Who The Folk?! Jonah Salita

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As a world traveler with a creative mind, Jonah Salita had worked for ad agencies while shooting his own stunning photos and designing his own tennis clothing as a teen. Now he’s devoting his time to working towards greater mental health awareness. We talk about how and why he launched the Diall App, his forays into […]

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Unprecedented Possibility: 4 Things to Know About the Jewish United Arab Emirates

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In late October, the three of us landed in Dubai to do something that would have been unimaginable even a few years ago: to visit and learn from the emerging Jewish communities in the United Arab Emirates. Thanks to generous support from the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Overseas Allocations Committee, we were able to join a […]

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Amazon Removes ‘Gas the JEWS’ Holiday Tumbler

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This story first appeared in the Cleveland Jewish News/cjn.org. Reprinted with permission As late as 9:38 p.m. Nov. 16, customers of Amazon could buy a “generic Jewish wine tumbler” bearing the inscription, “I said glass of JUICE, not gas the JEWS.” Listed as a “gift for Jew,” the 12-ounce black tumbler was listed for $21.95 […]

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Kedem & Kilimanjaro

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I’ve given a few different irreverent answers when people have asked why I’m undertaking this physically demanding (and not cheap) journey to climb Kilimanjaro. If you must know, there’s some truth in each of the replies. Yes, it’s a bucket list item; yes, I plan to do a headstand at some point along the way […]

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AJC Survey Finds Hatred For Jews Still A Severe Problem

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According to a new survey, American Jews are far more likely to see antisemitism as a problem in the United States than non-Jews and are nearly twice as likely to see antisemitism increasing over the past five years. The American Jewish Committee’s 2021 State of Antisemitism in American report is based on polling of both […]

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The Making Of A Paralympic Gold Medalist

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Ian Seidenfeld is competitive. You don’t reach the Table Tennis gold medal match at the Tokyo Paralympic Games without that kind of competitive drive. But facing the defending gold medalist and current world champion who had already beaten Seidenfeld earlier in the Games, the Minnesotan was just happy to be there. “I was happy to be […]

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Minnesota Native Back In Israel After Detainment In Nigeria

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Noam Leibman and a pair of colleagues landed in Nigeria from Tel Aviv last month to shoot the pilot episode of their planned documentary series, We Were Never Lost. The first two days of shooting interviews with Igbo Jews went great, but then when a dozen masked men entered their hotel room, and took them […]

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New Documentary Shines Light On Disability Rights Advocacy

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When Allison Norlian was a little girl, she didn’t realize that her family was different. With a loving mom and a great big sister, Norlian felt lucky and surrounded by love. While that’s still true, as an adult she knows that the world doesn’t necessarily see her family the way she does. The rude awakening […]

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Murder Of Sarah Halimi A Teachable Moment On Bias

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The murder of Jewish woman Sarah Halimi in her Paris apartment four years ago became global news in May after the French judiciary declined to prosecute the man who killed her — a Muslim of Malian origin — after it was deemed he was having a psychotic episode after years of voluntarily smoking marijuana. He […]

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The Letters Project: A Space For Youth To Wrestle With Israel/Palestine

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One of the most amazing and impactful classes I’ve ever taken.” “A chance to learn from an engaging book, other Jewish teens, and rabbis in the community.” “An amazing opportunity to strengthen support for Israel by learning to critique and disagree with some of its actions.” These are just a few of the comments offered […]

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