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In Greeley, Jews and non-Jews honor the Holocaust

In Greeley, Jews and non-Jews honor the Holocaust


Despite the region’s obvious Jewish minority, the Holocaust memorial observance of Greeley and northern Colorado is one of the most comprehensive commemorations in the state.

The 2016 observance, continuing through May 8, features a keynote Holocaust speaker, academic panel discussions, lectures, films, literature, the Litany of the Martyrs, a klezmer concert and Beth Israel’s traditional Yom Hashoah service.

While the scale doesn’t tally with the numbers — perhaps a few hundred Jews amid 101,000 residents — its evolution over the past 26 years demonstrates unparalleled interfaith cooperation.


For Yariv, autism, statistics and sports compatible

For Yariv, autism, statistics and sports compatible“IF I can see it in my mind, I can remember it. I remember numbers, dates and calendars. Tell me someone’s birthdate and I’ll tell them which day of the week it’s on every year for the next few years or for last year. It takes me a few seconds,” says Yariv Bennaim, age 19. Yariv lives with his family in Monument, Colo. His abilities range from mathematics to music and from statistics to basketball. A senior at Palmer Ridge High School, Yariv has been the team manager for the varsity ...

Bagel obsession turns profession for New Yorker turned SLCer

Bagel obsession turns profession for New Yorker turned SLCerSALT LAKE CITY — When Robb Abrams first moved to this mountain city from the New York area six years ago, he loved the idea of living in an outdoorsman’s paradise. But there was one thing in particular he found very troubling: He couldn’t find a decent bagel anywhere. What began as a casual hunt quickly turned into an obsession — and, eventually, a profession.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 March 2016 15:12 )


Utah's non-Jewish (Jewish) school

Utah's non-Jewish (Jewish) schoolSALT LAKE CITY — It’s Friday afternoon at the McGillis School in Salt Lake City, and students from the third through fifth grades are gathered for the weekly Shabbat celebration. They read and discuss a passage about humility by former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Then a blonde girl with braided hair prepares to light the candles. A hush falls over the room as the flames are kindled, and the students recite the practiced benediction in unison:

Catching up with Shmuel Rifman: solar projects, Bedouins and youth exchange

Catching up with Shmuel Rifman: solar projects, Bedouins and youth exchangeAS A fairly frequent visitor to Denver — and by now a good friend of many Jews here — Shmuel Rifman can always be counted on to share with his Colorado hosts any number of interesting ideas. Not surprisingly, the ideas almost always relate to Ramat Hanegev, the largest political region in Israel, of which Rifman has served as chairman for the past quarter century and which has had, for 16 of those years, a special partnership with the Colorado Jewish community through JEWISHcolorado and its...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 February 2016 11:05 )

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