Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Community Security Service aims to keep synagogues safe

CSS is trying to be the gold standard for synagogue self-defense By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN NEW YORK (JTA) — On a typical Shabbat in Teaneck, New Jersey, streets are blocked off outside of major synagogues. Uniformed off-duty police officers, paid by the synagogues for the morning, stand near a cruiser parked nearby or direct traffic on […]

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Political turmoil in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon concerns Israel

Mohammed bin Salman, the recently minted Saudi crown prince, has placed his rivals under house arrest By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — What is MBS? Why did Lebanon’s prime minister resign — and why in Saudi Arabia? What’s Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is Jared Kushner in all this? And […]

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

CHGS at U of M marks 20 years of achievements

AJW Staff Report At the Oct. 24 event marking the 20th anniversary of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) at the University of Minnesota, John Coleman, dean of the U of M’s College of Liberal Arts, lauded the center as “one of our college’s most powerful examples of the… importance of our work […]

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Heidi Weinberg: Delaying the disease

Personal trainer Heidi Weinberg discusses her training in a program designed to help clients with Parkinson’s disease by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor According to, a website about the disease, studies suggest an unhappy fact about Minnesota:  our state has the third-highest rate of Parkinson’s in the United States. The disease is a degenerative […]

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Israeli women have been saying ‘Me Too’ for years

The “Gam Ani” movement, much like “Me Too,” is a reference to the notion that nearly every Israeli woman has a story to tell By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — International fashion model Maayan Keret said she was raped at the age of 12. Since then, Keret said, she has been harassed or assaulted […]

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Conservative movement doubles down on intermarriage and its rabbis ask why

An official response was prompted by declarations by a few rabbis supporting intermarriage. By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — “It doesn’t help.” “I don’t know how it happened or why it happened.” “The most common response I’m seeing is confusion.” That’s what some Conservative rabbis are saying about their movement’s recent major statement on […]

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

State anti-BDS laws are hitting unintended targets and nobody’s happy

Anti-BDS laws prohibiting compliance with or support of a boycott of Israel are facing stumbling blocks By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — On May 2, Israel’s Independence Day, Texas state Rep. Phil King stood smiling as Gov. Greg Abbott signed King’s bill banning the state from doing business with boycotters of Israel. “Anti-Israel policies are […]

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Sholom to host open house Oct. 29

Sholom is inviting the public to an Open House, celebrating its new addition, AlterCare Adult Day Program from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3620 Phillips Pkwy., St. Louis Park. Community members can meet the team and learn about adult day services. There will be delicious food and prize drawings. There will be a […]

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Jews vie in St. Paul, Minneapolis mayoral races

Carrying on a Minnesota Jewish tradition of civic engagement, Tom Goldstein is running for St. Paul mayor and Jacob Frey is in the Minneapolis mayoral race By MORDECAI SPECKTOR In the 1960s, Minneapolis had its first and only Jewish mayor. Arthur Naftalin (1915-2005) served as the Mill City’s mayor from 1961 to 1969. And St. […]

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

How Mark Zuckerberg embraced his Judaism

Judging from his Facebook profile, Mark Zuckerberg has reconnected with his Judaism not just as a national figure but as a person and a father. By BEN SALES (JTA) — Mark Zuckerberg wrote last December on Facebook that for him, “religion is very important.” Looks like he meant it. The Facebook co-founder has been invoking […]