The Relevance of Celebrating Tu B’Shevat

Many of us dismiss Tu B’Shevat as a tree-planting holiday for children. And for those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, the holiday often falls during the depths of winter, making the “New Year of the Trees” seem misplaced. But Jewish learning and our natural environment require that we reclaim Tu B’Shevat — […]

Who The Folk?! Micaela Yarosh

The nation’s fastest growing Jewish sorority just joined the University of Minnesota campus, and is hoping to create a community of equality and inclusivity as it grows its membership in coming years. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi’s president, Micaela Yarosh, talks about her experience as a Founding Mother in this week’s Who The Folk?! Can you […]

Hot & Hearty Soups for Cold Minnesota Nights

As the temperatures plummet and the snow crunches beneath my feet when I retrieve the mail, my cravings veer towards soups. Hearty and filling, or light and fragrant, peasant fare or sophisticated, as long as they are hot and flavorful, soups are liable to make an appearance at my home and at yours, right? Taking […]

Who The Folk?! Sara Freeman

Running for office for the first time is a big step for anyone. For Sara Freeman, she’s taking this on while battling post-traumatic stress after having survived rape and gun violence that would keep others from making themselves vulnerable. Freeman opens up about her reasons for running for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District […]

‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ Coming To The Sabes JCC Next Month

Peter Moore hasn’t read the book Tuesdays With Morrie, and given that more than 14 million copies have been sold, that may seem a hard feat to pull off. But Moore avoiding the 20-year-old memoir has been by design. Moore, an Ivey Award-winning theater director, will be directing the stage adaptation of Mitch Albom’s best-selling book […]

Letter To The Editor: JCRC Responds To DACA Article

Dear Editor, On behalf of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota (JCRC), I write in response to yesterday’s op-ed, “Why DACA Is a Jewish Issue,” which takes our organization to task for not responding earlier to President Donald Trump’s decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, revoking protections for nearly […]

How Being Critiqued Changed My Life

The first time I attended a writer’s critique meeting I didn’t know what to expect, although visions of Great Gatsby soirees came to mind. I imagined intelligent conversations intermingled with witticisms, sartorial elegance, and as a nod to Hemingway and Poe, passing around glasses of wine and whiskey. The insightfulness of our remarks would be […]

Rabbis Lend Talents For Viral Interfaith Video

Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman may be known for many things: Her long tenure at Temple Israel and her trademark high heels being but two of them. But a world-class throwing arm? “Can you believe it?” Zimmerman said with a laugh. “The NFL did try and recruit me but I decided on rabbinic school instead.” Zimmerman enjoyed […]