Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Eli Skora says farewell

St. Paul Federation honors departing executive director Eli Skora at June 6 annual meeting By MORDECAI SPECKTOR During the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul’s annual meeting last week at Mount Zion Temple, the honors and accolades rained down upon Eli Skora, who is retiring after 17 years as the organization’s executive director. Steve Brand, […]

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Jem Lester: Speaking for the silent

Shtum, by Jem Lester, Overlook, 320 pages, $26.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Parenting a profoundly autistic child sounds like a subject for heartbreak, not humor, but Jem Lester conveys both in his fascinating Shtum, a novel in which the subject of the story says not a word. Shtum, thought to be Yiddish, means still, speechless […]

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Joseph Haj: ‘What humans do’

The Guthrie Theater’s Joseph Haj directs Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George by MAX SPARBER Sunday in the Park with George rather buffaloed audiences when it first came out in 1984. The musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, retold the story of the making of Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece “A Sunday […]

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Remembering Cantor Sarah Lipsett-Allison

“She wanted to engage the community through music.” by MAX SPARBER “Sarah Lipsett-Allison was our cantor for 20 years,” Rabbi David Locketz, senior rabbi at Bet Shalom, tells the American Jewish World in interview before correcting himself. “Well, she wasn’t exactly our cantor the entire time, because she went through cantorial certification, but that’s not […]

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Anat Cohen explores sounds of Brazil

Virtuoso clarinetist Anat Cohen, an Israeli native, has risen to the top ranks of the jazz world. She also has gained critical acclaim for her forays into Brazilian music. Ahead of headlining the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in St. Paul’s Mears Park, on June 23, with her group Choro Aventuroso, Cohen has released two albums: […]