Reflecting On A Holiday Different From All Others

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A few weeks ago, punning off of the surreal nature of celebrating Passover during a pandemic, author and playwright Max Sparber tweeted, “Seder leader: Why is tonight different from all other nights? Me: Holy f—k, where to start?” Indeed. Separated from the family and friends they would normally join to retell the biblical story of […]

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The Title Of My TED Talk

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Every inspirational movie has one. It usually happens right at the main character’s turning point. Just after they decide to make a change and throw themselves into the pursuit of whatever it is they are choosing to pursue. We’ve all seen it. It’s “The Montage Sequence.” I’ve always been fascinated and amused by the montage […]

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The Importance Of Showing Up

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It was summer 2017 and my cousin and I was hiding out from the oppressive New York City heat in the air-conditioned lounge of the newly opened One Brooklyn Bridge Hotel. The place was brand new; a mostly undiscovered hidden gem at the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The lounge had a living wall creeping […]

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What’s Really The Climate For Jewish Students On Campus?

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Over the past decade, across the United States, college campuses have ingrained a deep sense of fear in the Jewish community. Jewish college students have been ostracized, refused letters of recommendation by professors, boycotted, shouted down, and compared to white supremacists and Nazis – a trend largely tied to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) […]

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Away From Religion, Is Judaism A Culture?

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I was told by an orthodox Israeli I met on a hike in the English Peak District that I was a Jew. Which made me feel extremely uncomfortable as I was daydreaming about the bacon cheeseburger I was surely going to order at the pub that night and I was looking forward to a side […]

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Why Israel & Judaism Is My Foundation

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Fourteen years ago, I left Minnesota for Richmond. I watched the greenery of Minnesota disappeared beneath my feet. I left behind the tundra, tough-loving state for another state, it wasn’t my choice. Fourteen years later, I returned and Minnesota never felt like home. No matter where I’ve lived (and I’ve lived in many states – […]

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Who The Folk?! David Milavetz

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This week we are joined by David Milavetz, the new President of the board here at Jewfolk. We talk about career changes, the law, and how he’s seen this organization evolve in the nearly 6 years he’s been involved at Jewfolk, in this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast. You can read an excerpt below, but […]

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MN Hillel, Herzl Camp Announce Shared Hire

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Herzl Camp and Minnesota Hillel are excited to welcome Justin “JP” Held in a shared role as our new Director of Jewish Education for both organizations. Justin is currently finishing his rabbinic degree and Masters in Jewish Education at Hebrew College in Boston. He returns now to his Minnesota roots and to two organizations he […]

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