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Historic Isaac Solomon Synagogue returned due to insufficient funds

Historic Isaac Solomon Synagogue returned due to insufficient funds

The Isaac Solomon Synagogue, once the spiritual center of the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society, has been turned over to its owner by the foundation that sought for years to restore and repurpose the historic structure.

Eugene Kay, the last chairman of the JCRS Isaac Solomon Historic Synagogue Foundation — which until early last year had a 90-plus year lease on the building — told the Intermountain Jewish News this week that in late 2012 the foundation forfeited that lease, returning control of the former synagogue to the Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design (RMCAD), current owners of the campus that was once home to the JCRS in Lakewood.

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Intermountain

‘Earthship’ homes off the grid, use few external sources

‘Earthship’ homes off the grid, use few external sourcesWHILE for most people, Boulder is synonymous with green and healthy and sustainable, those are not usually the first things that come to mind when one hears “Colorado Springs.” However, if the folks at Boulder-based Earthship Village Colorado (EVC) have their way, “the Springs” will soon be home to a community of 75 off-the-grid, sustainable, Earthship homes. For those unaware, EVC’s website defines Earthships as “beautiful, sustainable, earth-friendly, homes built primarily of recy...
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Boulder

Boulder Jewish Foundation’s grants stay in Boulder

Boulder Jewish Foundation’s grants stay in BoulderTWO organizations, the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation and Hazon, have funds available for Jewish organizations to use in their growth, outreach and community-building efforts. Each has its own set of parameters regarding what they fund and how to apply, but both deadlines are in July. While Foundation Executive Director Allen Hittelman said, “as a rule, BJCF’s focus is on helping the whole Jewish community, not just single specific organizations,” BJCF does use income from its endow...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 13:11 )

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Intermountain

Forty young adults from Colorado on a Birthright trip

Forty young adults from Colorado on a Birthright tripRobert B. Sturm and JEWISHcolorado are sponsoring a Colorado community bus of 40 young adults on a Birthright trip to Israel. ?   The bus departed Monday, June 16, from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel with Denver’s Jesse Blum, YAD Give chair, leading the group. Birthright aims to strengthen Jewish identity, Jewish communities and solidarity with Israel by providing a 10-day trip to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18-26. The Taglit-Birthright Israel program recently expanded eligibility for ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 13:04 )

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Denver

BMH-BJ meeting to plot future of shul

BMH-BJ Congregation has announced its annual meeting for Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary to plot the future of the synagogue. In addition to electing its officers and board of trustees, BMH-BJ is planning a full agenda, to  include: • Report on current situation at the synagogue, including a financial report as well as discussion of finances for the coming fiscal year; a report on the physical facility; and the ideas under discussion for moving forward. • High Holiday plans; ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:53 )

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JTA News

Amid France synagogue attacks, support for Jewish self-defense group on the rise

Cnaan Liphshiz France’s Jewish Defense League, a a controversial group with a history of vigilantism, is enjoying growing support amid fears that police cannot protect Jewish institutions. ... [Link]

Cease-fire or reoccupy? Israeli leaders split on Gaza endgame

Ben Sales As Operation Protective Edge enters its third week, some are calling for Israel to reoccupy the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

Shalom to the enshrined: Cooperstown’s Jewish mayor, Hall of Fame chief greeting baseball’s elite

mbrodsky Decade-long friends Jeff Idelson and Mayor Jeff Katz run the show as the New York State village celebrates the Hall of Fame’s induction weekend. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Finding unity in a bomb shelter

Ami Eden As people take cover from incoming rocket fire, the varied streams of life in Israel converge, writes Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Gaza war sympathies, Santa Fe peace pipe, Wal-Mart’s black hats

Miriam Moster JTA rounds up noteworthy news items from around the Web. ... [Link]

As rockets fly, poor towns in southern Israel cry out for better protection

Ben Sales Thousands of southern Israelis within striking distance of Gaza lack ready access to a bomb shelter. ... [Link]

FAA suspends U.S. airlines’ flights to Israel

Uriel Heilman The Federal Aviation Administration prohibited all U.S. airlines from flying to Israel for at least 24 hours. ... [Link]

Kaddish for a Texan who gave his life in Gaza

Ben Sales Thousands gather for the funeral of Sean Carmeli, whose death had special resonance for JTA’s Ben Sales, a fellow American immigrant to Israel. ... [Link]

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