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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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Protesters threaten British cosmetics store that sells Israeli products

Marcy Oster A cosmetics store in Manchester, England, that sells Israeli cosmetics has been victimized by callers threatening to kill the staff and burn down the store. ... [Link]

NYT on why it hasn’t shown photos of Hamas fighters: We don’t have any

Uriel Heilman The New York Times says it eagerly pursues photos from both sides of the Israel-Hamas conflict, but so far their photographer in Gaza hasn’t even seen anyone carrying a gun. ... [Link]

Israeli tourists evacuated from Maldives

Marcy Oster Israeli tourists in the Maldives had to be evacuated from the island nation after an Israeli surfer removed an anti-Israel sign from outside a guest house. ... [Link]

Obama spokesmen urge Israel to exercise greater caution with civilians

Ron Kampeas An array of Obama administration spokesmen said Israel had to exercise greater caution in avoiding civilian casualties during the current Gaza conflict, citing shelling on a shelter that killed at lea... [Link]

Detroit-area USPS clarifies position after local branch refuses mail to Israel

Ron Kampeas The metropolitan Detroit regional office of the U.S. Postal Service issued a clarification to its branches after a local post office said it could not accept mail sent to Israel. ... [Link]

U.S. sells munitions to Israel from its surplus stockpile

Ron Kampeas The U.S. Defense Department sold to Israel munitions from its Israel-based surplus stockpile. ... [Link]

Thousands attend pro-Israel rally in Paris

Cnaan Liphshiz Thousands of people attended France’s largest pro-Israel rally since the launch of the Israel Defense Forces’ offensive in Gaza. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Arabs for Israel, Abbas’ new role, Kabbalist guru’s fall

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

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