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Boulder Jewry comes together in search to handle ultimate necessity

Boulder Jewry comes together in search to handle ultimate necessity

Among the most basic and sacred obligations any Jewish community has toward its members is to provide a place to bury their loved ones who have passed away.

The Colorado foothills community of Boulder is no different, and it continues to meet that obligation honorably and efficiently, as it has for many years.

But there’s a problem.

For the Jewish deceased of Boulder, the clock is ticking.

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New Orthodox shul, rabbi, in Boulder

New Orthodox shul, rabbi, in BoulderLast summer, Rabbi Ami and Eliana Silver had decided to return to Israel when a casual conversation led to the reanimation of Boulder’s modern Orthodox community. Kehillath Aish Kodesh, the city’s only Orthodox shul for several years, closed it doors in January, 2014. Two months later, the Boulder Orthodox Synagogue rose from its remnants and held its first minyan. But the new congregation wasn’t sure it needed a rabbi. “It wasn’t even on their radar screen,” Silver says. “Or min...
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Solar flame sustains Eternal Light

Solar flame sustains Eternal LightIn more ways than one, Bonai Shalom’s Chanukah program on Dec. 17 was truly a celebration of light. The Conservative congregation in Boulder commemorated the miracle of a small amount of oil burning for eight days instead of the expected one day in the Temple in Jerusalem by lighting the menorah. Bonai Shalom also celebrated light by dedicating its new solar-powered Ner Tamid. A Ner Tamid is a symbolic eternal light that burns above the Aron Kodesh (Holy Ark) constantly in every synagogue i...
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‘Just call me morah — teacher’

‘Just call me morah — teacher’YEHUDIS Fishman, teacher and scholar, is one of those rare individuals who has two birthdays. Her physical birthday — she marked her 70th this year — fell most recently on Sukkot, which happened to coincide with a gathering planned by her own Boulder Jewish community, which had just emerged, damaged but undaunted, from the late summer floods that devastated the foothills city. The broadly diverse Boulder Jewish community, ranging from Orthodox and chasidic to Renewal, with a generous porti...
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After the Rains: Boulder Jewish families rebuild

After the Rains: Boulder Jewish families rebuildSURVIVORS of the catastrophic floods that ravaged Boulder and surrounding areas this past September have not misplaced a single fact or sound. Months after the waters receded, they are haunted by lucid memories immune to time and retelling. Rainfall was staggering. By Sept. 18, 17.17 inches had descended. In one fell swoop, Boulder established a record for annual rainfall — 30.13 inches — and the year was far from over. Major flooding covered a north-south path extending for 200 miles alon...
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Marcy Oster The cubs, Max and Mona, were transferred to Israel from Gaza through the Erez crossing and then taken to a sanctuary near Amman. ... [Link]

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