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Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Senate panel hears ‘No Boycott of Israel’ bill

Legislation to counter anti-Israel BDS movement likely will be revised to address First Amendment concerns By MORDECAI SPECKTOR ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Israeli-Palestinian conflict came before Minnesota legislators again, Tuesday, Feb. 14, when the Senate’s State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee heard discussion on SF247, which first appeared as the “No Boycott […]

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews

Kremlin kicks out Chabad emissary Rabbi Ari Edelkopf, his wife, Chana, and their seven children By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) — Three years ago, Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and his wife, Chana, worked around the clock for weeks to show off their community and city to the many foreigners in town for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. […]

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Evangelicals speak for Israel in Trump’s Washington

Trend worries liberals who see evangelicals’ Bible-based views as too right wing, both on social issues as well as Israel affairs By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — Evangelicals, who have been advocating for Israel for years, have historically let the Jews take the lead. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, for one, is excited that they are poised to […]

Monday, February 13th, 2017

More theater

The Guthrie highlights a frequently neglected Jewish playwright By MAX SPARBER The Guthrie Theater has a relatively new artistic director, Joseph Haj, who has promised greater diversity in the plays the theater chooses to stage. Despite this, on its surface, The Royal Family, playing through March 19 at the Guthrie, isn’t much of a break […]

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

What Jelly and George shared

Upcoming shows at Dakota Jazz Club will feature music of two 20th century musical icons By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941), ragtime pianist, composer and bandleader, is seen as a pivotal figure in the development of jazz. His song “Jelly Roll Blues” was the first published jazz composition, in 1915. George Gershwin (1898-1937), pianist […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

‘He just did it. That’s how he was’

Tilsenbilt Homes, the first integrated housing project in America, declared historic district  By MAX SPARBER In a unanimous decision at the start of January, a Minneapolis City Council committee passed a resolution to declare a group of 52 homes as an historic district. These homes, located in South Minneapolis on 3rd, 4th and 5th Avenue […]