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Shabbat Shalom: The Word Is Not Empty of You

Shabbat Shalom: The Word Is Not Empty of You

It was 1988, or perhaps 1989; I was sitting next to my grandfather in the plush velvet seats of Beth Joseph synagogue on Yom Kippur, as the Book ...
Shabbat Shalom: A Communal Confession

Shabbat Shalom: A Communal Confession

A conversation I had recently about community continues to gnaw at me. I was talking to someone in his 60s, someone who, throughout his life, has
Shabbat Shalom: Rosh Hashanah, a Day of Judgment or a Day of Compassion?

Shabbat Shalom: Rosh Hashanah, a Day of Judgment or a Day of Compassion?

Twenty-five years ago, with the sweltering heat shimmering like a golden aura over the Santa Monica mountains, Beth and I and our assembled ...
JEWISHcolorado’s 2021 Annual Meeting: A Look Back, A Way Forward

JEWISHcolorado’s 2021 Annual Meeting: A Look Back, A Way Forward

I think back to what we did eighteen months ago, at the beginning of the pandemic, in the middle of March—March 11 to be precise. That was the ...
Friday In the Park with YAD

Friday In the Park with YAD

YAD Shabbat is back. In real life and better than ever. The program came roaring back, smokin’ hot, with a kosher BBQ in Creekside Park and ...
Challah Back (and Back and Back)

Challah Back (and Back and Back)

Every baker of bread bakes their bread standing in a (very) long line of bakers, going back thousands of years. Each loaf is a demonstration of ...
Shabbat Shalom: Listening to Many Voices

Shabbat Shalom: Listening to Many Voices

As the world has reopened, the frequency with which I am going out with friends and colleagues for coffee and meals has increased. Too frequently
Black Perspectives: One Year Later

Black Perspectives: One Year Later

In July 2020, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police and the growing protests against systemic racism, the Jewish ...
Shabbat Shalom: A Little Boy Is the Only Thing God Gives Us to Make a Man

Shabbat Shalom: A Little Boy Is the Only Thing God Gives Us to Make a Man

Yet again we are at an utter loss for words. Shmuli Silverberg, of blessed memory. An 18-year-old who lost his life in an act of horrific ...
Support the Family and the Yeshiva Toras Chaim Community

Support the Family and the Yeshiva Toras Chaim Community

Our prayers are with the family and community of an 18-year-old Denver Yeshiva student who was shot and killed overnight in the front of the ...
Dignity Grows™ Launches New Chapter with JEWISHcolorado

Dignity Grows™ Launches New Chapter with JEWISHcolorado

JEWISHcolorado is creating a new chapter of the national Dignity GrowsTM program, designed to distribute free, monthly personal and feminine ...
Shabbat Shalom: Perspective and Analogy

Shabbat Shalom: Perspective and Analogy

This is one of those Shabbats when the date, the season, and the yearly cycle of Torah reading coalesce. Following Tisha B’Av, which commemorates
PJ Library Great Connections: More Friendships, More Jewish Stories

PJ Library Great Connections: More Friendships, More Jewish Stories

Colorado area families raising Jewish children will now have more opportunities to participate in Jewish life, thanks to a grant recently awarded
The 411 On Our Four New Shinshinim

The 411 On Our Four New Shinshinim

JEWISHcolorado is set to welcome four young Israeli ambassadors, or Shinshinim, recent high school graduates who delay mandatory service in the ...
Ready. Set. Summer!

Ready. Set. Summer!

You remember those long summer days when it sometimes felt like there was nothing to do? So does PJ Library and, once again, they’ve come to the ...
Shabbat Shalom: A More Expansive Love

Shabbat Shalom: A More Expansive Love

This is one of those Shabbats when the date, the season, and the yearly cycle of Torah reading coalesce. Following Tisha B’Av, which commemorates
Cintra Pollack Steps Down from the Board & Steps Up to New Challenges

Cintra Pollack Steps Down from the Board & Steps Up to New Challenges

Colorado’s Jewish communities will have a changemaker in their corner when it comes to the national and global work of the Jewish Federations of ...
Shabbat Shalom: Weaving Our Stories Together

Shabbat Shalom: Weaving Our Stories Together

The concept of inheritance is a reoccurring theme in the Torah and for the Jewish People. What can be transmitted from one generation to ...
From Boulder to the Springs: Jewish Organizations Awarded “Anything Grants”

From Boulder to the Springs: Jewish Organizations Awarded “Anything Grants”

(DENVER) — For the fourth consecutive year, JEWISHcolorado is awarding $50,000 in Staenberg Family Foundation “Anything Grants,” to Jewish ...
Shabbat Shalom: Reflections from Our ISTers

Shabbat Shalom: Reflections from Our ISTers

The concept of inheritance is a reoccurring theme in the Torah and for the Jewish People. What can be transmitted from one generation to ...
My Summer of a Lifetime

My Summer of a Lifetime

I grew up in Denver, but I went on the Joyce Zeff Israel Tour (IST) for the first time this summer at the age of 47. I realize it’s 30 years ...
Rob Kaufmann Named Incoming JEWISHcolorado Board Chair

Rob Kaufmann Named Incoming JEWISHcolorado Board Chair

(DENVER)—JEWISHcolorado President and CEO Rabbi Jay Strear announced today that Rob Kaufmann has been named the incoming board chair of the ...
Colorado Legislative Session: Busy, Busy, Busy

Colorado Legislative Session: Busy, Busy, Busy

On June 8, a month later than usual, the Colorado House and Senate each adjourned their 2021 legislative sessions sine die (without plans to ...
New Government In Israel Sworn In—Barely

New Government In Israel Sworn In—Barely

On June 13, a new governing coalition made up of eight of the 12 parties in the Knesset came to power after winning a confidence vote 60-59. ...

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