Alef List: Sept 21 – Oct 4

I just about died of laughter when I saw the first line of yesterday’s Jewish Treat from the NJOP: Now that the Jewish people have repented on Yom Kippur and, hopefully, received Divine forgiveness, it is time to sit back and relax…
Of course they were only kidding – it was a friendly reminder that Sukkot is on its way. But there’s a part of me that still feels like I need to catch up on sleep (and maybe some extra calories!) after the BIG holidays. Alas, there’s no rest for the weary. The calendar is jam-packed and will probably continue to be until at least the end of December. So set your DVR (you wouldn’t want to miss out on any new episodes) and get out there!
You can check out the calendar for the full listing of all the great happenings around town or just trust me that the Alef List below has the best Jew to-do’s for the next two weeks.
Now – Oct 3rd:
The Last Seder is showing at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul. Tickets start at $15 (if you’re under 30 and still get carded when you pick up a six pack). It runs through Oct. 3rd. Check out my review of the show and enter here (before Wed 9/22) for your chance to win 2 tickets to the Sat. 9/25 show.
Thursday, 9/23:
Sway Machinery with Khaira Arby Band at The Cedar. They’re a New York quintet formed in 2008 by prominent underground musicians from Balkan Beat Box, Arcade Fire, Antibalas and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The source of their inspiration is Jewish liturgical music, which they fuse with blues, rock and West African grooves. Doors open at 7:00 pm and tickets are $20. Very, very cool.
Friday, 9/24 – Sunday, 9/26:
Find a fun way to celebrate Sukkot. From shabbat dinner in the sukkah with the Indie Jews to a Sukkah Square Dance at Beth El to the Benny Friedman concert in Fishman’s parking lot, there’s plenty of good times to go around. And don’t forget to check out the September page for even more great happenings.
Sunday, 10/3:
Everybody loves a good argu…errr…debate. Watch MN’s gubernatorial candidates duke it out discuss the issues at the Jewish Community-Sponsored Gubernatorial Debate moderated by Professor Larry Jacobs, Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute. 4:30-6pm at Mt. Zion Temple (Summit Ave, St. Paul). Sponsored by Jewish Community Action, Mount Zion Temple, Jewish Community Relations Council, and approximately 20 other community partners.
Hosting an upcoming event that you think should make the Alef List? Email me ([email protected]) with “Alef List” in the subject line and let me know!
(Photo: John Loo)