Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Minyanim: Reviving Judaism in Hungary

Tomi Büchler co-founded and helps lead Minyanim, an initiative to develop the next generation of European Jewish leaders By MORDECAI SPECKTOR The Jewish community of Hungary is not like that of Minnesota. Hungarian Jewry was decimated in the Shoah; and those Jews who survived the Nazi cataclysm and returned to their homeland suffered repression during […]

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Paula Vogel: Guardian of culture

Playwright Paula Vogel explains how her play Indecent caused her to reconnect with Judaism by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Paula Vogel, who has long been one of America’s premier playwrights, nonetheless has experienced an unexpected late-career success, with an unexpected play. Vogel’s past plays have tended to be relatively contemporary, American stories, often semi-autobiographical. […]

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

David Margulies: Betraying a mentor

Lessons can be learned from David Margulies’ Collected Stories By DORIS RUBENSTEIN Collected Stories, opening Feb. 24 at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, has only two characters, but the accolades it has garnered over the years since its 1996 debut pack a mighty theatrical wallop. To start with, David Margulies’ play won the Los Angeles Drama […]

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Idan Raichel performs in an intimate setting

Israeli superstar Idan Raichel typically tours with a large ensemble. The Idan Raichel Project’s 2014 show at the O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul, for example, featured seven musicians and three singers (4-25-14 AJW). However, the singer-songwriter’s recently released two-CD set, Idan Raichel – Piano – Songs (Cumbancha), mainly pares down the arrangements of Raichel’s beloved repertoire […]

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Paul Goldberg writes about journalists and old Russians

The Château, by Paul Goldberg, Picador, 400 pages, $26 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Readers of Paul Goldberg’s first hit novel won’t be surprised by his characterization of plastic surgeon Zbignew Wronski as “the butt god of Miami Beach.” Zbig’s specialty, giving women better behinds, has Goldberg describing him as “an exterior designer. A posterior designer.” […]