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NOTE: The following events are community events, not JSC events. If you have questions about these events, please get in touch with the contact person or location in the notice. Thank you.
Upcoming Events and Programs
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Join Jewish Community Action for Deep Canvassing this Summer and Fall Join JCA to connect with people at the doors with meaningful conversations about criminal justice and race in our communities through deep canvassing. Deep Canvassing, which you may be familiar with as the method used around the state five years ago during the successful “Vote No” Marriage Amendment campaign, has been proven to change hearts and minds. To get a better idea of deep canvassing and how it works, listen to one of the founders give a TEDx Talk.
All of our canvasses will take place on Sundays from 9am-4pm. The day will start with a training and introduction to deep canvassing and then lunch before people go out to door knock. When participants return from the doors there will be a debrief to check in and unpack what everyone experienced.
Traditionally, Jewish study takes place together in pairs (chevruta), emphasizing that our best learning takes place face-to-face, in honest dialogue. We want to bring the spirit of chevruta to an organizing context. In a political climate that seems ever-more acrimonious, we believe in the importance of engaging across differences to learn and grow with each other from a common base of shared values.
A Discussion on Contemporary Israeli Cinema Sunday, September 10 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm St. Paul Talmud Torah 768 Hamline Avenue South, St. Paul
Or Emet will host Donald Larsson, who will lead a discussion about recent Israeli cinema, including Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void and The Wedding Plan. Donald Larsson is an Or Emet member and a retired Professor of English at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Or Emet adult programs are free and open to the public, and meet concurrently with the Jewish Cultural School. FFI: Contact Dave Zukor at email@example.com or visitwww.oremet.org. Please direct general inquiries about Or Emet to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come to the Interfaith Community Picnic and Pot Luck, hosted by the South Metro Interfaith Community and the Interfaith Women's Coffee Group.
Bring: * Food to share, which is arranged by religion to make it easy to follow dietary laws. Please label foods and list ingredients for display. *Your own beverage and eating utensils *Lawn chairs and outdoor games for families.
Covered pavilions are reserved. Playground available as well as the splash pad. Beth Jacob members enjoyed themselves at last year's picnic! Questions? Contact Belina Reisman: email@example.com, 952-857-9069.
Food! Fun! Music!
The Lincoln Del Cookbook Book Launch
Sunday, Sept 10, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
"the old Del" (Now Edina Realty)
4100 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Come celebrate the publication of The Lincoln Del Cookbook: Best-Loved Recipes from the Legendary Bakery and Deli! Bring home the flavor of the cherished Lincoln Del bakery and deli with kitchen-tested recipes that will feed your memories and inspire new traditions for your family table. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Barnes & Noble, Calhoun Village. Music by The Sons with Dale Engquist, Sim Glaser, Andy Morantz, Brian Russ and Brian Handeland!
Going Deeper into the High Holiday Prayers
Tuesday, September 12, 7-8:30 PM
Mayim Rabim Congregation
Friends Meeting House, 44th& York Ave S, Minneapolis
Approach the High Holidays this year with a greater appreciation of the prayers. Rabbi Sharon Stiefel of Mayim Rabim Congregation will guide us through some of the major prayers in the Machzor (the High Holiday prayer book) to gain a deeper understanding of their meaning and their relevance to life today. All are welcome to come and learn.
"A Campus Divided: Progressives, Anti-Communists, Racism and Antisemitism at the University of Minnesota 1930-1942" Wednesday, September 13 at 5:30 to 7:00 pm; program begins at 5:45 pm Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120 University of Minnesota, 222 21st Avenue So, Minneapolis
Please join us for Reflections on "A Campus Divided: Progressives, Anti-Communists, Racism and Antisemitism at the University of Minnesota 1930-1942." Among the panelists commenting on the exhibit will be co-curators Riv-Ellen Prell, Professor Emerita of American Studies, & Sarah Atwood, Ph.D. candidate in American Studies, along with John Wright, Professor of African American & African Studies and English. They will share their insights about the 1930s at the University when racism and antisemitism were sanctioned and political surveillance was a part of campus life.
