Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

An unraveling friendship

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, by Michael Lewis, Norton, 362 pages, $28.95 By NEAL GENDLER Danny Kahneman and Amos Tversky proved two adages: opposites attract and two minds are better than one. Starting in fall 1969 at Hebrew University, pessimistic introvert Danny paired with optimistic extrovert Amos to explore how people […]

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Doctors prescribe laughter

Sabes JCC bring back the Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival for its eighth year By MAX SPARBER “Laughter is healthy; doctors prescribe laughter.” — Yiddish proverb There is a case to be made that American humor is Jewish humor. It’s the viewpoint of the 2013 documentary When Jews Were Funny, and you’ll hear versions of […]

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Hanuka sweaters are now a thing — and I love them

By LIOR ZALTZMAN NEW YORK (JTA) — Ever since I moved here from Israel, every late November felt like the beginning of a month-long assault. Every store, business and doctor’s office blared Christmas songs, streets were decorated with ostentatious light shows and seemingly everything became green and red — which, as an art school grad, […]

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Goblins and dreidels

A playwright discusses adapting a Jewish book to the stage By MAX SPARBER The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company has brought back a seasonal family favorite, The Magic Dreidels, which the theater premiered in 2000. Based on the children’s book by author Eric A. Kimmel and illustrator Katya Krenina, the play was adapted for the stage […]

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Ghosts of Jewish music

Joseph Vass’ The Soul of Gershwin finds lost sounds in the music of George Gershwin By MAX SPARBER There is a quality to The Soul of Gershwin, now playing at Park Square Theatre, that is very much like a musicology lecture. The show has a thesis, arguing that songwriter George Gershwin was profoundly influenced by […]

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Amos Oz’s difficult people

Judas, by Amos Oz, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 320 pages, $25 Reviewed by Neal Gendler Put three dysfunctional people in an old house that’s downhill at the end of the road — perhaps also figuratively for its occupants — and what do you get? Arguments about the creation of Israel, the unlikely prospects for peace and […]

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Hanuka Cover Contest

Attention, artistic youth: the American Jewish World’s 25th annual Hanuka Cover Contest is in full swing. UPDATE: The submission deadline for artwork has been extended to 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. This contest is open to all students attending 1st through 8th grades. The winning artwork depicting the symbols and meaning of Hanuka will grace the […]

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Classic jazz vocal band to play at the Dakota

Rio Nido has long been one of the Twin Cities’ foremost interpreters of vocal jazz, dating back to their inception as part of the West Bank music scene of the early ’70s, and the Dakota Jazz Club will host the band’s original lineup for two shows, Dec. 27 and 28. This lineup consisted of vocalist Prudence […]

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Kids, enter the AJW Hanuka Cover Contest!

Attention, artistic youth: the American Jewish World’s 25th annual Hanuka Cover Contest is in full swing. The winning artwork depicting the symbols and meaning of Hanuka will grace the front cover of the Jewish World’s Dec. 16 Hanuka special edition, and the winner will have her or his picture in the newspaper! In addition, there will […]

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Gershwin the klezmer

A revival at Park Square Theatre looks at George Gershwin’s Jewish roots By MAX SPARBER It has been almost two decades since The Soul of Gershwin first appeared in the Twin Cities. It was first performed as a concert at the St. Paul JCC, titled Gershwin the Klezmer and performed by the Minnesota Klezmer Band. […]