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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
9:20 am

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) for the first time is offering Student Season Passbooks. For $36.00, a full-time student will be able to see our three mainstage shows any day of the week!  This new initiative by MJTC will allow students to purchase tickets ahead of time rather than waiting in the rush line. 


MJTC will open their 14th professional season with the charming Chaim’s Love Song by Marvin Chernoff, about the friendship forged in a Brooklyn park between a 30-year old school teacher from Iowa and a 74-year old Jewish man. This sweet comedy about relationships and love is sure to touch your heart and warm your soul.    It runs October 25 through November 16, 2008. 


Chaim’s Love Song will be followed by a to-be-announced holiday production, running December 4 through December 19, 2008.


MJTC continues the season with Chutzpah à go-go by David Gale and Randy Vancourt. Join the Bubkes Jewish Community Players as they pay tribute to the early Jewish settlers of North Dakota.  This Kelzmer musical that was a hit in Canada will receive its U.S. premiere at MJTC.  Chutzpah à go-go will run February 21 – March 15, 2009.


The season will end with 2.5 Minute Ride by Lisa Kron, running April 18 through May 10, 2009.  In 2.5 Minute Ride, we’re taken on a funny and touching journey through a family album as a young woman creates a documentary on her father’s life.  We take trips with Lisa and her father to Germany where we experience the sorrow of a teenager who escaped Nazi life by kindertransport; to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio where together they ride roller-coasters; and then to the Brooklyn wedding of her brother and his internet bride.  Along the way we meet Lisa’s mother, partner, and other relatives in a rich look at the eccentricities of family and how life’s experiences and events shape who we become.


Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company is a non-profit organization now in its 14th year of presenting professional productions rooted in the Jewish experience but illuminating the common humanity among us all.  The audience for MJTC is almost equally divided between Jews and non-Jews.  For further information about MJTC, call 651-647-4315, or visit our website at www.mnjewishtheatre.org.

Thursday, July 31st, 2008
10:50 am
Community Events

Mama Loshn: Inspired by Yiddish

Prints by Massachusetts artist, Debra Olin


The Tychman Shapiro Gallery opens its 2008-09 fall season with an extraordinary exhibit by Massachusetts printmaker Debra Olin. Mama Loshn: Inspired by Yiddish will be on display at the Sabes Jewish Community Center September 11 - October 23, with a gallery reception on September 11, 6 - 8 p.m. featuring, refreshments, live Klezmer music by Classic Klezmer, an ensemble including Judith Eisner and Stu Janis.  Debra Olin will give an artist talk about her work at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


This exhibit delicately weaves together art and culture through a series of monoprints, blending together layers of language and imagery. Olin’s prints were inspired by Yiddish language and culture, developed through connection to history, folklore, songs and literature. Mama Loshn means Mother Tongue and another name for Yiddish. Yiddish was called Mama Loshn because it was the language of the home and also the language that was associated with women, as opposed to Hebrew (Sacred Tongue) which was the language men used in prayer.


Related Events

September 14, 2–4 p.m.

The Yiddish Vinkl presents: A Musical Extravaganza at the Sabes JCC featuring live music and refreshments followed by a gallery tour of Mama Loshn: Inspired by Yiddish

Fee: $3


October 23, 6–8 p.m.

Yiddish Words and Phrases, Sabes JCC

A fun and informal way to learn or brush up on your Yiddish

Taught by Sol Awend: Yiddish Maven

Fee: $3

For additional information about these events, please contact Robyn Awend at rawend@sabesjcc.org or 952-381-3416
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
10:57 am
Study opportunity in Israel

As you may know, the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem is a place where people from all streams of Judaism from the US, Canada and Europe come to study Jewish text in a warm, egalitarian Beit Midrash. In its thirteen years the CY has become known for both the quality of text teaching and the wonderful open religious community the students and faculty form. Hadassah College Jerusalem (HCJ) is an accredited college in the heart of Jerusalem specializing in technical areas and applied arts, for which it has earned a high reputation.

The CY and HCJ are delighted to announce the opening of an accredited semester, Discover Jerusalem, for January – May 2009. We will offer 15 credits (or more), through a combination of text classes at the CY and courses of context at HCJ. The CY classes include Talmud four mornings a week (four levels) and Halakha or Midrash once a week (two levels), with emphasis on the skills of reading text in the original. The HCJ classes will give unique exposure to Jerusalem and the Middle East, historically and today, through the study of water resources, of the history and politics of Jerusalem, and photography of Jerusalem. The language of instruction will be English.

Please share it as soon as possible with those who will be juniors this coming academic year. [Seniors, graduates students and others are of course welcome.] More information can be seen at the website, www.JerusalemSemester.org.

