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16-year-old Denver girl vanishes

ON MONDAY, March 14, BMH-BJ Executive Director Debra Lazer woke up to a mother’s worst nightmare when she discovered that her 16-year-old daughter had absconded with a man she met on the Internet.

Lazer’s car and purse were also taken.

It wasn’t until an 18-year-old stranger showed up at her front door around March 11 that this intelligent, hard-working single mother learned of the online relationship.

“They met two months ago on an app called Meetme.com,” Lazer tells the Intermountain Jewish News March 21, exactly one week after her daughter’s abrupt departure.

Lazer’s voice, which sounds calm, belies her emotional distress.

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National

Judge Garland's Jewish life

Judge Garland's Jewish lifeWASHINGTON — Americans have heard a lot about Merrick Garland since President Barack Obama nominated him last week to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. But there’s a lot we still don’t know. What are his views on abortion? Will the Republican leadership give him a hearing in the Senate? What was his Bar Mitzvah Torah portion?
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International

New testimony in Nisman case accuses the gov't.

New testimony in Nisman case accuses the gov't.BUENOS AIRES — An extraordinary series of developments are bringing new hope — and new heartbreak — to the family and colleagues of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine federal prosecutor who was found dead last year just days after accusing then-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of this city’s AMIA Jewish center.
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Is Purim 5776 canceled?

Is Purim 5776 canceled? Looks like the weather gods got confused with this one. By now it’s abundantly clear that the Denver-Boulder metro area is having a “white Purim,” with an abundant amount of fresh and very heavy snowfall. So before you head out to attend one of the many Purim events planned for this year’s holiday celebration, check to make sure it’s still happening. The IJN Facebook page is keeping track of changes we hear of; if you know of an event that’s been canceled or postponed, post it in...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 March 2016 07:55 )

National

Obama shares foreign policy regrets

Obama shares foreign policy regretsWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama once invoked his own unlikely trajectory to the presidency to make the case to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he understood what it took to overcome obstacles. The revelation of another wrinkle in the contentious relationship came during an extensive interview Obama gave Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic that was posted online March 10.
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Would-be Florida synagogue bomber has mental problems from car wreck, says cousin

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Florida man accused of planning to bomb a Miami-area synagogue last week has had psychiatric problems since suffering head injuries in a car accident, his family said. James Gonzalo Medina... [Link]

Labour’s Sadiq Khan, a critic of anti-Semitism in his party, elected first Muslim mayor of London

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Sadiq Khan was elected as the first-ever Muslim mayor of London, rising above his Labour Party’s anti-Semitism scandal. Khan won with 44 percent of the vote to Conservative candidate ... [Link]

Where Jewish conservatives stand on Donald Trump: A running tally

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Never Trump? Always Trump? Never-doesn’t-last-forever-Trump? And what about Hillary or Bernie? Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, presents a quandary for ... [Link]

Far-right lawmaker: Israeli ‘revenge’ against Palestinians could’ve prevented Jewish violence

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A right-wing Israeli lawmaker with a history of making controversial statements said if the Israeli government had taken revenge on Palestinians, individual acts of violence could have been ... [Link]

For Mother’s Day, fun bits of Jewish parenting wisdom

Lisa Keys Mother’s Day raises big questions: What the heck should I get my mom? Will my kids call me? What to do about my naked preschooler who’s refusing to get dressed? You’re on your own o... [Link]

Chabad rabbi building ‘1st mikvah in West Africa’ in Nigeria

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — An Israeli firm and a Chabad rabbi working in Nigeria are preparing to open the first known Jewish ritual bath, or mikvah, in West Africa. Yisroel Ozen, a prominent Chabad emissary based... [Link]

Polish town names square after Knesset deputy speaker’s family

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The deputy speaker of the Knesset, Hilik Bar, attended a ceremony in a Polish town that renamed its main square for his great-grandfather, who was murdered in the Holocaust. The renaming... [Link]

The new Han Solo is Jewish – and he was discovered at a bat mitzvah

Julie Wiener The next time you’re kvetching about having to go to another bar or bat mitzvah, think about this: Steven Spielberg could be there, and he could make you a star. That’s how it worked out for Alden... [Link]

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