The Final Camp Drop-off

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Well, this is it. The final year. Her final year at Herzl as a camper and my heart is breaking for her. Today we spent the entire day together. Making crepes and cookies, hoping that the sadness, that both of us know is inevitable, wouldn’t set in. Checking lists and shoving way too much stuff […]

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Who The Folk?! Noam Sienna

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Why, in the midst of working on your doctorate dissertation, would you go and write a book that has nothing to do with your dissertation topic? That’s a question Noam Sienna wrestled with, but nonetheless went ahead and did it anyway. Noam talks about his book A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts […]

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Kids Relate to “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” at the Ordway

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It’s sometimes tough being a kid trying to find one’s place in the universe. Stressors can come from many aspects of one’s life, affecting friendships, schoolwork, and relationships with their parents. Religion, nationality or medical conditions are a few things that can make children feel anything but normal – whatever that is. In fact, more […]

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Jew Review: ‘A Rainbow Thread’

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When I was in college in the late 1980s, I devoured the work of Jewish feminists like Ellen Umansky and Judith Plaskow. They unearthed for me the previously hidden voices and experiences of Jewish women and helped build my sense of not just belonging but entitlement. For me to be my whole self as a […]

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Cooking with Jewish Wisdom

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.חֲנֹ֣ךְ לַ֖נַּעַר עַל־פִּ֣י דַרְכּ֑וֹ גַּ֥ם כִּֽי־יַ֜זְקִ֗ין לֹֽא־יָס֥וּר מִמֶּֽנָּה” Train a child according to his way; even when he grows old, he will not turn away from it.” As a mom of three (perfect) children, this wisdom from Proverbs has always rattled around in my brain and in my heart – though I only recently really […]

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Cheers Minneapolis Faces Eviction

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Cheers Minneapolis, the LGBTQ bar that was set to open on June 21, now looks unlikely to open at all. According to online records, the 1933 Lyndale LLC, the owners of the building where Cheers was going to open, filed an eviction summons with Hennepin County on June 13 for reportedly not paying rent for […]

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5 Date Nights For While Your Kids Are at Camp (Summer 2019 Update!)

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Hello and welcome to the 2019 edition of  “Date Nights For While Your Kids Are at Camp”! It’s summertime again and I am still happily childless and here to tell you what the eff is cool around town this summer*. While the oldies from last summer are still solid options, we’re trying to keep it […]

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Honeymoon Israel: ‘We Believe In This Trip’

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On the fence about applying for Honeymoon Israel? Andrew and Dudley Deshommes-Kohl say: DO IT. These days, their calendars are full: Shabbat taco night. Reminiscing over Shakshouka for brunch. Shabbat-hopping at synagogues across the Twin Cities. The couple is part of an active, local, close-knit Jewish community; the type many spend decades cultivating. But Andrew […]

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