Community Coming Together For Virtual Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

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Maybe next year will be the time we can all get together to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut as a community, but as long as we’re all going to be together virtually, the JCC and their community partners are determined to make the best of it. Steve Mintz, the new director of programming at the Minnesota JCC, […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Shabbat Pesach

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You know those ‘flashback’ episodes of TV shows, the ones that are basically all old footage loosely connected with one or two lines of text? They’ve always seemed like a lazy cop-out to me. Maybe the writers weren’t inspired that week. Maybe the network had more important things to figure out. Either way, it’s disappointing.  […]

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Parenting By Parsha: Tzav

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Passover is upon us. The weeklong festival of springtime, replete with family quality time (and sometimes drama), seder meals that last long into the night, and the telling of our people’s tale of redemption. It’s one of my favorite holidays to celebrate each year, not least because I’m […]

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The Road To Freedom Isn’t An Easy One

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I dedicate these words to our neighbor George Floyd (z”l), may his memory be for a revolution.  A new Pharaoh rose up over Egypt who knew not Joseph. Now, when we ended the book of Genesis, Joseph and Pharoah had a close relationship — you remember how cozy those two were, saving all the Egyptians […]

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Candy Board Trend Hits Minneapolis In Time For Passover

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With three jobs and six kids between them, it’s not like Cassie Benowitz, Lauren Sundick, and Maddy Persuitti had a ton of extra time on their hands. But that hasn’t stopped the three friends from launching a new business — with a special offering for Passover. Candy 4 Supper, which launched last month around Valentine’s […]

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Another Passover Without Guests

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It feels so disingenuous to begin telling the story of Passover for the second year in a row with the words “kol dichfin yesei veyochal:” All who are hungry should come and eat. Because we are not having anyone over. As COVID drags on we are all having small seders once again. Not having guests […]

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Volunteers Needed for Annual Passover for All

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JFS is recruiting volunteers for Passover for All, an annual community outreach effort. In partnership with the Minnesota JCC, kosher-for-Passover food and supplies are provided to families to help them celebrate the holiday. There are three opportunities to help with this community outreach effort.

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Why It’s Jewish To Be A Climate Activist

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In modern Western tradition, we understand time as linear; we’re moving along a line, from point A to B to C and so on. Time is a ribbon, pulled taut, and it stretches out both behind us and in front of us, connecting us to histories and futures. We can measure time, in eons or […]

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