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Tales from the front that warm the heart

Tales from the front that warm the heart

JERUSALEM — Perhaps with the worries about rockets flying and death tolls mounting during the Gaza operation, many lost sight of different stories from the conflict. Here are some you may have missed in recent days. Meet Lt. Eitan, hero Israelis held their collective breath after learning that an Israeli soldier was believed to have been taken ... Read more...
Jewish Explorers in Stapleton and Highlands

Jewish Explorers in Stapleton and Highlands

EDUCATION & CULTURE “GIVE the people what they want,” goes the famous quote, variously attributed to Red Skelton or George Jessel, “and t...

Robin Williams, the honorary Jew

We’re still learning more about the extraordinary comic and brilliant actor Robin Williams, who, alas, killed himself at age 63. Recently, many of u...

Juking the job stats

A DECADE ago, as the US hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs, the federal government considered reclassifying fast food as a manufacturing industry. Sounds ...
What I saw in Israel during war

What I saw in Israel during war

THERE are many good reasons for a Jew to spend time in the Land of Israel, some of them religiously oriented, some social, others historical. There is...
War doesn’t deter new immigrants to Israel

War doesn’t deter new immigrants to Israel

SOME images and experiences in life become indelible. For me, one of those moments was six years ago when I traveled along with the chartered Nefesh ...
 

Peres has seen it all

Peres has seen it all JERUSALEM — In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president — stood before the Knesset for the last time as a public servant on July 24, just prior to the inauguration of his successor, Reuven Rivlin. Facing his professional home for al...
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Lag b’Omer...when I was a kid

Lag b’Omer...when I was a kid ONE of Pnina Newirth’s earliest childhood memories is a trip to Mount Meron on Lag b’Omer. But this was no ordinary family vacation. “I was very small, yet I vividly recall the huge fires and the immense crowds,” she says. Despite the cacophony and the roaring bonfires, the Ra’anana resident insists she felt no fear that day. “I knew my parents were there and would protect me. And we stood far enough back so give us a bit of distance,” Newirth recalls....
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Zach Braff at Sundance: ‘Wish I Was Here’

Zach Braff at Sundance: ‘Wish I Was Here’ ZACH Braff is unabashedly and proudly Jewish. One might not deduce that, though, from the caustic attitude toward organized Judaism expressed at the beginning of his new film, “Wish I Was Here.” In his second foray as director, a decade after the indie success of “Garden State,” Braff plays a chronically unemployed, 30-something Los Angeles actor with a devoted wife (Kate Hudson) and two children in Jewish religious school. Braff’s Aidan Bloom is avowedly secular — his father (Mand...
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Boulder Jewish Foundation’s grants stay in Boulder

Boulder Jewish Foundation’s grants stay in Boulder TWO organizations, the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation and Hazon, have funds available for Jewish organizations to use in their growth, outreach and community-building efforts. Each has its own set of parameters regarding what they fund and how to apply, but both deadlines are in July. While Foundation Executive Director Allen Hittelman said, “as a rule, BJCF’s focus is on helping the whole Jewish community, not just single specific organizations,” BJCF does use income from its endow...
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Robin Williams, the honorary Jew

We’re still learning more about the extraordinary comic and brilliant actor Robin Williams, who, alas, killed himself at age 63. Recently, many of us discovered that he was considered an honorary Jew, so to speak. It’s not just that he could effortlessly drop Yiddishisms or perfectly articulate the accent of an elderly Eastern European Jewish man, or that he had countless close friends and colleagues who were members of the tribe. His affection and support for Judaism ran deeper.
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Alan Lottner

Alan Lottner Alan B. Lottner, a respected Denver attorney, passed away unexpectedly on July 21, 2014. He was 69. Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald officiated at the July 23 service at the HEA. Burial followed at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. Mr. Lottner was born Dec. 10, 1944, on New York’s Lower East Side to the late Minnie and Sam Lottner. He was raised in the Bronx and graduated from the Bronx School of Science in 1962. Mr. Lottner earned a BS from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa....
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Man wrongly convicted of NY rabbi’s murder receives $10 million settlement

Ben Sales A man who was wrongly convicted of the 1994 murder of a New York City rabbi and spent 16 years in prison received a $10 million settlement from the city. ... [Link]

Judge blocks protest against Israeli Film Festival in Australia

Ben Sales A pro-Palestinian protest at the opening night of the Israeli Film Festival in Sydney will not go ahead, a judge ruled. ... [Link]

Israeli MK Zoabi recommended for court trial

Ben Sales The Israel Police recommended that Arab Israeli Knesset member Hanin Zoabi be put on trial after Zoabi insulted and threatened police officers during an interrogation. ... [Link]

Israel attempts hit on Hamas commander as clashes resume

Ben Sales Israel attempted to assassinate the head of Hamas’ armed wing as clashes between Hamas and Israel resumed following Hamas rocket fire on Israel. ... [Link]

Rocket fire continues as Israel strikes back

Ben Sales Israel attempted to assassinate a Hamas commander as clashes between Israel and Hamas renewed. ... [Link]

Philadelphia synagogue’s historian found dead in home

Julie Wiener A Philadelphia man who served as his synagogue’s informal historian was found beaten to death in his home. ... [Link]

State Dept. designates Gaza-based council a terrorist group

Marcy Oster The U.S. State Department designated a Gaza-based jihadist umbrella group as a terrorist organization. ... [Link]

Barrage of rockets strikes Israel as bomb shelters ordered open

Marcy Oster Hamas claimed responsibility for a barrage of rockets fired on southern and central Israel, including Tel Aviv. ... [Link]

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