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Steamboat rejects menorah

Steamboat rejects menorah

CHANUKAH EDITION
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS’ Har Mishpacha, which was denied permission by the Routt County government Tuesday, Dec. 9, to put up its first communal Chanukah menorah on the courthouse lawn, turned defeat into victory in a matter of hours.

In a surprise twist, county commissioners, who previously expected to approve the menorah’s installation, rejected the idea after consulting with the city attorney, who deemed it a religious symbol.

Late Tuesday, Har Mishpacha President Bert Halberstadt contacted United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, which provides space to the congregation on Shabbat, about putting the homeless menorah on its grounds.

Church officials immediately agreed.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 13:35 )

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Rabbi Chaitovsky returning to BMH-BJ

Rabbi Chaitovsky returning to BMH-BJAt press time (Wednesday, Dec. 10), the IJN learned that at a congregational meeting last Wednesday evening, Dec. 10, the BMH-BJ was scheduled to hire Rabbi Yaakov Chaitovsky, now of Baltimore. Rabbi Chaitovsky was the rabbi of BMH-BJ, 1994-2001. H. Michael Miller, president of BMH-BJ, said, “We are excited that the rabbi is coming and look forward to introducing many innovations in partnership with him.” BMH-BJ has been without a rabbi since Feb. 1, 2014, when Rabbi Ben Greenberg left. ...
National

Our responsibility as Americans and Jews to welcome immigrants

LIVELY OPINION “FOR MORE than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.” So began President Obama’s speech two weeks ago, as he announced executive action on immigration to increase border security, retain skilled immigrants to benefit our economy, prioritize deportations to focus on criminals, and create a mechanism for certain undocumented immigrants to become accountable citizens. The legality of thi...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 15:05 )

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Israel

Netanyahu blesses the Druze

Netanyahu blesses the DruzeJERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Druze community leaders and expressed condolences on the recent deaths of two Druze police officers. Netanyahu on Nov. 26 offered his condolences on the deaths of Police Master Sergeant Zidan Saif, who was killed in the terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, and of Border Police Chief Inspector Jidan Assad, killed last month when a Palestinian terrorist drove his car into a crowd of people at a light rail station in Jerusalem. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:55 )

International

Fractious Budapest community faces another chasm

Fractious Budapest community faces another chasmBUDAPEST — An anti-corruption whistleblower elected to head the Budapest Jewish community has sparked a crisis among the highest officials of Hungarian Jewry at a time of heightened tensions with the government. The conflict, one of the fractious community’s most vociferous and colorful fights in years, erupted shortly after the election last month of David Schwezoff as CEO of the Budapest community. Within days, Schwezoff announced that he had filed a police complaint alleging that hundre...

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 10:29 )

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