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Jewish teens help Colorado Springs recover from forest fires

Jewish teens help Colorado Springs recover from forest fires

THE ONLY ray of light was our shower at the end of the day, especially when we spent the day cutting down trees burned in the devastating fires in Colorado Springs,” says 16-year-old Gabi Burkholz, who resides in San Diego, Calif.

“Seeing the burned trees on people’s properties in the Black Forest really impacted us because we realized how long it can take to recover.”

During July, Burkholz spent three weeks volunteering alongside 21 teenagers and four staff members in the greater Colorado Springs community.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:23 )

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Denver

Quiet, shady, peaceful...taking care of Mt. Nebo

Quiet, shady, peaceful...taking care of Mt. NeboOF ALL the places people take for granted, please consider the humble cemetery. When a funeral is set to take place, or a visit is scheduled to the grave of a loved one, the setting is bucolic. Neatly trimmed trees shade the verdant grass below. Litter and debris have been fastidiously removed. The ambience is quiet, shady and peaceful, perfect for those who need to grieve, or contemplate, or pray.
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Intermountain

Last exit in the Diaspora? A Jewish history professor in Utah

Last exit in the Diaspora? A Jewish history professor in UtahPROF. ROBERT Goldberg, director of the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, pulled into the foreign terrain of Salt Lake City to teach history in 1980. The move was so traumatic that the New York native still refers to Utah as one of the last exits in the Diaspora. “When I first arrived here, it was an oy vey moment,” he says. “Everyone was blond, every woman looked pregnant and you could not find a cup of coffee anywhere.” Goldberg, 65, recalls a telling incident from ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:29 )

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Intermountain

Kim Harris serves as cantor and rabbi at B'nai Chaim

Kim Harris serves as cantor and rabbi at B'nai ChaimCantor Kim Harris says that her true nature is to be an introvert, inherently shy and quiet. “A fake extrovert” is how she describes herself. She could have fooled me — and a lot of other people. Among them are members of Congregation B’nai Chaim, a relatively small Reform community located near Morrison that serves unofficially as the Jewish house of worship for the greater southwestern metro area.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:03 )

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Denver

Ida Goldberger bids Denver farewell after 64 years

Ida Goldberger bids Denver farewell after 64 yearsCantor Moshe Weiss sits at a rear table in the HEA social hall as people filter in to say farewell and good luck to Ida Goldberger, who is moving to Baltimore to live with her family at the end of June. The June 15 tribute was hastily arranged when the community learned that Ida — a fixture in Denver since 1951 — was leaving her home of 64 years ahead of schedule. Weiss met Ida and her husband Rabbi Daniel Goldberger when he was hired as chazzan at Beth Joseph in 1957. Lost in memories, h...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:26 )

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Woman demands airline apology airline after haredi man refuses seat next to her

Marcy Oster A flight attendant finally found a place for the man to sit, next to another man. ... [Link]

Neo-Nazis attack Orthodox Jew on Zurich street

Cnaan Liphshiz Switzerland’s Federation of Jewish Communities called the incident “highly unusual and frightening.” ... [Link]

Orthodox rabbis flying to Washington to lobby against Iran deal

Ron Kampeas Obama, Netanyahu to each field calls on the Iran nuclear deal, and Democratic Rep. Grace Meng of New York comes out opposed. ... [Link]

Watchdog sees 53% rise in anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Britain

Cnaan Liphshiz Rise likely caused by greater reporting, not prevelance, according to British Jewry’s CST group. ... [Link]

Israeli Foreign Ministry: Sunni Arab nations are ‘allies’

Uriel Heilman The ministry’s director general, Dore Gold, made the remarks in a presentation on the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal. ... [Link]

Israel complains it hasn’t gotten promised Iran deal info

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration said the whole agreement is available to all on the Internet. ... [Link]

Radar survey uncovers Great Synagogue of Vilna remains

Julie Wiener Remains of the 17th-century synagogue discovered under the site, where a school now stands, include sections of the Great Synagogue and possible remnants of its mikvahs. ... [Link]

Israel reportedly strikes Syrian car, killing 5 militants

Julie Wiener The attack near the Israeli border was said to be targeting a terrorist released from an Israeli prison in a 2008 swap with Hezbollah, but it was not known if he was killed. ... [Link]

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