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Welcome to Kutsher's — the last Catskills resort

Welcome to Kutsher's — the last Catskills resort

A documentary 10 years in the making, “Welcome to Kutsher’s” started off as a fundraising project in an 11th-hour effort to help the once booming Borscht Belt hotel that had fallen on hard times. The fundraising failed; the ailing behemoth shut its doors in 2013. The film is written like an obituary, but missing the painful, obligatory sente... Read more...
Crossing the goal line: How Andy Levy shed 138 pounds

Crossing the goal line: How Andy Levy shed 138 pounds

IT’S LUNCHTIME, and Andy Levy doesn’t even need to see a menu. He orders his usual: a scoop of tuna salad in a tomato garnished with sliced cucumb...

This is a diplomat? Michael Oren’s colossal blunder

What happened to the good sense he seemed to exhibit as an ambassador? Michael Oren, the American-born, former ambassador of Israel to the US — he...
1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexisted

1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexisted

A one-hour PBS special airing June 30 traces the relationship between Jews and Arabs in Palestine in the late Ottoman Empire. “1913: Seeds of Confl...
A Denver view of Charleston

A Denver view of Charleston

CANTOR KIM Harris hesitates for a moment when she is asked about last week’s mass shooting in Charleston, a city she once considered her hometown. ...

Marijuana today, dementia tomorrow

I AM reading the magazine, Vail Health (2015/2016 annual), specifically an article by Kimberly Nicoletti, “The Aging Brain.” She interviews Vail ...
 

For Yazidis of Iraq, crisis is not over

For Yazidis of Iraq, crisis is not over NEARLY ONE year ago, global media and public opinion raged over the humanitarian crisis and near genocide facing the Yazidi population of northern Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State as they advanced on the Sinjar region. At that time, major Western media outlets reported on the massacres inflicted on the Yazidis by IS, the enslavement and rape of young Yazidi women and girls and other atrocities the Yazidi minority were facing last summer. Since August, 2014, however, the airstrikes agains...
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Rabbi saved a Jewish city in Greece

Rabbi saved a Jewish city in Greece Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Memorial Day 5775 IN THE Jerusalem Hills, there stands the single largest memorial to the Holocaust in the world known as Martyrs’ Forest, which is comprised of six million trees planted in memory of those six million Jews who perished. A unique ceremony, the only one its kind held on Holocaust Remembrance Day in the capital, was scheduled to take place there this year to commemorate the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the Holocaust. JNF and the B’na...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Jewish owner speaks

Tampa Bay Lightning's Jewish owner speaks BALTIMORE — Jeffrey Vinik, the owner of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, is experiencing a first: his team playing in the Stanley Cup Finals, which opened June 3 in Florida against the Chicago Blackhawks. (Under previous owners, the Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004.) As of press time, the Lightning was leading the series 2-1. Further games are scheduled for June 10, 13, 15 and 17, though the final two will only be played if necessary. Last month, Vinik and his wife, P...
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Phenomenal Holocaust collection at CU

Phenomenal Holocaust collection at CU PASSOVER EDITION 5775SECTION B PAGE 8 BOULDER — The yellowing document is crumbling and fading, but the smooth signature on its cover is as legible as it is chilling: Rudolf Hess, the Nazi who served as a Hitler deputy from 1933 to 1941. The signature, which adorns a 70-year-old leniency plea for top Nazi Hermann Goering during the postwar Nuremberg trials, is one of some 500,000 discrete items and 20,000 books donated last year to the University of Colorado at Boulder — nearly the entir...
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This is a diplomat? Michael Oren’s colossal blunder

What happened to the good sense he seemed to exhibit as an ambassador? Michael Oren, the American-born, former ambassador of Israel to the US — he of skilled tongue, eloquent pen and brilliant mind — made a colossal blunder last week. It is hard to believe how somebody so polished and, on the outside at least, so adroit, could have been so utterly blind to the consequences of his action. It calls into question, in retrospect, his entire service as ambassador and makes one wonder whether a ...
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Dr. Ron Heller

Dr. Ron Heller, a Denver native, passed away June 8, 2015 in Virginia. “He was known for his happy attitude toward life and lived in the present,” the family said. “His memory will reside forever in our hearts.” Dr. Heller was born Jan. 17, 1947, in Denver to the late Irene (Chaikey) and Marvin Heller. He attended CU and graduated in 1968.
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Ukraine office to help prospective immigrants to Israel prove Jewishness

Marcy Oster Proving a Jewish ancestry has become difficult for thousands of Jews from eastern Ukraine, where a stagnant civil war has resulted in loss of access to documents to prove Jewishness. ... [Link]

Israeli affiliate to stop using Orange name in 24 months under new deal

Marcy Oster The new framework agreement comes less than a month after Orange CEO Stephan Richard said in Cairo that Orange would abandon Israeli affiliate Partner “tomorrow morning” if not for contractual pen... [Link]

Berlin’s Jewish Culture Days festival canceled citing subsidy

Marcy Oster Representatives of the Berlin State Senate, which assigns funding for the festival and had promoted this year’s festival on its website, said they were surprised and sorry to hear the news. ... [Link]

ADL poll: Anti-Semitic attitudes down in France, Belgium and Germany

Uriel Heilman Anti-Semitic attitudes fell in two countries where Jews were attacked over the last year while rising significantly in Italy, Romania and the Netherlands, the Anti-Defamation League survey found. ... [Link]

As Iran deadline approaches, skeptics draw dueling red lines

Ron Kampeas What are the most contentious issues — and how much will they influence the outcome? ... [Link]

Netanyahu was ‘smuggled’ to hospital twice in disguised vans

Gabe Friedman The Israeli prime minister went to the hospital for prostate exams in vehicles disguised as a pita delivery van and a pest control van. ... [Link]

Jewish group hired Mexican laborers to protest N.Y. gay pride parade

Gabe Friedman The fringe Hasidic group said the protesters were hired to fill in for “yeshiva boys” who would normally protest but were kept away. ... [Link]

Seamless goes ‘kosher style’ (bacon included)

Uriel Heilman Going from kosher to kosher style. ... [Link]

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