U Students Vote to Adopt IHRA’s Antisemitism Definition

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In a win for the campus Jewish community, University of Minnesota students voted to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism during this year’s all-campus election, held from March 22-26. The margin of victory was 16 percent, with 1,705 votes for and 1,231 against. The definition will now go to the U’s […]

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Rabbis Survey, Book Project, Looks At Generational Unity In The Digital Age

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Rabbis Jeffrey Schein and Hayim Herring have both written books recently, and as it turns out, their areas of interest and the coronavirus era have proved the perfect match for the two Pennsylvania natives to work on their next project together. “We are THE team to write this book,” said Herring. “It’s phenomenal to me: […]

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Who The Folk?! Noah Garon

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What does it take to create a line of high fashion that is also technologically advanced? University of Minnesota senior Noah Garon has done just that. We talk about the merging of art and technology, creating his own textiles, and the merging of fashion and his Judaism, on this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast. Please […]

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How Judaism Grants The Foundation – And Encouragement – To Question

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I was the Bat Mitzvah that questioned whether I wanted to be Jewish. I outright questioned my rabbi if I didn’t believe in a God, does that mean I should make a transition in front of the entire synagogue – Shir Tikvah – that I attended. This foundation and encouragement to question the world I […]

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Zoom Event Teaches Sustainable Farming, Seed Saving, & Kosher Ethics

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Over a virtual vegetarian meal Thursday night, community members gathered for YALA Twin Cities’ event “ECO-mmunity: Planting, Buying, and Eating Sustainably,” where local leaders in sustainable food systems discussed land stewardship, eco-kashrut, and the “magic of seeds.” YALA is the young adult program of the Jewish Federations of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and the Zoom […]

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Added Benefit Of Hillel’s Rebuild? Accessibility

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While Minnesota Hillel has been a fixture in Dinkytown since the mid-1950s, there has been one very notable absence from the building: accessibility. While the building’s unique brickwork stood out, so did the lack of an elevator. Which meant the home away from home for Jewish students on campus, wasn’t available for all who need […]

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For Recent Grads, Job Search A Long Slog

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Somewhere in the black hole of the 2020-that-could’ve-been is a year of opportunity for recent college graduates; the long-awaited reward for over 16 years of classes, projects, tests, and grades. Caps and gowns were to give way to full-time jobs and the independence of adulthood, just in time for summer fun. Of course, the COVID-19 […]

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Local Jewish Changemakers on Building Networks and Connection During COVID-19

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If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when? – Rabbi Hillel This summer, over 1,000 Jewish Changemakers Fellows, including 18 from Minneapolis and St. Paul, asked themselves these questions. This Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Fellowship, intended […]

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Who The Folk?! Morgan Dachis

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What does a furloughed restaurant worker do to earn a living during the pandemic? If you’re Morgan Dachis, you launch your own business. Dachis is the founder/chef/baker/owner of Morgan’s Broth and Buns. We talk about what led to her starting this new business, why challah and soup, and what flavor profiles she’s considering next, on […]

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Who The Folk?! Justin “JP” Held

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A lot has changed in the five years since his last time working at Minnesota Hillel, and this week we are joined by by Rabbi-to-be Justin “JP” Held, who works for not one but TWO of the great organizations in the Twin Cities, Hillel and Herzl Camp. We talk about how re-entry to the Twin […]

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