Entries from November 2017

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 […]

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Tommy Lapid: An iconoclastic Israeli

Memories After My Death: The Story of My father, Joseph “Tommy” Lapid, by Yair Lapid, Thomas Dunne, 330 pages, $27.99. Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER So “dead men don’t talk”? Tommy Lapid — voluble, sharp-witted, tart-tongued Israeli writer and politician — died in 2008, but he’s still talking. In Memories After My Death, Lapid speaks through […]

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

The Settlers: How did the Israeli occupation happen?

Israel has been mired in a military occupation of the Palestinian Territories for more than 50 years. The Settlers (available on DVD from Film Movement), an absorbing documentary written and directed by Shimon Dotan, quickly moves through the history of the modern State of Israel, and focuses on the problematic growth of Jewish settlements in […]

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Deadline approaches for Hanuka Cover Contest

Attention, artistic youth: the American Jewish World’s 26th annual Hanuka Cover Contest is in full swing. The winning artwork depicting the symbols and meaning of Hanuka will grace the front cover of the Jewish World’s Dec. 1 Hanuka special edition, and the winner will have her or his picture in the newspaper! In addition, there […]

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Trump attacks Diversity Visa Lottery

Trump’s sweeping condemnation of an immigration program in place since 1990 baffled Charles Schumer By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Charles Schumer and Donald Trump like tweaking one another on a broad range of issues. In October alone, the president chided the New York senator for wanting to preserve the Iran deal he once opposed, […]

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Community Security Service aims to keep synagogues safe

CSS is trying to be the gold standard for synagogue self-defense By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN NEW YORK (JTA) — On a typical Shabbat in Teaneck, New Jersey, streets are blocked off outside of major synagogues. Uniformed off-duty police officers, paid by the synagogues for the morning, stand near a cruiser parked nearby or direct traffic on […]