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Aspen Jewish center opens to great fanfare

Aspen Jewish center opens to great fanfare

BE 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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Denver

Historic Isaac Solomon Synagogue returned due to insufficient funds

Historic Isaac Solomon Synagogue returned due to insufficient fundsThe Isaac Solomon Synagogue, once the spiritual center of the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society, has been turned over to its owner by the foundation that sought for years to restore and repurpose the historic structure. Eugene Kay, the last chairman of the JCRS Isaac Solomon Historic Synagogue Foundation — which until early last year had a 90-plus year lease on the building — told the Intermountain Jewish News this week that in late 2012 the foundation forfeited that lease, returning co...
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Iran says it thwarted sabotage attempt at nuclear plant

Marcy Oster An attack was foiled on storage tanks at the Arak heavy-water production plant, an Iranian nuclear official said. ... [Link]

AMIT to launch matriculation program in Israel with $6 million endowment

Marcy Oster The grant from the estate of the late board member Ellen Koplow is the largest single gift in the religious Zionist group’s 90-year history, AMIT said. ... [Link]

Sweden recognizes Palestine, following up on new prime minister’s vow

Marcy Oster Its foreign minister said the country’s traditionally close ties with Israel “are now complemented by an equal relationship to the other party.” ... [Link]

Museum turns Nazi-looted painting to wall to raise money for restitution

Marcy Oster The Wiesbaden Museum has hung the 19th century painting backwards, in a bid to raise public awareness and also the $118,000 it needs to buy the painting from its rightful heirs, ... [Link]

Israel Police kill suspected gunman in shooting of Temple Mount activist

Marcy Oster The suspect, identified as an operative for the Islamic Jihad terror group, was killed at his eastern Jerusalem home in a shootout. ... [Link]

Israel closes Temple Mount to Muslims, Jews after attempted assassination

Marcy Oster Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the closure of the holy site hours after Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick was shot in Jerusalem a “declaration of war.” ... [Link]

Israeli, U.S. national security advisers meeting amid tensions

Ron Kampeas The announcement of the meeting came as tension continued to simmer over an anonymous Obama administration’s official personal attack on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ... [Link]

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai giving $50K to Gaza school reconstruction

Anthony Weiss The Pakistani teen will donate money from winning the World Children’s Prize to a U.N. agency’s effort to repair schools damaged by this summer’s fighting in Gaza. ... [Link]

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