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Meet New Mexico’s renaissance rabbi

Meet New Mexico’s renaissance rabbi

SEPHARDIC New Mexico was at a loss when its founder David Ritch de Herrera — a rabbi, a doctor and a military chaplain — shipped out for Afghanistan in September as a field surgeon for the US Amy’s First Infantry Division.

In Afghanistan, Captain Ritch de Herrera, who founded Sephardic New Mexico in 2008, will serve as a civilian military chaplain, holding services for Jewish soldiers, obtaining kosher food and serving as an assistant to his supervisor, Rabbi Lt. Henry Soussan.

De Herrera is a part-time rabbi who juggles his rabbinical duties with his medical career and work in the US Army. He founded Sephardic New Mexico to serve the 20,000-member Albuquerque Jewish community, welcoming Jews from Sephardic, Ashkenazi, Orthodox, Conservative and Reform backgrounds.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 November 2011 09:28 )

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Intermountain

IJN kicks off annual Chanukah Coloring Contest

IJN kicks off annual Chanukah Coloring ContestSimchat Torah marks the kickoff of the 25th annual Intermountain Jewish News Doris Sky Chanukah Coloring Contest. Deadline for entries in the contest is 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. The IJN’s address is 1177 Grant St., #200, Denver, CO 80203. For the past quarter century, the contest, for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, has attracted and brought together children from all corners of the Jewish community.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 October 2012 08:41 )

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Denver

Colorado J Street names leaders, event

Colorado J Street names leaders, eventJ Street Colorado, the local affiliate of the national organization, announced a new leadership team and a public program featuring Ami Ayalon, former Knesset member, commander of the Israeli Navy and director of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service. Saul Rosenthal, former ADL regional director, and Elaine Selsberg are co-chairs of the J Street Colorado steering committee. Other committee members are Nathaniel Sherwood, David Wahl, Regina Gray, Margery Goldman, Ivor Douglas and D...
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Denver

Tzipi Livni annouced as keynote speaker at Choices

Tzipi Livni annouced as keynote speaker at ChoicesUPDATED: Miri Eisin, an expert in Israeli intelligence, replaces Knesset leader Tzipi Livni as the keynote speaker at Choices. The Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado announces that Tzipi Livni, the Israeli opposition leader and leader of Kadima, the largest party in the Knesset, will be the keynote speaker at Choices on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Downtown Denver. Choices 2012 co-chairs are Jackie Sprinces Wong and Dr. Goldie Cohen. This year, Choices is “Day Four” of A...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:23 )

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Denver

ADL keynote speaker Dr. Judea Pearl

ADL keynote speaker Dr. Judea PearlDr. Judea Pearl will be the keynote speaker at the Mountain States Regional ADL Society of Fellows luncheon on Oct. 25. Dr. Pearl is the father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl and is the president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Daniel Pearl, the South Asia Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped by terrorists in Pakistan in January, 2002, while he was investigating a story. He was murdered by his captors because he was an American and a Jew....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 October 2011 12:07 )

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FAA, reviewing Israeli measures, lifts flight ban

Ron Kampeas The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on flights to Israel after reviewing Israeli measures to keep flights safe from rockets. ... [Link]

Obama administration presses for $225M addition to Iron Dome funding

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration asked Congress to fast-track Israel’s request for an additional $225 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system. ... [Link]

Former Auschwitz guard dies before extradition to Germany

Marcy Oster Johann Breyer, the 89-year-old Philadelphia man who served as a guard at Auschwitz and was scheduled to be extradited to Germany, has died. ... [Link]

Police: Murdered Florida State prof Dan Markel was target

Marcy Oster Dan Markel, the Florida State University law professor who was murdered in his home, was shot in the head by someone who wanted him dead, police said. ... [Link]

Three IDF soldiers killed in Gaza home explosion

Marcy Oster Three Israeli soldiers were killed in a Gaza house rigged with explosives. ... [Link]

Brooklyn man must pay $522,000 in Israeli charities scam

Julie Wiener A Brooklyn man who pleaded guilty to felony tax fraud in an Israeli charities scam was ordered to pay more than a half-million dollars in a civil suit. ... [Link]

The Israel-Hamas war through haredi Orthodox eyes

Miriam Moster Was a gay pride parade to blame for the kidnapping of three Israeli teens? Can modest garb and ice cream save civilian lives? ... [Link]

FAA extends Ben Gurion Airport ban another 24 hours

Ron Kampeas The Federal Aviation Administration extended for another day its ban on flights to Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. ... [Link]

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