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Author researches her family's ghostly New Mexico past

Author researches her family's ghostly New Mexico past

HOW WOULD you react if you discovered that your great-great grandmother was rumored to be a ghost?

Boulder Jewish journalist and author Hannah Nordhaus learned of precisely such a rumor and responded the way any self-respecting writer would: She wrote a book about it.

The resulting volume, American Ghost: A Family’s Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest, released in March by HarperCollins, tells the compelling tale of Julia Staab, a German Jewish immigrant to Santa Fe in the mid-19th century, one of the first Jews to reside in the old city, and the author’s great-great grandmother.

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Intermountain

Will the Jewish Diaspora broaden to include Mars?

Will the Jewish Diaspora broaden to include Mars?YES, HE has seen the recent film, “The Martian.” But unlike the other millions who have seen that movie, Barak Stoltz went much closer to Mars than most. Stoltz spent Chanukah in the Utah desert, in a few cramped capsules that make up the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS). He lit his menorah, sang some songs and even tried his hand at making latkes — all while practicing for a manned mission to Mars. MDRS is run by the Mars Society, a Colorado-based nonprofit that works toward a human ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:06 )

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Intermountain

Chanukah, Colorado style

Chanukah, Colorado styleMenorahs come in many shapes and sizes, and in Steamboat Springs they are created from old skis. The neighbors on Fourth Street agreed to decorate their homes for the season with lit-up pine trees and decorations. Others used garlands and ornaments to adorn their homes. Randy Salky decided to put a different twist to his yard decor by making a “SkiNorah” or “Chanuski-ah.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 December 2015 13:24 )

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Denver

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 )

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Denver

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 )

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‘Birthright for Jewish moms’ reaches out to Spanish-speakers

Marcy Oster BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — The first Cuban delegation will participate in the “Birthright for Jewish moms” trip to Israel, as the sponsoring group works to expand its reach in Latin Ameri... [Link]

Republican Jewish group congratulates Trump but doesn’t praise him

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition congratulated Donald Trump on becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, but otherwise withheld praise for the candidate. “The Republican J... [Link]

US envoy Power at Nuremberg event: World must not look on during genocide

Marcy Oster (JTA) — “The world looked on during the rise of the Nazis, and cannot do so again,” Samantha Power, the United States’ envoy to the United Nations, warned attendees at a sympos... [Link]

Late philanthropist Edgar Bronfman’s Connecticut home on market for $8M

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — The Connecticut weekend home of late Jewish philanthropist Edgar Bronfman is on sale for $8 million. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty is listing the 13-acre estate at ... [Link]

Amid anti-Semitism scandal, Jewish support for UK’s Labour at historic low

Julie Wiener (JTA) — If there were an election tomorrow, only 8.5 percent of British Jews say they would vote for the Labour Party — a sharp decline since last year’s election, when 18 percent of Jews voted ... [Link]

Yes, there is a Jewish left on campus, and it needs to be heard

Andrew Silow-Carroll CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (JTA) — Recently, in an article for JTA, “The Missing Left: Where’s the support for liberal Zionists on campus?,” Andrew Silow-Carroll noted that “many Americ... [Link]

Israel bombs Gaza targets in retaliation for Hamas shelling

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Israel bombed five targets in Gaza after Hamas fired more than five mortar rounds into Israel in a 24-hour period — an escalation attributed to Israel’s intensified efforts to detec... [Link]

Israel remembers the Holocaust in national ceremony

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Holocaust survivors have never received the respect that they deserve, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said. “It is time to conduct some soul-searching before you. We mus... [Link]

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