Jewish Community Action Names Beth Gendler As New Executive Director

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Jewish Community Action, a nonprofit organization that brings together Jewish people to take action on racial and economic justice issues in Minnesota, has announced that Beth Gendler has been selected as its new Executive Director. “I couldn’t be more thrilled Beth will lead us,” said JCA Board Chair David Brauer. “We found someone in our […]

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Judaism’s Presence In Minnesota’s Abortion-Rights Fight

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On Dec. 1, when the Supreme Court heard arguments about a Mississippi law that bans nearly all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, Naomi Silber was surprised. Mississippi’s law conflicts with Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that set the precedent for legal abortion. The case also stops states from banning the operation before 24 […]

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Minneapolis Jewish Federation Hires Chief Philanthropy Officer

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Following a six-month-long national search, the Minneapolis Jewish Federation has hired Steven Baker as chief philanthropy officer, to start on February 15, 2022. Steven joins Federation with a strong history of Jewish leadership and philanthropy experience. Most recently he served as Senior Director of Philanthropy at JEWISHColorado, where he provided philanthropic leadership, strategy, and direction of […]

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Shir Tikvah’s Rabbi Latz Taking 3-Month Leave

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The Shir Tikvah Congregation executive board announced Sunday evening, Dec. 12, that Rabbi Michael Latz has been granted a three-month leave of absence, effective immediately.  “[Rabbi Latz] is not facing any kind of life-threatening physical condition, but … he recognizes the need for time and space to rest, as well as to do some critical, […]

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Jewish Lawyer Nominated For Minnesota Attorney Job By Biden

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Andrew Luger, a Jewish former U.S. attorney for Minnesota, has been nominated to take the role again by President Joe Biden. He now waits for the Senate’s approval. Luger previously was the state’s U.S. attorney, or local prosecutor for the federal Department of Justice, from 2014-2017. He is known for a number of high-profile cases […]

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We Need YOU: Leadership Opportunities with Jewfolk!

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Invitation To Serve As A Leader With Jewfolk We enthusiastically invite you to let us know your interest in serving either on our Board of Directors for Jewfolk and/or on one of our committees.  This is your opportunity to both make a difference in our Jewish community and help to shape the future of Jewfolk, […]

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Writing Strong Female Characters Is SJ Schwaidelson’s Genre

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Some authors stick to a certain genre: thrillers, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy. SJ Schwaidelson has found a different sort of niche as her genre of choice: Strong women. The Mendota Heights author has published her third novel The Pomegranate, a historical fiction novel centered around Batsheva Hagiz, the spirited daughter of a Jewish rug merchant […]

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2021 Jewish Candidate Election Day Roundup

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Minnetonka City Councilmember Deb Calvert won re-election Tuesday night with more than 54 percent of the vote — nullifying the need to go to the second choice in the first year of that city’s ranked-choice voting (RCV).  “I’m very relieved. This was a tough one,” Calvert said Tuesday night. The race became more heated than […]

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