Sunday, February 3, 2013

Interesting Colfacts - Golda Meir

On Julian Street, north of Cheltenham Elementary School, a vacant lot sits next to the Boys and Girls Club. There used to be a duplex here where a runaway from Milwaukee named Golda Meir lived with her married sister in 1913 and attended North High School. At the house, young Meir listened to debates among acquaintances on Zionism, labor and socialism. She met her future husband here. Meir later said the time she spent on West Colfax Avenue was the most influential period of her life, putting her on a political course that was capped with her term as prime minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974.

Golda Meir
      The duplex was saved from destruction by members of the Jewish community and relocated to the Auraria campus' Ninth Street Park, where it is now a museum. Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe settled much of this neighborhood, and their stamp remains. Beth Jacob High School for girls and the orthodox boys' school Yeshiva Toras Chaim provide education. The Mikvah of West Denver sits in a quiet neighborhood providing its cleansing waters by appointment. And an eruv, an extended area within which orthodox Jews may perform tasks on the Sabbath that otherwise would be restricted to within their homes, has been set up on the west side, marked with an unobtrusive Kevlar string. 

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