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Jewish Mysticism – Tracing the History of Kabbalah Register by April 20 Taught by Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein Mondays, April 24, May 1, 8, 15 & 22, June 5, 12, 19 & 26, and July 107:00-8:30 PM Adath Jeshurun Congregation
This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life’s eternal universal questions.
Cost: $250 plus $45 for the course reader. Register at www.events.org/MeltonStPaul by April 20.There are no financial barriers to participation.
This is course is part of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning Scholars Curriculum. It is offered in collaboration with Adath Jeshurun, and in partnership with By the Rivers.
Are you struggling with a chronic disease such as MS, Lupus, Fibromyalgia or Diabetes? Have you been diagnosed with cancer? If so, you and or your family member caregivers may want to participate in an upcoming series called Renewing Life (RL).
Renewing Life is a nine-week educational/support group offered at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) beginning Wednesday, May 3, from 6-8:30 p.m.
RL is about learning coping skills and healing techniques for people dealing with a physical chronic or terminal illness. RL empowers participants to live authentically, view illness and life challenges as opportunities for growth, and discover and create a personal healing path. This proven curriculum has a focus on living the best possible life in the midst of challenges. Some weekly themes include the mind-body-spirit connection, dealing with challenging relationships and finding life meaning.
There is no cost to participants or caregivers.
If you are feeling “stuck” or just want to connect with others going through similar experiences, this is for YOU! Confidentiality is critical to our group.
The group is co-facilitated by Jill Marks, M.A. L.P., and Betsy Michel, RN.Please contact Betsy Michel 612-251-3561 for more information.
[RE]TELLING Exhibition April 7 – June 1 Sabes JCC Tychman Shapiro Gallery Featuring select works from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) permanent collection of survivor Fritz Hirschberger’s Sur-Rational series. Hirschberger paintings are paired with newly commissioned works by local artists who deal closely with related matters.
In this series, Hirschberger invokes the religious art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and draws from texts, historical narratives, and testimony in developing the content of the paintings. His work is brought in dialogue with that of contemporary artists, who, like Hirschberger, are translating history, experience, and art into expression that communicates across generations.
Made possible with support by the Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund, a Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.
Shaul Shenhav: The Stories of Israel Monday, April 3 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Adath Jeshurun Congregation
In the recent decades, the concept of narrative has gained relevance in a variety of fields and displines, giving rise to what scholars usually term “the narrative turn” in research. As has been widely acknowledged narrative plays an important role in the understanding of the political arena in Israel. “The stories of Israel” is based on a series of studies Professor Shenhav has conducted on the storytelling strategies employed by the Israeli leadership and the national stories embraced by Israelis. Among the questions that will be addressed in the lecture are: What stories come to people’s minds when thinking about the State of Israel or its people? Who do Israelis regard as the main national protagonists? And what can we learn from the way a person tells a story about his or her projected political behavior.
Shaul Shenhav is an associate professor at the Department of Political Science, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests include political narratives, political discourse, rhetoric, public diplomacy, and Israeli politics.
The symposium will address the particular place of Holocaust scholarship and commemoration in the U.S. and Western Europe, against the background of a new generation of historians, social scientists, and other scholars dedicated to the empirical study of mass violence in a variety of cases across the globe. The symposium will foster and intellectual space for productive dialogue between scholars and educators in the fields of Holocaust and genocide studies.
Keynote Address will be the 2017 Ohanessian Lecture:
The Holocaust has defined countless lives and reshaped our world -- and yet, when it comes to our understanding of just why and how this genocide took place, much research remains to be done. One of our generation's most acclaimed and respected historians, Timothy Snyder, has spent years of painstaking effort to recover the experience of the victims, the intentions of the killers, and the history of the Europe they shared.
Professor Snyder's lecture is based on his book Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, which is a remarkable work of scholarship that offers a new and innovative interpretation of the Holocaust -- and a frightening warning about our future. In his most recent book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Snyder argues that today our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the 20th century, and that we are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism.
