Entries from July 2017

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Christian Zionists still uncertain about Trump — but know they’re glad Obama is out

By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) – Barack Obama is gone and the relief among the Christian Zionists and their Jewish friends who peopled certain corners of Washington, D.C., this week was palpable. Gary Bauer, the veteran evangelical activist, laid it out at the opening session of Christians United for Israel’s annual conference on Monday. A […]

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Uganda’s Jews are down to one meal a day because of East Africa’s famine

By BEN SALES (JTA) — Uganda’s 2,000 Jews have long maintained a modest existence. They live in the east of the country in a hilly, rural area that lacks paved roads, consistent electricity and freely running water. But this year, the situation for Uganda’s Jewish community, called the Abayudaya, has worsened. Twenty million people across Africa and […]

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

A silent crowd of thousands

Yom Hazikaron in Israel By CARMEN GARRIGOS My time spent at URJ Heller High in Israel was a semester filled with new and exciting experiences. There was always an adventure to be had, whether I was in class or climbing up a mountain with 60 of my closest friends. Every day was new and filled […]

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Jews against deportation

The story of Luciano Mejia Morales, a Latino community organizer in Minneapolis, strikes home with members of the Jewish community By MAXWELL KENT On a beautiful late-June morning, Miriam Garland, a St. Louis Park resident and Darchei Noam congregant, marched outside the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility in downtown Minneapolis. Chanting “No deportation for Luciano, […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

A wizard in the recording studio

Adi Yeshaya, who has arranged music for music legends, has a new album of his own By MORDECAI SPECKTOR In the local music scene, and beyond, Adi Yeshaya has earned a reputation as a talented composer, arranger and pianist. For a dozen years, he was the house arranger for the late Whitney Houston. He sometimes […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Yael Rasooly: ‘They must do their art’

Israeli performer and puppeteer Yael Rasooly brings one-woman show to Minnesota Puppetry is unique among the performing arts in that it allows one performer with two suitcases of props to create an entire stage play. Performer Yael Rasooly, as an example, working in the space between two rooms in an Israeli apartment, created Paper Cut, […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

When cantors were stars

Puppeteer Lisa Sturz digs into her own family history by MAX SPARBER This is an unusually busy month for Jewish puppetry in the Twin Cities. There is Israeli puppeteer Yael Rasooly’s one-woman show Paper Cut, also featured in this issue, as well as Lisa Sturz, a puppeteer from Asheville, N.C., who will be at Open […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The Netanyahu Years: Apocalyptic instincts

The Netanyahu Years by Ben Caspit, translated by Ora Cummings, Thomas Dunne, 493 pages, $29.99 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Whether you revile or revere Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, you’ll know him better after reading Ben Caspit’s smooth, detailed political biography of Israel’s longest continuously serving prime minister. In The Netanyahu Years, Caspit, a journalist with the […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Norman: A New York hustler’s rise and tragic fall

  Richard Gere plays the eponymous character in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, by American-Israeli director Joseph Cedar (Beaufort, Footnote). The film premiered this year at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, then had a lengthy run at the Edina Cinema. For Jewish World readers who missed it […]

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

American Jews vs. the Israeli government

American Jews really care about pluralism, but it’s not just about pluralism By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL (JTA) — The Great Jewish Revolt of 2017. The Bar Kotel Rebellion. The Diaspora Strikes Back. Whatever you call it, last week’s clash between American Jewish leaders and the Netanyahu government felt louder, angrier and more significant than previous clashes […]