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Bagel Deli’s Shirley Ross hangs up her apron

Bagel Deli’s Shirley Ross hangs up her apron

The 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 this day, her admiring regular customers gathered while Shirley held court, reminiscing and chit-chatting while other servers took orders, served meals and cleaned tables.

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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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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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Watchdog sees 53% rise in anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Britain

Cnaan Liphshiz Rise likely caused by greater reporting, not prevelance, according to British Jewry’s CST group. ... [Link]

Israeli Foreign Ministry: Sunni Arab nations are ‘allies’

Uriel Heilman The ministry’s director general, Dore Gold, made the remarks in a presentation on the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal. ... [Link]

Israel complains it hasn’t gotten promised Iran deal info

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration said the whole agreement is available to all on the Internet. ... [Link]

Radar survey uncovers Great Synagogue of Vilna remains

Julie Wiener Remains of the 17th-century synagogue discovered under the site, where a school now stands, include sections of the Great Synagogue and possible remnants of its mikvahs. ... [Link]

Israel reportedly strikes Syrian car, killing 5 militants

Julie Wiener The attack near the Israeli border was said to be targeting a terrorist released from an Israeli prison in a 2008 swap with Hezbollah, but it was not known if he was killed. ... [Link]

Vatican opens exhibit on ties between Pope John Paul II and Jews

Marcy Oster At the opening, the chief rabbi of Rome recalled the pope’s historic 1986 visit to the city’s Great Synagogue. ... [Link]

Ukraine fiscal crisis leads to major setback for homegrown Jewish philanthropy

Cnaan Liphshiz The economic crisis, in light of the military conflict against Russian-backed rebels, has diminished a growing donor class and returned the Jewish community to a reliance on Western aid. ... [Link]

Munich upholds ban on Holocaust street memorials

Marcy Oster The City Council ignored a petition signed by 100,000 people calling for a lifting of the prohibition on the memorials known as stumbling blocks. ... [Link]

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