Volunteers Needed for Annual Passover for All

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JFS is recruiting volunteers for Passover for All, an annual community outreach effort. In partnership with the Minnesota JCC, kosher-for-Passover food and supplies are provided to families to help them celebrate the holiday. There are three opportunities to help with this community outreach effort.

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Parenting By Parsha: Terumah

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Nearly 100 verses (96 to be precise). That’s how many lines of Torah are dedicated, in this week’s parsha, to describing the exact way in which the ark of the covenant should be designed. The text reads like a cross between an instruction manual (“The length of each cloth shall be twenty-eight cubits, and the […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Mishpatim

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This week, we read the section of the Torah called ‘Mishpatim,’ a word generally understood to mean ‘laws.’ In modern Hebrew, the phrase ‘ma’arechet ha-mishpatim’ means the legal system, and a courthouse is a ‘beit mishpat’ — a house of laws. But that’s not the only way to understand ‘mishpat.’ It can also be defined […]

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Kadima: For The Minneapolis Kids With Special Needs

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Sophie* loves board games. She loves to cook. She loves lighting the Shabbat candles on Friday night, and she loves it when her monthly invitation from Friends ‘N Fun comes in the mail. “I got mail! Open it! Open it!” the twelve-year-old sings. Friends ‘N Fun, a program of Sha’arim, pairs children with special needs with teen volunteers […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Yitro

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In our home, we have a game that we play several times a day, called Click-Pow. The premise is pretty simple. Our toddler is really into clicking the fasteners on the high chair and stroller into place. When they’re secured, he looks at my wife or me with an expectant eyebrow raise. Then we all […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Beshalach

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Yesterday, our toddler took the magnet in the shape of Moses off the fridge and gave it a hug, tablets, flowing beard and all. Our kiddo is really into hugging these days, offering spontaneous snuggles to my wife and I, but also to the plush fox (Shaul) and llama (Lily) we got from family friends. […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Bo

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This week, we read the portion of ‘Bo,’ which, literally translated, means something like, ‘come over here.’ While the name of this portion sounds like an invitation, it’s more like an order. Right in the first verse, God instructs Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh and continue bargaining for the freedom of the Israelites.  […]

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Teen’s Petition Helping Push Eden Prairie Schools On Fall Start

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There’s nothing like walking into your high school for the first time as a student. Unfortunately for Jewish students in the Eden Prairie School District, the school district is asking students to choose between their faith and their education. Eden Prairie is the only metro area school district that will be starting school on Tuesday, […]

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