Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

RAJMN: The work does pay off

Ilana Volodarsky of RAJMN discusses creating a program for Russian-American Jews By MAX SPARBER It used to be possible to drive around the Twin Cities and see huge banners dedicated to the plight of the Jewish community in the Soviet Union: Save Soviet Jews read one banner than hung from a Minneapolis synagogue for years. […]

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Don Rickles, insult comedian and actor, is dead at 90

By JTA STAFF NEW YORK (JTA) — Don Rickles, the bullet-headed comedian and actor whose pioneering brand of insult comedy earned him the nickname “Mr. Warmth,” has died at 90. Rickles died on the morning of April 6, at his home in Los Angeles, from kidney failure, according to his publicist. He would have turned […]

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Kaddish for the Syrian dead

Recalling lessons of Passover, Israelis pray for their Syrian ‘enemies’ By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — At a Shabbat service in Tel Aviv on Friday evening, congregants recited the mourner’s prayer for those killed in Syria’s civil war. Standing before a mural of the Tree of Life, the rabbi of Beit Daniel, the largest […]

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

A taste of Ethiopian Jewish culture

Rebecca Avera represents Israel to the Jewish community in Las Vegas By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Rebecca Avera is a patriotic Israeli, although she has participated in protests against government policies. Her loyalty owes in large part to her parents’ dream of aliya. Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community, they fled their homeland amid war and repression. […]

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Omri Casspi runs with the Wolves

The first and only Israeli in the NBA comes to Minnesota and ponders his basketball future By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Life in the National Basketball Association has its ups and downs. Omri Casspi, the first Israeli ever to play in the NBA, was with the Sacramento Kings this season, then found himself part of a trade, […]

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Or Emet to host Humanistic Jewish Seder

Or Emet – Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism will host a Humanistic Jewish Passover Seder 5 p.m. Saturday, April 15 at First Unitarian Society, 900 Mt. Curve Ave., Minneapolis. There will be reading from a Humanistic Haggada, traditional food and a potluck buffet. Reservations will be taken through April 11 (or until at capacity); email: […]

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Life after hate

Former white power skinhead and former U.S. attorney will discuss countering racism and bigotry Temple Israel, together with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, will host a discussion with Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist and co-founder of Life After Hate. Also participating will be former U.S. Attorney […]

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Partisanship carries the day at AIPAC confab

Republican and Democratic party leaders trade partisan shots at AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Democratic and Republican congressional leaders tussled on the AIPAC stage on the final day of its policy conference over which party’s prescriptions were better for Israel. The display of partisanship on Tuesday morning, hours before […]

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Alleged culprit in JCC bomb threats arrested

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Israeli teenager who also has American citizenship was arrested on suspicion of carrying out more than 100 bomb threats on Jewish institutions in the United States. Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday. He also is accused of a […]

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Law enforcement officials condemn bomb threats

By MORDECAI SPECKTOR On a day when Minnesota law enforcement officials participated in a press conference to speak out on the spate of bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the United States, there were more bomb threats. Convened by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), the Wednesday press conference […]