Michelle Horovitz Honored For Social Entrepreneurship

Michelle Horovitz’s social entrepreneurship is well known in the Twin Cities for co-founding Appetite For Change, the non-profit she is the executive director of. Now that work will get some deserved international notoriety. Horovitz was one of 10 women from around the world who was named to The Collective by the Jewish Women’s Foundation of […]

JCCs Quickly Adapting To Virtual Programming

As the two Twin Cities JCCs closed their doors in mid-March due to the coronavirus, programmers at the two buildings realized that there was no playbook in place for how to continue programming for the thousands of people – from early childhood to seniors – that step foot in the buildings every day for meaningful […]

JFS Receives Emergency Funding

Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) has received a $15,000 emergency grant from the Otto Bremer Trust through the Community Benefit Financial Company Emergency Fund to be used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. JFS will distribute the funds through its Emergency Financial Assistance program, normally funded through individual donations.

Minneapolis Jewish Federation Responds To COVID-19 Crisis

When COVID-19 hit in Minnesota and synagogues and agencies started closing their doors, everyone was hopeful that it would be a short-term solution. Quickly, however, Minneapolis Jewish Federation began to step up. Since March 21, Federation has awarded more than $800,000 in grants to assist organizations and individuals. “We are tremendously thrilled that we’re able […]

Who The Folk?! Alisha Baines Simon

This week we talk to Minnesota Department of Health’s Alisha Baines Simon about some of the COVID-19 data modeling that she has been apart of. We talk about what her pre-COVID job was at MDH, how the data gets used, and what she’s looking forward to in post-shelter-in-place life, on this week’s Who The Folk?! […]

Determining Our Own Reunification Rituals

The more observant or clergy-identifying folks in our readership are about to roll their eyes hard, but it is truly incredible how often the Torah and its wise guidance match up with our current events. This week’s parsha is Tazria-Metzora. It’s actually the only portion that I feel vaguely qualified to analyze and discuss publicly […]

The Crate: Online Author Talk with Deborah Levison

Writer Debbie Levison joined us on the day after Yom HaShoah 2020 to discuss her multi-award-winning debut book, The Crate; the saga of how her parents survived the Holocaust; and her experience as a second-generation survivor of their traumas. In parts devastating and joyful in spite of the pain of Shoah, her storytelling is immersive […]

JCA To Lead Teaching: Does Torah Call For Rent Holiday?

Housing justice has been part of the Jewish Community Action program for almost all of the organization’s 25 years. But in the COVID-19 crisis, with skyrocketing unemployment rates in the state and country, the importance of the housing work not only continues to grow, but has its roots deeply embedded in the Torah. Aaron Berc, […]