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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

A different University of Minnesota

‘A Campus Divided,’ an exhibit at the Andersen Library, documents the University of Minnesota’s shocking racism and anti-Semitism in the 1930s, and how students fought for change By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Readers of this newspaper likely are aware of the controversy over the removal of monuments to the Confederacy, which culminated Aug. 12, in a rally […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Two local businesses respond to charges of racist employees

By MAX SPARBER If you posted online images of yourself dressed as a Nazi, or if you secretly operated a record company that featured racist and anti-Semitic records, it was a bad week for you in the Twin Cities. On Aug. 15, two back-of-the-house employees at the Uptown Diner found themselves in hot water when […]

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Make-believe Jewish weddings

In Eastern Europe, nostalgia for the Jews includes fake Jewish weddings By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) — Nostalgia for Jews is a well-documented phenomenon in Eastern Europe, with cultural and even substantial commercial aspects. In Ukraine,  so-called Jewish-themed restaurants with pork-heavy menus compete for tourists, while figurines of Jews are sold at markets as good luck […]

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

A guide to the far-right groups that protested in Charlottesville

The ‘Unite the Right’ rally Saturday saw hundreds of people on America’s far-right racist fringe converge in defense of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee By BEN SALES (JTA) — They believe the “white race” is in danger. They believe the United States was built by and for white people and must now […]

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Hate in Charlottesville

The day the Charlottesville Nazi called me ‘Shlomo’ By RON KAMPEAS CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (JTA) — The white supremacists, for all their vaunted purpose, appeared to be disoriented. Some 500 had gathered at a park here Saturday to protest this southern Virginia city’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the park. Pressured […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Actor Josh Radnor to speak at Temple of Aaron fundraiser

Josh Radnor attended Jewish day schools and had a ‘strangely mystical experience’ in Israel by MAX SPARBER Josh Radnor, who played the nebbeshy Ted Mosby on the popular CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, will be speaking at Temple of Aaron for their annual fundraiser on Aug. 24; the event is appropriately titled “How […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Governor, elected officials condemn attack on Bloomington mosque

AJW STAFF REPORT — Gov. Mark Dayton called the Saturday attack on a Bloomington mosque “an act of terrorism.” The governor — along with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison; state Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis; and other elected officials and community leaders — gathered Sunday at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center, which was damaged by an […]

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

How volunteering becomes a way in for millennials distanced from the Jewish community

For some millennials, they’re not interested in being in a Jewish community that’s grounded in religious practice By Josefin Dolsten NEW YORK (JTA) — As a college student, Jake Max assumed he would work in banking or consulting after graduation. That was the path favored by many of his classmates. But after experiencing the 2016 […]

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Israeli-American: Why more Israelis are moving to the U.S.

Last year, Israeli Cabinet members lined up to address a Washington, D.C., conference celebrating Israeli-American identity By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Six years ago, the Israeli government released a series of controversial ads to show its expatriates that they would never feel at home in the United States. But last year, Israeli Cabinet […]

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Jared Kushner on Israeli-Palestinian peace: ‘There may be no solution’

“There may be no solution, but it’s one of the problem sets that the president asked us to focus on.” By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — If Jared Kushner is the only person who can deliver Middle East peace — as his father-in-law Donald Trump said — he comes off as a reluctant savior. […]