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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 […]

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Trump, the change agent?

The president, who sent his real estate lawyer to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, has taken fairly traditional positions on Middle East issues By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Trump administration rhetoric about Israeli-Palestinian peace is typical of a president who would make everything great: President Donald Trump is going to bring about a “historic” deal, the […]

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

In a time of walls, Ladino is a bridge

A Sephardic studies scholar sees preserving Ladino as an ‘act of resistance’ against Trump By JOSEPHIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — One-year-old Vidal doesn’t know the significance behind the lullaby his father sings him at bedtime. He knows it helps him fall asleep, but not that the Ladino song is part of an effort to teach him […]

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

J Street’s youth movement takes center stage

Photos and Story by MORDECAI SPECKTOR So let me be very clear: to oppose the policies of a right-wing government in Israel does not make one anti-Israel or an anti-Semite. We can oppose the policies of President Trump without being anti-American. We can oppose the policies of Netanyahu without being anti-Israel. We can oppose the […]