Entries from August 2017

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Young Jane Young: Politics and strange bedfellows

Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, 320 pages, $26.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER For years, it must have been excruciating to be Monica Lewinsky, and for the protagonist of Gabrielle Zevin’s new novel, it became impossible to remain Aviva Grossman. She’s the central character of Zevin’s Young Jane Young, a rather dark comedy about […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Two local businesses respond to charges of racist employees

By MAX SPARBER If you posted online images of yourself dressed as a Nazi, or if you secretly operated a record company that featured racist and anti-Semitic records, it was a bad week for you in the Twin Cities. On Aug. 15, two back-of-the-house employees at the Uptown Diner found themselves in hot water when […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Peter Himmelman ponders our world

Lyrical rocker Peter Himmelman, a St. Louis Park native, continues his philosophical and musical quest with There Is No Calamity (Himmasongs Recordings), an even dozen tunes produced by Steve Berlin, of Los Lobos. According to a press release, Himmelman ceded song selection to Berlin, who selected these 12 from the 53 tunes that the songwriter […]

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 […]