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Michal Peleg-Uziyahu: Outgoing shlicha

Michal Peleg-Uziyahu: Outgoing shlicha

ON AN early morning at JEWISHcolorado, Michal Peleg-Uziyahu arrives clutching a cup of coffee but never takes a sip. Her rapid-fire words, a delicious blend of decaf and the real stuff — heavily accented English and Hebrew — omit the opportunity.

Peleg-Uziyahu, who became Israel’s shlicha (emissary) to Colorado in 2011, is leaving her Denver-based post in mid-June of this year.

Spurred by memories, accomplishments and intimations of the future, the “almost” 38-year-old Israeli from the Negev is amiable, animated, funny, dedicated and emphatic.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:33 )

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Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein: Humble and towering teacher

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein: Humble and towering teacherRabbi Aharon Lichtenstein was awarded the Israel Prize last year on Israel Independence Day for his towering knowledge of Talmud, his mastery of the Western canon (he was then the youngest person to receive a PhD in English from Harvard), and his capacity to speak to contemporary issues. A leading figure in Israeli intellectual life, a head of the hesder yeshiva in Gush Etzion, Israel, and a revered mentor to both his disciples and his readers in Israel and abroad, Rabbi Lichtenstein died earli...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:11 )

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Reconnecting the 500,000(!) Israelis living in America

Reconnecting the 500,000(!) Israelis living in AmericaIT used to be that the enterprise known as Zionism was pretty much a one-way street — Jews from Europe, Asia, America and elsewhere packing up and heading off to Israel to build the Jewish state. Nearly seven decades after Israel was founded, Zionism is now a two-way thoroughfare. For a whole range of reasons, Israelis are heading the other way, leaving their country of origin for what they perceive to be greener pastures. Especially in the US.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 13:00 )

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Israel tops technological innovation — how?

Israel tops technological innovation — how?MORE than time separates Denver from Jerusalem. Unless your Israeli subject speaks excellent English or the American journalist’s Hebrew is impeccable (lol!), language can be problematic, especially idiomatic expressions. When the voice on the other end of the phone belongs to a stellar neuroscientist and the topic is medical research and development (R&D) in Israel, all bets are off — at least on this side. After a few dropped calls, I connect with Dr. Shai Efrati, head of R&D at ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:58 )

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Meet Yoni Alon, Israel shaliach at JCC

Meet Yoni Alon, Israel shaliach at JCCWHEN Yoni Alon completed six-and-a-half years of service with the IDF in 2013, he planned to study for his bachelor’s degree. An astute epiphany stopped him in his tracks. He was 25. There was plenty of time to progress from the military to career to family and so forth — and he wasn’t quite ready for all that. “I thought, why should I be like everyone else?” Alon says in his office at the Loup JCC. “Let’s do something special. Let’s go on an adventure.” Alon visited a good ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:54 )

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