Entries from December 2017

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Benjie Kaplan of University of Minnesota Hillel House honored

Benjie Kaplan, executive director of Minnesota Hillel at the University of Minnesota, was one of five recipients of Hillel’s Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Awards at the Hillel International Global Assembly at the start of December. The award is described on the Website for Hillel International as rewarding “outstanding commitment to fulfilling Hillel’s mission […]

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Mark Mazower: When Zionism was seen as a dangerous fantasy

What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home, by Mark Mazower, Other Press, 381 pages, $25.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Seventy years ago, few Londoners would have guessed that quiet businessman Max Mazower, speaking flawless English, had been a Russian socialist revolutionary. Multilingual Max had been a leader of the Bund, […]

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Rabbi Arik Ascherman: A Torah of social justice

Rabbi Arik Ascherman’s criticism of Israel is motivated by his vision of the country living up to our highest Jewish values By MORDECAI SPECKTOR In a widely distributed 2015 web video, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, then the director of Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel, is seen being attacked by a knife-wielding Jewish settler in the […]

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Fred Hersch writes an exemplary memoir

Fred Hersch, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, was a rising star in the jazz world, when he nearly lost his life. In 2007, he suffered septic shock and doctors put him in an induced coma for two months. In Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz (Crown Archetype), Hersch tells wonderful […]

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Islamic nations warn Trump on Jerusalem

Trump, who campaigned on a promise of moving the embassy, originally walked it back after assuming the presidency By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be an act of “naked aggression” that would cause the United States to lose “its mediating role” in the Middle East, the Organization of Islamic […]

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Okonomiyaki: Japanese-style latkes for Hanuka

Okonomiyaki is a customizable Japanese savory vegetable pancake. By SONYA SANFORD (The Nosher via JTA) — The Japanese word okonomiyaki is derived from two words: okonomi “how you like it” and yaki “grill.” Okonomiyaki is a customizable Japanese savory vegetable pancake. Like a latke, it gets cooked in oil in a fritter formation. Unlike a […]

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Jewish groups aren’t thrilled about tax bill

Jewish groups hope to snatch small victories from the Republican tax plan By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Staring at a massive defeat, Jewish groups dealing with social safety net issues are looking at the tax plan about to reach its final stages in Congress and hoping they can snatch a few small victories. The […]

Friday, December 1st, 2017

AJW Hanuka Cover Contest Winner: Chana Goldberg

We are proud to announce that Chana Goldberg is the winner of this year’s Hanuka Cover Contest. And as it happens, she also won the contest in 2014. The 26th annual AJW Hanuka Cover Contest, for students in grades 1-8, again inspired young artists in the community to reflect on the meaning of the Festival […]