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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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Recurring Events and Opportunities
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.