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Ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender cheers NBA breakthrough on women

Ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender cheers NBA breakthrough on women

BALTIMORE — As a former WNBA president who played in what is considered the first US professional basketball league for women, Donna Orender has been eager for a trailblazing female to join the National Basketball Association in a prominent role. So she was plenty pleased last week when the world champion San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon, a ... Read more...

It used to be Christian children at Passover; now it’s Muslim children in Gaza

The religion that taught the world to prohibit murder was absurdly accused of cold-blooded murder during the Middle Ages. Same holds true today. ...
Camp Be’chol Lashon restores pride

Camp Be’chol Lashon restores pride

PETALUMA, Calif. — On a cool Sunday evening, Jewish campers with nervous smiles took to the stage one by one to perform poems they had composed on t...
Aspen Jewish center opens to great fanfare

Aspen Jewish center opens to great fanfare

BE prepared to be flabbergasted. Not because the new synagogue in Aspen is — hands down — the nicest in the region. Not because this is the most...

Anti-circumcision movement comes to Boulder

UNLIKE the group that created the 2011 San Francisco ballot initiative that would have made circumcising a male under age 18 a misdemeanor, punishable...
Humanism and the fear of G-d

Humanism and the fear of G-d

SAY the word G-d and one tends to think of the beyond. To the Rabbi Israel Salanter and his Musar disciples, say the word G-d and one should think of...
 

Peres has seen it all

Peres has seen it all JERUSALEM — In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president — stood before the Knesset for the last time as a public servant on July 24, just prior to the inauguration of his successor, Reuven Rivlin. Facing his professional home for al...
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Lag b’Omer...when I was a kid

Lag b’Omer...when I was a kid ONE of Pnina Newirth’s earliest childhood memories is a trip to Mount Meron on Lag b’Omer. But this was no ordinary family vacation. “I was very small, yet I vividly recall the huge fires and the immense crowds,” she says. Despite the cacophony and the roaring bonfires, the Ra’anana resident insists she felt no fear that day. “I knew my parents were there and would protect me. And we stood far enough back so give us a bit of distance,” Newirth recalls....
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Zach Braff at Sundance: ‘Wish I Was Here’

Zach Braff at Sundance: ‘Wish I Was Here’ ZACH Braff is unabashedly and proudly Jewish. One might not deduce that, though, from the caustic attitude toward organized Judaism expressed at the beginning of his new film, “Wish I Was Here.” In his second foray as director, a decade after the indie success of “Garden State,” Braff plays a chronically unemployed, 30-something Los Angeles actor with a devoted wife (Kate Hudson) and two children in Jewish religious school. Braff’s Aidan Bloom is avowedly secular — his father (Mand...
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Local dentist volunteers at Jerusalem dental clinic during Operation Protective Edge

Local dentist volunteers at Jerusalem dental clinic during Operation Protective Edge DENVER dentist Dr. Arlene Stein arrived in Israel on July 11 to spend two weeks volunteering at the Trudi Birger Dental Clinic in Jerusalem, through Dental Volunteers for Israel (DVI). DVI provides free dental care and oral health education to thousands of needy children in Jerusalem every year, regardless of race and religion. Holocaust survivor Trudi Birger suffered greatly as a child during WW II. At that time she vowed to help prevent the suffering of other children if she should survive....
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Mazel tov on 10 years of Judaism in Douglas County

When the northern Douglas County suburb of Highlands Ranch was established just over three decades ago, it grew like wildfire. Before we knew it, this masterplan community had an elaborate system of neighborhoods, schools, businesses, a hospital — nearly every amenity a community could want. Among those flocking to Highlands Ranch were Jews — a lot of Jews, mostly unaffiliated. The organized Jewish community in Denver tried to reach these hundreds of unaffiliated Jewish families, with littl...
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Pamela Goldberg Katz

Pamela Goldberg Katz, a native Denverite, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Private services were held in Las Vegas. She was born in January, 1962, in Denver to Phyllis Goldberg and the late Meier Goldberg. A graduate of Hillel Academy, she attended George Washington High School and Arizona State University. Pamela Goldberg Katz is survived by her daughter Alexandra and grandson Jordan, both of Las Vegas; her mother Phyllis Goldberg; and brother Murray G...
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PA calls for countries to investigate citizens who serve in IDF for war crimes

Marcy Oster Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki called on foreign governments whose citizens serve in the Israel Defense Forces to investigate them for war crimes in Gaza. ... [Link]

Cleveland State University signs agreement with University of Haifa

Marcy Oster Cleveland State University and Israel’s University of Haifa have signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize their collaborative relationship. ... [Link]

Israeli company ReWalk to make public offering

Marcy Oster The Israeli company ReWalk Robotics will sell public shares for the first time for a device that enables people with spinal cord injuries to stand and walk. ... [Link]

Arab-Israeli killer in Michigan prison seeking deportation to Israel

Marcy Oster An Arab-Israeli immigrant to the United States who is serving a life sentence for murder has sued the U.S. government in a bid to be deported to Israel. ... [Link]

Israeli civilian injured by Syrian mortar on Golan Heights

Marcy Oster An Israeli man was wounded when a mortar shell fired from Syria struck Israel’s Golan Heights. ... [Link]

Netanyahu: Hamas ‘begged’ for cease-fire

Marcy Oster Hamas did not achieve any of its demands in the wake of Israel’s operation in Gaza and “begged” for a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hollywood hate, endogamy blues, Silicon Wadi?

Talia Lavin JTA sums up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

Roman Vishniac archive chronicling pre-Shoah Eastern Europe goes online

Marcy Oster An archive of photographs taken by Roman Vishniac is available online. ... [Link]

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