My Long-Awaited Return To Israel

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I’m going back to Israel next week with the 248 Community Action Network Cohort as part of a program to explore initiatives that foster stronger community connections & strengthen Jewish identity. It feels strange to say. My own sense of Jewish identity has long been fraught with doubt on a spiritual, institutional, and social level. […]

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Gateways Thrift Shop Offering Meaningful Opportunities

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Neely Silverman and Shaina Shagalow had come across a dusty stuffed rabbit last week, that they were prepared to throw out. Chris Martyn, fortunately, has an eye for value that the other people he works with at the Gateways Thrift Shop do not. “Anything by Steiff is valuable, even new stuff,” explained Martyn of the […]

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Heilicher Receives $1.4 Million Gift for Judaic Studies Program

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The Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School proudly announces a $1.4 million charitable gift to the school from Rabbi Mitchell Smith in honor of his parents, Harold and Mickey (z”l) Smith.  This is the second major gift to Heilicher by Rabbi Smith this year. The current gift is an augmentation of a $1.1 […]

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Bridging The Divide, St. Paul, Sabes JCCs Take Steps Toward Unity

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After several years of debate and discussion, the St. Paul and Sabes Jewish Community Centers – currently two separate agencies – will formally begin the next steps to combine into one agency with two campuses. The boards of directors of the respective agencies – the St. Paul JCC on Wednesday and the Sabes JCC on […]

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New Memoir Revives Recipes That Survived The Holocaust

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Eva Moreimi wasn’t shielded from her parents’ experiences having survived the Holocaust. Growing up in Czechoslovakia, she ofter overheard her parents and their friends discussing their often harrowing tales of survival. “I was very little when I first overheard their conversations with their friends,” said Moreimi, who now lives in Minneapolis. “Most of their friends […]

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A Birthday Wish To Help Others With Challah

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When Barb Neren turned 69 years old last year, she made a vow that she would try and complete 70 new projects on her way to 70. She didn’t know what it was going to look like at the time, but she wanted one of those to be something of kindness and compassion in the […]

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