Wolf Gruner - History, University of Southern California, and Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research
Andrew Woolford - University of Manitoba, current president of IAGS
Eric Weitz - History, The City College of New York
Elke Gryglewski - House of the Wannsee Conference, Berlin
Phillip Spencer - History, Kingston University
Irit Dekel - Sociology, Bard College, Berlin
Laura Zelle - Tolerance Minnesota, Smithsonian
Nancy Ziemer - Teacher, Park Center Senior High School
Hollie Nyseth Brehm - Sociology, Ohio State University
Joachim Savelsberg - Sociology, UMN
Alejandro Baer - Sociology, UMN
Co-organized with the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair; made possible by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.
Minnesota Sinfonia Soo's Back Featuring Soo Bae, cello
- April 7 at 7pm | Metropolitan State University, 700 E. 7th St., Saint Paul - April 9 at 2pm | Church of the Annunciation, 509 W 54th St., Minneapolis
MacPhail Spotlight Series: From the Balkans to the Holy Land Saturday, April 8 at 8:00 PM MacPhail Minneapolis, Antonello Hall (second floor) MAP 501 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis (Near the Mill City Museum and the Guthrie Theater) Due to continued construction around the Minneapolis building, we have created some new parking options! Click here to learn more. There is a pre-concert talk held before every show at 7:00 PM – learn more about the music and direction.
MacPhail Spotlight Series Artistic Director Mischa Santora has created a concert that puts MacPhail faculty members (some of whom are Jewish) in the spotlight and focuses on music that intertwines both Jewish music and a part of Europe with a strong Jewish history.
Witness the power and passion of Eastern European and Jewish Folk Music! This eclectic concert will showcase the virtuosity of Paul Schoenfield’s Klezmer-inspired trio, the transcendent Fantasy on a Yiddish Song by David Evan Thomas, old Ukrainian folk tunes passed on through generations, and the beloved Hungarian Dances by Brahms.
Single Tickets: $25 adults, $15 seniors (ages 55 and older) and youth (ages 6 through 18). MacPhail Students receive special discounts – See http://www.macphail.org/. Tickets may be ordered by calling 612.767.5250 or by stopping by Student Services at MacPhail.
Uptown Chabad Seder - Monday, April 10th – YJP and community, 7:30 Doors open 8:00 Seder begins - Tuesday, April 11th – YJP Exclusive, 8:00 pm Seder Begins Laguna Apartments, 2900 Irving Ave S #307, Minneapolis Overwhelmed by the never-ending Hebrew? Looking for a Seder with a young and fun crowd? Can’t make it home for the holiday – (Or spending one of the nights with family and looking for Seder the other night). Or maybe you just want to experience what a four-course Seder with an overstocked selection of wine feels like? Well, there is a seat for you at the YJP Passover Seders!
Connect, dine, and be inspired, with fellow Young Jewish professionals at the Uptown Chabad Seder.
Prepaid reservations only – No door tickets!
$18 before April 5th 11:59 pm | $25 After Party of 2 (bring a friend) $15 Before April 5th
The Jewish Recovery Network (JRN) and JFCS annual Freedom Seder Celebrating our Freedom from Addiction and our Exodus from Slavery Wednesday, April 12 5:30 pm: Registration 6:00 - 9:00 pm: Seder Beth El Synagogue Cost: $25.00 per person, Children under 10: $10.00. For further information, please call Stan: (763) 544-4446 or email email@example.com. More info and registration here.
JCA Freedom Seder Thursday, April 13 at 6:15 pm Mount Zion Temple
Every year we join together with people from a diversity of religious and cultural backgrounds to call for justice and freedom during Passover. The evening will include a program and a light Passover meal. We cannot wait to see you there!
You can register online here.We ask for a suggested $18 donation at the door, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Childcare will be available.
2017 Humanistic Passover Seder Celebration Saturday, April 15 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis 900 Mt Curve Ave., Minneapolis Or Emet, the Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, will have a Passover Seder. Visitors, including interfaith and intercultural families, are welcome to attend. The Seder meal includes traditional foods, with everyone contributing to the potluck buffet.
