In Response To Ad, Rep. McCollum Calls AIPAC ‘Hate Group’

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Congresswoman Betty McCollum, who represents Minnesota’s 4th District, is embroiled in controversy with AIPAC after calling the organization a “hate group.” The comment came in a statement the 10-term congresswoman released Wednesday afternoon in response to a Facebook ad released by AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), which uses a composite photo of McCollum, Rep. […]

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Taking The TC Quality Of Life While Missing Food From Home

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Not all Jewfolk are native to the TC. Those who choose to be a part of the Frozen Chosen are quick to learn that nobody is considered a native here unless their ancestors arrived in Minnesota before 1920 – at the latest! At first, it can be puzzling to these “newcomers” as to how these […]

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Away From Religion, Is Judaism A Culture?

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I was told by an orthodox Israeli I met on a hike in the English Peak District that I was a Jew. Which made me feel extremely uncomfortable as I was daydreaming about the bacon cheeseburger I was surely going to order at the pub that night and I was looking forward to a side […]

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The Un-Stunned

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For this American Jew, the biggest shock of the evident rise of antisemitism in this land of my birth is that so many other American Jews seem to find it so shocking. This sense of dissonance isn’t new. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, I, too, was overcome by our national anguish. But when […]

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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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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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Ari Shapiro Connects Current Immigration Stories To Jewish Experience

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Ari Shapiro remembers the kosher meat truck. Once a month, a freezer truck from Chicago would pull into the Fargo, N.D., synagogue parking lot where his family and other Jewish families would collect their monthly supply of kosher meat. The NPR All Things Considered co-host describes the Fargo Jewish community as “really tight” and says […]

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