Synagogues Share Similar Preschool, Religious School Reopening Plans

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Synagogues across the Twin Cities are planning for preschools and religious school programs to reopen in the fall, using either full-time or hybrid models. Among the different programs, congregations, and leadership, everyone had one main desire in common: To support young families and working parents by providing engaging childcare and education programs for their children.  […]

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Remote Jewish Learning, 1980s Style

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Back-to-school stories are beginning to kick-in throughout the news and social media. Few and far between, however, are the stories focused on five ways to decorate your locker, or what not to wear on the first day. Rather, the focus is on will school be online at home, or in-person at school. Scroll through the […]

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[email protected] Takes Camp Virtual

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With Herzl Camp closed for 2020, this summer isn’t what we planned but it won’t get the best of us! Herzl is bringing a little bit of camp to your homes and hearts this summer with [email protected]! Our virtual summer programming brings some ruach into each day and breaks up the monotony of a long […]

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St. Paul, Sabes JCCs Start Cautiously Reopening

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For the first time in nearly three months, the Early Childhood Centers of the Sabes and St. Paul JCCs started welcoming children back to the building. That happy occurrence began a deliberate, phased reopening of the two JCCs that will – if everything goes well – take place over the next month. Michael Waldman, the […]

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Camps Butwin & Olami To Close For 2020

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After keeping the door of hope for camp this summer open a sliver, the camps of the two Jewish Community Centers in the Twin Cities have closed it. Allie Greenstein and Ben Savin, the directors of Camp Olami and Camp Butwin, emailed camp families Friday afternoon to break the news. Greenstein said that they had […]

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Camp Ramah In Wisconsin Announces Closure For 2020

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While Camp Ramah in Wisconsin was holding out hope that it may have summer programming by delaying the start of camp, ultimately the challenges caused by COVID-19 were too much to overcome. In a video posted Wednesday evening, Executive Director Jacob Cytryn announced that both Ramah’s overnight camp in Conover, Wisc., and day camp in […]

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Escaping The Abuse Of My Past

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My entire childhood is bound within six albums, they’re stacked full of certificates, letters I’ve written to the newspaper. They chronicle smiling photos of my late grandparents, they follow my life from birth to dance to the adventures my father and I used to take together on long trips. They document a loving relationship between […]

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Watch TC Jewfolk’s ‘Campfire Conversation’

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In this live streaming conversation, Lev Gringauz of “The Jews Are Tired” podcast and Lonny Goldsmith, Editor of TC Jewfolk, “sit down” with directors from Camp Butwin, Camp Olami, Herzl Camp, Camp TEKO, Camp Ramah, and OSRUI. The goals for this conversation are for attendees (and organizers) to gain closure and to create a more […]

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