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A Denver view of Charleston

A Denver view of Charleston

CANTOR KIM Harris hesitates for a moment when she is asked about last week’s mass shooting in Charleston, a city she once considered her hometown.

For someone familiar with the territory — which the new spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Chaim near Morrison certainly is — the answers aren’t simple, or necessarily comforting.

“I was heartbroken,” she says of the murder of nine African American Christians at Emanuel A.M.E. Church by a self-described white supremacist, “but I don’t know if I was shocked, because I know that there are people like that out there.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:55 )

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Israel

Jewish volunteers till soil in Palestinian villages

Jewish volunteers till soil in Palestinian villagesUMM EL-KHEIR, West Bank — They dig their fingers into the dirt, their knees bearing into the ground as they embed sprigs of thyme in identical rows. The sun beats down on the small plot, and the work can be tedious, but these volunteers — most of them American, most of them Jewish — plant with a purpose. They had met early Friday morning in Jerusalem and set off on an hour-long bus ride through the terraced, rocky hills south of the city. Upon arriving at their destination, a Palestinian ...
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National

Abe Foxman leaves ADL after nearly 30 years

Abe Foxman leaves ADL after nearly 30 yearsNEW YORK — If there’s one thing that can be said of longtime ADL leader Abraham Foxman, who is stepping down this month after nearly 30 years at the helm, it’s that he never holds back from speaking his mind. In an age of canned, anodyne statements from public figures reticent to say what they really think, Foxman offers an authentic, unabashed voice free of artifice, hesitation or restraint. Foxman also has something else when he speaks: listeners. Though the ADL doesn’t represent any...
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Jewish groups demand apology from NPR

WASHINGTON — Jewish groups demanded an apology from NPR host Diane Rehm for saying that Sen. Bernie Sanders has dual Israeli-American citizenship. “Such a statement is not only factually incorrect, but has no place in such an interview,” the ADL’s national director, Abraham Foxman, said in a letter last week to National Public Radio. “It is deeply troubling to think that a well-respected media outlet like NPR would apparently rely on unsubstantiated information from the Internet in i...
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National

New York honors Muslim hero

New York honors Muslim heroNEW YORK — The Muslim employee who saved Jewish shoppers during a terrorist attack on a Paris kosher supermarket was honored in New York. Lassana Bathily was presented with an official city proclamation on June 12 by Mayor Bill de Blasio for his actions in the Hyper Cacher siege on Jan. 9. Bathily, an immigrant from Mali, was in the basement when a gunman entered the store. He hid 15 Jewish shoppers, including a two-year-old child, in the supermarket freezer.
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After Palestinian baby’s death, Israelis say condemnation not enough

Ben Sales A string of violent attacks has prompted a broad spectrum of Israelis to call for more aggressive action against Jewish terrorism. ... [Link]

Memorial held for teen killed in gay pride parade stabbing

Marcy Oster Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the head of the right-wing Jewish Home party, told the hundreds of vigil participants, “do not be afraid to be who you are.” ... [Link]

Jewish suspects in deadly firebombing can be held without charges

Marcy Oster Israel’s security Cabinet allows administrative detention, a measure to prevent terrorism, in an attack that killed a baby boy. ... [Link]

Massive Jerusalem fire brought under control amid heatwave

Marcy Oster Some 30 firefighting teams and at least four airplanes battled the blaze, which led to the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes. ... [Link]

2 observant Jews sue N.Y. apartment building over electronic keys

Marcy Oster The men filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging religious discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. ... [Link]

16-year-old girl stabbed at Jerusalem pride parade dies of wounds

Marcy Oster Yishai Schlissel, a haredi Orthodox man from the West Bank, is in police custody. He was found psychologically fit to stand trial after allegedly stabbing six marchers. ... [Link]

Israeli lawmaker calls gay pride parade an ‘abomination march’

Marcy Oster Jewish Home’s Betzalel Smotrich also said: “I object vehemently to violence, and promise to object no less vehemently to the recognition of same-sex couples in the Jewish State.” ... [Link]

Rivlin’s security force files police complaint following threats

Marcy Oster Threats on social media include a call for Rivlin’s assassination and a photo showing the president wearing a black-and-white-checkered kaffiyah. ... [Link]

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