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Yisroel M. Ovadya is new rabbi of Beit Uriel

Yisroel M. Ovadya is new rabbi of Beit Uriel

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Beit Uriel, the Israeli Denver Synagogue, has hired its first rabbi, Yisrael Meir Ovadya, an Israeli religious leader from a family noted for its kiruv (a Hebrew word that means “bringing close”) activities both in Israel and around the world.

Rabbi Ovadya comes to Denver with a 15-year history of working with teens, adults and ba’alei teshuvah (those who have returned to an observant Jewish lifestyle) in Israel.

His background includes half a decade as a lecturer at Succat David in Ramat Bet Shemesh in Israel, and a decade of other kiruv work in Israel.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 September 2014 02:15 )

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Intermountain

Aspen Jewish center opens to great fanfare

Aspen Jewish center opens to great fanfareBE prepared to be flabbergasted. Not because the new synagogue in Aspen is — hands down — the nicest in the region. Not because this is the most successful, completed capital campaign in Colorado Jewish history. Not because you no longer need to choose between a synagogue and nature in order to pray at your best. Not because the dream was compromised: the “synagogue” is much more than a synagogue. It’s a community center.
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Boulder

Anti-circumcision movement comes to Boulder

UNLIKE the group that created the 2011 San Francisco ballot initiative that would have made circumcising a male under age 18 a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $1,000 or up to one year in jail, with no religious exemptions permitted, those gathered at CU Boulder July 23-26 for the 13th convocation of the International Symposium on Genital Autonomy and Children’s Rights indicated an interest in education over legislation. “Whole Bodies, Whole Selves: Activating Social Change” brought t...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 August 2014 19:21 )

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Denver

Local dentist volunteers at Jerusalem dental clinic during Operation Protective Edge

Local dentist volunteers at Jerusalem dental clinic during Operation Protective EdgeDENVER dentist Dr. Arlene Stein arrived in Israel on July 11 to spend two weeks volunteering at the Trudi Birger Dental Clinic in Jerusalem, through Dental Volunteers for Israel (DVI). DVI provides free dental care and oral health education to thousands of needy children in Jerusalem every year, regardless of race and religion. Holocaust survivor Trudi Birger suffered greatly as a child during WW II. At that time she vowed to help prevent the suffering of other children if she should survive....
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Denver

Hillel Academy to begin renovation with boys wing

Hillel Academy to begin renovation with boys wingAlmost 50 years after its inception, Hillel Academy is set to begin construction in late 2014 on the M.B. Glassman Hillel Academy Boys Wing as part of its campus expansion and renovation project. The project began in 2013 with the addition of two new interior classrooms on the lower level of the campus, as well as upgraded fire and security systems throughout the building. These new classrooms enabled the middle school boys to move from an off-campus annex onto the main campus, at the same tim...
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Tampa-area agency head dead in murder-suicide

Anthony Weiss A Florida Jewish agency head who had been deeply involved with caring for migrant children was found dead with her longtime partner in what police are calling an apparent murder-suicide. ... [Link]

A military miracle: Hanukkah care for U.S. armed forces personnel

Raffi Wineburg For the last seven years, Kosher Troops has been sending care packages to American-Jewish servicemen and women across the globe. ... [Link]

Behind every great ‘Serial’ podcast host, a Jewish studies professor

Gabrielle Birkner In the series finale of the podcast sensation “Serial,” a certain Jewish studies professor got a shout out. It was Sarah Koenig’s husband, who directs the Jewish Studies program at P... [Link]

French far-right mayor’s city hall menorah sparks controversy

Cnaan Liphshiz National Front candiate also placed a nativity scene in public space despite concerns this violate church-state separation. ... [Link]

Jesus comes to the Hanukkah party

Ron Kampeas The Christian savior keeps insinuating himself into Hanukkah festivities. ... [Link]

For Cuban Jews in U.S., rapprochement with Castro regime cause for concern

Uriel Heilman For those old enough to remember the most brutal years of the Castro regime, there is deep concern that rapprochement with Washington will extend the life of a dictatorship whose crimes can be neither... [Link]

Washington Institute names former Palestinian negotiator as fellow

Ron Kampeas The Washington Institute for Near East Policy named a former Palestinian negotiator to its think tank team. ... [Link]

Tunisian Jewish leaders endorse secularist’s presidential bid

Cnaan Liphshiz Contacts made by candidate Beji Caid Essebsi make him the best choice for president, Tunisan Jewish leader says. ... [Link]

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