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Forty young adults from Colorado on a Birthright trip

Forty young adults from Colorado on a Birthright trip

Robert 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 its 10-day trips to Israel.

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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Boulder

Two decades on, Boulder Jewish Festival going strong

Two decades on, Boulder Jewish Festival going strongFOR the past 20 years, people from in and around Boulder have enjoyed an annual one-day celebration of Jewish culture, featuring live entertainment, fine art and Judaica, ethnic food, community organizations and activities for all ages on the second Sunday in June. This year’s Boulder Jewish Festival takes place on Sunday, June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., on the Boulder County Courthouse Lawn and the Pearl Street Mall. Twenty years ago, Susan Kramer and the late Cathy Adler had come to Boulder from d...
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Denver

Well-travelled Torah finds home at B’nai Havurah

Well-travelled Torah finds home at B’nai HavurahAT 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! Thi...

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

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UCLA student government member questioned about Jewish identity

Gabe Friedman A member of UCLA’s student government was asked in a hearing whether her Jewish identity presents a conflict of interest. ... [Link]

WATCH: Leonard Nimoy explains Spock’s salute

Gabe Friedman In a video, Leonard Nimoy explain the Jewish origins of the famed gesture. ... [Link]

Leonard Nimoy, actor who played Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ dead at 83

Gabe Friedman Nimoy said that he based Spock’s split-finger salute, now a pop culture fixture, on a Kohanic blessing that involves a manual approximation of the Hebrew letter shin. ... [Link]

Q&A with Jorma Kaukonen on Jefferson Airplane and Judaism

Gabe Friedman The legendary guitarist talks about his Jewish family roots, the Torah scroll his great-grandfather worked on and why so many blues guitarists are Jewish. ... [Link]

Italian lawmakers urge recognition of Palestinian state

Cnaan Liphshiz Non-binding resolution passes by a vote of 300 to 45, adding Italy’s Chamber of Deputies to other European parliaments supporting the move. ... [Link]

Politician for French National Front says Jews blocking his musical career

Cnaan Liphshiz Xavier Sainty quotes Jewish producer as telling he’ll never work in the industry because he’s not Jewish. ... [Link]

China, World Jewish Congress to commemorate Shanghai Ghetto liberation

Cnaan Liphshiz Chinese official says landmark event underscores Chinese, Jewish suffering under fascism. ... [Link]

Madonna hacker indicted in Tel Aviv

Marcy Oster Avi Lederman is charged with illegal wiretapping, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement and obstruction of justice. ... [Link]

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