Intermountain Jewish News

Feb 06th


JEWISHcolorado clicking on all cylinders

Gonna do it. Gonna make it happen.

It is one thing to cast a lovely vision for the future; it is quite something else to present the evidence that it’s actually coming true. The annual meeting of JEWISHcolorado last week was the most impressive we have attended in many years, precisely because it was a meeting of record, of achievements, of goals being realized, not just a meeting of dreams.


Mass refugees: The cause is irrelevant to the ethics of taking them in

If the Arabs of Palestine had no responsibility for taking in European Holocaust survivors, Europe has no responsibility for taking in refugees of the Syrian civil war. If the causes of mass migration were to determine whether the migrants should be welcomed in foreign countries, nary a single migrant would ever be welcomed. Not to mention, neither Israel nor American Jewry would exist. Both came into existence due to factors that had absolutely nothing to due with public policy in either t...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 October 2015 11:08 )


WGN TV’s ‘ignorance’ points to larger problem

Many media typically run segments on major Jewish holidays for their viewers. Children lighting candles. Young boys wearing yarmulkes. Matzah. Shofars. Dreidels, dreidels, dreidels. When Chicago’s WGN aired a report on Yom Kippur Sept. 22, it used an available image of a Jewish star to honor the Day of Atonement. Now WGN is atoning for its sins of inattention and self-admitted ignorance.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 October 2015 11:08 )


Heads in the sand

American Jews still don’t get it. They still think European anti-Semites resemble Hitler and the Cossacks, armed far-right nutjobs with shaved heads, their arms aloft in a Sieg Heil. To be sure, that class of anti-Semite continues to exist, and cases, such as the discovery in 2011 of a Nazi cell in Zwickau, Germany, are deeply troubling. But they are rare. The real anti-Semites in Europe to be feared today come from the opposite pole of the spectrum: the far left.

Sandra Vinnik, 1935-2015

Everyone who knew Sandra Vinnik called her Sandy. Invoking the informal was the way to relate to a woman cherished and idealized in our community. Mrs. Vinnik could have set herself high above us. Instead she preferred Sandy, intuiting that even this slight change would bring us closer to the humble person behind the praise. Untold hearts cried in disbelief when she left us on Sept. 2.
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Bernie Sanders, Larry David to appear together on ‘SNL’

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will appear with comedian Larry David on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, according to several media outlets. Tad Devin... [Link]

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Orthodox trader, immigrant Harvard grad, killed by Manhattan crane collapse

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — A 38-year-old Orthodox Jewish man was killed when a construction crane collapsed on his car in Manhattan. David Wichs, an immigrant from Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic, w... [Link]

Former Nazi, 93, to be third Auschwitz guard to face trial this year

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A 93-year-old former Nazi guard at Auschwitz will go on trial in Germany in April — the third such case to be tried in 2016. A German court announced on Friday that the ex-Waffen SS gu... [Link]

Israel returns bodies of terrorists who killed soldier in Jerusalem

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Israel handed over to the Palestinian Authority three bodies of terrorists who died in a Jerusalem shootout, in which they killed one soldier. The bodies of Ahmed Abu al-Ghub, Ahmed Zaka... [Link]

Israeli actress, 46, sues fashion boss who replaced her with younger model

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – An Israeli fashion store’s decision to fire Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer, 46, as its house model and replace her with a 25-year-old sparked a national debate on women’s rights in that in... [Link]

Etan Patz parents seek reversal of ’04 conviction in murder case

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The parents of Etan Patz, a Jewish boy who was killed in 1979, are seeking the overturning of a 2004 judgement blaming a pedophile for the boy’s murder — which they claim was per... [Link]

Lithuanian Jewish leader seeks delay on naming alleged Nazi collaborators

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The leader of Lithuania’s  Jewish community supported a proposal to delay publishing the names of suspected Holocaust perpetrators out of concern for their families’ reputation and ... [Link]

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