Nursing Homes Will Fail Without State Help, Sholom Says

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During January’s omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership at Sholom, Minnesota’s Jewish long-term care organization, started panicking. At one point, 60 employees were sick with COVID and unable to go to work. For an organization with roughly 530 workers, down from about 900 pre-pandemic, losing staff to sick leave was devastating. “We were inches […]

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Remembering PACER Center Founder Paula Goldberg

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It might seem like being called a “Venus Flytrap” might be an unflattering nickname, but when Kathy Graves speaks of Paula Goldberg, she means it in the best way possible. “She embraced our family,” Graves said. “She had a way of getting you in and not letting you go.” Goldberg, the co-founder and long-time executive […]

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GOP Candidate, Buffalo Shooter, Profess Jewish Conspiracy

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Kim Crockett, the Minnesota GOP-endorsed candidate for secretary of state, which oversees elections, thinks Minnesota has less election integrity than every part of the U.S. except for California. And at the MN GOP convention this past weekend, she made it clear that Jews are to blame. Crockett played a video that showed Steve Simon, Minnesota’s […]

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JCA, MRA Sign On To Brief Backing Eviction Moratorium

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After a recent ruling in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Jewish Community Action and the Minnesota Rabbinical Association are among the local faith organizations that signed onto an amicus brief to for the entire panel of the court’s judges to rehear the case. The case, Heights Apartments v. Walz, stems from Gov. Tim Walz’s executive […]

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Beth El Rounds Out Clergy Team With Two Hires

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After a long search, Beth El Synagogue announced two clergy hirings to fill key positions on its team. Matt Goldberg, a sixth-year student at Hebrew College in Boston will be a rabbinic intern to fill the position that opened when Rabbi Avi Olitzky left the synagogue earlier this year, and Cantor Wendi Fried will fill […]

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How Ron Mandelbaum Is Part Of Innovating Health Care

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Ron Mandelbaum is, by his account, on his third or fourth career at this point.  “This is like this not your typical startup, a bunch of 20-year-olds that come up with an idea back of a napkin,” said Mandelbaum. “There’s tech involved, there’s healthcare. You couldn’t have come up with this unless you’ve been around […]

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HMJDS Names New Head Of School

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The Board of Trustees of the Amos & Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School Heilicher is pleased to announce that Dr. Dan Ahlstrom has been hired as Head of School beginning July 1, 2022. The Board’s unanimous decision to approve Ahlstrom’s hire was based on the strong recommendation of the Head of School Search Committee, […]

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St. Paul Native Charley Smith Is Israel’s 74,000th Oleh

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Nefesh B’Nefesh, in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, and JNF-USA, welcomed its 74,000th Oleh. Charley Smith, 34, made Aliyah from Florida and reunited with his wife, Shaked, and their son, Adar, who arrived in Israel earlier in April. His arrival came one week before […]

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Vikings Helping JCRC Educate Teachers On Holocaust

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Holocaust education has long been part of the mission of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. But when there was a threat that would have seen Holocaust and genocide studies removed from the social studies in Minnesota schools, the JCRC not only advocated for its reinstatement but also continued in making […]

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Erica Solomon Picked As NCJW MN Executive Director

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Erica Solomon, who was the former director of the JCFS NextGen program, was named the next executive director of National Council of Jewish Women Minnesota, effective June 1. Solomon replaces Beth Gendler, who is the new ED of Jewish Community Action. “I am honored and thrilled to be selected as NCJW Minnesota’s next executive director,” […]

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