Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Blaze Bernstein’s classmate charged with murder

Murder is being investigated as a possible anti-gay hate crime (JTA) — A former high school classmate of Blaze Bernstein, 19, the Jewish college student found dead in a park near his parents’ Southern California home, was charged with murder. Samuel Woodward, 20, was charged with murder in a complaint filed Wednesday morning in Orange […]

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

When Jews came from ‘shithole’ countries

While congressmen in the 1920s may not have used Trump’s language, they were also opposed to letting in people from so-called ‘shithole’ countries By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Jews were “undesirable.” They were “of low physical and mental standards.” They were “filthy.” They were “often dangerous in their habits.” They were “un-American.” So […]

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Will Abbas’ rant kill the peace process?

‘Today is the day that the Oslo Accords end,’ Mahmoud Abbas said By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Oslo Accords? “Killed,” the Palestinian Authority president says, blaming Israel. The Israeli prime minister says the Palestinians are now “unmasked” — but naturally he blames the Palestinians. Notably, the United States is silent. The P.A. president, […]

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Mrs. Mindelle Feller: Warming souls

Mrs. Mindelle Feller, a leader in the  Chabad-Lubavitch community, dies at age 75 by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Mindelle Feller, one of the first Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in the United States and a leader in the Jewish community of the Upper Midwest area for more than 56 years, died Dec. 6, 2017. She was 75 […]

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Explaining Judaism to Muslims — in Arabic

‘People of the Book’ is a series of short animated videos that explain Jewish faith and ritual in Arabic By BEN SALES (JTA) — Is it true that Judaism doesn’t accept converts? Is it true that Jews have to wash their hands before they pray? Is it true that Jews have historically killed their prophets? […]

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Tragedy in Costa Rica

Jewish victims of plane crash are remembered for their passionate social justice work By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN NEW YORK (JTA) — Members of two families killed in a plane crash in Costa Rica were being remembered for their involvement in Jewish and philanthropic causes. The Steinberg family of Scarsdale, in suburban New York, and the Weiss […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Tina Liebling runs for governor

Tina Liebling, a lawmaker from Rochester, is campaigning for governor on a Bernie Sanders-type populist platform By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Minnesota never has had a woman governor. And there’s never been a Jewish governor. If state Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, is elected governor next year, she will check off both boxes, so to speak. The Minneapolis […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Ann Kaner-Roth: Motivated by love for her family and everyone

Ann Kaner-Roth is remembered as a key activist in gaining marriage equality for all Minnesotans By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Ann Kaner-Roth, who was instrumental in establishing marriage equality in Minnesota and most recently served as deputy secretary of state, died Dec. 21. The cause was brain cancer. She was 49. “She dedicated her professional life to […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

The lucky number of Manya Sherman

Holocaust survivor Manya Sherman and her unique optimism by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Manya Sherman, of Golden Valley, died Nov. 9 at the age of 94, 77 years after she had taken her wedding vows in the city of Zwolen, Poland. It was 1940, and, as the Transfer of Memory website puts it in […]

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Celebrating Hanuka in Trump Tower — to protest Trump

The event was a relatively standard protest at Trump Tower — with a Jewish holiday twist By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — It would be reasonable to assume that the Jews lighting a Hanuka menorah on the fifth floor of Trump Tower supported the president. The front of the Midtown Manhattan high-rise, after all, […]