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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 the program coordinator and I was hired as the outreach director.

As the organization grew, and we hired more outreach staff and more support staff, the number of programs, classes and events grew, and the budget went in the same direction. There was an increasing element of management and fundraising in my role. As of Jan. 1, 2013, the role became official.

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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Denver

Wellshire Event Center reopens with kosher option

Wellshire Event Center reopens with kosher optionThe iconic Wellshire Event Center — known for nearly a century as the Wellshire Inn — has become completely restored as a full-service events venue with a kosher option. Under the supervision of Dovey Heller of TRI Sulom Kashrus, the completely upgraded kitchen now accommodates kosher events with customized kosher menus. The new banquet kitchen, according to General Manager Chris Schild, enables the Wellshire staff to serve up to 650 meals in only 16 minutes. The Wellshire is a stately En...

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 December 2012 12:21 )

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Denver

Jewish Group Home provides disabled adults with shelter, community, values

Jewish Group Home provides disabled adults with shelter, community, values CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION E PAGE 4 It’s a late weekday afternoon at the Jewish Group Home in a pleasant suburban-looking house tucked cozily inside a Southeast Denver neighborhood. Some of the house’s seven residents — all of them developmentally disabled adults — are returning from their day activities, resembling anybody else coming home from work: jackets on, empty lunch buckets in hand, tired expressions on their faces changing to the contentment of homecoming. Others are already ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 December 2012 02:25 )

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