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Two decades on, Boulder Jewish Festival going strong

Two decades on, Boulder Jewish Festival going strong

FOR 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 different cities, met while working on an Israel Independence Day event and decided that the one thing Boulder really needed was a Jewish festival — something to celebrate all the interesting, awesome, amazing, fun and wonderful aspects of being Jewish in Boulder.

The first festival was held on Israeli Independence Day 1995 on the Courthouse Lawn on the Pearl Street Mall, in the rain.

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Denver

Well-travelled Torah finds home at B’nai Havurah

Well-travelled Torah finds home at B’nai HavurahAT the timeless time of High Holy Days in 2012, Jerry and Sharon Tinianow, who had just moved here from Ohio, came to services with our B’nai Havurah congregation. Some time later, after talking with Rabbi Evette Lutman and joining B’nai Havurah, an amazing Torah with an amazing story came to live with our community. For Simchat Torah 2013, Jerry Tinianow brought out the Tinianow Torah and told its story. How did this Torah make its way here from Babruysk, Belarus? Therein lies a tale! Thi...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:25 )

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Boulder

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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Intermountain

Temple Shalom Mitzvah Day is tikkun olam in action

Temple Shalom Mitzvah Day is tikkun olam in actionTemple Shalom’s social hall, sanctuary and meeting areas were bustling with activity on Sunday, May 4, as over 100 of the Jewish community spent the morning volunteering for the annual Mitzvah Day. The morning began with breakfast provided by Colorado Springs Hadassah, and an opportunity to mix, mingle and get to know other congregants and their families. “This is one of the most important and fun things Hadassah does every year in Colorado Springs,” commented Sue Mullin, president, Hada...
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Denver

Sharsheret, JEWISHcolorado launch collaboration to address women’s cancers

Sharsheret, JEWISHcolorado launch collaboration to address women’s cancersSharsheret, the national organization supporting women and their families of all Jewish backgrounds facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and JEWISHcolorado’s Jewish Women’s Philanthropy Committee (JWPC), are collaborting to raise awareness about breast and ovarian cancer. The organizations will work together to create tailored support programs for Colorado residents living with or at risk for these diseases.
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Well-known Turkish Jewish couple found murdered

Anthony Weiss A prominent Turkish Jewish couple were found murdered in their home in Istanbul. ... [Link]

In Australia, Christian, Jewish leaders vow to ‘love Muslims’

Anthony Weiss Christian and Jewish religious leaders in Australia have started a campaign to express love and support for the country’s Muslim population. ... [Link]

Israeli PM deletes controversial ISIS tweet

Anthony Weiss The Israeli Prime Minister’s office has deleted a controversial tweet that used an image from a graphic video released by ISIS. ... [Link]

Pro-Israel groups condemn attack on Temple student

Anthony Weiss An assortment of pro-Israel watchdogs and right-wing groups has issued a statement deploring the alleged assault of a Jewish student at Temple University and criticizing a pro-Palestinian group. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: The end of liberal Zionism, Jewish sperm, Russell Brand vs. Anti-Semitism

Talia Lavin JTA rounds up noteworthy items from the Web. ... [Link]

In shadow of Ferguson, group builds ties across racial, cultural lines

Anthony Weiss In St. Louis, the organization Cultural Leadership has focused on Jewish and African-American experiences to teach high schoolers to fight for social justice. ... [Link]

Vandals target Jewish school in Denmark

Gabrielle Birkner A Jewish school in Denmark’s capital city was vandalized this week — its windows broken and anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on the building. ... [Link]

Boy killed by rocket fire; synagogue struck, injuring 3

Julie Wiener An Ashdod synagogue was hit by a rocket Friday afternoon, injuring three people lightly. ... [Link]

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