Beth Kieffer Leonard, MN Accounting Maven, Honored By The Jewish Agency

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Beth Kieffer Leonard, managing partner of Lurie, LLP, an accounting and consulting firm in Minneapolis, has spent four years as the chairperson of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s budget and finance committee. In that time, most of it during the pandemic, she helped the legacy organization sort out its finances and build philanthropic endowments to […]

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Local, National Jewish Organizations Speak Out On Abortion Decision

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After the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the 1972 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States on Friday morning, several local and national organizations have released statements condemning the decision. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, and we’ll be adding to this list as we receive statements. JFCS Minneapolis/Network […]

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A First-Person Story Of Fleeing Putin’s Russia

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Editor’s Note: The St. Louis Jewish Light learned of Russian Jew Tatiana Glezer, 41, and her plight through a network of friends in the United States. Largely fluent in English, she agreed to write her story for the Light, which they have agreed to share with TC Jewfolk. Many thanks to author and journalist Linda […]

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For High Schoolers, Holocaust Museum Connects History To Today

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WASHINGTON — Being in the crowded, confined space of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was uncomfortable for Kevin Smokyday. It wasn’t because of the photos and videos that he saw in the museum’s permanent exhibit, but the place that it brought him back to. Originally from Kinistin First Nation in central Saskatchewan, Smokyday is a […]

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JCRC’s D.C. Trip Returns, Brings 150 To U.S. Holocaust Museum

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the first time since 2019, more than 150 students, rabbis, teachers, and soldiers boarded a pre-dawn flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to spend the day at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as part of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas’ annual education trip.  “The trip […]

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‘Jewish Geography Gone Wild’: How An Informal Network Of Russian-speaking Jews is Helping Ukrainians

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In the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an Israeli friend contacted Jenna Mitelman and asked her to help two Ukrainian refugees. A single mother and her nine-year-old boy needed housing. Where could they go? “Within two hours she had offers in Switzerland, in Germany, and in Spain,” Mitelman said — and a travel […]

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Bipartisan Russian Divestment Bill Passes House, Senate Unanimously

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In less than three weeks – nearly unheard of speed by the Minnesota Legislature – a bill that will divest state funds from Russia and Belarus unanimously passed its final hurdle in the legislative process Tuesday and will be signed into law.  The bill was introduced to the public by a bipartisan group of legislators, […]

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