Muslims and Jews in America: Friends or Foes? April 28, 2011

Jews and Muslims make up less than 3% of the U.S. population, yet, despite their small numbers, often are the focus of the news. Join Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, filmmaker Udi Aloni, Daisy Khan, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, and Dr. Aaron Hahn Tapper for a dialogue on contemporary Jewish Muslim relations.

This event marks the publication of a book edited by Dr. Tapper and Reza Aslan, Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions and Complexities, featuring a chapter by Rabbi Hirschfield.

The Gospel According to Jerry premieres April 27, 2011

‘The Gospel According to Jerry,’ opened at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company and runs through May 8th, 2011. Rabbi Kula will be holding a pre-show conversation on Black-Jewish relations with Urban League members on May 4, 2011 and a conversation following the 7:30PM performance on May 4th entitled ‘What is Spirituality?’

Denver’s Debra Tuchman is national chair of CLAL April 27, 2011

Debra Tuchman of Denver is the new board chair of Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. She succeeds Larry Gellman.

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From Intermountain Jewish News, 4/22/11

The Passover and Easter Holidays: Why do they speak to so many? April 27, 2011

Rabbi Irwin Kula discusses Passover/Easter holidays and why they speak to so many people, with Rev. Welton Gaddy.

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With Rev. Welton Gaddy from State of Belief, Air America,
4/23/11

How I Knew and When April 27, 2011

"Age 8 — My father hangs upside down on a pipe that was part of a fence/ that separated our street from the next. All of his change/ falls from his pockets. He looks so young...."

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By Janet R. Kirchheimer from The Jewish Writing Project

Making memories vivid April 22, 2011

A child of survivors, Janet R. Kirchheimer shares memories made vivid through her parents’ reminiscences that will remain in her home – "the voices still / there rising over the hiss of steam heat" even when her parents are no longer there.
Read Ms. Kirchheimer’s poems...1, 2.

From "Prism," Spring 2011

German Jews in NYC: Their Immigration and Lasting Presence April 21, 2011

On May 5, poet and Clal Teaching Fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer will speak on a panel about the German Jewish presence in New York City at the Leo Baeck Institute (15 West 16th Street). The program is a joint effort between the Institute and the Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College/CUNY.

The Gospel According to Jerry - reviewed April 21, 2011

"A divorced rabbi and an overweight black woman walk into a support group. Badum ching! Sounds like a joke, right? It&rsquop;s actually the premise for ‘The Gospel According to Jerry,’ a heart-warming world premiere play at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company that opened this weekend, and runs through May 8th." More...

By Leora Maccabee from TC Jewfolk.com, Minneapolis St. Paul,
4/19/11

Passover, Easter and the Sacredness of Freedom April 21, 2011

"Freedom is probably the thing which most of us hold sacred as the most American of values. Our founding stories are freedom stories and our greatest moments as a nation are moments of securing greater freedom for ourselves and for the world. Perhaps that is why Passover is the most celebrated holiday among American Jews, and one which is increasingly interesting to others as well...."

Playing with ideas on religion April 21, 2011

"This is a script full of ideas and leavened by a message that favors love and kindness. It is brisk, unsentimental and honest….This truly feels like a play that needs to be seen for what it has to say...." More...

By Graydon Royce from Star Tribune, Minneapolis St. Paul,
4/19/11

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