Entries from April 2017

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Kaddish for the Syrian dead

Recalling lessons of Passover, Israelis pray for their Syrian ‘enemies’ By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — At a Shabbat service in Tel Aviv on Friday evening, congregants recited the mourner’s prayer for those killed in Syria’s civil war. Standing before a mural of the Tree of Life, the rabbi of Beit Daniel, the largest […]

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

A taste of Ethiopian Jewish culture

Rebecca Avera represents Israel to the Jewish community in Las Vegas By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Rebecca Avera is a patriotic Israeli, although she has participated in protests against government policies. Her loyalty owes in large part to her parents’ dream of aliya. Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community, they fled their homeland amid war and repression. […]

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Omri Casspi runs with the Wolves

The first and only Israeli in the NBA comes to Minnesota and ponders his basketball future By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Life in the National Basketball Association has its ups and downs. Omri Casspi, the first Israeli ever to play in the NBA, was with the Sacramento Kings this season, then found himself part of a trade, […]

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 […]