Entries from January 2017

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

A great warrior for justice

Larry Leventhal is remembered for his kindness and his devotion to protecting the rights of American Indians By MORDECAI SPECKTOR In his eulogy at Larry Leventhal’s funeral, on Jan. 20 at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, brother-in-law Bob Maisel mentioned that Leventhal’s Hebrew name was Baruch, and his American Indian name was translated as He Whose […]

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

James Baldwin revealed as an American prophet

February is Black History Month, and it’s hard to think of a more appropriate film to view than Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, a Magnolia Pictures release that opens locally Feb. 3. The documentary probes a never completed book project by James Baldwin, which looked at the lives of three of the author’s […]

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Bob Dylan: ‘I remember ev’ry face’

Light Come Shining: The Transformations of Bob Dylan, by Andrew McCarron, Oxford, 232 pages, $19.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Bob Dylan devotees may gain new understanding of their Nobel laureate’s life changes from an analysis and interpretation by Andrew McCarron. In Light Come Shining, McCarron has produced a “psychobiography,” a work that “attempts to demythologize […]

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Proponents of Jewish blues

‘Jewish Americana’ music gets its moment in the spotlight By GABE FRIEDMAN NEW YORK (JTA) — Saul Kaye never wanted to be a “Jewish blues” player. In his opinion, the Jewish music he had heard growing up in Northern California’s Bay Area ranged from “really bad to horrible.” In 2009, he was touring as a […]

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Bomb threat called in to Sabes JCC

Another wave of bomb threats to JCCs prompts evacuations across the United States on Wednesday By MAX SPARBER / Community News Editor A second wave of bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers in 17 states, on Wednesday, included one to the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. This follows 16 bomb threats called […]

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Jewish groups jittery about Obamacare repeal

Jewish communal agencies receive a total of $6 billion a year from Medicaid, which was expanded under the ACA, as well as $1.5 billion a year from Medicare, whose coverage for seniors was also expanded By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Before the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, Jewish Family Service of […]

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Neo-Nazi blogger resigns — his wife is Jewish

(JTA) — The founder of the popular right-wing blog The Right Stuff resigned over the revelation that his wife is Jewish. Mike Enoch, who also co-hosts “The Daily Shoah” weekly podcast, was outed over the weekend as Mike Peinovich, a website developer from New York. On the podcast, which has about 100,000 regular listeners, Peinovich […]

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

D.C. shuls in the middle of the fray

Facing inauguration and women’s march, synagogues in Washington, D.C., grapple with how to respond to Trump By BEN SALES (JTA) — On Friday, the United States will inaugurate a new president and usher in an era of new policies and rhetoric. But at the Sixth and I synagogue in Washington, D.C., eyes are on the day after, […]

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

‘You didn’t want to get on Frank Sinatra’s bad side’

Trombonist Sam Hyster reminisces about his days playing with the Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra By GLORIA FREDKOVE Sam Hyster spends most of his time these days watching sports in his room at the Sholom Home in St. Louis Park. The 94-year-old loves the Miami Dolphins and the New York Mets. I learned about Sam through his […]

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Editorial: Make America Hate Again

On Monday, 16 Jewish community centers in the South and Northeast of the United States received bomb threats. The threatening calls were both prerecorded and live, according to a JTA report. Many of the JCCs were evacuated, as police searched the buildings for explosives. “In the Northeast it’s 20 degrees outside, and these individuals are doing […]