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Yisroel M. Ovadya is new rabbi of Beit Uriel

Yisroel M. Ovadya is new rabbi of Beit Uriel

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Beit Uriel, the Israeli Denver Synagogue, has hired its first rabbi, Yisrael Meir Ovadya, an Israeli religious leader from a family noted for its kiruv (a Hebrew word that means “bringing close”) activities both in Israel and around the world.

Rabbi Ovadya comes to Denver with a 15-year history of working with teens, adults and ba’alei teshuvah (those who have returned to an observant Jewish lifestyle) in Israel.

His background includes half a decade as a lecturer at Succat David in Ramat Bet Shemesh in Israel, and a decade of other kiruv work in Israel.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 September 2014 02:15 )

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Intermountain

Aspen Jewish center opens to great fanfare

Aspen Jewish center opens to great fanfareBE prepared to be flabbergasted. Not because the new synagogue in Aspen is — hands down — the nicest in the region. Not because this is the most successful, completed capital campaign in Colorado Jewish history. Not because you no longer need to choose between a synagogue and nature in order to pray at your best. Not because the dream was compromised: the “synagogue” is much more than a synagogue. It’s a community center.
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Boulder

Anti-circumcision movement comes to Boulder

UNLIKE the group that created the 2011 San Francisco ballot initiative that would have made circumcising a male under age 18 a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $1,000 or up to one year in jail, with no religious exemptions permitted, those gathered at CU Boulder July 23-26 for the 13th convocation of the International Symposium on Genital Autonomy and Children’s Rights indicated an interest in education over legislation. “Whole Bodies, Whole Selves: Activating Social Change” brought t...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 August 2014 19:21 )

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Denver

Local dentist volunteers at Jerusalem dental clinic during Operation Protective Edge

Local dentist volunteers at Jerusalem dental clinic during Operation Protective EdgeDENVER dentist Dr. Arlene Stein arrived in Israel on July 11 to spend two weeks volunteering at the Trudi Birger Dental Clinic in Jerusalem, through Dental Volunteers for Israel (DVI). DVI provides free dental care and oral health education to thousands of needy children in Jerusalem every year, regardless of race and religion. Holocaust survivor Trudi Birger suffered greatly as a child during WW II. At that time she vowed to help prevent the suffering of other children if she should survive....
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Denver

Hillel Academy to begin renovation with boys wing

Hillel Academy to begin renovation with boys wingAlmost 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 tim...
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Amy Winehouse, through the lens (and the bottom of a bottle)

Lisa Keys A powerful new documentary, “Amy,” looks at the Jewish songstress behind the famous beehive hairdo. ... [Link]

Cruz blasts Obama for opening embassy in Havana before Jerusalem

Ron Kampeas Declared GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz contrasted the announcement of plans to open an embassy in Havana with the U.S. refusal to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem. ... [Link]

Report: Alan Gross never debriefed after release from Cuba

Marcy Oster In May, Gross spoke at a fundraiser for New Cuba PAC, which calls for easing trade and travel restrictions between the island nation and the United States. ... [Link]

Olmert appeals conviction, sentence in Talansky Affair

Marcy Oster Olmert asked Israel’s Supreme Court to delay the start of his eight-month prison term pending his appeal. ... [Link]

 Israel signs $111 million deal to upgrade Argentinean tanks

Marcy Oster The work on the 74  Argentinean Medium Tanks will be done by Israeli engineers in Argentina. ... [Link]

Steven Salaita hired by American University of Beirut

Marcy Oster Salaita, whose appointment as a professor at the University of Illinois was rescinded over his anti-Israel tweets, announced on Twitter that he will teach in the fall. ... [Link]

Home of Har Nof synagogue terrorist sealed

Marcy Oster The home of one of the Palestinian terrorists who murdered four rabbis and a policeman in an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue was sealed by the Israeli military. ... [Link]

Hezbollah operative planning attacks on Jewish targets sentenced in Cyprus

Ron Kampeas The dual Lebanese-Canadian citizen was given a six-year prison term after material used for explosives was found in his home. ... [Link]

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