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Best of the Jewish Film Fest

Best of the Jewish Film Fest

For 19 years, the Denver Jewish Film Festival has been a highlight on the arts and culture calendar. Through documentaries and feature films, the festival provides a peek into myriad worlds, be they Israeli society, American Jewish pop culture or French-Jewish life. This year, its 20th, is no different. The line-up promises engaged viewing and dis... Read more...
At Colorado College, Hillel provides a second home

At Colorado College, Hillel provides a second home

“Hillel is a second home for college students. It provides a sense of community and a great social network,” says Nico Ravitch, co-chair for the H...

What? Me a fundraiser?

Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and a legendary fundraiser, just published his autobiography, Meant To Be (Toby Press). ...
Transformation at Tel Aviv's Museum of the Jewish People

Transformation at Tel Aviv's Museum of the Jewish People

JERUSALEM — Museum designer Patrick Gallagher, 60, has been at the forefront of museum design and exhibit planning for decades. But perhaps no proje...
Simcha built Kazan, Russia on rock n' roll

Simcha built Kazan, Russia on rock n' roll

KAZAN, Russia — When the six members of the Simcha klezmer band hauled their instruments into a dilapidated rehearsal space, no one suspected they w...
New arrangement at Western Wall

New arrangement at Western Wall

TEL AVIV — Israel’s government on Sunday, Jan. 31, approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall. Th...
 

BMH-BJ resigns from OU, ponders its future direction

BMH-BJ resigns from OU, ponders its future direction CONGREGATION BMH-BJ formally ended its relationship with the Orthodox Union last month, putting an end to a membership that dated back to 1956. In a letter dated Dec. 31, 2015, and distributed to synagogue members, H. Michael Miller, president, and Rabbi Yaakov Chaitovsky, spiritual leader, wrote that the congregation had learned that the OU was planning to expel BMH-BJ over its mixed seating policy, a bone of contention between the OU and the Denver synagogue at least since 1988....
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Not just fruit: Tu b'Shevat a chance for personal growth

Not just fruit: Tu b'Shevat a chance for personal growth LOS ANGELES — For the last three years, I’ve celebrated Tu b’Shevat — the Jewish New Year of the Trees — by organizing a participatory seder in a nearby canyon-top park. The seder usually includes about 10 to 15 people from my group, the Movable Minyan — a small, lay-led, independent congregation that needs every member’s active participation in order to thrive. We meet in the parking lot, and from there, bags of seder supplies in hand, we take a short hike up past oak trees to a ...
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With Adelson's help, Raiders might move to Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Sheldon Adelson met with the owner of the Oakland Raiders team owner to discuss the casino mogul’s plan to build a billion-dollar stadium for the NFL team. On Jan. 29, the same day of the meeting, Mark Davis also toured the site of Adelson’s proposed 65,000-seat stadium on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus. The UNLV football team would share it with the professional franchise, which would become the NFL’s first Las Vegas-based team. Hours after Davis’ meeting with...
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JYW's big tent — seriously and literally

JYW's big tent — seriously and literally CHANUKAH EDITION 5776SECTION A PAGE 9 While some synagogues struggle to maintain members, Judaism Your Way’s successful outreach model is attracting unaffiliated and interfaith families by the thousands. JYW does not have a permanent building, a sanctuary, Shabbat services or religious school. It has a mailing list but is not membership-based. There is no standing minyan or 24/7 rabbi — standard features in typical Jewish denominational settings.
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Politics and parody; your dog for president

As the Wall Street Journal put it, from the beginning, the 2016 White House race has defied just about every expectation. Donald Trump was more punchline than presidential contender when he announced his candidacy in June, 2015.  Despite coming in second — close to third — in this week’s Iowa caucuses, Trump holds the lead in the polls in New Hampshire, where the first primary in the nation takes place this coming Tuesday. The joke still might be on his detractors.
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Aaron ‘Herb’ Cohen

Aaron ‘Herb’ Cohen Aaron Herbert “Herb” Cohen, a native Denverite and lifelong resident, passed away Jan. 21, 2016, in Denver. Rabbi Richard Rheins officiated at the Jan. 24 service at Temple Sinai. Interment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “He was our hero and Superman,” the family said. “A gentleman to the end, he never lost his sense of humor.”
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Rocker Ted Nugent blames Jews for gun control in anti-Semitic post

Gabe Friedman The right-wing singer shared the post on Monday with an image of the Israeli flag next to each one of the Jewish leaders, including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Ema... [Link]

New York Fashion Week: The Jewish prayer shawl goes chic

Gabe Friedman Vogue photographed a New York Fashion Week: Men’s attendee sporting a real tallit outside a Tommy Hilfiger event. ... [Link]

Poll: Majority of Palestinians oppose third intifada

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza oppose a third intifada, according to a new poll, reversing the popular sentiment from three months ago. The poll of 1,200 Palestinians... [Link]

Which Jewish city should you live in?

Gabe Friedman ... [Link]

John Tishman, whose company built World Trade Center and other skyscrapers, dies

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — John Tishman, an influential developer who oversaw the construction of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and Chicago’s John Hancock Center, has died at 90. Tishman, who donat... [Link]

See how teen pals found each other some 50 years later

mbrodsky A “Seeking Kin” column spurs a Technion librarian to put his research expertise to work. ... [Link]

In all-Chabad Israeli village, Brooklyn meets country living

Ben Sales The major export of Kfar Chabad, an Israeli village near Tel Aviv where everyone is a Chabad Hasid, is outreach emissaries. ... [Link]

3 Arab-Israeli MKs suspended for meeting with terrorists’ families

Julie Wiener CORRECTION: This article stated incorrectly that 90 Knesset members had voted in favor of a bill that would allow lawmakers to be suspended or expelled for engaging in inappropriate behavior. In fact... [Link]

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