Jewish Geography & Road Trip Rites Of Passage

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A universal code exists when taking a road trip with members of the tribe (MOT). When I was growing up, my family didn’t feel a city was properly visited unless three rites of travel took place: 1. We shopped at the local mall; 2. We ate lunch at a deli; 3. We figured out whether […]

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Looking for Kavanah at Yom Kippur on Zoom

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The concept of kavanah was first introduced to me in a Jewish education class as a translation of ‘intention’ while in prayer. I understood it to be about being moved and being actively part of the experience. I’ve experienced it plenty of times, in a dark booth while running a perfectly timed show. Sometimes it’s […]

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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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Jew Review: ‘Parenting with Sanity and Joy’

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What was my favorite part of the book: Parenting with Sanity and Joy by Susan G. Groner? I would have to say the bookmark! Probably not what you expected. But by including a bookmark, and a beautiful blue fabric one at that, the author, and publisher, The Collective Book Studio, have acknowledged that a parent […]

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Shir Tikvah Pairing Education With Its Values

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How do you teach hope? It’s a question Shir Tikvah Rabbi Michael Latz said he was asked recently. The answer to that question, in part, is what led the Minneapolis Reform synagogue to reimagine its religious school and create the Jewish Academy for Moral Imagination, its new educational experience for children, families, regardless of age, […]

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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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