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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Sholom is having an open house!

The community is invited to tour Knollwood Place Apartments and Roitenberg Assisted Living, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 15-19. You can also make an appointment to tour: For Knollwood Apartments, call 952-939-1605; for Roitenberg Assisted Living, call 952-908-1776.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Israeli couscous mac and cheese

By SHANNON SARNA (The Nosher via JTA) — Mac and cheese is one of those comfort food dishes that is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. So when my co-workers suggested I try a mac and cheese made with Israeli couscous instead of traditionally larger pasta like elbows or shells or cavatappi, I […]

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Fired FBI head had admirers among Jewish officials

Those responsible for the security of Jewish institutions said James Comey made the Jewish story central to the FBI mission By ROB KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — “You make us better,” James Comey told the Anti-Defamation League in his final public speech as FBI director. Judging from the applause in the conference room at the venerable […]

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

City of Secrets: The lives of survivors

City of Secrets, by Stewart O’Nan, Penguin, 194 pages, $15 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER One of the loneliest scenes I’ve read is Shoah survivor and cab driver Brand’s one-person seder in his tiny, barren Jerusalem apartment overlooking a graveyard. An illegal immigrant disguised and renamed Jossi Jorgenen, Brand has neither family nor friends, only his […]

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

North Korea and the Iran nuclear deal

What the North Korea crisis tells us about the Iran nuclear deal — and the Trump administration’s foreign policy By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration last week endorsed a narrative long promoted by critics of the Iran nuclear deal: It’s North Korea all over again. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to […]

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Trump speaks on Jews and the Holocaust

Trump’s remarks, at a memorial organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, gets good reviews By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump got the memo on the Holocaust and the Jews. In a barrage of statements this week from the president and his aides, the Trump administration wants you to know, he gets […]

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Passenger on a journey of change

Leaving South Dakota: A Memoir of a Jewish Feminist Academic, by Beryl Radin, Mascot Books, 200 pages, $18.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Many of us who grew up in small cities with few Jews will understand the effect on Beryl Radin’s life. In Leaving South Dakota, Radin, a semi-retired public policy professor at Georgetown University, […]

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

For such great success you don’t need America

The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World, by Tara Zahra, Norton trade paperback, 416 pages, $18.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER American Jewish families have been familiar with emigration — both voluntary and forced — since a boatload of Dutch Jews expelled from Brazil landed in what now […]

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

About those blue states

Feeling sad is ‘new normal’ in Trump’s America, therapists say By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — The text messages started pouring in at 6:30 a.m. as Tracey Rubenstein was getting her kids ready for school. By the end of the day the Boca Raton, Florida-based social worker had spoken to most of her clients, either in […]

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

How Europe remembers the Shoah

Hell’s Traces: One Murder, Two Families, 35 Holocaust Memorials, by Victor Ripp; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 206 pages, $25 by NEAL GENDLER A tour of European Shoah memorials might seem thin material for even a slender book, but Victor Ripp seamlessly weaves in histories of two families: His mother’s, the Kahans, who escaped, and his […]