Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Stories of Jews in America

The UnAmericans, by Molly Antopol, W.W. Norton and Company, 256 pages, $24.95 Reviewed by ROBIN DOROSHOW With the numerous and varied options available to book readers, it is easy to forget just how satisfying a good short story can be. Molly Antopol’s The UnAmericans, published in February, is an impressive collection of short stories and […]

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Hollywood does ‘Noah’

Last week’s top-grossing film in the U.S., Noah, is ripped from the pages of the Tanach. Director Darren Aronofsky’s treatment of the story from Genesis is undoubtedly popular; however, the film has come under fire from some Christian fundamentalists for ostensibly suggesting the validity of evolution, and straying from the biblical text “to depict black […]

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The rabbi of modern Israel

Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution, by Yehudah Mirsky, Yale, 273 pages, $25 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Like Mozart, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook enjoys far wider esteem now than during his life. “Rav Kook is today best known in the West — if at all — as the founding chief rabbi of modern […]

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Sharon Isbin to appear at film festival

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival includes several films of interest to the Jewish community The regional premiere of Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, produced by Susan Dangel, will be screened as part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, and 1:45 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 […]

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 […]

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