SUMMER. It’s officially summer, and not just because Bud Light Lime is everywhere again [ew].
We hope you had as lovely as a June as we, celebrating all of the Pride in all of its forms. By contrast, July is far more low-key… which, frankly, is just fine, considering it’s gonna start off by being so hot & humid that I’m already sweating just thinking about it.
So GTFO when you can… to places with popsicles, lakes, and that sweet, sweet A/C. Stay hydrated, friends.
“Moishe House Summer Food Drive & Casual Dinner”
Tue, July 2nd — 6:30 p.m. @ Moishe House, Minneapolis. FREE
Bring food for the needy, add food to your belly. Our Moishe House pals are conducting a food drive, right along with a casual dinner for all your goodniks out there. Non-perishables requested for donation, please!
“Artist Reception: Hillel Smith”
Thu., July 11th — 6 p.m. @ St. Paul JCC, St. Paul. FREE
Hillel Smith, an artist and designer focused on re-imagining the potential of Judaica by utilizing contemporary media to create new manifestations of traditional forms, will be showcasing some of his work and giving a brief talk about his process, in which making fun and engaging content is similarly the crux of his work as a designer for clients including HIAS, PJ Library, and Patton Oswalt.
“Shabbat in the Park [Golden Valley]”
Fri., July 12th — 6 p.m. @ Brookview Park, Golden Valley. FREE
Well, this sounds just lovely: MN Mammalehs Shabbat’s in the Park, a very casual Mammaleh get-together, is returning for its second year! A chance to meet other local Mammalehs IRL, and Mammalehs with kids of all ages are welcome. Bring a blanket and picnic snacks/dinner — whatever works for your family — and come to play!
Contact Serena Harad or TCJewfolk with questions. Shabbat will be at the Small Picnic Pavilion at Brookview Park (Bldg #300).
“Fore! The Kids: A St. Paul JCC Golf & Games Benefit’”
Mon., July 15th — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. @ Mendakota Country Club, Mendota Heights.
The Fore! the Kids Golf & Games Benefit is an annual fundraiser to support deserving families with scholarships. Each year, the JCC provides $300,000 in financial assistance to help families attend their programming. No matter whether you want in on the games or golf, check-in is at 10:30 a.m., with lunch at 11:30 and respective games at 12:30 p.m. More info can be found here.
“Wine & Cheese w/ Moishe House”
Tuesday, July 16th — 6:30 p.m. @ Moishe House, Minneapolis.
Doesn’t get much simpler or more laid back than this: a wine and cheese night with our Moishe House pals. Go eat tasty things with good people after work… who aren’t the people you necessarily work with. Even better: no alcohol required; N/A pairings are available, too!
“NextGen Summer Party @ Park Tavern”
Thursday, July 18th — 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. @ Park Tavern, St. Louis Park. $10 donation.
Summer is here, and NextGen is ready to make the most of it! Tonight, they’re returning to their roots with a party to celebrate philanthropy and volunteerism. Registration is a $10 donation, and at the party, you can choose what JFCS Program your $10 donation goes to support. On top of light food and bowling, pre-registrants will receive a drink ticket.
Join for bowling, nosh, and socializing! Party is open to anyone 21-36 — no Jewish or previous NextGen experience required. Party starts at 6 with “Find the Guest” icebreaker bingo; bowling starts at 7. Contact David Lauer [email protected] with any questions.
“Erev Shabbat Happy Hour”
Fri, July 19th — 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ Adath Jeshurun, Minnetonka. FREE
Double-header, for those so inclined! Swing by Adath Jeshurun to lift your “spirits” with wine, cheese and non-alcoholic offerings before celebrating Shabbat. Their joyous and music-filled Kabbalat Shabbat service offers engaging, inviting melodies to enjoy with community as we welcome Shabbat.
Then, make your way to…
“20s and 30s Sha-BBQ”
Fri, July 19th — 7 to 9 p.m. Minneapolis. Check event link for location details.
After last month’s launch, Bet Shalom is back at it, combining two of life’s greatest things: Shabbat and BBQ! Join a Millennial-driven backyard “Sha’BBQ” right off of Eat Street and 27th St. in South Minneapolis. All additional event details here.
“Women Repair the World Service Project: Community Cooks with Appetite for Change”
Sunday, July 21st — 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. @ Appetite for Change, Minneapolis. $10-$25
Spend your Sunday as a true mensch: Women Repair the World, a project of Minneapolis Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy and National Council of Jewish Women-Minnesota, will spend the afternoon cooking, creating community, and engaging in meaningful conversation in partnership with Appetite for Change, a community-led non-profit that uses food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change in North Minneapolis.
And you? You’ll be helping prepare food for AFC’s summer training and opportunity program interns. A group of about 35 teens from north Minneapolis, these interns spend their summer growing food, running the West Broadway farmers market, and facilitating community cook workshops.
The WRW ticket price will be donated to Appetite for Change to offset programming and food costs. Tickets are $18 in advance, $10 for students/Jewish professionals, and $25 at the door — all ticket funds go directly to cover Appetite for Change’s food production and programming costs.
“Jim Crow of the North: Screening and Panel Discussion”
Tuesday, July 23rd — 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. @ Sabes JCC, St. Louis Park. FREE
This sounds like one incredible & insightful offering, in particular with a lens to our own neighborhoods: a special screening of the TPT documentary, “Jim Crow of the North,” revealing the history and impact of racist real estate covenants in Minneapolis.
A moderated panel discussion will follow. Confirmed panelists include Laura Weber of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, Laura Zelle of Jewish Community Relations Council: Minnesota and the Dakotas, and Denise Pike of Mapping Prejudice. Moderated by Iris Tzafrir
“NextGen Thursday Thrifting”
Thursday, July 25th — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. @ PRISM, Golden Valley. FREE
Back at it! NextGen is seeking volunteers to help PRISM Food Shelf and Thrift Shop curate and process its thrift shop donations. Bring yourself, your keen eye for fashion and quality goods, and, if you want, your own thrift shop donations! Open to anyone between the ages of 21-36, regardless of previous NextGen affiliation. Word is, there’ll be a group happy hour after, too — sign up here if you can join!
“St. Paul JCC Farmer’s Market”
Sunday, July 28th — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ St. Paul JCC, St. Paul. FREE
Delightful! What a wonderful way to spend a summer morning. Join the St. Paul JCC for their 2nd annual community farmers market — fresh fruits and veggies, food vendors, local artisans, live music, fun activities for children, and so much more [even a cake walk!!!]
Farmers include Spin Cities Farm, Joan the Farmer, Garry George’s Tomatoes, Noah’s Free Range Eggs, while artisans include Amy Lange Pottery, EarThings by Laura, Julie Dineen Mosaics, Monica Bryant Cards, Milestone Meadows Soaps, Wendy Shragg Designs.
Eats include Humble Nut Butter, Xiongx Xiongx Pastries, Sssdude-Nutz, and 9YumYum Food Truck.
“Karaoke at Punch Bowl Social”
Tuesday, July 30th — 5:30 p.m. @ Punch Bowl Social, St. Louis Park. FREE to join.
Last but certainly not least, our pals at Moishe House close out July with an open-invite karaoke party. They’ve got a room reserved with snacks and drinks in hand. Come kick it after work!
…aaaand, that’s July! Low-key, easygoing summer fun & community all around. Stay cool, friends, and GTFO with the Tribe all month long.