Author Archives: Jenna Zark

Contributing writer Jenna Zark is a local Jewish playwright whose plays have been produced at Freshwater Theatre, the Minnesota Jewish Theatre, Blank Slate, Illusion Theater, History Theatre and Circle Repertory Company. Jenna's new novel, "The Beat on Ruby's Street" focuses on a young Beat girl in Greenwich Village in 1958 and is published by Dragon Moon Press. Follow her at ZarkWriting on Twitter to see the latest news and posts, You can also stop by on Facebook or visit

The Rabbi Is Gay, But That’s Not The Story

While the Post let me know the rabbi’s name, age, and e-mail to the congregation with his decision to come out, I learned nothing about the experiences people were enjoying at his synagogue. Would they describe Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai by talking about her love life?

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Going Up: Minnesotans in the Israeli Army

Standing on a Jerusalem street corner on the one trip I made to Israel, I had an overwhelming feeling that most of my life had been spent asleep or in hiding. The Israelis I saw all around me, on the other hand, seemed alive in ways Americans were not; their hearts awake and on their sleeves.

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Gets, Goats and Jewish Divorce

As we came closer to the Get ceremony, my misgivings blossomed into full-blown dread. I started thinking about ways to sabotage it; coming down with chicken pox or lying about a sick mother and going to visit her.

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Where, Jewishly? Thoughts on the Pew Survey

I just finished reading the Pew Survey summary on how many Jews (especially younger ones) are no longer identifying Jewishly. I am trying to decide how much identifying I did in my twenties (none at all, or very little) though I went to my parents’ seders and lit candles for Hanukkah.

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Single Mom, Seeks Mezuzah

Picture of mezuzah in box

They say mezuzahs keep away evil spirits. Not like the ones in horror movies, but the monsters in our minds and hearts. And having just gone through a divorce, I know those monsters. They’re persistent. And real.

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Out-of-the-Box Tzedakah

A young African American woman

She was alone, scared and most of all longing for escape from a hardscrabble existence. She was living the life of quiet desperation we all hear about but try to push to the back of our minds.

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Am I A Jewish Artist?

Like Kerouac’s buddies, I too am in search of God. But if you asked me to check off the ways I find God—through observance, writing, holidays, relationships, shul or prayer I couldn’t answer.

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Son Of The Faith

Celebrating my father's 93rd birthday

"I looked up at her as she smiled. Those slender white fingers with perfectly polished nails were going out at night and washing dead people. What’s more, they were people Nancy knew. As she started cutting and layering, I knew I had to learn more."

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Get Me Rewrite On That Brit

Baby Josh

At this age, it is supposed to cause a minimum of pain and will never be remembered by the baby. At least that’s what some people say. But they also say lobsters don’t feel pain when they’re being boiled to death. I wonder if the lobster knows better.

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