Entries from November 2017

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Eshkol Nevo: Tel Aviv, floor by floor

Three Floors Up, by Eshkol Nevo, Other Press, 283 pages, $16.95 trade paperback Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Recognizable characters and situations make Eshkol Nevo’s newest novel, Three Floors Up, an economical yet masterful invention of three households in a suburban Tel Aviv building. Each household has its own section, a story told by a single […]

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Secret Hanuka: Festival of Lights onscreen

The best place to find Hanuka onscreen is hidden in Christmas movies By MAX SPARBER Community News Editor A Vox article from last year asked why there are so few Hanuka movies, and settled on one theory: the holiday is not festive enough (“all Jewish holidays are oriented around austerity and guilt,” they wrote). Perhaps, […]

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Spinning on the Jewish turntable

New albums span a number of musical genres, including jazz, klezmer and the blues Reviewed by MORDECAI SPECKTOR Yequm (Contagious Music), Eden Ladin Pianist and composer Eden Ladin is an Israeli jazz artist who has made his mark in New York City over recent years. An in-demand sideman, he has played in groups led by […]

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Yiddish cowboys: Jews in country songs

There are a lot of Jews in country music, but not so many in country songs by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Country music is not the most Jewish of musical genres, but neither is it bereft of Jews. There have been a handful of well-known Jewish performers, including Ray Benson, Kinky Friedman and David […]

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

William and Shirley Siegel Schulman: Marriage and art are a great combination

A lifetime of creativity with William and Shirley Siegel Schulman By DORIS RUBENSTEIN Throughout history, there are numerous examples of outstanding artists who are married to other artists: Clara and Robert Schumann in classical music; Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy on Broadway (as well as the Guthrie during its earliest years); and artists William and […]

Friday, November 17th, 2017

PJ Library and Jewish Family Service of St. Paul launch Shalom Baby

The Jewish Family Service of St. Paul and PJ Library, a program locally supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, are partnering to launch Shalom Baby in St. Paul. Shalom Baby is a successful national program that welcomes families to the community by linking those with babies by birth or adoption to community […]

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Rabbi Leigh Lerner returns to Mount Zion

Former pulpit rabbi will speak about Italian Jewry, ultra-Orthodox in Israel this weekend Rabbi Leigh Lerner, who was Mount Zion’s senior rabbi from 1971-1989, will return to St. Paul and speak at two events, Nov. 17 and 19. On Friday, Nov. 17, following Shabbat Services (approximately 8:30 p.m.), Rabbi Lerner will speak about “The Jews […]

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Citizen Kane of Olin-Sang-Ruby

Solly Kane takes over as director of URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) recently welcomed Solly Kane as director of URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI). Kane is OSRUI’s 10th director, and the first former OSRUI camper to serve in that position. St. Louis Park native […]

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Anat Cohen Tentet: Jazz in Iowa

A small enthusiastic audience at Luther College enjoyed the Anat Cohen Tentet, a top-flight jazz ensemble By MORDECAI SPECKTOR It’s a scenic drive down Hwy. 52, from the Twin Cities to Deccorah, Iowa. My wife, Maj-Britt Syse, and I took the three-hour journey to see the Anat Cohen Tentet perform Nov. 4 at Luther College. […]

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Rebirth of the Cuban Hebrew School

Hella Eskenazi, director of the Albert Einstein Hebrew School in Havana, discusses the revival of Jewish education in Cuba by MICHAEL AVROM APPLEMAN As a graduate of Minneapolis Torah Academy and Bet Hamidrash Talmud Torah, I had easy access to Jewish education. But Jewish Cubans are and were not as fortunate. In October, in a […]