Discover Jerusalem: an Accredited Semester will offer your students the chance to do Jewish text learning in a way not available on many college campuses, as well as the opportunity to experience Israel and the Middle East in ways tourists cannot.

We will be happy to provide you with any information about the program, courses and faculty to enable accreditation for your students. We look forward to working with you to enrich their studies and college experience.

Daniel Goldfarb

Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb, Director
Conservative Yeshiva of the United Synagogue
8 Agron Street, PO Box 7456
Jerusalem 94265, Israel
Fax: 011-972-2-624-6473

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
12:10 pm
Upcoming Community Events

Presenting Rabbi Michael Lerner

_ One of the founders of the Network of Spiritual Progressives

_ The editor of Tikkun magazine

_ The author of the Left Hand of God and ten other books


Speaking on The Global Marshall Plan

August 31, 2008; 7:00—9:00 PM


Shir Tikvah Synagogue

5000 Girard Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55419


Donation $10.00; scholarships available


The Global Marshall plan is a strategy for making the world safe by demonstrating our care for and generosity toward all people. It is based on the premise that our security and well-being depend on the security and wellbeing of everyone on our planet and that this well-being is achieved by replacing a foreign policy of domination by one of generosity. For the past 5000 years great powers have tried to achieve national security

by dominating others. This strategy clearly has not brought permanent safety. We now need a new approach domestically and globally, one that recognizes the value of each human being. Rabbi Lerner will elaborate on the details of this plan and imagine a world in which we work together to alleviate world hunger, poverty, inadequate education and insufficient healthcare.

Michael Lerner was named one of the fifty most influential Rabbis in the United States in 2008. He is the founder and editor of Tikkun Magazine, a bi-monthly critique of American politics and culture. Michael was a leader in the 1960’s Anti-War Movement and continues to influence the political system. He is also founder and Rabbi of

Beyt-Tikkun Synagogue in the San Francisco Bay area. The Network of Spiritual Progressives is an organization whose members work to create the world they believe is possible:— one that demonstrates our nature as loving, kind and caring beings. Through its chapters throughout the U. S., the Network works to spread the message of generosity and create a vision by political advocacy, engaging in local issues, and providing spiritual support groups. Tikkun Magazine provides the intellectual support for these efforts.


Register for this event at: Spiritualprogressives.org

Space is limited; sign up as soon as possible.


The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, is presenting a series of films titled "Cinema of Urgency," highlighting world issues that are of critical importance.
The first film in the series, "The Judge and the General," will be screened on Thursday, July 24, 7:30 pm, at the Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue. The subject is the criminal case against dictator General Augusto Pinochet, who overthrew democratically-elected president Salvador Allende in 1973.  During Pinochet's 17-year dictatorship, thousands of Chileans, including many Jews, were killed, tortured, and went 'missing.'  The film's director and editor will be present for a discussion following the film.
Free tickets are available starting at 6:00 p.m..  The galleries are open and free that evening as well. For information call 612-375-7600 or visit www.walkerart.org

Let's Talk About It: Modern Marvels

a series of discussions on graphic novels by Jewish artists, moderated by Professor Judith Katz
a program of Nextbook and the American Library Association.  

Register by emailing s-gang@umn.edu or call 612 626-2281.  Presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries and Center for Jewish Studies, and The Friends.
All programs take place on Tuesday evenings, 7 p.m.,
at the Highland Park Branch Library, Village View Room, 1974 Ford Parkway

July 22: Ben Katchor's Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories
Steeped in a melancholy, grey-tinted world of elevated trains, luncheonettes, and gently decaying tenements, Katchor's perambulating photographer Julius Knipl documents a rapidly vanishing urban netherworld. Peopled by men who map the migration of hairstyles and those who belong to the Amalgamated Panty-Waist Fitters Union, his cityscape is a familiar one, albeit with the touch of a demented fairy tale.


August 5: Harvey Pekar's The Quitter
Ostensibly covering Pekar's early years, this dark graphic novel tackles everything from his brief stint in the Navy to jazz criticism and mid-century race relations. The gritty and atmospheric artwork by American Splendor collaborator Dean Haspiel perfectly captures Pekar's cantankerous tone. But a surprisingly hopeful message ultimately surfaces. It's possible to find your way in the world, Pekar suggests, even if it takes a lifetime to do it.


August 19: Joann Sfar's The Rabbi's Cat
After eating a parrot, an aged Algerian rabbi's cat develops the ability to speak and quickly declares his desire not only to be Jewish, but to have a bar mitzvah. The rabbi engages his pet in a spiraling debate, touching on topics such as spelling, parental love, and the very nature of Jewish identity.


