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Mizel delegation to Dachau

The Mizel Museum is hosting a delegation to Dachau, Germany, April 29-May 4, for the 70th anniversary of the concentration camp’s liberation.

The Colorado National Guard’s 157th Infantry Regiment, along with others, was responsible for the liberation of the camp in 1945.

Participants, besides members of the Colorado and Oklahoma National Guards, include Melanie Pearlman, president-CEO of the Mizel Institute; Georgina Kolber, managing director of Mizel Museum; Rabbi Eliot Baskin, JFS rabbinic director; Doug Seserman, president and CEO, JEWISHColorado; Shayna Alexander, assistant director of development, ADL; and Shana Goldberg, assistant publisher, Intermountain Jewish News.

Kolber says, “The Mizel Museum’s purpose for this mission is not only to honor the lives lost, survivors and the liberators, but also to impress upon these leaders the importance of their organizations’ efforts to confront hatred, prevent genocide and promote human dignity.”

The delegation will visit the Palace of Justice at Nuremburg, participate in a wreath laying ceremony and spend time with Munich’s Jewish community.

 
International

Ambassador to Poland apologizes for FBI comments

Ambassador to Poland apologizes for FBI commentsThe US ambassador to Poland apologized for the FBI director’s comments about Poles being accomplices in the Holocaust. Stephen Mull said Monday, April 20, that FBI director James Comey was not speaking for the US government when he accused Poles and Hungarians of complicity in Nazi atrocities during a speech April 14 at a benefit for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Fox News reported. Comey’s speech was published April 16 in the Washington Post with the headline “Why I require FBI agent...
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Israel

Five Israeli answers to drought

TEL AVIV — For help facing its worst drought in centuries, California should look to a country that beat its own chronic water shortage: Israel. Until a few years ago, Israel’s wells seemed like they were always running dry. TV commercials urged Israelis to conserve water. Newspapers tracked the rise and fall of Lake Kinneret, Israel’s biggest freshwater source. Religious Israelis gathered to pray for rainfall at the Western Wall during prolonged dry spells. However, the once perpetual I...
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National

March in Kansas City marks one year after deadly shooting

March in Kansas City marks one year after deadly shootingKANSAS CITY — Thousands marched in a Kansas City suburb to mark the first anniversary of deadly shootings outside two Jewish institutions. The three-mile Peace Walk that began at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., culminated seven days of events planned by the families of the victims promoting “faith, love and kindness” called SevenDays: Make a Ripple, Change the World.
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Local

Vote of confidence for Doug Seserman

Vote of confidence for Doug SesermanJEWISHcolorado’s board of directors announced that President and CEO Doug Seserman will lead the organization for up to five additional years. Seserman’s contract was renewed for a two-year period beginning July 1, 2015, with a three-year extension option following those two years. “We feel fortunate to have a leader with so much creative vision, commitment, and courage at the helm of our organization,” said Board Chair Amy Toltz-Miller. “Doug achieved a number of notable accomplishm...
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JTA News

Panel recommends changes to Orthodox conversion, offers snapshot of converts

Uriel Heilman A new survey that was included in the Rabbinical Council of America’s review offers a first-ever snapshot of who is choosing Orthodox conversion. ... [Link]

Report: Netanyahu asked European leaders to vote against Israel at U.N.

Gabe Friedman Israel’s prime minister called his British and German counterparts along with other “key allies” before the Human Rights Council’s vote on the Gaza report, according to the Jewish Chro... [Link]

10 revealing facts about Orthodox Jewish converts, from the RCA report

Uriel Heilman Of American Orthodox converts, 78 percent are women, 72 percent are ages 20-39, 45 percent have Jewish ancestry and 80 percent cite “spiritual-intellectual search” as their reason for converti... [Link]

Burt Shavitz, Jewish co-founder of Burt’s Bees, dies at 80

Gabe Friedman The Jewish beekeeper grew the company with his business partner, and his scraggly, bearded image became the face of the brand. ... [Link]

Amid their country’s financial crisis, Greek Jews struggle and brace for more turmoil

Gabrielle Birkner The Jewish community of about 5,000 is grappling with how to provide emergency assistance to Jews in need, with Holocaust survivors particularly hard hit by the debt crisis in Greece. ... [Link]

Jordan Farmar returning to Maccabi Tel Aviv

Gabe Friedman The Jewish NBAer, who won two league titles while with the Los Angeles Lakers, had played 16 games for the Israeli club during the NBA lockout of 2011. ... [Link]

U.S. mayors call on European counterparts to condemn anti-Semitism

Marcy Oster Mayors from New York, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and Boston have signed on to the American Jewish Committee initiative. ... [Link]

Report: Woman denied entrance to Western Wall for wearing kippah

Marcy Oster The woman, an American, refused to accompany a guard to the police station and was escorted to the taxi stand outside the Kotel, the Women of the Wall group said. ... [Link]

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