Our Seder celebrates Passover with a Humanistic Jewish service, emphasizing the themes of human freedom and dignity, the capacity to change our destiny, and the power of hope. Students from the Jewish Cultural School add special contributions to the program.
Recommended visitor fees are $15 for adults and teens, $10 for children 5 to 13 years, and free for children under 5 years. There is a $50 family maximum.
Reservations are open between March 27 and April 11, or until at capacity. If interested in attending, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-787-7812
U of M Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) is pleased to announce a Spring 2016 three-week, one-credit course: GLOS 3900/5900Holocaust Art: History and Commemoration April 18-May 4 This course will cover the history of the Holocaust through works of art created by Jewish artists living under Nazi occupation during the Holocaust, as well as addressing post-Holocaust collective memory and memorialization.
Taught by YEHUDIT SHENDAR, one of the world's leading scholars on Holocaust Art. this course will appeal to students of art, art history, global studies, history, sociology, museum studies, anthropology, German studies, and Jewish studies.
YEHUDIT SHENDAR is retired Deputy Director and Senior Art Curator at Yad Vashem, and a current member of the Schwabinger Kunstfund, the international task-force of experts researching the Cornelius Gurlitt cache of Nazi-looted art, unveiled in Munich in 2013.
[RE]TELLING Exhibition Series Reception Wednesday, April 19, 6-8 PM Sabes JCC
Free. Remarks by visiting scholar Yehudit Shendar.
Jewish Community Action is working together with leaders from across the area to protect and strengthen affordable housing opportunities in Hennepin county. If you care about protecting everyone's right to a safe, affordable, and stable home please join a housing team for work in Minneapolis, or the western suburbs.
Want to get involved? Here are a few opportunities to jump in!
If you live in or around Eden Prairie please join us at Eden Prairie High School join JCA on Thursday April 20th at 6:30 for an educational session on the decline of naturally occurring affordable housing in the metro, what the city is doing about it, and how we can organize. This is a great way to get connected with work happening in your community, and build relationships with those nearby.
Finally, we're planning an event with Adath Jeshurun on May 17th at 6:00 PM to provide a regional perspective on affordable housing as well as launch people into action, with others, in their own suburban or urban communities. You can register here!
Thoughtful Viewing: Beauty & Sadness – A Studio J Event Thursday, April 20 at 7 – 8:30 PM St. Paul JCC Free. Through a guided viewing of the Gallery Walk exhibit Loss And Beauty, we will discuss the ways that our knowledge of tragic events informs how we look at photos, followed by an opportunity for our own creative reflections. Register by April 10 at stpauljcc.org.
Thoughtful Viewing community partner: The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota
Dementia: A Film & Discussion Series Remaining Sunday, April 23 at 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM St. Paul JCC Free Event
View two extraordinary films, the first one about the effects of dementia within families and one about music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.
Sunday, April 23 at 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM Alive Inside with insights from Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker and Jim Miller, HPMT-MT-BCA joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.
RSVP 5 DAYS BEFORE EACH FILM RSVP to St. Paul JCC 651-698-0751 or Barbie Levine 651-255-4734.CONTACT INFORMATION: Barbie Levine, Director of Adult Services, email@example.com, 651-255-4734.
This event is sponsored by: JFS, Jewish Alzheimer's Task Force Funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater St Paul.
2017 Twin Cities Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration Sunday, April 23 at 7:00 PM Beth El Synagogue THE THEATER OF WITNESSES FEATURING HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND YACHAD STUDENTS
The 2017 Yom HaShoah Commemoration is free of charge and open to the public. Introducing the 25th Anniversary Edition of “Witnesses to the Holocaust.” Free copy to all attendees.For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Yom HaShoah Commemoration is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota (CHAIM), Beth El Synagogue, the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, Generations After MN, and the Micki and Mort Naiman Holocaust Education Fund.
