December 11, 2020 /25 Kislev 5781
Happy Hanukkah!
Dear Friends,

As Hanukkah begins, its message of hope and rededication is so important now as we face a surge in COVID-19, financial uncertainty, extreme political partisanship, and racial and economic disparity. It feels like we are living in very dark times.

Yet we Jews create light and hope. We light the menorah at dusk and place it in a window to remind ourselves and others that a single light makes a difference. We light an additional candle for the next seven nights so by the eighth night, the menorah glows bright. These lights act as a beacon for all the world to see.

Please make a tax-deductible gift to the 2020 Annual Campaign. Your one gift supports the 12 St. Paul Jewish community agencies that rely on Federation to do their important work, as well as our overseas partners that serve Jewish communities in 70 countries worldwide.

Please make an additional gift to Yad B’Yad, the Community Campaign for COVID relief, and take advantage of matching funds! Every new dollar pledged by Dec. 31, 2020 to the Yad B'Yad campaign up to $200,000 will be matched by 50%.  (Your gift to Yad B'Yad must be over and above your Federation 2020 Annual Campaign gift to qualify for the match.) Help us turn $200,000 into $300,000 for COVID relief!

100% of the funds raised will support programs that provide emergency financial aid, food assistance, mental and physical health and safety, as well as safety measures for frontline workers, and resources for those laid off or furloughed.

Please note: Even if you don’t normally itemize deductions, tax law changes due to COVID-19 allow you to deduct $300 of charitable contributions on your 2020 tax returns.
Our first virtual Super Sunday!
Volunteers will be calling between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20.
Help us make this Super Sunday EXTRAORDINARY for community members who need our help!
December 10-18

Join us for Be the Light, a Mitzvah and Light focused Hanukkah event sponsored by the St. Paul JCC. This year’s virtual event will be a combination of hands-on opportunities and Hanukkah related activities – from the comfort of your home, computer or phone.

Be the Light celebrates the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and allows us to bring light into the lives of others.
MONDAY, DEC. 14, 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Virtual Latke Making with Keshet
Get ready to make Latkes with Keshet, our Community Shlicha.
4 GET READY FOR Hanukkah
Celebrate Hanukkah with PJ Library and PJ Our Way! - Activities for All Ages

For small children and toddlers, Hanukkah is experienced through the senses: beautiful candles shining, the taste of delicious, sweet, sticky sufganiyot, and evening snuggles with family.
Once kids reach upper elementary and middle school, they’ve battled the "December dilemma," helped make the latkes, and have had their share of hand-print menorahs. While it may seem tough to keep engaging kids of this age-group, Hanukkah is a great opportunity to hand off some of the holiday responsibilities to your tweens. Invite them to choose an activity for each night, make a dish, say the blessings.
Watch this Hanukkah Sing Along!
Check out this TCJewFolk story about Jewish Changemakers, a program of St. Paul and Minneapolis Jewish Federations in partnership with Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

This JFNA Fellowship, intended to spark leadership skills and create good professional contacts, inspires young adults to lean into their community and act at a time of unprecedented crisis and challenge.
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company Presents: Operation Immigration
Dec 10-13
 A young Minnesotan searches for information about his late father, an Iranian Jew, and finds a story of immigration and assimilation. Along the way, he begins to find himself. A special filmed performance, pay-per-view, online.
Be the Light
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company Presents A Live Reading of The Chanukah Guest, by Eric Kimmel
Dec 11, 3 PM
The Chanukah Guest, by Jenna Zark, was originally commissioned and produced by Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. The presentation, with Kim Kivens, Joshua Bagley and Craig Johnson, is free but reservations are required.
To reserve your place with MJTC on Zoom, call 651-647-4315. 
Be the Light
Virtual Hanukkah Game Night with Talmud Torah of St. Paul
Dec 14, 5:30 - 6 PM
All are welcome to join Talmud Torah of St. Paul students and families for a Virtual Hanukkah Game Night. Come play games and celebrate the holiday!
JCRC: Candles and Politics
Dec 15, 7:30 PM
 Celebrate Hanukkah by lighting hanukkiyot in your homes and participating in a conversation with Minnesota's legislative leaders. Speaker Melissa Hortman, Rep. Tony Albright, Sen. Melisa Franzen, and Sen. Karin Housley will discuss their expectations for the 2021 legislative session and answer questions about the JCRC's priorities. 
Taste of Memories
Dec. 20, 12 PM
This special virtual series honors fallen IDF soldiers through the memories of their favorite foods. Join the Boyland Family for the first session as they bake the chocolate cake that their son Guy loved so much. Sponsored by the St. Paul Jewish Federation, Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Sovev Kinneret Partnership.
Sabes JCC: Dinner and a Movie
Dec. 24-26
While we can't go out for Chinese food and a movie this year, the Sabes JCC is offering a free movie and the opportunity to order food from Spirit of Asia.