Intermountain Jewish News

May 28th


Whither Jewish camping?

Lest the reader come away with the wrong impression from this editorial, let it be stated up front that members of the IJN staff attended Jewish summer camps in their youth and loved them. We also credit them with enhancing our Jewish identity and love for all things Jewish.  We also freely acknowledge that nice facilities at a camp are a good thing. Nothing below is meant to take away from that.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 March 2016 10:17 )


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 educa...

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 )

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JTA News

Drake has a crush on Sarah Silverman

Gabe Friedman News flash: The most famous Jewish rapper on earth has a crush on one of the most famous Jewish comedians on earth. As explained on “Late Night with Seth Myers” Thursday night, Drake recently post... [Link]

Netanyahu’s government may be near collapse, report says

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government may be on the verge of collapse according to Israel’s Channel 10. In a report Friday night, the TV station quoted unnamed “party leaders... [Link]

Arab states have reportedly hand-picked Palestinian leader to succeed Abbas

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan are reportedly planning to have former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan replace Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Citing unnamed senior ... [Link]

Captain America is a secret Nazi, and people are going crazy about it

Andrew Tobin The new Captain America comic book includes an epic reveal, and some people are not happy about it. When fans ran out to grab Marvel Comics’ “Captain America: Steve Rogers #1” on its relea... [Link]

US health firms, Haifa hospital team up to ‘incubate’ digital medicine start-ups

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — IBM Watson Health and Medtronics are teaming up with an Israeli hospital to create a high-tech “incubator” to encourage innovations in digital medicine. Rambam Health Care Campus in... [Link]

Steven Spielberg, in Harvard commencement speech, says anti-Semitism on the rise

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Speaking at Harvard University’s commencement, filmmaker Steven Spielberg said he was “wrong” as a kid to think anti-Semitism “was fading.” Spielberg, whose 99-year-old father Arno... [Link]

Transgender Israeli Arab wins historic Tel Aviv pageant

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Christian Arab-Israeli ballet dancer won Israel’s first-ever transgender beauty pageant. Ta’alin Abu Hanna, 21, was named “Miss Trans Israel” in Tel Aviv Friday, the Jerusalem Post... [Link]

NY Times removes quotation marks from Israeli ‘occupation’

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — The New York Times removed quotation marks originally used around “occupation” in one of its news stories. The word appears in the phrase “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and ... [Link]

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