Community Selichot Shema Koleinu: Hear Our Prayer Saturday, September 16 at 7 PM Temple of Aaron
Spiritually prepare yourself for the High Holy Days! Come hear Cantor Barry Abelson, Cantorial Soloist David Baldinger, Hazzan Joanna Dulkin, and Cantor Joshua Fineblum lead the congregation in a moving program and service to begin the holiday season.
This year’s Selichot is a joint program of Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Sharei Chesed, Temple Israel of Minneapolis, and Temple of Aaron in St. Paul.
Selichot Film & Service Saturday, September 16, 10 pm Beth Jacob Congregation The High Holy Day season kicks off with Selichot services, preceded this year by the film version of the play "Wrestling Jerusalem". Writer-Actor Aaron Davidman embodies seventeen different characters in and around the sacred city of Jerusalem as he takes us on an eye-opening journey into the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian story. Exploring universal questions of identity and human connection, the film is about one man's effort to embrace a multiplicity of conflicting viewpoints, chronicling a brave exploration of the complex humanity at the heart of one of the world's most troubling conflicts.
Shabbat Learn-In and Selichot Service with Rachel Brodie Saturday, September 16 Beth El Synagogue Please join us for a Shabbat Learn-In as we lead up to Selichot with Master Jewish Educator Rachel Brodie.
THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS IS AS FOLLOWS: 9:00 am (During services) - Torah Study - It's What You Do With It 12:30 pm (Following Shabbat Lunch) - Contemporary Issues - Ethical Fitness: A Pre-Holiday Workout5:45 pm - Minchah & Seudah Shlishit (light dinner) 7:00 pm - Cultural Arts - The Limits of Imagination: Art as Midrash 8:00 pm - Maariv, Havdalah & Dessert Reception 9:00 pm - Mind, Body, Spirit - Speech & Silence 9:45 pm – Selichot - (prepare for the High Holy Days with this special service)
Annual Campaign Gala – Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul Sunday, September 17 4:30 pm • Young Adult Division cocktail reception begins 5:00 pm • Cocktails 6:15 pm • Dinner*, program and entertainment Temple of Aaron *Dietary laws observed.
Great music, good food and lots of fun. Featuring Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience. Big band meets contemporary pop with a mix of Jewish composers!The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience fuses a big band spirit with an inventive edge. Shaun, an Emmy Award-winning crooner (and lead singer of the internationally known vocal group Tonic Sol-fa), indelibly stamps vocal jazz and swing with a contemporary punch!
Come to the Gala & meet Charley Smith & Tal Dror We're excited to introduce you to the newest members of the Federation team. Charley Smith is the new Twin Cities young adult engagement manager. He'll be coming your way soon with great events and programs. Tal Dror is the new St. Paul Israeli shlicha. She's bringing Israel to our community in exciting and meaningful ways.
Couvert: $50 per person $25 per person (40 and under)
Multi-Generational Butterfly Project Sunday, September 24 at 1 p.m. — 3 p.m. Sabes JCC
The Butterfly Project is a grass roots arts and education initiative that memorializes the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust through global displays of ceramic butterflies—one butterfly painted for each child.
The Butterfly Project’s messages of hope and healing are woven together with Holocaust survivors’ courageous stories. The moving account of survival and a lesson in the healing power of art working its magic. The Butterfly Project is now a global memorial with over 200 communities, including Canada, Mexico, Israel, Australia, France, Czech Republic, Cuba, Morocco and Poland.
Each participant will receive the biography of a child and a ceramic butterfly to be painted at this event. The butterflies will be on permanent display at the JCC. This is a multigenerational event for adults of all ages and children 8 years and older are welcome to attend.
Registration by September 8 is highly suggested to make sure we have enough butterflies. Cost is $5.00. Please be sure to bring your ID to the event to get into the Sabes JCC.For more information, contact Rosa at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Hadassah Office 952-924-4999. Click here to view/print the flyer.
