‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Actor Connects with his Jewish Roots in Minneapolis

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Spending more than a year on the road can make anyone feel disconnected from their roots — even for a Broadway veteran. That is what brought Dear Evan Hansen actor Aaron Lazar to the Sabes JCC this past Monday and Wednesday. Lazar said an actor’s life is pretty self-centered, so he decided to begin volunteering […]

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June 2019 Get the Folk Out

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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 […]

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Who The Folk?! Shari Aronson

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How did a journalist become the co-founder/co-creative director of a puppetry company? Shari Aronson talks about how the writing skills that she was going to use professionally now gets used to try and get grants for her non-profit, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz. Shari talks about her and her husband started the organization, previews their next event […]

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Penny’s Coffee Rolls Out New Israeli-Inspired Menu

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Shawn McKenzie has big plans for Penny’s Coffee — and they involve za’atar. Penny’s, known for its modern design, artisanal coffee, and crepes, added Shawn to the team in the fall as its culinary director. In March, they unveiled their in-house bakery. On the menu: tahini babka, bourekas, and — new this week — challah. […]

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‘Divas’ Takeover Adath Bima On May 30

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Hazzan Joanna Dulkin swears that her friends that comprise the “Divas on the Bima” are anything but divas. The quartet that makes up the group — Conservative movement cantors Jen Cohen, Magda Fishman, Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, and Elizabeth Shammash – will be performing at Adath Jeshurun Congregation’s annual benefit on May 30. “They are all sweet, […]

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Jewish Artists Preparing For Art-A-Whirl

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If you’re planning to visit some of the 800 artist studios during “Nordeast” Minneapolis’  24th annual Art-A-Whirl from May 17-19, you’ll certainly want to be sure to support the Jewish artists who are participating in it. There are too many to feature here, but if you go to the event’s website, and scroll through the […]

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Who The Folk?! Amir Kats

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What’s it like to conduct one of the oldest community orchestras in the United States? Amir Kats is doing just that, as he is finishing his seventh season as conductor of the St. Paul JCC’s Symphony. Kats, who has won the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association Community Service Award is also in his fifth […]

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