Jewish Groups Mobilizing To Support New Zealand

Jewish community members and leaders worldwide are expressing their support for the Muslim community of New Zealand after a white-supremacist murdered 49 worshippers in two mosques in the city of Christchurch on Friday morning. “Murder of people at prayer, in their most holy and sacred place, is a depraved and despicable act,” said Reuven Rivlin, […]

My Sister, Independence, & The IDF

Throughout my life, I felt a profound connection to my Jewish identity. Whether it was Jewish youth groups or summer camp, Shabbat dinners or holidays, my identity and connection with the Jewish community was deeply rooted. From the moment I came into this world, I did not understand the concept of independence because I was […]

Looking For Love In Jerusalem

Jerusalem is to some American Jews what New York is to some aspiring actors: a good place to wash up for a while and dream of better things. And when it comes to love in this city of gold, the same holds true. You meet your soulmate at Hebrew ulpan classes after immigrating to Israel, […]

Who The Folk?! Angelica Sirotin

What’s the difference between an entrepreneur and an opportunist? Angelica Sirotin has it figured out. Sirotin is a student at the University of Minnesota and entrepreneur who has started up a number of businesses in the past two years since graduating high school. We talk about what motivates her to make her own path, where […]

Celebrating Peace Corps Shabbat With Former Volunteers

Peace Corps Week is in early March, honoring President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Peace Corps Act on March 1, 1961. Here are some reminiscences of three returned Peace Corps Volunteers who will be recognized on Peace Corps Shabbat at Beth Jacob Congregation. Doris Rubenstein, Ecuador, 1971-73 What motivated you to join the Peace […]

JFS Making an Impact Series

In the Making an Impact series, clients and services are featured to expand awareness of the wide array of help available at JFS and to ensure donors understand the lives they touch and the difference they make throughout the community. Client names have been changed to protect their confidentiality. Salim is an 89-year-old Somali elder who was […]