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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‘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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