Who The Folk?! Helen Siegel

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Why would you want to go back to a place of so much loss and suffering? Helen Siegel wonders that, but it’s not stopping her from going Auschwitz-Birkanau for International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of those camps’ liberation. Helen talks about growing up the child of surviors, what this trip means to […]

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Who The Folk?! Miranda Weisbuch

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What inspires a person to move to Minnesota in January? We ask Miranda Weisbuch that very question. Miranda is the new executive director of Adath Jeshurun Congregation. We talk about what brought Miranda and her family here from Columbus, Ohio, what is so appealing about the position, and what she brings to Adath, in this […]

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Who The Folk?! Ariel Kagan

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This week, we’re joined by Ariel Kagan, a strategy and innovation specialist at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Ariel and I talk about how she got into this field, the importance of agriculture to the state, and a new report on kosher meat that she helped lead into publication, on this week’s Who The Folk?! […]

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Who The Folk?! David Milavetz

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This week we are joined by David Milavetz, the new President of the board here at Jewfolk. We talk about career changes, the law, and how he’s seen this organization evolve in the nearly 6 years he’s been involved at Jewfolk, in this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast. You can read an excerpt below, but […]

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Who The Folk?! Daniel Volovets

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How do you juggle two careers at 27 years old? Daniel Volovets does just that. Daniel is a doctor, psychiatry resident, and accomplished guitarist, who loves to teach, compose, arrange and record. Daniel talks about his musical roots and influences, when he knew he wanted to go into psychiatry, and how he balances the demands […]

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Who The Folk?! Emma Dunn

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Trying to get young adults to connect to the Jewish community is often a struggle for organizations. Emma Dunn is trying to bridge the gap that may exist in the Twin Cities. Emma is the Twin Cities Young Adult Engagement Manager for the Minneapolis and St. Paul Jewish Federations. We talk about her journey to […]

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Who The Folk?! Rebecca Noecker

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In today’s polarized society, what leads someone to get into politics? For Rebecca Noecker, it’s what she’s always wanted to do. Noecker is the city councilwoman representing Ward 2 in St. Paul, where she is getting to kick off her second term after winning re-election last month. Noecker talks about she got into politics, what […]

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Who The Folk?! Layah Shagalow

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What’s it like to move home and come to work for the organization your mother started? Layah Shagalow experienced just that. Shagalow, the assistant director of Sha’arim, which her mother, Chana, started 21 years ago. Layah tells us what it’s like to work for an organization that her mother founded and that she’s seen grow […]

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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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