Sunday, January 28, 2007

Dylan: Still one of us?

Despite the scholarship applied to Dylan's career, his Minnesota roots have gone largely unexplored, including his time at what biographer Robert Shelton calls the "university of Dinkytown."
From February 3 through April 29, the Weisman Art Museum on the Twin Cities campus will explore that sound as well as Dylan's contribution to American music and art with Bob Dylan's American Journey, 1956-1966. The exhibit comes from Seattle's Experience Music Project, but is augmented to reflect Dylan's Minnesota roots. Lectures, workshops, and a three-day symposium will add richness and depth to the exhibit.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Mazal Tov!

Shoah survivor celebrates belated Bar-Mitzvah.
By Neta Sela
The Jewish community in Rome celebrated on Monday with 77-year-old Samuel Modiano on the occasion of his Bar-Mitzvah.
Modiano, a member of the community, was born in Rhodes. Sixty-four years ago, at the age of 13, he was a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp and was unable to celebrate his Bar-Mitzvah.
Modiano lost 60 family members in the Holocaust.
On Monday, in the Great Synagogue of Rome and in the presence of hundreds of community members, he completed what he had missed as a result of the terrible events that he endured in his youth.

Most Jews ever set to enter Congress

3 minyanim in the House + 1 minyan in the Senate

A record number of Jewish members will enter Congress Thursday, but more remarkable are the unparalleled positions of power they will hold on committees related to Israel, many local Jewish activists say.
Six new Jewish legislators will be joining 37 familiar faces as the 110th Congress convenes, making the total the highest-ever, according to Doug Bloomfield, a former legislative director for AIPAC.
"It's unprecedented that there have been so many [Jews] in so many positions of leadership in both houses," Bloomfield said, using a Jewish simile for how that fact will affect support for Israel: Like chicken soup, it won't hurt.