Intermountain Jewish News

May 03rd


Denver JDS at 40

Forty years ago in August, 1975, Denver’s Jewish community received a gift. Not a gift in the form of a  cash donation or a bequest of land. It was a modest gift filled with hope and values; it would forever change the lives of its recipients.

That was when a handful of families — some rabbis included — founded Theodor Herzl Jewish Day School as a pluralistic day school for grades 1-5 with the mission of imparting intensive Jewish studies on an equal footing with a superior secular education. For the previous 24 years, the Denver Jewish community had been ably served by Hillel Academy, an Orthodox Jewish day school. The founding families of Herzl desired such a day school experience for their children with a nod to the non-Orthodox movements in Judaism, and even the unaffiliated.


David Bram, 1927-2016

The Intermountain Jewish News interviewed David Bram at his home in Colorado Springs in the early 1990s. A successful commercial real estate developer, his unpretentious ego contrasted with his professional status. Bram welcomed the new IJN freelancer as if they had been fast friends for years. When Zita, his beloved wife, brought out tea, he looked at her with sparkling eyes. It wasn’t until the middle of the interview that Bram mentioned that he had survived the Holocaust. This man, who had ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 March 2016 10:13 )


A Jew affiliates with BDS — flaws in the logic

When is anti-Semitism not anti-Semitism? When it is propounded by the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions) movement against Israel. This perverted hatred, dressed up as social justice, is not necessarily seen as such or simple to establish. Last week’s IJN report of a recent debate between a BDS proponent and opponent offered just such an opportunity. The proponent in the debate offered a touching, naive — and dangerous — insight into the mentality of a Jewish BDS proponent....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 March 2016 11:54 )


‘When only the stones will speak’

Sometimes a headline is so trenchant that you almost don’t need to read the story. The Denver Post offered a brilliant example this week: “When only the stones will speak.” The story was about the death of the last survivor of the revolt at Treblinka [see Page 1, this week’s IJN]. The referenced stones were headstones. And so it is. There are so many among our Jewish youth who have never met or heard a Holocaust survivor. For those of us who have known and heard them, it is frightening ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:24 )


Not a ‘real Christian,’ not a ‘real Muslim’

From a theological point of view, it is not within our purview to determine who is a “real Christian” or a “real Muslim,” nor do we have any interest in doing so. This is reserved for the adherents of Christianity and Islam. But being, or not being, a “real Christian” or a “real Muslim” is pervasively used today as a political statement. This is within our purview to comment on, and this comment reduces to one word: hypocrisy. Supposedly, it is politically incorrect to deal in t...
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For Dutch property owners, Holocaust commemoration begins at home

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Julie Wiener (JTA) — Joyce Garver Keller, the longtime executive director of Ohio’s Jewish community relations council who helped establish a state Holocaust memorial, has died at 68. On Monday morning, less t... [Link]

Trump says he will try to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Saying he’d “never met a person from Israel that didn’t want to make that deal,” Donald Trump said if elected president he plans to try to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty.... [Link]

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