Entries from July 2017

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 […]

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

A propaganda film shot in Westerbork

In Holland, the Nazis built a luxury camp to lull the Jews before murdering them By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ WESTERBORK, Netherlands (JTA) — Nothing about the footage that Rudolf Breslauer filmed here on May 30, 1944, suggests that it was taken inside one of Europe’s largest Nazi concentration camps. In the film by Breslauer, a German-Jewish […]

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Al Franken learned about justice from his childhood rabbi

Minnesota’s junior senator credits Temple Israel’s Rabbi Max Shapiro for a lifelong love of justice By CURT SCHLEIER (JTA) — In February 2015, Sen. Jim Inhofe carried a snowball on to the floor of the Senate to prove global warming did not exist. Everyone knows “it is very, very cold outside,” the Oklahoma Republican said. […]