Jon Lovett Brings Politics, Comedy To St. Paul

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As someone who first made his name in political circles as a speechwriter, Jon Lovett’s route to Washington started in a less conventional way: a math major.  “I wrote op-eds in the college newspaper, I drew political cartoons, I tried to write funny things that kind of touched on politics,” said Lovett, who along with […]

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Twin Cities Pride with J-Pride

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J-Pride is seeking volunteers for Twin Cities Pride! We will be hosting a booth at Twin Cities Pride on Saturday, June 25 (12pm-6pm) and Sunday, June 26 (10am-6pm), and are looking for community members to help us staff it. Volunteers will receive information about J-Pride and our program offerings to share with those who stop […]

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Submissions Open for the Second J-Pride Zine

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  Submissions are now open for the second annual J-Pride Zine: Out from the Narrow Place, Into the Wilderness (Volume 2). Please share with us your art, your poetry, your stories, your Torah. Themes may include gender, LGBTQ+ identity, Passover, bondage, and liberation. Submissions are due at noon on March 16th. Please send your submissions […]

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Missouri Jewish Leaders Create Summer Sleepaway Camp For LGBTQ+ Youngsters

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This article originally ran in the St. Louis Jewish Light and is used with permission. When Andy Brown and Dan Grabel founded Camp Manitowa in 2010, with two locations in southern Illinois, they vowed to make the summer camp experience as inclusive as possible for every youngster. They made good on that promise for the […]

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Who The Folk?! Sho Garland

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What’s it like to move back home as an adult and become the head of the school you went to as a kid? Sho Garland is tackling this challenge as the new executive director of Talmud Torah of St. Paul. We talk about what brought them back to the Twin Cities, what it’s like running […]

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Who The Folk?! Isaac Ezra Jennings

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Isaac Ezra Jennings moved to Minnesota the weekend before everything shut down for COVID, so his experiences attending J-Pride events were limited to the outdoor or virtual experience, but he enjoyed getting to take part in an explicitly Jewish and queer space. Now, he’s the new J-Pride Program Coordinator. We talk about what brought him to […]

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Who The Folk?! Daniel Goldschmidt

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This week, on the last podcast of 5781, we talk with Daniel Goldschmidt about his new music therapy business, Etude LLC, and how his new practice intersects with race, gender and queerness. We also talk about moving home and finding a community in Powderhorn, and where his nickname “Gordo” comes from, on this week’s Who […]

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An Understanding of Gender in the Torah from Binary to Merism

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How can I curse what God has blessed? That is what Balaam, the go to prophet-for-hire in the 13th century BCE says to the King of Moab.  We read these words in Parshat Balak in chapter 22 of Numbers (verse 18): “Bilaam replied to Balak’s officials, ‘Were Balak to give me his house full of […]

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Who The Folk?! Sven Sundgaard

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There are only 24 hours in a day, and Sven Sundgaard has enough going on to fill almost all of them. In the first in-person Who The Folk?! Podcast recording in 15 months, we talk to the meteorologist about his various digital media outlets, teaching climate change to seventh- and eighth-graders at Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish […]

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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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