Aish Minnesota Introduction to the High Holiday Service: Creating a Meaningful High Holiday Service Remaining Date: September 27th 7:00pm - 8:45pm The Colonnade 5500 Wayzata Boulevard, Minneapolis
Featuring Rabbi Fredman & Demetrios Vital. FFI: Contact Rabbi David Fredman, Aish Minnesota, 952-210-1146, email@example.com. Click HERE to Register.
Jewish Genealogy – A Year of Discovery Sunday, October 8, 2017 to April 2018 Adath Jeshurun Congregation
Explore your family’s history through skilled research .Learn how to build a foundation for your research, then cross the ocean to discover your family roots. Conclude by learning how to share your family stories. This series teaches you how to do in-depth research. Ample time between sessions lets you explore on your own using your new skills and gives you the opportunity to develop questions to bring back to the group. Using video clips of the stories of Jewish elders from the Jewish Identity and Legacy Project as our source material, we’ll learn how to tell our stories to engage our audience and bring our stories to life. Take Part 1 or Part 1 and 2. Taught by Susan Weinberg and Walter Elias of the Minnesota Jewish Genealogical Society. Part 1 Useful Search Engines Sunday, October 8 • 1-3 pm Delving into Documents Sunday, November 5 •1-3 pm Organizational Tools Sunday, January 7, 2018 • 1-3 pm Part 2 Overseas Resources Sunday, February 11, 2018 • 1-3 pm Finding Those Lost in the Holocaust Sun, March 4, • 1-3 pm Telling Your Stories Sunday April 8, 2018 •1-3 pm
Cost is $115 for members of the MN Jewish Genealogical Society and $140.00 for non-members. For both sessions - $230 for MJGS members and $255 for non–members. Non-members receive a MJGS membership. REGISTER HERE. For logistics questions, contact Jennifer at 952-215-3904 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For content questions, contact Susan at email@example.com.
17th Annual Jewish Community Mental Health Conference
From Hurting to Healing: Journeys of Courage and Hope
Featuring keynoter Melody Moezzi Iranian-American activist, award-winning writer and attorney, author of Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life
Sunday, October 22 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free and open to people of all faiths! Click HERE for the brochure and description of sessions.
Sunday, November 19 at 5:00 pm Radisson Blu at Mall of America
The second annual Twin Cities wide celebration that brings our Minneapolis & St. Paul communities together to celebrate as one! Recognizing Nancy & Steve Schachtman and Michelle & Steve Shaller for their outstanding contributions to our community.
For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Tamar Fenton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.381.3405.
Minnesota Sinfonia 2017 Happy Holidays Katia Tesarczyk Senior Division Winner of the Minnesota Sinfonia Young Artist Competition. Read more about Katia!Dec. 1, 2017 | Friday, 7 p.m. FIRST COVENANT CHURCH 1280 Arcade St, St Paul, MN 55106 (directions) Park in Lot Dec. 2, 2017 | Saturday, 2 p.m. BASILICA OF SAINT MARY 1600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (directions & parking) PROGRAM Music to celebrate the holiday season
JFCS 29th Annual Benefit – “Laugh on Their Behalf" Featuring Comedian Ryan Hamilton Saturday, December 2 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm New Location: Minneapolis Marriott City Center 30 S 7th St, Minneapolis
Each year, JFCS serves thousands of people in our community, our neighborhoods, and our families. Mark your calendars now and join us for a special evening of fun, food and comedy, as together we laugh on their behalf to support the work of JFCS.
The Stephanies – Stephanie Hansen and Stephanie March – hosts of myTalk107.1’s food-themed talk show “Weekly Dish,” will emcee JFCS’ 29th Annual “Laugh on Their Behalf” Benefit on December 2. Hansen is also the blogger, photographer, podcaster and social commentator behind StephaniesDish.com and @MakersofMN and March is Food Editor for “Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.”
Magen Tzedek Initiative An initiative of Jewish Community Action
Magen Tzedek (of the Hekhsher Tzedek Commission) is a new initiative to improve the working conditions, treatment of employees, environmental standards and business practices in kosher food-producing businesses. For more information on Magen Tzedek, click on Jewish Community Action at call 651-632-2184. Click here to sign up as a supporter of Magen Tzedek.
