Synagogues Share Similar Preschool, Religious School Reopening Plans

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Synagogues across the Twin Cities are planning for preschools and religious school programs to reopen in the fall, using either full-time or hybrid models. Among the different programs, congregations, and leadership, everyone had one main desire in common: To support young families and working parents by providing engaging childcare and education programs for their children.  […]

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Remote Jewish Learning, 1980s Style

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Back-to-school stories are beginning to kick-in throughout the news and social media. Few and far between, however, are the stories focused on five ways to decorate your locker, or what not to wear on the first day. Rather, the focus is on will school be online at home, or in-person at school. Scroll through the […]

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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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Eliana Pierotti Wins Howie Stillman Young Leadership Award

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Howie Stillman Young Leadership Fund still found a way to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Jewish high school seniors in the Twin Cities. A sub-committee conducted interviews via Zoom in mid-April and selected Eliana Pierotti as this year’s recipient of their leadership award. Even though they couldn’t have their annual […]

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[email protected] Takes Camp Virtual

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With Herzl Camp closed for 2020, this summer isn’t what we planned but it won’t get the best of us! Herzl is bringing a little bit of camp to your homes and hearts this summer with [email protected]! Our virtual summer programming brings some ruach into each day and breaks up the monotony of a long […]

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A Journey Through History With My Zaida

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One out of three hundred. When 299 armed soldiers deployed for Korea, my grandfather, whom I lovingly refer to as Zaida, defied the odds. He was chosen to serve as a legal clerk in a court-martial unit in the United States. I have heard him nostalgically recount his time in the Army since I was […]

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St. Paul, Sabes JCCs Start Cautiously Reopening

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For the first time in nearly three months, the Early Childhood Centers of the Sabes and St. Paul JCCs started welcoming children back to the building. That happy occurrence began a deliberate, phased reopening of the two JCCs that will – if everything goes well – take place over the next month. Michael Waldman, the […]

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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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