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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

A volunteer from outside

Jason Fenton was a foreign volunteer for the Israeli military during the War for Independence By MAX SPARBER Jason Fenton died on Jan. 21, and with him went a remarkable piece of history. During Israel’s War for Independence, the then-16-year-old Fenton left his native England to enlist in Machal, Israel’s volunteer fighting force. Remembrance Machal, […]

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Senate panel hears ‘No Boycott of Israel’ bill

Legislation to counter anti-Israel BDS movement likely will be revised to address First Amendment concerns By MORDECAI SPECKTOR ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Israeli-Palestinian conflict came before Minnesota legislators again, Tuesday, Feb. 14, when the Senate’s State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee heard discussion on SF247, which first appeared as the “No Boycott […]

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews

Kremlin kicks out Chabad emissary Rabbi Ari Edelkopf, his wife, Chana, and their seven children By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) — Three years ago, Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and his wife, Chana, worked around the clock for weeks to show off their community and city to the many foreigners in town for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. […]

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Evangelicals speak for Israel in Trump’s Washington

Trend worries liberals who see evangelicals’ Bible-based views as too right wing, both on social issues as well as Israel affairs By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — Evangelicals, who have been advocating for Israel for years, have historically let the Jews take the lead. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, for one, is excited that they are poised to […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Editorial: Minnesota Legislature debates Israel

This week, some legislators at the Capitol in St. Paul paused from discussing the mundane issues of state government and heard arguments related to the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There’s no foreign affairs committee in either body of the Legislature, so the first hearing on the “No Boycott of Israel” bill (H.F. 400/S.F. 247) occurred in […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

‘He just did it. That’s how he was’

Tilsenbilt Homes, the first integrated housing project in America, declared historic district  By MAX SPARBER In a unanimous decision at the start of January, a Minneapolis City Council committee passed a resolution to declare a group of 52 homes as an historic district. These homes, located in South Minneapolis on 3rd, 4th and 5th Avenue […]

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

At least 17 bomb threats called in to JCCs nationwide in third wave of harassment

(JTA) — At least 17 Jewish community centers across the United States were targeted with bomb threats in the third wave of such mass disruption this month. Paul Goldenberg, the director of Secure Community Networks — an affiliate of the Jewish federations of North America, which advises Jewish groups and institutions on security — said […]

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

‘Remember the 11 million’? Why an inflated victims tally irks Holocaust historians

By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — “Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.” It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesperson’s unit last week marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. And it was asserted in an article shared […]

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

A great warrior for justice

Larry Leventhal is remembered for his kindness and his devotion to protecting the rights of American Indians By MORDECAI SPECKTOR In his eulogy at Larry Leventhal’s funeral, on Jan. 20 at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, brother-in-law Bob Maisel mentioned that Leventhal’s Hebrew name was Baruch, and his American Indian name was translated as He Whose […]

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Bomb threat called in to Sabes JCC

Another wave of bomb threats to JCCs prompts evacuations across the United States on Wednesday By MAX SPARBER / Community News Editor A second wave of bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers in 17 states, on Wednesday, included one to the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. This follows 16 bomb threats called […]