Entries from July 2017

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Bob Dylan festival returns to St. Louis Park

After a year’s hiatus, an annual tribute to Bob Dylan returns. At 6:30 p.m. July 29 at Wolfe Park in St. Louis Park, a group of Minnesota musicians revisits the songs of the flower power generation. Kevin Odegard, leader of the Minneapolis band that backed five cuts on Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks album, […]

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

David and the Philistine Woman: Throwing rocks

David and the Philistine Woman, by Paul Boorstin, Top Hat Books, 316 pages, $19.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER One problem with writing a novel based on biblical characters is that most readers are familiar with the basic story, and usually, you can’t change the outcome. So you have to imagine what the characters might think […]

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

On the Fringe

Minnesota’s annual non-juried theater festival presents a collection of Jewish plays by MAX SPARBER The 23-year-old Minnesota Fringe Festival is one of the great experiments in theater. It is unjuried, which means that anyone who applied has a chance of being accepted, regardless of experience or the quality of their work. Instead, shows are picked […]

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Amazing tales of the 1960s ‘revolution’

Jonathan Lerner functioned as the office manager and spokesperson for Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the national anti-Vietnam War group. In his captivating memoir, Swords in the Hands of Children (OR Books), Lerner tells the story about how a demented faction of activists wrecked SDS, and created what is known as the Weather Underground, […]

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, […]