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Rabbi Meyer’s goal is to inspire: one family at a time

Rabbi Meyer’s goal is to inspire: one family at a time

Rabbi Yaakov Meyer, a native of New York, studied in Yeshiva HaNegev in Netivot, Israel under Rabbi Daniel Lehrfield. Moving to Denver in 1984, Meyer started the Southeast Center for Judaism in 1995 in Greenwood Village, and expanded and joined Aish Hatorah in 2000, now known as Aish Denver. Rabbi Meyer and his wife of almost 28 years Chaya reside in the Southeast community and have 10 children and five grandchildren.

THE Jewish community in Southeast Denver has grown at a rapid rate ever since Rabbi Yaakov Meyer started as the director of Division of Community Services for Yeshiva Toras Chaim.

Aish Denver is about to take on new challenges with the addition of four new outreach leaders this fall.

Meyer has shaped Aish Denver as a center for growth, learning and inspiration that offers something for everyone.

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Denver

Rabbi Engel: ‘Every act we do has a profound impact’

Rabbi Engel: ‘Every act we do has a profound impact’Rabbi Yisroel Engel, originally from Montreal, Canada, received his rabbinical ordination under Rabbi Piekarski at Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch 32 years ago and came to Denver in 1981. Rabbi Engel is the leader of Chabad in Colorado and Bais Menachem in Denver. Fluent in French, Engel is married to Leah and they are blessed with 12 children and many grandchildren. A VETERAN Colorado spiritual leader, Rabbi Engel stays inspired and committed to spreading Yiddishkeit around the Jewish community. Lea...
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Denver

Rabbi Gerson: finding the recipe to stay young at heart

Rabbi Gerson: finding the recipe to stay young at heartRabbi Bernard Gerson has been at Rodef Shalom since 1993, with one of the longest careers among his colleagues in the region. Gerson received his ordination 20 years ago from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America after receiving a BA in Jewish studies from Brandeis. Rabbi Gerson and his wife, Sue, have two children, Elliot, 19 and Jenny,17. WITH 18 years behind him at Rodef Shalom, Rabbi Bernard Gerson describes his synagogue as the smallest big shul, a synagogue that offers a full range o...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 July 2011 11:46 )

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Denver

Rabbi Joel Schwartzman retires

Rabbi Joel Schwartzman retiresRabbi Joel Schwartzman, spiritual leader of B’nai Chaim since 2000, retired on July 1, 2011, to spend more time with his family. He will continue as part-time rabbi at Synagogue of the Summit, which encompasses the Jewish communities of Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne and Breckenridge. Schwartzman, who served as a Jewish chaplain in the US Air Force for 23 years, moved to Denver upon his retirement from the military in 1998.
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Denver

Catching up with Rabbi Bruce Dollin and the HEA

Catching up with Rabbi Bruce Dollin and the HEARabbi Bruce Dollin is coming up on 17 years as the senior rabbi at the Hebrew Educational Alliance, serving 925 member families. Rabbi Dollin began his rabbinical studies at the University of Judaism, and received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC. He attended the University of Santa Clara, receiving his undergraduate degree in psychology. Rabbi Dollin and his wife, Tammy, have four children, Yoni, Shai, Kivi and Aviva. ALTHOUGH his congregation may be anyt...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 June 2011 15:37 )

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Op-Ed: A century after mass murder of Armenians, threat of genocide remains

Ben Harris Despite the moral outrage that accompanied the killing of Armenians 100 years ago, it wasn’t until the Holocaust that genocide was codified as a crime in international law, philanthropist Tad Ta... [Link]

Senior Russian rabbi: Putin ouster would endanger Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz Alexander Boroda’s defense of the Russian strongman dismissed by Jewish pro-democracy activist seeking ‘honest government.’ ... [Link]

U.S. court tosses Palestinian complaint against charities that support West Bank settlers

Gabe Friedman The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York threw out an appeal from a group of 13 Palestinians who sought damages for alleged “terrorist attacks” by Israeli West Bank settlers. ... [Link]

Key congressional committees approve anti-BDS amendments

Ron Kampeas Key congressional committees approved amendments to a major trade act that would require U.S. negotiators to discourage trading partners from boycotting Israel or settlements in the West Bank. ... [Link]

U.S. drone strike killed al-Qaida member with Jewish lineage

Gabe Friedman Adam Yahiya Gadahn, one of the two American al-Qaida members killed in the U.S. drone strikes disclosed Thursday by the White House, was himself of Jewish ancestry. ... [Link]

Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion

Gabe Friedman For the first time, prominent rabbis and renowned mental health researchers engaged in a public discussion about homosexuality and Orthodoxy. ... [Link]

Israeli filmmaker wins top honor at Buenos Aires festival

Julie Wiener Nadav Lapid was named Best Director for his film “The Kindergarten Teacher.” ... [Link]

From the Archive: First rumblings in the battle for pluralism at the Western Wall

Julie Wiener Conflicts over prayer at the holy site began almost as soon as Israel’s Six-Day War victory made the area accessible to Jews. ... [Link]

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