Jew Review: ‘A Pickle’

If you want to relish a show with well fermented jokes like this one, you can see Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s A Pickle written by Deborah Yarchun and directed by Craig Johnson. The one-person, one-hour show centered on Twin Cities local Doris Rubenstein — and her pickles — seems to be more a descriptive telling […]

Jew Review: ‘The Jewish Enquirer’

I was looking for something to watch on Amazon Prime, and the word Jewish caught my eye. The show’s title is The Jewish Enquirer, which is also the name of the news site the main character, Paul (Tim Downie), works for. As a Jewish journalist with experience at a Jewish publication, I was compelled to […]

Jew Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’

*Contains spoilers for The Band’s Visit. Once, not long ago, a group of musicians came to Israel from Egypt. You probably didn’t hear about it. It wasn’t very important.” But it did show human connection between strangers. The Band’s Visit centers around an Egyptian Police Band winding up in the small, fictional Negev city of […]

5 Senses of Judaism’s Success Spreads to the Coast

A year-and-a-half ago, Jorie Bernhardt was challenged to create an innovative program for families with young children at Temple of Aaron. Fortunately for her, working at the Hands-On Museum in Ann Arbor, Mich., gave her insight into just what type of program to create. Now her 5 Senses of Judaism program is going nationwide. Bernhardt, […]

Four Takeaways from NPR’s Ari Shapiro at JHSUM’s 35th

As a journalist, a Jew, and a person living in 21st century America, I was able to learn from NPR’s All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro. Last week, Shapiro spoke on “Immigrants: Making a Difference” for the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest’s 35th anniversary. He shared many takeaways from his experience reporting with […]

Green Jewish Burial Now Available

Adath Jeshurun is joining in the green movement with the first green Jewish cemetery in the Twin Cities. A green burial section is now available at the Adath Chesed Shel Emes Cemetery. The cemetery also has the Workmen’s Circle section so anyone, no matter their means, can be buried as well as sections for infants […]

Cecil’s Deli Featured on the Food Network

Cecil’s Deli began its 70th year with a bang. Following celebrations in July for its 70th anniversary, Cecil’s Deli was featured in the first episode of Family Restaurant Rivals yesterday. The show premiered on the Food Network. Family Restaurant Rivals is exactly what it sounds like: families are pitted against each other and the clock […]

Jews Say “Close the Camps” on Tisha B’av

Fifty Jewish groups across the United States assembled in protest of ICE on a day of mourning, Tisha B’av. United We Dream, an immigrant-led organization, asked allies to hold vigils and protests outside of ICE offices, so Jewish organizations came together to host Tisha B’Av Action: Jews Say #CloseTheCamps. One of these assemblies took place […]