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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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Bills condemning Hamas on ‘human shields’ introduced in Congress

Ron Kampeas Resolutions under consideration in Congress that condemn Hamas’ practice during conflict with Israel of placing its weapons and fighters close to civilians have strong bipartisan support. ... [Link]

Suspect arrested in firebomb attack on German synagogue

Marcy Oster A suspect has been arrested in an attempted arson attack on a German synagogue. ... [Link]

100 Spanish celebrities accuse Israel of genocide in Gaza

Cnaan Liphshiz A letter accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza was endorsed by 100 Spanish celebrities including Academy Award winners Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar, a Catalan daily reported. ... [Link]

JDL looks to establish Montreal chapter after increase in attacks on Jews

Marcy Oster The Jewish Defense League of Canada wants to set up a chapter in Montreal, citing an increase in attacks on Jews. ... [Link]

From Israel, a Holocaust survivor worries about her Gazan daughter

Ben Sales A 79-year-old Holocaust survivor who converted to Islam when she married an Arab-Israeli man years ago is caught between two worlds and worrying about a daughter caught in the crossfire. ... [Link]

After 50 years, VA headstone replaced to reflect vet’s Jewishness

Ron Kampeas A World War II soldier buried in a national cemetery in Wisconsin now has a Jewish star marking his grave, in place of the Christian cross it bore for almost 50 years. ... [Link]

P.A. announces 24-hour cease-fire, but Hamas denies accepting it

Marcy Oster The Palestinian Authority announced that it has brokered a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire with all Palestinian factions, something Hamas denied. ... [Link]

Five Israeli soldiers killed in kibbutz infiltration attempt

Marcy Oster The Israel Defense Forces confirmed the death of five more Israeli soldiers, which occurred during the infiltration of gunmen into a southern kibbutz through a tunnel from Gaza. ... [Link]

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