Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Elijah and the Palestinians

Craig Harris creates a show that looks at the past and present of Israel through the story of Elijah by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Composer, designer, performer and writer Craig Harris is telling a story of Israel. Properly, he’s telling a pair of stories, one about the prophet Elijah, one about the modern state […]

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Peres: Optimism, not naiveté

No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination and the Making of Modern Israel, by Shimon Peres, Custom House Books, 227 pages, $27.99 hardcover Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER With the title of his autobiography, Shimon Peres dismisses those who’ve derided him for decades as a dreamer. Peres arrived from Poland in 1934, an 11-year-old dreaming of […]

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s new season

The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company looks at politics, literature and dry cleaning by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company has announced their 2017-2018 season, which started this past month with Via Dolorosa, a play by David Hare exploring his experiences visiting Israel. The season will continue with Church & State (Oct. […]

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Everything’s coming up Jewish at The Heights

The Heights movie theater offers an accidental Jewish film festival by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor The Jewish influence on film is pervasive, a case comprehensively made by critic Neal Gabler in his 1989 book An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood. One delightful side-effect of this fact is that a theater […]

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Ilana Kurshan: A delightful surprise

If All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir, by Ilana Kurshan, St. Martin’s, 299 pages, $26.99 hardcover Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER If, like me, you first think that a book about a young divorcee studying a page of Talmud a day would be a bore, I have a surprise for you. To my astonishment, most […]

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Local Jewish book readings

Gabrielle Zevin, author of Young Jane Young, (recently reviewed by Neal Gendler) has two readings scheduled in Minnesota. The readings are as follows: Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at Excelsior Bay Books, 36 Water Street, Excelsior Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Valley Bookseller, 217 Main Street North, Stillwater. The Minnesota Historical Society […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Anita White makes art to heal your funnybone

Anita White’s portraits of health care professionals By DORIS RUBENSTEIN No one wants to be in the hospital. No one wants to be so sick that they need to be there. No one wants to have someone they care about sick enough to be in the hospital. Let’s say a refuah shleima for all of […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Try to be happy

Ben Sidran returns to the Dakota Jazz Club on Aug. 16, behind a new album of whimsical songs By MORDECAI SPECKTOR It is a great mitzva to always be happy. — Nachman of Breslov Jazzman and music scholar Ben Sidran had just few minutes to chat, before he had to pick up his granddaughter at the […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Lincoln Del: A taste of Minnesota Jewish cooking

The Lincoln Del Cookbook: Best-loved Recipes from the Legendary Bakery and Deli, by Wendi Zelkin Rosenstein and Kit Naylor, Minnesota Historical Society Press, paperback, 224 pages, $24.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Still miss the Lincoln Del? Except for owners of today’s Jewish delis, who doesn’t? We can’t get back the atmosphere of the Berenberg family’s […]

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Bob Dylan festival returns to St. Louis Park

After a year’s hiatus, an annual tribute to Bob Dylan returns. At 6:30 p.m. July 29 at Wolfe Park in St. Louis Park, a group of Minnesota musicians revisits the songs of the flower power generation. Kevin Odegard, leader of the Minneapolis band that backed five cuts on Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks album, […]