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Two decades on, Boulder Jewish Festival going strong

Two decades on, Boulder Jewish Festival going strong

FOR the past 20 years, people from in and around Boulder have enjoyed an annual one-day celebration of Jewish culture, featuring live entertainment, fine art and Judaica, ethnic food, community organizations and activities for all ages on the second Sunday in June.

This year’s Boulder Jewish Festival takes place on Sunday, June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., on the Boulder County Courthouse Lawn and the Pearl Street Mall.

Twenty years ago, Susan Kramer and the late Cathy Adler had come to Boulder from different cities, met while working on an Israel Independence Day event and decided that the one thing Boulder really needed was a Jewish festival — something to celebrate all the interesting, awesome, amazing, fun and wonderful aspects of being Jewish in Boulder.

The first festival was held on Israeli Independence Day 1995 on the Courthouse Lawn on the Pearl Street Mall, in the rain.

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Denver

Well-travelled Torah finds home at B’nai Havurah

Well-travelled Torah finds home at B’nai HavurahAT the timeless time of High Holy Days in 2012, Jerry and Sharon Tinianow, who had just moved here from Ohio, came to services with our B’nai Havurah congregation. Some time later, after talking with Rabbi Evette Lutman and joining B’nai Havurah, an amazing Torah with an amazing story came to live with our community. For Simchat Torah 2013, Jerry Tinianow brought out the Tinianow Torah and told its story. How did this Torah make its way here from Babruysk, Belarus? Therein lies a tale! Thi...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:25 )

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Boulder

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin explores forgiveness

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin explores forgivenessAPPLAUSE for a speaker being introduced is practically required, but the warm and affectionate introduction by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone of Rabbi Joseph Telushkin was less like a formal introduction and more like a welcome of an old friend into one’s home — which is basically what it was. Temple Nevei Kodesh is her home, and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin — the educator and ethicist — is her friend. The Telushkins lived in Boulder for several years in the mid-1990s and while they loved it then an...
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Intermountain

Temple Shalom Mitzvah Day is tikkun olam in action

Temple Shalom Mitzvah Day is tikkun olam in actionTemple Shalom’s social hall, sanctuary and meeting areas were bustling with activity on Sunday, May 4, as over 100 of the Jewish community spent the morning volunteering for the annual Mitzvah Day. The morning began with breakfast provided by Colorado Springs Hadassah, and an opportunity to mix, mingle and get to know other congregants and their families. “This is one of the most important and fun things Hadassah does every year in Colorado Springs,” commented Sue Mullin, president, Hada...
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Denver

Sharsheret, JEWISHcolorado launch collaboration to address women’s cancers

Sharsheret, JEWISHcolorado launch collaboration to address women’s cancersSharsheret, the national organization supporting women and their families of all Jewish backgrounds facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and JEWISHcolorado’s Jewish Women’s Philanthropy Committee (JWPC), are collaborting to raise awareness about breast and ovarian cancer. The organizations will work together to create tailored support programs for Colorado residents living with or at risk for these diseases.
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Dutch police release Israeli rabbi fleeing sex crimes accusations

Cnaan Liphshiz Dutch police released Eliezer Berland, an eccentric rabbi they had arrested because he is wanted for questioning in Israel in connection with alleged sex crimes. ... [Link]

Far-right French party sees sharp rise in popularity among Jewish voters, surveys find

Cnaan Liphshiz The number of Jews who voted for the far-right National Front party soared in the most recent presidential election from the previous two votes, surveys showed. ... [Link]

Merkel at Berlin rally: Anti-Semitism is ‘outrageous scandal’

Marcy Oster Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany told thousands at a rally in central Berlin that it was the German state’s duty to fight anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

Death row inmate in Connecticut suing state for kosher food

Marcy Oster A death row inmate is suing the Connecticut Department of Correction claiming he is an Orthodox Jew and is being denied kosher food. ... [Link]

Why does Qatar support Hamas?

Ron Kampeas The tiny emirate has longstanding Israel ties but remains a major backer of the Jewish state’s mortal enemies. ... [Link]

IDF, fellow reservists rip refusal letter by intelligence corps members

Marcy Oster The Israel Defense Forces said it will take disciplinary action against dozens of Israeli intelligence corps reservists who signed a letter vowing to stop collecting information on Palestinians. ... [Link]

CUNY graduate students, citing Jewish Sabbath, delay boycott Israel vote

Marcy Oster A student group at the City University of New York postponed a vote on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israel because it would have taken place on the Jewish Sabbath. ... [Link]

In N.Y. Times ad, Hollywood elite slams Hamas for conflict with Israel

Marcy Oster Some 300 Hollywood elite published an ad in The New York Times holding Hamas responsible for the “devastating loss of life” in the latest Hamas-Israel conflict. ... [Link]

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