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Denver Community Kollel’s new southeast center

Denver Community Kollel’s new southeast center

EDUCATION & CULTURE

WHEN the Denver Community Kollel began more than 16 years ago, its bais medrash (study hall) was located on Denver’s West Side.

Rabbi Yaakov Meyer was then building a community in Southeast Denve, and he invited the Kollel to hold a weekly Wednesday night Torah study session at his facility in the Denver Tech Center area.

Fast forward to 2014.

Rabbi Meyer is now the rabbi of Aish Denver, an Orthodox outreach synagogue with hundreds of members. As Aish has grown, the Kollel’s involvement has grown as well.

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Education & Culture

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 they’ll come out for it.” To apply even more aptly to Jewish Explorers, a new program run by CAJE and funded via a strategic partnership with JEWISHcolorado, the old axiom might be subtly amended: “Especially if you give it to them where they want it.” Geographic proximity — “accessibility” is the word preferred by Explorers — is a...
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Education & Culture

Virtuoso violinist

Virtuoso violinist EDUCATION & CULTURE ISABELLE Aboaf possesses a repertory and a reputation that would satisfy violinists twice her age. But this 15-year-old has no room for flashy egos or arrogance. Music is sufficient unto itself. “A lot of people say to me, ‘You’re the only violinist I know who’s 15 and can play all these things,’” says the rising sophomore at Grandview. “I’m here to tell you that I am not the only one. “When you are looking for opportunities to perform, you realize ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 August 2014 05:16 )

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Shavuos Youth

Modern sports promotes bullying

Modern sports promotes bullyingBullying as a social ill to be resisted largely came to the forefront of American consciousness after the Columbine massacre of 1999, when it was alleged and widely believed that its perpetrators may have been motivated by bullying they experienced at the Littleton high school. That might explain why a former Denverite, Randy Nathan — who grew up in Denver’s Jewish community — authored this clear and thought-provoking study of the umbilical link between bullying and modern sports. Nathan...

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 May 2014 03:22 )

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Shavuos Youth

‘To you, G-d, silence is praise’

‘To you, G-d, silence is praise’ I had never heard of the biblical verse, “To You, G-d, silence is praise” prior to this assignment, but it immediately appealed to me. I felt like I stumbled upon a poetic line that simultaneously puzzles and clarifies. I was hooked. When I began asking people to reflect on this counterintuitive statement, they expressed excitement, even gratitude, for being included. It’s hard to turn down a chance to investigate a haunting conundrum. Although I am a novice at analyzing Biblical ideas, ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 May 2014 03:27 )

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