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Rabbi Ben Greenberg: ‘Room at the table for all’

Rabbi Ben Greenberg: ‘Room at the table for all’

Toddlers scamper to preschool classes under the breathless guidance of their teachers at BMH-BJ: The Denver Synagogue. “I’m two!” announces a boy. “Two!” concurs another little girl as laughter erupts along the hallway.

Everyone’s having a great morning, including Rabbi Ben Greenberg, spiritual leader of the modern Orthodox congregation since June, 2012. He winds up an amiable chat with Cantor Joel Lichterman before casually leading the way to his study.

Settling in a chair behind his neat desk, the bespectacled rabbi with the trim beard savors the opportunity to delve into conversational waters both pleasant and controversial.

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 April 2013 03:07 )

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Denver

Federation Super Sunday is April 28

Federation Super Sunday is April 28The Allied Jewish Federation’s Super Sunday will be Sunday, April 28, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Hazon Food Festival at the Denver Jewish Day School. Chairs of the event are Jessica Pivar and Hilary Cooper. For more than 25 years, Super Sunday has been a cornerstone of Federation’s annual campaign.  This annual community-wide phonathon gives people across the Denver-Boulder Jewish community the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah of tzedakah. “This year, we are delighted to partner with ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 April 2013 01:24 )

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Denver

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...

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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Who are Turkey’s Jews?

Cnaan Liphshiz Historically, Turkey has served as a safe haven for Jews fleeing anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere. ... [Link]

British Jewish woman wins $25k in religious discrimination suit

Julie Wiener Aurelie Fhima applied to Travel Jigsaw in Manchester, but was rejected after she said at a job interview that her religious observance prevents her from working on Friday nights and Saturdays. ... [Link]

Child Holocaust survivors get $60 million — in a single day

Uriel Heilman The Claims Conference sent out payments totaling about $60 million in a single day last week – the first of an estimated 70,000 one-time payments of 2,500 Euros to child survivors of the Holocaust. ... [Link]

Turkish Jews staying put but eyeing exit amid president’s hostile rhetoric

Cnaan Liphshiz Some Turkish Jews say the anti-Semitic atmosphere whipped up by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Israel rhetoric is prompting many to question their future in a country that long has been a... [Link]

At Jerusalem ‘SlutWalk,’ women protest rape and victim-blaming

Julie Wiener Israel’s fourth annual SlutWalk on Friday promoted the message that women should be free from sexual harassment even when wearing revealing clothing. ... [Link]

In Belgium and France, Jews and Jewish museum employee threatened

Cnaan Liphshiz An African employee at Brussels’ Jewish Museum was warned that talking of Jews is “dangerous for you.” ... [Link]

Alleged Nazi war criminal who moved to Canada dies at 93

Julie Wiener For years Vladimir Katriuk was second on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of “most wanted” Nazi war criminals. ... [Link]

U.K. launches inquiry into Hasidic group over female driving ban

Julie Wiener The inquiry followed the issuing of a letter from Belz rabbis in London saying that female drivers violate “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp” and that children would be expelled from B... [Link]

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