The Supportive TORAH Class
is pleased to announce
the next Supportive TORAH Class
will have Rabbi Morris Allen
The topic will be ecokosher
This is an excellent opportinity
to learn about this important topic. 
The Supportive TORAH Class

July 23, 2008
Noon - 1:15pm

TORAH Parsha: Mattos

Fishmans Kosher
4100 Minnetonka Blvd
St Louis Park

For more information contact
Jeff Elliot Kaner


Campus Rabbi/ Senior Jewish Educator:  Hillel at the University of MinnesotaHillel at the University of Minnesota seeks a full time Rabbi or Senior Jewish educator to serve as a Jewish educational resource and spiritual guide; to partner with the Executive Director. Board of Directors and other professional staff to further programs, expand our budget, and  advance our mission.

The position is educational, religious and programmatic, with some administrative responsibilities as determined by the Executive Director.  Hillel's mission is to “Enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish People and the World”. This Campus Rabbi/ Senior Jewish Educator will foster a pluralistic Jewish environment, deepening the Jewish lives of both deeply engaged and currently under involved students.

University of Minnesota:

The University of Minnesota is one of the most dynamic public universities in the United States, located in the heart of the Twin Cities.  There is a thriving arts environment, two lively downtowns, internationally acclaimed orchestras and museums, five major league teams, the U of M’s own Golden Gophers, over 950 lakes and the nation's largest shopping center, the Mall of America! 

University of Minnesota Hillel's mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

We are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability and results.


Jewish Religious Observance, Celebrations and Learning; Programming/Administration; Community and Campus Relations; Lay and Resource Development; Other
 as determined with the Executive Director.

Salary and Benefits: 
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.  Benefits are competitive.

This position is available as of August 1, 2008.

NOTE:  Applicants should include a copy of their cover letter in the same document as their resume when applying for this position.

Job Location

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Position Type



Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest to honor Linda Schloff upon her retirement at JHSUM 24th Annual Meeting

The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest will hold its Annual Meeting on August 17, 2pm at Eastcliff, home of the University of Minnesota president. The program will feature remarks from Linda Schloff on remembering our past.

RSVP by August 8 to the JHSUM office at 952-381-3360 or e-mail jtarshish@jhsum.org.
Complimentary transportation from the Sabes JCC is available.

University of Minnesota
176 N. Mississippi River Boulevard, St. Paul
Program is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served.


For those traveling to Israel this summer, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem has an 
exhibit "Orphaned Art:  Looted Art from the Holocaust," through August 23.

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust Film Competition!

The Holocaust was one of the most significant events of the 20th century. The passage of time since the Holocaust leads to new perspectives and deeper understandings of that cataclysmic event.

Our tools for viewing the Holocaust have changed as well. As video - and particularly short video -- becomes the new international language, it is paramount we continue to interpret the Holocaust with the power of the moving image.

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust therefore invites video makers of all ages and experience levels to submit entries in its 1st annual video competition.

This year’s theme:

The Holocaust Through a 21st Century Lens

Entrants should feel liberated to explore any and all aspects of the Holocaust, but should judiciously focus their subject. Video makers can, at their own discretion, make use of recorded survivor testimony through LAMH’s partnership with USC Shoah Foundation for Visual History. Or not.

Understanding the Holocaust is like peeling an onion. There is always another layer. Video can help us understand new aspects in profound and affective ways.

Panel of Judges

Kate Amend, Editor, Oscar® winning Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, Oscar® winning The Long Way Home

Deborah Oppenheimer, Producer, Oscar® winning Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, President, Mohawk Productions at Warner Bros.

Jon Kean, Writer, Producer, Director, Swimming in Auschwitz, Kill the Man

Entry Deadline: September 1, 2008

1st Prize - $2,500

2nd Prize - $1,000

3rd Prize - $750

3 Honorable Mentions - $250 each

Visit www.lamoth.org for an entry form, rules, and more information.

