Entries from June 2017

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: […]

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Trump’s Hebrew translator

San Francisco teacher would prefer translating for a president whose speech was not so offensive By ROB GLOSTER SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — A San Francisco teacher hired to work as Trump’s Hebrew translator discussed President Trump’s “not very eloquent” (as she puts it) speeches last week in Saudi […]

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Israel takes climate change seriously

Israel’s stance on climate change shows that, in some ways, it’s more like the rest of the world than like the United States By BEN SALES (JTA) — One of Israel’s strongest condemnations of Donald Trump wasn’t about the peace process. It didn’t concern Trump’s broken promise to relocate the U.S. embassy, or his reported […]

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

How to make labne ice cream

Serve with drizzled tahini, silan (date honey), regular honey or crumbled halva if desired By SHANNON SARNA (The Nosher via JTA) — Labne lovers rejoice — you can now enjoy you favorite yogurt dip as a dessert. If you love tangy, tart frozen yogurt, you are going to love this easy frozen dessert topped with […]