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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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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