Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Or Emet to host Humanistic Jewish Seder

Or Emet – Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism will host a Humanistic Jewish Passover Seder 5 p.m. Saturday, April 15 at First Unitarian Society, 900 Mt. Curve Ave., Minneapolis. There will be reading from a Humanistic Haggada, traditional food and a potluck buffet. Reservations will be taken through April 11 (or until at capacity); email: […]

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

MSPIFF: Curating your own Jewish film festival

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) offers 16 films of Jewish interest by MAX SPARBER The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) has been around since 1981, hard as it is to believe. Year after year, it has brought a dazzling collection of films from around the world to the Twin Cities — this […]

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Drawing a crowd at the Playwrights’ Center

With Jeremy B. Cohen at the helm, the Playwrights’ Center turns 45 By MAX SPARBER There was a large crowd at the Playwrights’ Center Monday night. The organization’s performance space, formerly the interior of a Lutheran church, was filled to capacity. By the estimation of the organization’s producing artistic director Jeremy B. Cohen, it was […]

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Editorial: Back to Egypt

In his recent review of Haggadot, Forward columnist Jay Michaelson comments, “We disagree about many things, and we argue about them at the Seder. But this year, as we watch a minority-elected president attack the press, the courts, immigrants and allies around the world, it feels like the opposite of seder, which means ‘order.’ It […]

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

For such great success you don’t need America

The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World, by Tara Zahra, Norton trade paperback, 416 pages, $18.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER American Jewish families have been familiar with emigration — both voluntary and forced — since a boatload of Dutch Jews expelled from Brazil landed in what now […]