Jewish Song of the Week: ‘Blessing’ by Kenneth Lyonswright

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May is a big month for family time, and also major milestones. In particular, it’s the start of graduation season, and a reminder that some of the kids in our lives are…not kids anymore! I recently saw this performance from JRR Jewish Star Kenneth Lyonswright of his new song, “Blessing,” at one of our JRR […]

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MN Book Center Panel Boosts Hebrew And Yiddish Printing

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Dr. Noam Sienna, a historian and calligrapher, has a bone to pick with modern Hebrew fonts. “Here in the United States, if people need to put Hebrew on something, they basically just type it up on their computer with…the equivalent of Helvetica,” he said. “We’ve lost some of the appreciation of what the artistry of […]

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Who The Folk?! Becca Mayo

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Becca Mayo had to transfer away from a school known for its film program to learn what she really wanted to know about film. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Mayo has stuck around and is now the marketing and outreach coordinator at the MSP Film Society, which puts on the Minneapolis-St. Paul International […]

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Many Films Of Jewish Interest Coming To MSP Film Festival

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There are more than 200 films that will be a part of the MSP Film Society’s 41st annual MSP International Film Fest, and many of them are of Jewish interest. The 2022 festival, which kicks off on May 5, is a hybrid event with a full slate of in-person screenings at the new MSP Film […]

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‘The Last Letter’ Dives Into Holocaust’s Generational Trauma

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A tortured soul has come to rest,” read Rudy Baum’s suicide note. The note, and the failed attempted suicide of an 86-year-old certainly left his daughter Karen Baum Gordon with many questions. Her book, The Last Letter: A Father’s Struggle, a Daughter’s Quest, and the Long Shadow of the Holocaust, explores not just her father’s […]

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North Carolina Museum Set Right By MN Jewish Lawyer

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In late February, the North Carolina Museum of Art was in for a surprise. Bill Pentelovitch was in North Carolina to help his former wife, Vivian Fischer, inspect a house she was buying. For fun, the duo visited the NCMA and its exhibit on Auguste Rodin, a French sculptor.  Then a description on a sculpture […]

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Jew Review: “The Prom”

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The Prom has two intersecting storylines: one is a simple story about a gay girl in the small, fictional town of Edgewater, Indiana. Emma wants to go to her high school prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa. But the homophobic parents in this economically depleted Midwestern factory town won’t have it, and so the PTA cancels […]

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Fundraising For Ukraine With A Lullaby

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The Nightingale Trio, an all-woman vocal group in Minnesota that sings Eastern European songs, is giving all proceeds from their cover of a beloved Ukrainian lullaby to the Ukrainian American Community Center in Minneapolis.  “​​We’re all heartbroken and incensed by Russia’s mindless invasion into the beautiful country and sovereign nation of Ukraine, and we demand […]

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Jew Review: Debi Lewis’ ‘Kitchen Medicine’

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Parenthood is a complicated, often chaotic, adventure for everyone. Raising up young people to be kind, empathetic, strong, inquisitive adults is a challenge that few can claim to be prepared for. Still, we all try to get ready for anything that comes our way. We hope that our babies will be born healthy.  When Debi […]

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JFNA Holds Weekly Webinars On Ukraine

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The Jewish Federations of North America are starting weekly webinars to update the Jewish community on the Ukrainian refugee crisis. The Zoom calls will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm ET/3:30 pm CT for the foreseeable future. You can sign up here, and read JFNA’s latest Ukraine update memo. Questions for the […]

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