Is Jewish Journalism On The Brink?

“How do we as journalists create as insightful a forum as we can?” Jonathan Tobin, the award-winning editor-in-chief of Jewish News Syndicate, posed that question at the American Jewish Press Association annual conference this week. Given the current state of the news media, it’s a fair question. For as long as I can remember, I’ve […]

Old & New Jewish Singles Groups Hope To Take Off

The Jewish Singles Collaborative (JSC) is struggling. There’s plenty of interest with about 150 organizations and 650 people on the email list, but the sole volunteer — Cindy Dubansky — said not enough people are willing to volunteer. Dubansky, a social worker, sends out tailored newsletters two to three times a month with events in […]

Rabbis Respond: June 2019

Each month, we’re asking rabbis across the Twin Cities a different question (via the Minnesota Rabbinic Association). Here’s the question for June; the answers are as written by the rabbi: In this Pride month, how is your synagogue inclusive of LGBTQ+ Jews? Beth Jacob Congregation On June 28, we are sponsoring a Kiddush in honor […]

The Final Camp Drop-off

Well, this is it. The final year. Her final year at Herzl as a camper and my heart is breaking for her. Today we spent the entire day together. Making crepes and cookies, hoping that the sadness, that both of us know is inevitable, wouldn’t set in. Checking lists and shoving way too much stuff […]

Jon Savitt Combining His Comedy, Musical Passions

Jon Savitt is a comedian and a writer who has been published on some websites that many journalists would love to. He also has been playing piano for most of his 27 years. So naturally, he’s combined those two into writing an album. “I’ve been into music before comedy and writing; it was my first […]

Who The Folk?! Noam Sienna

Why, in the midst of working on your doctorate dissertation, would you go and write a book that has nothing to do with your dissertation topic? That’s a question Noam Sienna wrestled with, but nonetheless went ahead and did it anyway. Noam talks about his book A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts […]

Kids Relate to “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” at the Ordway

It’s sometimes tough being a kid trying to find one’s place in the universe. Stressors can come from many aspects of one’s life, affecting friendships, schoolwork, and relationships with their parents. Religion, nationality or medical conditions are a few things that can make children feel anything but normal – whatever that is. In fact, more […]

Jew Review: ‘A Rainbow Thread’

When I was in college in the late 1980s, I devoured the work of Jewish feminists like Ellen Umansky and Judith Plaskow. They unearthed for me the previously hidden voices and experiences of Jewish women and helped build my sense of not just belonging but entitlement. For me to be my whole self as a […]

Cooking with Jewish Wisdom

.חֲנֹ֣ךְ לַ֖נַּעַר עַל־פִּ֣י דַרְכּ֑וֹ גַּ֥ם כִּֽי־יַ֜זְקִ֗ין לֹֽא־יָס֥וּר מִמֶּֽנָּה” Train a child according to his way; even when he grows old, he will not turn away from it.” As a mom of three (perfect) children, this wisdom from Proverbs has always rattled around in my brain and in my heart – though I only recently really […]

Cheers Minneapolis Faces Eviction

Cheers Minneapolis, the LGBTQ bar that was set to open on June 21, now looks unlikely to open at all. According to online records, the 1933 Lyndale LLC, the owners of the building where Cheers was going to open, filed an eviction summons with Hennepin County on June 13 for reportedly not paying rent for […]