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After France: Reason to fear in Denver?

After France: Reason to fear in Denver?

Je suis juif — I am a Jew — resounds.

Even here.

Paris is obviously a great distance from Denver, and the realities facing its Jewish community are vastly different from those with which Denver Jews deal on a daily basis.

Still, the link between them is tangible and undeniable.

Last week’s terror attacks in the French capital, in which Jews were victims, reverberated all the way to the Front Range, affecting Colorado Jews in the forms of shock, sadness, anger, fear, solidarity and empathy.

Last Updated ( Friday, 16 January 2015 09:11 )


Four hostages killed in siege at kosher grocery in Paris

Four hostages killed in siege at kosher grocery in ParisSeveral hostages were killed as simultaneous police raids on Friday ended the two hostage crises in Paris, one of which was at a kosher supermarket. The raids also left all of the captors dead, including the two brothers suspected with perpetrating Wednesday’s attack at Charlie Hebdo. The hostage situation at Hyper Cacher, a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes in Paris’ 12th arrondissement, began at 1 p.m. local time Friday, when the store is usually full of Jewish shoppers preparin...

Change in attitude toward African Hebrew Israelites

Change in attitude toward African Hebrew IsraelitesDIMONA — Yitzchok Elefant ascended the stage in his black hat and coat and turned to face an auditorium full of people in flowing white shirts and pants with matching scarves and caps. Standing beneath a banner reading “A tribute to his majesty, our spiritual leader, the prince of peace, Ben Ammi,” Elefant, the haredi Orthodox chief rabbi of this small southern town, delivered a eulogy on Sunday, Jan. 4, for Ben Ammi Ben-Israel, the leader of the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem. B...

Israel, Japan forge closer ties

Israel, Japan forge closer tiesTOKYO — Reading his Japanese-language newspaper over breakfast, Rabbi Mendy Sudakevich spotted an ad for a self-help DVD titled “Get rich like the Jews.” “Almost anywhere else in the world, such an ad” — published in several widely read Japanese dailies — “would have been deemed anti-Semitic incitement,” noted Sudakevich, an Israel-born Chabad emissary who settled in Tokyo in 2000. But in Japan, he and others said, it’s something akin to a compliment. “[T]he takeaway is ...

Aliyah reaches 10-year high; France leads

JERUSALEM — Immigration to Israel reached a 10-year high in 2014. Approximately 26,500 new immigrants arrived in Israel last year, according to figures released Dec. 31 by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption. The number marked a 32% increase in worldwide aliyah over the previous year, which saw about 20,000 new arrivals. For the first time, according to the Jewish Agency, more immigrants came from France than from any other country. Nearly 7,000...
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Cnaan Liphshiz Arson attack that killed 18-month-old seen as part of a recent string of violent attacks by Jewish extremists. ... [Link]

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Ron Kampeas In an invite-only phone call, the president said the same people who got the U.S. into the Iraq war are now opposing the nuclear agreement. ... [Link]

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Uriel Heilman A close look at how the questions were asked and how the polls were conducted yields some hints. ... [Link]

Israel’s education chief to increase funding ‘dramatically’ for LGBT group

Julie Wiener Naftali Bennett, whose Jewish Home party represents a pro-settler constituency, announced the added money hours after an attack at the Jerusalem gay pride parade that wounded six marchers. ... [Link]

Colorado school district settles church-state case with Jewish teacher

Julie Wiener The settlement stipulates that the district stop allowing the numerous religious activities cited in the lawsuit, notably by one particular church. ... [Link]

Why Trevor Noah will make the ‘Daily Show’ 75% less Jewish

Gabe Friedman The new “Daily Show” host is planning some significant changes to Jon Stewart’s Jew-y comedy program. ... [Link]

Knesset passes law allowing force-feeding of prisoners

Julie Wiener The law, approved by a 46-40 vote, comes in response to several hunger strikes by Palestinian prisoners in recent years. ... [Link]

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