Check out our YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyGdaH_mC48

Visit Los Angeles Museum of The Holocaust Martyr's Memorial website http://www.lamoth.org/

Jewish Studies Courses: Fall 2008

Jassen, Alex
JWST 1034 Introduction to Jewish History and Civilization

12:20-1:10 P.M., M,W,F NichH 35, 3 credits

Levinson, Bernard
JWST 1201 The Bible: Context and Interpretation

11:15 A.M. - 12:30 P.M., Tu,Th NichH 155, 3 credits

Jassen, Alex
JWST 3034 Introduction to Jewish History and Civilization

12:20-01:10 P.M., M, W, F NichH 35, 3 credits

Levinson, Bernard
JWST 3201 The Bible: Context and Interpretation

11:15 A.M.-12:30 P.M.. Tu,Th, NichH 155, 3 credits

Szabo, Vera
JWST 3711 Intermediate Yiddish I
1:00-3:00 M, W 110D Jones, 4 credits

Szabo, Vera
JWST 3721 Advanced Yiddish I
12:00-2:00 Tu,Th, 110D Jones, 4 credits

Edelheit, Joseph
JWST 3900 Topics: Post-Holocaust Jewish and Christian Theology

001 4:40-6:50 P.M., M, NichH 325 3 credits

Reiter, Yitzhak (Schusterman Visiting Scholar from Israel)
JWST 3900 Topics: Middle Eastern Politics: Role of Islam
003 2:30-3:45 Tu, Th, AndH 250, 3 credits

JWST 4000W Final Project, Writing Intensive
 4 credits

JWST 4001W Final Project, Writing Intensive
1 credit

Szabo, Vera
JWST 4711 Intermediate Yiddish I
1:00-3:00 M, W 110D Jones, 4 credits

Szabo, Vera
JWST 4721 Advanced Yiddish I
12:00-2:00 Tu,Th, 110D Jones, 4 credits

Cherlin, Michael
JWST 5900 Kafka, Frued, Schoenberg

001 11:15-12:05 M, 11:15-1:10 W, Room TBA, 3-4 credits

Hebrew Courses: Fall 2008

Schneller, Renana
HEBR 1001 Beginning Hebrew I

11:15 A.M. - 12:05 P.M. , M,Tu,W,Th,F NichH 120, 5 credits

Schneller, Renana
HEBR 3011 Intermediate Hebrew I
10:10 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. , M,Tu,W,Th,F NichH 120, 5 credits

Schneller, Renana
HEBR 3090 Advanced Modern Hebrew
08:40 A.M. - 09:55 A.M., Tu, Th NichH 120, 3 credits

Levinson, Bernard
HEBR 3101 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I
1:25 P.M. - 2:15 P.M. , M,Tu,W,Th FolH 312, 4 credits

HEBR 3951W Major Project
4 credits

HEBR 3980 Directed Instruction
1-4 credits

HEBR 3993 Directed Studies
1-4 credits

Schneller, Renana
HEBR 4001 Beginning Hebrew I

11:15 A.M. - 12:05 P.M. , M,Tu,W,Th,F NichH 120, 3 credits

Schneller, Renana
HEBR 4011 Intermediate Hebrew I

10:10 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. , M,Tu,W,Th,F NichH 120, 3 credits

Levinson, Bernard
HEBR 4106 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I

1:25 P.M. - 2:15 P.M. , M,Tu,W,Th FolH 312, 3 credits

Schneller, Renana
HEBR 5090 Advanced Modern Hebrew

8:40 A.M. - 09:55 A.M., Tu, Th NichH 120, 3 credits

Jassen, Alex
HEBR 5200 Advanced Classical Hebrew
12:45-2:00 Tu, Th, NichH 315, 3 credits

HEBR 5992 Directed Readings
1-4 credits

Community Member who wants to take a class? You'll need to register through the University as a non-degree seeking student. Visit http://onestop.umn.edu/onestop/Registration/nondegree.html, call 612-624-1111 or email: helpingu@umn.edu

Friday, October 19th, 2007
11:23 am
Friday, March 23rd, 2007
10:14 am
I find this interesting
From Wikipedia on Kitniyot:

While this practice is considered binding for Ashkenazim in Orthodox Judaism, these items are not chometz and therefore are not subject to the same prohibitions and stringencies as chometz. For example while there is a prohibition against owning chametz on Passover, no such prohibition applies to kitniyot. Similarly, while someone would not be permitted to eat chametz on Passover unless his life were in danger, the prohibition of kitniyot is not so strict. People who might be permitted to eat kitniyot include infirm people and pregnant vegetarians. Such dispensations are far more common in Israel where there is a large Sephardi population.

Now, I don't really care because I'm neither Ashkenazi or vegetarian and full intend to eat rice and beans and meat during the week, but I have been wondering what to pregnant women do during Passover if they keep all the Ashkenazi traditions, and I didn't even think about pregant vegetarian ashkenazi.
Thursday, November 16th, 2006
5:33 pm
University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies Upcoming Events!
Come to one, Come to all

The Spiritual Transformation of American Society": A Lecture by Rabbi Michael Lerner

Thursday, November 16, 2006
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Free and open to the public
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 4th Street S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor and co-founder of TIKKUN magazine, a leading liberal Jewish magazine. He is the author of ten books, including "The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right" and "Healing Israel/Palestine: A Path to Peace and Reconciliation," and the co-author, with Cornel West, of "Blacks and Jews: A Dialogue on Race, Religion and Culture in America." Cosponsored by Macalester College.

