Who The Folk? Lillie Rosen and Maya Harris

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Maya Harris had been a fan of growing and taking care of plants for most of her life. So when she and best friend Lillie Rosen decided to start a business in mid-2020, Planty Queens was born. Recently, the two celebrated the grand opening of their storefront in the Audubon neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis (2807 […]

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Shai Avny Hired As Mount Zion’s New Executive Director

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The search committee tasked with finding a new executive director for Mount Zion Temple could have undergone a long, protracted search to find its new leader. Instead, they kept the hire close to home, promoting Shai Avny, who had been the St. Paul synagogue’s director of engagement, to succeeding Larry Solomon. The transition will begin […]

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All Local Maccabiah Athletes Medal As Games Conclude

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For most of her swimming career, Erika Schraber described herself as a distance swimmer. But after a five medal haul at the Maccabiah Games in Israel – in distances that ranged from 50 meters to 1,500 – she may just have to call herself a “freestyler.” Schraber set a meet record in winning the 1,500 […]

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Ellie Fromstein A Second-Generation Rugby Player For Team USA

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This is the fifth in a series of profiles of Minnesota athletes who are competing for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games – also known as “the Jewish Olympics” – in Israel from July 12-26. For Ellie Fromstein, playing for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games isn’t just about the rugby. It’s also about continuing […]

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Who The Folk?! Eli Goldman

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Eli Goldman spends the school year playing soccer for the University of New Hampshire, but now that it’s off-season for the Wildcats, he plays attacking midfielder for the Minneapolis City Soccer Club of the United Soccer League Two — the fourth tier of soccer in the U.S. The Minneapolis native talks about what it’s like […]

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Drew Kuretsky Blazing Trail To Israel For Maccabiah

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This is the first in a series of profiles of Minnesota athletes who are competing for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games – also known as “the Jewish Olympics” – in Israel from July 12-26.  Drew Kuretsky wasn’t part of a great hockey program as a high school student in Mendota Heights, but she is […]

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Who The Folk?! Rachel Sher

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Rachel Sher has worked all around the Twin Cities Jewish community, and after leaving for an opportunity in New York, she decided it’s time to come home. Sher starts this week as the new director of youth engagement at Adath Jeshurun Congregation, where among other things, she’ll supervise the synagogue’s youth groups. We talk about […]

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Tired Of Excuses

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I remember where I was when the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre took place. I was in ninth grade and sitting at lunch when the news broke. Someone had walked into an elementary school with an automatic weapon and killed students and faculty members. The school went into a lockdown so no one could enter or […]

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Birthright Trips Back For The Summer

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This article is sponsored content YALA as part of TC Jewfolk’s Partnership program. For more information, check out our media kit. Shauna Rosen grew up in a mixed-religious family, and while her home valued Jewish traditions, she found that some of the institutional Jewish community was less welcoming. And then as a 23-year-old, she inadvertently […]

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