August 21, 2020 /1 Elul 5780
An exciting new compilation of data on the Twin Cities Jewish population is now available for the first time in 15 years. The culmination of over a year of collaborative work between the St. Paul Jewish Federation, Minneapolis Jewish Federation, and the Harry Kay Charitable Foundation, the Twin Cities Jewish Population Study provides an essential update on demographic information about the local Jewish community.

“Not only does this study demonstrate significant growth in the size of our Jewish community, it provides important data about how Twin Cities Jews engage in Jewish life,” said Ted Flaum, St. Paul Jewish Federation CEO. “This information will help all of our organizations provide the outreach and services that are most useful and meaningful to community members.” 
Join us for the Harry Kay Community Summit, featuring the Twin Cities Jewish Population Study data!
You'll learn more about the 34% growth of the Twin Cities Jewish population.
Tuesday, September 15, 7 PM
Thursday, September 10
5:30 PM
In four years, It’s Your Legacy, the collaborative effort to build endowments for St. Paul and Minneapolis Jewish community organizations, schools and congregations, has secured almost $37 million dollars in future estimated gifts from 926 donors. That calls for a celebration!

Thirty Twin Cities Jewish organizations have participated in the program, which is a partnership between the St. Paul Jewish Federation, the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

It's Your Legacy has proven that the future of our Jewish community is important to St. Paul donors. Over the life of the program, nearly 350 donors have pledged an estimated $12.9m in future gifts to Jewish agencies and organizations in St. Paul. 

It is estimated that over the next 10 years, agencies will have to rely more and more on endowment funding due to changes in the philanthropic landscape. To make your legacy gift to the St. Paul Jewish Federation, please contact Jeffrey Prottas at 651-695-3185 or 
“Giving is more than making a donation; it’s making a difference!” 
Amy Hirshberg Lederman, public speaker, columnist, and author, will be featured at the event. Read on for a preview of her philosophy on the importance of legacy giving. 

On Tuesday, eight young adults met to explore their Jewish and giving values through the lens of the Federation's overseas work and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC) global response to COVID-19. This virtual giving circle, sponsored by Federations' YALA Twin Cities and JDC Entwine, gave members the chance to pool their charitable contributions and decide where the funds should go.

After learning about the work of Federation partner JDC, the group chose to allocate a meaningful gift in support of one of its lifesaving programs that helps elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union. 

You can join the giving circle participants in making a gift to this important cause!
A big welcome to Anna Burnstein Gillette, our new PJ Library Engagement Specialist! Anna, who is originally from Ottawa, Canada, lives in St. Paul with her husband, 11-year-old stepdaughter and 18-month old son. She has a BA in History, a MA in Journalism and is also a nationally certified Spanish medical interpreter. Anna has diverse experience working in the non-profit sector, primarily in communications roles. She also likes to read – including PJ Library books with her son – do all kinds of crafts and travel.

If you’d like your children or grandchildren ages 6 months to 8 years to receive free Jewish-themed PJ Library books each month, contact Anna at
Fall Jewish Holidays Kit for PJ Library Families
Order by Monday, Sept. 1, limited availability

Most of us will not be able to attend a service at our synagogue or get together with friends for a holiday meal this year. So, we're helping PJ families create a special holiday experience in their homes.

The kit will include: A description of each holiday including Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot & Simchat Torah, a PJ Library Rosh Hashana guide book, coloring sheets, art projects, fun easy recipes, a treasure hunt, games, and some surprises! Order your free kit by emailing

We will provide contactless pick up sites around St. Paul and the surrounding area.
Our Rosh HaShanah Gift to You!
Michael Solomonov, executive chef and co-owner of Zahav, a 2019 James Beard Foundation award winning restaurant, will make a Rosh HaShanah feast including Kale, Apple, Walnut and Sumac-Onion Tabbouleh, Honey-glazed Chicken, and Apple Cake.

Moderated by James Beard award-nominated food journalist Gabriella Gershenson.

Monday, Sept. 14, 7 PM
Free and open to the community!
Event password, recipes and ingredient list will be sent before the event.
Stay connected to your Jewish community online. Go to Virtual Jewish St. Paul for meetups, local resources, activities for children, families and adults.
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company is kicking off their new season with outdoor performances.
25 Questions for a Jewish Mother
runs Aug. 15 - 30
Sunday, Aug. 23, 2-4 pm
Teens worldwide are invited to join the Jewish Agency for Israel’s TeenFest2Gether for a program that will include an appearance by Netta Barzilai and others. Meet thousands of Jewish teens from six continents, choose your favorite events, move from activity to activity and enjoy mingling. There will be art workshops, study sessions, gaming areas and more. The event will be held in English.
The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2 pm
Jewish identity in America is inherently complex. As a group that was historically considered, and considered itself, an outsider, a persecuted minority, it has become one of the most successful and integrated groups in American society — and there’s a lot of dissonance between those two positions. Join this conversation with renowned scholar Dr. Eric Goldstein and discuss his 2007 book, The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity. Sponsored by The Jewish Federations of North America.
Join Jewish Family Service of St. Paul for JFS-ON-A-SCHTICK Variety Show
Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7PM on Zoom.
Free and open to the public.
B'Dibur Echad
Thursday, Aug. 27, Noon
Rabbi Jeffrey Schein’s volume, “Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology,” received critical acclaim as he traveled around the country between November 2019 and February 2020. Now, Covid-19 has affected the way he thinks about the relationship between Judaism and Technology. Join him for one (or both) of two free public lectures about this journey in changed thinking.
Sponsored by TCJewFolk and Hineni.
Shabbat Picnic in the Park
Friday, Aug. 28, 6-8 pm
Join J-Pride for songs, blessings, candle lighting, and schmoozing!
Washburn Park is located across the street from the MIA and can be reached by the nearby #2, #11, #17, and #18 buses.
Sholom Baby Shower
Sunday, Sept. 13, 10-11 a.m.
The virtual Shalom Baby Shower welcomes Twin Cities families with babies up to age two to the Jewish community. RSVP to Stacy Dockman at by Monday, Sept. 7 to reserve your swag bag & zoom password.
Landscapes of Home: Visions of the Sovev Kinneret
The Sovev Kinneret, St. Paul's partnership region, is filled with natural beauty and cultural highlights. Through vibrant prints and captivating photographs, this exhibit brings to light the many dimensions of the diverse and beautiful landscapes of the region.
Make Twice the Difference!
We're doubling increased gifts and gifts from new donors to the 2020 Community Campaign thanks to a $100,000 Challenge Match donated by generous contributors.
Your generosity provides opportunities for young adults to engage in Jewish life, cultural opportunities for Jews of all ages, assistance for people in desperate need, and help for our community agencies weathering the pandemic.