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May 03rd


Rodef Shalom set to mark 60th anniversary

Rodef Shalom set to mark 60th anniversary

Rodef Shalom is a survivor, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. If one wants to truly understand the spirited Conservative congregation — and why its approaching 60th anniversary celebration is significant — one must take into account its sustained viability.

In addition to the warm, welcoming, heimische atmosphere that always seems to have prevailed at the synagogue, Rodef Shalom is known for a positive, can-do attitude that has long been a part of its collective psychology.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 April 2016 13:13 )


Emanuel's Hineini Project reaches young professionals

Emanuel's Hineini Project reaches young professionalsWHEN BRIAN Immerman became the assistant rabbi at Temple Emanuel in July, 2012, he was 31, unmarried, and the inheritor of the Hineini Project for young professionals. “I was not exactly successful in the beginning, to say the least,” he laughs. Now Emanuel’s associate rabbi, he’s 34, newly married (as of Feb. 6) and at the forefront of one of the most dynamic young professional entities in town. How did Immerman’s initial failure to energize young professionals turn a victorious co...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 March 2016 12:43 )


JYW's big tent — seriously and literally

JYW's big tent — seriously and literally CHANUKAH EDITION 5776SECTION A PAGE 9 While some synagogues struggle to maintain members, Judaism Your Way’s successful outreach model is attracting unaffiliated and interfaith families by the thousands. JYW does not have a permanent building, a sanctuary, Shabbat services or religious school. It has a mailing list but is not membership-based. There is no standing minyan or 24/7 rabbi — standard features in typical Jewish denominational settings.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 December 2015 16:42 )


Joseph Friedman is DAT Minyan's new rabbi

Joseph Friedman is DAT Minyan's new rabbiSECTION A PAGE 8 When Rabbi Joseph Friedman’s military obligations brought him to Denver earlier this year, the last thing he expected was to wind up back on a pulpit. Yet — call it synchronicity, serendipity, bashert or random chance — that’s exactly what happened. Since August, he has been serving as spiritual leader of Denver’s DAT Minyan.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 December 2015 16:42 )


DAT board appoints Naomi Lev head of school

DAT board appoints Naomi Lev head of schoolThe Denver Academy of Torah board of trustees has announced that Naomi Lev has been named DAT’s head of school. Most recently, Lev served as interim head of school, following the departure of Rabbi Daniel Alter. “Through this process, the board of trustees has unequivocally determined that Mrs. Lev is the ideal candidate to lead DAT into the future,” said Hanah Polotsky, MD, president of the DAT board. “Over the course of the search process, we reviewed many candidates and found that M...

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 November 2015 09:43 )

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