Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Mrs. Mindelle Feller: Warming souls

Mrs. Mindelle Feller, a leader in the  Chabad-Lubavitch community, dies at age 75 by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Mindelle Feller, one of the first Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in the United States and a leader in the Jewish community of the Upper Midwest area for more than 56 years, died Dec. 6, 2017. She was 75 […]

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Explaining Judaism to Muslims — in Arabic

‘People of the Book’ is a series of short animated videos that explain Jewish faith and ritual in Arabic By BEN SALES (JTA) — Is it true that Judaism doesn’t accept converts? Is it true that Jews have to wash their hands before they pray? Is it true that Jews have historically killed their prophets? […]

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Tragedy in Costa Rica

Jewish victims of plane crash are remembered for their passionate social justice work By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN NEW YORK (JTA) — Members of two families killed in a plane crash in Costa Rica were being remembered for their involvement in Jewish and philanthropic causes. The Steinberg family of Scarsdale, in suburban New York, and the Weiss […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Tina Liebling runs for governor

Tina Liebling, a lawmaker from Rochester, is campaigning for governor on a Bernie Sanders-type populist platform By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Minnesota never has had a woman governor. And there’s never been a Jewish governor. If state Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, is elected governor next year, she will check off both boxes, so to speak. The Minneapolis […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Ann Kaner-Roth: Motivated by love for her family and everyone

Ann Kaner-Roth is remembered as a key activist in gaining marriage equality for all Minnesotans By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Ann Kaner-Roth, who was instrumental in establishing marriage equality in Minnesota and most recently served as deputy secretary of state, died Dec. 21. The cause was brain cancer. She was 49. “She dedicated her professional life to […]

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

The lucky number of Manya Sherman

Holocaust survivor Manya Sherman and her unique optimism by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Manya Sherman, of Golden Valley, died Nov. 9 at the age of 94, 77 years after she had taken her wedding vows in the city of Zwolen, Poland. It was 1940, and, as the Transfer of Memory website puts it in […]

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Celebrating Hanuka in Trump Tower — to protest Trump

The event was a relatively standard protest at Trump Tower — with a Jewish holiday twist By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — It would be reasonable to assume that the Jews lighting a Hanuka menorah on the fifth floor of Trump Tower supported the president. The front of the Midtown Manhattan high-rise, after all, […]

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Israel and American Jews grew apart in 2017

The last six months have seen growing disagreement between Israeli and American Jews By BEN SALES (JTA) — This hasn’t been a good year for Israel and American Jews. The two poles of world Jewry, each boasting about half of the globe’s total Jews, have never quite seen eye to eye on everything from religion […]

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Benjie Kaplan of University of Minnesota Hillel House honored

Benjie Kaplan, executive director of Minnesota Hillel at the University of Minnesota, was one of five recipients of Hillel’s Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Awards at the Hillel International Global Assembly at the start of December. The award is described on the Website for Hillel International as rewarding “outstanding commitment to fulfilling Hillel’s mission […]

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Rabbi Arik Ascherman: A Torah of social justice

Rabbi Arik Ascherman’s criticism of Israel is motivated by his vision of the country living up to our highest Jewish values By MORDECAI SPECKTOR In a widely distributed 2015 web video, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, then the director of Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel, is seen being attacked by a knife-wielding Jewish settler in the […]