Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Young Jane Young: Politics and strange bedfellows

Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin, 320 pages, $26.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER For years, it must have been excruciating to be Monica Lewinsky, and for the protagonist of Gabrielle Zevin’s new novel, it became impossible to remain Aviva Grossman. She’s the central character of Zevin’s Young Jane Young, a rather dark comedy about […]

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Christian Zionists still uncertain about Trump — but know they’re glad Obama is out

By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) – Barack Obama is gone and the relief among the Christian Zionists and their Jewish friends who peopled certain corners of Washington, D.C., this week was palpable. Gary Bauer, the veteran evangelical activist, laid it out at the opening session of Christians United for Israel’s annual conference on Monday. A […]

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Uganda’s Jews are down to one meal a day because of East Africa’s famine

By BEN SALES (JTA) — Uganda’s 2,000 Jews have long maintained a modest existence. They live in the east of the country in a hilly, rural area that lacks paved roads, consistent electricity and freely running water. But this year, the situation for Uganda’s Jewish community, called the Abayudaya, has worsened. Twenty million people across Africa and […]

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Jews against deportation

The story of Luciano Mejia Morales, a Latino community organizer in Minneapolis, strikes home with members of the Jewish community By MAXWELL KENT On a beautiful late-June morning, Miriam Garland, a St. Louis Park resident and Darchei Noam congregant, marched outside the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility in downtown Minneapolis. Chanting “No deportation for Luciano, […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The Netanyahu Years: Apocalyptic instincts

The Netanyahu Years by Ben Caspit, translated by Ora Cummings, Thomas Dunne, 493 pages, $29.99 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Whether you revile or revere Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, you’ll know him better after reading Ben Caspit’s smooth, detailed political biography of Israel’s longest continuously serving prime minister. In The Netanyahu Years, Caspit, a journalist with the […]

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Eli Skora says farewell

St. Paul Federation honors departing executive director Eli Skora at June 6 annual meeting By MORDECAI SPECKTOR During the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul’s annual meeting last week at Mount Zion Temple, the honors and accolades rained down upon Eli Skora, who is retiring after 17 years as the organization’s executive director. Steve Brand, […]

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Trump’s Hebrew translator

San Francisco teacher would prefer translating for a president whose speech was not so offensive By ROB GLOSTER SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — A San Francisco teacher hired to work as Trump’s Hebrew translator discussed President Trump’s “not very eloquent” (as she puts it) speeches last week in Saudi […]

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Israel takes climate change seriously

Israel’s stance on climate change shows that, in some ways, it’s more like the rest of the world than like the United States By BEN SALES (JTA) — One of Israel’s strongest condemnations of Donald Trump wasn’t about the peace process. It didn’t concern Trump’s broken promise to relocate the U.S. embassy, or his reported […]

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

How to make labne ice cream

Serve with drizzled tahini, silan (date honey), regular honey or crumbled halva if desired By SHANNON SARNA (The Nosher via JTA) — Labne lovers rejoice — you can now enjoy you favorite yogurt dip as a dessert. If you love tangy, tart frozen yogurt, you are going to love this easy frozen dessert topped with […]

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Dan Hotels pamper Israel visitors

The Dan Hotels chain offers new bicycle and foodie packages By MORDECAI SPECKTOR The Times of Israel news website recently reported that President Donald Trump will stay at Jerusalem’s “ritzy King David Hotel,” during his one-day visit to Israel next week. All of the hotel’s 233 rooms have been reserved for president’s entourage, according to […]