Entries from February 2017

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Twin Cities hit by spate of anti-Semitic crimes

By MAX SPARBER The St. Paul JCC was evacuated on Monday, after receiving a bomb threat. The robo-call message came at about 10 a.m., as part of the fourth wave of bomb threats called in to JCCs across the United States this year. The bomb threats this week affected at least 10 JCCs in six […]

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

A volunteer from outside

Jason Fenton was a foreign volunteer for the Israeli military during the War for Independence By MAX SPARBER Jason Fenton died on Jan. 21, and with him went a remarkable piece of history. During Israel’s War for Independence, the then-16-year-old Fenton left his native England to enlist in Machal, Israel’s volunteer fighting force. Remembrance Machal, […]

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Editorial: Trump responds to anti-Semitic threats, finally

Like many political observers, my Swedish wife and I were taken aback last weekend, when we were watching President Trump deliver a campaign-style speech, in Melbourne, Fla., and he decried an alleged terrorist incident in Sweden: “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump declared. “Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden. They took […]

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

New sounds from the Michaël Attias Quartet

Originally from Israel, jazz saxophonist Michaël Attias spent a good part of his youth right here in St. Louis Park. A questing musician, Attias combines diverse influences, from Moroccan tribal rhythms to Ornette Coleman, in his playing. His new album, Nerve Dance, will be available early next month from Clean Feed Records. Attias plays alto […]

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Staging Yemen

The Illusion Theater’s new play includes Yemenite-inspired music by a local composer By MAX SPARBER The Illusion Theater is one of the Twin Cities older professional theaters, having started in 1974. This was just nine years after the founding of the Guthrie Theater, a watershed moment in American regional theater, and I have always felt […]

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Senate panel hears ‘No Boycott of Israel’ bill

Legislation to counter anti-Israel BDS movement likely will be revised to address First Amendment concerns By MORDECAI SPECKTOR ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Israeli-Palestinian conflict came before Minnesota legislators again, Tuesday, Feb. 14, when the Senate’s State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee heard discussion on SF247, which first appeared as the “No Boycott […]

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews

Kremlin kicks out Chabad emissary Rabbi Ari Edelkopf, his wife, Chana, and their seven children By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) — Three years ago, Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and his wife, Chana, worked around the clock for weeks to show off their community and city to the many foreigners in town for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. […]

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Evangelicals speak for Israel in Trump’s Washington

Trend worries liberals who see evangelicals’ Bible-based views as too right wing, both on social issues as well as Israel affairs By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — Evangelicals, who have been advocating for Israel for years, have historically let the Jews take the lead. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, for one, is excited that they are poised to […]

Monday, February 13th, 2017

More theater

The Guthrie highlights a frequently neglected Jewish playwright By MAX SPARBER The Guthrie Theater has a relatively new artistic director, Joseph Haj, who has promised greater diversity in the plays the theater chooses to stage. Despite this, on its surface, The Royal Family, playing through March 19 at the Guthrie, isn’t much of a break […]

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

What Jelly and George shared

Upcoming shows at Dakota Jazz Club will feature music of two 20th century musical icons By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941), ragtime pianist, composer and bandleader, is seen as a pivotal figure in the development of jazz. His song “Jelly Roll Blues” was the first published jazz composition, in 1915. George Gershwin (1898-1937), pianist […]