Intermountain Jewish News

Jun 30th


This is a diplomat? Michael Oren’s colossal blunder

What happened to the good sense he seemed to exhibit as an ambassador?

Michael Oren, the American-born, former ambassador of Israel to the US — he of skilled tongue, eloquent pen and brilliant mind — made a colossal blunder last week. It is hard to believe how somebody so polished and, on the outside at least, so adroit, could have been so utterly blind to the consequences of his action. It calls into question, in retrospect, his entire service as ambassador and makes one wonder whether a good part of the difficulties between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu originated with, or were exacerbated by, Michael Oren.


What does a Confederate flag represent if not slavery?

Nine innocent blacks were murdered by a racist white. The Confederate flag sums it all up. Color us ignorant or disrespectful of the Southern “heritage,” if you like. But for the life of us we cannot figure out what a Confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol is supposed to recall if not slavery. When we are told that it represents not racism, but the Southern “heritage,” well, what is that heritage if not slavery? What is “state’s rights” in the Southern con...

Missing Doris Sky for 25 years

Longtime readers of the Intermountain Jewish News will no doubt remember the colorful Doris Sky, our managing editor who was suddenly taken from our midst 25 years ago this week. A quarter of a century goes by in a flash when people busy themselves with their everyday lives and work toward momentous life events. That seems particularly true to those of us involved in publishing a newspaper week in and week out.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:45 )


Twenty years for Rose Community Foundation

The founders of General Rose Memorial Hospital would never have dreamed . . . It is instructive what one can get used to. Case in point: Lists of grants that total in the millions of dollars — quarterly lists; or, to be more precise, some 72 such quarterly lists since Rose Community Foundation began its grantmaking. Rose Community Foundation was founded with the sale of Rose Medical Center in 1995, which evolved from General Rose Memorial Hospital, founded in 1949 by leaders of Denver Jewry...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:00 )


NPR fails the standards of reporting

It turns out that the ‘rigorous reporting’ of the station that regularly touts its superiority is data from a defamatory list on the Internet. According to its website, NPR defines itself by “great storytelling and rigorous reporting.” In a recent news program, both of these elements were evident, but the former was not bolstered by the latter. The “great storytelling” was not based on “rigorous reporting,” but upon the kind of drudge that fills the Internet, the kind of rese...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2015 13:50 )

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Orthodox Jewish groups brace for consequences of gay-marriage ruling

Ron Kampeas Groups opposed to same-sex marriage worry that they could lose their tax-exempt status or become subject to discrimination lawsuits. ... [Link]

Jewish resort that inspired ‘Dirty Dancing’ to become $250-million yoga retreat

Gabe Friedman The iconic Catskills resort — the inspiration for “Dirty Dancing” — will be turned into a health & wellness center. ... [Link]

Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem vandalized for second time

Marcy Oster Swastikas and anti-Arab graffiti were spray-painted on the walls of the school, which was set on fire in a November arson attack. ... [Link]

‘Color-conscious’ Asian cast to perform classic play about Bronx Jewish family

Lisa Keys A new production of Clifford Odets’ 1935 drama, “Awake and Sing” is from the National Asian American Theater Company — and a Jewish director. ... [Link]

Misha Galperin quits Jewish Agency’s fundraising arm

Uriel Heilman Misha Galperin is stepping down as CEO of the Jewish Agency’s overseas fundraising arm, Jewish Agency International Development. ... [Link]

Michael Oren wanted Obama to credit Israeli rescuers in Haiti — before they arrived

Ron Kampeas President Obama couldn’t have snubbed Israel, because Israel wasn’t there. ... [Link]

Young Israeli dies from wounds suffered in West Bank shooting

Marcy Oster Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld died less than a day after the car he was riding in with three other men in their 20s came under fire by two Palestinians. ... [Link]

Neo-Nazi march in Jewish London suburb ordered moved

Marcy Oster The rally against “Jewish privilege” organized by a self-described fascist was scheduled for the heavily Jewish Golders Green neighborhood. ... [Link]

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