December 2019 Get the Folk Out!

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2019 is on the outs, friends. But December… December always holds some delightful farewells, and this one is no different. We’ve got some great parties — both in the professional and friendship worlds — and some great chances to end the year with some extra mensch points. Take a look y’all, and pick at least […]

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Who The Folk?! Layah Shagalow

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What’s it like to move home and come to work for the organization your mother started? Layah Shagalow experienced just that. Shagalow, the assistant director of Sha’arim, which her mother, Chana, started 21 years ago. Layah tells us what it’s like to work for an organization that her mother founded and that she’s seen grow […]

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‘Love Labor Project’ Launches Nov. 14

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There are some people that set out to make life easier for others. They envision things that don’t exist. They build, create, innovate, fundraise and hustle to turn their dreams into reality. Rachel Austin Bernstein is one of those people. Austin Bernstein is a Twin Cities-based actor who performs under the name Rachel Austin. She […]

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Want To Protest SJP’s Conference At The U? Don’t Show Up

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Here’s something I’d like people to know about me: I’m a free speech absolutist. It doesn’t seem like that is an overly revelatory statement for someone who has been a professional journalist for as long as I have, but there you have it.  I feel like it’s as good a time as any to out […]

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Meet the Moderator of Ballots and Bellinis: Rabbi Jill Crimmings of Bet Shalom

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Next Thursday, November 7, four powerful Jewish women involved with local politics will sit down together to talk about their involvement and experiences in politics at Ballots and Bellinis at Bet Shalom Congregation. Ballots and Bellinis is a program of Women Repair the World, a project of Minneapolis Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy and National Council of […]

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Who The Folk?! Lev Gringauz

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After a couple of years on the road, Lev Gringauz is back in the Twin Cities, back at the U, and starting a new project. Lev, whose work you’ve been reading on TC Jewfolk for a couple of years, talks about travel, journalism, and The Jews Are Tired, on this week’s Who The Folk Podcast?! […]

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Hillel’s Last First Shabbat Offers Excitement For Future

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In most ways, the Friday evening of September 6 was just another first-Shabbat-of-the-year at Minnesota Hillel. University of Minnesota students filtered in to help set up for dinner. Hillel’s sanctuary was arranged for Kabbalat Shabbat services in a circle, with printed leaflets of Debbie Friedman’s Mi Sheberach, the prayer for healing, placed on every maroon […]

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September 2019 Get the Folk Out!

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Sorry, this one’s a little late & after the long weekend, friends. I’m guessing (hoping?) I’m not alone in September sneaking up on me. Last night, I saw the first leaves of the year drop with a gust of wind… but then, my spirits were picked right back up watching everyone go to school for […]

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