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Jessica Van Bueren one of ‘Best and Brightest’

Jessica Van Bueren one of ‘Best and Brightest’

JESSICA Van Bueren, a senior at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, has been named one of the “Best and Brightest of 2014” by The Gazette newspaper. Twenty high school seniors from the Pikes Peak region were selected for the honor.

Judged by a panel of 11 community members, the students were recognized for their academic achievements and their contributions to their communities and schools.

The “Best and Brightest” publication is in its 24th year.

Van Bueren has received awards for her leadership skills, academic achievements and volunteer contributions.

Since her Bat Mitzvah, she has been active in the scouting world both as a Girl Scout and with the Venture Scouts.

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Boulder

Chance conversation leads to miraculous reunion

Chance conversation leads to miraculous reunionIMAGINE 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 actuall...

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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Israeli couple’s big day saved by crowdsourced wedding crashers

Marcy Oster With the wedding venue tragically empty, a friend posted a public invitation on Facebook and attracted some 2,000 guests. ... [Link]

Shabbat meal at European Maccabi Games sets Guinness record

Marcy Oster Some 2,322 Jewish men and women who gathered in Berlin broke the world mark set last year for largest Shabbat meal. ... [Link]

Netanyahu urges U.S. Jews to oppose Iran deal

Uriel Heilman The agreement reached by Iran and six nations will pave the path to Iranian nuclear weapons whether or not Iran keeps up its end of the deal, the Israeli leader said in a webcast aimed at American Jew... [Link]

Polish tribunal to take up restitution law on Warsaw property

Marcy Oster The World Jewish Restitution Organization welcomed the Polish president’s decision to refer the law, which sets a six-month deadline for a hearing, to the tribunal. ... [Link]

Air France ‘deeply regrets’ map snafu omitting Israel

Cnaan Liphshiz West Bank, Gaza and several Arab cities appeared on the firm’s flight path display, which omitted Israel. ... [Link]

U.S. energy secretary: ‘If I were Israeli, I would support the Iran deal’

Marcy Oster The comment by Ernest Moniz sparked a response from his Israeli counterpart, Yuval Steinitz: “If I were American, I would oppose the agreement.” ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Israel must confront the fundamentalists within

Ben Harris The recent outbreak of extremist violence confronts Israel with a stark choice, the president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion writes. ... [Link]

Netanyahu visits Jewish woman burned in Jerusalem firebombing

Marcy Oster Following the international condemnation of a deadly attack on a Palestinian family, the Israeli leader said he was “still waiting” for a similar response over terrorism directed at Jews. ... [Link]

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