Some Getting A Chance For B’nai Mitzvah On The Bima

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Ritual events like Bar and Bat Mitzvah have been part of everyone’s lives that have been disrupted by coronavirus. While most synagogues have remained closed since mid-March, a few have taken a shot at giving families an opportunity to celebrate on the bimah, rather than their dining room. Bet Shalom Congregation has been doing this […]

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One Day More

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We are about to embark on the season of gratitude and the season of miracles.

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Adath’s Dulkin Part Of ‘Voices For Change’ Video

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In an effort to promote peace through harmony, more than 100 faith leaders came together to produce an interfaith, multiracial virtual video that unites the voices of Black and Jewish prayer leaders from around the world. The Cantors Assembly, of which Adath Jeshurun Congregation’s Hazzan Joanna Dulkin is a vice president, came up with the […]

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No One Right Way To Broadcast High Holiday Services

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The job of clergy members is almost never done, and the job description is endless. In a year where a global pandemic kept people the majority of Twin Cities’ Jews away from their home synagogues, shuls offered a variety of options for their High Holiday services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, leading to a […]

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Looking for Kavanah at Yom Kippur on Zoom

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The concept of kavanah was first introduced to me in a Jewish education class as a translation of ‘intention’ while in prayer. I understood it to be about being moved and being actively part of the experience. I’ve experienced it plenty of times, in a dark booth while running a perfectly timed show. Sometimes it’s […]

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Apple Butter Babka Puts Holiday Twist On A Favorite

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Last year, I really thought babka was going to have its year. Around January of 2019, I kept seeing major food publications posting babka recipes and I got excited, thinking that America would see what it had been missing and embrace this delicious, layered delight. Alas, the moment came and went and, while I still […]

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10 Top Quick Tips To Put Some Holy Into Your Family’s Rosh Hashanah

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Are you struggling to find a sense of balance and meaning this Rosh Hashanah? Do the Holy Days feel less holy in this time of pandemic distance and confusion? You are not alone. It’s hard to imagine how to capture the sense of family, community, inspiration and spirituality as we struggle to bring joy and […]

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