JCCs Quickly Adapting To Virtual Programming

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As the two Twin Cities JCCs closed their doors in mid-March due to the coronavirus, programmers at the two buildings realized that there was no playbook in place for how to continue programming for the thousands of people – from early childhood to seniors – that step foot in the buildings every day for meaningful […]

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Determining Our Own Reunification Rituals

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The more observant or clergy-identifying folks in our readership are about to roll their eyes hard, but it is truly incredible how often the Torah and its wise guidance match up with our current events. This week’s parsha is Tazria-Metzora. It’s actually the only portion that I feel vaguely qualified to analyze and discuss publicly […]

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JCA To Lead Teaching: Does Torah Call For Rent Holiday?

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Housing justice has been part of the Jewish Community Action program for almost all of the organization’s 25 years. But in the COVID-19 crisis, with skyrocketing unemployment rates in the state and country, the importance of the housing work not only continues to grow, but has its roots deeply embedded in the Torah. Aaron Berc, […]

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Reflecting On A Holiday Different From All Others

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A few weeks ago, punning off of the surreal nature of celebrating Passover during a pandemic, author and playwright Max Sparber tweeted, “Seder leader: Why is tonight different from all other nights? Me: Holy f—k, where to start?” Indeed. Separated from the family and friends they would normally join to retell the biblical story of […]

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Don’t Passover Shame Me

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Back off, Passover shamers. Nothing I’m going to be able to pull off in my 1,500 sq. ft. home aka office aka school during the COVID-19 crisis is going to resemble our family’s normal, awesome family Seder. So I’m not going to try.

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A Pastoral Letter From The Minnesota Rabbinical Association

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Dear Members of the Minnesota Jewish Community, We are called upon daily to act with compassionate conviction, to mobilize people of faith to respond to the eternal question, what can I do to serve my neighbor? The Minnesota Rabbinical Association speaks out as the moral and religious voice of the Jewish community, and we invite you to be […]

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Volunteering To ‘Visit’ Seniors

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Ian Aizman realized that as people began socially distancing themselves from others, one very vulnerable population was at risk of losing all interaction: Seniors in nursing homes. “I had just been thinking about it all the time,” said Aizman. “We can’t just abandon our elders. They’re already an at-risk population, and then coupled with an […]

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