Show Up In 2021

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While studying abroad in Spain during junior year, I decided to visit a college friend in Egypt and check the pyramids of Giza off my bucket list. There I stood, a poor college student gazing up at one of the worlds’ greatest wonders. I wanted to staple this moment in my mind, and so I […]

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For Recent Grads, Job Search A Long Slog

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Somewhere in the black hole of the 2020-that-could’ve-been is a year of opportunity for recent college graduates; the long-awaited reward for over 16 years of classes, projects, tests, and grades. Caps and gowns were to give way to full-time jobs and the independence of adulthood, just in time for summer fun. Of course, the COVID-19 […]

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Rep. Phillips: Capitol Siege ‘Most Horrifying Moments Of My Life’

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Twenty-four hours after a group of terrorists, encouraged by President Donald Trump to go to the U.S. Capitol, took over the building and sent congress into lockdown, Minnesota’s Third-District Congressman Dean Phillips called the day the most horrifying moment of his life. “When you run for Congress and take the oath of office, we know […]

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JCRC Condemns Insurrection in Washington, D.C.

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Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement: “For American democracy — its wellspring, its tree of life—is the peaceful transition of presidential power from one president to another. “Today’s deadly riots that engulfed the Capitol complex in Washington D.C., and the protests […]

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Sholom Begins Vaccinating Residents, Staff

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Barb Klick woke up happy on Jan. 3, for the first time in a while – and all because she was getting poked by a needle. Klick, the CEO of Sholom, was vaccinated along with 400 others on Sunday morning – the first opportunity for residents and staff of the senior living facility to have […]

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TC Jewfolk’s Most-Read, Listened To In 2020

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Originally for this article, I was going to use a photo of a dumpster on fire, and was quickly informed that may be a little too cliché. It doesn’t mean I’m wrong, but, after so many months of looking at the glass as half-empty, why not try the opposite approach? Now, I know that the […]

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Straddling A Peoplehood And A Nation

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As a septuagenarian American Jew belonging to the Baby Boomer class of 1949, my life in this country has unfolded in a manner beyond the most fervent prayers of my forbears for I have been able to coalesce without fear or duplicity my being Jewish with my full participation in American communal life. As such, […]

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The Crisis Of Dishonor

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“Who is honored? One who honors others.” –Ben Zoma, Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Sages) The word COVID may be a conjunction of sorts, but the Hebrew Kavod or Kuvid is translated to mean Honor. “Kol haKavod,” Jews have a habit of saying to each other, literally meaning “all of the honor to you.” In the realm of Jewish philanthropy, kuvid is bestowed upon […]

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Rabbi Jeremy Fine Announces TOA Departure

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Rabbi Jeremy Fine said that there were only a handful of jobs in the country that would cause him to consider leaving St. Paul’s Temple of Aaron, his spiritual home for the last nine years. Unfortunately for that community, one of those synagogues made him that offer. Fine announced last week on his Facebook page […]

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