Go Retro With An 80s-Themed Sukkah Party

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As we prepare for Sukkot, we look to emulate our ancestors who wandered in the desert for forty years while sleeping in huts. Here is a new twist on celebrating this holiday, with a bit of nostalgic 1980’s flair, big hair and all! While eating and sleeping in a hut in the backyard for a […]

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Sukkah Hopping Of Days Gone By

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The High Holiday season is filled with rituals and moments that leave a lasting impression on a kid, from Shofar blowing to fasting to Sukkah building to cleaning up busted Butternut squash that fell during Sukkah decoration hanging. For me, one of the most memorable parts of the busy month was the annual Sukkah Hopping […]

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Jew Review: ‘Mean Girls’

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We’re lucky here in the Twin Cities to have the Tony Award-nominated musical Mean Girls at the Orpheum Theatre through Oct. 13. Not just because it’s fantastic. But because it is the perfect Yom Kippur show. Hang with me, I’ll get there. The basics: the play is the adaptation of Tina Fey’s 2004 movie, which […]

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Eat, Pray, Love: Spending Rosh Hashanah In Italy’s Smallest Jewish Community

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This was not my first Jewish holiday away from home. Studying abroad in London, my friends tossed crumpets in the Thames for Tashlich. Living in rural Thailand, my boyfriend and I constructed our own menorah out of materials from the hardware store, eating our homemade latkes with mangoes from the backyard instead of applesauce. In […]

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Song Offers Global Welcome To The New Year

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An ambitious production of New York’s 92nd Street Y brought together dozens of musicians, singers, and dancers from around the world to produce “The New Year Song.” The music and lyrics were written by Abigail Pogrebin and Noah Aronson. The artists involved are: Joshua Grace and Althea Pestine-Stevens, Central Park Noah Aronson, Brooklyn Rabbi Angela […]

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Apples, Honey and Lizzo: Dancing Into the New Year

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Scene One: Minnesota State Fair. Walking up to a radio station booth advertising a giant poster of Lizzo. “Are you giving away anything cool? *looks at Lizzo* “I really wish she would just do a surprise show at the Fair.” Radio station girl laughed and shook her head. Alas Lizzo was at the MTV Video […]

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Two Traumatic Pasts, One Shared Experience

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Mark Wilf’s goal when he and his brother purchased the Minnesota Vikings in 2005 wasn’t just to be a faceless owner of an NFL franchise, it was to be as active in the community as the team is important to it. So when he took four of his players, some former players, and team staffers […]

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Green Jewish Burial Now Available

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Adath Jeshurun is joining in the green movement with the first green Jewish cemetery in the Twin Cities. A green burial section is now available at the Adath Chesed Shel Emes Cemetery. The cemetery also has the Workmen’s Circle section so anyone, no matter their means, can be buried as well as sections for infants […]

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