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Chris Leppek
Chris Leppek

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Israel's Shinshinim in Denver, clockwise from upper left: Ido Manor, Talia Schwimmer, Ofek Hod, Yael Firuzmand

Israel’s four teen emissaries — shinshinim — in Denver

the crow flies, the distance between Colorado and Israel is considerable — more than 6,000 miles from Jerusalem to Denver — but there’s nothing like human contact...

Araceli Velasquez with her family

For Araceli Velasquez, sanctuary means safety, but not happiness

PASSOVER 5779 SECTION A PAGE 8 house in which Araceli Velasquez and her family reside is a house of prayer. The attractive structure in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood...

Two of the four sons, as depicted in the Arthur Szyk Haggadah (Wikimedia Commons)

Which of the Four Sons are you? Denverites reply

PASSOVER 5779 SECTION C PAGE 7 “Of the four sons mentioned in the Haggadah — the wicked son, the simple son, the wise son and the son who doesn’t know enough to...

Jonas Ottensoser (Mishpacha Magazine)

Sabbath mode — hot-wired rest

Ottensoser knows a thing or two about appliances. A mostly retired mechanical engineer from Baltimore, he knows pretty much everything about how these increasingly...

John Hickenlooper as mayor, pictured atop the Denver City and County Building. (Shari Valenta/IJN)

Hickenlooper throws his hat in the ring

Colorado Jewry hardly needs to be introduced to John Hickenlooper, the former state governor and Denver mayor who this week became the latest Democrat to join the field...

L-r: Yael, Yedida, Yossi and Yishai Fink

Off the grid: Life in the gates of Heaven

the Great Divide, on the far side of the Rocky Mountains from Denver, lie the Gates of Heaven. More eloquently known by its Hebrew name, Shaare Shamayim, and more...

West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer, Colo.

Alleged anti-Semitism in Conifer school headed to federal court

 long-running dispute over allegations of anti-Semitism at a Colorado middle school is headed for federal court. In December, the family of Isabella Grunspan, the girl...

Sharon Nazarian

ADL senior VP, Iran native, reflects on anti-Semitism today

The bad news first: Anti-Semitism throughout much of the world is not only alive and well, but growing. Then a touch of good news: It’s probably not as bad as it...

Matthew Leebove

When it comes to nonprofits, JNF is showing the way

it what you will — track record, performance rating, street cred — but when a business or non-profit does something right, people pay attention. The Denver-based...

Josh Goldin, right, CU Buffs longsnapper

Josh Goldin aiming to move up on the Buffs

Goldin’s moment of truth came on a sunny September afternoon in Lincoln, Nebraska. Memorial Stadium was, as always, filled to capacity — 85,000-plus fans cheering...