8 Minnesotans Vying For World Zionist Congress Delegate Spots

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Rabbi Michael Latz quotes Hamilton when asked why he wanted to be on the Hatikvah: Progressive Israel Slate for the World Zionist Congress elections: “’We need to be in the room where it happens.’ Especially with a billion dollars at stake.” The World Zionist Congress is the legislative body of the World Zionist Organization, which […]

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Rekindling A Passion For Israel & Judaism

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I hadn’t been to Israel in 17 years, since going on Birthright with a group of fellow students from UW-Madison, on a trip lead by Benjie Kaplan, the current University of Minnesota Hillel director. Since that trip, Israel just sort of existed in my memories as a place I had enjoyed, the homeland for the […]

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Why Israel & Judaism Is My Foundation

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Fourteen years ago, I left Minnesota for Richmond. I watched the greenery of Minnesota disappeared beneath my feet. I left behind the tundra, tough-loving state for another state, it wasn’t my choice. Fourteen years later, I returned and Minnesota never felt like home. No matter where I’ve lived (and I’ve lived in many states – […]

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Jew Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’

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*Contains spoilers for The Band’s Visit. Once, not long ago, a group of musicians came to Israel from Egypt. You probably didn’t hear about it. It wasn’t very important.” But it did show human connection between strangers. The Band’s Visit centers around an Egyptian Police Band winding up in the small, fictional Negev city of […]

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My Long-Awaited Return To Israel

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I’m going back to Israel next week with the 248 Community Action Network Cohort as part of a program to explore initiatives that foster stronger community connections & strengthen Jewish identity. It feels strange to say. My own sense of Jewish identity has long been fraught with doubt on a spiritual, institutional, and social level. […]

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Islamic Jihad Helped Me Find My Bravery

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I’m sitting over my computers, bleary-eyed, weary and pale clicking through eBay. My favorite designer Eileen Fisher again. Yes, I’m powerless over Eileen but this time I have someone besides myself to blame – Islamic Jihad. Two days ago they escalated their rocket attacks over Israel. The target area is all of Israel. Last I […]

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Want To Protest SJP’s Conference At The U? Don’t Show Up

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Here’s something I’d like people to know about me: I’m a free speech absolutist. It doesn’t seem like that is an overly revelatory statement for someone who has been a professional journalist for as long as I have, but there you have it.  I feel like it’s as good a time as any to out […]

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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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Drink Up! Israeli Craft Beer Industry Is Growing

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A simple Google search for “Israeli Craft Beer” might surprise you with its results. In this area, Israel is, yet again, a “Start-Up Nation.” Unlike vineyards and wineries that are as ancient as biblical times, beer breweries are relative newcomers. Craft breweries now dot the Israeli map, boasting names that reflect their locations and brewing […]

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