Who The Folk?! Ruth Hampton Olkon

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Ruth Hampton Olkon spent six years on the program side at Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, but now she’s back as the organization’s new CEO. What’s it like coming back when the buck stops with her? We talk about what it’s like to come back to the agency after eight years away, what she […]

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Who The Folk?! Ben Cohen

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What’s it like to watch the trial of a former Nazi guard? St. Louis Park native Ben Cohen is just back from Germany where he represented his family at the trial a guard at the concentration camp his grandmother, Judy Meisel, survived. Cohen talks about the experience of being in Germany for this momentous event, […]

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Who The Folk?! Jess Braverman

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What takes an attorney from public defender to women’s advocacy work? For Jess Braverman, it very much aligns to why she wanted to become a lawyer in the first place. We talk with Braverman, the new legal director at Gender Justice, a St. Paul-based non-profit legal and policy advocacy organization devoted to addressing the causes […]

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Who The Folk?! Lev Gringauz

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After a couple of years on the road, Lev Gringauz is back in the Twin Cities, back at the U, and starting a new project. Lev, whose work you’ve been reading on TC Jewfolk for a couple of years, talks about travel, journalism, and The Jews Are Tired, on this week’s Who The Folk Podcast?! […]

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Who The Folk?! Rabbi Jacob & Julie Rupp

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What brings people who have been life-long warm weather West Coast residents to Minnesota? Rabbi Jacob and Julie Rupp may be wondering the same thing in a few months. The Rupps are the new executive directors of Aish Minnesota. We talk about why the Rupps chose Minnesota, what led Jacob to the rabbinate, and the […]

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Who The Folk?! Rabbi Tobias Moss

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Rabbi Tobias Moss has a background in many different areas of the modern, movement-based Judaism. So what brought this newly-ordained rabbi to Temple Israel? We sit down with the Minneapolis synagogue’s newest clergy member, and talk about the many forms of Judaism in his family, what drew him to Minnesota, and why he chose to […]

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Who The Folk?! Ross Fishman

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What’s a better combination than music and a beverage? Ross Fishman has turned that combination into Barside Baby Music. We talk this week with Ross — also a choir teacher and composer — about his musical roots, how Barside Baby Music got started, and the process he goes through when he composes, on this week’s Who […]

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Who The Folk?! Sara Bogomolny

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How does a theater background relate to engaging people in a non-theater environment? Sara Bogomolny, Jewfolk, Inc.’s new director of engagement tells us. Sara joined us just over a week ago, and talks about what brought her to the Twin Cities, how her theater background will help her in the job, and what creating a […]

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Who The Folk?! Sarah Breiner and Danielle Spradlin

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What does it take to start up a new non-profit milk bank? Lactation consultant Danielle Spradlin and attorney Sarah Breiner are doing just that, as they are working to get the Bold North Milk Bank off the ground. We talk with the duo about why there’s a need for this resource in the community, why […]

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