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

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

AS 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 predecessor, the Allied Jewish Federation.

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

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Intermountain

Kabbalat Shabbat at 8,000 feet

Kabbalat Shabbat at 8,000 feetPARK CITY, Utah — It may be the most elevated Shabbat service in the country, and not just because of the spirited singing. Held in a rustic cabin in the woods off a ski slope at Deer Valley resort, the service is situated at about 8,800 feet above sea level, and it’s the nation’s — and possibly the world’s — only ski-in/ski-out Kabbalat Shabbat minyan. There’s no way to get there by car or foot; worshipers must buy a lift ticket to Deer Valley ($120), make their way over to the ...
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Intermountain

At Colorado College, Hillel provides a second home

At Colorado College, Hillel provides a second home“Hillel is a second home for college students. It provides a sense of community and a great social network,” says Nico Ravitch, co-chair for the Hillel chapter of Colorado College in Colorado Springs. “Hillel has been central to my experience in college, especially since I grew up in Manhattan, where the Jewish population is large. Here in Colorado, a sense of Jewish identity is very different, since we are the minority,” says Ravitch.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:53 )

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US Figure Skating promoter Sarah Arnold

US Figure Skating promoter Sarah Arnold“It’s like the Rockettes on ice because synchronized skating includes intricate footwork on skates. Many synchronized skaters are very involved in the singles side of figure skating. The sport requires lots of practice, rigorous tests and hours on the ice to become a top-level synchronized skater,” says Sarah Arnold, manager of athlete development at US Figure Skating in Colorado Springs. “We lived on a pond, so my parents wanted to be sure my brother and I could skate.
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Boulder

Author researches her family's ghostly New Mexico past

Author researches her family's ghostly New Mexico pastHOW 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,...
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Captain America is a secret Nazi, and people are going crazy about it

Andrew Tobin The latest Captain America comic book includes an epic reveal, and some readers are not happy about it. When fans ran out to grab Marvel Comics’ “Captain America: Steve Rogers #1” on its re... [Link]

US health firms, Haifa hospital team up to ‘incubate’ digital medicine start-ups

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — IBM Watson Health and Medtronics are teaming up with an Israeli hospital to create a high-tech “incubator” to encourage innovations in digital medicine. Rambam Health Care Campus in... [Link]

Steven Spielberg, in Harvard commencement speech, says anti-Semitism on the rise

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Speaking at Harvard University’s commencement, filmmaker Steven Spielberg said he was “wrong” as a kid to think anti-Semitism “was fading.” Spielberg, whose 99-year-old father Arno... [Link]

Transgender Israeli Arab wins historic Tel Aviv pageant

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Christian Arab-Israeli ballet dancer won Israel’s first-ever transgender beauty pageant. Ta’alin Abu Hanna, 21, was named “Miss Trans Israel” in Tel Aviv Friday, the Jerusalem Post... [Link]

NY Times removes quotation marks from Israeli ‘occupation’

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — The New York Times removed quotation marks originally used around “occupation” in one of its news stories. The word appears in the phrase “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and ... [Link]

Spelling bee champ nails obscure Yiddish word en route to victory

Gabe Friedman The final of the nation’s most prestigious spelling bee took a Yiddish turn Thursday night. Scripps National Spelling Bee finalist Jairam Hathwar, a 13-year-old from Corning, New York, was asked to ... [Link]

Crash kills three workers at Jewish camp in Pennsylvania

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — Three staff members of a Jewish summer camp in eastern Pennsylvania were killed when the van they were traveling in lost control and drove into a drainage pond near the camp just before ... [Link]

Survey: Majority of Israeli Jews support equality for Reform movement

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Nearly two thirds of Israeli Jewish respondents surveyed said that Reform Judaism deserves rights equal to those afforded to Orthodox Judaism. The Midgam polling agency survey of 500... [Link]

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