Entries from August 2017

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

A father’s reflection

Impact of a day school education emerges on family trip to Israel By NEIL FINK My family recently returned from an incredible trip to Israel. Three generations of our family went to celebrate our niece’s Bat Mitzva – grandparents, parents and grandkids. We almost filled up a small tour bus (but still had enough room […]

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Make-believe Jewish weddings

In Eastern Europe, nostalgia for the Jews includes fake Jewish weddings By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) — Nostalgia for Jews is a well-documented phenomenon in Eastern Europe, with cultural and even substantial commercial aspects. In Ukraine,  so-called Jewish-themed restaurants with pork-heavy menus compete for tourists, while figurines of Jews are sold at markets as good luck […]

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

A guide to the far-right groups that protested in Charlottesville

The ‘Unite the Right’ rally Saturday saw hundreds of people on America’s far-right racist fringe converge in defense of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee By BEN SALES (JTA) — They believe the “white race” is in danger. They believe the United States was built by and for white people and must now […]

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Hate in Charlottesville

The day the Charlottesville Nazi called me ‘Shlomo’ By RON KAMPEAS CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (JTA) — The white supremacists, for all their vaunted purpose, appeared to be disoriented. Some 500 had gathered at a park here Saturday to protest this southern Virginia city’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the park. Pressured […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Try to be happy

Ben Sidran returns to the Dakota Jazz Club on Aug. 16, behind a new album of whimsical songs By MORDECAI SPECKTOR It is a great mitzva to always be happy. — Nachman of Breslov Jazzman and music scholar Ben Sidran had just few minutes to chat, before he had to pick up his granddaughter at the […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Actor Josh Radnor to speak at Temple of Aaron fundraiser

Josh Radnor attended Jewish day schools and had a ‘strangely mystical experience’ in Israel by MAX SPARBER Josh Radnor, who played the nebbeshy Ted Mosby on the popular CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, will be speaking at Temple of Aaron for their annual fundraiser on Aug. 24; the event is appropriately titled “How […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Governor, elected officials condemn attack on Bloomington mosque

AJW STAFF REPORT — Gov. Mark Dayton called the Saturday attack on a Bloomington mosque “an act of terrorism.” The governor — along with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison; state Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis; and other elected officials and community leaders — gathered Sunday at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center, which was damaged by an […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Editorial: Vacanza in Italia

It was two weeks of sun, sea, mountains, palm trees, palazzos, piazzas, art galleries, wonderful food and wine: my vacanza in Italia, with my wife, three sons and one girlfriend. Also, some of the Swedish in-laws drove down to see us; we were 13 for one dinner on the patio of the villetta high up […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Lincoln Del: A taste of Minnesota Jewish cooking

The Lincoln Del Cookbook: Best-loved Recipes from the Legendary Bakery and Deli, by Wendi Zelkin Rosenstein and Kit Naylor, Minnesota Historical Society Press, paperback, 224 pages, $24.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Still miss the Lincoln Del? Except for owners of today’s Jewish delis, who doesn’t? We can’t get back the atmosphere of the Berenberg family’s […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Ethiopian elder and a changing society

Following the death of his wife, Meseganio Tadelo (played by Debebe Eshtu) gathers his children and announces that he will be selling the family apartment, and will live with them for the rest of his life. As dramatized in Red Leaves (IndiePix Films), the debut feature by Israeli-Ethiopian director Bazi Gete, Meseganio’s decision is not […]