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

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

WHILE 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 recycled and indigenous natural materials.

“They are the brain-children of Michael Reynolds, radical architect, sustainability expert, and the acknowledged ‘father’ of the Earthship.”

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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Denver

BMH-BJ meeting to plot future of shul

BMH-BJ Congregation has announced its annual meeting for Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary to plot the future of the synagogue. In addition to electing its officers and board of trustees, BMH-BJ is planning a full agenda, to  include: • Report on current situation at the synagogue, including a financial report as well as discussion of finances for the coming fiscal year; a report on the physical facility; and the ideas under discussion for moving forward. • High Holiday plans; ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:53 )

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Intermountain

Transitions at Temple Shalom: lay leaders, professionals

Transitions at Temple Shalom: lay leaders, professionals“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Meade COLORADO SPRINGS — Changing the world may in fact mean leading a synagogue, providing the synagogue with vision, direction and leadership. It may mean continuing the legacy of past board leaders, maintaining and improving financial stability, increasing membership, and reaching out into the local community. It may involve shaping one’s rol...

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 June 2014 13:43 )

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JTA News

U.S. Jewish hikers in Nepal contact families

Marcy Oster They reportedly are at the Mount Everest base camp awaiting evacuation. Meanwhile, the earthquake’s death toll topped 4,000. ... [Link]

U.N. inquiry finds Israel fired on its schools, Hamas hid weapons in its buildings

Marcy Oster Some 44 Palestinians sheltering in the schools bombed by the Israelis were killed and Hamas also fired at Israel from U.N. buildings, the inquiry found. ... [Link]

Alan Pollack, activist for Israel, dies at 77

Marcy Oster Pollack, a leading Zionist activist from the 1960s to the 1980s, joined the JTA board in 1979. ... [Link]

Haredi Orthodox neighborhood has NYC’s highest birth rate

Julie Wiener Borough Park, an area in Brooklyn known for its sizable Orthodox Jewish population, has 27.9 births per 1,000 residents, making it “easily the city’s baby capital.” ... [Link]

Holocaust survivor criticized for urging end to prosecution of SS officers

Julie Wiener Eva Mozes Kor, who had been one of 50 Auschwitz survivors bringing charges against Oskar Groening, made her remarks on German television. ... [Link]

Nicki Minaj made this kid’s bar mitzvah legendary

Gabe Friedman What was the famous hip-hop artist doing at a bar mitzvah? ... [Link]

The world’s smallest Bible, now on view at the Israel Museum

Gabe Friedman You’ve never seen the Bible like this before. That is, if you can actually see this version. ... [Link]

Why Israeli couples have surrogate pregnancies in Nepal

Ben Sales Israeli couples unable to get pregnant are choosing surrogacy abroad. For same-sex couples, Nepal is one of the only options. ... [Link]

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