Rosh Hashanah with a Persian Twist

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As an American with both Persian and Jewish roots, I have the privilege of celebrating new beginnings three times each year on New’s Year’s Eve, Nowruz, and Rosh Hashanah, marking each occasion with its unique traditions. Much like Rosh Hashanah, Nowruz incorporates various symbolic foods to welcome sweetness, prosperity, health, love and other desired attributes […]

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Blue Ribbon Challah

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I would venture to say that winning a blue ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair for challah is akin to winning a medal at the Jewish Food Olympics. I have entered many times over the years, but this, this was my year. And for all the tweaking I’ve done, I’m quite pleased – this recipe […]

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Prime Deli Closing Soon; Stewart Woodman Helming Revamped Project

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Prime Deli, St. Louis Park’s lone kosher meat restaurant, announced that it would be closing around Aug. 31 for a renovation project and a new restaurant concept, helmed by notable chef and restaurateur Stewart Woodman. “We’re working with a designer from New York and a local architect to bring the next evolution of of the […]

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Viral Social Media Post Calls Out Antisemitic Restaurant Guests

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Eli Fhima is used to welcoming a diverse clientele to Fhima’s, the Minneapolis restaurant he runs. But a Wednesday night incident angered him enough that he took his frustration to social media.  Fhima said that three women left the restaurant without paying after learning that he and his family are Jewish.  “Three Somali women walk […]

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Jewish Job: Beth Jacob Hiring Cook/Kitchen Manager

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Job Title: Kitchen Manager/Cook Organization Name: Beth Jacob Congregation Job Type: Part-time Salary Range: $25,000-$30,000 Deadline: Open Until Filled Job Summary/Description: Beth Jacob is a diverse, egalitarian Conservative synagogue of more than 350 families located in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, easily accessible from all parts of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. We are guided by the […]

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Who The Folk?! Jake Jarecki

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Apparently the smallish, sun-drenched lawn behind Bet Shalom is the perfect amount of space to start a business. That’s where Jake Jarecki started Feed Me Farms, his urban farming venture that has plots throughout the western suburbs. Jake talks about what led him down this career path, the challenges of urban farming, what he’s got […]

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Who The Folk?! Kerry Gershone

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How did the pandemic lead Kerry Gershone to start her cottage food business? It turns out the need to make baked goods for people doesn’t diminish when you don’t have co-workers to see in person. Gershone just last week launched her new baking business Eat Bubbaleh. We talk about what led her to start the […]

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Who The Folk?! Rachel Ingber

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What led Rachel Ingber to start a publishing business when she doesn’t have a publishing background? Ingber talks about that and why she started Heirloom Collaborative. She talks about some of the incredible cookbooks she’s creating, how she got so good at what it takes to do the work, and some of the great food […]

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Candy Board Trend Hits Minneapolis In Time For Passover

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With three jobs and six kids between them, it’s not like Cassie Benowitz, Lauren Sundick, and Maddy Persuitti had a ton of extra time on their hands. But that hasn’t stopped the three friends from launching a new business — with a special offering for Passover. Candy 4 Supper, which launched last month around Valentine’s […]

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Zoom Event Teaches Sustainable Farming, Seed Saving, & Kosher Ethics

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Over a virtual vegetarian meal Thursday night, community members gathered for YALA Twin Cities’ event “ECO-mmunity: Planting, Buying, and Eating Sustainably,” where local leaders in sustainable food systems discussed land stewardship, eco-kashrut, and the “magic of seeds.” YALA is the young adult program of the Jewish Federations of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and the Zoom […]

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