Mental Health Conference Oct. 20 Features Jazz Musician Sam Miltich

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The 19th annual Mental Health Education Conference sponsored by the Twin Cities Jewish community, “Creating Healing and All that Jazz,” will be held 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Temple Israel (2323 Fremont Ave. S., Minneapolis). The event, which is free and open to people of all faiths and spiritualities, will feature […]

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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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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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Building Lost, But Family Memories Remain Amid Adas Israel Fire

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My family’s story is inseparable from Adas Israel. The news Monday morning of the devastating fire is difficult for all of us to bear. As we continue to mourn the loss of the Synagogue and its contents, I’ve found myself reflecting on our family’s story and history. Like many American Jewish stories, the Bruzonsky family […]

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Evidence Recovered At Duluth Synagogue Fire Scene

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Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said that new evidence was recovered at the scene of the Adas Israel Congregation fire that destroyed the 118-year-old building on Monday. Tusken and Deputy Fire Marshal John Otis had limited updates at a Tuesday afternoon press conference but said that evidence and “hundreds of hours of video” from the […]

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