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Israel Minyan renames itself Beit Uriel for beloved teacher

Israel Minyan renames itself Beit Uriel for beloved teacher

Until now known only as the “Israeli Minyan,” Denver’s youngest synagogue will celebrate its first anniversary this Shabbat, Aug. 2-3, by naming itself Beit Uriel in memory of Rabbi Uriel Malka, the former DAT teacher who was killed in the Carmel forest fire in Israel in December, 2010.

The one-year anniversary will be marked by a community dinner on Friday night, Shabbat services, and a kiddush following services on Shabbat morning.

Beit Uriel is also celebrating the arrival several weeks ago of its third Torah, lent to it on a semi-permanent basis by the New York Syrian Jewish community.

The shul’s second Torah was lent earlier this summer by the Torah Community Project, whose president is Rabbi Hillel Goldberg. It joined a Torah earlier provided by Denver’s Bukharan Jewish community.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 August 2013 08:55 )

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Intermountain

IST, ISLI, Free Spirit — they all spell Teens in Israel

IST, ISLI, Free Spirit — they all spell Teens in IsraelIsrael. One word. Enough said. That is, if you have been to Israel, and walked the path of Abraham, Moses and David Ben-Gurion. For Jewish teens living in America today, “Israel is like this place that I’m told to have a deep connection with.” It’s hard to understand the deep history that is read about in the Torah. But after landing in Israel and breathing the saltwater in Tel Aviv, feeling the cold touch of the Western Wall, and eating the warm, crunchy falafel, a forever connection ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:20 )

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Intermountain

When an older sibling leaves for college, what’s next?

When an older sibling leaves for college, what’s next?CHANGE and college. College and change. It’s like these two words were meant for each other, like peanut butter and jelly, a bat and a ball, Minnie and Mickey Mouse. College is that time of one’s life that allows new avenues to be explored, to learn how to live outside the nest. It’s a big adjustment for every family member. Parents have less laundry and dishes to wash. Older siblings no longer have to play chauffeur to the younger siblings. The younger sibling might finally get the bigge...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:40 )

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Intermountain

Growing up at Jewish summer camp

Growing up at Jewish summer campSummer time. No classrooms. No homework. No bells. Just the blissful summer sunshine beating down. Jewish summer camp counselors’ hot, long days are spent enriching the lives of campers through Jewish-rooted programs that will make a lasting mark. Rocky Altman, a 13-year attendee of Shwayder Camp, and in her fourth year as a staff member, started attending because her older sister went to camp. The friendships she formed at age seven have “stuck like glue” as she is now co-counselor with...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 July 2013 10:05 )

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Denver

Seniors put the ‘social’ in the wellness at Shalom Park

Seniors put the ‘social’ in the wellness at Shalom ParkWater walking club? Exercising at age 95? Progressing from getting around with a walker to just a cane? All of this and more is taking place at Shalom Cares’ J. Leonard Levy Family Wellness Center, located on the Shalom Park Campus, where seniors are becoming more active in their body and mind. Bobbie Seserman, a six-year patio home resident of Shalom Park, can be found all over the campus attending Shabbat dinners, discussing the latest books in book club, and playing bridge. But at least t...

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 June 2013 08:09 )

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U.S. chief Iran negotiator Wendy Sherman to leave post after nuclear deal deadline

Marcy Oster Sherman made the announcement as she left for Vienna, where a final round of talks before the June 30 deadline is taking place. ... [Link]

Dutch ministry says not responsible for ‘anti-Israel’ text in schoolbook

Cnaan Liphshiz Jewish school that taught with book examining future use internally following pupil’s complaint. ... [Link]

Houston floods inundate Jewish homes and 2 synagogues

Uriel Heilman Two Houston synagogues and countless Jewish homes were damaged in floods that overwhelmed America’s fourth-largest city. ... [Link]

Watch Palestine’s soccer team play in 1939

Gabe Friedman Jewish soccer dates back before the establishment of the state of Israel. ... [Link]

How the FIFA corruption scandal could affect Israel

Ben Sales The FIFA corruption scandal may leave the international soccer organization unwilling to face the added controversy of suspending Israel. ... [Link]

Blair to resign as Mideast peace envoy in June

Uriel Heilman The former British PM has occupied the post since 2007, but there has been little progress in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking ... [Link]

Record-breaking heat wave hits Israel

Uriel Heilman A record-breaking heat wave in Israel has sparked forest fires, caused flight delays and prompted a sharp increase in reported cases of dehydration and fainting. ... [Link]

Kerry to address AJC weeks before Iran deadline

Ron Kampeas Secretary of State John Kerry will address the American Jewish Committee’s annual Washington conference just weeks before a deadline on an Iran nuclear deal. ... [Link]

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