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Hillel Academy to begin renovation with boys wing

Hillel Academy to begin renovation with boys wing

Almost 50 years after its inception, Hillel Academy is set to begin construction in late 2014 on the M.B. Glassman Hillel Academy Boys Wing as part of its campus expansion and renovation project.

The project began in 2013 with the addition of two new interior classrooms on the lower level of the campus, as well as upgraded fire and security systems throughout the building.

These new classrooms enabled the middle school boys to move from an off-campus annex onto the main campus, at the same time providing improved administrative support and services to the students and teachers.

Hillel Academy has 244 students.

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Denver

Historic Isaac Solomon Synagogue returned due to insufficient funds

Historic Isaac Solomon Synagogue returned due to insufficient fundsThe Isaac Solomon Synagogue, once the spiritual center of the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society, has been turned over to its owner by the foundation that sought for years to restore and repurpose the historic structure. Eugene Kay, the last chairman of the JCRS Isaac Solomon Historic Synagogue Foundation — which until early last year had a 90-plus year lease on the building — told the Intermountain Jewish News this week that in late 2012 the foundation forfeited that lease, returning co...
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Boulder

‘Earthship’ homes off the grid, use few external sources

‘Earthship’ homes off the grid, use few external sourcesWHILE for most people, Boulder is synonymous with green and healthy and sustainable, those are not usually the first things that come to mind when one hears “Colorado Springs.” However, if the folks at Boulder-based Earthship Village Colorado (EVC) have their way, “the Springs” will soon be home to a community of 75 off-the-grid, sustainable, Earthship homes. For those unaware, EVC’s website defines Earthships as “beautiful, sustainable, earth-friendly, homes built primarily of recy...

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 11:07 )

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Boulder

Boulder Jewish Foundation’s grants stay in Boulder

Boulder Jewish Foundation’s grants stay in BoulderTWO organizations, the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation and Hazon, have funds available for Jewish organizations to use in their growth, outreach and community-building efforts. Each has its own set of parameters regarding what they fund and how to apply, but both deadlines are in July. While Foundation Executive Director Allen Hittelman said, “as a rule, BJCF’s focus is on helping the whole Jewish community, not just single specific organizations,” BJCF does use income from its endow...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 13:11 )

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Intermountain

Forty young adults from Colorado on a Birthright trip

Forty young adults from Colorado on a Birthright tripRobert B. Sturm and JEWISHcolorado are sponsoring a Colorado community bus of 40 young adults on a Birthright trip to Israel. ?   The bus departed Monday, June 16, from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel with Denver’s Jesse Blum, YAD Give chair, leading the group. Birthright aims to strengthen Jewish identity, Jewish communities and solidarity with Israel by providing a 10-day trip to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18-26. The Taglit-Birthright Israel program recently expanded eligibility for ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 13:04 )

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After legal battle, Israel OK’s African-American family as citizens

Gabe Friedman Israel’s Interior Ministry has agreed to recognize a family of African Americans who converted to Judaism as citizens of Israel. ... [Link]

Rapper Ice Cube melts down, beats up rabbi

Gabe Friedman Ice Cube has never had the most cordial relationship with the Jewish community. Beating up a rabbi doesn’t help. ... [Link]

Obama meets with family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff

Gabe Friedman President Obama met with the parents of slain journalist Steven Sotloff several months after they criticized the White House for its handling of their son’s death. ... [Link]

Former NYC council candidate arrested on child porn charges

Marcy Oster Joseph Hayon, who admitted that he viewed and shared the pornographic images of children between ages 2 and 12, ran under the campaign slogan “Our children are our future,” ... [Link]

On basalt boulders, remembering a Golan Heights attack

Julie Wiener More than 63 years after seven Israeli soldiers were killed by a Syrian sniper, sculptors create a memorial for them. ... [Link]

Al Pacino pulls out of play over playwright’s support of Hitler

Marcy Oster Norwegian author Knut Hamsun was a supporter of Nazi Germany in his 70s and 80s and supported the German occupation of Norway during World War II. ... [Link]

Many Holocaust survivors live in poverty and need assistance, confab told

Marcy Oster Representatives of 39 countries participating in the two-day “Living in Dignity” conference called on the international community to provide more assistance to survivors. ... [Link]

As Israeli Rabbinate targets Rabbi Riskin, battle lines take shape

Ben Sales Rabbi Shlomo Riskin believes Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is challenging his job because his decisions on women and conversions question the Rabbinate’s hard lines on Jewish law. ... [Link]

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