What’s Really The Climate For Jewish Students On Campus?

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Over the past decade, across the United States, college campuses have ingrained a deep sense of fear in the Jewish community. Jewish college students have been ostracized, refused letters of recommendation by professors, boycotted, shouted down, and compared to white supremacists and Nazis – a trend largely tied to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) […]

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Teen Playwrights Preparing Holocaust Story For The Stage

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As actors, Carly Joseph and Abby Anderson are used to being on stage. But on a recent Sunday afternoon, the two were doing everything else: Crawling through scenery to test a lighting effect, workshopping new lines, marking the floor for recently-obtained props, and trying to usher a cast of peers through one of their final […]

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Away From Religion, Is Judaism A Culture?

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I was told by an orthodox Israeli I met on a hike in the English Peak District that I was a Jew. Which made me feel extremely uncomfortable as I was daydreaming about the bacon cheeseburger I was surely going to order at the pub that night and I was looking forward to a side […]

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Rekindling A Passion For Israel & Judaism

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I hadn’t been to Israel in 17 years, since going on Birthright with a group of fellow students from UW-Madison, on a trip lead by Benjie Kaplan, the current University of Minnesota Hillel director. Since that trip, Israel just sort of existed in my memories as a place I had enjoyed, the homeland for the […]

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Why Israel & Judaism Is My Foundation

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Fourteen years ago, I left Minnesota for Richmond. I watched the greenery of Minnesota disappeared beneath my feet. I left behind the tundra, tough-loving state for another state, it wasn’t my choice. Fourteen years later, I returned and Minnesota never felt like home. No matter where I’ve lived (and I’ve lived in many states – […]

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Who The Folk?! David Milavetz

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This week we are joined by David Milavetz, the new President of the board here at Jewfolk. We talk about career changes, the law, and how he’s seen this organization evolve in the nearly 6 years he’s been involved at Jewfolk, in this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast. You can read an excerpt below, but […]

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MN Hillel, Herzl Camp Announce Shared Hire

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Herzl Camp and Minnesota Hillel are excited to welcome Justin “JP” Held in a shared role as our new Director of Jewish Education for both organizations. Justin is currently finishing his rabbinic degree and Masters in Jewish Education at Hebrew College in Boston. He returns now to his Minnesota roots and to two organizations he […]

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

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What if you were the only Jewish student in your grade school, middle school, or high school? Would you take a stand and teach everyone about your traditions, or would you go quietly about your day trying not to draw attention to your different beliefs? What if you attempted to do both? Welcome to my […]

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