Jewfolk, Inc. is the premier Jewish engagement organization in our local community that connects, engages, and inspires Jewish adults by using innovative methods, strategies, and communication to:

  • Connect people and deepen personal relationships;
  • Build awareness about Jewish efforts; and
  • Strengthen Jewish communities.

We envision a Jewish community that embraces diverse ways to be Jewish, offering wide-ranging entry points into Jewish life, fostering meaning and pride in personal and Jewish communal identity, and empowering people to experience Judaism in their own way.

We will work towards this vision by connecting Jews to the community, the community to Jews, and Jews to Jews. This work is carried out on four levels of engagement: through the individual, through Jewish organizations, through the community, and through becoming a model for national/international expansion.

Who is Jewfolk, Inc.?

Our Staff

Libby Goldstein Parker is the Executive Director of Jewfolk, Inc. Libby grew up in warmer climes (think southern California and Las Vegas) but has made Minneapolis her home since 2007 where she happily takes full advantage of the fantastic schools, the quality of life and, of course, the weather. With three kids, there isn’t much free time, but Libby’s husband keeps insisting they are going to get out into nature and be very active. Libby comes from a career in non-profit, foundation, and Jewish communal work and could not be more excited to meet you at a local community event, get a coffee with you, or hear from you via email at [email protected].

Lonny Goldsmith is the Editor of TC Jewfolk and Director of Communications for Jewfolk, Inc. Lonny is an award-winning journalist who is involved in his third Jewish community after growing up in Michigan and spending a three-year stint in Chicago. He is not a native of Minnesota but hopes people will learn to deal with it. He likes to write, cook and drink really good beer. He dislikes negotiating with his children to eat dinner yet gets sucked into it anyway. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @lonny_goldsmith

Amelia Gavurin is the Director of Corporate and Community Engagement for Jewfolk, Inc. Amelia is our official RM (Resident Millennial), which means she teaches us how to use all the new tech. Seriously, Amelia is working on a community-wide Jewish business networking group as well as a volunteer-led fellowship program to help welcome newcomers and young Jews to our community. Hit her up for a coffee date at [email protected].

Our Donors

Jewfolk, Inc. would not exist without YOU, our donors – individuals, private foundations, businesses, and Jewish Federations.  We thank you all by name, here.

Jewfolk, Inc. is also proud to have the support of the following Foundations: The Harry Kay Charitable Foundation, Minneapolis Jewish Federation, The George Kaplan Memorial Foundation, the Machov Family Philanthropic Fund, Kelen Family Foundation, The Mike and Linda Fiterman Family Foundation, The Martin and Esther Capp Family Fund of the St. Paul Foundation, The Heilicher Family Foundation, The Beverly Foundation, and The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota.

Our Board of Directors

Josh Awend, Nina Badzin, Sheree Curry, Jenny Dennis, Joe Fahndrich (President), Natalie Goldman, Ilan Gordon, Brad Hanly (Vice President), Heidi Kraus Kaplan, Dan Lepow, Andrew Lifson (Treasurer), Leora Miriam Maccabee, David Milavetz, Sarah Orbuch, Ethan Roberts, Jim Stein, and Joshua Winchell (Secretary).

Jewfolk Media, Inc. is a nonprofit organization. Its EIN is 27-4463056 and here’s our IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status letter.