Klezmer, Ukrainian Party Music Takes Center Stage At The Cedar

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Sarah Larsson is inviting just about everyone to come to her wedding. Well, ok, maybe not the wedding ceremony itself. But the Jewish community is definitely invited to the after-party: a night of Ukrainian and Jewish music at the Cedar Cultural Center on June 2 featuring klezmer fiddler Jake Shulman-Ment, the Ukrainian Village Band, and […]

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Fundraising For Ukraine With A Lullaby

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The Nightingale Trio, an all-woman vocal group in Minnesota that sings Eastern European songs, is giving all proceeds from their cover of a beloved Ukrainian lullaby to the Ukrainian American Community Center in Minneapolis.  “​​We’re all heartbroken and incensed by Russia’s mindless invasion into the beautiful country and sovereign nation of Ukraine, and we demand […]

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Centuries Old Tradition To Benefit Ukrainian Jews

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As the war in Ukraine continues to rage, a centuries-old Passover tradition is being highlighted by students at St. Paul’s Lubavitch Cheder Day School to benefit refugees. Ma’ot chitim — a Passover fund to help local individuals in need before the holiday — will also be used to benefit the Ukrainian Jewish community as they […]

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‘Jewish Geography Gone Wild’: How An Informal Network Of Russian-speaking Jews is Helping Ukrainians

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In the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an Israeli friend contacted Jenna Mitelman and asked her to help two Ukrainian refugees. A single mother and her nine-year-old boy needed housing. Where could they go? “Within two hours she had offers in Switzerland, in Germany, and in Spain,” Mitelman said — and a travel […]

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Bipartisan Russian Divestment Bill Passes House, Senate Unanimously

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In less than three weeks – nearly unheard of speed by the Minnesota Legislature – a bill that will divest state funds from Russia and Belarus unanimously passed its final hurdle in the legislative process Tuesday and will be signed into law.  The bill was introduced to the public by a bipartisan group of legislators, […]

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More Than $1 Million Raised In Minneapolis Jewish Federation Ukraine Campaign

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In about a month, the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s special fundraising effort to help Jewish organizations operating in Ukraine has topped $1 million. The mark was officially crossed Sunday, March 27, at Tikvah Ukraine, the Community Cantorial Concert for Ukrainian Relief.  “I am so proud of our community. Minneapolis has a history of stepping up in […]

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JFNA Holds Weekly Webinars On Ukraine

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The Jewish Federations of North America are starting weekly webinars to update the Jewish community on the Ukrainian refugee crisis. The Zoom calls will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm ET/3:30 pm CT for the foreseeable future. You can sign up here, and read JFNA’s latest Ukraine update memo. Questions for the […]

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Bipartisan Russian Divestment Bills Announced At Capitol

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In fairly short order, the four leading caucuses in Minnesota’s legislature have come together to produce two bi-partisan, bi-cameral bills that would divest an estimated $53 million of state pension money from Russia, as well as terminate contracts with Russian entities.  Ethan Roberts, the government affairs director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota […]

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Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Ukraine Fund Tops $700,000 Mark

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Minneapolis Jewish Federation has raised more $700,000 to help Ukrainian Jews since the Russian invasion on Feb. 24. The funds will go to the Federation’s on-the-ground partners: the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), The Jewish Agency for Israel, and World ORT. The money raised is in addition to a $200,000 allocation the MJF board […]

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