Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

U.S., Israel remain at odds over Iran

Negotiators have a Nov. 24 deadline to strike a nuclear deal with Iran, which could allow the country to return to the ‘community of nations’ By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Obama administration officials and Iran skeptics, chief among them Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are presenting starkly different outlooks of what the world would […]

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

L’Shana Tova u’Metuka!

The American Jewish World wishes all of our readers a Good and Sweet New Year! Farewell to the old year and its curses; welcome to the new year and its blessings. The American Jewish World was pleased to present artwork and a poem by Marcia Falk on the cover of the Sept. 12 Rosh Hashana […]

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Shoah studies on the Range

Mesabi Range College instructor Sue Devereux is helping to bring the Transfer of Memory exhibit to rural communities in northern Minnesota By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) has partnered with Friends of B’nai Abraham to present Transfer of Memory, a photography exhibition […]

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Professor to discuss perfectionism in Judaism

As part of its annual community lecture series, the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota will host Professor Christine Hayes 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at Beth El Synagogue, 5225 Barry St. W., St. Louis Park. She will present “‘We’re no Angels’: Perfectionism in Rabbinic Judaim.” Hayes will explore radically diverse ancient […]

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Local authors to discuss ‘Jewish Luck’

Sisters Meryll Levine Page and Leslie Levine Adler will discuss the theme of connections in their book, Jewish Luck: A True Story of Friendship, Deception and Risky Business, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 in room C350 at St. Louis Park High School, 6425 W. 33rd St. Jewish Luck is about two Jewish women who grew […]

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

ISIS video purports to show murder of Steven Sotloff

(JTA) — The Islamist ISIS organization has released a video that apparently shows the beheading of the American journalist Steven Sotloff. The nearly three-minute video, titled “A Second Message to America,” was released Tuesday afternoon on Twitter and other online outlets. Sotloff family spokesman Barak Barfi said in a brief statement that the family “knows […]

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Rescuing art from the Third Reich

Robert Edsel, author of The Monuments Men, went from the oil business to art history By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor In February, Columbia Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox released The Monuments Men, which was written and directed by George Clooney. Clooney also starred in the film as Frank Stokes, a member of […]

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

After rabbi’s murder, Miami Jews on edge

Police say no evidence has emerged that anti-Semitism was a motive in the crime, but the murder has raised fears in the Jewish community By ANTHONY WEISS (JTA) — The streets of North Miami Beach look different since the murder of Rabbi Joseph Raksin. At Northeast 175th Street and 8th Court, in the heavily Orthodox […]

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Seeking teen advocates for Israel

An informational event for the Israel Leadership Fellows Program, which will begin its second year at the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis, will take place on Sept. 7 By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor In a blog post for the Times of Israel, Sally Abrams relayed an e-mail exchange with a student in the class […]

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Benjie Kaplan’s ready to lead at Hillel UMN

The Mendota Heights native is returning home to foster engagement between Jewish students and the local Jewish community By SAMANTHA EZRILOV Hillel at the University of Minnesota has hired Benjie Kaplan, a leader in the local Jewish community, to serve as director for its developing program. The 33-year-old Kaplan, who was raised in Mendota Heights, […]

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