Choosing Courage

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Kol haolam kulo gesher tzar meod. V’haikar lo lifached klal. The whole world is a very narrow bridge. The main thing is not to fear. Sung in summer camp or at youth group retreats, these words of Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav are well known. But let me point out something not so obvious. The lyrics […]

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Gravestones Knocked Over In St. Paul Jewish Cemetery

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St. Paul police and the FBI are investigating the desecration of a Jewish cemetery near the border of St. Paul and Maplewood, where 32 headstones were knocked down some time between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Ken Otto, chairman of the Chesed Shel Emes cemetery, said that there was no damage to any of the […]

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Beth El Synagogue Closed This Weekend Over ‘Specific Threat Of Violence’

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A “specific threat of violence” at Beth El Synagogue’s Friday night services forced the synagogue to close on Friday, and move Friday and Saturday services online. The threat was submitted through the ADL Midwest’s incident reporting system. The ADL then notified federal and local law enforcement organizations, as well as the institutions that needed to […]

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When School And Work Collide With The Holidays

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I have been in school basically my whole life, first as a student, then as a teacher, now as a professor. Every year (except for when I taught at a Jewish day school), I have had to navigate asking for days off for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I have been lucky, in that I […]

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Talmud Torah of St. Paul Welcomes Sho Garland as New Executive Director

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The Talmud Torah of St. Paul (TTSP) Board of Directors is excited to announce Sho Garland as the new Executive Director of TTSP. They will succeed Barry Glaser, who is retiring after over 11 years leading the organization as volunteer CEO.  Prior to joining TTSP, Garland worked in several roles ranging from community building and engagement […]

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Prime Deli Closing Soon; Stewart Woodman Helming Revamped Project

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Prime Deli, St. Louis Park’s lone kosher meat restaurant, announced that it would be closing around Aug. 31 for a renovation project and a new restaurant concept, helmed by notable chef and restaurateur Stewart Woodman. “We’re working with a designer from New York and a local architect to bring the next evolution of of the […]

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Introducing Adath’s New Director of Early Childhood Education

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Shanah Tovah! I am both excited and honored to join the staff at Adath Jeshurun Congregation as the new Director of Early Childhood Education. My path here has been a long and winding one.   My Jewish educational journey began at Hillel Academy in Milwaukee, which I attended for kindergarten and first grade. Those very […]

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