Standing Together, Not Against

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I didn’t recognize her first behind the desk from my helpdesk job as she waved at me. It took me a second to realize why. My devout Muslim friend had taken off her hijab, she was too afraid to wear it in an atmosphere where respect and tolerance for other religions were quickly dwindling. Called […]

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Renowned Activist & Organizer Eric Ward Coming To Minneapolis

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Whether it’s 25,000 people marching in New York or 1,400 at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, it’s abundantly clear that the Jewish community is concerned about the rising tide of anti-Semitism. Renown activist and organizer Eric Ward has been watching this trend for decades, which is why he’s been traveling the country to help understand and […]

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Away From Religion, Is Judaism A Culture?

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I was told by an orthodox Israeli I met on a hike in the English Peak District that I was a Jew. Which made me feel extremely uncomfortable as I was daydreaming about the bacon cheeseburger I was surely going to order at the pub that night and I was looking forward to a side […]

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When Is It Time To Leave?

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When my 49-year-old daughter calls me with the question, “When is it time to leave?” I don’t know what to say because I don’t have an answer. Should it have been when her 7th-grade daughter had to leave the Day School when the JCC got a call that there was a bomb, and all the students […]

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The Un-Stunned

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For this American Jew, the biggest shock of the evident rise of antisemitism in this land of my birth is that so many other American Jews seem to find it so shocking. This sense of dissonance isn’t new. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, I, too, was overcome by our national anguish. But when […]

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MN Hillel, Herzl Camp Announce Shared Hire

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Herzl Camp and Minnesota Hillel are excited to welcome Justin “JP” Held in a shared role as our new Director of Jewish Education for both organizations. Justin is currently finishing his rabbinic degree and Masters in Jewish Education at Hebrew College in Boston. He returns now to his Minnesota roots and to two organizations he […]

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

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What if you were the only Jewish student in your grade school, middle school, or high school? Would you take a stand and teach everyone about your traditions, or would you go quietly about your day trying not to draw attention to your different beliefs? What if you attempted to do both? Welcome to my […]

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Ask Baubie: It’s Hanukkah Time!

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Hello Mammalehs, It is the season of sparkling lights, snow-tipped branches, seasonal foods and music and the commercial push to buy, buy, buy!! It is also the season that brings anxiety to many families. You may be challenged because you have a spouse who is not Jewish, a spouse who has a different cultural background […]

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Watch: Maccabeats Channel 2019 Pop Hits For Hanukkah

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What do you get when you cross Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X? The Maccabeats and their 2019 Hanukkah parody! The a capella group’s 2019 song takes a little bit of Eilish’s Bad Guy and Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road. Also, stay for the outtakes — there was plenty more of 2019’s hottest pop songs where this […]

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