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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A New Delhi Hanukkah Miracle

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I’m standing in a vaguely dirty room, by the take-a-book-leave-a-book shelves. The smell of dust, sweat, and fried dough tickle my nostrils. The room, which is sort of lit by stubborn yellow bulbs, is lined with overstuffed couches. These are littered with scarves, backpacks, dirty clothes, books, maps. The miscellaneous stuff of backpackers. This place […]

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Virtual Ingenuity: How the 248 Global Summit Brought Us Together

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Hi from my couch (Poland) – Magda Rubenfeld!” “Hello from St Petersburg, Russia – Nadia Bezuevskaia!” “Rehovot is here:) – Pola Barkan!” “Hello from Majorca Island, SPAIN – Dani Rotstein!” The chat screen lit up with places all over the world. Everyone was gathered for the 248 Community Action Network (248) Global Summit on Sunday, […]

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Where Was the “Peace” 400 Years Ago?

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(Editor’s note: This piece contains strong language) My father is the most peaceful man I know. A few years ago, he came home from the watch store, and told us that the owner had said to him, “What would people think if they walked in and saw a nigger working here?” after my father had […]

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Running With An Idea

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Five weeks into our quarantine and I feel that my family has been doing what everyone else is doing. We adopted a new kitten, started an herb garden, and tried camping in the backyard. We walk and scooter at least once daily and had a family Zoom Seder. And we bake a lot of banana […]

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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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