An Open Letter To My Students

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Maybe my connection to Judaism isn’t diminishing, just changing. But when everything is in such a state of tumult, I’m not sure I want that change.

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JCCs Quickly Adapting To Virtual Programming

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As the two Twin Cities JCCs closed their doors in mid-March due to the coronavirus, programmers at the two buildings realized that there was no playbook in place for how to continue programming for the thousands of people – from early childhood to seniors – that step foot in the buildings every day for meaningful […]

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Determining Our Own Reunification Rituals

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The more observant or clergy-identifying folks in our readership are about to roll their eyes hard, but it is truly incredible how often the Torah and its wise guidance match up with our current events. This week’s parsha is Tazria-Metzora. It’s actually the only portion that I feel vaguely qualified to analyze and discuss publicly […]

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JCA To Lead Teaching: Does Torah Call For Rent Holiday?

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Housing justice has been part of the Jewish Community Action program for almost all of the organization’s 25 years. But in the COVID-19 crisis, with skyrocketing unemployment rates in the state and country, the importance of the housing work not only continues to grow, but has its roots deeply embedded in the Torah. Aaron Berc, […]

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Who The Folk?! Ron Rabinovitz

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What’s it like to be friends with Jackie Robinson? In honor of the 73rd anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier, we talk with Ron Rabinovitz, author of the book Always, Jackie, and we discuss his nearly 20-year friendship with Robinson. We talk about what Robinson meant not just to baseball, but to the American […]

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‘Fauda’ and Missed Flights

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I should have known that spending the night in a rental car watching Netflix wasn’t going to end well. It was a Thursday night — technically early Friday morning. My eldest daughter and I had just left a wedding in New York, and my flight home to Minneapolis was at 6 a.m., which would get […]

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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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Who The Folk?! Ariana Feygin

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What’s it like to cook, under pressure, on television? Or to step into a kitchen and work as a 9-year-old? This week we are joined by teen cooking prodigy Ariana Feygin. We talk about Ariana’s Corona Time Cooking videos on her Instagram channel, working with Michelin-starred chefs, and how philanthropy is at the heart of […]

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