Entries from August 2017

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Local Jewish book readings

Gabrielle Zevin, author of Young Jane Young, (recently reviewed by Neal Gendler) has two readings scheduled in Minnesota. The readings are as follows: Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at Excelsior Bay Books, 36 Water Street, Excelsior Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Valley Bookseller, 217 Main Street North, Stillwater. The Minnesota Historical Society […]

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Not even Harvey could stop this family from publishing Houston’s Jewish paper

By BEN SALES (JTA) — As Hurricane Harvey bore down on Houston Friday, Vicki Samuels Levy dashed over to the offices of the Houston Jewish Herald-Voice, the local Jewish paper, took the proofs of this week’s newspaper and went to her mother’s house. Then mother and daughter spent all night editing the paper. And as […]

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Jared Kushner was in the Middle East. Did Trump’s A team bring a peace plan?

The U.S. administration has yet to describe its preferred framework for peace in the Middle East By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Seven months into the Trump presidency, Israel and the Palestinians, along with other countries in the Middle East and experts on policy in the region, are still waiting for the U.S. administration to describe […]

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Jewish day schools increase security with Charlottesville and bomb threats in mind

Just weeks after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Jewish schools increase security By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Each year, the Aleph Bet Jewish Day School in Annapolis, Maryland, would run a monthly fire drill for its 32 students. Then the school was hit with a bomb threat in February. So this year, […]

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Houston Jewish community ravaged by Harvey’s torrential rains

(JTA) — Most Houston-area Jewish institutions have been flooded due to Tropical Storm Harvey and a large portion of the city’s Jewish population is living in areas that have experienced flooding, the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston said. “While we do not yet know the full extent of the damage, we know that most of […]

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

2016 Herzl Camp ads

Herzl Camp-Music at Mercaz 8.26.16 Herzl Camp-Thanks 10.7.16

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Anita White makes art to heal your funnybone

Anita White’s portraits of health care professionals By DORIS RUBENSTEIN No one wants to be in the hospital. No one wants to be so sick that they need to be there. No one wants to have someone they care about sick enough to be in the hospital. Let’s say a refuah shleima for all of […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Judith Meisel: From Stutthof to Charlottesville

Judith Meisel, a local Holocaust survivor, looks forward to the U.S. president following the lead of the German chancellor, and condemning the hatred expressed by white supremacists By MICHAEL COHEN My mother, Judith Meisel, was born in 1929, the same year as Anne Frank. She was 15 years old when she was taken off the […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

A sanctuary at Shir Tikvah

With members, staff and clergy aligned in common purpose, the Minneapolis shul prepares to become a sanctuary for immigrants facing deportation. By MAXWELL KENT Luke Weisberg, board president of Shir Tikvah in Minneapolis, could not be more excited about the coming winter season. His excitement does not stem from the eventual drop in temperature, but […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

A different University of Minnesota

‘A Campus Divided,’ an exhibit at the Andersen Library, documents the University of Minnesota’s shocking racism and anti-Semitism in the 1930s, and how students fought for change By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Readers of this newspaper likely are aware of the controversy over the removal of monuments to the Confederacy, which culminated Aug. 12, in a rally […]