To Give is Human; To Give from the Heart, Divine

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The Twin Cities Jewish Community embarked on an adventure four years ago to build endowments through a partnership with the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and St. Paul Jewish Federation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.  With the ongoing support of these institutions, It’s Your Legacy was initiated in 2016 and today has secured almost 37 million dollars in future […]

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St. Paul Jewish Federation Elects Rick Linsk Board President

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The St. Paul Jewish Federation elected Rick Linsk president of the board of directors at its 85th Annual Meeting on Monday, July 20. Linsk is a long-time Federation volunteer and leader, having served as board vice president from 2016 to 2018 and president-elect since 2018. He chaired the Central Budget and Review Committee, which leads […]

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St. Cloud Councilman Uses Holocaust Reference In Mask Debate

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St. Cloud City Councilmember Paul Brandmire said that COVID-positive individuals should be marked with a yellow star on their lapel at that city’s meeting on Monday. “If we can mandate masks, then certainly we can mandate that COVID positive people wear some sort of identification badge, maybe like a bright yellow star or something pinned […]

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Talmudic Wisdom Shows Up As Minnetonka Passes Mask Ordinance

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Minnetonka City Councilmember Deb Calvert kept some Talmudic wisdom in mind Monday night “He who saves one life saves the world entire.” With that, Calvert was part of the unanimous Minnetonka City Council that voted for a mask ordinance. The voting took place as part of a 5-hour-long virtual meeting. “I was pleasantly surprised,” Calvert […]

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Minnesota Rabbinical Association Advocates For Mask Mandate

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My eyes pine away from affliction; I call to You, O LORD, each day; I stretch out my hands to You” (Psalm 88:10) The Minnesota Rabbinical Association calls on our governor, lieutenant governor, and elected leaders to put in place all reasonable measures that will help our community reduce the spread of COVID-19, particularly by […]

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NECHAMA Helping Locally In Powderhorn Park, On Lake Street

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It’s hurricane season, and for Dorothy Maples that means she’s usually anywhere but Minnesota. As the operations director for NECHAMA: The Jewish Response To Disaster, She had spent two years in Puerto Rico, and months at a time in Texas. In her four years as a Minnesota resident, little of it was spent here. But […]

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Some Local Orthodox Synagogues Slowly Reopen

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Moshe Kalatsky was always going to be prepared to read the whole Torah portion at his recent Bar Mitzvah. But he wasn’t counting on having to the blessings for each Aliyah, as well as taking the Torah out, returning it to the ark, and doing all those associated blessings. Welcome to the reality of having […]

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New Board President Elected

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Steve Levin became president during the June 22 meeting of the JFS Board of Directors. Before becoming president, he served JFS as vice president, treasurer and served on or chaired the IT, programming, finance and executive committees. Steve succeeds Tom Frishberg who served as president from June 2018 to June 2020.

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AJC Opening Office In The Twin Cities

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As a longtime resident of the Twin Cities, I have seen both the best and worst of Minnesota. At our best, we boast a diverse community that consistently ranks at or near the top in every survey of desirable communities in which to live and raise a family. And I have seen us just recently […]

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