Entries from April 2017

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

North Korea and the Iran nuclear deal

What the North Korea crisis tells us about the Iran nuclear deal — and the Trump administration’s foreign policy By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration last week endorsed a narrative long promoted by critics of the Iran nuclear deal: It’s North Korea all over again. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to […]

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Trump speaks on Jews and the Holocaust

Trump’s remarks, at a memorial organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, gets good reviews By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump got the memo on the Holocaust and the Jews. In a barrage of statements this week from the president and his aides, the Trump administration wants you to know, he gets […]

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Albert Einstein was a sex magnet?

Four surprising facts about the Jewish genius Albert Einstein By GABE FRIEDMAN NEW YORK (JTA) — Think “Albert Einstein,” and certain images or phrases likely come to mind: “genius,” “kooky,” “wild hair,” “theory of relativity,” “E = mc2” — maybe even “Zionist.” Sex and violence? Not so much. Then there’s Genius, a TV series that […]

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Paul Shaffer bops the blues on new CD

Best known for his 33-year gig as David Letterman’s bandleader, Paul Shaffer is shifting gears post-Late Show. His latest project finds the music maven reunited in the studio with his musical mates from TV land. Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band (Sire) is a swingin’ collection of a dozen pop, rock and R&B […]

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Editorial: We remember victims of the Holocaust

The annual Twin Cities Yom HaShoah Commemoration will be held 7 p.m. this Sunday, April 23 at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park. I urge all of our readers to attend this somber and moving event, which is sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. This year’s remembrance of […]

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

One-man ‘Wiesenthal’ to play at Illusion Theater

by MAX SPARBER Actor-playwright Tom Dugan, who wrote and stars in a one-man show about Simon Wiesenthal called, appropriately, Wiesenthal, credits his decision to create the show to one quote by the famed Nazi hunter. Wiesenthal was asked if he blames Germans for the Holocaust, and Wiesenthal replied that he doesn’t believe in collective guilt. […]

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

RAJMN: The work does pay off

Ilana Volodarsky of RAJMN discusses creating a program for Russian-American Jews By MAX SPARBER It used to be possible to drive around the Twin Cities and see huge banners dedicated to the plight of the Jewish community in the Soviet Union: Save Soviet Jews read one banner than hung from a Minneapolis synagogue for years. […]

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Passenger on a journey of change

Leaving South Dakota: A Memoir of a Jewish Feminist Academic, by Beryl Radin, Mascot Books, 200 pages, $18.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Many of us who grew up in small cities with few Jews will understand the effect on Beryl Radin’s life. In Leaving South Dakota, Radin, a semi-retired public policy professor at Georgetown University, […]

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Don Rickles, insult comedian and actor, is dead at 90

By JTA STAFF NEW YORK (JTA) — Don Rickles, the bullet-headed comedian and actor whose pioneering brand of insult comedy earned him the nickname “Mr. Warmth,” has died at 90. Rickles died on the morning of April 6, at his home in Los Angeles, from kidney failure, according to his publicist. He would have turned […]

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Nine must-watch TV shows about Passover

By LINDA BUCHWALD (JTA) — Everyone has their own way of celebrating Passover, from silly seder customs (Ten Plagues finger puppets, anyone?) to enjoying the same meal year after year, to, yes, commemorating the festival alongside beloved TV characters. The eight-day remembrance of Moses leading the Jews out of slavery in Egypt starts Monday at […]