Intermountain Jewish News

Nov 27th
Osnat Fox unites Israel, Denver

Osnat Fox unites Israel, Denver

OSNAT FOX, JEWISHcolorado’s new Israel emissary, is a petite, dark-eyed woman whose graciousness mirrors the communal warmth that has embraced her from day one. “Would you like anything to drink? Are you sure? Nothing?” The 35-year-old shlicha smilingly shrugs off defeat, clears off the circular table in her office and relaxes. Like a hummin... Read more...

Black Friday

Black Friday. Originally called that because of the traffic jams and tempers and even violence that it caused. Now, who knows. Maybe because it puts...

How many wake-up calls do we need?

The phone rings. I pick up. “How are you?” I don’t know what to answer. Automatically I say, “Fine, thanks  . . . ” I stop in the middle. ...
Remembering Ezra Schwartz

Remembering Ezra Schwartz

BOSTON — For some two-and-a-half hours, Ezra Schwartz was remembered for his unbridled joy and passion for life, his deep and ever-widening circle o...
Aly Raisman has tough road to Rio

Aly Raisman has tough road to Rio

GLASGOW — Once the music started playing — not the “Hava Nagila” tune that made her the Jewish poster child of the London Games, but something...
DAT board appoints Naomi Lev head of school

DAT board appoints Naomi Lev head of school

The Denver Academy of Torah board of trustees has announced that Naomi Lev has been named DAT’s head of school. Most recently, Lev served as interim...

Poland's defense minister credits Protocols

Poland's defense minister credits Protocols WARSAW — Poland’s new defense minister has asserted that the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion is true. The appointment of Antoni Macierewicz of the right-wing Justice and Law Party, which earned a majority in the country’s recent national elections, was announced last week. The Protocols, which purports to be about a Jewish cabal planning world domination through the economy and media, has been proven to be a hoax. In 2002, Macierewicz told Radio Maryja that he had read the ...

Gift Guide: Mensch on a Bench is toy and book combo

Gift Guide: Mensch on a Bench is toy and book combo LEADING UP to Chanukah, 2014, former Hasbro toy and game company employee Neal Hoffman conducted a successful Kickstarter online crowdfunding campaign to get out his new product, “Mensch on a Bench.” The Cincinnati resident was readying for an even bigger stage: national TV. Hoffman’s toy-and-book set based on the story of the character “Moshe the Mensch” sold more than 50,000 units, generating close to $1 million in revenue.

Mark Twain had Jewish son-in-law, Russian born

Mark Twain had Jewish son-in-law, Russian born NEW YORK — When you think of Mark Twain, chances are white fences and the Mississippi River spring to mind a long time before anything Jewish does. But the man lauded both as “the greatest American humorist of his age” and “the father of American literature” had a Jewish son-in-law who achieved some heavy praise himself when it came to the piano. Ossip Gabrilowitsch, the man who would eventually marry Twain’s daughter, Clara, in 1909, was born to a Russian Jewish family in 1878....

White House lauds Rabbi Soloway for green activism

White House lauds Rabbi Soloway for green activism THE WHITE House honored 12 people of faith, each one as a “Champion of Change,” for their achievements in protecting the environment and communities from the hazards of climate change, on Monday, July 20. One of these “Champions of Change” is Rabbi Marc Soloway of Boulder’s Congregation Bonai Shalom. Thanks to Rabbi Soloway, Bonai Shalom was the first zero waste synagogue in the country. The congregation’s Ner Tamid is powered through a solar panel, showing sustainability through s...

Black Friday

Black Friday. Originally called that because of the traffic jams and tempers and even violence that it caused. Now, who knows. Maybe because it puts the retailers in the black? But if color is connected to conditions of a crazy day, how long, exactly, did the previous day’s condition of gratitude continue? More generally, if behavior and mood are colored by days of the week, how should we understand the flow of the color chart?

Lawrence Schwartz

Lawrence Schwartz Lawrence (Larry) Schwartz, an aerospace engineer and a Denver resident since 1970, passed away Nov. 22, 2015, in Denver. Rabbi Stephen Booth Nadav and Rabbi-Cantor Birdie Becker officiated at the Nov. 24 graveside service at Rose Hill Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “He was a scientist, an artist, the designer of his home, a splendid punster and a zeisen neshamah,” the family said. Mr. Schwartz was born Nov. 30, 1935, in New York City and raised in California....

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United Arab Emirates: Israel mission not sign of changed relations

Julie Wiener Israel is the only member of the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Association to have a separate mission accredited to the association. ... [Link]

Border Police officer wounded in Nahariya stabbing; 43 Palestinians said hurt in skirmishes

Julie Wiener After stabbing the 37-year-old officer twice in the back near the Nahariya central bus station Friday night, the assailant fled the scene ... [Link]

From ‘Amy Winehouse sound’ creators, a funky Hanukkah anthem

Gabe Friedman Retro band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kicks off its new holiday album with “8 Days of Hanukkah” — an upbeat marriage of catchy soul music and Jewish cultural references. ... [Link]

Alan Gross: Memory of Holocaust survivor relatives got me through Cuban prison

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Alan Gross, the American Jewish government contractor who spent five years in Cuban prison, said thinking of his family members who survived the Holocaust was one of three things that helped... [Link]

8 of the coolest menorahs for this Hanukkah season

Gabe Friedman Another Hanukkah season means another chance to impress with a creative menorah choice. ... [Link]

Report: Senior Israeli officials fear PA collapse

Ben Harris The diplomatic-security cabinet held lengthy discussions about the possibility of a PA collapse Wednesday and Thursday, Haaretz reported, citing three sources who either attended the meetings or were ... [Link]

The ‘Kate Middleton effect’ on synagogue fashion

Lucy Cohen Blatter Why the ornate headpieces known as fascinators are all the rage among stylish observant women. ... [Link]

Jewish disability advocate chides Trump for mocking reporter

Ron Kampeas Jay Ruderman offered to provide the Republican frontrunner with sensitivity training after he appeared to mock a reporter with a disability. ... [Link]

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