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Denver Presbyterian clergy defend national moves but say they’re not BDS

Denver Presbyterian clergy defend national moves but say they’re not BDS

THERE was a time, not that long ago, when Jews and Presbyterians — in Denver and across the country — happily broke bread together.

There were shared trips to the Holy Land, plentiful opportunities for interfaith services and activities as well as joint action on human rights and social justice issues, particularly among Reform and Conservative Jews whose progressive agenda often coincided with that of Presbyterians.

Those days — at least for the moment — are over.

A resolution narrowly passed in June at the biennial General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has become a painful wedge between the communities.

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Peres has seen it all

Peres has seen it allJERUSALEM — In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president — stood before the Knesset for the last time as a public servant on July 24, just prior to the inauguration of his successor, Reuven Rivlin. Facing his professional home for al...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:51 )

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Rally for Israel at State Capitol

Rally for Israel at State Capitol LET Israel finish the job against the Hamas terrorist infrastructure! was the overarching theme of Americans Against Terrorism’s rally for Israel, Sunday afternoon, July 27. ”Let Israel win” were the words proclaimed numerous times from the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol to an estimated crowd of 1,500 Israel supporters. But the three words were more than a wish for strength for the Israeli soldiers fighting in Gaza. They were a message to President Obama and Sec. of State John ...
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30,000 people attend Max Steinberg funeral

30,000 people attend Max Steinberg funeralJERUSALEM — A crowd estimated at 30,000 attended the funeral for Max Steinberg, an American lone soldier killed in Gaza. The service for Steinberg, 24, a southern California native who was killed last week in a Hamas attack on his armored personnel carrier, was held July 23 at the Har Herzl military cemetery. Steinberg’s parents and siblings traveled to Israel for the funeral. His mother, Evie, told Israel’s Channel 2 upon her arrival at Ben Gurion Airport that her son was “a hero.”...
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Bloomberg snubs FAA flight ban

Bloomberg snubs FAA flight banWASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration last week lifted its ban on flights to Israel after reviewing Israeli measures to keep flights safe from rockets. “Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its US government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the agency said in a statement just before midnight on...
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29 projects debut on expanded Slingshot guide highlighting innovation

Julie Wiener An alternative Hebrew school program in Manhattan, a digital repository for Jewish texts and a Tulsa synagogue-based bakery that employs mentally ill adults i are among the 29 Jewish groups listed for... [Link]

Elsewhere: Handwritten deliverance, emigration anxiety, a bittersweet rebirth

Raffi Wineburg JTA rounds up noteworthy news items from the Web. ... [Link]

Amended charges have suspected JCC shooter facing possible death sentence

Marcy Oster The alleged gunman in a shooting spree at two Jewish agencies in Kansas City is facing a potential death sentence after prosecutors amended charges against him. ... [Link]

RCA affirms validity of Freundel’s past conversions

Uriel Heilman The voyeurism charges against Rabbi Barry Freundel, who allegedly used secret cameras to spy on women in the shower at Kesher Israel’s mikvah, do not invalidate the Orthodox conversions he overs... [Link]

Kosher butcher in Germany admits selling non-kosher meat for years

Marcy Oster A kosher butcher in Frankfurt, Germany, admitted in court that he sold doctored tons of non-kosher meat for years as glatt kosher. ... [Link]

Death of Joan Rivers was ‘predictable complication,’ medical examiner finds

Marcy Oster Joan Rivers died from lack of oxygen during surgery, the New York City medical examiner’s office announced. ... [Link]

No charges for British lawmaker George Galloway for ‘Israel-free zone’ comment

Marcy Oster British lawmaker George Galloway will not be prosecuted for calling for his constituency to be “declared an Israel-free zone. ... [Link]

Ron Klain appointed U.S. Ebola response coordinator

Marcy Oster Ron Klain, a former White House official, was tapped to coordinate the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak. ... [Link]

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