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Ida Uchill, 1918-2014

There was an unmistakable edge to longtime Denverite Ida Uchill, who passed away late last week in Maryland.

A respected historian, she was never willing to tolerate shoddy research and seldom hesitated to call those who practiced it — particularly historians — to task.

Likewise, as a veteran teacher of English among other subjects, Uchill never brooked poor spelling, grammar, syntax or sentence structure. Members of the IJN staff who chose to spell certain words certain ways often heard from her, speaking in the tone of a demanding teacher, red pen in hand.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:57 )

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Walt Imhoff 1931-2014

Walt Imhoff knew to listen to another human heart and give of himself in kind. First, he was extraordinarily successful and philanthropic. You would regularly see him smiling from the society pages with his beloved wife Georgia at his side. After her death in 2009, the smile faded. He prevailed but never recovered. When Walt Imhoff died suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at age 82, the Lion of 17th Street left an enormous hole in our hearts. Born in Denver on Aug. 7, 1931, Mr. Imhoff earned a BS in ...
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Calling a critique of Kerry ‘personal’ is a slippery slope

It is certainly true that to make nasty remarks about, let alone threats against, Sec. of State John Kerry is beyond the pale and, to boot, counerproductive. That said, it also true that it becomes easy to squelch debate about Kerry’s Israel-Palestinian initiative by calling critiques of his policies “personal.” To be sure, it is not yet known precisely what his policies are. But a lot has been leaked, and, beyond that, since when is it is the role of a third country to dictate to Israel ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:42 )

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Bad feelings, bad finances, bad repairs, in Adar

Purim is more than parties. And not just because the raucous holiday has a serious side, very serious indeed. In ancient Persia the Jews were threatened with genocide. Check out the twists and turns of the plot in the biblical Scroll of Esther, the “Megillah,” read publicly twice every Purim. The confrontation between the ancient Persian Jewish community and its enemies all came to a head in the Hebrew month of Adar. The strategies of Mordechai and his niece, the heroine Esther, plus the ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 February 2014 03:01 )

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The Broncos’ advance help for Yom Kippur

Yes, it was tragic. And more than that. The Denver Broncos’ ignominious drubbing by the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday was humiliating, depressing, deflating, demeaning, confounding (if you, like us, cannot figure out how this world class team played so awfully) and perhaps even haunting (if you are one of those who ascribe that momentously terrible performance to some supernatural agency, which we do not — we think). Yes, this year’s Super Bowl was surely all of that. But it was not the ...
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JTA News

JTA’s Ron Kampeas talks about Gaza conflict on ‘To the Point’

Daniel Treiman JTA’s Washington bureau chief appears on Public Radio International’s “To the Point” to talk about the Israel-Hamas conflict. ... [Link]

Netanyahu considering ‘all options’ in Gaza

Ron Kampeas Israel is considering all options and will not stop targeting Hamas whatever the international pressure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. ... [Link]

House unanimously voices support for Israel in current Hamas fight

Ron Kampeas The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a non-binding resolution in support of Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

Jewish leaders on solidarity visit to Israel

Ron Kampeas The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is organizing a solidarity visit by U.S. Jewish leaders to Israel. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Blame Kerry, blame politics and lies, blame Hamas

Miriam Moster JTA rounds up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

Uriel Heilman Jews from Poland and Belarus, representatives of Poland’s Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister’s Office, and residents of Jedwabne commemorated the massacre that took place here on July 10,... [Link]

Jewish groups launch emergency campaigns for Israel

Uriel Heilman American Jewish groups are launching emergency fundraising campaigns to send Israel aid while the fighting with Hamas continues. ... [Link]

Rockets pop Tel Aviv’s bubble but not its residents’ routines

Ben Sales A barrage of rockets from Gaza has popped the so-called “bubble” separating Tel Aviv from the rest of Israel. ... [Link]

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