Jews Say “Close the Camps” on Tisha B’av

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Fifty Jewish groups across the United States assembled in protest of ICE on a day of mourning, Tisha B’av. United We Dream, an immigrant-led organization, asked allies to hold vigils and protests outside of ICE offices, so Jewish organizations came together to host Tisha B’Av Action: Jews Say #CloseTheCamps. One of these assemblies took place […]

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New Community Mikveh Concept Gaining Momentum

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When speaking about the new community mikveh project that she is spearheading in the Twin Cities, Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker gets two questions: Where is it going to be and how much is it going to cost? And while she has those two questions, also, they aren’t the first thing on her mind as this […]

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JFCS Counselor, Program Manager Carole Cera Named Social Worker of the Year

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Carole Cera, a counselor and program manager with Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS), is celebrating 30 years with the agency this year and now she has another accomplishment to celebrate – she has been honored as the Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-MN). Celebrating 30 […]

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Capitol Rally Calls Out Rep. Omar For BDS Views

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An estimated 100 people showed up Thursday afternoon for a Minnesota Jewish Coalition-organized rally on the steps of the State Capitol in St. Paul, but a vocal few were very disappointed with the direction the event took. Marni Hockenberg, a Republican activist who live-streamed to her Facebook account that she was outraged that Somali activist […]

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Robert Aronson Takes Charge Of HIAS Board

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Thirty-one years ago, Robert Aronson was a young immigration lawyer who joined the board of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Now, after three decades of cycling on and off the board, Aronson has become the president of the board of HIAS at a pivotal time in the agency’s 138-year history. “I still get jazzed by […]

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Looking for a HUGE Leap Forward

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I am writing this asking for help. Any artist, from the most seasoned pro to the amateur hobbyist, will tell you the same thing: Finding space for art is hard enough work as it is. Whether that’s finding space to physically do your art, emotionally create your art, or financially support your art, it can’t […]

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Rabbi Hayim Herring Tackles Generational Divide In New Book

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Rabbi Hayim Herring’s first three books were all connected to Judaism. While his latest book, Connecting Generations: Bridging the Boomer, Gen X, and Millenial Divide, isn’t that per se, he doesn’t see it as a huge departure. “I don’t really see it as a switch so much as growth, as an expansion; I just decided […]

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