Ukraine Chabad Emissaries Tell Of Life And War In Kharkiv

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Before Feb. 24, Sora Levinson and her husband, Rabbi Chaim, weren’t sure if Russia was going to invade Ukraine. In the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, where they served as Chabad emissaries, no one seemed very worried. “The local people were very calm, which is actually different than in 2014, when Russia also invaded,” Sora […]

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Antisemitic Covenants Found In Ramsey Tell Partial, But Complex, Story

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In 1947, the cluster of houses on Ridgewood Lane North and Ridgewood Lane South in Roseville had an identical legal clause inserted into each of the property deeds. “No part of the above described property shall be sold, conveyed, mortgaged, leased or rented to any person of negro [sic], Chinese, Japanese, or Hebrew descent,” the […]

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Taubie Sanders Named Winner Of Howie Stillman Leadership Award

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Taubie Sanders was the captain of the Hopkins High School Girls’ Swim and Dive Team, served as the EMTZA Region Israel Affairs Vice-President, and maintained a 3.97 GPA. But it was her level of commitment to making the world a better place that set her apart from the rest of the candidates in earning the […]

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Drew Charney Ready For A Jewish Baseball Experience

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This is the third in a series of profiles of Minnesota athletes who are competing for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games – also known as “the Jewish Olympics” – in Israel from July 12-26. Once Drew Charney watched Team Israel play in the World Baseball Classic, he knew he wanted to play for that […]

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Vikings Owner To Be Next Chair Of Jewish Agency For Israel

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Minnesota Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf, a longtime advocate for Holocaust education and survivors, has been appointed as the chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s board of governors.  Wilf has served in a variety of Jewish communal roles, most recently ending his almost four-year tenure as the chairman of the Jewish Federations of North America. […]

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Edina’s Dahlin Set For Volleyball Squad At Maccabiah

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This is the second in a series of profiles of Minnesota athletes who are competing for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games – also known as “the Jewish Olympics” – in Israel from July 12-26.  Aliyah Dahlin was interested in representing Team USA at the Maccabiah Games when they were supposed to take place last […]

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Drew Kuretsky Blazing Trail To Israel For Maccabiah

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This is the first in a series of profiles of Minnesota athletes who are competing for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games – also known as “the Jewish Olympics” – in Israel from July 12-26.  Drew Kuretsky wasn’t part of a great hockey program as a high school student in Mendota Heights, but she is […]

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Rabbi Herring Launches Petition Over Rep. Omar’s Misleading Tweets

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June 20, 2022 Editor’s note: Investigations by multiple media outlets have reported that the bullet that killed Palestinian-American Journalist Shireen Abu-Akleh was fired from an Israeli soldier. No investigation from a governmental entity has taken place. [dropcap]Often a poster of tweets that are considered by many to be antisemitic, Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent tweet about […]

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Remembering Temple Israel’s 111-Year-Old ‘Grandma Ruth’

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Ruth Knelman, a fixture at Temple Israel for more than 70 years and a long-time volunteer in the synagogue’s Early Childhood Center, passed away on May 16 at 111 years old – five days shy of her 112th birthday. “I can hear her voice when asked ‘What’s your secret of living so long?’” Rabbi Marcia […]

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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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