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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‘Like A Phoenix,’ Minnesota Hillel Prepares To Open Renovated Building

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It’s hard to pick out the centerpiece of the new and improved Minnesota Hillel Johnson Center for Jewish Student Life. It could be the new gym/multipurpose space in the back of the lower level. Or the completely open top floor event center. Or the roof deck. Maybe the central air conditioning and furnace not on […]

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Who The Folk?! Meyer Weinshel

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Is Yiddish a dying language, or is it making a comeback? This week we talk to Meyer Weinshel, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota who is teaching Yiddish to people of all ages, most recently in a class offered by Jewish Community Action. Meyer talks about how he got started and about a […]

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Who The Folk?! Aly Jones

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What brings someone from a small Jewish community in the Southwest to the Upper Midwest? This week we hear from Aly Jones, the new coordinator of JFCS NextGen. We talk about growing up in a really small Jewish community, what led her to the Twin Cities, and how to keep the NextGen momentum going while […]

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Virtual Ingenuity: How the 248 Global Summit Brought Us Together

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Hi from my couch (Poland) – Magda Rubenfeld!” “Hello from St Petersburg, Russia – Nadia Bezuevskaia!” “Rehovot is here:) – Pola Barkan!” “Hello from Majorca Island, SPAIN – Dani Rotstein!” The chat screen lit up with places all over the world. Everyone was gathered for the 248 Community Action Network (248) Global Summit on Sunday, […]

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Who The Folk?! Madalina Kelner

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Madalina Kelner, is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and an artist who will be presenting her first post-graduate gallery show, Behind The Veil, later this month at the Homewood Studio in North Minneapolis. We talk about the strangest senior year ever, what her plans for the future are, and how Behind the […]

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Who The Folk?! Shira Yardley

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What’s it like to build a massive garden from scratch every year? This week we’re joined by Shira Yardley, who works at the Sabes JCC as a job coach with the inclusion program, but is also the garden manager. Shira talks about how the program has transformed itself in the coronavirus era, and how the […]

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Who The Folk?! Ronen Pink

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Who knew that having a 3D printer would be so important right now? Ronen Pink certainly didn’t. But the tool he bought himself eight years ago with Bar Mitzvah money has proven invaluable. Pink has been 3D-printing and assembling face shields that are needed and in short supply during the coronavirus crisis. Pink talks about […]

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An Open Letter To My Students

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Maybe my connection to Judaism isn’t diminishing, just changing. But when everything is in such a state of tumult, I’m not sure I want that change.

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