Two Brachot for the COVID-19 Pandemic

I have had the great zechut (privilege) and mazal (good fortune) these past four months to facilitate several dozen dialogues, seminars and digital book clubs related to my new volume Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology (with Dr. Brian Amkraut, Hamilton Press, 2019 ), a companion website, and a two and a […]

Never Alone In Fears

I am scared. I am posting positive words and asking my friends how they are, but it is a call from a friend as she cries because she is losing her house because so many people have been laid off. I am fortunate enough that I work in health care, but I am scared for […]

A Pastoral Letter From The Minnesota Rabbinical Association

Dear Members of the Minnesota Jewish Community, We are called upon daily to act with compassionate conviction, to mobilize people of faith to respond to the eternal question, what can I do to serve my neighbor? The Minnesota Rabbinical Association speaks out as the moral and religious voice of the Jewish community, and we invite you to be […]

Volunteering To ‘Visit’ Seniors

Ian Aizman realized that as people began socially distancing themselves from others, one very vulnerable population was at risk of losing all interaction: Seniors in nursing homes. “I had just been thinking about it all the time,” said Aizman. “We can’t just abandon our elders. They’re already an at-risk population, and then coupled with an […]

SLP Company Gets Teachers Ready For Distance Learning

Ellen Paxton was ahead of the curve when it comes to distance learning, a skill set that is becoming more useful by the day. A former teacher-leader in St. Paul Public Schools, Paxton worked on creating the district’s first distance learning program about 20 years ago, and has turned that into the business of training […]

JFCS Still Providing Critical Services For Current & New Clients

In these uncertain times due to COVID-19, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis remains committed to our mission and is providing support to all who turn to us, especially now.  We have suspended our regular business hours at our Golden Valley and Minneapolis offices until further notice. Most staff are working from home and […]

MRA Statement On Passover

Why is this night different from all other nights? מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל הַלֵּילוֹת Mah nishtanah ha’lilah hazeh mikol ha’leilot This may be the most famous question posed at Seder, as it has inspired us to celebrate our beloved Pesach traditions with our youngest to our oldest around the table. This question takes on […]

Kosher Spot Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

E-mails from two St. Louis Park Jewish locations reveal that the first test-confirmed cases of coronavirus have hit the Jewish community. An e-mail sent out Sunday from The Kosher Spot notified the community that one of their employees tested positive for COVID-19. There are reportedly 235 confirmed cases in Minnesota. Leah Giter, who was named […]

Who The Folk?! Seth Baker

What’s it like to be on the frontlines as a physician in fighting against COVID-19? This week I’m joined by Dr. Seth Baker, a pulmonologist and ICU physician who became Facebook famous last week for an important post on why we need to keep our distance and listen to the guidelines set forth to keep […]