Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Standup comic’s act gets real in ‘Obvious Child’

Film will likely provoke laughs as well as conversations about a woman’s right to choose and Jewish heritage By MICHAEL FOX Going back at least as far as Moses, Jews have taken public positions at personal risk. Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre’s inspiration comes from more recent role models: Larry Fine, Lenny Bruce, Mel Brooks […]

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Bringing ‘Rachel Calof’ home to North Dakota

Actress Kate Fuglei will perform her one-woman show, about the Russian Jewish immigrant who lived for 20 years on the prairie, June 20-21 in Devils Lake By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor Last August, the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company staged Rachel Calof: A Memoir with Music, actress Kate Fuglei’sone-woman show about the hardships […]

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Gabriel Kahane burnishes the popular song

On the heels of his new album release, the Brooklyn-based musician returns for a show in Minneapolis By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Gabriel Kahane’s new album, The Ambassador (Sony Masterworks), is made up of 10 songs from 10 varied Los Angeles locales, with the street address as part of each title. Each song tells an intriguing story […]

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Motivated by righteousness

50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany, by Steven Pressman, Harper, 296 pages, $26.99 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Britain justly gets credit for taking in 10,000 European Jewish children between 1938 and 1940 in a project called the Kindertransport. The United States admitted only about 1,000 unaccompanied […]

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Philip Roth: Sacred and profane

The onetime ‘enfant terrible’ of the American Jewish community gets seminary honor By BETH KISSILEFF (JTA) — “What is being done to silence this man?” an American rabbi asked in a 1963 letter to the Anti-Defamation League. He was talking about the novelist Philip Roth, whose early novels and short stories cast his fellow American […]

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Rimon’s P’Chotchka set for June 2

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council will present P’Chotchka, a fast-paced evening of art, film and performance, 6 p.m. Monday, June 2 at Pinstripes, 3849 Gallagher Dr., Edina. The event, a benefit for Rimon, will feature eight artists speaking about ideas or images that excite them or have inspired their artistic work. Eighteen images of […]

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

J’Outique is May 29

The Sabes JCC’s fourth annual J’Outique event, a boutique shopping experience featuring one-of-a-kind handmade wares by local artists, will take place 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at the JCC, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Park. J’Outique features unique jewelry, apparel, handbags, accessories, body care products, including gourmet food and more. Some […]

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

‘The German Doctor’: Nazi war criminals on the lam

Novelist and filmmaker Lucía Puenzo’s 2011 novel, Wakolda, brought to light an open secret that had mystified her for years: Hundreds of Nazi war criminals found refuge in her native Argentina. Now, she has adapted her novel into a feature film, The German Doctor, which explores the devious machinations of a German doctor in the […]

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

A story of Jewish survival, set to music

Twin Cities Jewish Chorale, St. Paul JCC Symphony collaborate to perform a Holocaust-era oratorio By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor And when the brutal hordes of the enemy came into the Ghetto, with their tanks and poison gasses to exterminate them, the Jews left off reading the haggada and rose and met the […]

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

‘Ida’: An exploration of faith and identity

A sheltered Polish orphan about to become a nun learns that she has an aunt, and that she’s from a Jewish family By MICHAEL FOX In Communist Poland in the early 1960s, a teenage orphan on the verge of taking her vows to become a nun receives a surprise, and a directive, from the Mother […]

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