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Two Holocaust themed films at Boulder film festival

Two Holocaust themed films at Boulder film festival

FOR 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 Labyrinth,” which is being shown Feb. 19 at the Boulder International Film Festival.


Boulder: Filled with ‘Jewish yoga’ classes; teachers say Judaism and yoga not mutually exclusive

  It wasn’t until after Raj Seymour had practiced yoga for 10 years that the idea hit him. Why not infuse Jewish spirituality into his yoga practice? So two years ago, Seymour, a Boulder yoga teacher who grew up in California in the Reform movement, started combining ancient Jewish texts with traditional yoga. “Yoga is a vessel that can be filled by any spiritual practice,” Seymour, 36, said.  

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 February 2011 13:17 )


Why was conversion movie, with Denver angle, cancelled?

Why was conversion movie, with Denver angle, cancelled?  In a cinematic dispute,  a New York Jewish filmmaker is squaring off against the director of the Denver Jewish Film Festival because his largely Denver-based film was accepted into, and then rejected from, the festival’s current schedule. Tony Benjamin, co-director and co-producer of “Leap of Faith” says he is “baffled” by the decision to pull the film from the festival, now underway.  

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 February 2011 16:43 )


CU Chabad links students with special needs kids

CU Chabad links students with special needs kidsINSIDE the Zeids’ home a “vanilla cake” has just been pulled from the oven and a giraffe and baby doll are being served a thick helping. There’s excitement over “presents” and a raucous piggy-back ride. It’s Sunday, and Lera Yavich, 21, is pretend playing with Olivia Zeid, 8, and her younger sister Chloe, 5. The visit is part of a weekly ritual when Yavich and her friend, Sarah Siegel, 21, come to play with Olivia. Usually they walk dogs at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, b...

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 February 2011 02:07 )


Landau named BMH-BJ associate rabbi

Landau named BMH-BJ associate rabbiRabbi Joel Landau is BMH-BJ’s new associate rabbi. In addition to working closely with Rabbi Selwyn Franklin and the BMH-BJ executive staff, Rabbi Landau will be responsible for the congregation’s education and social programming as well as typical rabbinic duties. Rabbi Landau spent the last six years in Israel working with organizations dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty that has been plaguing a large segment of Israeli society. Before moving to Israel with his wife Johni and the...
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Obama administration presses for $225M addition to Iron Dome funding

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration asked Congress to fast-track Israel’s request for an additional $225 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system. ... [Link]

Former Auschwitz guard dies before extradition to Germany

Marcy Oster Johann Breyer, the 89-year-old Philadelphia man who served as a guard at Auschwitz and was scheduled to be extradited to Germany, has died. ... [Link]

Police: Murdered Florida State prof Dan Markel was target

Marcy Oster Dan Markel, the Florida State University law professor who was murdered in his home, was shot in the head by someone who wanted him dead, police said. ... [Link]

Three IDF soldiers killed in Gaza home explosion

Marcy Oster Three Israeli soldiers were killed in a Gaza house rigged with explosives. ... [Link]

Brooklyn man must pay $522,000 in Israeli charities scam

Julie Wiener A Brooklyn man who pleaded guilty to felony tax fraud in an Israeli charities scam was ordered to pay more than a half-million dollars in a civil suit. ... [Link]

The Israel-Hamas war through haredi Orthodox eyes

Miriam Moster Was a gay pride parade to blame for the kidnapping of three Israeli teens? Can modest garb and ice cream save civilian lives? ... [Link]

FAA extends Ben Gurion Airport ban another 24 hours

Ron Kampeas The Federal Aviation Administration extended for another day its ban on flights to Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. ... [Link]

Survey: Half of U.K. Jews not overly concerned by rising anti-Semitism

Julie Wiener Nearly 70 percent of Jews in the United Kingdom believe anti-Semitism is on the rise, a new survey found, but half of the respondents are not overly concerned. ... [Link]

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