An Inspiring Ninth of Av

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Jewish sleepaway camp provided many of today’s adults with their first Tisha B’Av experience. There they sat on the floor of the Beit Am (communal building), watched interpretive dance, listened to the camp choir, or slept off a fast in the heat of the afternoon sun. They learned that we mourn and fast on Tisha B’Av because the […]

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Sharing The Mic To Amplify Voices

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This year has been an interesting one, and Jasmine Brett Stringer means that in the most Minnesotan of ways. But out of the despair from COVID-enforced quarantine to the killing of George Floyd, Stringer is taking it as a call to action. Stringer, a writer, speaker, and lifestyle personality, founded #ShareTheMicMN late last month as […]

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Minnesota Rabbinical Association Advocates For Mask Mandate

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My eyes pine away from affliction; I call to You, O LORD, each day; I stretch out my hands to You” (Psalm 88:10) The Minnesota Rabbinical Association calls on our governor, lieutenant governor, and elected leaders to put in place all reasonable measures that will help our community reduce the spread of COVID-19, particularly by […]

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Statement of Love By the Minnesota Rabbinical Association

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Dear Friends, As the pain of George Floyd’s (z”l) murder still reverberates throughout the Twin Cities, America, and the World, we particularly want to express our love to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) Jews within our community. You matter to us. As rabbis we want both those affiliated and those not affiliated with congregations […]

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Next Juneteenth…

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Juneteenth should be far more well-known than it is, especially among Jews – I wrote about just as much already one year ago. On June 19, 1865, then-commander of the District of Texas, Gen. Gordon Granger, publicized General Order No. 3 to enslaved African-Americans in Texas. Invoking the then two-and-a-half-year-old Emancipation Proclamation, this order began […]

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WATCH: Rabbi Aaron Weininger Speaks At Gov. Walz’s Press Conference

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On Saturday afternoon, Adath Jeshurun Congregation Rabbi Aaron Weininger, co-chair of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association, was one of the many faith leaders that spoke at Gov. Tim Walz’s press conference to discuss the protests and riots in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day. The video is courtesy of MPR News.

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Aleinu. It Is On Us.

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George Floyd was murdered under the knees of a police officer, along with three accomplices. In many faith traditions, knees are used to bend in reverence to holiness. Reverend Ted Tollefson inspired my sisters and me to write this piece from the Jewish perspective as we head into the festival of Shavuot.  Aleinu. It is […]

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