Who The Folk?! Haley and Anthony Sisler-Neuman

Minneapolis has a well-renown theater scene, so how do you create a new theater company for children — and do it in a pandemic? We talk with two familiar faces around the Sabes JCC, Haley and Anthony Sisler-Neuman, about their new venture: Graceful Monsters Educational Theatre Cooperative. We talk about each of their theatrical backgrounds, […]

St. Paul Jewish Federation Launches COVID Fundraising Campaign

The coronavirus crisis is by no means new, but it’s one that Ruth Olkon has been facing 24/7 for the last eight-plus months. As the CEO at Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, she has seen the needs that her community faces grow dramatically – with no sign of stopping. “We are in a crisis, […]

Some Getting A Chance For B’nai Mitzvah On The Bima

Ritual events like Bar and Bat Mitzvah have been part of everyone’s lives that have been disrupted by coronavirus. While most synagogues have remained closed since mid-March, a few have taken a shot at giving families an opportunity to celebrate on the bimah, rather than their dining room. Bet Shalom Congregation has been doing this […]

Local Jewish Changemakers on Building Networks and Connection During COVID-19

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when? – Rabbi Hillel This summer, over 1,000 Jewish Changemakers Fellows, including 18 from Minneapolis and St. Paul, asked themselves these questions. This Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Fellowship, intended […]

LaDuke Apologizes For Pipeline, Auschwitz Comparison

Winona LaDuke, an environmental activist and former Green Party vice-presidential candidate, has apologized for comparing the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline in northern Minnesota to the Holocaust. On the Twin Cities Public Television show Almanac last week, LaDuke, an outspoken critic of the pipeline project, said: “So, you know, there’s some people that are up […]

What Are You Grateful For?

Judaism teaches us to be grateful, but we recognize that at this point of 2020, perhaps that’s been more of a challenge than it has been in the past. As we’re entering the darkest days of winter, and with COVID sending many of us back into quarantine mode, Jewfolk wants to know: What have you […]

Who The Folk?! Stephanie Levine

What drives someone to run for office? We find that out from Stephanie Levine, who is the mayor-elect of Mendota Heights. We talk about the decision to go from District 197 School Board member to this new position, campaigning in a pandemic, and how her Jewish values inform her public service, on this week’s Who […]