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Kansas City shooting happens amid its centennial year celebrations

Kansas City shooting happens amid its centennial year celebrations

EVERY Friday at noon, my two-year-old daughter and I rush through the doors of the JCC of Greater Kansas City here to meet my father for lunch. We are usually late, and the JCC’s Heritage Center, catering to active seniors (and their preschool-aged guests), is only our first stop. Vivien refuses to leave until she and zayde have had a run of the... Read more...

Jacob Birnbaum, 1926-2014

Millions who know not his name owe him an incalculable debt of gratitude It is surely no stranger to history that some of its main actors die pennil...
Israel keeps treating Syrians

Israel keeps treating Syrians

SAFED, Israel — When an Israeli army ambulance brought an injured Syrian man to Ziv Medical Center in this northern Israeli city two months ago, the...

Dayyenu is enough — really?

ONE of the most popular parts of the Passover seder is Dayyenu. Jews love it and sing it over and over. For many children, it is their earliest memory...
Community solidarity gathering

Community solidarity gathering

A community solidarity gathering will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Robert E. Loup JCC Elaine Wolf Theater. The gathering is bein...
Kudos: Four free Jews who personify Passover

Kudos: Four free Jews who personify Passover

PASSOVER 5774 EDITION SECTION C PAGE 24 Every year the IJN salutes people — known or obscure — who bring freedom into our lives. It is always t...
 

Community solidarity gathering

Community solidarity gathering A community solidarity gathering will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Robert E. Loup JCC Elaine Wolf Theater. The gathering is being held a show of support for and solidarity with the Kansas City Jewish community following the tragic shootings at the Jewish Community Campus there earlier this week. There will also be a security briefing presented by the Denver JCC.
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From farm to table: Locally grown matzah on the rise

From farm to table: Locally grown matzah on the rise PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION C PAGE 16 NEW YORK — In their small farmhouse bakery in Vermont, Doug Freilich and Julie Sperling work round the clock producing matzah in the period preceding Passover — a matzah that feels ancient and modern at once. Using a mix of grain they grow on their own farm and wheat sourced from other local farmers, the couple creates hundreds of pieces of the unleavened bread they call Vermatzah. “The idea came because of our initial interest in growing grains,...
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Former Nuggets coach Larry Brown barely missed March Madness with SMU

Former Nuggets coach Larry Brown barely missed March Madness with SMU BALTIMORE — Before leading the Southern Methodist University men’s basketball team onto the practice court Sunday afternoon, March 16, coach Larry Brown spent a few moments in his office with several of his six grandchildren visiting from Charlotte, NC. The day being Purim, Brown was asked whom he was masquerading as. “I’m dressed like a coach,” the straitlaced Brown responded. Not an NCAA Tournament coach, as it turned out this season. Brown had hoped later that day to figurativel...
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Dr. Sarah Grope: Denver’s first and only mohelet

Dr. Sarah Grope: Denver’s first and only mohelet Placing an eight-day-old male into a stranger’s arms for a brit milah, the ritual of circumcision that binds men to the Jewish covenant, can be a tremulous act of faith. Dr. Sarah Grope, a Denver pediatrician and first practicing Reform mohelet (ritual circumciser) in Denver, understands. One of about 50 Reform women certified to perform brit milah in the US, Grope also is the mother of three sons. The fusion of personal insight and professional skill gives her an unusual perspective on the...
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A hate crime’s circularity

Does the designation “hate crime” and its enhanced penalty reduce crime? As we understand the logic behind the added legal designation, it is not primarily designed to reduce crime. Rather, it is designed to defend a certain populace because, supposedly, an entire populace, and not just an individual victim, is harmed by a “hate crime.” If, for example, a Jew is targeted because he is a Jew, then the entire Jewish populace is harmed by the crime. Hence, the designation and the enhanced p...
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Peter C. Guthery

Peter C. Guthery Peter C. Guthery, a devoted family man and a national and local expert on tax law for non-profits, passed away March 27, 2014, in Denver. He was 76. Rabbi Keren Gorban and Chazzan Bryan Zive officiated at the March 30 service at Temple Sinai. Interment followed at Emanuel Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “He was such a wonderful father,” said his son Dr. Steve Guthery. “We could absolutely depend on him to be there for us.”
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