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Volunteer-driven Temple Beit Torah perseveres, thrives

Volunteer-driven Temple Beit Torah perseveres, thrives

“WE were wandering Jews from our founding in 1992, renting space for many years, until the Temple Beit Torah congregation purchased its own home, in 2004,” according to Dick Conn, president of Temple Beit Torah (TBT).

Rabbi Irvin Ehrlich, retired US Air Force chaplain, was TBT’s founding rabbi, and Conn was its first president.

TBT’s early homes were at Benet Hill Monastery, Faith Presbyterian Church, a location near the Citadel Mall, and space at a facility owned by Temple Shalom. So from the very beginning of the Reform congregation, interfaith cooperation and collaboration were important parts of its culture.

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Denver

Dr. Sarah Grope: Denver’s first and only mohelet

Dr. Sarah Grope: Denver’s first and only moheletPlacing an eight-day-old male into a stranger’s arms for a brit milah, the ritual of circumcision that binds men to the Jewish covenant, can be a tremulous act of faith. Dr. Sarah Grope, a Denver pediatrician and first practicing Reform mohelet (ritual circumciser) in Denver, understands. One of about 50 Reform women certified to perform brit milah in the US, Grope also is the mother of three sons. The fusion of personal insight and professional skill gives her an unusual perspective on the...
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Boulder

Boulder Chabad to open shul, educational center

Boulder Chabad to open shul, educational center“If we do not help a man in trouble, it is as if we caused the trouble.” Although this was said first in the late 1700s by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the great-grandson of the founder of the chasidic movement, the Baal Shem Tov, it could have been said in mid-September, 2013, by Rabbi Pesach Scheiner, co-director of Chabad of Boulder: “Why are you doing all this work to help people you don’t even know recover from the flood?” Rabbi Scheiner and his wife and co-director Chany Scheiner ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:08 )

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Intermountain

Interfaith network engages to mitigate homelessness

Interfaith network engages to mitigate homelessness“WHEN I went into the Interfaith Hospitality Network Program, I was broken and discouraged. The people there saw things in me that I didn’t see. The program saved my life. There are no words to express how I feel,” said Julie Wieland. Wieland is a graduate of the Interfaith Hospitality Network Program (IHN) in Colorado Springs and spoke to several hundred people at a recent fundraising event. A large number of religious organizations have been involved in IHN over a long period of time, ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:53 )

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Denver

At least somebody benefited from Broncos loss...

At least somebody benefited from Broncos loss...  As the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks faced off last Sunday in the Super Bowl, two rabbis from those cities organized their own face-off, although their confrontation had nothing to do with physical combat and everything to do with the performance of mitzvot. Rabbi Joe Black, senior rabbi of Denver’s Temple Emanuel, and Rabbi Daniel Weiner, senior rabbi of Seattle’s Temple DeHirsch — longtime friends — initiated their wager shortly after the Broncos and Seahawks won their respectiv...

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 February 2014 06:33 )

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Winehouse statue features Star of David

Ron Kampeas A statue of Amy Winehouse in London has the iconic blues singer wearing a Star of David. ... [Link]

5774: For Europe’s Jews, a year of upheaval and uncertainty

Cnaan Liphshiz In France, Belgium and across the European continent, Jews have encountered measurable increases in anti-Semitic activity over the past year, prompting both increased emigration and a creeping sense o... [Link]

Shofar so good: The Jews who inspired us in 5774

Uriel Heilman In a year with no shortage of bad news, these 10 Jewish individuals or groups inspired or impressed us in 5774. ... [Link]

5774: Top 10 viral videos

Anthony Weiss With JTA’s list of the videos that went viral this year, you’ll be hitting “share” again and again. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: The Jewish imperative to tackle climate change – and four ways to do it

Gabrielle Birkner Sorry, but you do not have permission to view this content. ... [Link]

For Israeli tennis ace Andy Ram and ‘home’ crowd in Fla., a finale to remember

mbrodsky In a match relocated from Tel Aviv because of the Gaza conflict, the sun sets on a smashing career with a grueling victory and chants of “Andyoni.” ... [Link]

IDF disciplines reservist for passing info to Bennett during Gaza op

Marcy Oster The Israel Defense Forces disciplined a senior reserves officer who reportedly passed classified information to a government minister during Operation Protective Edge. ... [Link]

Oops! Palestinian typo promotes ‘violent’ protest

Uriel Heilman Is Mahmoud Abbas planning to herald the coming of a new intifada during an upcoming speech in New York — or did organizers of the event badly mangle their press release? ... [Link]

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