3rd annual Tru2life (L’chayim) Music benefit concert, supporting The Chai-light Chorus & Mishkan MSP Monday, April 24 at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Beth El Synagogue
This year we feature vocalist Maud Hixson, who recently appeared as The Chanteuse in Park Square Theater’s “The Soul of Gershwin.” Complimentary wine, other beverages and snacks.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) and Illusion Theater present: Wiesenthal: An Ordinary man who did extraordinary things April 25-30 One Week Only Illusion Theater 528 Hennepin Ave N, Minneapolis Who is Simon Wiesenthal?Nicknamed the “Jewish James Bond" Simon Wiesenthal devoted his life to bringing more than 1100 Nazi War criminals to justice. His unbelievable dedication and tenacity over decades is honored in this play. We are grateful for the Sponsorship of JCRC to support this production.
School Matinees Tuesday, April 25 @ 10:00 am Tuesday, April 27 @ 10:00 am $6.00 student ticket (18 & under)
Community Matinee Sunday, April 30 @ 2:00 pm $30.00 senior ticket $15.00 student ticket (18 & under)
Aish Minnesota Judaism 101: A Crash Course on the Basics of Judaism Wednesday, April 26th, May 3rd, 10th & 17th at 9:45am - 10:45am Lunds / Byerly's Community Room - Plymouth 3455 Vicksburg Lane, Plymouth, MN 55447 In this insightful class we'll cover the Jewish view on everything from life before death, to life after death, happiness, pleasure, God and the soul. If you've ever wanted to know what Judaism has to say on it, this is the class for you.
Yad Vashem: Beyond the Museum, talk and virtual tour of Israel's Holocaust memorial with YEHUDIT SHENDAR, retired Museum Deputy Director and Senior Art Curator, Yad VashemPresented by CHGS, cosponsored by the Center for German and European Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies.
Made possible by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.
Talk: Nazi Law During the Holocaust and a Survivor’s Story Wednesday, April 26 from 7:00-9:00 pm Mitchell Hamline School of Law in the Auditorium 875 Summit Ave, St. Paul World Without Genocide will host a program about the Nazi legal system that implemented the persecution and destruction of the Jews. The talk focuses on actions of German judges and lawyers during the Third Reich, and the Nuremberg trial at which they were prosecuted for their responsibility in the Holocaust.
Fred Amram, Holocaust survivor, will speak about his childhood in Nazi Germany and the impact of the Holocaust on his extended family.
The program concludes with an examination of ethical issues in the legal profession today.
The talk is open to the public; no reservations are necessary. $10 general public, $5 students and seniors, and free to Mitchell Hamline students. Two ethics CLE credits are available for lawyers (pending), two ‘clock hours for educators.
Co-sponsored by the Germanic-American Institute and the Minnesota State Bar Association, Human Rights Committee.
More information - worldwithoutgenocide.org/events-and-programs or 651-695-7621.
World Without Genocide promotes education and action to protect innocent people, prevent genocide, prosecute perpetrators, and remember those affected by genocide.
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin – Twin Cities Jewish Book Series Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM St. Paul JCC
Rabbi, scholar, and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin will present two new books, Why the Jews: The Reason for Antisemitism, the Most Accurate Predictor of Human Evil and Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, The Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History. Telushkin is the bestelling author of eighteen books, including The Book of Jewish Values, Hillel, and Jewish Literacy. Rabbi Telushkin serves as a Senior Associate of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Book Council, and as spiritual leader of the Synagogue for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.
This event is made possible by the Jewish Book Council.
$18 • $12 St. Paul JCC Member Value Price; All tickets sold the day of the event will be $18.
Understanding Immigration: Justice and Compassion in Uncertain Times Friday, April 28 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm Beit Knesset, Room M-28, at the Sabes JCC
Or Emet will host Michele Garnett McKenzie, deputy director of The Advocates for Human Rights, who will explore the history of U.S. immigration and refugee policy, the impact of the administrative actions, and the call for a just and compassionate response. Recent administrative actions have strategically leveraged fear in an attempt to reshape American demographics, and McKenzie will discuss the impacts this has on justice in the modern world.
