Entries from February 2017

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Inspired by words of Torah and prayer

Words @ Work exhibit speaks volumes By DORIS RUBENSTEIN The main sanctuary walls at Beth Jacob Synagogue in Mendota Heights are bare, like a Torah scroll, unillustrated but filled with meaning. On any given Shabbat, these walls can serve as a virtual blank canvas onto which three young artists who pray there regularly might project […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

The ‘new Jew’ in Israel

The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping, by Aharon Appelfeld, Schocken, 288 pages, $26. Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER The famous line “You can’t go home again” applies to almost all survivors of the Shoah. But to Aharon Appelfeld’s teenage character Erwin, it’s only true when he’s awake, which after the war is seldom. “At the end […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Editorial: Minnesota Legislature debates Israel

This week, some legislators at the Capitol in St. Paul paused from discussing the mundane issues of state government and heard arguments related to the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There’s no foreign affairs committee in either body of the Legislature, so the first hearing on the “No Boycott of Israel” bill (H.F. 400/S.F. 247) occurred in […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

‘He just did it. That’s how he was’

Tilsenbilt Homes, the first integrated housing project in America, declared historic district  By MAX SPARBER In a unanimous decision at the start of January, a Minneapolis City Council committee passed a resolution to declare a group of 52 homes as an historic district. These homes, located in South Minneapolis on 3rd, 4th and 5th Avenue […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

A loving view of Buenos Aires’ Jews

If you can’t afford the cost of a trip to Argentina, director Daniel Burman’s The Tenth Man, available on DVD from Kino Lorber, offers an intimate glimpse of a little known corner of Buenos Aires, the city’s Jewish neighborhood called Once. (The film’s Spanish title, El Rey Del Once, translates as “the king of Once.”) […]

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Sally Wingert to direct play at Minnesota Jewish Theatre

Sally Wingert has long been a beloved local actress, having worked for years at the Guthrie but also frequently appearing as a lead performer at smaller local theaters, including several well-regarded appearances at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. Now Wingert is preparing to make her debut as a director, helming one of the most highly […]

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

At least 17 bomb threats called in to JCCs nationwide in third wave of harassment

(JTA) — At least 17 Jewish community centers across the United States were targeted with bomb threats in the third wave of such mass disruption this month. Paul Goldenberg, the director of Secure Community Networks — an affiliate of the Jewish federations of North America, which advises Jewish groups and institutions on security — said […]

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

‘Remember the 11 million’? Why an inflated victims tally irks Holocaust historians

By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — “Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.” It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesperson’s unit last week marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. And it was asserted in an article shared […]