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Chance conversation leads to miraculous reunion

Chance conversation leads to miraculous reunion

IMAGINE 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 actually survived. Half-way around the world you have a cousin who has also been saying kaddish all these years, thinking it is your relative who was killed.

Based on the family history you and your cousin have known all your lives, you both know that the other can’t possibly exist.

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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Intermountain

Volunteer-driven Temple Beit Torah perseveres, thrives

Volunteer-driven Temple Beit Torah perseveres, thrives“WE were wandering Jews from our founding in 1992, renting space for many years, until the Temple Beit Torah congregation purchased its own home, in 2004,” according to Dick Conn, president of Temple Beit Torah (TBT). Rabbi Irvin Ehrlich, retired US Air Force chaplain, was TBT’s founding rabbi, and Conn was its first president. TBT’s early homes were at Benet Hill Monastery, Faith Presbyterian Church, a location near the Citadel Mall, and space at a facility owned by Temple Shalom. So ...
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Bernie Sanders, Larry David to appear together on ‘SNL’

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will appear with comedian Larry David on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, according to several media outlets. Tad Devin... [Link]

Brazil Hillel feigns closure in bizarre marketing stunt

Julie Wiener The Jewish campus group’s Rio branch announced it would not close down just three hours after lamenting that it would – provoking outrage. ... [Link]

Orthodox trader, immigrant Harvard grad, killed by Manhattan crane collapse

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — A 38-year-old Orthodox Jewish man was killed when a construction crane collapsed on his car in Manhattan. David Wichs, an immigrant from Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic, w... [Link]

Former Nazi, 93, to be third Auschwitz guard to face trial this year

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A 93-year-old former Nazi guard at Auschwitz will go on trial in Germany in April — the third such case to be tried in 2016. A German court announced on Friday that the ex-Waffen SS gu... [Link]

Israel returns bodies of terrorists who killed soldier in Jerusalem

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Israel handed over to the Palestinian Authority three bodies of terrorists who died in a Jerusalem shootout, in which they killed one soldier. The bodies of Ahmed Abu al-Ghub, Ahmed Zaka... [Link]

Israeli actress, 46, sues fashion boss who replaced her with younger model

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – An Israeli fashion store’s decision to fire Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer, 46, as its house model and replace her with a 25-year-old sparked a national debate on women’s rights in that in... [Link]

Etan Patz parents seek reversal of ’04 conviction in murder case

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The parents of Etan Patz, a Jewish boy who was killed in 1979, are seeking the overturning of a 2004 judgement blaming a pedophile for the boy’s murder — which they claim was per... [Link]

Lithuanian Jewish leader seeks delay on naming alleged Nazi collaborators

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The leader of Lithuania’s  Jewish community supported a proposal to delay publishing the names of suspected Holocaust perpetrators out of concern for their families’ reputation and ... [Link]

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