Entries from September 2017

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Joe Rozenberg: Always adaptable, never bitter

Joe Rozenberg, a survivor of the Shoah from Poland, lived an extraordinary life By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Joe Rozenberg lived through the nadir of humanity, the Nazi destruction of European Jewry in the Shoah. Specifically, the native of Lodz, Poland, whose mother and brother were killed by German soldiers, survived the Lodz Ghetto; several weeks in […]

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Elijah and the Palestinians

Craig Harris creates a show that looks at the past and present of Israel through the story of Elijah by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Composer, designer, performer and writer Craig Harris is telling a story of Israel. Properly, he’s telling a pair of stories, one about the prophet Elijah, one about the modern state […]

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Eli Valley draws the line on hypocrisy

Eli Valley’s biting political cartoons have appeared in The Nation, The Forward and various online venues. Now a full-blown anthology has been published. Diaspora Boy: Comics on Crisis in America and Israel (OR Books) is a large-format paperback, with a foreword by Peter Beinart. Jewish communal leaders, evangelical Christians touring Israel (“Come to the Holy […]

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Peres: Optimism, not naiveté

No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination and the Making of Modern Israel, by Shimon Peres, Custom House Books, 227 pages, $27.99 hardcover Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER With the title of his autobiography, Shimon Peres dismisses those who’ve derided him for decades as a dreamer. Peres arrived from Poland in 1934, an 11-year-old dreaming of […]

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Poll: American Jews mainly reject Trump

77 percent of Trump poll respondents said they viewed the president’s job performance unfavorably and 21 percent said they viewed him favorably By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — American Jews overwhelmingly disapprove of President Donald Trump in just about every area, scoring him lower than his predecessor even on topics like Israel, where Jewish approval […]

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Neo-Nazis plan march by Swedish shul on Yom Kippur

Swedish Jews face anti-Semitism both from the nationalist far right as well as the far left By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — Jews in the Swedish city of Gothenburg were bracing for a neo-Nazi march scheduled to pass near the city’s main synagogue on Yom Kippur. Community leaders said they will appeal a police decision last week […]

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Eleven inspiring Jews who died in 5777

As 5777 draws to a close, here are some members of the tribe we’ve mourned since last Rosh Hashana By GABE FRIEDMAN (JTA) — It’s always difficult to whittle down the list of influential Jews who died in a given year, but this year the task seemed to be especially tough. The number of Jews […]

Friday, September 8th, 2017

CORRECTION: Shaare Shalom High Holidays services

The American Jewish World’s Rosh Hashana special edition ran the wrong ad for Shaare Shalom’s High Holidays services. Services will take place at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, 768 Hamline Ave. S., not at the St. Paul JCC. The correct ad is HERE. Rosh Hashana services are scheduled for: Erev Rosh Hashana — 8 […]

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s new season

The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company looks at politics, literature and dry cleaning by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company has announced their 2017-2018 season, which started this past month with Via Dolorosa, a play by David Hare exploring his experiences visiting Israel. The season will continue with Church & State (Oct. […]

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Everything’s coming up Jewish at The Heights

The Heights movie theater offers an accidental Jewish film festival by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor The Jewish influence on film is pervasive, a case comprehensively made by critic Neal Gabler in his 1989 book An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood. One delightful side-effect of this fact is that a theater […]