Entries from December 2017

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

The Late Set album evokes another era

For their album The Late Set (Anzic Records), vocalist Hilary Gardner and Israeli native Ehud Asherie on piano combine their sublime talents on nine songs that evoke a smoky piano bar in the early 20th century. Asherie — called “a master of swing and stride” by The New Yorker — provides lyrical and playful support […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Tina Liebling runs for governor

Tina Liebling, a lawmaker from Rochester, is campaigning for governor on a Bernie Sanders-type populist platform By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Minnesota never has had a woman governor. And there’s never been a Jewish governor. If state Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, is elected governor next year, she will check off both boxes, so to speak. The Minneapolis […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Ann Kaner-Roth: Motivated by love for her family and everyone

Ann Kaner-Roth is remembered as a key activist in gaining marriage equality for all Minnesotans By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Ann Kaner-Roth, who was instrumental in establishing marriage equality in Minnesota and most recently served as deputy secretary of state, died Dec. 21. The cause was brain cancer. She was 49. “She dedicated her professional life to […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

The lucky number of Manya Sherman

Holocaust survivor Manya Sherman and her unique optimism by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Manya Sherman, of Golden Valley, died Nov. 9 at the age of 94, 77 years after she had taken her wedding vows in the city of Zwolen, Poland. It was 1940, and, as the Transfer of Memory website puts it in […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Strange byways in the Yiddish press

Bad Rabbi: and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press, by Eddy Portnoy, Stanford, 280 pages, $19.95 trade paperback Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Eddy Portnoy’s charming collection of strange Jewish news stories begins by describing an all-but-vanished press that enlightened and entertained a now-vanished nation: Yiddishland. “A century or so ago … the […]

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Reform movement is alive with the sound of music

Peeking in to the the Reform Movement’s first-ever music lab at the biennial convention By PENNY SCHWARTZ BOSTON (JTA) — Emily Katz and Liora Hyman arrived early enough to snag front row seats for a concert with some of their favorite performers. But this show wasn’t at one of Boston’s storied nightclubs. Rather, it was […]

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Celebrating Hanuka in Trump Tower — to protest Trump

The event was a relatively standard protest at Trump Tower — with a Jewish holiday twist By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — It would be reasonable to assume that the Jews lighting a Hanuka menorah on the fifth floor of Trump Tower supported the president. The front of the Midtown Manhattan high-rise, after all, […]

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Israel and American Jews grew apart in 2017

The last six months have seen growing disagreement between Israeli and American Jews By BEN SALES (JTA) — This hasn’t been a good year for Israel and American Jews. The two poles of world Jewry, each boasting about half of the globe’s total Jews, have never quite seen eye to eye on everything from religion […]

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, […]