Kadima: For The Minneapolis Kids With Special Needs

Sophie* loves board games. She loves to cook. She loves lighting the Shabbat candles on Friday night, and she loves it when her monthly invitation from Friends ‘N Fun comes in the mail. “I got mail! Open it! Open it!” the twelve-year-old sings. Friends ‘N Fun, a program of Sha’arim, pairs children with special needs with teen volunteers […]

New To The Twin Cities? You Deserve A Warm Welcome 

As I was planning this month’s virtual cook and chat for newcomers to the Twin Cities, I started reflecting on my own move here in August of 2012.  We were picked up at the airport and whisked into a big comfortable car where our kids were given individually packed goody bags. The rental home we […]

To Give is Human; To Give from the Heart, Divine

The Twin Cities Jewish Community embarked on an adventure four years ago to build endowments through a partnership with the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and St. Paul Jewish Federation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.  With the ongoing support of these institutions, It’s Your Legacy was initiated in 2016 and today has secured almost 37 million dollars in future […]

Meet the Moderator of Ballots and Bellinis: Rabbi Jill Crimmings of Bet Shalom

Next Thursday, November 7, four powerful Jewish women involved with local politics will sit down together to talk about their involvement and experiences in politics at Ballots and Bellinis at Bet Shalom Congregation. Ballots and Bellinis is a program of Women Repair the World, a project of Minneapolis Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy and National Council of […]

Harry Kay Leadership Institute Announces 10th Cohort

This week, the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and St. Paul Jewish Federation announced the leaders who will make up the 10th cohort of the Harry Kay Leadership Institute, a prestigious leadership development program for Jewish leaders in the Twin Cities. “This cohort is made up of an incredible group of proven leaders,” says Lauren Kaplan, Director […]

Honeymoon Israel: ‘We Believe In This Trip’

On the fence about applying for Honeymoon Israel? Andrew and Dudley Deshommes-Kohl say: DO IT. These days, their calendars are full: Shabbat taco night. Reminiscing over Shakshouka for brunch. Shabbat-hopping at synagogues across the Twin Cities. The couple is part of an active, local, close-knit Jewish community; the type many spend decades cultivating. But Andrew […]

5 Things You May Not Know About Women of Intention Speaker Irin Carmon

Heard of Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Of course you have. Her popularity is unprecedented (can you think of another Supreme Court justice whose face people are willing to have tattooed onto their bodies?) and that may be thanks in part to a name that’s not quite as ubiquitous: Irin Carmon. Irin is the co-author of Notorious […]