Who The Folk?! Robin Washington, ‘Live’ From JCation

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This week we have the audio version of the interview that TC Jewfolk’s Lonny Goldsmith and Lev Gringauz did with Robin Washington, Duluth resident and The Forward’s Editor-at-large, during Jewfolk’s JCation fundraiser. We had a fascinating, wide-ranging conversation on journalism, justice, race, history, and more, on this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast. Listen to “Robin […]

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Who The Folk?! Elizabeth Lamin

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What drives an attorney who has made a career in the courtroom to run for office instead? That’s exactly what Elizabeth Lamin, an assistant Ramsey County attorney, is doing as she runs for Dakota County attorney position next November. We talk about her interest in alternative court systems, how to try and reduce the number […]

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Who The Folk?! Riv Shapiro

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Riv Shapiro wants you to know that that their short film was chosen for the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival before they even applied for the position of Minnesota JCC arts & culture producer that they now hold. We talk in-depth about their film, Held, how they curated this year’s festival, and how their Judaism, […]

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Who The Folk?! Craig Wasserman

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Craig Wasserman jokes that he and his partner could be the poster children for Moishe House. After meeting living in a Moishe House in Boston, Wasserman and Leigh Furman have opened the first Moishe Pod in the Twin Cities. Wasserman talks about what brought them here this summer, his past Moishe House experiences, and what […]

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Who The Folk?! Deb Calvert

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What pushes someone to run for office, particularly after losing their first bid? Deb Calvert knows that experience well. After falling short in running for the State Senate in 2016, she won a seat on the Minnetonka City Council the following year, and is campaigning for reelection this November. Calvert talks about what she’s learned […]

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Who The Folk?! Dan Stein

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What’s it like to work in public health in the middle of a public health crisis? Dan Stein knows all about it. Starting in one of the first COVID-19 hotspots in the U.S. — Washington state — and now as the Dakota County Public Health Consultant, we talk about the role of his position during […]

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Who The Folk?! Daniel Goldschmidt

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This week, on the last podcast of 5781, we talk with Daniel Goldschmidt about his new music therapy business, Etude LLC, and how his new practice intersects with race, gender and queerness. We also talk about moving home and finding a community in Powderhorn, and where his nickname “Gordo” comes from, on this week’s Who […]

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Who The Folk?! Cantor Ben Tisser

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What’s it like to start at a new synagogue just in time for the High Holidays? Beth El Synagogue’s newest clergy member, Cantor Ben Tisser is learning all about the traditions that he’s walking into as he replaces Cantor Audrey Abrams. We talk about taking over from the venerable Cantor Abrams, starting High Holiday preparations […]

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Who The Folk?! Alene Sussman

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Alene Sussman grew up the poster child for what it was like to be a young person engaged in the Jewish community. So what was it that drove her away from it, and then brought her back? On this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast, Sussman — now the executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation […]

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Who The Folk?! Liz Loeb

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As the associate director of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, Liz Loeb works with a multi-faith coalition to help pursue climate justice in Minnesota, and showing up for other communities. We talk about what that looks like to her, how she got started at MNIPL, and how her activism and Judaism intersect, on this week’s […]

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