Social Studies Revamp Enters Next Phase

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Holly Brod Farber goes into schools across the state to talk about topics relating to Judaism, and she does so knowing that — in many cases — it will be the only chance students have to meet someone who is Jewish. “[Going into the schools] will literally be the only place,” said Brod Farber, the […]

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When School And Work Collide With The Holidays

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I have been in school basically my whole life, first as a student, then as a teacher, now as a professor. Every year (except for when I taught at a Jewish day school), I have had to navigate asking for days off for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I have been lucky, in that I […]

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Talmud Torah of St. Paul Programs Expand Nationwide

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What would bring a family from Boston to Minnesota for Jewish education? Meet the Dashevsky family from Boston. Parents, Zhenya and Anya, and their children, Ari, Eli, Liora, and Elisheva. They are a busy family. In addition to work and school, the three eldest children are highly competitive gymnasts, and they participate in Jewish life […]

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Shira Aronow The 35th Recipient of the Howie Stillman Young Leadership Award

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Despite being unable to host its annual event because of COVID-19, 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 Shira Aronow as this year’s recipient of their leadership award.  […]

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JCRC’s Resources For Engaging With The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Against the backdrop of a complex geopolitical conflict taking place on the other side of the globe, Americans in general and American Jews, in particular, are navigating the sea of ideas and information, of opinion and expression. Social media is a powerful tool for sharing information and opinions but is terrible for discussing this and […]

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Talmud Torah of St. Paul Celebrates 2021 Graduates, Recognizes Combined 130 Years of Teaching

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Talmud Torah of St. Paul (TTSP) will celebrate the graduation of four high school seniors from their Midrasha Program on Saturday, May 23 in a virtual Graduation Ceremony.    The community aspect of TTSP’s program is exemplified through its graduates. This year’s graduates each come from different high schools and are affiliated with three of the St. Paul synagogues.    The 2021/5871 TTSP Midrasha Graduates are:  […]

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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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Get Paid To Go To Camp

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Every summer, hundreds of kids gear up to go to Camp Olami and Camp Butwin, the Minnesota JCC’s summer day camps. And this summer will be no different.   After a “gap summer” in 2020, campers and parents are eager to be back at camp. While the health and safety guidelines mean fewer campers than past […]

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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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