Entries from October 2017

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Israeli women have been saying ‘Me Too’ for years

The “Gam Ani” movement, much like “Me Too,” is a reference to the notion that nearly every Israeli woman has a story to tell By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — International fashion model Maayan Keret said she was raped at the age of 12. Since then, Keret said, she has been harassed or assaulted […]

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Conservative movement doubles down on intermarriage and its rabbis ask why

An official response was prompted by declarations by a few rabbis supporting intermarriage. By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — “It doesn’t help.” “I don’t know how it happened or why it happened.” “The most common response I’m seeing is confusion.” That’s what some Conservative rabbis are saying about their movement’s recent major statement on […]

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

State anti-BDS laws are hitting unintended targets and nobody’s happy

Anti-BDS laws prohibiting compliance with or support of a boycott of Israel are facing stumbling blocks By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — On May 2, Israel’s Independence Day, Texas state Rep. Phil King stood smiling as Gov. Greg Abbott signed King’s bill banning the state from doing business with boycotters of Israel. “Anti-Israel policies are […]

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Sholom to host open house Oct. 29

Sholom is inviting the public to an Open House, celebrating its new addition, AlterCare Adult Day Program from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3620 Phillips Pkwy., St. Louis Park. Community members can meet the team and learn about adult day services. There will be delicious food and prize drawings. There will be a […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Lisa Berman: Back from underground

Dancer Lisa Berman discusses how Minneapolis became a center of breakdancing by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor There was a brief explosion of breakdancing 35 years ago. I remember it, because I participated in it. At the time, it seemed likely that the hip hop dance form, which combined acrobatic street moved with inspirations drawn […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Church and State is timely show for MJTC

The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s newest production, Church and State, looks at the political cost of gun violence By DORIS RUBENSTEIN Playwright Jason Odell Williams didn’t think he’d be doing rewrites of Church and State while the play was in rehearsal.  But that’s what he was obliged to do for the production opening Oct. 21 at […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Jews vie in St. Paul, Minneapolis mayoral races

Carrying on a Minnesota Jewish tradition of civic engagement, Tom Goldstein is running for St. Paul mayor and Jacob Frey is in the Minneapolis mayoral race By MORDECAI SPECKTOR In the 1960s, Minneapolis had its first and only Jewish mayor. Arthur Naftalin (1915-2005) served as the Mill City’s mayor from 1961 to 1969. And St. […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Trump’s rise moves songwriter Seth Kibel to despair

Seth Kibel, a Washington, D.C.-based musician, says he was “shellshocked” by the results of the 2016 presidential election: “I had a hard time processing what had happened.” The multi-instrumentalist (sax, flute and clarinet) played in the various jazz and klezmer ensembles, but the rise of Donald Trump led him to shift gears. He wrote nine […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Mark Helprin: Paris, sentence by sentence

Paris in the Present Tense, by Mark Helprin, Overlook, 394 pages, $28.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Mark Helprin is a fabulous writer of the sort that makes you want to capitalize the word, a justly acclaimed master whose elegance is both an asset and, at times, almost an annoyance. Where lesser novelists would describe an […]

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

How Mark Zuckerberg embraced his Judaism

Judging from his Facebook profile, Mark Zuckerberg has reconnected with his Judaism not just as a national figure but as a person and a father. By BEN SALES (JTA) — Mark Zuckerberg wrote last December on Facebook that for him, “religion is very important.” Looks like he meant it. The Facebook co-founder has been invoking […]