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Chanukah on a note of hope

Chanukah on a note of hope

SMALL POCKETS of people arrived at the corner of Alameda and Dahlia several minutes before JEWISHcolorado’s annual Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Rush hour traffic streamed up and down the noisy thoroughfare. Four-year-olds from the JCC ECE Center and their teachers  flanked the menorah and sang traditional melodies T... Read more...
Alan Gross freed

Alan Gross freed

WASHINGTON — Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released...
Happy Chanukah! IJN Doris Sky Chanukah Coloring Contest Winners 2014

Happy Chanukah! IJN Doris Sky Chanukah Coloring Contest Winners 2014

Creativity, color, content! This year’s crop of entries was particularly interesting, with young artists using crayons, markers, water colors, temp...
Philanthropic impulse behind CharityBids

Philanthropic impulse behind CharityBids

SECTION B PAGE 1 Clear Channel. Home Depot. Royal Bank of Canada. Tommy Hilfiger. “All these huge companies are calling us, very conscious of t...
Herb Keinon memoir on target

Herb Keinon memoir on target

CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 6 As the veteran diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, the main share of Herb Keinon’s writing focuses ...

I’m in debt

CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 4 Don’t you get mail and sometimes you know what’s in the envelope even before you open it? For example, wedding ...
 

Netanyahu blesses the Druze

Netanyahu blesses the Druze JERUSALEM — 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. ...
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When getting a little gelt was as good as gold

When getting a little gelt was as good as gold CHANUKAH EDITION SECTION E PAGE 8 LOS ANGELES — What can a buck get you on Chanukah? Maybe a gold mesh bag of chocolate coins or a lighter for your menorah. But Jewish continuity? At Chanukah time, when we get so wrapped up in gift giving, I propose that it’s a single dollar of gelt (Yiddish for money) that has the power to keep on giving beyond eight nights. Chanukah gelt referred originally in Europe and later America to coins given as gifts to children and adults. Today, gelt brings...
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Birmingham Jews love their Crimson Tide

Birmingham Jews love their Crimson Tide ON THANKSGIVING at my son’s house, I found myself at the end of a long dinner table, some in-town family members on my left. They were chatting about college football, especially the Alabama-Auburn game that would be played two nights later. No surprise there — that’s what people in Birmingham do on Thanksgiving. On my right was a family member from another state. “What is it with you people in Alabama?” he teasingly chided me. “All you care about is college football!” “Yep,...
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Chocolate...chocolate...healthy!

Chocolate...chocolate...healthy! Two companies, one founded in Boulder, the other international, are working hard to share the numerous health benefits of chocolate. MXI Healthy Chocolate is a Canadian company with distributors around the world — the first in Colorado being Dr. Dan Sollee and his wife Esther. Boulder-based Cholaca was founded in 2012 by Ira Leibtag to create and sell what he calls “the most incredible chocolate beverage on earth.”
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Chanukah is not a ‘minor’ holiday

In the context of the winter season, or of the “December dilemma,” Jews often say that Chanukah is a “minor” holiday. Apparently, the characterization is meant to stand in contrast to the “major” holiday of Christmas. Chanukah marks the triumph of loyal Jews over those who assimilated into ancient Greek culture. What’s minor about that? Chanukah marks the miraculous continuation of the service in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem — the discovery of one day’s worth of ritua...
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Sophie K. Rubenstein

Sophie K. Rubenstein, 92, a nurse for nearly 20 years, passed away Dec. 8, 2014, in Pueblo. Rabbi Richard Rheins officiated at the Dec. 11 graveside service at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “Sophie will be remembered as a loving, caring person who touched many lives, always with kindness,” the family said. “She had an abiding faith in life and worked hard to come back from a devastating stroke when she was 85.” Born Dec. 9, 1921, in New York City to Isaac a...
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Washington Institute names former Palestinian negotiator as fellow

Ron Kampeas The Washington Institute for Near East Policy named a former Palestinian negotiator to its think tank team. ... [Link]

Tunisian Jewish leaders endorse secularist’s presidential bid

Cnaan Liphshiz Contacts made by candidate Beji Caid Essebsi make him the best choice for president, Tunisan Jewish leader says. ... [Link]

Obama signs ‘No Social Security for Nazis’ act

Ron Kampeas President Obama signed into law a bill that ends Social Security payments to former Nazis. ... [Link]

Menorah honoring terror victims erected in Sydney

Cnaan Liphshiz Annual installation was postponed due to attack and came hours after Chabad cancelled its Hanukkah event. ... [Link]

Amsterdam acting mayor lights Hanukkah candles against intolerance

Cnaan Liphshiz Moves comes amid dramatic rise in anti-Semitic incidents during Israel’s summer war on Hamas in Gaza. ... [Link]

Gaza rocket hits Israeli kibuutz

Cnaan Liphshiz Projectile is third fired at Israel since the end of its summer war against Hamas. ... [Link]

Director of DC’s Theater J fired, ostensibly over controversial Israel plays

Ron Kampeas Ari Roth, the longtime director at Theater J, is leaving the theater after a period of tension over plays dealing with Israel’s history. ... [Link]

Bloomberg charity grants go to Israeli cities

Anthony Weiss The foundation of billionaire Michael Bloomberg has announced that it will provide urban innovation grants to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. ... [Link]

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