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Rabbi Klein: serving up spirituality in the lunchroom

Rabbi Klein: serving up spirituality in the lunchroom

The day after Yom Kippur, while Jewish Denver was still in a post-repentance stupor, DAT Minyan spiritual leader Rabbi Asher Klein arrived at the IJN in exceptional, buoyant form.

Twenty-four hours ago he fasted, prayed and beseeched G-d’s forgiveness with his congregation in a crowded multipurpose room at DAT. This morning he smiles the giddy smile of a new father (for the fourth time).

The only time fatigue makes an appearance is when Klein mentions receiving an accounting “decree” from Yeshiva University.

He laughs at the slip.

“But I annulled the decree,” he adds impishly.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 October 2012 11:30 )

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Denver

Steinberg sees a bright future for West Side

Steinberg sees a bright future for West SideA WORD of warning: Don’t tell Rabbi Tzvi Steinberg that Denver’s West Side is a Jewish ghost town. He’ll set you straight on that point, and quickly. Earlier this year, after the rabbi had already agreed to take the pulpit of Denver’s Congregation Zera Abraham — the last functional synagogue standing on the West Side — he overheard a conversation between two other people. One of those speaking, who knew that Rabbi Steinberg had previously run a Jewish hospice, laughed and said tha...

Last Updated ( Monday, 24 September 2012 08:11 )

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Boulder

Bike for the Fight

Bike for the Fight ROSH HASHANAHSECTION D THERE are times when tragedy and loss can be the biggest motivators in life. For 24-year-old Israeli Tom Peled, this was certainly the case. His father died of cancer in 2011 after an eight-year battle with the disease. “I didn’t have a goal or purpose. It was a hard time for all of us,” he said. Peled realized that he needed a physical outlet to manage his grief. He embarked on a cycling journey through six European countries. “It was a hard experience being...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:50 )

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Denver

Cohens to lead Sephardic congregation in Denver

Cohens to lead Sephardic congregation in DenverHacham Hanania and Sarit Cohen have moved to Denver to provide spiritual leadership to Denver’s Sephardic and Israeli Jews who have established a minyan. It now meets regularly in the lower floor of Bais Menachem, 400 S. Holly St. Hacham Cohen will lead High Holiday services for the new congregation. Cohen, who spent the past six years in Los Angeles, has a master’s degree in Chinese medicine, and is  a certified clinical hypnotherapist and neurofeedback practioner....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 September 2012 11:24 )

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Boulder

CU-Boulder Hillel has a plan to enhance Jewish life

CU-Boulder Hillel has a plan to enhance Jewish lifeAS some CU students ponder the year ahead, others have already put into motion a plan to make this year’s campus experience richer, at least from a Jewish perspective. Earlier this month, a few select CU students participated in an annual conference in St. Louis for an intensive leadership development program with Hillel, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world that provides students with opportunities to explore their Jewish identity and connect with the Jewish community on campu...
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From grandfather of baby terror victim, a tearful message

Ben Sales Chaya Zissel Braun was just 3 months old when a Palestinian man rammed his car into a crowd of people waiting for the Jerusalem light rail. ... [Link]

Israel’s Rivlin seeks to cure ‘disease’ of racism

Ben Sales The new president, the Likud party’s elder statesman, has been his country’s most vocal politician in recent history on issues of racial discrimination and violence. ... [Link]

U.S. makes some light rail stations off limits to gov’t staffers in Israel

Marcy Oster U.S. government personnel have been restricted from using Jerusalem Light Rail stations in parts of eastern Jerusalem for a month. ... [Link]

Moscow JCC renamed for JDC’s Ralph Goldman

Marcy Oster Salute is called a “fitting tribute” to a visionary Jewish leader who helped rebuild Jewish life in Russia. ... [Link]

Israel slams Latvian show celebrating Nazi’s life

Cnaan Liphshiz In criticizing “Cukurs, Herbert Cukurs,” the Foreign Ministry makes a rare comment about an artistic endeavor that is not about Israel. ... [Link]

Kit to check food for pork traces hits France

Julie Wiener Could do-it-yourself food tests ever replace kosher supervision? ... [Link]

After Twitter ruling, tech firms increasingly toe Europe’s line on hate speech

Cnaan Liphshiz Facebook and YouTube have taken steps to remove hateful material from their sites — a result, experts say, of Twitter’s defeat in a French court last year. ... [Link]

Canadian Jewish institutions ramping up security following jihadist incidents

Julie Wiener Two soldiers have been killed in attacks, including one on the Parliament in the nation’s capital. ... [Link]

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