JFCS To Honor Rheins For 25 Years Of Support, Volunteerism & Compassion

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Shortly after Nancy and Kevin Rhein first settled with their three children in Minnetonka in 1994, after five cross-country corporate moves, Nancy was looking for volunteer opportunities that could include their young children. She heard about an opportunity with JFCS’ Hag Sameach (Happy Holidays) program – which includes organizing and delivering holiday gift packages for […]

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Mental Health Conference Oct. 20 Features Jazz Musician Sam Miltich

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The 19th annual Mental Health Education Conference sponsored by the Twin Cities Jewish community, “Creating Healing and All that Jazz,” will be held 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Temple Israel (2323 Fremont Ave. S., Minneapolis). The event, which is free and open to people of all faiths and spiritualities, will feature […]

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Eat, Pray, Love: Spending Rosh Hashanah In Italy’s Smallest Jewish Community

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This was not my first Jewish holiday away from home. Studying abroad in London, my friends tossed crumpets in the Thames for Tashlich. Living in rural Thailand, my boyfriend and I constructed our own menorah out of materials from the hardware store, eating our homemade latkes with mangoes from the backyard instead of applesauce. In […]

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Holidays Without Their Home

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On the morning of Monday, Sept. 9, seeing the burnt and smoking carcass of the 118-year-old Adas Israel synagogue in Duluth, Mike Badden had one immediate reaction. “This is the end of the line for this congregation, that there’s no building,” Badden, an Adas Israel board member who grew up at the synagogue, remembered thinking. […]

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Song Offers Global Welcome To The New Year

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An ambitious production of New York’s 92nd Street Y brought together dozens of musicians, singers, and dancers from around the world to produce “The New Year Song.” The music and lyrics were written by Abigail Pogrebin and Noah Aronson. The artists involved are: Joshua Grace and Althea Pestine-Stevens, Central Park Noah Aronson, Brooklyn Rabbi Angela […]

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‘The Jews Are Tired’ Episode 1

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Episode 1 is here! A coherent explainer of Israel’s election and what happens next. Plus, are we heading to a reckoning with sexual abuse in the Jewish community? And not everything has to be bageled! (Available on Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, and later today, Apple Podcast).  

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Four Takeaways from NPR’s Ari Shapiro at JHSUM’s 35th

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As a journalist, a Jew, and a person living in 21st century America, I was able to learn from NPR’s All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro. Last week, Shapiro spoke on “Immigrants: Making a Difference” for the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest’s 35th anniversary. He shared many takeaways from his experience reporting with […]

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