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Dr. Sarah Grope: Denver’s first and only mohelet

Dr. Sarah Grope: Denver’s first and only mohelet

Placing 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 age-old Jewish ritual.

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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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Denver

At least somebody benefited from Broncos loss...

At least somebody benefited from Broncos loss...  As the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks faced off last Sunday in the Super Bowl, two rabbis from those cities organized their own face-off, although their confrontation had nothing to do with physical combat and everything to do with the performance of mitzvot. Rabbi Joe Black, senior rabbi of Denver’s Temple Emanuel, and Rabbi Daniel Weiner, senior rabbi of Seattle’s Temple DeHirsch — longtime friends — initiated their wager shortly after the Broncos and Seahawks won their respectiv...

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 February 2014 06:33 )

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Intermountain

Young Jewish professionals connect in the Springs

Young Jewish professionals connect in the SpringsCOLORADO SPRINGS — “Living in Colorado Springs as a Jewish adult in one’s 20s or 30s can be challenging, socially and culturally,” according to Walter Shedroff, 30, an Air Force officer. Young adults can turn to the Jewish Young Professionals (JYP) network here to connect with other Jewish adults for social, educational and religious activities and events. The JYP network is inclusive and open to any Jewish young adults in this approximate age range, regardless of affiliation with a s...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:10 )

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U.S.-based Helmsley Trust awards Israeli institutions over $9 million

Marcy Oster The grants were awarded to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. ... [Link]

Jerusalem hosting challah bake as part of Shabbos Project

Marcy Oster The Great Big Jerusalem Challah Bake will be hosted by celebrity Jewish chef Jamie Geller. ... [Link]

Rivlin heading to new Warsaw Jewish museum aboard Polish president’s plane

Cnaan Liphshiz Israel’s president accepted Bronislaw Komorowski’s offer to provide a ride to the unveiling of the core display of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. ... [Link]

Arab-Israeli soccer team fined for honoring ex-Knesset lawmaker

Marcy Oster The Bnei Sakhnin club was penalized $4,000 for its tribute to Azmi Bishara, who fled Israel amid accusations of treason and espionage. ... [Link]

U.S. condemns Jerusalem terror attack that killed infant

Marcy Oster The alleged terrorist died in a Jerusalem hospital after being shot by police while trying to flee the scene. ... [Link]

British man gets jail time for sending lawmaker anti-Semitic tweet

Julie Wiener The tweet to Labour’s Luciana Berger carried the hashtag “Hitler was right.” ... [Link]

Poll: Majority of Denmark citizens want circumcision banned

Julie Wiener The survey was released on the eve of a parliamentary hearing to discuss a possible ban on circumcision, something that two parties support. ... [Link]

Palestinian-American student alleges anti-Muslim assault at Brooklyn arena

Marcy Oster She claims the group of assailants included the executive director of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, who was punched outside the Barclays Center after the game. ... [Link]

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