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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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Jon Stewart on filming in — and talking about — the Middle East

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Pew poll: More U.S. sympathy for Israel than Palestinians

Anthony Weiss More Americans express sympathy for Israel than for the Palestinians, according to a new survey. ... [Link]

Report: Rivers in induced coma

Ron Kampeas Joan Rivers is reportedly in an induced coma. ... [Link]

Yale chaplain blames anti-Semitism on Israel

Talia Lavin A controversial letter from an Episcopal chaplain has resulted in a heated debate over the causes of anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

Appeals court hears claims in Adelson v. NJDC lawsuit

Ron Kampeas A federal appeals court heard arguments in a bid by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to reinstate a defamation lawsuit against the National Jewish Democratic Council and two of its formal principals. ... [Link]

Obama administration targets array of Iran entities with sanctions

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration sanctioned a broad range of Iranian companies, banks, individuals and institutions, highlighting what it says is its determination to maintain pressure on the country while nu... [Link]

After tensions with residents, Lev Tahor leave Guatemalan village

Ron Kampeas Members of the controversial Haredi sect Lev Tahor left a Guatemalan village after religiously tainted disputes with its Roman Catholic Mayan residents. ... [Link]

This Week in Jewish Farming: Battling the blight

Ben Harris The tomato plant giveth and the tomato plant taketh away — a bit earlier than hoped. ... [Link]

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