July 2019 Get the Folk Out!

SUMMER. It’s officially summer, and not just because Bud Light Lime is everywhere again [ew]. We hope you had as lovely as a June as we, celebrating all of the Pride in all of its forms. By contrast, July is far more low-key… which, frankly, is just fine, considering it’s gonna start off by being […]

An Open Letter to Those Considering Honeymoon Israel

Dear fellow Jewish couples in whatever form that is for you, Shalom! I’m Ian, a formerly Jewish, then Jew-“ish,” and now again Jewish person who only very recently opens any sort of letter with “Shalom.” Presumably, you’re reading this because you’re curious about Honeymoon Israel, a.k.a. “Birthright, but much more progressive, and with way less […]

June 2019 Get the Folk Out

What a great month to get out and celebrate, friends. June means we’re officially starting summer, complete with Shavuot and Pride! We’ve got tons of good times coming for both, as well as for the days where you just need a l’il somethin’ extra in your social life. So join us and GTFO! “J-HAP Community […]

April 2019 Get the Folk Out

IT’S SPRING. SERIOUSLY. GET THE FOLK OUT. Not that you need me — or anyone else to tell you — but, my zisseles and boychiks, it’s time to get out and grab that vitamin D. And this month, we’ve got plenty o’ ways to make it happen with some new and old friends alike. “Coming […]

March 2019 Get the Folk Out

I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but after a relentless month of winter that was the most winter that ever wintered, I’m ready to Get the Folk Out even more than I thought I’d be. Especially since we’ve got a TON of foodie events this month. What exactly do we have in March? […]

February 2019 Get the Folk Out

They say nothing brings people together like the cold, right? Well, “they” clearly never dealt with a polar vortex. Fortunately, February looks to be… um… seriously!? This can’t be right. It’s still winter out there, huh? Hoo boy. Well, let’s just say, we need to find something to do before we go kokh m’shuge. Get […]

An Invitation Home

My first Shabbat service in more than 20 years was in Jerusalem. An atheist Jew, sitting on a hard, limestone terrace with my wife, a secular agnostic, under a hazy, thick night sky with 19 other couples who, outside of similar demographics, we barely knew. Our Rabbi invited us to join him in prayer if […]

A Farewell to Snow…

About three and half years ago, Shaked and I packed my car up with all of my stuff in Miami, and started a long road trip back to where I grew up – here in the Twin Cities. See, Shaked was trying to decide if she’d join me in Minnesota, but before that, she wanted […]

January 2019 Get the Folk Out

Greetings all, and happy new year! We’ll be trying something new out this month – Ian Fishman, who recently joined me (Charley) for a week in Israel with Honeymoon Israel. Ian wanted to take a crack out this month’s GTFO – so get ready! Starting the New Year Off Right Makom Fridays Friday, January 4th […]