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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Statement of Love By the Minnesota Rabbinical Association

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Dear Friends, As the pain of George Floyd’s (z”l) murder still reverberates throughout the Twin Cities, America, and the World, we particularly want to express our love to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) Jews within our community. You matter to us. As rabbis we want both those affiliated and those not affiliated with congregations […]

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Next Juneteenth…

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Juneteenth should be far more well-known than it is, especially among Jews – I wrote about just as much already one year ago. On June 19, 1865, then-commander of the District of Texas, Gen. Gordon Granger, publicized General Order No. 3 to enslaved African-Americans in Texas. Invoking the then two-and-a-half-year-old Emancipation Proclamation, this order began […]

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Will We Learn?

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History repeats. Happy that tye dye is back in style. The 60’s are back? But this time, it’s takeout movies only and living room concerts. Our resistance is not “Make Love Not War” It’s, “Black Lives Matter,” “We Can’t Breathe” and “Stay Home, Save Lives.” Two deadly viruses- Systemic Racism & White Supremacy and COVID-19. […]

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Taking A Stand & Taking Action

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Enzi Tanner makes a very important distinction in how he identifies. Sometimes he’s OK with being identified more broadly as a Jew of Color. But right now, he prefers to reference himself as a black Jew. “Oftentimes you’re talking about Jews of Color, and for me, when we’re talking in a broad sense, that’s important,” […]

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Abolishing MPD Isn’t As Radical As It Sounds

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Abolishing the Minneapolis Police Department isn’t as radical as it sounds to most people. If you’re like many Twin Cities residents, you may be thinking “alright, it’s obvious the system is rigged. MPD has a history of abuse that isn’t ending with continued protests and attention.” Perhaps you recognize that, with the overwhelming power of […]

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Where Was the “Peace” 400 Years Ago?

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(Editor’s note: This piece contains strong language) My father is the most peaceful man I know. A few years ago, he came home from the watch store, and told us that the owner had said to him, “What would people think if they walked in and saw a nigger working here?” after my father had […]

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TC Rabbis Among Hundreds In Silent Marches

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Over the course of seven blocks on Tuesday afternoon, nearly 1,000 clergy members of all faiths made the slow — and silent — walk from the Sabatini Community Center, along East 38th Street to the site where George Floyd died. Among that group were at least 10 Twin Cities rabbis and cantors who came to […]

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