A Changing Judaism for a Changing World - A conversation with Rabbi Michael Lerner

Friday, November 17, 2006
10-11 a.m.
125 Nolte Center
315 Pillsbury Dr
Mpls, MN 55455
Faculty and students are invited to join Rabbi Michael Lerner in an open conversation
Moderator: Leslie Morris, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies
Cosponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study


Free and Open to the Public
Friday November 17, 7:00pm
Coffman Memorial Union
Campus Club West
300 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

English Now presents a HOWL celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Allen Ginsberg's poem. The night's scheduled festivities include David Bernstein of the Theater department conducting a mass reading; three minute voluntary testimonies to the influence of "Howl"; and line translations in (at least) Farsi, Haitian Patwa, Arabic, Albanian, Russian, Romanian, and German. Archival materials about Ginsberg and his connections to queer communities in the Fifties will be on display. There will also be live music by well-known local jazz musicians. Come join the howl!

Contact Terri Sutton at 612-626-1528 or sutt0063@umn.edu for more information

Welcome Aboard The Shanghai Express: From the Rivers of Babylon to the Whangpoo: Lecture by Maisie Meyer

Nov. 28, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Ave.
St. Paul


Nov. 29, 2006
7:30 p.m.
Sabes JCC
4300 S Cedar Lake Road

A few adventurous Baghdadi Jewish merchants began settling in Shanghai (by way of Bombay) in the mid-1800s, organizing a small but vibrant community that maintained itself with distinction for a century. This community had great commercial and cultural impact in Shanghai while safeguarding its Judaic heritage. Besides mounting heroic efforts to bring back to Judaism what was left of the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng in east-central China, the Baghdadi Jews accommodated some 20,000 victims of Nazi persecution. Maisie Meyer's journey to this faraway outpost of the Jewish diaspora also will briefly visit the Japanese occupation of Shanghai and the city's incorporation into the People's Republic of China. This "journey" is in two parts. Each is a complete entity; "passengers" will enjoy either or both lectures.
Maisie Meyer, the author of From the Rivers of Babylon to the Whangpoo: A Century of Sephardi Jewish Life in Shanghai, has lectured and published widely on the Baghdadi Jewish community of Shangahi. She is now editing An Illustrated Saga of the Baghdadi Jews of Shanghai, researching a project on Baghdadi Jews in other parts of southeast Asia, and working on a biography of Sir Victor Sassoon.

This Event is Free and Open to the Public
Lecture Series made possible by ROBERT AND JANET SABES, SABES
This Event is Co-Sponsored by the Sabes Jewish Community Center and the department of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Minnesota

"The Lion and the Lamb, or the Facts and the Truth": a lecture by Fenton Johnson

Tuesday November 28, 2006, 7:30pm
Free and Open to the Public

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Worldwide we are witnessing violence with its roots in the tension between reason and faith, science and religion, history and memory, the law and the heart, the facts and the truth. Are these forces inevitably mutually destructive, or can the magicians of the earth--its artists and scientists and writers--propose and negotiate peace? In a world in which fact is so malleable, what is truth, and how may we know and preserve it? Memoirist, novelist, and essayist Fenton Johnson discusses how a frank embrace of memory--including its fallibility--may be our best means for historically hostile disciplines to make constructive peace, in which the scientist will lie down with the priest, the historian with the fictionist, the lion with the lamb. Kickoff event for a yearlong series. Major funding from: the University's McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the College of Liberal Arts Scholarly Events Fund. Additional co-sponsors include: the Loft Literary Center, and the Minnesota Historical Society.
Friday, October 13th, 2006
1:49 pm

At the height of ancient Persia, lovely Hadassah grows up in Susa, capitol of the empire, sheltered under the watchful eye of her Uncle Mordecai, a scribe in the royal palace. Orphaned by the murder of her parents at a young age, she spends her days reading to the local children and dreaming of returning to Israel, the homeland of her people.


Unbeknownst to Hadassah and Mordecai, Haman the Agagite, descendant of the Jews mortal enemy and the man responsible for the slaughter of her parents, capitalizes on a palace culture beset by treachery and intrigue, setting in motion a series of events that will bring about a centuries old blood quest to destroy the Jews. Using the ruthless plotting of the princes to his advantage, Haman baits them into trapping King Xerxes into banishing the Queen for her stance against a looming war with Greece.


