Holidays Without Their Home

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On the morning of Monday, Sept. 9, seeing the burnt and smoking carcass of the 118-year-old Adas Israel synagogue in Duluth, Mike Badden had one immediate reaction. “This is the end of the line for this congregation, that there’s no building,” Badden, an Adas Israel board member who grew up at the synagogue, remembered thinking. […]

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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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Harry Kay Leadership Institute Announces 10th Cohort

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This week, the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and St. Paul Jewish Federation announced the leaders who will make up the 10th cohort of the Harry Kay Leadership Institute, a prestigious leadership development program for Jewish leaders in the Twin Cities. “This cohort is made up of an incredible group of proven leaders,” says Lauren Kaplan, Director […]

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Duluth Fire Suspect Charged With Starting Negligent Fire

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Matthew James Amiot has been charged with one felony count of “negligent fires” and a misdemeanor charge for “negligent fires causing bodily harm” in the blaze that destroyed Duluth’s Adas Israel Congregation. The charges were filed Monday morning by the St. Louis County Attorney. He was arrested and booked into the St. Louis County Jail […]

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