Entries from March 2017

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Alleged culprit in JCC bomb threats arrested

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Israeli teenager who also has American citizenship was arrested on suspicion of carrying out more than 100 bomb threats on Jewish institutions in the United States. Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday. He also is accused of a […]

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

MacPhail concert spotlights Jewish music

By DORIS RUBENSTEIN The MacPhail Center for Music has been a cornerstone of Twin Cities cultural life in one form/name or another since 1907. Generations of area residents have studied violin, piano, voice and other forms of musical expression under the tutelage of some of the best professionals who have graced local concert stages. However, […]

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The meaning of family

Playwright Wendy Kout looks at three generations of Jewish life in We Are the Levinsons By MAX SPARBER Playwriting and writing for television are ostensibly similar undertakings. In fact, if you’ve ever been on the set of a sitcom, it can look very much like a stage set, with bleachers set up for live audiences […]

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

How Europe remembers the Shoah

Hell’s Traces: One Murder, Two Families, 35 Holocaust Memorials, by Victor Ripp; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 206 pages, $25 by NEAL GENDLER A tour of European Shoah memorials might seem thin material for even a slender book, but Victor Ripp seamlessly weaves in histories of two families: His mother’s, the Kahans, who escaped, and his […]

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Life holy and profane on the Mount of Olives

In director Yaelle Kayam’s Mountain, now available on DVD from First Run Features, a young Orthodox woman raises her family in a stone house set in the fabled Mount of Olives cemetery overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Her husband teaches in a yeshiva; and when her children go off to school, Zvia (Shani Klein) […]

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Law enforcement officials condemn bomb threats

By MORDECAI SPECKTOR On a day when Minnesota law enforcement officials participated in a press conference to speak out on the spate of bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the United States, there were more bomb threats. Convened by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), the Wednesday press conference […]

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Trump, the change agent?

The president, who sent his real estate lawyer to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, has taken fairly traditional positions on Middle East issues By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Trump administration rhetoric about Israeli-Palestinian peace is typical of a president who would make everything great: President Donald Trump is going to bring about a “historic” deal, the […]

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

In a time of walls, Ladino is a bridge

A Sephardic studies scholar sees preserving Ladino as an ‘act of resistance’ against Trump By JOSEPHIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — One-year-old Vidal doesn’t know the significance behind the lullaby his father sings him at bedtime. He knows it helps him fall asleep, but not that the Ladino song is part of an effort to teach him […]

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

A life onscreen

The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival puts the Jewish experience front and center By MAX SPARBER Jewish filmmakers can be strangely touchy about Jewish subjects. Although arguably the first film blockbuster was an explicitly Jewish story — 1927’s The Jazz Singer, about a cantor’s son — it’s surprising how often films have minimized or even […]

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

J Street’s youth movement takes center stage

Photos and Story by MORDECAI SPECKTOR So let me be very clear: to oppose the policies of a right-wing government in Israel does not make one anti-Israel or an anti-Semite. We can oppose the policies of President Trump without being anti-American. We can oppose the policies of Netanyahu without being anti-Israel. We can oppose the […]