A short Humanistic Jewish Sabbath service will precede the program, which is free and open to the public. An Oneg Shabbat reception will follow. For more information, contact email@example.com or visit www.oremet.org.
Keeping the Spirit Alive: A conference for caregivers and those supporting a loved one with Dementia Sunday, April 30 at 8 am - 1:45 pm Adath Jeshurun Congregation Free and open to the public. Please click on an option below for more information:
RIMON ARTIST SALON Jump Cut: Bringing a Story to the Screen Sunday, April 30 at 2 pm Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota 550 Vandalia St #120, St Paul Featuring Michael Forstein, filmmaker and Deborah Yarchun, playwright. Co-sponsored by IFP Minnesota. For more information contact David Jordan Harris, Rimon Executive Director @952-381-3449 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) Sunday, April 30 at 5 pm - Minneapolis @ Sabes JCC - St. Paul @ Mount Zion
Please join us for an evening of remembering Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.
Conveying the Unspeakable: Art and the History Museum Wednesday, May 3, 5:00 PM 120 Andersen Library U of M Campus
Conveying the Unspeakable: Art and the History Museum, a panel event featuring:YEHUDIT SHENDAR, Deputy Director and Senior Art Curator, Yad Vashem, DANIEL SPOCK, Director, Minnesota History Center Museum, and LIN NELSON-MAYSON, Director, UMN Goldstein Museum of Design
Presented by CHGS, cosponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies. Made possible by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.
Teaching the Holocaust through Art Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 PM Sabes Jewish Community Center Teaching the Holocaust through Art, educator workshop featuring YEHUDIT SHENDAR and local educators
Presented by CHGS, cosponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies. Made possible by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.
Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) Happy 69th Birthday, Israel! Sunday, May 7 at 3-5 pm St. Paul JCC
Israeli DJ and dance party, Climb Masada on the giant inflatable, Birthday party game room for kids – Israeli style, Relax and watch some of Israel’s favorite TV shows, Take a dip at our Tel Aviv beach party open swim, Ride through the Israel Nation Trail on spin bikes, Food for purchase – Eat some of Israel’s favorite treats, And so much more!
Hang with your friends and celebrate Israel with your community! FFI: Contact Alyssa Golob, email@example.com.
Transfer of Memory will be on display at several SPCO performances, which feature works by Gideon Klein, Leo Smit, and Erwin Schulhoff, all composers imprisoned in concentration camps during the Holocaust, along with a Suite from The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill, who fled Nazi Germany in 1933. Also featured are Bartók's Divertimento for String Orchestra, written while the threat of World War II loomed over his native Hungary, and Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony, written under intense scrutiny of post-war Communist censorship.
In Times of War
May 19, 8:00 p.m. Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata
Sunday, May 21, 2:00 p.m. Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis
Led by SPCO musicians
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Sabes JCC and St. Paul JCC Helping Out in These Challenging Economic Times
“Losing your job doesn’t mean losing your balance….Get your life back in balance at the Sabes JCC.” The Sabes JCC has increased scholarships for memberships and programs, and has put together the "Whole Health Plan". This program provides "pay-what-you-can" memberships for the recently unemployed with discounted rates on programs. Through a collaboration with JFCS they will also be able to provide counseling and employment services. Visit the Sabes JCC website or call Steve Kitsis, Membership Director, at 952-381-3414 for more information.
The St. Paul JCC is offering reduced fee or no-cost temporary memberships to help people “stay connected and healthy — in good times and in bad.” The St. Paul JCC’s program, Somaych Nofim (Supporting the Fallen), is discreet and confidential. Individuals or families must be referred by a rabbi or JCC staff member, then they simply pick up a membership packet at the front desk. For information, contact a St. Paul area rabbi or the St. Paul JCC at 651-698-0751 or www.stpauljcc.org.
Find out what's going on at the Minneapolis Sabes JCC here and what's going on at the St. Paul JCC here.
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 email@example.com.
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.