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Aspen epitomizes Jews’ love affair with mountains

Aspen epitomizes Jews’ love affair with mountains

ASPEN — When Rabbi David Segal was considering moving to the Aspen Jewish Congregation for his first position upon ordination from Hebrew Union College, he received some advice.

“Some people told me, ‘I don’t think you can create anything real there. Second homeowners are just into vacationing; they won’t be interested in the community. You can’t engage them in any meaningful way.’”

He took the job in Aspen anyway, and he’s glad he did.

”I have found that to be patently wrong, and backward,” Rabbi Segal says.

“The second homeowners, many of them spend a good half of their year here, if not more. There are different varieties of second homeowners. Some are just the summer crowd. They relocate here for the entire summer, from the end of June to end of August. Last year the holidays were early, so a lot of them stayed until the end of Rosh Hashanah.

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 March 2014 05:18 )

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Intermountain

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 ...
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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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‘Ida’ makes Oscars shortlist

Gabrielle Birkner The Israeli entry, ‘Gett,’ is out of the running, but a Polish film about a would-be nun who discovers her parents were killed in the Holocaust was among the nine foreign films that advanc... [Link]

Tampa-area agency head dead in murder-suicide

Anthony Weiss A Florida Jewish agency head who had been deeply involved with caring for migrant children was found dead with her longtime partner in what police are calling an apparent murder-suicide. ... [Link]

A military miracle: Hanukkah care for U.S. armed forces personnel

Raffi Wineburg For the last seven years, Kosher Troops has been sending care packages to American-Jewish servicemen and women across the globe. ... [Link]

Behind every great ‘Serial’ podcast host, a Jewish studies professor

Gabrielle Birkner In the series finale of the podcast sensation “Serial,” a certain Jewish studies professor got a shout out. It was Sarah Koenig’s husband, who directs the Jewish Studies program at P... [Link]

French far-right mayor’s city hall menorah sparks controversy

Cnaan Liphshiz National Front candiate also placed a nativity scene in public space despite concerns this violate church-state separation. ... [Link]

Jesus comes to the Hanukkah party

Ron Kampeas The Christian savior keeps insinuating himself into Hanukkah festivities. ... [Link]

For Cuban Jews in U.S., rapprochement with Castro regime cause for concern

Uriel Heilman For those old enough to remember the most brutal years of the Castro regime, there is deep concern that rapprochement with Washington will extend the life of a dictatorship whose crimes can be neither... [Link]

Washington Institute names former Palestinian negotiator as fellow

Ron Kampeas The Washington Institute for Near East Policy named a former Palestinian negotiator to its think tank team. ... [Link]

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