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B’nai Havurah celebrates 50 years

B’nai Havurah, the Reconstructionist congregation established in 1963 in Denver, celebrated its 50th anniversary at a special event on March 23 at the Loup JCC.

Themed “Founders Seekers,” the evening paid tribute to synagogue founders Art and Ruth Chapman, Diane (Greenspun) Choate, Harvey and Judy Cohen, Shirley and Mike Coren, Art and Janet Fine, Celeste Grynberg, Arnie and Saundra Heller, Susanne Nathanson, Alida Stein and Irwin and Carol Wagner.

The congregation started out as a study group formed by six couples in 1961 after hearing a talk about Reconstructionism by Rabbi Ira Eisenstein.

Within two years, the group doubled in size. Art and Janet Fine joined the first chavurah because they already knew and admired the other members.

The chavurah was officially incorporated into the Reconstructionist movement in 1963.

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 March 2013 09:24 )

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Denver

Bagel Deli’s Shirley Ross hangs up her apron

Bagel Deli’s Shirley Ross hangs up her apronThe Bagel Deli’s dining room, as usual, was recently filled to capacity at lunchtime, and as always, waitress Shirley Ross knew everyone there. And as always, she made the rounds of the dining area, shmoozing with all her customers, making them feel at home. One thing was different that day, however. For the first time in 43 years, Ross didn’t have to serve a single meal because Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 was “Shirley Appreciation Day.” The veteran waitress had recently retired, and on th...
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Denver

Temple Sinai to build new school, chapel

Temple Sinai to build new school, chapelAFTER more than 25 years on the corner of E. Hampden Ave. and S. Glencoe St., Temple Sinai members are building for the future. The temple’s building committee conducted a comprehensive analysis to determine the needs of its community. The resulting preliminary plans include a new school building, a new chapel and renovations to the current sanctuary and main building. Because renovating its current school would cost more than building a new one, plans include constructing a new school build...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:53 )

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Boulder

Har HaShem helps in sheltering Boulder’s homeless

Har HaShem helps in sheltering Boulder’s homelessNOW 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 wi...

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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JTA News

Former Auschwitz guard asks for forgiveness during trial

Marcy Oster The trial against the former Waffen-SS member opened Tuesday, and included a reading of charges that lasted about 15 minutes. ... [Link]

Israel to recognize 23,320 fallen on Memorial Day

Marcy Oster Among those being honored are the 116 soldiers and civilians who were killed or died in the last year, including 67 soldiers and five civilians killed in Israel’s operation in Gaza last summer. ... [Link]

Name of Palestinian teen killed by Jews added to national terror victim list

Marcy Oster The name of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teen kidnapped and burned alive by Jews in a revenge killing, was added to the Victims of Acts of Terror Memorial at Mount Herzl and is on the governme... [Link]

Dear Lindsey Graham: Some jokes only Jews can make

Ron Kampeas The South Carolina senator’s quip about an all-Jewish cabinet falls flatter than day-old Riesling. ... [Link]

Who are the Republican candidates’ Jewish donors?

Ron Kampeas JTA looks at where the top Republican presidential hopefuls stand on Israel, Iran and immigration, and at the Jewish benefactors who could shape their campaigns. ... [Link]

Rivlin, Netanyahu spurn meeting with Jimmy Carter in Israel

Marcy Oster The recommendation to pass on a meeting with the former U.S. president came over his “anti-Israeli stance” in recent years, an unnamed senior government official said. ... [Link]

Israeli gov’t minister: Migrants’ deaths show why fence is necessary

Marcy Oster Israel in 2012 built a fence on its border with Egypt and added sophisticated surveillance equipment to stem the influx of migrants from Eritrea and the Sudan, often hundreds per month. ... [Link]

Should Random House pay Goebbels’ estate?

Gabrielle Birkner The notorious propaganda minister left behind 20 years worth of diary entries — from which the offspring of his siblings think they should profit. ... [Link]

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