Entries from October 2017

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 […]

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Three Supreme Court cases Jews are watching closely

The return to a conservative majority in the Supreme Court worries liberal Jewish groups By ROM KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Supreme Court is back in session with a full bench of nine justices, so expect more momentous decisions after nearly a year of caution. Now that the high court is back to its previous […]

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Kosher winery damaged as wildfires rage on in Northern California

Owner of Hagafen Cellars kosher winery says damage is considerable By SUE FISHKOFF (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — A kosher winery in Northern California sustained widespread damage from a wildfire still raging along the southern part of the Silverado Trail in Napa County. Ernie Weir, owner of Hagafen Cellars, the […]

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Melody Moezzi : The same struggle

Author Melody Moezzi discusses how her upbringing influenced her understanding of mental illness by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor The 17th Annual Twin Cities Mental Health Education Conference, Oct. 22 at Temple Israel, will feature a keynote address by Melody Moezzi, Iranian-American activist, award-winning writer and attorney, and author of Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar […]

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Lillian Hellman: Always new again

The Guthrie Theater presents the anti-fascist classic Watch on the Rhine by Lillian Hellman by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor The Guthrie Theater has, either through accident or design, discovered the joys of Jewish women who wrote plays. This past season the produced The Royal Family, co-authored by the underrated Edna Ferber, a Jewish novelist […]