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Quiet, shady, peaceful...taking care of Mt. Nebo

Quiet, shady, peaceful...taking care of Mt. Nebo

OF ALL the places people take for granted, please consider the humble cemetery.

When a funeral is set to take place, or a visit is scheduled to the grave of a loved one, the setting is bucolic. Neatly trimmed trees shade the verdant grass below. Litter and debris have been fastidiously removed. The ambience is quiet, shady and peaceful, perfect for those who need to grieve, or contemplate, or pray.

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Intermountain

Last exit in the Diaspora? A Jewish history professor in Utah

Last exit in the Diaspora? A Jewish history professor in UtahPROF. ROBERT Goldberg, director of the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, pulled into the foreign terrain of Salt Lake City to teach history in 1980. The move was so traumatic that the New York native still refers to Utah as one of the last exits in the Diaspora. “When I first arrived here, it was an oy vey moment,” he says. “Everyone was blond, every woman looked pregnant and you could not find a cup of coffee anywhere.” Goldberg, 65, recalls a telling incident from ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:29 )

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Intermountain

Kim Harris serves as cantor and rabbi at B'nai Chaim

Kim Harris serves as cantor and rabbi at B'nai ChaimCantor Kim Harris says that her true nature is to be an introvert, inherently shy and quiet. “A fake extrovert” is how she describes herself. She could have fooled me — and a lot of other people. Among them are members of Congregation B’nai Chaim, a relatively small Reform community located near Morrison that serves unofficially as the Jewish house of worship for the greater southwestern metro area.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:03 )

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Denver

Ida Goldberger bids Denver farewell after 64 years

Ida Goldberger bids Denver farewell after 64 yearsCantor Moshe Weiss sits at a rear table in the HEA social hall as people filter in to say farewell and good luck to Ida Goldberger, who is moving to Baltimore to live with her family at the end of June. The June 15 tribute was hastily arranged when the community learned that Ida — a fixture in Denver since 1951 — was leaving her home of 64 years ahead of schedule. Weiss met Ida and her husband Rabbi Daniel Goldberger when he was hired as chazzan at Beth Joseph in 1957. Lost in memories, h...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:26 )

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Denver

Giant leap: Schrutt family makes aliyah to Israel

Giant leap: Schrutt family makes aliyah to Israel JUST OVER a month from now, the lives of a Denver Jewish family will change in a very big way. Jennifer Schrutt, the wife and mother of that family, takes about half a second to explain the motivation behind the momentous transition. “Pure Zionism,” she says when asked why she, her husband Max and their three children will pull up their Denver roots, say goodbye to their extended family and host of friends, and make Israel their new home. Backing up their fervent belief in a Jewish home...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 July 2015 08:20 )

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Israeli flag burned at Kiev Holocaust memorial on Yom Hashoah

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A group of young people burned an Israeli flag outside a Ukraine Holocaust memorial in Kiev on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Thursday. The flag burning near the Babi Yar ravine,... [Link]

Israeli police to investigate guards who killed Palestinian siblings in alleged stabbing attempt

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The Israel Police plan to investigate whether civilian security guards acted unlawfully when they shot dead a Palestinian brother and sister who allegedly were attempting to carry out a stab... [Link]

Donald Trump disavows David Duke’s praise

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump “totally” disavowed an anti-Jewish tirade on his behalf by white supremacist David Duke and said there was no place for anti-Semitism in society. The New York... [Link]

Jewish teenagers want to engage. Just ask them.

Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA) — Welcoming teens into Jewish life is both one of the most important and seemingly challenging endeavors of the Jewish community. The rapid decline in teen engagement in Jewish li... [Link]

Spanish village that changed name from Kill Jews’ Town hit with anti-Semitic graffiti

Marcy Oster (JTA) — A Spanish village that changed its name from Kill Jews’ Town, breaking its ties to the Spanish Inquisition, has been subject to repeated anti-Semitic graffiti. The town’s may... [Link]

Kids show love for their Holocaust-survivor great-grandparents

Andrew Tobin In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, JTA’s sister site Kveller asked readers to submit photographs of their children with great-grandparents who survived the Holocaust. Here are the adorable r... [Link]

Bank settles $40M lawsuit over compulsory Hitler parody video

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — BNP Paribas bank has settled a $40 million lawsuit with a Jewish former employee who claims he was penalized for complaining about a mandatory viewing of a training film that featur... [Link]

In new film, Yitzhak Rabin narrates his autobiography

Andrew Tobin “Rabin in his Own Words,” which opens in Friday in New York, Los Angeles and South Florida, is more than a tribute to the two-time Israeli prime minister tragically gunned down in 1995. The apt... [Link]

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