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Har HaShem helps in sheltering Boulder’s homeless

Har HaShem helps in sheltering Boulder’s homeless

NOW in its third winter season, Har HaShem is one of seven faith communities — and the only synagogue — in Boulder offering overflow shelter for the community’s homeless population.

The faith communities are partnered with BOHO, Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow, a program that started in 2008 after a homeless man froze to death.

“We are what’s called an emergency warming center,” explains Rabbi Josh Rose, senior rabbi at Har HaShem. “So on Thursday nights [throughout the winter], our congregation will serve as a shelter.”

Initially, the emergency warming centers (EWCs) opened when evening temperatures dropped below 32 degrees on clear nights and 38 degrees on wet and snowy nights.

But with little advance notice, it was difficult for volunteers from Har HaShem and the participating churches to coordinate their schedules.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 February 2013 13:09 )

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Denver

Age no deterrent for 83 lifelong learners at AJA

Age no deterrent for 83 lifelong learners at AJAEighty-three seniors proved that, indeed, you’re never too old to learn . . . and to graduate. The inaugural graduation ceremony marked the one-year culmination of adult learning through the new Allied Academy of Lifelong Learning (AALL). Classes are taught by community facilitators, volunteers and residents themselves. Designed to improve body, mind and spirit and to help seniors stay engaged in learning, the program attracted more than 210 residents out of 406 in the program’s first yea...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 January 2013 11:36 )

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Denver

With new TJE title, Rabbi Leban reflects on 10 years

With new TJE title, Rabbi Leban reflects on 10 years The Jewish Experience will hold its annual event, Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m., at History Colorado Center. The event will honor Rabbi Raphael Leban on his 10th anniversary with TJE. The IJN recently posed questions to Rabbi Leban regarding his decade in Denver: You’ve been promoted to managing director of The Jewish Experience. Why? When I first started at TJE 10 years ago, it was a much smaller organization. Rabbi Ahron Wasserman was the director, Aliza Bulow was...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2013 12:12 )

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Denver

Jewish Student Connection establishes clubs in public high schools

Jewish Student Connection establishes clubs in public high schoolsEntering its fourth year of offering in-school educational experiences for Jewish teens, a new study demonstrates that Jewish Student Connection (JSC) helps Jewish teens take ownership of their Jewish future. The study, conducted by BTW Informing Change, looked specifically at the programmatic and organizational growth of JSC in Denver, Chicago, South Florida and Westchester, Conn., 2010-2012. “JSC has changed my life in so many ways,” says JSC member Cali Willis of Denver’s George Washi...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 January 2013 10:26 )

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Denver

Bostoner Rebbe to visit the Denver Jewish community

Bostoner Rebbe to visit the Denver Jewish communityGrand Rabbi Mayer Alter Horowitz, the Bostoner Rebbe of Jerusalem, will visit Denver Jan. 23-27, visiting congregations, schools and individuals. On Thursday and Friday, Jan. 24-25, the rebbe is scheduled to visit DAT, Denver Jewish Day School and Hillel Academy on the East side. On Thursday night, Jan. 24, the Rebbe is scheduled to speak at Merkaz Torah V’Chesed, 295 S. Locust. He will spend Shabbos, Jan. 25-26, with Congregation Zera Avraham on the West Side of Denver. A melaveh malka is...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:10 )

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Autism self-advocate Ari Ne’eman recognized for work on inclusion of people with disabilities

Julie Wiener Ari Ne’eman said he learned early on that “if people with disabilities, including autistic people, were going to have opportunities in society, we needed to become politically active.̶... [Link]

Boston Jewish day schools receive $11 million challenge grant

Ben Sales The gift from George Krupp, chief executive of Berkshire Property Advisors, and wife Liz will support long-term tuition assistance for middle-class families. ... [Link]

Israeli left resurgent as campaign rhetoric escalates ahead of March elections

Ben Sales Israel is no stranger to heated political rhetoric, but this election is shaping up to be a fierce one, with the leading parties taking aim not merely at their rivals’ policies but at their Zion... [Link]

World Zionist Congress elections: a voter’s guide

Uriel Heilman World Zionist Congress elections began earlier this month and run through April 30. Here’s a primer on what the congress is, how (logistically) to vote, who’s on the ballot, and why you ju... [Link]

Foxman: Obama and Hollande won’t name Islamist threat

Cnaan Liphshiz At a Prague Holocaust commemoration, the ADL national director said the leaders’ language means they are closing their ‘eyes to a reality.’ ... [Link]

Survivors gather for historic anniversary at Auschwitz

Ben Sales Some 100 survivors from 19 countries are expected to attend official ceremonies in Poland at the site of the former concentration camp. ... [Link]

Rivlin tells black leaders in N.Y.: ‘I also have a dream’ on Jerusalem

Ben Sales Rivlin, making his first visit to the United States as Israeli president, compared the establishment of Israel to the civil rights movement. ... [Link]

Israeli U.S. envoy Ron Dermer chided for boosting Netanyahu’s campaign

Ben Sales Dermer, as a state employee, is forbidden from publicly backing any election candidate. ... [Link]

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