Virus Turning Jewish Rituals Upside Down

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Services, classes, and meetings transitioned online with relative ease — often into the multiple screens of Zoom or the live video feature of Facebook. But essential Jewish rituals have not had it so easy.

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‘Hero Snack Packs’ To Fuel Front-Line Medical Pros

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Dr. Erica Kuhlmann is in the middle of the chaos. As the chief of staff of the pulmonary department and the ICU medical director at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul, she’s not just concerned about the patients – she has a hospital full of caregivers to worry about, too. That’s when she reached out to, […]

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Sholom Creates Wish Lists To Help Residents

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As the CEO of a non-profit that can’t shut down, Sholom’s Barb Klick been doing everything from her normal day-to-day work to serving food to residents and taking employees’ temperatures as they come and go from their shift. But as the Sholom East and West resident buildings in St. Paul and St. Louis Park have […]

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MRA Funeral Practices During The Current COVID-19 Crisis

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Over the past several weeks, amidst a daily changing situation, the members of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association have been thinking deeply about how we can fulfill our rabbinic responsibility to honor the dead (k’vod hamet), comfort the mourners, (nichum aveilim), and protect the community (pikuach nefesh). The scientific and medical communities have made it clear […]

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Never Alone In Fears

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I am scared. I am posting positive words and asking my friends how they are, but it is a call from a friend as she cries because she is losing her house because so many people have been laid off. I am fortunate enough that I work in health care, but I am scared for […]

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Volunteering To ‘Visit’ Seniors

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Ian Aizman realized that as people began socially distancing themselves from others, one very vulnerable population was at risk of losing all interaction: Seniors in nursing homes. “I had just been thinking about it all the time,” said Aizman. “We can’t just abandon our elders. They’re already an at-risk population, and then coupled with an […]

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SLP Company Gets Teachers Ready For Distance Learning

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Ellen Paxton was ahead of the curve when it comes to distance learning, a skill set that is becoming more useful by the day. A former teacher-leader in St. Paul Public Schools, Paxton worked on creating the district’s first distance learning program about 20 years ago, and has turned that into the business of training […]

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JFCS Still Providing Critical Services For Current & New Clients

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In these uncertain times due to COVID-19, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis remains committed to our mission and is providing support to all who turn to us, especially now.  We have suspended our regular business hours at our Golden Valley and Minneapolis offices until further notice. Most staff are working from home and […]

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MRA Statement On Passover

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Why is this night different from all other nights? מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל הַלֵּילוֹת Mah nishtanah ha’lilah hazeh mikol ha’leilot This may be the most famous question posed at Seder, as it has inspired us to celebrate our beloved Pesach traditions with our youngest to our oldest around the table. This question takes on […]

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