With the King left alone and desperate to live up to and avenge the battles of his father, the princes press upon Xerxes that a king soon to depart for war must leave behind a queen to keep the people unified. Thus word is sent out and every young maiden through out the empire, including Hadassah, is rounded up and taken into the palace for a season of preparation before being presented before the King.


Warned by Mordecai to keep her Jewish identity a secret, Hadassah changes her name to Esther and adapts quickly to life as a Queen¢s candidate. Her innocence makes an immediate impression on Hegai, the King¢s royal eunuch assigned to oversee the candidates¢ preparations. While the rest of the harem plot and scheme over the potential riches that lay before them, Esther wins favor by seeking not what she can gain, but what stirs the passions of the King himself.


Monday, October 9th, 2006
1:11 pm
Lecture on october 24th

3rd Annual Community Lecture Series of the University of Minnesota Center for Jewish






American Judaism’s contemporary scorecard

Jeffrey Gurock

Oct. 24 , 2006  7:30 p.m.

Temple Israel

2324 Emerson Avenue S.,

Minneapolis, MN


Through the metaphor of Judaism’s encounter with American sports, Jeffrey Gurock will explore the dynamics of 20th-century immigrant adjustment to the United States and assess the contemporary state of Jewish life in this country.

Jeffrey S. Gurock is Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University. His works include A Modern Heretic and A Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy and American Judaism, the latter of which was awarded the biannual Saul Viener Prize from the American Jewish Historical Society in 1998.  He served from 1982 to 2002 as associate editor of American Jewish History, the leading academic journal in the field. He is also a former chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society. His most recent book is Judaism's Encounter with American Sports.

This Event is Free and Open to the Public

Lecture Series made possible by ROBERT AND JANET SABES, SABES


This Event is Co-Sponsored by Darchai Noam Congregation

Thursday, September 21st, 2006
1:29 pm
Anybody ever heard of this place before? http://www.oremet.org/pages/home.htm
Tuesday, September 5th, 2006
2:16 pm
Talk on What Future for French Jewry?

Who: French intellectual Shmuel Trigano

What: Talk on What Future for French Jewry?

When: Tuesday, September 12, 3:00 p.m.

Where: University of Minnesota Coffman Memorial Union, Presidents Room,
300 Washington Ave SE, east bank campus

How: Free and open to the general public

FFI (public): www.frit.umn.edu, 612-624-4308

U of MN Speaker to Address Future of Being Jewish in France

Noted French intellectual Shmuel Trigano will present his most recent
work, What Future for French Jewry?, at the University of Minnesota on
September 12, 2006 during a public lecture at Coffman Memorial Union.
What Future for French Jewry? is concerned with the future of French Jews
in a context of increasing competition of victims, violent anti-Semitic
attacks since September 11 and the second intifada, and allegedly biased
reporting on the Middle East conflict in the French media. In a culture
where French citizenship takes priority over personal religious
expression, how Jewish can France’s Jews remain?

According to Professor Trigano, the emancipation of the Jews and the
birth of French republican universalism have enacted the
de-nationalization of the Jewish people. How can the Jews remain a people
if Judaism is reduced to a private faith, like Christianity? ?Deprived of
their identity as a people during the two centuries of the French modern
nation state, the collapse of the nation state in the New Europe since
the 1990s ironically enough redefines French Jews as the last seed of
resistance against the dissolution of national identity. The current
crisis in the Middle East and the French attempt at negotiating with
Iranian officials, are likely to impact the French Jewish community
perhaps even more dramatically than France’s pro-Arab policy in the
aftermath of the Six Day War.

About Shmuel Trigano

Shmuel Trigano teaches sociology of religion and of politics at the
Universit? de Paris X-Nanterre. He is the director of the College of
Jewish Studies of the Alliance Isra?lite Universelle, the editor of the
renowned journal of Jewish Studies Pard?s, and the President of the
Observatoire du monde juif, an institute that monitors and analyzes the
conditions of Jewish communities in France and in the world. An
outstanding scholar in Jewish studies and anthropology of religions,
Professor Trigano is the author of over fifteen books. More recently, he
has founded Controverses, a new journal of intellectual and political
debates published in Paris (Ed. L'Eclat).

Professor Trigano's intellectual concern since the late 1970s has been to
explore both the need for and the risks of Jewish emancipation—be
it self-emancipation (political Zionism), or the emancipation that occurs
with the emergence of the modern nation-state in the wake of the
Enlightenment (especially the French Republic.) Has the modern
nation-state "racialized" the Jewish people and condemned the Jews to
define themselves solely in terms of ethnicity, a move that will lead to
racist anti-Semitism? Now that the Jews have a "normal" State, how can
they remain a people of witnesses and priests if this State draws its
inspiration from the model of European secularism and Enlightenment?

