Minnesota JCC Readying To Reopen Next Week

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After more than 15 months of operating at a reduced capacity, the Minnesota JCC is preparing to reopen, but the two centers will be doing so in different ways starting on June 11. In a recent letter to members, COO Danya Kornblum said that a plan was being developed based on CDC and Minnesota Department […]

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St. Paul Jewish Federation Names Dan Mogelson CDO

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The St. Paul Jewish Federation has chosen Dan Mogelson to be Chief Development Officer (CDO). Mogelson is returning to work in St. Paul after being the director of affinities & global experiences at the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. He starts his new position on June 1, 2021. In his new role, Mogelson will help ensure the […]

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Rabbi Yosi Gordon Honored for 40 Years of Service To Talmud Torah of St. Paul

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What is it like to learn from Rabbi Yosi Gordon? “I have had many teachers over the years. Many were good, some were great, but none were better than Yosi,” says former student, David Glaser. On Sunday, May 23, the Talmud Torah of St. Paul (TTSP) recognized Rabbi Yosi Gordon for his 40 years of […]

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Duluth Native Nides Tabbed For Israel Ambassador Post

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Duluth-native Tom Nides has been selected to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Israel, according to several American and Israeli media reports. Nides, who graduated from the University of Minnesota, served in the Obama administration as deputy secretary of state, and the Clinton administration as the chief of staff to the U.S. Trade Representative.  JTA […]

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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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Bias Crimes Reported To SLP Police Over ‘Free Palestine’ Posters

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St. Louis Park police said that they received two reports of bias crimes related to antisemitic posters that were put up in the Fern Hill neighborhood, around 26th and Quentin. The posters, seen in the image above, were taken down by police. Dan Plekkenpol, the community security director at the Jewish Community Relations Council of […]

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Not a Normal Israeli Friday

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Those not infected by extremism and hatred began to meet it with the mixture of black humor, determination, and PTSD that defend and define each of us in Israel. 

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Israel’s Hope in the Desert

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Last week I stood in the scorching sun of the desert. I stood on the improbable grass under my feet which had a sophisticated water system, men and women working the grounds, and a splash of modern miracle. And while it might sound like this was Israel, it was rather Israel in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sports […]

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Robin Washington Recruits Diverse Voices in New Role at ‘The Forward’

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Acclaimed journalist Robin Washington, who lives in Duluth, Minnesota, started in April as editor-at-large of The Forward. This flagship position, aimed at elevating and expanding diverse voices, is well-suited for Washington, a Jew of color raised in Chicago during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Born to parents who were active in racial justice, […]

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Thanking Minnesotans For Showing Up To Support Israel

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On Thursday, May 13, I was part of a crowd of Minnesotans gathered at the State Capitol building in St. Paul to show our support for the State of Israel during the current efforts to defend its citizens from the aggression of the recognized Palestinian terror organization Hamas. Following many rockets on Israeli citizens, the […]

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