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 […]

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

‘Remember the 11 million’? Why an inflated victims tally irks Holocaust historians

By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — “Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.” It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesperson’s unit last week marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. And it was asserted in an article shared […]

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Sam Saide, Shoah survivor, dies at 89

St. Paul resident built successful auto parts business and helped found Beth Jacob Congregation By JOEL RIPPEL After the death of his daughter, Sarah Rivka, Sam Saide began to devote more of his time to the Sons of Jacob Congregation in St. Paul. Rabbi Morris Allen, of Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights, said in […]

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Feta cheese in bulk

Friends and relatives remember Holocaust survivor and Greek native Esther Ackos Winthrop By MAX SPARBER Esther Ackos Winthrop passed away on September 20, leaving behind not just a long legacy of public service, but also a life that was distinctive in several important ways. Firstly, she hailed from a Jewish community that is little-known even […]

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Israeli choreographers featured by James Sewell Ballet

By MAX SPARBER As half of a two-part program of contemporary ballet Nov. 4-5, Minneapolis troupe the James Sewell Ballet will present a piece by Israeli choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. Eyal and Behar are in the Twin Cities as part of the McKnight International Choreographers residency, which provides an annual Minneapolis residency to […]

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Trump’s son-in-law called out by employee

Writer says Jared Kushner has ignored anti-Semitic imagery in Trump campaign (JTA) — Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law has been called out by a writer for the New York Observer, a newspaper he owns, for allowing perceived anti-Semitic messaging to be used in his father-in-law’s presidential campaign. Observer entertainment writer Dana Schwartz published “An Open Letter to Jared Kushner, […]

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Yom HaShoah on May 4 at Beth Jacob

This year’s commemoration will feature speaker discussing Nazi-looted artworks The 2016 Twin Cities Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemoration will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Beth Jacob Congregation, 1179 Victoria Curve, St. Paul. Donald S. Burris, a leading expert in the pursuit of art stolen by the Nazis before and during World […]