Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Poles still grappling with Shoah’s ‘Aftermath’

Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s ‘harrowing exposé’ of war crimes and cover-ups is wrapped in a seductive thriller By MICHAEL FOX Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s extraordinary Aftermath is a rare, delicious example of a filmmaker fearlessly exposing a grievous chapter in his or her country’s history. You can well imagine that everyone prefers that the secret, and the amoral failings […]

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Simon Schama returns to his roots

The five-part documentary, ‘The Story of the Jews’ — spanning 3,000 years of Jewish history — will be broadcast in the Twin Cities March 25 and April 1 By PENNY SCHWARTZ BOSTON (JTA) — For decades, Simon Schama has dazzled the public with epic books and popular television documentaries on topics ranging from Rembrandt to […]

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Negotiating with the enemy

The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas, by Gershon Baskin, The Toby Press, 281 pages, $24.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER More than a little chutzpa and a lot of devotion are required for a private individual to try negotiating release of a man held by a hateful enemy. Gershon Baskin — a 30-year Israeli peace […]

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Music from both sides of Jerusalem

David Broza gathered a cast of talented Israeli and Palestinian musicians, along with some special guests, to create musical magic in an East Jerusalem recording studio By MORDECAI SPECKTOR … I believe that one fine day all the children of Abraham Will lay down their swords forever in Jerusalem. — “Jerusalem” by Steve Earle David […]

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Shows at Sabes JCC run the artistic gamut

Paintings and sculpture by Keren Kroul, Jeffrey Haddorff, Judith G. Baron and Lena Wolf Rothman are presented in contrast to one another By DORIS RUBENSTEIN The three art exhibits currently on display at the Sabes JCC cover a vast spectrum of styles and themes — from the large and universal to the small and extremely […]

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Yiddish Vinkl’s Purim shpil is March 9

The Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl will present “madcap merriment” with its annual colorful skit titled “Today Is Purim” 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at the Sabes JCC, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Park. Live music will be provided by Eisner’s Klezmorim, featuring Gitele Eisner, Dugi Eisner, Gretta Hunstiger, Matt Miller and special guest artists […]

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Deadline is March 17 for Rimon’s Project Support grants

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, is accepting Project Support grant proposals in its spring round of funding for arts-related projects. Grants will provide limited financial support up to $3,000 but will not exceed 50 percent of a project’s budget. In addition to financial support, Rimon may provide […]

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

David Broza returns to the Dakota

The American Jewish World talked yesterday with renowned Israeli troubadour and peace activist David Broza. The story will appear in the AJW’s March 14 edition. Broza returns to the Dakota Jazz Club on April 2. He will be playing his classic songs and material from his new album, East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem (S-Curve Records), which was […]

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

‘Bethlehem’: Cops and bombers match wits

In his first feature film, director Yuval Adler creates a wrenching tale of compromised lives in Israeli-Palestinian conflict zone Reviewed by MORDECAI SPECKTOR Bethlehem, a few minutes by car from west Jerusalem, is a popular stop for Holy Land tourists. The big draw, especially for Christian pilgrims, is the Church of the Nativity, where you […]

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Do Jews deserve a nation at all?

Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict, by John B. Judis, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 432 pages, $30 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Like many Jews of a certain age, I was raised with esteem for President Harry Truman and gratitude for his near-instant recognition of Israel. Indeed, Truman accorded de facto […]

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