Finding Comfort In My Tallit

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I started wearing a tallit for the first time in my life in November of 2018 at age 39. It took me a very long time to get there at all, and I fully acknowledge my motivation came from setting an example of my belief in egalitarianism for my daughters and not from any personal […]

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Who The Folk?! Shira Yardley

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What’s it like to build a massive garden from scratch every year? This week we’re joined by Shira Yardley, who works at the Sabes JCC as a job coach with the inclusion program, but is also the garden manager. Shira talks about how the program has transformed itself in the coronavirus era, and how the […]

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Camp Ramah In Wisconsin Announces Closure For 2020

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While Camp Ramah in Wisconsin was holding out hope that it may have summer programming by delaying the start of camp, ultimately the challenges caused by COVID-19 were too much to overcome. In a video posted Wednesday evening, Executive Director Jacob Cytryn announced that both Ramah’s overnight camp in Conover, Wisc., and day camp in […]

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Escaping The Abuse Of My Past

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My entire childhood is bound within six albums, they’re stacked full of certificates, letters I’ve written to the newspaper. They chronicle smiling photos of my late grandparents, they follow my life from birth to dance to the adventures my father and I used to take together on long trips. They document a loving relationship between […]

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Who The Folk?! Ronen Pink

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Who knew that having a 3D printer would be so important right now? Ronen Pink certainly didn’t. But the tool he bought himself eight years ago with Bar Mitzvah money has proven invaluable. Pink has been 3D-printing and assembling face shields that are needed and in short supply during the coronavirus crisis. Pink talks about […]

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Watch TC Jewfolk’s ‘Campfire Conversation’

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In this live streaming conversation, Lev Gringauz of “The Jews Are Tired” podcast and Lonny Goldsmith, Editor of TC Jewfolk, “sit down” with directors from Camp Butwin, Camp Olami, Herzl Camp, Camp TEKO, Camp Ramah, and OSRUI. The goals for this conversation are for attendees (and organizers) to gain closure and to create a more […]

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Friendly Visitors Available to Chat

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JFS’s new Friendly Remote Visitor program (FRV), created to combat the isolation and loneliness of the COVID-19 stay at home directive, has recruited and trained a group of volunteers who are eager to help. If you or anyone you know could benefit from a phone call with a friendly volunteer, just to check in, chat a bit, and reassure them that someone cares, please contact Margie Solomon at (651) 690-8907 or by email at [email protected]

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Keeping The Dream Alive As We Close The Doors (For Now…)

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In June 1946, Herzl Camp proudly opened its doors to Jewish children for the very first time. Now, 75 summers later, Herzl Camp will be empty. For the first summer ever, our children will miss out on the learning, playing, bonding, growing and shtick that magically happens at camp. No Shabbat caravans or song sessions, […]

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