Minnesota Sinfonia Friday, July 21 at 7:30 pm Lake Harriet Band Shell
Final Summer Concert: The Big Finish Dvořák 8! Featuring the Talented 2017 Youth Outreach Week Participants Be amazed as you experience a concert featuring the MN Sinfonia and some of the most talented young players in the Twin Cities. This concert is the culmination of the Sinfonia’s annual Youth Outreach Week, providing 40 young musicians the opportunity to “live the life” for a week as they learn from, rehearse with, and perform with professional musicians.
Israeli Scouts Sunday, July 23 at 12-1 pm B’nai Israel Congregation (Rochester)
Israeli Scouts Monday, July 24 at 6:30-7:30 pm Sholom Home East
Mark Bloom and the Hurst Family Experience Tuesday, July 25 6:30pm Food Truck 7pm Music Wolfe Park Amphitheater, St. Louis Park Harmonic Convergence Featuring original compositions, songs by Bob Dylan, George Gershwin, Paul Simon, and Bill Withers, woven with Motown classics and traditional songs of the Jewish and African American experience. Expressing commonalities through a shared vision of cooperation, harmony, faith and mutual respect.
Free, Outdoor Concert All Are Welcome. This event will occur rain or shine as St. Louis Park has a new facility nearby by their rec center shielded from the elements.
This project was made possible in part with the support of Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, and by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Summertime Jewish Learning Across the Twin Cities Talmud at the Lake How might water have saved them? Rabbi Debra Rappaport Thursday, July 27, 12:00 PM Beard's Plaisance, 4525 Upton Ave. S Minneapolis (west side of Lake Harriet)* Four men went to heaven (Pardes), only one came back. The others did not heed the warning about water! Study this well-known mystical text from Talmud Hagigah 14b. * There is limited seating. Feel free to bring a chair or blanket. Picnic lunches are welcome. ** All outside locations are covered or close to an indoor option.
Summertime Jewish Learning Across the Twin Cities Talmud at the Lake Messianic Menu: Fish Fry? Rabbi Alexander Davis Sunday, July 30, 10:00 AM Tin Fish 3000 E Calhoun Parkway, Minneapolis
The messianic era is described as a feast. But what should we serve and why? (Baba Batra 74a). The restaurant is closed at this time on Sundays. ** All outside locations are covered or close to an indoor option.
Jewish Community Action Roast & Toast: Celebrate Vic & Carin! Sunday, July 30 at 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Lake Monster Brewing Company 550 Vandalia Street #160, Saint Paul The JCA Board of Directors invites you to join us in a summer celebration welcome our new Executive Director Carin Mrotz, and send off outgoing Director Vic Rosenthal in style. Come for the good-humored "roast" of Vic, and stay for the local brews, local food, and great company with fellow JCA members and leaders.
This is a family-friendly event! Children are welcome and do not need to register. There will be light noshes, as well as food available to purchase from select Twin Cities food trucks. Questions? Feel free to contact Elana Schwartzman, Board Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Paul Jewish Community Tisha B’Av Service Monday, July 31 Beth Jacob Congregation 8:00 pm Steve Hunegs: 50 Years of Reunified Jerusalem 9:00 pm Maariv and Eicha (Lamentations) reading/songs Sponsored by Beth Jacob Congregation, Mount Zion Temple, and Temple of Aaron. Thoughtful Viewing community partner: The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota
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.
9th Annual Sholom Johnson Hospice Butterfly Release Sunday, August 6 at 1:30 pm Ackerberg Sholom West Campus Cohen Auditorium
Sholom Johnson Hospice invites you and your family to our 9th Annual Butterfly Release. Celebrate life, commemorate a special occasion, or remember a loved one by releasing a Monarch butterfly from the beautiful patio at the Ackerberg Sholom West Campus. All proceeds benefit the volunteer services of Sholom Johnson Hospice.
The butterfly is a symbol of life - of birth, transition, and renewal. It also symbolizes hope and healing for clients of Sholom Johnson Hospice, which provides compassionate end-of-life care to persons of all faiths and backgrounds in the Twin Cities community.
Join us for a brief remembrance program before the butterflies take light. Refreshments will follow. Children and grandchildren welcome!
There is no charge for butterflies. Donations graciously accepted.
You must REGISTER HERE for live Monarch butterflies so we know how many butterflies to order.
Sabes JCC Golf & Games Event Monday, August 7 Oak Ridge Country Club
Join us for a community day of golf, games, dinner, friends and fun! Proceeds provide scholarships for families who would not otherwise be able to participate in our early childhood, camp and other programs.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Backgammon Tournament (includes lunch) 10:30 am – Cards & Mahj Registration 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Cards & Mahj (includes lunch) 11:00 am – Golf Registration & Lunch 12:30 pm – Shotgun Start Shamble Format: Everyone plays their own ball after selecting the best drive of each foursome. The group must use each players drive a minimum of 2x. Handicaps will be used. 5:00 pm – Cocktails 6:00 pm – Community Dinner in memory of Sheldon Wert (z”l)Click HERE for more information and to register.
Summertime Jewish Learning Across the Twin Cities Talmud at the Lake Water and Repentance: Washing away our sins Rabbi David Locketz Wednesday, August 9, 7:00 PM On the shore of Bet Shalom's wetland
We will dive into the rabbinic texts on the role of water and repentance. ** All outside locations are covered or close to an indoor option.
Summertime Jewish Learning Across the Twin Cities Talmud at the Lake Rain, Torah and Humility Rabbi Avram Ettedgui Thursday, August 17, 12:00 PM Sharei Chesed*
We may take rain for granted here in Minnesota, but our sages considered it to be a gift and a miracle that exceeds Resurrection of the Dead and other great “events” in our history. (Ta’anit 7) * There is limited seating. Feel free to bring a chair or blanket. Picnic lunches are welcome. ** All outside locations are covered or close to an indoor option.
Summertime Jewish Learning Across the Twin Cities Talmud at the Lake All Wet: Rabbinic Argument Gone Wrong Rabbi Tamar Grimm Wednesday, August 23 Rogers Lake Park Shelter, 994 Wagon Wheel Trail, Mendota Heights*
One very powerful (and attractive) rabbi loiters near sources of water attempting to influence the lives of those he encounters. Ultimately, he himself is transformed, but not necessarily for the better. * There is limited seating. Feel free to bring a chair or blanket. Picnic lunches are welcome. ** All outside locations are covered or close to an indoor option.
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.
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 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.