Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Paul’s Pals: Creating accommodation

Paul’s Pals and its expanded mission to enrich the lives of children with disabilities  By MAX SPARBER  The world is not terribly accommodating to people with disabilities, a fact that was made abundantly clear at a previous job, when I helped edit Access Press, a local newspaper for the disabled community. Adults with disabilities would […]

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Seven smartphone apps for religious Jews

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — These days there are smartphone applications for pretty much anything, from ordering food to finding a date to reporting anti-Semitic incidents. But what about tools for living a religious Jewish life? Well, there are apps for that, too. Whereas in the time before smartphones, observant Jews may have had to […]

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Celebrate your grad in the Jewish World

The American Jewish World will publish a special section, “Honoring Our Graduates”, in the May 19 issue. AJW readers are encouraged to send in photos of their high school and college graduates, along with a brief bio (information about college or career plans, honors), which should not exceed 60 words. (There is a $10 charge […]

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

A place of their own: J-HAP

J-HAP’s work with a new housing development for adults with developmental disabilities By MAX SPARBER We’re in a time of enormous progress in healthcare, which can create unexpected challenges. Speaking with American Jewish World, J-HAP founder Linda Bialik discussed a realization that she, and other parents of children with developmental disabilities, came to about a […]

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: […]