Jewish Song of the Week: ‘Connected’ by Melita Silberstein

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Spring is such a special time of year, and a great reminder that everything is “Connected.” For me, there’s NOTHING like going for a walk or a hike to feel part of something bigger than myself — than all of us! That’s a HUGE lesson in Judaism and it really comes through in this sweet […]

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Jewish Song of the Week: ‘Blessing’ by Kenneth Lyonswright

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May is a big month for family time, and also major milestones. In particular, it’s the start of graduation season, and a reminder that some of the kids in our lives are…not kids anymore! I recently saw this performance from JRR Jewish Star Kenneth Lyonswright of his new song, “Blessing,” at one of our JRR […]

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HMJDS Names New Head Of School

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The Board of Trustees of the Amos & Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School Heilicher is pleased to announce that Dr. Dan Ahlstrom has been hired as Head of School beginning July 1, 2022. The Board’s unanimous decision to approve Ahlstrom’s hire was based on the strong recommendation of the Head of School Search Committee, […]

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Vikings Helping JCRC Educate Teachers On Holocaust

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Holocaust education has long been part of the mission of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. But when there was a threat that would have seen Holocaust and genocide studies removed from the social studies in Minnesota schools, the JCRC not only advocated for its reinstatement but also continued in making […]

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Love in a Lunch Box: Tips For a New Passover Tradition

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This article originally ran in the St. Louis Jewish Light Though each of my children has gone through brief phases of packing her own lunch or buying at school, I am, for the most part, our family’s lunch packer-in-chief. I estimate that I have packed close to 4,000 so far. It is one of my […]

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Jenna Zark’s New Book ‘Crooked Lines’ Began Life at TC Jewfolk

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TC Jewfolk is pleased to share some news about former columnist (now guest columnist) Jenna Zark. Jenna was one of the earliest writers at TC Jewfolk, sharing stories about Jewish holidays from the viewpoint of a newly single mom. When the pandemic started, Jenna decided to develop her columns into a book that received a […]

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My Jewish Boys Go To Catholic School & I Get Asked About It All The Time

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The story starts long ago. When I was growing up, my father was Jewish and my mother was Catholic. They attended services at a local synagogue before I was born up until the Rabbi’s sermon about how intermarriage was the greatest threat to Jewish survival. That was the last time my parents stepped foot in […]

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Who Did The Better ‘Encanto’ Themed Purim Parody?

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With Purim this week it’s officially “Purim Parody Season,” and this year there are at least three (that we found) that use one of  Lin-Manuel Miranda’s earworms from Disney’s Encanto. We Don’t Talk About Bruno was the inspiration for parodies by Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, The Maccabeats, and YouTube user sunmoonpie, as well as […]

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Hopkins, Minneapolis Schools Calendars To Recognize Jewish, Muslim Holidays

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Hopkins and Minneapolis school districts will have some new no-school days on their calendars starting next school year. Both districts have added days off for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan.  These days off will only apply if the holiday falls on […]

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Sim Glaser’s New Musical Set For JCC Premiere

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Before Sim Glaser retired from being a rabbi at Temple Israel, it turns out he may have stumbled into a retirement hobby: Facebook stalker. “I never go on Facebook, but I thought if there was ever a time for it, this was it,” he said. The “this” Glaser referenced was tracking down a man named […]

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