The fighting could have been over by now if we would use the same tactics our enemies use’ July 18. Just came out of the secure room. The longes...
Hundreds of Jews flee East Ukraine

Hundreds of Jews flee East Ukraine

DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — Anatoly Lazaurenko’s face betrays no emotion as he watches footage of an old woman he used to know lying in the rubble o...
The two sides of the (retired) Alan Dershowitz

The two sides of the (retired) Alan Dershowitz

CHILMARK, Mass. — Alan Dershowitz’s house is a bit of a mess. Most of the rooms in his Martha’s Vineyard home are cluttered with half-unpacked ...
 

Israel launches Gaza ground operation

Israel launches Gaza ground operation Israel launched a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip to destroy tunnels it says are used for terrorist activities. “A large IDF force has just launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesman’s office said late Thursday on its Twitter feed. “A new phase of Operation Protective Edge has begun.” The operation is limited for now to tanks targeting ten tunnels in Gaza, the IDF said.
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Lag b’Omer...when I was a kid

Lag b’Omer...when I was a kid ONE of Pnina Newirth’s earliest childhood memories is a trip to Mount Meron on Lag b’Omer. But this was no ordinary family vacation. “I was very small, yet I vividly recall the huge fires and the immense crowds,” she says. Despite the cacophony and the roaring bonfires, the Ra’anana resident insists she felt no fear that day. “I knew my parents were there and would protect me. And we stood far enough back so give us a bit of distance,” Newirth recalls....
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Zach Braff at Sundance: ‘Wish I Was Here’

Zach Braff at Sundance: ‘Wish I Was Here’ ZACH Braff is unabashedly and proudly Jewish. One might not deduce that, though, from the caustic attitude toward organized Judaism expressed at the beginning of his new film, “Wish I Was Here.” In his second foray as director, a decade after the indie success of “Garden State,” Braff plays a chronically unemployed, 30-something Los Angeles actor with a devoted wife (Kate Hudson) and two children in Jewish religious school. Braff’s Aidan Bloom is avowedly secular — his father (Mand...
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Boulder Jewish Foundation’s grants stay in Boulder

Boulder Jewish Foundation’s grants stay in Boulder TWO organizations, the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation and Hazon, have funds available for Jewish organizations to use in their growth, outreach and community-building efforts. Each has its own set of parameters regarding what they fund and how to apply, but both deadlines are in July. While Foundation Executive Director Allen Hittelman said, “as a rule, BJCF’s focus is on helping the whole Jewish community, not just single specific organizations,” BJCF does use income from its endow...
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Link between terror in Ukraine and Gaza

Israel invades Gaza to prevent Hamas from acquiring — and using — advanced missiles that downed a plane over Ukraine. Somebody incompetent or malicious downs a passenger liner over Ukraine. Innocents die. Israel invades Gaza. Innocents die. There’s a link. What Hamas wishes to do, the bad actors in Ukraine did. What Hamas seeks is precisely the sophisticated missiles in Ukraine currently beyond Hamas’ capacity. The type of inhumane action we witnessed over Ukraine is the goal of Ha...
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Michael Schatz

Michael Schatz Michael David Schatz passed away May 16, 2014, in Denver. He was 45. Rabbis Bruce Dollin and Steven Foster officiated at the May 19 service at the HEA. Interment followed at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “Michael was loved by everyone who met him because of his easygoing and friendly nature,” the family said. “He was upbeat and positive and everyone noticed his smile and laugh. “Family and friends were extremely important to Michael.” Mr. Schatz was born...
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Gaza’s only power plant knocked out by shelling

Marcy Oster Israeli shelling knocked out Gaza’s only electric power plant, Gazan officials said. ... [Link]

Sydney Jewish board: Newspaper cartoon ‘racially vilifies’ Jews

Marcy Oster The umbrella body of the Jewish community in Sydney threatened to take action against a major newspaper for publishing a cartoon about Gaza that “racially vilifies” Jews. ... [Link]

Dutch watchdog reports record levels of online anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz A Dutch watchdog group said it was observing record levels of incitement to anti-Semitic hatred online. ... [Link]

Grinspoon Foundation names new president

Anthony Weiss Harold Grinspoon, a prominent Jewish U.S. philanthropist, is stepping down as president of his foundation. ... [Link]

At U.S. behest, court blocks plaintiff’s discovery in Iran-related lawsuit

Ron Kampeas The U.S. government asked a court to block a defamation plaintiff’s access to the internal workings of a group that campaigns against a nuclear Iran. ... [Link]

Spate of anti-Jewish, anti-Israel graffiti blankets Rome

Marcy Oster Italian police are investigating a widespread spate of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel graffiti in Rome that local media speculate could be the joint work of leftist and right-wing extremists. ... [Link]

Cruz lifts hold on State nominees prompted by FAA ban

Ron Kampeas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lifted his hold on State Department nominees after the Federal Aviation Agency explained to him its reasons for a 36-hour ban on flights to Tel Aviv. ... [Link]

Dermer: Attacks on Kerry ‘unwarranted’

Ron Kampeas Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry is “unwarranted,” the Israeli ambassador to Washington said, as U.S. officials made public their unhappiness with the attacks. ... [Link]

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