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Chanukah on a note of hope

Chanukah on a note of hope

SMALL POCKETS of people arrived at the corner of Alameda and Dahlia several minutes before JEWISHcolorado’s annual Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Rush hour traffic streamed up and down the noisy thoroughfare. Four-year-olds from the JCC ECE Center and their teachers  flanked the menorah and sang traditional melodies. ... Read more...
Alan Gross freed

Alan Gross freed

WASHINGTON — Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released...
Happy Chanukah! IJN Doris Sky Chanukah Coloring Contest Winners 2014

Happy Chanukah! IJN Doris Sky Chanukah Coloring Contest Winners 2014

Creativity, color, content! This year’s crop of entries was particularly interesting, with young artists using crayons, markers, water colors, temp...
Philanthropic impulse behind CharityBids

Philanthropic impulse behind CharityBids

SECTION B PAGE 1 Clear Channel. Home Depot. Royal Bank of Canada. Tommy Hilfiger. “All these huge companies are calling us, very conscious of t...
Herb Keinon memoir on target

Herb Keinon memoir on target

CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 6 As the veteran diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, the main share of Herb Keinon’s writing focuses ...

I’m in debt

CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 4 Don’t you get mail and sometimes you know what’s in the envelope even before you open it? For example, wedding ...
 

Netanyahu blesses the Druze

Netanyahu blesses the Druze JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Druze community leaders and expressed condolences on the recent deaths of two Druze police officers. Netanyahu on Nov. 26 offered his condolences on the deaths of Police Master Sergeant Zidan Saif, who was killed in the terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, and of Border Police Chief Inspector Jidan Assad, killed last month when a Palestinian terrorist drove his car into a crowd of people at a light rail station in Jerusalem. ...
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When getting a little gelt was as good as gold

When getting a little gelt was as good as gold CHANUKAH EDITION SECTION E PAGE 8 LOS ANGELES — What can a buck get you on Chanukah? Maybe a gold mesh bag of chocolate coins or a lighter for your menorah. But Jewish continuity? At Chanukah time, when we get so wrapped up in gift giving, I propose that it’s a single dollar of gelt (Yiddish for money) that has the power to keep on giving beyond eight nights. Chanukah gelt referred originally in Europe and later America to coins given as gifts to children and adults. Today, gelt brings...
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Birmingham Jews love their Crimson Tide

Birmingham Jews love their Crimson Tide ON THANKSGIVING at my son’s house, I found myself at the end of a long dinner table, some in-town family members on my left. They were chatting about college football, especially the Alabama-Auburn game that would be played two nights later. No surprise there — that’s what people in Birmingham do on Thanksgiving. On my right was a family member from another state. “What is it with you people in Alabama?” he teasingly chided me. “All you care about is college football!” “Yep,...
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Chocolate...chocolate...healthy!

Chocolate...chocolate...healthy! Two companies, one founded in Boulder, the other international, are working hard to share the numerous health benefits of chocolate. MXI Healthy Chocolate is a Canadian company with distributors around the world — the first in Colorado being Dr. Dan Sollee and his wife Esther. Boulder-based Cholaca was founded in 2012 by Ira Leibtag to create and sell what he calls “the most incredible chocolate beverage on earth.”
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Chanukah is not a ‘minor’ holiday

In the context of the winter season, or of the “December dilemma,” Jews often say that Chanukah is a “minor” holiday. Apparently, the characterization is meant to stand in contrast to the “major” holiday of Christmas. Chanukah marks the triumph of loyal Jews over those who assimilated into ancient Greek culture. What’s minor about that? Chanukah marks the miraculous continuation of the service in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem — the discovery of one day’s worth of ritua...
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Sophie K. Rubenstein

Sophie K. Rubenstein, 92, a nurse for nearly 20 years, passed away Dec. 8, 2014, in Pueblo. Rabbi Richard Rheins officiated at the Dec. 11 graveside service at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “Sophie will be remembered as a loving, caring person who touched many lives, always with kindness,” the family said. “She had an abiding faith in life and worked hard to come back from a devastating stroke when she was 85.” Born Dec. 9, 1921, in New York City to Isaac a...
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Right-wing extremists from around Europe meet in Milan

Marcy Oster The gathering was organized by the Italian far-right party Forza Nuova as the first meeting in Italy of a new far-right, pan-European party called “Alliance for Peace and Freedom.” ... [Link]

Israel destroys Gaza cement factory in retaliation for rocket attack

Marcy Oster Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not ignore the firing of even one rocket from Gaza on Israel. ... [Link]

Obama signs law strengthening U.S.-Israel alliance

Marcy Oster The 2014 United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act declares Israel a “major strategic partner” of the United States. ... [Link]

Kindertransport documentary selected for permanent preservation

Marcy Oster Oscar-winner “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” has been selected for permanent preservation in the Library of Congress by the National Film Registry. ... [Link]

From the Archive: Cuban Jews under the embargo

Gabe Friedman While Fidel Castro’s 1959 ascent to power had a catastrophic effect on Cuba’s once friendly relationship with the U.S., the revolution’s impact on the island’s Jewish population — an... [Link]

‘Ida’ makes Oscars shortlist

Gabrielle Birkner The Israeli entry, ‘Gett,’ is out of the running, but a Polish film about a would-be nun who discovers her parents were killed in the Holocaust was among the nine foreign films that advanc... [Link]

Tampa-area agency head dead in murder-suicide

Anthony Weiss A Florida Jewish agency head who had been deeply involved with caring for migrant children was found dead with her longtime partner in what police are calling an apparent murder-suicide. ... [Link]

A military miracle: Hanukkah care for U.S. armed forces personnel

Raffi Wineburg For the last seven years, Kosher Troops has been sending care packages to American-Jewish servicemen and women across the globe. ... [Link]

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