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Last exit in the Diaspora? A Jewish history professor in Utah

Last exit in the Diaspora? A Jewish history professor in Utah

PROF. ROBERT Goldberg, director of the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, pulled into the foreign terrain of Salt Lake City to teach history in 1980.

The move was so traumatic that the New York native still refers to Utah as one of the last exits in the Diaspora.

“When I first arrived here, it was an oy vey moment,” he says. “Everyone was blond, every woman looked pregnant and you could not find a cup of coffee anywhere.”

Goldberg, 65, recalls a telling incident from his first week in Salt Lake City that’s stuck with him for decades.

“I had to buy a car, so I went to a dealership,” he says. “I found a car I liked, and the dealer said, ‘Why don’t you drive it off the lot?’

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:29 )


Kim Harris serves as cantor and rabbi at B'nai Chaim

Kim Harris serves as cantor and rabbi at B'nai ChaimCantor Kim Harris says that her true nature is to be an introvert, inherently shy and quiet. “A fake extrovert” is how she describes herself. She could have fooled me — and a lot of other people. Among them are members of Congregation B’nai Chaim, a relatively small Reform community located near Morrison that serves unofficially as the Jewish house of worship for the greater southwestern metro area.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:03 )


Ida Goldberger bids Denver farewell after 64 years

Ida Goldberger bids Denver farewell after 64 yearsCantor Moshe Weiss sits at a rear table in the HEA social hall as people filter in to say farewell and good luck to Ida Goldberger, who is moving to Baltimore to live with her family at the end of June. The June 15 tribute was hastily arranged when the community learned that Ida — a fixture in Denver since 1951 — was leaving her home of 64 years ahead of schedule. Weiss met Ida and her husband Rabbi Daniel Goldberger when he was hired as chazzan at Beth Joseph in 1957. Lost in memories, h...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:26 )


Giant leap: Schrutt family makes aliyah to Israel

Giant leap: Schrutt family makes aliyah to Israel JUST OVER a month from now, the lives of a Denver Jewish family will change in a very big way. Jennifer Schrutt, the wife and mother of that family, takes about half a second to explain the motivation behind the momentous transition. “Pure Zionism,” she says when asked why she, her husband Max and their three children will pull up their Denver roots, say goodbye to their extended family and host of friends, and make Israel their new home. Backing up their fervent belief in a Jewish home...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 July 2015 08:20 )


Jewish students reflect on the college experience

Jewish students reflect on the college experienceFOR MOST Jewish kids, college is part of the deal. From the dawn of independence inherent in freshman life to diving from graduation into the real world, these four years stamp themselves on all future endeavors. A sizable number of graduate-bound students seek out campuses with large Jewish populations: Brandeis, Yeshiva University, Barnard, Emory, Pratt, George Washington, Tufts, Harvard. According to an April 29, 2002 article in The Wall Street Journal, colleges with relatively low Jewish p...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:05 )

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mbrodsky Thousands attended the rites in Jerusalem for a 41-year-old rabbi and 22-year-old soldier killed in an Old City terrorist attack. ... [Link]

PA condemns Israel for killing 2 Palestinian attackers

Marcy Oster The Palestinian Authority said the international community must intervene without noting that the Palestinian men were killed in the wake of attacks on Jewish-Israelis. ... [Link]

Israeli officer removed after soldiers destroy journalists’ cameras

Marcy Oster Two photographers for the French news agency AFP were filming a Palestinian demonstration in the West Bank. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster The family had claimed that a Jewish-Israeli driver in the West Bank had stopped his car and shot the 6-year-old in the stomach before fleeing. ... [Link]

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