An Imperfectly Perfect Journey of Purpose

WOW, WHAT A JOURNEY IT HAS BEEN! Security checkpoints, planes, buses, taxis, slippery Jerusalem stone, wheelchairs, jeeps, tunnels, laughter, tears, COVID, stories, stairs, windmills, Israeli dancing, deserts and desserts, gondola rides, Masada, Dead Sea, shuks, a lost phone, kibbutzes, Zionism, secularism, bomb shelters, Arab-Israeli perspectives and insights, Holocaust survivors, visonaries, graffiti, history, sirens of remembrance, […]

The Harry Kay Leadership Institute: A Historic Mission Comes to Fruition

Passport that doesn’t expire until 2024, check. Detailed 12-day childcare calendar for my family with every moment of our kids’ lives spelled out and color-coded, check. Anxiety paired with a pit in my stomach at the thought of going abroad for the first time in ages, check. Exhilaration to return to the holy land for […]

Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Ukraine Fund Tops $700,000 Mark

Minneapolis Jewish Federation has raised more $700,000 to help Ukrainian Jews since the Russian invasion on Feb. 24. The funds will go to the Federation’s on-the-ground partners: the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), The Jewish Agency for Israel, and World ORT. The money raised is in addition to a $200,000 allocation the MJF board […]

Minneapolis Jewish Federation Hires Chief Philanthropy Officer

Following a six-month-long national search, the Minneapolis Jewish Federation has hired Steven Baker as chief philanthropy officer, to start on February 15, 2022. Steven joins Federation with a strong history of Jewish leadership and philanthropy experience. Most recently he served as Senior Director of Philanthropy at JEWISHColorado, where he provided philanthropic leadership, strategy, and direction of […]

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 […]