Besides exploring the difficulties faced by Judaism in modern and
postmodern social, moral and political conditions, Shmuel Trigano has
also written extensively on the vexed relations between Christianity and
Judaism, as well as on Judaism, Islam and the French Republic. More
recently, he has launched a compelling critique of French guilt expressed
in the official politics of memorializing the Holocaust. He argues that
such a politics, since the 1980s, has had perverse repercussions on
French Jewry, the largest Jewish community in Europe.

2:15 pm
Richard Hovannisian to speak Thursday September 21, 7:30 PM
Richard Hovannisian to speak Thursday September 21, 7:30 PM
Nolte Library, Nolte Hall
Sponsored with Institute for Advanced Studies

Professor of History Richard Hovannisian, UCLA, will speak on the subject:

"Erasing the Armenian Past: Reflections on the Destruction of the
Turkish-Armenian Landscape in Turkey Today."

Free and open to the public.
2:15 pm
Fritz Hirschberger: The Sur-Rational Paintings
Fritz Hirschberger: The Sur-Rational Paintings
August 29-October 5, 2006

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is pleased to present the SUR-RATIONAL
PAINTINGS by Fritz Hirschberger in an exhibition which opens August 29 and
runs through October 5, 2006. The exhibition is from the collection of the
Regis Foundation in conjunction with the University's Center for Holocaust
and Genocide Studies.
A public opening reception
at the gallery is scheduled for Friday, September 8, from 6-8:30 p.m.
All events at the Nash are free and open to the general public.

Gallery hours:
Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.;
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is located on the first floor of the Regis
Center for Art at the heart of the West Bank Arts Quarter, 21st Avenue
south and Fourth Street on the University of Minnesota's west bank campus.

Fritz Hirschberger was originally from Dresden.
 His life was altered in 1938 by his expulsion, along with his family, to
Poland. A member of the Polish army, he fled to the USSR after the defeat
and occupation of Poland, and eventually served in the Polish Anders Army
in North Africa and Italy. While not a survivor of the concentration
camps, his family died in them.

Hirschberger, who died in 2004 at age 93, was always haunted by the
question of how to represent to Holocaust and other atrocities of the 20th
century through art. One result is the SURRATIONAL PAINTINGS.

These paintings tell stories. The artist has explained that the idea of
combining painting with text "is based on the medieval German MORITAT
(song) meaning a "song of Mori=deadly+Tat=deed. The lyrics of the Mortitat
were usually based on a heinous crime and performed by strolling minstrels
in combination with illustrations painted on a banner, like comic strips
of our era." Brecht used this technique in his Three Penny Opera. Another
comparison might be folk songs in many languages that extol events
involving victims and perpetrators, crimes of passion, and especially
"Robin Hood" type of social bandits who often stole from the rich to give
to the poor. However, the level of the crime of the Holocaust is beyond
such comparisons.

Thus Hirschberger's works, which have wide interpretations, brings the
viewer back to a confrontation with a narrative and suggests a problem to
ponder: how to represent the Holocaust in the visual arts.

Catalogue available for sale.

School groups are welcome at the Nash and docents can be arranged by
contacting Dr. Stephen Feinstein, at 612-626-2235 at least a week in
2:13 pm
It's not specifically jewish, but might be interesting
Radical Islam, Uncensored
Minnesota-Based Group Helps Produce Chilling International Documentary to
Screen Prior to 9/11 Anniversary
砄bsession: Radical Islam箂 War Against the West?/div>
Opens Fri., Sept. 8 at the Oak Street Cinema
Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 29, 2006:  Obsession: Radical Islam箂 War Against
the West, an international documentary film made with the help of a
Minnesota-based organization, Minnesotans Against Terrorism (MAT), will open
for a special one week, Minnesota-only preview screening at the Oak Street
Cinema Sept. 8 through Thurs., Sept. 14. There will be two shows nightly, at
7:15 and 9:30 p.m. A Saturday and Sunday matinee will screen at 5:15 p.m.
Obsession outlines the threat of Radical Islam to western civilization by
using footage from Arab TV, video rarely seen on network newscasts in this
country. The documentary gives an insider箂 view of Islamic terrorism from
the Middle East and draws historical parallels between militant Islam and
the Nazi movement that inspired World War II.  For example, one alliance
from history detailed in the film ?one few people know about ?is the
alliance between the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el-Husseini, and
Adolf Hitler.
Obsession features interviews with Alan Dershowitz, Sir Martin Gilbert,
Winston Churchill's official biographer and a leading modern historian;
Walid Shoebat, former Palestinian terrorist; Steve Emerson, terrorism
expert; Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum; Nonie Darwish,
daughter of a Muslim martyr, and many others.
With the help of Minnesotans Against Terrorism, part of the film was shot in
Minnesota. MAT promotes fair, accurate media coverage of terrorism against
innocent civilians around the world.
Obsession was awarded Best Feature Film at the Liberty Film Festival and
also received the Special Jury Award in the Houston Worldfest International
Festival. It is also an official selection in the Newport Beach Film
Festival. This fall it will be shown in the Great Lakes Film Festival and
the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival as well.
The Minnesota Film Arts?Oak Street Cinema venue is located on the east bank
of the University of Minnesota campus. Admission is $8 general, $6.00
seniors/students, and $5 members of Minnesota Film Arts. For more
information on the film visit MAT箂 website: www.matmn.org.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006
12:51 pm

