Friday, November 17th, 2017

PJ Library and Jewish Family Service of St. Paul launch Shalom Baby

The Jewish Family Service of St. Paul and PJ Library, a program locally supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, are partnering to launch Shalom Baby in St. Paul. Shalom Baby is a successful national program that welcomes families to the community by linking those with babies by birth or adoption to community […]

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Rabbi Leigh Lerner returns to Mount Zion

Former pulpit rabbi will speak about Italian Jewry, ultra-Orthodox in Israel this weekend Rabbi Leigh Lerner, who was Mount Zion’s senior rabbi from 1971-1989, will return to St. Paul and speak at two events, Nov. 17 and 19. On Friday, Nov. 17, following Shabbat Services (approximately 8:30 p.m.), Rabbi Lerner will speak about “The Jews […]

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Citizen Kane of Olin-Sang-Ruby

Solly Kane takes over as director of URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) recently welcomed Solly Kane as director of URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI). Kane is OSRUI’s 10th director, and the first former OSRUI camper to serve in that position. St. Louis Park native […]

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Rebirth of the Cuban Hebrew School

Hella Eskenazi, director of the Albert Einstein Hebrew School in Havana, discusses the revival of Jewish education in Cuba by MICHAEL AVROM APPLEMAN As a graduate of Minneapolis Torah Academy and Bet Hamidrash Talmud Torah, I had easy access to Jewish education. But Jewish Cubans are and were not as fortunate. In October, in a […]

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Trump attacks Diversity Visa Lottery

Trump’s sweeping condemnation of an immigration program in place since 1990 baffled Charles Schumer By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Charles Schumer and Donald Trump like tweaking one another on a broad range of issues. In October alone, the president chided the New York senator for wanting to preserve the Iran deal he once opposed, […]

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Community Security Service aims to keep synagogues safe

CSS is trying to be the gold standard for synagogue self-defense By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN NEW YORK (JTA) — On a typical Shabbat in Teaneck, New Jersey, streets are blocked off outside of major synagogues. Uniformed off-duty police officers, paid by the synagogues for the morning, stand near a cruiser parked nearby or direct traffic on […]

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Political turmoil in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon concerns Israel

Mohammed bin Salman, the recently minted Saudi crown prince, has placed his rivals under house arrest By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — What is MBS? Why did Lebanon’s prime minister resign — and why in Saudi Arabia? What’s Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is Jared Kushner in all this? And […]

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

CHGS at U of M marks 20 years of achievements

AJW Staff Report At the Oct. 24 event marking the 20th anniversary of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) at the University of Minnesota, John Coleman, dean of the U of M’s College of Liberal Arts, lauded the center as “one of our college’s most powerful examples of the… importance of our work […]

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Heidi Weinberg: Delaying the disease

Personal trainer Heidi Weinberg discusses her training in a program designed to help clients with Parkinson’s disease by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor According to, a website about the disease, studies suggest an unhappy fact about Minnesota:  our state has the third-highest rate of Parkinson’s in the United States. The disease is a degenerative […]

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Israeli women have been saying ‘Me Too’ for years

The “Gam Ani” movement, much like “Me Too,” is a reference to the notion that nearly every Israeli woman has a story to tell By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — International fashion model Maayan Keret said she was raped at the age of 12. Since then, Keret said, she has been harassed or assaulted […]