Intermountain Jewish News

May 01st


Sorry, Bernie, ‘killed’ is ‘killed’

Worse than the slipshod hyperbole that characterizes much of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign was his recent statement about fatalities in the Israel-Hamas Gaza War of 2014. Sanders’ statement was false. Worse, when he was called on it, his spokesman denied he said it. The spokesman of the famously honest Bernie Sanders tried to wiggle, slipping into the type of politics that Sanders self-righteously rails against and holds himself to be above. Sanders didn’t mean it. He didn’t say it. And if he did say it, he corrected it. Besides, “bringing peace between Israel and the Palestinians will not be easy. It would help if candidates’ positions on this issue are not distorted.”


Celebrating Hazel

“Shalom, BMH-BJ. This is Hazel. How may I help you?” This greeting comes from the seasoned, friendly voice of the one-and-only Hazel Gensberg, beloved receptionist at BMH-BJ for the past 20 years. For 80 years before that, Hazel was delighting people in other venues. Yes, Hazel is 100 years old and still working.

‘Make America great again’ is an empty phrase

Donald Trump says he wants to “make America great again.” It’s an effective catchphrase, because who doesn’t want America to be great? It raises, however, several questions. First, is America no longer great? In his unsuccessful 2014 gubernatorial race, Bob Beauprez had a similar slogan: “Let’s build a stronger Colorado.” The message ultimately didn’t resonate, in part because most Coloradans believed our beloved state was already pretty strong. Similarly, many Americans still b...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 April 2016 10:03 )


Christoph takes Holocaust remembrance to the next generation of Germans

Last Shabbat, as members entered Temple Sinai’s Torah study class, they noticed a tall, attractive man wearing a kippah. As he reintroduced himself, surprised and welcoming eyes embraced him. Christoph Kleineberg, now 27, was only 12 when he first came to Temple Sinai in 2001 with Netzwerk, a pioneering after-school German club studying the Holocaust. But Christoph, who is pursuing a second master’s degree at Columbia University, has never forgotten us, Netzwerk or the Holocaust....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 April 2016 10:03 )



A bizarre yet deadly serious — and perennial — anti-Israel campaign is underway: Iran’s “Holocaust Cartoon Contest.” It fortifies the well-worn trope in the Arab world and among anti-Israel activists that the Israel is the new Nazism. The contest was started as a response to the Danish cartoon controversy of 2008. The organizers said the West was “hypocritical” in its support of free speech, allowing cartoons denigrating Mohammed, but not accepting anti-Semitic cartoons....
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Former Auschwitz guard apologizes to victims in court

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Clemency requests for Katsav come amid reports of mental health deterioration

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Hungarian police hold 2 in death of Israeli tourist

Marcy Oster BUDAPEST (JTA) – Hungarian police have detained two people in connection with the death of an Israeli citizen, who went missing in the country several days earlier. Ofir Gross, 40, who traveled... [Link]

Montreal police seize 8,000 bottles of illegally imported kosher wine

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Israeli officials deny increased tensions with Germany following news report

Marcy Oster BERLIN (JTA) — Israeli government officials have denied Spiegel Online magazine’s recent report of increased tensions with Germany. Ties between German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the C... [Link]

Britain’s Labour launches investigation into party’s anti-Semitism

Marcy Oster (JTA) — Britain’s Labour Party has launched an investigation into anti-Semitism in the party. The inquiry announced on Friday comes a day after the party suspended former London Mayor Ken ... [Link]

K-tel founder Philip Kives, farm boy who pioneered the infomercial, dies at 87

Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA) — Philip Kives, a Canadian marketing prodigy whose company K-tel International pioneered the business of “as-seen-on-TV” infomercials, died April 27 at age 87. The son of East... [Link]

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