Weekly Edition: May 19th, 2023

Weekly Edition: May 19th, 2023

Shabbat shalom!

Join us at the Pearl Street Mall on Sunday, June 4th for The Boulder Jewish Festival. We can’t wait for this full day of festivities, live music, Jewish food, and Judaica, along with family-friendly activities provided by our community organizations. Open and inclusive to everyone, this festival is an amazing opportunity to connect, engage, and have fun. Hope to see you there!

More information at www.boulderjcc.org/BoulderJewishFestival.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our brothers and sisters under attack in Israel, Ukraine, and the women of this country.

Stay warm, stay safe and stay healthy!

Here are stories from the last week:

News/Columns/Letters

  • Birthright Israel Has First Second-Generation Participant (5/18/2023) - It was bound to happen, given Birthright Israel’s success for an extended period of time: A Birthright Israel participant is the offspring of previous participants. Continue Reading
  • Column: Those Pesky Antisemitic Thugs: How Low Can They Go? (5/18/2023) - Two antisemitic thugs in London and Boca Raton, Fla., picked on Jewish targets their own size to badger, as disgusting as these attacks are. However, two of their confederates chose Jewish schoolchildren outside a religious school in north London to blare a Hezbollah battle song from their car. Continue Reading
  • Letter: The Changing Demographics of Israel (5/18/2023) - The Rabbinic Council of Boulder is entitled to its opinion, but it ignores the fact that a fair democratic election was held in Israel. ("The Rabbinic Council of Boulder Aligns Itself With Israel's Protestors Against Judicial Reform," BJN 5/9/23). The majority, albeit a small majority, voted for the Netanyahu coalition whose platform included judicial reform.  Continue Reading
  • ADL: Swastikas Drawn On Arms, Legs Of Denver Middle School Students (5/17/2023) - On April 28, a student at Campus Middle School in Cherry Creek School District allegedly drew swastikas on other students’ arms and legs. If that is not troubling enough, they did so after participating in a lesson about the Holocaust, the systematic murder of over six million Jews and five million others. Of the Jews… Continue Reading
  • Support Rabbi Soloway on The Ride for the Living This June (5/15/2023) - . I’m participating in this important journey not only to remember the Holocaust and its victims, but also to celebrate the miraculous rebirth of Jewish life in Poland and to assist with relief efforts for the 150,000 Ukrainians who have moved to Krakow since the war broke out in February 2022. Continue Reading

Jewish Life

Arts and Culture

  • Hearing The Cry of a Child (5/17/2023) - As graduation speeches and flying caps fill the air, we may wonder about the extent and duration of the influence that schools and individual teachers may have on students, both in knowledge and character. Rabbis in the past and present have given plenty of advice about how to teach. Continue Reading
  • The Haggadah of Mad Max (5/17/2023) - I recently read a rather convoluted reworking of the message of the brilliant Arthurian-themed movie "The Fisher King" as an analogy to the Passover story (Fisher King- A Fictional Exodus Story, BJN 4/20/23).  For me it did not work. Continue Reading

Events

About Editor

I'm David Fellows, and I've served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and I've written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I was also a professional photographer from 1978 to 1988 (although you never really stop...). I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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