Jewish Job: Israel Program Specialist At Minneapolis Jewish Federation

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Job Title: Israel Program Specialist Organization Name: Minneapolis Jewish Federation Job Type: Part-time; 30 hours/week Salary Range: $29,500-$36,000 Deadline: Open until filled Job Summary/Description: The Israel Center of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation aims to bring the State of Israel, its culture and activities, to the Minneapolis Jewish community. Within this department, the Israel Program Specialist […]

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Christianity In Israel

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I never ascribed any real faith to Christianity until I took these two photos, strolling through a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem last October.             The Church of the Holy Sepulcher loomed around us – the tourists, believers, and I – and Jerusalem gave Christianity the kind of […]

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Honeymoon Israel: ‘We Believe In This Trip’

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On the fence about applying for Honeymoon Israel? Andrew and Dudley Deshommes-Kohl say: DO IT. These days, their calendars are full: Shabbat taco night. Reminiscing over Shakshouka for brunch. Shabbat-hopping at synagogues across the Twin Cities. The couple is part of an active, local, close-knit Jewish community; the type many spend decades cultivating. But Andrew […]

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The Twin Cities Gets to Know IsraAID

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Yotam Polizer tells the story of being in Nepal after a devastating earthquake hit in 2015. The IsraAID co-CEO watched 21 bodies being pulled out of a collapsed building 130 hours after the earthquake took place that killed 10,000 and displaced a million. That’s when the last survivor was pulled out. Polizer, his co-CEO Voni […]

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Israeli Government Thrown Into More Turmoil

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In an unprecedented move, the Knesset – Israel’s parliament – voted Wednesday night to dissolve itself and launch Israel into new national elections, slated for September 17, less than two months after previous elections on April 9. At this rate Israel will be without a formal government for most, if not all, of 2019, leaving […]

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A Freelancing Mom’s Life

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I can still remember the exact moment when my career as a full-time staff writer ended. I was sitting in front of my computer at the Jerusalem Post when I noticed my water broke. Within 36 hours I became a mother and said goodbye to full-time employment, forever. I could have gone back after maternity […]

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Stop Complaining, Start Offering Solutions

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Editor’s note: The author formally managed Birthright Israel, among other projects, for the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Jewish Federations. Recently in the Forward, there was an article complaining about the filings of Birthight Israel. I have my own complaints with the program, but to suggest, as the article does, that BRI is doing young Jews […]

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Inside The Israeli High Holidays

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JERUSALEM – It was surreal; the elderly French man reminded me of my grandfather. Bald and small, with the kind and worn face of a beardless Polish Jew, as if from a sentimental photo of Warsaw. Slightly hunched over, but not deformed. Quick-witted and intelligent, hard of hearing, and humorous even as he told of […]

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