I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but after a relentless month of winter that was the most winter that ever wintered, I’m ready to Get the Folk Out even more than I thought I’d be. Especially since we’ve got a TON of foodie events this month.
What exactly do we have in March? Let’s get into it and see!
Starting March Off Right
Sunday, March 3 — 1-5 p.m. @ Punch Bowl Social, St. Louis Park. No cover.
Quick question — do you like Sunday? Yeah? Cool, cool. Follow-up: Do you like having fun… on a Sunday? If so, you’re in luck! The Minneapolis Jewish Federation is hosting their annual soiree, and you’re invited! Can’t argue with that one bit, friends. Contact Alyssa Huck at 952-417-2323 or [email protected] for more info.
“St. Paul Jewish Federation Mitzvah Crawl”
Tuesday, March 5 — 8:45-11 a.m. @ the Minnesota State Capital, St. Paul. FREE [but please RSVP]
Take the morning to learn how to make your public voice heard! A guided tour of the Capitol building by Capitol staff and Ethan Roberts, JCRC Director of Government Affairs, will lead into a short workshop with Ethan on different advocacy approaches and issues of importance to the Jewish community — followed by a meeting with state legislators. RSVP at www.jewishstpaul.org/advocacy.
“The Wandering [Vegan] Jew: Vegan Dishes from Around the World”
Thursday, March 7 — 7-9 p.m. @ Adath Jeshurun, Minnetonka. $40 [$18 for Makom YA participants].
Jewish communities around the world boast a variety of vegan dishes that can easily be incorporated into healthy and flavorful meals! Join Zehorit Heilicher to explore vegan cuisines of North Africa, Balkan and Asian Jewish communities.
“J Day @ MOA”
Sunday, March 10 @ Mall of America, Bloomington. FREE
Let’s be honest: very, very few of us want to walk outside right now. Fortunately, Minnesota is well-equipped: join in for a day of wandering through the MOA! If you don’t have shoes with good arch support, don’t worry: something tells me you’ll be able to find some while you’re there.
“Soul Sisters: The Untold Stories of Biblical Women”
Saturday, March 16 — 12:45-2:15 p.m. @ Adath Jeshurun, Minnetonka. FREE
YES! On a weekend this time! Explore the stories behind the stories of our fearless matriarchs, with Hazzan Joanna Dulkin. All genders welcome; no RSVP needed.
Wednesday, March 20 — 6:30 p.m. @ Moishe House. FREE
IT’S PURIM!!! The good folks at Moishe House are ready to help you up your hamantaschen game. Cecil’s ain’t got nothin’ on this!
“Noir She Didn’t”
Thursday, March 21 — 7 p.m. @ the Old Spaghetti Factory. $60
Now THIS is a date night! The Experts in Mystery Entertainment present a live, interactive murder mystery dinner show. Join for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller! Grab tickets at https://www.grimprov.com.
Sunday, March 24 — 1-3 p.m. @ Adath Jeshurun, Minnetonka. FREE
The Jewish version of the stitch & kvetch. Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint, cross-stitch or want to learn? The Knitting Plus Circle is back, offering a lovely, low-key way to spend a Sunday afternoon with good company. Experienced knitters: bring your projects. Beginners: bring medium yarn and size 7, 8 or 9 needles to start a scarf.
“NextGen Thursday Thrifting”
Thursday, March 28 — 5-7 p.m. @ PRISM, Golden Valley. FREE
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!
Friday, March 29 — 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Minnetonka. FREE
The only “Makom Friday” of March! “Makom,” the Hebrew word for “space,” reanimates ancient Jewish wisdom for today. Join Adath Jeshurun for Makom Fridays, celebrating Shabbat with new and familiar faces through soulful prayer, delicious food, a space to unwind, and the sweet ruach [energy] of community. All are welcome to this “everybody friendly” event.
While they’re known to have a few gourmet cooks and bakers [and some take-out pros who know how to order], they do ask attendees to bring a dairy or vegetarian dish to share — after all, what better way to break the ice, than to break bread to go with it? Challah, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, but additional details on what to bring are on the Makom Facebook page & website.
“It’s All About the Dough: Baking Challah with Rabbi Davis”
Sunday, March 31 — 9 a.m. @ Beth El Synagogue, St. Louis Park. FREE
Challah atcha boy any ol’ time you like after this free workshop. Learn the finer points of making challah, courtesy of Hadassah Minneapolis. Email [email protected] for more info.
“A Sabbath for Socialists: Yiddish Children’s Literature Between Sacred and Secular”
Sunday, March 31 — 7:30-9 p.m. @ Darchei Noam, St. Louis Park. FREE
This sounds amazing, and incredibly fascinating: literature for Yiddish speaking children flourished during the early decades of the 20th century — a time of rapid modernization when large numbers of Eastern European Jews became urban and secular. Distinguished authors and pedagogues alike crafted stories, poems and plays to model the politically progressive, ethically engaged values that they hoped to foster in the next generation. Against that backdrop, we nevertheless discern a subgenre of tales that valorized Sabbath observance under adverse circumstances. Examine why such stories flowed from the pens of socialist leaders both Bundist and Zionist—and what they came to signify.
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