What a great month to get out and celebrate, friends. June means we’re officially starting summer, complete with Shavuot and Pride! We’ve got tons of good times coming for both, as well as for the days where you just need a l’il somethin’ extra in your social life.
So join us and GTFO!
“J-HAP Community Garden Installation”
Sat, June 1st & Sun, June 2nd — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. @ J-HAP, Golden Valley. FREE
Calling all mitzvah-driven gardeners! J-HAP looking for volunteers (in 3-hour shifts) to help with installation and planting of the new J-HAP and Cornerstone Creek Community Garden, for growing fruits and veggies to be used by our own Cornerstone tenants. Bed installation will take place on Saturday, June 1 and planting will be on Sunday, June 2. All welcome to help for shorter or longer periods, depending on your schedule! If you would like to help out, please email Abby Rabinovitz — [email protected].
“Through the Narrows: A Watch It, Make It, Take It Event*”
Sat, June 1st** — 7-8:30 p.m. @ Z Puppets Rosenschnoz Studios, Minneapolis. $10 – $25.
A phenomenal workshop for all you puppeteers out there! Z Puppets Rosenschnoz welcomes you to take a place at the table and call into action someone who inspires you to make the next step towards liberation from life’s narrow passages. First, Z Puppets’ artists use puppetry to bring into being two characters from their own ancestry… before they show you how to make your own! Limited to 15 participants per event, so make sure to grab your ticket now.
*Recommended for ages 12+
**Additional dates include Sat 6/2, Fri 6/8, Sat 6/9 & Fri 6/15
“Pride at the J”
Sun, June 2nd — 2-5 p.m. @ Sabes JCC, FREE. All ages!
Well, this is awesome — a community-wide art exhibition showcasing the wonderful diversity of the Twin Cities Jewish community. The gallery will be open all afternoon, with a Drag Story Hour — for kids, adults, and families of all ages — from 3-4 p.m.! Read PJ Library books and work on a variety of pride-related crafts… including a community chuppah for the Pride Shabbat morning service on June 22! Free and open to the public.
“Moishe House Unity Day/Pride Celebration”
Sun, June 2nd — 2 p.m. @ Moishe House. FREE.
Ordinarily, we wouldn’t put competing events back-to-back. But considering it’s PRIDE! — we couldn’t resist, especially after they were awarded the “Jerusalem Unity Prize” for their ongoing work on inclusivity in Judaism. Head on over to decorate cupcakes… just let ‘em know if you have any dietary restrictions!
“Temple of Wrestling Presents: MITZVAH MAYHEM”
Weds, June 5th — 6-9 p.m. @ Temple of Aaron, St. Paul. $10 – $30. All ages + Family friendly.
OH YES! Our pals at Temple of Aaron have outdone themselves this year for the Crossriver Block Party, teaming up with F1RST Wrestling to give us what we’ve always wanted… nay, needed: a full-on Jewish Smackdown. This looks ridiculous and amazing. And if you’ve never been to a wrestling show, now’s the time: you won’t find another like this.
“One Night Stand: Tikkun Leil Shavuot & Midnight Cheesecake”
Sat, June 8th — 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. @ Yoga Center Retreat, St. Louis Park. FREE.
Join Rabbi Aaron Weininger and Makom [young adults] for Tikkun Leil Shavuot — a late-night version of the Jewish holiday of study — Makom-style, in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere where Makomniks can share… followed by midnight cheesecake — YUM!
The Yoga Center Retreat is accessible and located down Park Glen Blvd. off of Beltline Blvd. Click here for video directions.
“Pride Happy Hour w/ J-Pride!”
Tue, June 11th — 6-8:30 p.m. @ Urban Growler, St. Paul. FREE to join.
It’s June! It’s Pride month! Join J-Pride for our annual happy hour replete with nosh, drinks [alcoholic and non], friends, schmoozing, kvelling, and community! Come share a relaxing, celebratory evening in their Beer Garden [or inside if the weather turns sour]. Free and open to everyone! Bring your friends, families, kiddos, and anyone else you meet on your way over. LGBTQIA+ community members, allies, and supporters are all welcome.
Spaces are accessible and do not require stairs to access. If you have any questions about accessibility or anything at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the J-Pride program coordinator Jayce at [email protected].
“20s and 30s Sha-BBQ”
Fri, June 14th — 7-9 p.m. Check event link for location details.
GENIUS. Why not combine two of the greatest things: Shabbat and BBQ? Join a Millennial-driven “Sha’BBQ” at Rabbi Crimmings and John’s home! All additional event details here.
“Mini Golf @ the Walker”
Saturday, June 15th — time TBA @ Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis. FREE to join.
Rained out in May, the Walker’s mini golf setup is one of the best interactive art pieces going in the Twin Cities. What better way to explore it than with your MoHo pals?
I swear, nobody is better at getting people together for good, clean fun than Moishe House. This sounds like an absolute blast. Of course, check back with Moishe House Twin Cities for details.
“Games at the Garden”
Monday, June 17th —noon-5 p.m. @ J-HAP, Golden Valley. $65 (fundraiser)
Remember that community garden you helped build two weeks ago (which was way kind of you)? Well, now go play in that garden and help raise money for J-HAP to ensure the garden stays beautiful and producing fruits and vegetables for years to come. Come play canasta, maj, bridge or shmear. $65 includes lunch. Please call J-HAP for table availability.
“Sholom Auxiliary’s ‘Food For Your Soul’”
Thursday, June 27th — 6-10 p.m. @ Oak Ridge Country Club, Hopkins.
A night of delicious eats & live music — featuring world-class jazz/R&B vocalist Patty Peterson — fundraising for the good folks at Sholom, who have provided housing and services to Twin Cities seniors for over 100 years. After all, there ain’t no party like a Tzedakah-forward party.
Friday, June 28th — 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Minnetonka. FREE
“Makom,” the Hebrew word for “space,” reanimates ancient Jewish wisdom for today. Join Adath Jeshurun for Makom Fridays, celebrating Shabbat with new and familiar faces through soulful prayer, delicious food, a space to unwind, and the sweet ruach [energy] of community. All are welcome to this “everybody friendly” event.
While they’re known to have a few gourmet cooks and bakers [and some take-out pros who know how to order], they do ask attendees to bring a dairy or vegetarian dish to share — after all, what better way to break the ice, than to break bread to go with it? Challah, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, but additional details on what to bring are on the Makom Facebook page & website.