August Get the Folk Out

There’s still plenty of time to celebrate and enjoy summer, but Autumn in lurking in the shadows. Be sure to take full advantage of the great weather and super activities/events happening all around the Twin Cities this month.

The Dog Days of August


August 3 @ 8:30 p.m.

Check out the Mixed Blood Theater’s presentation of REVOLT OF THE BEAVERS. The show runs through August 11, but August 3 is the first performance. This show looks pretty wild, especially since it was originally envisioned as a children’s play, but was promptly flagged as communist propaganda when it first came out. As with a lot of art, the themes explored in the play are just as relevant today as they were over 80 years ago when the play was released. Also, hear from star Meri Gordon in the July 30 edition of the Who The Folk?! Podcast.

Moishe House New Resident Ice Cream Social (Free)

August 5 @ 2-4 p.m.

Come to meet the new residents (Allie and Neil) and beat the heat with some ice cream and all the Moishe House regulars. The event will be held at the Moishe House, so reach out to them directly with any questions.

CD5 DFL Primary Candidate Forum (Free)

August 6 @ 7-8:30 p.m.

Meet the folks who are seeking to represent YOU (assuming you live in the 5th Congressional District of Minnesota). Jewish Community Action, Jewish Community Relations Council, NCJW Minnesota, and TC Jewfolk have teamed up to provide a forum to have the questions of the Jewish communities, and all of their varied opinions, answered by the DFL Primary Candidates. Be sure to exercise YOUR civic duty by showing up and making your voice heard (and don’t forget to register to vote!).

Shabbat @ Moishe House (Free)

August 10 @ 7 p.m.

Moishe House is back with its monthly Shabbat Dinner. Come meet the new residents (Allie and Neil) and kick off the upcoming year right – with your favorite Moishe House pals. These dinners are always a blast, with good food, good booze, and good Jews (and their friends). Be sure to bring a beverage to share!

Yoga by the Lake w/Moishe House (Free)

August 12 @ 10 a.m.

This one is a little early for me, but if Yoga is your jam, then this is the event for you. This event is BYOM (Bring your own mat) and will be led by Melissa, a Moishe House Regular.

St. Paul Mitzvah Crawl with Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (Free)

August 15 @ 5:30 p.m.

St. Paul has made good on the community’s priorities and is working on sharing all of the great work being done by our various community organizations. This month’s Mitzvah Crawl is with the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (JHSUM) and will be an opportunity to learn about and see the archives at the caverns located eighty-six feet underground, along the banks of the Mississippi River. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Come to explore the treasures that Jewish community members have left behind to tell the tales of the past with dinner and a visit to the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives at Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Minneapolis Jewish Federation 88th Annual Meeting (Free)

August 15 @ 6 p.m.

The Minneapolis Jewish Federation is breaking the mold again – this time reframing their annual meeting as a community gathering, picnic, and bbq with fun for the whole family. Expect glatt kosher food, balloons, kids activities, community awards, and more. Celebrate the past year and gear up for another amazing one. This event is free and open to the public.

Jewish Community Action Summer Membership Happy Hour (Free)

August 22 @ 6 p.m.

Join JCA at Lake Monster Brewing for a summer membership drive event. Drink some beer, hear from our executive director & staff about the exciting work we’re doing, and enjoy the gorgeous August weather!

There’s No Place Like Camp: A Celebration for Grown-Ups (Free)

August 24 @ 6-9 p.m.

Camp Butwin tours, open bar, fun, camp food and Shabbat celebration! An event to support the new Amphitheater (Campitheater), the one place at camp where everyone comes together, where one voice becomes hundreds through song, storytelling, and celebration. Best part? No fundraising!

Happy Hour @ Betty Danger w/Moishe House (Free)

August 31 @ 5:30 p.m.

End the month right with Moishe House and a Happy Hour at Betty Danger. If you haven’t checked out this venue, it’s a great opportunity to get the folk out one last time this month and enjoy the summer.

Charley Smith works for both the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Jewish Federations as the Young Adult Engagement Manager.