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Chance conversation leads to miraculous reunion

Chance conversation leads to miraculous reunion

IMAGINE that you and your family have said kaddish all your lives for a relative (or several) who perished in the Holocaust long before you were born. As long as you can remember, you have heard the story of his or her initial escape and eventual murder from the parent or grandparent to whom this ghost was a cherished sibling.

Then imagine that through the combined miracles of chance encounters in foreign lands and the Internet, you have just learned that this long-mourned family member actually survived. Half-way around the world you have a cousin who has also been saying kaddish all these years, thinking it is your relative who was killed.

Based on the family history you and your cousin have known all your lives, you both know that the other can’t possibly exist.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 13:05 )

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Boulder

There’s a new shul in town: Boulder Orthodox

There’s a new shul in town: Boulder Orthodox PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION C PAGE 5 If you are a follower of the Orthodox branch of Judaism, there’s a new shul in town. The Boulder Orthodox Synagogue opened in early March and has been holding minyanim every Shabbat and holiday. The congregation’s representative, Jonathan M. Steinberg, whose title is listed simply as “officer,” said they don’t have a permanent location yet, and most likely won’t have one for a while. In the meantime, they have been holding Shabbat services a...

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 03:03 )

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Boulder

Boulder’s new Camp Inc. rewards young entrepreneurs

Boulder’s new Camp Inc. rewards young entrepreneurs CAMP INC., a newly-launched entrepreneurship camp for Jewish seventh to 12th graders, is giving young, budding business owners the opportunity to trade their bright ideas for free tuition this summer. The camp, which runs from June 22 -Aug. 6, 2014, is offering a free session to the three best product or service ideas submitted by potential campers. Applications for the contest must be submitted by May 1. “At Camp Inc., we inspire entrepreneurship in teens, and give our campers the skills an...
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Intermountain

Aspen epitomizes Jews’ love affair with mountains

Aspen epitomizes Jews’ love affair with mountainsASPEN — 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 wr...

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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Woman arrested for sexual abuse of teenagers at a bar mitzvah

Gabe Friedman A 32-year-old woman reportedly exposed her breasts to several guests at a bar mitzvah party before performing oral sex on a 15-year-old boy. ... [Link]

ADL slams Lena Dunham’s New Yorker piece

Gabe Friedman The Anti-Defamation League has called Lena Dunham’s recent controversial piece in the New Yorker “tasteless” and “offensive.” ... [Link]

Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

Ron Kampeas President Obama’s comments this week suggest he has not heeded the calls of leading pro-Israel lawmakers and Jewish organizational leaders to tone down his disagreement with Israel. ... [Link]

Y.U. medical school staff receives employment warning

Gabe Friedman Over 2,500 employees at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine could be laid off as a result of Montefiore Health System’s takeover of the medical school’s operations. ... [Link]

Reid endorses Schumer for minority leader

Ben Harris The retiring Senate minority leader predicted that Sen. Charles Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate and a leading pro-Israel voice in Congress, would win the post without opposition. ... [Link]

France to work on UN draft resolution on Israel

Cnaan Liphshiz Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters he plans to move forward with drafting a Security Council resolution on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. ... [Link]

Toulouse rabbi told to remove kippah at voting station

Cnaan Liphshiz Rabbi Avraham Weill complained to police of the alleged discrimination. ... [Link]

WATCH: Check out this year’s leading Passover parody videos

Julie Wiener If there had been just one “Uptown Funk” parody for Passover, Dayenu. But there are two. ... [Link]

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