Four Ways To Get Out Of A Funk

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“Hi! How are you?” asks an acquaintance at a grocery store. “I’ve been better,” I answer. “We have two close relatives in the ICU right now and…” I’m about to continue but their facial expression is indicating they’re sorry they asked. Honesty may not be the best policy in this situation. We have been experiencing […]

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Rabbis Respond: June 2019

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Each month, we’re asking rabbis across the Twin Cities a different question (via the Minnesota Rabbinic Association). Here’s the question for June; the answers are as written by the rabbi: In this Pride month, how is your synagogue inclusive of LGBTQ+ Jews? Beth Jacob Congregation On June 28, we are sponsoring a Kiddush in honor […]

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Honeymoon Israel: ‘We Believe In This Trip’

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On the fence about applying for Honeymoon Israel? Andrew and Dudley Deshommes-Kohl say: DO IT. These days, their calendars are full: Shabbat taco night. Reminiscing over Shakshouka for brunch. Shabbat-hopping at synagogues across the Twin Cities. The couple is part of an active, local, close-knit Jewish community; the type many spend decades cultivating. But Andrew […]

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Owner Of Cheers Minneapolis LGBTQ Bar Called Out For Anti-Semitism

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The anti-Semitic Facebook posts of the owner of a yet-to-open LGBTQ bar in Uptown has caused an uproar among Minneapolis’ Jewish and gay communities. “It’s been the Titanic today: slowly sinking more and more,” said Chad Kampe, the founder and director of Flip Phone Events. “Since I’m a local, gay Jew who does work in […]

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June 2019 Get the Folk Out

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What a great month to get out and celebrate, friends. June means we’re officially starting summer, complete with Shavuot and Pride! We’ve got tons of good times coming for both, as well as for the days where you just need a l’il somethin’ extra in your social life. So join us and GTFO! “J-HAP Community […]

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Inside The Israeli High Holidays

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JERUSALEM – It was surreal; the elderly French man reminded me of my grandfather. Bald and small, with the kind and worn face of a beardless Polish Jew, as if from a sentimental photo of Warsaw. Slightly hunched over, but not deformed. Quick-witted and intelligent, hard of hearing, and humorous even as he told of […]

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An Open Letter to My Mom

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To Mom It May Concern, Well, well, well. Another year has gone by, and again, I find myself incredibly irritated. I write this letter to convey my complete and utter disappointment with the service rendered up to this point. I will expand upon the above in the following letter, and hope that the powers that […]

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