Intermountain Jewish News

Jul 05th


Avi Schaefer, Brown student

PROVIDENCE — A Brown University freshman who had served in the Israeli army was killed by an allegedly drunken driver.

The death of Avi Schaefer, 21, sent reverberations through two continents, from the campus community in Providence, RI, to the Lone Soldier Center in Jerusalem.

Schaefer, a California native, made aliyah in  2007. His funeral in Los Angeles was streamed in real time on the Internet and watched by friends all over the world, including about 300 people at the center in Jerusalem and Brown students at the university’s Hillel, according to Ha'aretz.


Rabbi Menachem Porush

Rabbi Menachem PorushJERUSALEM — Thousands flocked to pay their last respects to Agudat Israel leader, former MK and deputy minister for Labor and Social Affairs Rabbi Menachem Porush. A seventh generation Jerusalemite who was a prominent figure in a dynasty of community activists, Menachem Porush, who was born on April 2, 1916, died on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, of cardiac arrest.

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 February 2010 05:36 )


Jack Simmons

Dr. Jack M. Simmons, Jr. of Denver passed away Feb. 12, 2010. He was 95. Private funeral arrangements were held. A 1936 graduate of CU, Dr. Simmons earned his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine in 1940.

Fred Kaufman

Fred KaufmanFred Kaufman, founder of Kaufman’s Tall & Big Men’s Shop, now in its 52nd year, passed away Feb. 8, 2010, at age 79. Rabbi Steven Foster officiated at the Feb. 12 service at Feldman Chapel. Interment followed at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. Kaufman’s Tall & Big Men’s Shop, which caters to men who can’t fit into clothes offered at traditional venues, has outfitted sports legends like Julius Irving, Karl Mecklenburg and numerous local basketball an...

Ann Reinstein

Ann ReinsteinAnn Reinstein, a lifelong Denverite and matriarch of the Perlmutter family, passed away Jan. 13, 2010, in Denver. She was 97. Rabbi Steven Foster and Cantor Regina Heit officiated at the service held Jan. 15 in Temple Emanuel’s Feiner Chapel. Interment followed at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. Annie, as she was known to everyone, was born July 15, 1912, in Poland. She immigrated to the US with her parents and two-year-old brother when she was 10 and grew up on De...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Israeli Cabinet reverses conversion reform policy

Marcy Oster Repealing conversion reform reportedly was part of the coalition deal struck between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism Party. ... [Link]

On Iran deal, Hoyer’s red lines are not AIPAC’s

Ron Kampeas Steny Hoyer studiously avoids AIPAC’s language in his statement on an Iran deal. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: It’s time to stop demonizing Michael Oren

Gabrielle Birkner Israel’s former U.S. ambassador wrote “Ally” for one overriding reason: to challenge Obama on Iran, writes Yossi Klein Halevi. ... [Link]

Report: Soros, Saban give total of $3 million to Clinton campaign

Cnaan Liphshiz Revelation comes amid reports that Clinton ... [Link]

Camp where Debbie Friedman began Jewish folk movement marks 50 years

Gabe Friedman Kutz Camp, the birthplace of modern spiritual Jewish music, celebrates fifty years of camp this July Fourth weekend. ... [Link]

Rioters chant against ‘Jewish murderers’ in Muslim Dutch neighborhood

Cnaan Liphshiz Riots near Jewish-owned enclave of The Hague erupted over slaying of young man by police officers. ... [Link]

Dutch lawmakers oppose slashing aid to Holocaust survivors

Cnaan Liphshiz Six survivors from The Hague were turned away from a care facility and told to seek help from their families. ... [Link]

Episcopal Church overwhelmingly rebuffs divestment resolution

Ron Kampeas The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops overwhelmingly rejected a motion to divest from company doing business with Israel in the West Bank. ... [Link]

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