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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, including the Colorado Springs Jewish community for at least the past 15 years. Participating churches and synagogues are considered “partner congregations” for the agency.

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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Boulder

Is Kehilath Aish Kodesh closing its doors?

Kehilath Aish Kodesh, founded 14 years ago in Boulder to spark the “holy fire” of Orthodox Judaism, is seriously considering shutting the doors. A Jan. 10 email sent to congregants and others, including the IJN, prepared recipients for sad news in the subject line: “Farewell Dear Aish.” “While people love Aish Kodesh and want an Orthodox synagogue, no one is able to take on the financial or logistic responsibilities” needed to maintain the congregation at this time, the missive sta...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:51 )

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Denver

Young adults learn about philanthropy

Young adults learn about philanthropyJEWISHcolorado and Judaism Your Way embarked on a social and educational initiative for young Jewish adults this year. The Jewish Philanthropic Educational Group (JPEG) brought together 12 young adults from Denver and Boulder in their 20s, 30s and early 40s to learn collectively about and experience the process of philanthropy, and to make a greater impact through group giving. For participants, JPEG was a year-long charitable exercise, intended to teach young professionals about the philanthr...
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Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

Ron Kampeas President Obama says his criticism of Israel is born of the high regard with which he holds Israel — and the expectation he has that Israel live up to the values it shares with the United States... [Link]

Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

Gabe Friedman Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her nonprofit Born This Way Foundation. ... [Link]

World Bank: Gaza economy on ‘verge of collapse’

Gabe Friedman Gaza’s economy, stifled by the highest unemployment rate in the world, blockades, poor governance and a series of military conflicts, is headed towards a “collapse,” a new report by the World Ba... [Link]

Obama: I criticize Israel because I care about Israel

Ron Kampeas Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience. ... [Link]

Dutch restaurant says it erased Israel from map for culinary reasons

Cnaan Liphshiz The owners of Rotterdam’s Le Souq say they replaced Israel with ‘Palestine’ on a map because of their passion for Palestinian food. ... [Link]

How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

Uriel Heilman Shalom Lamm is developing a playbook for setting up an American shtetl. The problem is some of his new neighbors in Bloomingburg claim he used bribery, fraud and corruption of public officials to do s... [Link]

Switzerland defends funding for Israeli leftist group

Cnaan Liphshiz Breaking the Silence is scheduled to bring an exhibition to Zurich with federal, municipal support. ... [Link]

Report: Settler preparing to turn West Bank church into new outpost

Cnaan Liphshiz Right-wing activist Aryeh King reportedly bought the church near the Aroub refugee camp between Hebron and Jerusalem three years ago, and in recent weeks began refurbishing it ahead of establishing a ... [Link]

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