Intermountain Jewish News

Sep 02nd

Denver Jewry’s weekend of wonders

E-mail Print PDF

Visual sparkle and human delight flowed through our community last weekend. We scampered from event to event, Saturday night to Sunday night, and it was still impossible to cover them all. We mention just three highlights.

The art show at HEA was a treasure of Israeli jewelry, paintings, challah covers and other decorative weavings, photography, handcrafted kiddush cups and other Jewish ritual objects, and decorative books.

It was an example of the latter that really caught our eye. Cheryl Messer, an artist from Haifa, produced a very large-sized edition of the biblical book of Lamentations. The edition was a combination of print, drawings and text — but that’s not the thing. What made this modern reproduction of the biblical scroll poignant and meaningful was this: The drawings were based literarily on the biblical verses, and visually on the Holocaust. Verses were illustrated with scenes that any post-Holocaust Jew could recognize as from the ghettos and concentration camps. This was not just a device to make the biblical suffering meaningful with a familiar visual metaphor. This was a profound statement about the continuity of Jewish suffering and the unity of its meaning. From the destruction of the ancient holy Temple and the ancient holy city of Jerusalem to the Holocaust, the biblical words remain eternally relevant.

At the upsherin or first haircut of three-year-old Nosson Mintz of the South Metro Chabad, the young celebrant’s older brother Isaac Mintz gave a speech to the large crowd of celebrants. Now, Isaac Mintz is not even Bar Mitzvah; yet, in poise, content, concision and delivery, he might just as well have been way past Bar Mitzvah. His speech was an impressive demonstration of the health of the Jewish future.

In the evening Jonathan Rosenblum, a writer in Jerusalem, was the guest speaker at the Aish Denver annual dinner. Among his messages: What you acquire, you lose; what you give away, you keep. How so? Whatever objects one acquires will ultimately degrade or disappear. One’s brand new car, or even one’s home, not to mention lesser objects, will deteriorate over time. What one gives away, however, establishes a relationship. And relationships can and do endure. What you get, you lose; what you give, you keep.

We missed out on much else this past weekend, from a groundbreaking of a new Jewish center in Boulder to a meeting about end-of-life rituals in Denver. There was a time when one person could take in every Jewish weekend event. No more. Proof of our vibrancy, if proof were needed.

Copyright © 2014 by the Intermountain Jewish News

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 March 2014 03:43 )  

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!

Shabbat Times

JTA News

For Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, there is no joy in debut

mbrodsky For a moment it looked like the Dodgers’ hotshot prospect would be a hero in his first major league at-bat, but it wasn’t to be. ... [Link]

In lame-duck period, Obama administration retreats from peace endeavors

Ron Kampeas With the world in turmoil, President Obama’s last thousand days in office are not likely to be focused on Israeli-Palestinian peace. ... [Link]

Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

Ben Sales Israel has drawn international criticism after seizing nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land, but some experts say the move is relatively insignificant. ... [Link]

Memorial to Nazi ‘euthanasia’ victims dedicated in Berlin

Julie Wiener Germany dedicated a memorial in Berlin to the more than 200,000 people with physical and mental disabilities who were murdered by the Nazis. ... [Link]

Manhattan’s Ramaz school clarifies advice on concealing kippahs

Uriel Heilman The principal of an Orthodox day school in New York who suggested that students might want to conceal signs of their Jewishness while walking around the neighborhood disagrees — with himself. ... [Link]

Why the U.S. and Israel are not getting along

Uriel Heilman The Obama administration and the Israeli government are looking at the same war but seeing things much differently. ... [Link]

Stan Goldberg, superhero of comic-book illustration, dies at 82

Julie Wiener Comic-book artist Stan Goldberg, the color designer for Marvel Comics’ classic superheroes, has died. ... [Link]

Polish city marks first rabbinic ordination since World War II

Julie Wiener The Polish city of Wroclaw had its first rabbinic ordination since before World War II in its only synagogue to survive the Holocaust. ... [Link]

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