The Relevance of Celebrating Tu B’Shevat

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Many of us dismiss Tu B’Shevat as a tree-planting holiday for children. And for those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, the holiday often falls during the depths of winter, making the “New Year of the Trees” seem misplaced. But Jewish learning and our natural environment require that we reclaim Tu B’Shevat — […]

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Letter To The Editor: JCRC Responds To DACA Article

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Dear Editor, On behalf of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota (JCRC), I write in response to yesterday’s op-ed, “Why DACA Is a Jewish Issue,” which takes our organization to task for not responding earlier to President Donald Trump’s decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, revoking protections for nearly […]

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How Being Critiqued Changed My Life

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The first time I attended a writer’s critique meeting I didn’t know what to expect, although visions of Great Gatsby soirees came to mind. I imagined intelligent conversations intermingled with witticisms, sartorial elegance, and as a nod to Hemingway and Poe, passing around glasses of wine and whiskey. The insightfulness of our remarks would be […]

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Why DACA Is A Jewish Issue

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On Jan. 17, 82 Rabbis and Jewish activists were arrested in the Senate office building for protesting President Trump’s plan to end DACA and Congress’ impasse, since he announced its end in September, to write it into federal law. On the 18th, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas posted a Forward […]

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Creating a Global Jewish Community of Doers

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We’ve all read articles or heard speakers about how the divide between American Jews and their Israeli counterparts has never been wider – but what’s anyone DOING about it? 248 CAN (Community Action Network), a Partnership2Gether program of the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Minneapolis Jewish Federation (and a few other North American Jewish Federations), […]

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Struggling With A Belief in God

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It is very hard for me to admit to others that I do not believe in God. I probably have told more people my weight than admit to this. Even when I have admitted my lack of a belief it is always preceded with an “I don’t think I…” qualifier to save the recipient of […]

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