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IST 2014 was not your typical summer in Israel

IST 2014 was not your typical summer in Israel

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION
SECTION D PAGE 7

ISRAEL Study Tour 2014 started out just like the 41 previous ISTs — 71 excited rising high school seniors embarking on an eye-opening, inspirational adventure.

However, as soon as they arrived in Israel in mid-June, they realized that this year’s trip would be unlike those in previous years.

The Colorado teens’ arrival in Israel was punctuated by the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenage boys by Hamas.

The teens were ultimately found murdered, while Israel was pelted by Hamas rockets from Gaza.

Israel responded to the rocket fire from the air and then launched a ground invasion into Gaza — Operation Protective Edge — to wipe out the sources of the rockets and to destroy the elaborate network of terror tunnels that it discovered in Gaza reaching all the way into Israel.

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Intermountain

Rabbi Joel Newman spiritual leader of B’nai Vail

Rabbi Joel Newman spiritual leader of B’nai Vail ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 8 Rabbi Joel D. Newman, the former rabbi at Rodef Shalom for six years in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, has returned to Colorado as the rabbi of B’nai Vail. After receiving undergraduate degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Newman was ordained at the Leo Baeck College in London, England. He then served as an associate rabbi in St. Paul, Minn., for six years and then at Rodef Shalom in Denver for six years. For ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 September 2014 02:16 )

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Denver

Yisroel M. Ovadya is new rabbi of Beit Uriel

Yisroel M. Ovadya is new rabbi of Beit Uriel ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 5 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 dec...

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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