Parenting By Parsha: VaEtchanan

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A few weeks ago, my cousins came to visit us from Boston. It was a joyous day — we hadn’t seen one another for ages due to COVID-19 regulations. We hugged, and caught up, and ate cherry pie. Also, they brought a birthday gift for our little one — magnetic tiles to build with.  Our […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Dvarim

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My kid is a risk-taker. While there may have been some question about this (Does he understand what he’s doing? Did I make the boundaries clear?) it’s now undoubtedly true — this kiddo enjoys pushing the envelope.  I shouldn’t be that surprised to discover this, I suppose. I wasn’t exactly a shy-and-blushing wallflower myself. I […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Pinchas

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In two weeks, my older sister will basically be my neighbor. Okay, that’s not exactly true — Jersey City is not next door to Brooklyn. Nevertheless, it’s a heck of a lot closer than Chicago, where she’s been living for the last while. And it’s a whole lot closer than Israel, where the rest of […]

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Jewish Job: Beth El Seeking Master Teacher For Shabbat Mornings

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Job Title: Master Teacher Organization Name: Beth El Congregation Job Type: Part-time, Saturday mornings 9 a.m.-noon Salary Range: $60-$75 per session Deadline: August 11, 2021 Job Summary/Description: Join us on Shabbat mornings and be part of a stellar and high-energy B’nai Mitzvah Program. Our “Master Teachers” supervise our teen teachers and their 5th-7th grade students […]

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From Devils Lake To The Shores Of Devils Lake

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I spent the first 14 years of my life in Devils Lake, North Dakota, population about 6,000. Until my brother was born, I was the only Jewish child in town. There were enough adults to gather a minyan for a Yahrzeit. No one kept kosher any longer.  My parents wanted me to have a Jewish […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Korah

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I once got lost in the desert with friends. Not a metaphorical desert, either. A group of us were out hiking in the desert about 30 minutes north of Eilat — near Kibbutz Ketura, where we were living — and we missed a trail marker. We found ourselves on a ledge, looking down at the […]

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How to Start Giving and Investing Jewishly—It’s Easier Than You Think 

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When you donate to a non-profit or choose where to invest your money, do you do it Jewishly? What does that even mean?  As the Director of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, it is my privilege to help folks with these questions — from first-time investors to those looking to manage […]

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Pride 2021 Is Here!

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J-Pride will have several offerings throughout June; whether you prefer ritual engagement, educational opportunities, or just hanging out with community, there’s a place for everyone to be loud, proud, and Jewish this month. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10: Antisemitism & Queerphobia w/ JCA How does yesteryear’s Nazism impact the rhetoric of today’s antisemitism and Queerphobia? […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Sh’lach

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Have you ever tried to get a toddler to sit still during mealtime? I’ve heard that there are kids who sit at the table and eat what they’re given, but given my recent mealtime experiences, that sounds like fake news to me.  I’ve mentioned in the past that our kiddo has opinions, and this extends […]

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