The Bernard and Fern Badzin Lecture Series

“Hidden Children during the Holocaust”

By Deborah Dwork

September 13, 2006


Beth El Synagogue

5224 W 26th St,

St. Louis Park 55416

Free and Open to

the Public

Deborah Dwork is the Rose Professor of Holocaust History and the Director

of the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark

University. Her now classic “Children with a Star” gave voice to the

silenced children of the Holocaust; it was the first history of the daily

lives of those young people caught in the net of Nazism. “Children with a

Star” has received international critical acclaim.

Sponsored by U of M Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Beth El Synagogue, U of M

Center for Jewish Studies; and in conjunction with the Minnesota History Center's Installation of

"Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust," at Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

MN(Opening: July 20, 2006/Closing: October 15, 2006)

Friday, May 5th, 2006
8:31 am
Since wub said it's ok to post stuff like this
Other Jewish themed theatre: Skewed Vision theatre is doing a piece called 'The Hidden Room' based on writings of Holocaust survivor Bruno Schulz. http://www.skewedvisions.org/ I read some of Schulz's stuff in my 'Jewish writers as rebels' class in college and loved his work. I actually had the opportunity to work on this show, but I was already committed to MJTC.

In other future news- Park Square Theatre is going to be doing 'The Chosen' by Chaim Potok March 2007. The stage version was written by Chaim Potok and Aaron Posner. Posner is the artistic director of the Aden Theatre in Philadephia (the Guthrie of Philly) and when I was in Philly I got to see a dress rehearsal of R&G are dead and Aaron Posner was sitting right behind me- it was so exciting. Anyway 'The Chosen' is a great book and the stage adaptation is also great- I got to work on with MJTC back in 1999
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
8:57 pm
West Side Hebrew Cemetary
Okay, I know this is a bit odd to ask, but.

Does anyone know anything about the West Side Hebrew Cemetary? It's at the corner of Maryland and Barclay in St. Paul, which is, to the best of my sign-reading ability, the "Hazel Park" neighborhood. Is this one of those highly-concentrated Jewish areas and I just didn't know it?

I did a google search, which told me that it is actually three cemetaries in one, belonging to the Russian Brotherhood, Adath Yeshurum, Sons of Abraham, and four congregations which merged in 1963 as Adas Israel Synagogue. The congregations were the Highland Park minyan, Agudas Achim, Chevra Michnal Ashkinaz, and Sons of Israel. I've never heard of any of these congregations/shuls- have you?
Thursday, January 26th, 2006
8:45 pm
The Twin Cities International Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration
The Twin Cities International Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration

Friday, January 27, 2006
11:00 a.m.
Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda

This solemn event features remarks from local Holocaust survivors, children of survivors, and community leaders, including Michael Tabman, Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis FBI office.

The International Holocaust Memorial Commemoration coincides with the Twin Cities Holocaust Exhibit. The exhibit is an historical and moving photo display at the Minnesota State Capitol from January 26 - February 9, 2006.

The commemoration and the exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Jodi Elowitz, JCRC director of Holocaust Education, at 612-338-7816 or via email at Jodi@MinnDakJCRC.org.
Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
1:44 am
Welcome :)
I've invited several people that I know to be Minnesotan Jews (or JTBs, or otherwise associated with the MN Jewish community) to this community! If you received an invite and are not interested, please simply disregard it.

My hope is that this community can be a little LJ community for those of us from Minnesota. I'd like to be able to have discussion on topics/happenings impacting our community, publicize Jewish-related events and perhaps most ambitiously, connect people in our community. I know I've had the opportunity to get to know some great MN people here on LJ and I hope to meet many more! :)

I'll work on some more detailed user information and customizations. Any input is more than welcome! I'd like to compile a list of links to local Jewish community resources without duplicating (too much) what http://www.jewishminnesota.org/ has done.
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