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J Street not admitted to Conference

J Street not admitted to Conference

WASHINGTON — J Street’s failed effort to join the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations last week showed that many in the Jewish community still regard the dovish Israel policy group as beyond the pale.

In a secret ballot April 30, 22 member groups of the Jewish community’s foreign policy umbrella body voted against admitting J Street, with 17 in favor, three abstentions and eight not present.

At the same time, the membership bid elicited an unprecedented show of support from leading Jewish groups, some of which had previously clashed with J Street or kept it at arm’s length.

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Local

Ava found!

Ava found!Ava Reinhard, the 15-year-old Cherry Creek student who went missing almost three weeks ago, was found safe on Monday, May 5, in San Diego. “She was discovered at 10:20 a.m., unharmed and OK,” says Joe Gutgsell, commander of investigations for the Greenwood Police Department. “That’s about the extent of it.” Citing the family’s need for privacy, he declined further comment. Ava was last seen April 23, when she ostensibly left home for school. The family reported her as a runaway to...
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Local

New identity for community icon

New identity for community iconNEARLY 45 years ago, Elaine Wolf — at the suggestion of her mother Lillian Kagan — had a vision of affordable living for seniors under the auspices of the Denver Jewish community, but with funding from the federal government. Wolf went to the Allied Jewish Council — the umbrella fundraising and planning organization for the Denver Jewish community — and sold the movers and shakers, mainly Executive Vice President Nat Rosenberg, on the need for such a facility. Between Elaine Wolf’s d...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 13:09 )

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Local

Focus on kids, marijuana

Focus on kids, marijuanaAS part of the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) circle of influence counselor’s group, Denver Jewish Day School recently hosted a 90-minute program called “Generation Marijuana: Understanding the New Realities of Oils, Edibles and Smokeless Systems.” More than 80 parents gathered for presentations by Gina Carboni of Smart Colorado — a nonprofit dedicated to protecting youth from marijuana — and Dr. Chris Thurstone, a local child addiction specialist....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:40 )

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International

Two popes canonized

Two popes canonizedROME — Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were declared saints of the Roman Catholic church on April 27, the day that is also the eve of Yom Hashoah. It’s a coincidence but a notable one. These two post-Holocaust pontiffs revolutionized relations between Catholics and Jews, fostering interfaith dialogue and embedding respect for Jews and Judaism in official Catholic dogma. “These two popes transformed not just the church, but made a bigger impact on the outside world — and on us,” sa...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:44 )

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U.S., Israeli security advisers pledge ‘coordination’ on Iran talks

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Haaretz stands by its explosive Bibi cartoon

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Ron Kampeas His remarks could signal a readiness by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to champion a Palestinian bid for statehood in the wake of collapsed peace talks. ... [Link]

Kerry: Netanyahu slur is ‘disgraceful’

Ron Kampeas The secretary of state said the derogatory reference by an anonymous White House staffer is damaging and does not reflect the president or himself. ... [Link]

Temple Mount to reopen, but with restrictions

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration called on Israel to reopen the area to Muslim worshippers after it was closed in the wake of an assassination attempt on a Jewish activist. ... [Link]

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