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Colorado Springs Jewry’s roots go back to 1861

Colorado Springs Jewry’s roots go back to 1861

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION
SECTION D PAGE 4

“A PEOPLE without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots,” said the civil rights activist, Marcus Garvey. This quote will ring true for historians, anthropologists, politicians, students of history — and Perry B. Bach, researcher and author of the publication Glimpses at Our History: Temple Shalom’s 40-year Anniversary & Colorado Springs Jewish Community 110 Years.

Bach is a long-time resident of Colorado Springs, a retired child and adolescent psychiatrist, a former member of the Temple Shalom board and the steering committee chair of United Jewish Communities in Colorado Springs.

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Intermountain

IST 2014 was not your typical summer in Israel

IST 2014 was not your typical summer in Israel ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 7 ISRAEL Study Tour 2014 started out just like the 41 previous ISTs — 71 excited rising high school seniors embarking on an eye-opening, inspirational adventure. However, as soon as they arrived in Israel in mid-June, they realized that this year’s trip would be unlike those in previous years. The Colorado teens’ arrival in Israel was punctuated by the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenage boys by Hamas. The teens were ultimately found murdered, ...
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Intermountain

Rabbi Joel Newman spiritual leader of B’nai Vail

Rabbi Joel Newman spiritual leader of B’nai Vail ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 8 Rabbi Joel D. Newman, the former rabbi at Rodef Shalom for six years in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, has returned to Colorado as the rabbi of B’nai Vail. After receiving undergraduate degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Newman was ordained at the Leo Baeck College in London, England. He then served as an associate rabbi in St. Paul, Minn., for six years and then at Rodef Shalom in Denver for six years. For ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 September 2014 02:16 )

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Yisroel M. Ovadya is new rabbi of Beit Uriel

Yisroel M. Ovadya is new rabbi of Beit Uriel ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 5 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 dec...

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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WATCH: Jack Black, Morgan Freeman urge Americans to support Iran deal

Andrew Tobin The star-studded video warns that if Congress disapproves of the international agreement, war with Iran is likely. ... [Link]

With polls of U.S. Jews on Iran at odds, whom to believe?

Uriel Heilman A close look at how the questions were asked and how the polls were conducted yields some hints. ... [Link]

In West Bank settlement, Jewish protesters clash with police

Julie Wiener Some protesters in Beit El threw rocks at police after 200 demonstrators were forcibly removed from two buildings ordered to be demolished. ... [Link]

Jewish lawmakers shut out noise as they consider Iran nuclear deal

Ron Kampeas Key members of Congress are counting calls to their offices and planning town halls as they consider how to vote on the agreement. ... [Link]

10 other things that start with ‘J’ for JDate to sue

Gabe Friedman After the Jewish dating site is done suing JSwipe for its use of the letter “J,” it should move on to these other “J”-branded entities. ... [Link]

Study: Most Jewish students faced hostilities on North American campuses

Julie Wiener Nearly three-quarters of over 3,000 respondents to the Brandeis survey said they were exposed to anti-Semitic statements and one-third were verbally harassed because they were Jewish. ... [Link]

FBI investigating anti-Semitic vandalism at Michigan Jewish camp

Julie Wiener At least two people reportedly spray-painted a swastika on a sign outside the Orthodox overnight camp during Tisha b’Av. ... [Link]

Jewish groups stake out positions on Iran deal, but whom do they represent?

Uriel Heilman A kerfuffle in Los Angeles is highlighting the apparent gap on the agreement between American Jews and Jewish organizations. ... [Link]

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