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Sephardic flavor will infuse Boulder Festival

Sephardic flavor will infuse Boulder Festival

This year’s Boulder Jewish Festival, Sunday, June 10, boasts a different flavor from what people have experienced at the last 17 festivals, according to the festival’s executive director Cheryl Fellows. “We’re going to have more of a Sephardic influence than in past years.”

That means Sephardic influenced music and food, including a Moroccan restaurant new to the food vendor line up.

“And we even have some non-profit booths highlighting Sephardic themes,” says Fellows.

Why the shift in focus? According to a 2007 population study, there is a sizeable number of Jewish households in the greater Denver-Boulder metro area that also identify as Hispanic. Couple that with an interest within the Boulder community in Sephardic Jewry, and Fellows says it was a good theme for this year.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 May 2012 10:10 )

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Intermountain

Shavuot, a time for celebration and remembrance

Shavuot, a time for celebration and remembranceTHE confluence this year of Shavuot and Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, will result in 10 regional synagogues reading — with an indispensable assist from the Intermountan Jewish News — the names of deceased Colorado veterans during their respective Shavuot services. Organized by the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council, the commemoration will honor those Colorado Jews who have served in the US Armed Forces from WW I to the present day, including those killed in action and those who served in t...

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 May 2012 06:13 )

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Boulder

Zaslows to teach art of storytelling

Zaslows to teach art of storytellingRabbi David Zaslow and Maggidah Devorah Zaslow will begin a maggidic training program in Boulder this August. The program is a two-year course leading to certification in the field of Jewish storytelling and Torah interpretation. Classes will be on Sunday afternoons for four hours each month, with regular telephone and Skype sessions held bimonthly. The first session will be held Sunday, Aug. 26, 2-6 p.m., at Nevei Kodesh, 3629 28th St., Boulder.
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Intermountain

Lag b'Omer comes to town

Lag b'Omer comes to townIt's time to collect wood and buy meat for the barbecue - today is Lag b'Omer! Traditionally Lag b'Omer is an outdoors day, and it looks like the weather will be cooperating with sunny skies predicted. Several family events are taking place today across the Metro area, and if you miss the fun today, Ekar Farms is hosting a joint Lag b'Omer/Mother's Day celebration on Sunday. Visit our Community Calendar for details of all these events. In Denver, Bais Menachem is holding its annual Lag b'Omer...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 May 2012 09:54 )

Intermountain

Rabbi Gorelik receives outstanding faculty award

Rabbi Gorelik receives outstanding faculty awardRabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik, director of the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center of Northern Colorado in Ft. Collins, received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award at CSU. As part of Gorelik’s outreach work in the communities and colleges of northern Colorado, he serves as faculty adjunct at CSU, teaching a Judaism course in the philosophy department. He also serves as the faculty advisor of the Chabad Jewish Student Association. Siobhan Waitzman, senior and president of the student group, explained wh...
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Cnaan Liphshiz The owner of a British soccer club apologized for saying in an interview that Jews were inclined to chase money and for defending a racial slur against Asians. ... [Link]

Engel, Royce urge negotiators to prevent Iranian nukes ‘capability’

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Jewish groups’ security adviser to lead U.S. foreign fighter task force

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