You’re Invited: Be The Light! At The St. Paul JCC

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While Hanukkah is fun for kids because they get to load up on presents, many families have adopted the idea that it’s great to help others and share our good fortune during the Festival of Lights. The St. Paul JCC has embraced this with their second annual event that will bring together the community for […]

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My Long-Awaited Return To Israel

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I’m going back to Israel next week with the 248 Community Action Network Cohort as part of a program to explore initiatives that foster stronger community connections & strengthen Jewish identity. It feels strange to say. My own sense of Jewish identity has long been fraught with doubt on a spiritual, institutional, and social level. […]

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December 2019 Get the Folk Out!

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2019 is on the outs, friends. But December… December always holds some delightful farewells, and this one is no different. We’ve got some great parties — both in the professional and friendship worlds — and some great chances to end the year with some extra mensch points. Take a look y’all, and pick at least […]

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Who The Folk?! Layah Shagalow

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What’s it like to move home and come to work for the organization your mother started? Layah Shagalow experienced just that. Shagalow, the assistant director of Sha’arim, which her mother, Chana, started 21 years ago. Layah tells us what it’s like to work for an organization that her mother founded and that she’s seen grow […]

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New Memoir Revives Recipes That Survived The Holocaust

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Eva Moreimi wasn’t shielded from her parents’ experiences having survived the Holocaust. Growing up in Czechoslovakia, she ofter overheard her parents and their friends discussing their often harrowing tales of survival. “I was very little when I first overheard their conversations with their friends,” said Moreimi, who now lives in Minneapolis. “Most of their friends […]

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A Birthday Wish To Help Others With Challah

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When Barb Neren turned 69 years old last year, she made a vow that she would try and complete 70 new projects on her way to 70. She didn’t know what it was going to look like at the time, but she wanted one of those to be something of kindness and compassion in the […]

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‘Love Labor Project’ Launches Nov. 14

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There are some people that set out to make life easier for others. They envision things that don’t exist. They build, create, innovate, fundraise and hustle to turn their dreams into reality. Rachel Austin Bernstein is one of those people. Austin Bernstein is a Twin Cities-based actor who performs under the name Rachel Austin. She […]

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