Entries from November 2017

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 […]

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Political turmoil in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon concerns Israel

Mohammed bin Salman, the recently minted Saudi crown prince, has placed his rivals under house arrest By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — What is MBS? Why did Lebanon’s prime minister resign — and why in Saudi Arabia? What’s Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is Jared Kushner in all this? And […]

Monday, November 6th, 2017

The challenges of Jewish education

A Jewish community may enjoy many blessings, but the healthiest community is one that brings together a rich blend of Jews by RABBI MAX DAVIS I have yet to see one but apparently, there is a T-shirt making the rounds in some rabbinic circles proclaiming “Rabbis ♥ Cheshvan!” This is in reference to the present […]

Monday, November 6th, 2017

A walk through Jewish Prague

Jewish Prague: A look at a golden age and its tragic end  by CARLA WALDEMAR When the Nazis rolled through Czechoslovakia in 1939, they murdered its Jews, as was their grisly practice. 90 percent of the country’s Jewish population was killed, its property confiscated and communities destroyed — but not in Prague’s ghetto. After exterminating […]

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

CHGS at U of M marks 20 years of achievements

AJW Staff Report At the Oct. 24 event marking the 20th anniversary of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) at the University of Minnesota, John Coleman, dean of the U of M’s College of Liberal Arts, lauded the center as “one of our college’s most powerful examples of the… importance of our work […]

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Tamara Nadel will perform dance at Beth El

Dance work is conceived and choreographed by Ranee Ramaswamy, of Ragamala Dance Company AJW Staff Report Tamara Nadel, a founding member of Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company, will perform a solo dance concert titled “Haven’t I Hidden Your Name” Nov. 16 at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park. The concert is rooted in the writings […]