Jewish Community Action (JCA) is a non-pofit, membership Jewish social justice organization in the Twin Cities. Magen Tzedek is a joint project of the Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism with seed funding is provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Jewish Community Action's role is to involve and educate the Jewish community in making this exciting project a reality! To learn more about Jewish Community Action or to become a member visit www.jewishcommunityaction.org.
Indie Jews An initiative of Jewish Community Action
Indie Jews is Jewish Community Action's response to conversations we had with Jews not affiliated with congregations. We saw a need for a new kind of community, a way for Jews to connect with one another outside of traditional meeting spaces, and a means for taking action together, as Jews, on the social, racial, and economic justice issues that affect us all. We meet monthly for Shabbat dinners, and it’s a great, low-key way for new people to learn about our work and get involved. Visit us on the web at www.indiejews.org or email email@example.com for more information.
Jewish Federation Programs for Young Adults
Young Leadership for ages 22 to 45 (St. Paul)
20|30 PROJECT for ages 21-40 (Minneapolis)
Minneapolis Jewish Federation
20|30 PROJECT for ages 21-40 connects Jewish adults to opportunities for personal growth, philanthropy and social involvement while preserving universal Jewish values and ensuring the future of our community. Join us at local hotspots around town, usually on the 4th Thursday of each month, for our Happy Hour. Click here to visit the Minneapolis Jewish Federation's Young Leadership page or find us on Facebook, for more information on our many upcoming events! FFI: Contact Evan Stern, firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-417-2335.
Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul
Join other Jewish young adults, ages 22-45, and those who love them for Happy Hour at St. Paul’s favorite bars and lounges for networking and socializing, usually on the 2nd Thursday of each month. FFI: Contact Dan Mogelson, email@example.com or 651-695-3189.
PFLAG is at the St. Paul JCC
PFLAG Twin Cities promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. For more information, visit www.pflagtc.org.
The St. Paul JCC, Jewish Family Service of St. Paul, and St. Paul PFLAG continue to partner on educational programs. If you are interested in seeing the return of the monthly St. Paul PFLAG Support Group, call Marjorie Sigel at JFS, 651-698-0767.
Gather for study and meditation on Kabbalistic themes with Rabbi Sim Glaser throughout the year. No reservations necessary. Free. Go to www.templeisrael.com for more info.
A JEWISH EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE FOR MINNESOTA: The name Aish HaTorah, literally “Fire of Torah,” was inspired by the talmudic story of Rebbe Akiva, a 40-year-old shepherd who could not even read the Aleph-Bet. One day, he came across a stone that had been holed out by a constant drip of water. He concluded: If something as soft as water could carve a hole in solid rock, then how much more so can Torah -- which is fire -- make an indelible impression on my heart. Rebbe Akiva committed himself to study Torah, and went on to become the greatest sage of his generation, with 24,000 students learning under him at one time.
As Elie Weisel said: “Aish HaTorah means to me the passion of teaching, the passion of learning. The study of Torah, the source of Jewish values, is the way to Jewish survival.” In the words of Rabbi Noach Weinberg, founder of Aish International: “Tie every Jew to a pride in his heritage, to a confidence in our future, and an appreciation of how precious his involvement with the Jewish people can be for himself, his children, grandchildren, and all of humanity.”
More information about Aish Minnesota can be found at www.aish.com.
Jewish Recovery Network (JRN) Beth El Synagogue 5224 W. 26th St., St. Louis Park
The JRN is a group for addicted people in recovery, as well as their families and friends, who feel a need for Jewish support and direction in addition to that gained from other 12-step programs. For more information, call Joyce S. at 763-544-4446.
Monday Night Limud Every Monday, 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Beth Jacob Congregation 1176 Victoria Circle, Mendota Heights
This ongoing class taught by Rabbi Morris Allen continues with the study of Talmudic concerns having equal status before the law. It is a fascinating discussion examining the ability of the High Priest (Kohen Gadol) or the King to serve on a Beit Din or give testimony in a legal proceeding. Text is the Steinsaltz Talmud edition, in Hebrew and English. The discussions are serious, engaging and challenging and are accessible for those who might not have had previous experience with rabbinic texts.
