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Rabbi Joel Newman spiritual leader of B’nai Vail

Rabbi Joel Newman spiritual leader of B’nai Vail


Rabbi Joel D. Newman, the former rabbi at Rodef Shalom for six years in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, has returned to Colorado as the rabbi of B’nai Vail.

After receiving undergraduate degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Newman was ordained at the Leo Baeck College in London, England.

He then served as an associate rabbi in St. Paul, Minn., for six years and then at Rodef Shalom in Denver for six years.

For the past 23 years, Rabbi Newman was one of eight rabbis in the Navy.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 September 2014 02:16 )


Yisroel M. Ovadya is new rabbi of Beit Uriel

Yisroel M. Ovadya is new rabbi of Beit Uriel ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 5 Beit Uriel, the Israeli Denver Synagogue, has hired its first rabbi, Yisrael Meir Ovadya, an Israeli religious leader from a family noted for its kiruv (a Hebrew word that means “bringing close”) activities both in Israel and around the world. Rabbi Ovadya comes to Denver with a 15-year history of working with teens, adults and ba’alei teshuvah (those who have returned to an observant Jewish lifestyle) in Israel. His background includes half a dec...

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 September 2014 02:15 )


Aspen Jewish center opens to great fanfare

Aspen Jewish center opens to great fanfareBE prepared to be flabbergasted. Not because the new synagogue in Aspen is — hands down — the nicest in the region. Not because this is the most successful, completed capital campaign in Colorado Jewish history. Not because you no longer need to choose between a synagogue and nature in order to pray at your best. Not because the dream was compromised: the “synagogue” is much more than a synagogue. It’s a community center.

Anti-circumcision movement comes to Boulder

UNLIKE the group that created the 2011 San Francisco ballot initiative that would have made circumcising a male under age 18 a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $1,000 or up to one year in jail, with no religious exemptions permitted, those gathered at CU Boulder July 23-26 for the 13th convocation of the International Symposium on Genital Autonomy and Children’s Rights indicated an interest in education over legislation. “Whole Bodies, Whole Selves: Activating Social Change” brought t...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 August 2014 19:21 )


Local dentist volunteers at Jerusalem dental clinic during Operation Protective Edge

Local dentist volunteers at Jerusalem dental clinic during Operation Protective EdgeDENVER dentist Dr. Arlene Stein arrived in Israel on July 11 to spend two weeks volunteering at the Trudi Birger Dental Clinic in Jerusalem, through Dental Volunteers for Israel (DVI). DVI provides free dental care and oral health education to thousands of needy children in Jerusalem every year, regardless of race and religion. Holocaust survivor Trudi Birger suffered greatly as a child during WW II. At that time she vowed to help prevent the suffering of other children if she should survive....
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FEGS bankruptcy under federal investigation

Julie Wiener The New York-based charity, which announced in February that it would shut down for financial reasons, disclosed the investigation in an Oct. 2 court filing. ... [Link]

Writer Molly Antopol wins Hadassah’s Ribalow Prize

Julie Wiener Antopol, author of the short-story collection “The UnAmericans,” will be honored at a ceremony in New York on Dec. 1. ... [Link]

Police clash with Jewish protesters in Jerusalem, Arab ones in Nazareth

Julie Wiener Demonstrators in Nazareth set fire to tires and garbage cans and threw stones at police, while demonstrators in Jerusalem threw stones at police and chanted “death to Arabs.” ... [Link]

2 Palestinians reported killed in Gaza-Israel border riot

Cnaan Liphshiz 19 others were injured in an incident the IDF said began after protesters hurled stones and burning tires at soldiers. ... [Link]

Stone-throwing settlers smash Palestinian minister’s car windows, PA says

Cnaan Liphshiz Alleged attack comes amid a spate of assaults on Arabs meant to avenge Palestinian terrorism. ... [Link]

Ross: U.S.-Israel relations suffered because Rice failed to communicate

Ron Kampeas Susan Rice said Benjamin Netanyahu lobbed everything but the “n-word” at Obama. ... [Link]

2 Israelis stabbed, Palestinian assailant killed near Hebron

Cnaan Liphshiz Attacks in the West Bank city and in Jerusalem occurred shortly after an Israeli Jew stabbed four Arabs in Dimona. ... [Link]

Council of Europe doubles down on anti-ritual circumcision stance

Cnaan Liphshiz Contrary to statements in Israeli media, the Council says it introduced an even more restrictive view on circumcision than before. ... [Link]

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