Never Alone In Fears

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I am scared. I am posting positive words and asking my friends how they are, but it is a call from a friend as she cries because she is losing her house because so many people have been laid off. I am fortunate enough that I work in health care, but I am scared for […]

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Volunteering To ‘Visit’ Seniors

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Ian Aizman realized that as people began socially distancing themselves from others, one very vulnerable population was at risk of losing all interaction: Seniors in nursing homes. “I had just been thinking about it all the time,” said Aizman. “We can’t just abandon our elders. They’re already an at-risk population, and then coupled with an […]

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SLP Company Gets Teachers Ready For Distance Learning

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Ellen Paxton was ahead of the curve when it comes to distance learning, a skill set that is becoming more useful by the day. A former teacher-leader in St. Paul Public Schools, Paxton worked on creating the district’s first distance learning program about 20 years ago, and has turned that into the business of training […]

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JFCS Still Providing Critical Services For Current & New Clients

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In these uncertain times due to COVID-19, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis remains committed to our mission and is providing support to all who turn to us, especially now.  We have suspended our regular business hours at our Golden Valley and Minneapolis offices until further notice. Most staff are working from home and […]

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MRA Statement On Passover

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Why is this night different from all other nights? מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל הַלֵּילוֹת Mah nishtanah ha’lilah hazeh mikol ha’leilot This may be the most famous question posed at Seder, as it has inspired us to celebrate our beloved Pesach traditions with our youngest to our oldest around the table. This question takes on […]

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Kosher Spot Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

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E-mails from two St. Louis Park Jewish locations reveal that the first test-confirmed cases of coronavirus have hit the Jewish community. An e-mail sent out Sunday from The Kosher Spot notified the community that one of their employees tested positive for COVID-19. There are reportedly 235 confirmed cases in Minnesota. Leah Giter, who was named […]

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Businesses Retool In Face Of New Reality

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Owning Copperwing Distillery in St. Louis Park means that one thing that Brian Idlekope, Kyle Kettering and Chris Palmisano have no shortage of is alcohol. Due to the coronavirus, one thing that almost everyone is short on is hand sanitizer. So in the wake of the crisis, Kettering is going to begin producing house-made hand […]

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What Services Are JFCS, JFS & Others Offering?

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As the community is beginning to hunker down in voluntary – or involuntary – quarantine, the Jewish community’s two main social service agencies are preparing to continue as much of their services as possible while they are closing up their offices. Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis is suspending regular office hours effective March […]

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Jewish, Muslim, LGBTQ Groups Lead Charge On Hate Crimes Bill

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Jewish advocacy groups are co-leading the effort to pass a bill this legislative session that will help Minnesota address a rise in hate crimes that has plagued the country and the state. The legislation is spearheaded by a coalition of community organizations primarily made up of Jewish Community Action (JCA); the Minnesota chapter of the […]

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