Remembering Temple Israel’s 111-Year-Old ‘Grandma Ruth’

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Ruth Knelman, a fixture at Temple Israel for more than 70 years and a long-time volunteer in the synagogue’s Early Childhood Center, passed away on May 16 at 111 years old – five days shy of her 112th birthday. “I can hear her voice when asked ‘What’s your secret of living so long?’” Rabbi Marcia […]

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Nursing Homes Will Fail Without State Help, Sholom Says

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During January’s omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership at Sholom, Minnesota’s Jewish long-term care organization, started panicking. At one point, 60 employees were sick with COVID and unable to go to work. For an organization with roughly 530 workers, down from about 900 pre-pandemic, losing staff to sick leave was devastating. “We were inches […]

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How Ron Mandelbaum Is Part Of Innovating Health Care

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Ron Mandelbaum is, by his account, on his third or fourth career at this point.  “This is like this not your typical startup, a bunch of 20-year-olds that come up with an idea back of a napkin,” said Mandelbaum. “There’s tech involved, there’s healthcare. You couldn’t have come up with this unless you’ve been around […]

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Dear 2021: A Look Back & Ahead

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Dear 2021, You sure started off with a bang! Covid vaccinations have arrived! In February you decided to play a fun little game of “ how to get a vaccine appointment?” I got lucky: after only 4 hours on the computer, I was able to nab 2 appointments an hour out of the Twin Cities. […]

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Sholom Launches COVID ‘Long-Hauler’ Rehab Program

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With the uncertainty about how those who have had COVID-19 are impacted by the illness in the long-term, Sholom has launched a new rehab program aimed at helping “long-haulers,” COVID patients who are dealing with long-term ramifications from the illness — which is an estimated 15 percent to 30 percent of those who got the […]

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How to Start Giving and Investing Jewishly—It’s Easier Than You Think 

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When you donate to a non-profit or choose where to invest your money, do you do it Jewishly? What does that even mean?  As the Director of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, it is my privilege to help folks with these questions — from first-time investors to those looking to manage […]

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Who Are U.S. Jews? New Pew Study Takes Deep Dive

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In 2013, the Pew study “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” shocked Jewish communal leaders and prompted a mad dash to rework institutional priorities and engage more Jews. The study showed a community with record rates of intermarriage, rapid denominational disaffiliation, and a growing rejection of Judaism as a religion.  Now, the Pew Research Center is […]

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Rabbis’ Survey, Book Project, Looks At Generational Unity In The Digital Age

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Rabbis Jeffrey Schein and Hayim Herring have both written books recently, and as it turns out, their areas of interest and the coronavirus era have proved the perfect match for the two Pennsylvania natives to work on their next project together. “We are THE team to write this book,” said Herring. “It’s phenomenal to me: […]

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