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Bess Brown: 99 years with a smile

Bess Brown: 99 years with a smile

Colorado through Tulsa, Oklahoma via Texas. In 99 years, she’s traveled all over the world and back, whether by freighter, cruise or plane. Now Bess Brown enjoys a quiet life at Kavod Senior Living, where she’s been for the last eight years. Even Brown herself has only one word to describe her life: “blessed.” Read more...
Colorado's pot czar: Navigating untested waters

Colorado's pot czar: Navigating untested waters

Andrew Freedman, the first person in the world to bear the auspicious title of marijuana czar, occupies a barebones office in the Colorado State Capit...

This is a diplomat? Michael Oren’s colossal blunder

What happened to the good sense he seemed to exhibit as an ambassador? Michael Oren, the American-born, former ambassador of Israel to the US — he...
Crossing the goal line: How Andy Levy shed 138 pounds

Crossing the goal line: How Andy Levy shed 138 pounds

IT’S LUNCHTIME, and Andy Levy doesn’t even need to see a menu. He orders his usual: a scoop of tuna salad in a tomato garnished with sliced cucumb...
A Denver view of Charleston

A Denver view of Charleston

CANTOR KIM Harris hesitates for a moment when she is asked about last week’s mass shooting in Charleston, a city she once considered her hometown. ...

Marijuana today, dementia tomorrow

I AM reading the magazine, Vail Health (2015/2016 annual), specifically an article by Kimberly Nicoletti, “The Aging Brain.” She interviews Vail ...
 

For Yazidis of Iraq, crisis is not over

For Yazidis of Iraq, crisis is not over NEARLY ONE year ago, global media and public opinion raged over the humanitarian crisis and near genocide facing the Yazidi population of northern Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State as they advanced on the Sinjar region. At that time, major Western media outlets reported on the massacres inflicted on the Yazidis by IS, the enslavement and rape of young Yazidi women and girls and other atrocities the Yazidi minority were facing last summer. Since August, 2014, however, the airstrikes agains...
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Rabbi saved a Jewish city in Greece

Rabbi saved a Jewish city in Greece Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial Day 5775 IN THE Jerusalem Hills, there stands the single largest memorial to the Holocaust in the world known as Martyrs’ Forest, which is comprised of six million trees planted in memory of those six million Jews who perished. A unique ceremony, the only one its kind held on Holocaust Remembrance Day in the capital, was scheduled to take place there this year to commemorate the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the Holocaust. JNF and the B’na...
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1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexisted

1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexisted A one-hour PBS special airing June 30 traces the relationship between Jews and Arabs in Palestine in the late Ottoman Empire. “1913: Seeds of Conflict,” starts out one year before WW I, which led to the end of Ottoman rule over Palestine and the subsequent British Mandate there. The film’s opening scene in Jerusalem presents an almost idyllic scene where Muslims, Christians and Jews shared libations in small cafes and beamed as their children danced together.
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Phenomenal Holocaust collection at CU

Phenomenal Holocaust collection at CU PASSOVER EDITION 5775SECTION B PAGE 8 BOULDER — The yellowing document is crumbling and fading, but the smooth signature on its cover is as legible as it is chilling: Rudolf Hess, the Nazi who served as a Hitler deputy from 1933 to 1941. The signature, which adorns a 70-year-old leniency plea for top Nazi Hermann Goering during the postwar Nuremberg trials, is one of some 500,000 discrete items and 20,000 books donated last year to the University of Colorado at Boulder — nearly the entir...
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July 4: Would we have been among the 40%?

The founders of this country were a small percentage of the colonial population. Paul Revere may have ridden his horse throughout Middlesex County in Massachusetts, warning residents of impending attack, but contrary to Longfellow’s poetic interpretation of his ride, Revere most likely did not use the term “British” to describe the enemy that fateful night in 1775. He, like the rest of the colonists, still considered himself British.
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Hans Kahn

Hans Kahn Hans Kahn, the Denver architect who escaped Nazi persecution at age nine and designed BMH-BJ Synagogue in 1965, passed away June 21, 2015, in Denver. He was 86. Rabbi Yaakov Chaitovsky and Cantor Joel Lichterman officiated at the June 23 service at the Alderman Chapel at BMH-BJ. Interment followed at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “He worked hard, loved his family and enjoyed life,” his loved ones said.
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Near site of landmark march, Philadelphia museum celebrates Jewish role in promoting gay rights

Ben Harris The National Museum of American Jewish History has mounted an exhibition focusing on three Jews instrumental in the American gay rights movement. ... [Link]

Kerry: Iran talks ‘could go either way’

Marcy Oster Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, campaigning in New Hampshire, warns that even with a deal, “Iran’s aggressiveness will not end.” ... [Link]

‘A Borrowed Identity’ depicts divided hearts in a land divided

Lisa Keys Based on the autobiographical novel of the noted writer Sayed Kashua, the film explores an Arab-Israeli relationship of a very personal kind. ... [Link]

Dome of the Rock tops CNN list of structures on verge of extinction

Marcy Oster Preservation plans have been derailed due to hardened relations between Israel and UNESCO, according to CNN. ... [Link]

Arson seen as cause of Jerusalem forest fires

Marcy Oster Firebombs hurled from a nearby Palestinian village are believed to have started the blazes, which have destroyed nearly 250 acres of trees. ... [Link]

ISIS affiliate says it fired 3 rockets at Israel

Marcy Oster Sinai Province said it fired the long-range Grad missiles, which were found in open areas, at “occupied Palestine.” ... [Link]

U.N. Human Rights Council adopts report on Israel-Gaza conflict

Marcy Oster The resolution drafted by the Arab states ignores the report’s criticism of the Palestinians and does not mention rockets launched by Hamas from Gaza on Israel. ... [Link]

London neo-Nazi rally overshadowed by counterdemonstration

Marcy Oster About 25 neo-Nazis demonstrated against “Jewish privilege” in a rally that was ordered moved by police from the heavily Jewish-populated Golders Green neighborhood. ... [Link]

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