Israeli Military Grants Equal Rights for Same-Sex Couples

We’re just a few days away from the Twin Cities Pride festival and parade, so it seems fitting the local Jewish community will be celebrating new LGBTQ freedoms from across the ocean. The Israeli military announced late last week its decision to allow same-sex couples to report for reserve duty separately in order to keep parents […]

Hey Jews: Be Louder, Be Prouder

Pride is this weekend, people! Being personally invested in both our Jewish and our queer communities in the Twin Cities, I searched for events happening in the Jewish community to celebrate Pride. What I found was that 23 Twin Cities Jewish organizations are participating in the parade and supporting the J-Pride booth. However, outside of the parade, within […]

Jew Wanna Go? | June 24 – June 30, 2015

There’s something for everyone this week: family concerts, young professional networking and PRIDE FESTIVAL. Whoot! Plus, many more events on the calendar. Get off your tuchus and schmooze! Woodstock ’15 (Part 1) Family Summer Concert Series Wed., June 24; 5:30; Blackhawk Pavilion; 1629 Murphy Pkwy, Eagan, MN This summer, come join Temple of Aaron as […]

Schmooze: J-Pride Gears Up For Pride Fest

With a new Director at its helm, J-Pride is ready to party big-time at this year’s pride parade taking place in downtown Minneapolis on June 28. The parade starts at 3rd and Hennepin at 11:00 a.m. “We’ll be there, cheering people on and answering questions,” says the new J-Pride Director, Mindy Teele. “In our booth, we will have […]

Who the Folk?! | David Rhein

David Rhein tells us about his experience in the Nepali earthquakes and how his path to become a yogi and healer is leading him to an unexpected destination: UCLA Business School. We’re so relieved that you made it back from the earthquakes in Nepal unscathed. Tell us why you were in the Himalayas and what happened! I was […]

Five Important Life Lessons I Learned from My Jewish Father

My father, Lenny Leibowitz, passed away in October 2011. He passed peacefully in the way of many good Jewish fathers, as a semi-retired lawyer in the Florida night. It was very sad to lose my father early in life but with time, grief has turned into celebration. Lenny grew up in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn in the 1950’s. He […]

Bubbe’s is Best: Maurine’s Rugelach

Everybody has that one dish that they say their “Bubbe’s (or Zayde’s) is best.” As part of an ongoing series, we’ll be interviewing Sholom residents and families to discover their Bubbe’s secret recipes. This month’s featured bubbe is Maurine Ziv, or “bonna” to her six grandkids. She was born in Chicago to a pharmaceutical salesman father […]

What Dads Really Want on Father’s Day

 Us dads are always hard to buy for. We’ve gotten more ties, socks, wallets and other “manly” gifts than we can shake a stick at. But, what we really want is something altogether different. So, here are my top tips on how to create the perfect day for the perfect dad. Spoiler: It doesn’t involve socks or […]