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Well-travelled Torah finds home at B’nai Havurah

Well-travelled Torah finds home at B’nai Havurah

AT the timeless time of High Holy Days in 2012, Jerry and Sharon Tinianow, who had just moved here from Ohio, came to services with our B’nai Havurah congregation. Some time later, after talking with Rabbi Evette Lutman and joining B’nai Havurah, an amazing Torah with an amazing story came to live with our community.

For Simchat Torah 2013, Jerry Tinianow brought out the Tinianow Torah and told its story. How did this Torah make its way here from Babruysk, Belarus? Therein lies a tale!

This extraordinary Torah’s birth and early life are shrouded in mystery. But, some of its story is revealed as I talk with Jerry. His family lived in Babruysk, Belarus for generations. He knows some of the story, and recently he contacted the oldest member of his family, his 98-year-old Aunt Rose Frank, in Ohio, to learn more. She fondly remembers the family Torah from her childhood.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:25 )

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Boulder

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin explores forgiveness

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin explores forgivenessAPPLAUSE for a speaker being introduced is practically required, but the warm and affectionate introduction by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone of Rabbi Joseph Telushkin was less like a formal introduction and more like a welcome of an old friend into one’s home — which is basically what it was. Temple Nevei Kodesh is her home, and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin — the educator and ethicist — is her friend. The Telushkins lived in Boulder for several years in the mid-1990s and while they loved it then an...
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Intermountain

Temple Shalom Mitzvah Day is tikkun olam in action

Temple Shalom Mitzvah Day is tikkun olam in actionTemple Shalom’s social hall, sanctuary and meeting areas were bustling with activity on Sunday, May 4, as over 100 of the Jewish community spent the morning volunteering for the annual Mitzvah Day. The morning began with breakfast provided by Colorado Springs Hadassah, and an opportunity to mix, mingle and get to know other congregants and their families. “This is one of the most important and fun things Hadassah does every year in Colorado Springs,” commented Sue Mullin, president, Hada...
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Denver

Sharsheret, JEWISHcolorado launch collaboration to address women’s cancers

Sharsheret, JEWISHcolorado launch collaboration to address women’s cancersSharsheret, the national organization supporting women and their families of all Jewish backgrounds facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and JEWISHcolorado’s Jewish Women’s Philanthropy Committee (JWPC), are collaborting to raise awareness about breast and ovarian cancer. The organizations will work together to create tailored support programs for Colorado residents living with or at risk for these diseases.
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Intermountain

Jessica Van Bueren one of ‘Best and Brightest’

Jessica Van Bueren one of ‘Best and Brightest’JESSICA Van Bueren, a senior at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, has been named one of the “Best and Brightest of 2014” by The Gazette newspaper. Twenty high school seniors from the Pikes Peak region were selected for the honor. Judged by a panel of 11 community members, the students were recognized for their academic achievements and their contributions to their communities and schools. The “Best and Brightest” publication is in its 24th year. Van Bueren has received awards f...
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Monica joins Twitter. Should we listen?

Anthony Weiss The Jewish woman who, with some justice, described herself as “the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet” returned to the cybersphere on Monday.... [Link]

Netanyahu reportedly withdraws support for conversion bill

Marcy Oster Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has withdrawn his support for a bill that would allow local rabbis to oversee conversions. ... [Link]

Jerusalem elects two chief rabbis

Marcy Oster The Jerusalem City Council elected two new chief rabbis, including Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the former chief rabbi of Israel. ... [Link]

Converts say Freundel’s abuse of power extended beyond mikvah peeping

Uriel Heilman Rabbi Barry Freundel didn’t just make conversion candidates take practice dunks in the mikvah where he allegedly spied on them in the shower — he also compelled them to do clerical tasks a... [Link]

Assertion by Austrian official voids conviction on restitution fraud, Jewish author says

Cnaan Liphshiz Austria has no claims against a Jewish author who was convicted of defrauding the republic out of Holocaust restitution funds, a government official said. ... [Link]

‘Klinghoffer’ ticket holders talk back

Raffi Wineburg Many of those who braved the heckling of protesters to see “The Death of Klinghoffer” said they felt unfairly judged. ... [Link]

White House: Nazi war criminals should not be receiving Social Security

Marcy Oster Nazi war criminals should not be receiving Social Security benefits, a White House spokesman said. ... [Link]

‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ fails to live up to the controversy

Ami Eden JTA’s Ami Eden sees the controversial opera that inspired weeks of protests. And shrugs. ... [Link]

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