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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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Gaza’s only power plant knocked out by shelling

Marcy Oster Israeli shelling knocked out Gaza’s only electric power plant, Gazan officials said. ... [Link]

Sydney Jewish board: Newspaper cartoon ‘racially vilifies’ Jews

Marcy Oster The umbrella body of the Jewish community in Sydney threatened to take action against a major newspaper for publishing a cartoon about Gaza that “racially vilifies” Jews. ... [Link]

Dutch watchdog reports record levels of online anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz A Dutch watchdog group said it was observing record levels of incitement to anti-Semitic hatred online. ... [Link]

Grinspoon Foundation names new president

Anthony Weiss Harold Grinspoon, a prominent Jewish U.S. philanthropist, is stepping down as president of his foundation. ... [Link]

At U.S. behest, court blocks plaintiff’s discovery in Iran-related lawsuit

Ron Kampeas The U.S. government asked a court to block a defamation plaintiff’s access to the internal workings of a group that campaigns against a nuclear Iran. ... [Link]

Spate of anti-Jewish, anti-Israel graffiti blankets Rome

Marcy Oster Italian police are investigating a widespread spate of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel graffiti in Rome that local media speculate could be the joint work of leftist and right-wing extremists. ... [Link]

Cruz lifts hold on State nominees prompted by FAA ban

Ron Kampeas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lifted his hold on State Department nominees after the Federal Aviation Agency explained to him its reasons for a 36-hour ban on flights to Tel Aviv. ... [Link]

Dermer: Attacks on Kerry ‘unwarranted’

Ron Kampeas Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry is “unwarranted,” the Israeli ambassador to Washington said, as U.S. officials made public their unhappiness with the attacks. ... [Link]

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