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 […]