Intermountain Jewish News

May 04th
Home Columns Reflections


Me, Passover and Bobby McGee

The year was 1968: the Vietnam War was raging, psychedelic music and drugs were “in,” Marin Luther King was assassinated a week before President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and the Beatles released the White Album to mixed reviews. I was about to enter ninth grade. Amidst the free love and political turmoil, I somehow finagled my mother into driving over two hours to Atlantic City to take me and my best friend to my very first rock concert.


Living with, and without, Aunt Gen

I ARRIVED in Tucson on July 3, 1976, with nothing but a backpack, post-college dreams and a lot of sand in my shoes. The three months it took me to hitchhike from Oberlin, Ohio, to Tucson, Arizona, really took a beating on my hiking boots and the slim savings I had. My plan was simple: to live with my Aunt Gen for a while until I figured out what I wanted to do with “the rest of my life.” Gen, who was really my dad’s first cousin, was 58, newly widowed and filled with dread about living a...

Rosh Chodesh: More than just a 'girl' thing

On a warm August evening in 1997, I attended my first Rosh Chodesh group in Jerusalem to celebrate the cycle of the new moon. I entered the candlelit apartment, filled with women I had never met, and immediately felt at home. The aroma of eggplant frying in olive oil, garlic and lemon beckoned me to peek into the tiny cubicle of a kitchen where three women worked shoulder-to-shoulder preparing food. Stuffed grape leaves, hummus and bowls of dried fruit and nuts lined the counter top. My stomac...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 March 2016 07:33 )


Finding our Jewish roots through nature

ON A hot August day in 1959, I sat cramped in the back seat of our Thunderbird between suitcases, pillows and my annoying 13-year-old brother for what seemed like the longest trip of my life. Amid melting crayons, half-eaten sandwiches and bouts of car-sickness, I whined for most of the eight hours it took to get to our destination. But the moment we drove up to our little cabin, nestled among pine trees and within walking distance of Cape Cod Bay, my attitude changed. For the next two weeks, I...

Grief and I

MY HUSBAND Ray died on June 15, 2015, exactly three years, seven months and six days after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Since that hot Tucson day in June, I have traveled up both coasts and through alternating worlds of numbness and unrelenting emotion. This is a piece I wrote while at the gym about seven months after Ray died. It came to me as a quasi-revelation, the ideas fully formed as if the words had already been written. I jumped off the treadmill and grabbed my cell phone to recor...
  • «
  •  Start 
  •  Prev 
  •  1 
  •  2 
  •  3 
  •  4 
  •  5 
  •  6 
  •  7 
  •  8 
  •  9 
  •  10 
  •  Next 
  •  End 
  • »
Page 1 of 21

IJN e-Edition

This is only a taste! Get full access to the IJN via our e-Edition, only $14.04 for IJN Print subscribers.

E-Edition subscribers get access to a complete digital replica of the IJN, which includes all special sections.

Get the IJN's free newsletter!

Cast Your Vote

Do you eat kitniyot on Passover?

Shabbat Times

JTA News

Washington judge orders man not to hang swastikas on barn wall facing Jewish neighbor

Marcy Oster (JTA) — A county judge in north-central Washington has ordered a local man to refrain from displaying a swastika on the wall of his barn after he posted the Nazi symbol in order to harass his Je... [Link]

British PM calls on Labour Party head to renounce Hamas, Hezbollah as ‘friends’

Marcy Oster (JTA) — British Prime Minister David Cameron called on Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to renounce his self-proclaimed friendship with Hamas and Hezbollah. Cameron made the public demand on We... [Link]

‘Birthright for Jewish moms’ reaches out to Spanish-speakers

Marcy Oster BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — A Cuban delegation will for the first time participate in the “Birthright for Jewish Moms” trip to Israel, as the sponsoring group works to expand its reach in Latin Am... [Link]

Thousands visit West Bank tomb of biblical Joshua

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Thousands of Jewish Israelis entered the West Bank Palestinian village of Kifl Haris to visit the tomb of the biblical figure Joshua. Also buried in the northern West Bank vill... [Link]

Report: Substantial decrease in violent attacks against Jews in 2015

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — There was a substantial decrease in violent attacks against Jews in 2015, but an increase in “institutional anti-Semitism” and “slander against the Jewish Peo... [Link]

NATO invites Israel to open official mission at Brussels headquarters

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — The council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has invited Israel to open an official mission at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. In the alliance’s announcement ... [Link]

Israeli troops come under mortar fire from Gaza

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli troops came under mortar fire from Gaza while performing engineering work near the border fence. The Israel Defense Forces responded to the Wednesday morning attack by ... [Link]

Donald Trump set to be Republican presidential nominee, maverick Israel views and all

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee for president after trouncing his opponents in Indiana, driving Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, out of the race. Bernie Sanders,... [Link]

Intermountain Jewish News • 1177 Grant Street • Denver, CO 80203 • 303 861 2234 • FAX 303 832 6942 • •