Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Our annual Peter Himmelman story

Renowned singer-songwriter returns Sept. 14 to headline Herzl Camp’s ‘Music & Musings’ event By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Peter Himmelman understands that his role will be that of “featured entertainer, performer, facilitator,” for the Sept. 14 Herzl Camp benefit, “Music & Musings at the Mercaz.” (The mercaz is the amphitheater at the camp.) The event, which will […]

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Solving crime in Tel Aviv

A Possibility of Violence, by D.A. Mishani, 282 pages, Harper, $26.99 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER D.A. Mishani’s catchy crime novel doesn’t begin with a murder — although we learn that one has occurred — and doesn’t end with a clever police detective perfectly and easily solving what develops into two cases. It’s also interesting that […]

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The real Anne

Anne Frank: The Biography, by Melissa Müller, Picador, 480 pages, $18 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER German author Melissa Müller set out to find Anne Frank, the person beneath the legend, to create “as authentic a picture of Anne’s brief life as I could,” including the family and social environment that shaped her. She succeeds beautifully, […]

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Menorah Plaza harbors ‘Savta Moshe’ artist

Janet Amdur, 96, began painting just five years ago, and has plans to keep improving her technique By DORIS RUBENSTEIN According to Wikipedia, Anna Mary Robertson Moses(Sept. 7, 1860–Dec. 13, 1961) was a renowned American folk artist, often cited as an example of an individual successfully beginning a career in the arts at an advanced […]

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Jewish offerings add variety to Fringe Festival

The festival’s 2014 lineup offers an over-abundance of performances with Jewish connections By DORIS RUBENSTEIN The Minnesota Fringe Festival organizers have a random approach to selecting their annual offerings, and the 2014 program seems to have an over-abundance of performances with Jewish connections. To preview them all would require a special edition of the American […]

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Diaspora soul man

Trumpeter Steven Bernstein returns to Minneapolis on Aug. 6, for a show at the Dakota with Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Steven Bernstein, an accomplished trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader, was set to head off to Europe last week, for shows with the sensational New Orleans pianist Henry Butler and their group, the […]

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

‘We would tell what happened’

Testimony: The Legacy of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation, text by Diana Landau and Linda Sunshine, 334 pages, Newmarket Press, $50 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Despite my initial reaction to the subtitle (a movie can create a legacy?), which gave me the notion that this coffee table-size book was merely further glorification of […]

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

From the Airplane to Hot Tuna

Renowned guitarist Jorma Kaukonen returns to Minneapolis with his Hot Tuna mates for two nights this month By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Near the end of A Serious Man, the 2009 film by the Coen brothers (who shot most of it in the Twin Cities), Bar Mitzva boy Danny Gopnik visits the elderly sage Rabbi Marshak. The […]

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Israel’s ‘surprising triumph’

The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War, by Steven Pressfield, Sentinel, 430 pages, $29.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Taken on its own terms, as “hybrid history,” The Lion’s Gate is a very engaging immersion in the experiences and emotions of participants in Israel’s first three wars. Steven Pressfield, author of […]

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Aharon Appelfeld limns an unlikely love story

Aharon Appelfeld, a native of Czernowitz, Bukovina, and one of Israel’s most acclaimed novelists, has set most of his stories in Eastern Europe, on the cusp of the Shoah. However, his latest novel, Suddenly, Love (Schocken Books), takes place in Jerusalem, mainly in the home of Ernst, a flinty 70-year-old former Red Army commander from […]

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