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At Colorado College, Hillel provides a second home

At Colorado College, Hillel provides a second home

“Hillel is a second home for college students. It provides a sense of community and a great social network,” says Nico Ravitch, co-chair for the Hillel chapter of Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

“Hillel has been central to my experience in college, especially since I grew up in Manhattan, where the Jewish population is large. Here in Colorado, a sense of Jewish identity is very different, since we are the minority,” says Ravitch.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:53 )

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Intermountain

US Figure Skating promoter Sarah Arnold

US Figure Skating promoter Sarah Arnold“It’s like the Rockettes on ice because synchronized skating includes intricate footwork on skates. Many synchronized skaters are very involved in the singles side of figure skating. The sport requires lots of practice, rigorous tests and hours on the ice to become a top-level synchronized skater,” says Sarah Arnold, manager of athlete development at US Figure Skating in Colorado Springs. “We lived on a pond, so my parents wanted to be sure my brother and I could skate.
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Boulder

Author researches her family's ghostly New Mexico past

Author researches her family's ghostly New Mexico pastHOW WOULD you react if you discovered that your great-great grandmother was rumored to be a ghost? Boulder Jewish journalist and author Hannah Nordhaus learned of precisely such a rumor and responded the way any self-respecting writer would: She wrote a book about it. The resulting volume, American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest, released in March by HarperCollins, tells the compelling tale of Julia Staab, a German Jewish immigrant to Santa Fe in the mid-19th century,...
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Intermountain

Will the Jewish Diaspora broaden to include Mars?

Will the Jewish Diaspora broaden to include Mars?YES, HE has seen the recent film, “The Martian.” But unlike the other millions who have seen that movie, Barak Stoltz went much closer to Mars than most. Stoltz spent Chanukah in the Utah desert, in a few cramped capsules that make up the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS). He lit his menorah, sang some songs and even tried his hand at making latkes — all while practicing for a manned mission to Mars. MDRS is run by the Mars Society, a Colorado-based nonprofit that works toward a human ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:06 )

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Chanukah, Colorado style

Chanukah, Colorado styleMenorahs come in many shapes and sizes, and in Steamboat Springs they are created from old skis. The neighbors on Fourth Street agreed to decorate their homes for the season with lit-up pine trees and decorations. Others used garlands and ornaments to adorn their homes. Randy Salky decided to put a different twist to his yard decor by making a “SkiNorah” or “Chanuski-ah.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 December 2015 13:24 )

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A Jewish skier’s picks: Prayer, kosher food and divine snow

Uriel Heilman Jewish skiers now can find American mountains that serve kosher food, offer daily prayers and let you ski into a Kabbalat Shabbat service. Based on this reporter’s legwork, here are some dest... [Link]

Hummus in Hanoi: Israeli chef brings Middle Eastern cuisine to Vietnam

Lisa Keys At his restaurant Daluva, chef Shahar Lubin serves inventive mash-ups of Israeli and Vietnamese dishes alongside upscale pub grub. ... [Link]

At kosher ski restaurant in Park City, an avalanche of challenges

Uriel Heilman PARK CITY, Utah (JTA) – Laurent Masliah likes wine as much as the next Frenchman. But that’s not why he bought up every last bottle of kosher wine in the state of Utah and is desperately angling f... [Link]

Jordan’s king: Solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict necessary to defeat ISIS

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The Islamic State cannot be defeated until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, Jordan’s king said. Speaking Friday at the Munich Security Conference, an international gathering o... [Link]

Ex-settler leader Dayan still Brazil envoy pick, Israel says

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Israel is denying reports that it plans to withdraw a former settler leader as its proposed ambassador to Brazil. For six months, Brazil has refused to accept the appointment of the ambassad... [Link]

French rabbi, Muslim rapper to release song for murdered Jew

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A rabbi and a Muslim rapper announced the release in France of a song against racism that they co-produced ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the anti-Semitic murder of Ilan Halimi. Coc... [Link]

People are confused why Bernie Sanders won’t own his Jewishness

Gabe Friedman Toward the beginning of Thursday night’s Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders had the perfect opportunity to tout that he would be the first Jewish president. Asked whether he’s worried about blocki... [Link]

Free Robert Levinson, Senate appeals to Iran in unanimous vote

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution urging Iran to fulfill its pledge to help find Robert Levinson, a Jewish American who went missing in Iran in 2007. Five Amer... [Link]

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