Israeli Dancing Tuesdays at 7:00 pm/8:00 pm St. Paul JCC
Educator and Israeli dance expert Shira Schwartz leads an Israeli dance class for adults at the St. Paul JCC on Tuesday nights. Cost for the class is $5 each time. The schedule most nights includes the beginners class from 7-8 pm and open dancing for all from 8-9:30 pm. You can come for both the class and the open dancing, or just one. Come learn some new dances and have some fun. FFI: 651-255-4737.
B'nai B'rith Sunday Morning Bowling League
Teams now have openings for people to join. The league is co-ed and open to all ages. Bowling experience, ball and shoes are not required. Commitment: willing to bowl one or two Sundays every month September through April. If you're interested, contact Michael at 952-929-2718.
Visit, Study, and Volunteer in Israel
St. Paul Shlicha
The St. Paul Jewish community sponsors a Shlicha (female), an Israeli emissary whose job it is to promote advocacy for Israel, teach about Israeli history, geography, culture and politics, and forge connections between Israelis and Diaspora Jews. The Shlicha is a good resource for information about any aspect of Israel, including travel, study and volunteer programs. The St. Paul community Shlicha is Mor Pinhas, 651-366-8355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Council for Volunteering in Israel
The National Council for Volunteering in Israel, founded in 1972 by the Israeli government, is dedicated to centralizing the abundant information about volunteering in Israel into one place. On this site, you will be able to access information about volunteer opportunities, volunteer recognition, volunteer organizations, and volunteer news.
Note: The National Council for Volunteering is not a placement organization. Any questions you have regarding specific volunteer positions, including registration, must be directed to the appropriate volunteer organization. For your benefit, the contact information for each volunteer position is listed following the work description. For further information, click on www.ivolunteer.org.il/eng/.
Sar-El - The National Project for Volunteers for Israel
In the spring of 1983, "Sar-El" - The National Project for Volunteers for Israel - was founded as a non-profit, non-political organization ("Sar-El" is the Hebrew acronym meaning "Service for Israel"). Sar-El encourages volunteers from around the world to come to Israel for a number of weeks where they will experience one or more of the following: Working in nursing homes, working in IDF warehouses, guided tours of interesting locations in Israel, lectures on Jewish and Israeli topics, Shabbat hospitality, and more. For further information, click on www.sar-el.org.
Livnot U'Lehibanot (“To Build and To Be Built”)
Livnot U'Lehibanot (“To Build and To Be Built”) is the premiere Israel experience geared towards Jews 21-30+ with little or no background in Judaism. The program is run in English and no prior knowledge of Hebrew or Judaism is required.
Classes and workshops are held on a variety of topics, participants celebrate Shabbat in a traditional manner as a group and with host families, and each group spends a portion of the program working on community service projects. No previous work experience is required. Past projects have included the construction of parks and playgrounds, the painting of murals and apartments of the elderly and immigrants, summer camps with Ethiopian immigrants, renovation of ancient buildings in Tzfat and digging in the tunnels below the Western Wall.
Livnot offers a Community Service Volunteer program open to Jews from all backgrounds, in addition to the following:
Taglit-Birthright Israel 14 free days vs.10; 21-26 only; 6 challenging hikes; more community service. The Livnot Journey 5 Month MASA Program - Volunteer, hike, study, seminars, workshops. Live in Tzfat! 30-Somethings Tour, volunteer, hike and learn with great new friends. Galilee Fellowship 2 week programs. Hiking. Community service. Seminars & Workshops. Livnot Northern Exposure Hiking, Community service and activities.
Click on www.livnot.com for further information on the programs, prices, dates, registration and more.
Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America www.mosaics.org/joomla/index.php Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America is a non-profit (501c3), lay-led Jewish outdoor group focused on bringing Jews together in an outdoor setting to meet new people, learn about Jewish ideals and values and to embrace the environment. With more than twenty affiliated local clubs throughout North America and Israel, Mosaic serves Jews of all ages, both married and single, who share a love for nature and Judaism.