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Aspen epitomizes Jews’ love affair with mountains

Aspen epitomizes Jews’ love affair with mountains

ASPEN — When Rabbi David Segal was considering moving to the Aspen Jewish Congregation for his first position upon ordination from Hebrew Union College, he received some advice.

“Some people told me, ‘I don’t think you can create anything real there. Second homeowners are just into vacationing; they won’t be interested in the community. You can’t engage them in any meaningful way.’”

He took the job in Aspen anyway, and he’s glad he did.

”I have found that to be patently wrong, and backward,” Rabbi Segal says.

“The second homeowners, many of them spend a good half of their year here, if not more. There are different varieties of second homeowners. Some are just the summer crowd. They relocate here for the entire summer, from the end of June to end of August. Last year the holidays were early, so a lot of them stayed until the end of Rosh Hashanah.

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 March 2014 05:18 )

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Volunteer-driven Temple Beit Torah perseveres, thrives

Volunteer-driven Temple Beit Torah perseveres, thrives“WE were wandering Jews from our founding in 1992, renting space for many years, until the Temple Beit Torah congregation purchased its own home, in 2004,” according to Dick Conn, president of Temple Beit Torah (TBT). Rabbi Irvin Ehrlich, retired US Air Force chaplain, was TBT’s founding rabbi, and Conn was its first president. TBT’s early homes were at Benet Hill Monastery, Faith Presbyterian Church, a location near the Citadel Mall, and space at a facility owned by Temple Shalom. So ...
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Interfaith network engages to mitigate homelessness

Interfaith network engages to mitigate homelessness“WHEN I went into the Interfaith Hospitality Network Program, I was broken and discouraged. The people there saw things in me that I didn’t see. The program saved my life. There are no words to express how I feel,” said Julie Wieland. Wieland is a graduate of the Interfaith Hospitality Network Program (IHN) in Colorado Springs and spoke to several hundred people at a recent fundraising event. A large number of religious organizations have been involved in IHN over a long period of time, ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:53 )

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Young Jewish professionals connect in the Springs

Young Jewish professionals connect in the SpringsCOLORADO SPRINGS — “Living in Colorado Springs as a Jewish adult in one’s 20s or 30s can be challenging, socially and culturally,” according to Walter Shedroff, 30, an Air Force officer. Young adults can turn to the Jewish Young Professionals (JYP) network here to connect with other Jewish adults for social, educational and religious activities and events. The JYP network is inclusive and open to any Jewish young adults in this approximate age range, regardless of affiliation with a s...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:10 )

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UJC is Colorado Springs Jewry’s link to Israel

UJC is Colorado Springs Jewry’s link to IsraelFOR many years, Colorado Springs has actively supported the United Jewish Communities effort through events and fundraising in the local community. This endeavor is part of Colorado Springs’ membership in the Network of Independent Communities of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). The network links more than 300 small Jewish communities across the US, building local community and strengthening commitment to Israel. The network represents over 200,000 Jews who come together to ca...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:59 )

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