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‘Jews versus Catholics’: Not a holy war, but a basketball game!

‘Jews versus Catholics’: Not a holy war, but a basketball game!

IT’S a common sight that turns heads on the CU-Boulder campus: Rabbi Yisroel Wilhelm, his tzitzit hanging from beneath his shirt, yarmulke covering his head and full black beard, eating lunch with Father Dave Nix, his white collar poking from beneath his black clerical clothing.

But this Orthodox rabbi from Chabad at CU and priest from CU-Boulder’s St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center are the best of friends. And they both have the same goal — to bring more CU students back to their respective faiths.

“At the end of the day we’re two religious leaders, and we both want our people to be involved,” Rabbi Wilhelm, 32, said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 March 2011 12:39 )

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Denver

Federation ‘Be There’ conference April 5

Federation ‘Be There’ conference April 5YAD, a community program of the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado and The Young Adult Professionals Council, will present the annual Be There conference for Jewish adults in their 20s’, 30’s and early 40’s on Tuesday, April 5, 5:30-9 p.m., at the Pinnacle Club in the Grand Hyatt Denver. “The Maven” for this event is Kelli Trotsky Pfaff, creator of Be There. Chairs are Michelle Nikolayeysky, Adam Burstein and Alan Reifler. The event will feature the film, “Sderot: Rock in the Re...
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Denver

At Rodef Shalom...Hamantaschen

At Rodef Shalom...HamantaschenWhen Robert Lederman moved to Denver 20 years ago, he brought with him two things that say a great deal about the man: his distinctive Worcester, Massachusetts accent and his family’s old world “Water Street” recipe for hamantaschen. Lederman is a third-generation baker, having grown up in his family’s bake shop where he learned how to bake, and how to run a bakery. In 1976, he moved to Florida where he owned a bakery before working for Publix supermarkets in bakery management for 14 y...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 March 2011 13:54 )

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Boulder

Winner of 2010 National Book Award to speak at CU

Winner of 2010 National Book Award to speak at CUFROM 1987 to 1997, dozens of volunteers and members of the Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry advocated for Soviet Jews, who were being persecuted in the former Soviet Union. The group helped resettle approximately 250 Soviet Jews in the Boulder area. During that time period, Gal Beckerman celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in Los Angeles and participated in the Soviet Twinning program, where activists matched 13-year-old American Jews with Jewish children in the Soviet Union, who were denied this rite of...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 March 2011 13:52 )

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Boulder

Two Holocaust themed films at Boulder film festival

Two Holocaust themed films at Boulder film festivalFOR more than 50 years, Marian Kolodziej never spoke publicly of the suffering he witnessed as a teenager. His aging artist’s hand never expressed the painful emotions he tried so hard to suppress. But after suffering a major stroke in 1993, Kolodziej, then 71, began drawing images in an attempt to facilitate his recovery. The result, more than 300 pen and pencil drawings depicting his five years in Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps, are captured in the documentary, “The Labyrin...
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Polish Jews split over plan to exhume massacre victims

Cnaan Liphshiz A planned Polish investigation of the 1941 massacre in Wasosz is pitting the religious imperative of protecting the dignity of the dead against the desire for historic justice. ... [Link]

Leading Likudnik Gideon Saar stepping away from politics

Marcy Oster Interior Minister Gideon Saar, touted as the favorite to succeed Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister, said he will “take a break” from politics. ... [Link]

Lone soldiers’ parents being brought to Israel for holiday visits

Marcy Oster The parents of 77 lone soldiers in Israel who fought in the recent Gaza operation are being brought to Israel to spend the High Holidays with their children. ... [Link]

At 2014 U.N. General Assembly, ISIS likely to dominate discourse

Uriel Heilman Gadhafi and Chavez are gone, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be theatrics at this year’s U.N. General Assembly. ... [Link]

‘With Jews we lose,’ reads one Senate candidate’s slogan in Ky.

Uriel Heilman Robert Ransdell, a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate from Kentucky, is campaigning with the slogan “With Jews we lose.” ... [Link]

Joel Levy named president and CEO of Center for Jewish History

Marcy Oster Joel Levy is the new president and CEO of the Center for Jewish History in New York City. ... [Link]

Cool Bries: Trailblazing cheese whiz prepping special holiday fare

mbrodsky A self-dubbed “Cheese Guy” in suburban New York City has earned praise for his dairy creations. And he has something special planned for the High Holidays. ... [Link]

Dig uncovers gas chambers at Sobibor death camp

Marcy Oster An archaeological dig at Sobibor has uncovered the Nazi death camp’s gas chambers. ... [Link]

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