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PJ Library for children grows in Colorado

PJ Library for children grows in Colorado

Families in Colorado raising Jewish children have more opportunities to participate in Jewish life due to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

The foundation created PJ Library, which offers Jewish themed books, music and programing to families around the globe.

JEWISHcolorado received a grant to expand PJ Library engagement in collaboration with its 22 partner agencies in the greater Denver metro area that serve children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years.

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Boulder

White House lauds Rabbi Soloway for green activism

White House lauds Rabbi Soloway for green activismTHE WHITE House honored 12 people of faith, each one as a “Champion of Change,” for their achievements in protecting the environment and communities from the hazards of climate change, on Monday, July 20. One of these “Champions of Change” is Rabbi Marc Soloway of Boulder’s Congregation Bonai Shalom. Thanks to Rabbi Soloway, Bonai Shalom was the first zero waste synagogue in the country. The congregation’s Ner Tamid is powered through a solar panel, showing sustainability through s...
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Intermountain

Jewish teens help Colorado Springs recover from forest fires

Jewish teens help Colorado Springs recover from forest fires“THE ONLY ray of light was our shower at the end of the day, especially when we spent the day cutting down trees burned in the devastating fires in Colorado Springs,” says 16-year-old Gabi Burkholz, who resides in San Diego, Calif. “Seeing the burned trees on people’s properties in the Black Forest really impacted us because we realized how long it can take to recover.” During July, Burkholz spent three weeks volunteering alongside 21 teenagers and four staff members in the greater C...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:23 )

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Denver

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

Quiet, shady, peaceful...taking care of Mt. NeboOF 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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Netanyahu, Liberman partially endorse Arab peace initiative

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his acceptance of some elements of the so-called Arab Peace initiative as a basis for talks on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian confli... [Link]

Israeli soldier, 19, wounded in Tel Aviv attack seen as terrorism

mbrodsky (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded Monday in a Tel Aviv stabbing — reportedly with a screwdriver — in what police are investigating as a terrorist attack. The alleged ass... [Link]

Vandalism at 3 New England synagogues aims to intimidate community, ADL regional leader says

mbrodsky BOSTON (JTA) — Recent vandalism targeting three New England synagogues is aimed at intimidating the Jewish community, the director of the New England office of the Anti-Defamation League said. R... [Link]

75th anniversary of Baghdad pogrom to be commemorated in 4 cities

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The author of a work on the Nazi-era massacre in Baghdad believed to have precipitated the Jewish exodus from Iraq is commemorating its 75th anniversary with candle lightings ... [Link]

Historic Jewish wedding in Turkey triggers hate speech online

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A historic wedding in Turkey triggered a deluge of anti-Semitic speech online, a leader of the country’s Jewish community said. Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, president of the Jewish Community... [Link]

Ohio Israeli eatery to close following February machete attack

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — An Israeli restaurant owner from Ohio whose eatery was targeted by a knife-wielding assailant said the incident has caused him losses requiring him to declare bankruptcy. Hany Baransi, t... [Link]

Holocaust monuments vandalized in Poland, Italy

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Newly erected Holocaust monuments in Poland and Italy were vandalized. In Poland, a monument in Raigrod, 130 miles northeast of Warsaw, was hit last week for the second time since its un... [Link]

Bernie Sanders: Israel has a right to US protection

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Israel has a right to be protected by the United States. Sanders, who has spoken out in favor of Palestinian interests as well as I... [Link]

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