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 […]

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Sen. Al Franken is in the news

During an interview in his Senate office, Franken discussed the president’s problem coming to grips with anti-Semitism, and some of Trump’s other problems By MORDECAI SPECKTOR WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hart Senate Office Building, near the U.S. Capitol, projects a cold vibe. The interior architectural style could be categorized as Federal Courthouse-Mausoleum Modern. However, the […]

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Sen. Al Franken will oppose David Friedman as Israel envoy

By MORDECAI SPECKTOR During an interview in his Washington Senate office on Monday, Sen. Al Franken told the Jewish World that he will vote against the confirmation of David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to Israel. Franken said that Friedman, who testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visited his office recently. […]

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Jewish takeaways from Trump’s speech to Congress

By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress is getting rave reviews for the subdued, “presidential” style of his delivery, and positive feedback from the Jewish community for opening remarks denouncing anti-Semitic acts as examples of “hate and evil.” But there ensues the inevitable Trumpian conundrum: What […]

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Are you hip to cadur-reshet?

This women’s sport you’ve never heard of is taking Israel by storm By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — Every week, thousands of women across Israel gather to play a sport almost no one outside the country has heard of. For that matter, few Israelis knew about catchball — or cadur-reshet in Hebrew — a […]

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Twin Cities hit by spate of anti-Semitic crimes

By MAX SPARBER The St. Paul JCC was evacuated on Monday, after receiving a bomb threat. The robo-call message came at about 10 a.m., as part of the fourth wave of bomb threats called in to JCCs across the United States this year. The bomb threats this week affected at least 10 JCCs in six […]

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 […]