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Anti-circumcision movement comes to Boulder

UNLIKE the group that created the 2011 San Francisco ballot initiative that would have made circumcising a male under age 18 a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $1,000 or up to one year in jail, with no religious exemptions permitted, those gathered at CU Boulder July 23-26 for the 13th convocation of the International Symposium on Genital Autonomy and Children’s Rights indicated an interest in education over legislation.

“Whole Bodies, Whole Selves: Activating Social Change” brought together organizations and individuals from around the world for “interdisciplinary dialogue about genital cutting . . . and strategies for protecting children from medically unnecessary genital alteration,” and included experts in the areas of anthropology, bioethics, children’s rights, foreskin restoration, healthcare law, medicine, midwifery, pediatrics, psychology, psychotherapy and sociology, many of whom identified as Jewish.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 August 2014 19:21 )

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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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Two decades on, Boulder Jewish Festival going strong

Two decades on, Boulder Jewish Festival going strongFOR the past 20 years, people from in and around Boulder have enjoyed an annual one-day celebration of Jewish culture, featuring live entertainment, fine art and Judaica, ethnic food, community organizations and activities for all ages on the second Sunday in June. This year’s Boulder Jewish Festival takes place on Sunday, June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., on the Boulder County Courthouse Lawn and the Pearl Street Mall. Twenty years ago, Susan Kramer and the late Cathy Adler had come to Boulder from d...
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Rabbi Joseph Telushkin explores forgiveness

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin explores forgivenessAPPLAUSE for a speaker being introduced is practically required, but the warm and affectionate introduction by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone of Rabbi Joseph Telushkin was less like a formal introduction and more like a welcome of an old friend into one’s home — which is basically what it was. Temple Nevei Kodesh is her home, and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin — the educator and ethicist — is her friend. The Telushkins lived in Boulder for several years in the mid-1990s and while they loved it then an...
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Chance conversation leads to miraculous reunion

Chance conversation leads to miraculous reunionIMAGINE that you and your family have said kaddish all your lives for a relative (or several) who perished in the Holocaust long before you were born. As long as you can remember, you have heard the story of his or her initial escape and eventual murder from the parent or grandparent to whom this ghost was a cherished sibling. Then imagine that through the combined miracles of chance encounters in foreign lands and the Internet, you have just learned that this long-mourned family member actuall...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 13:05 )

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