August 6, 2020 /16 Av 5780
1 THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED OUR ANNUAL MEETING
More than 150 people joined us for our 85th Annual Meeting - our first virtual edition!

Mark Wilf, president and owner, Minnesota Vikings and president, Jewish Federations of North America welcomed us. We saluted the many agencies, organizations and synagogues that make Jewish St. Paul a great place to live.
Check out the meeting - including a sneak peek of the Twin Cities Jewish Population Study and our video thanking Mark Adelman for his dedicated service as Federation president during 2018-2020.
85th Annual Meeting
Thank you Mark Adelman
2 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: RICK LINSK
“We take care of each other, and the broader community, for that’s our calling, our Torah.”

Remarks by Rick Linsk at Federation’s 85th Annual Meeting

I want to spend a few minutes considering a question and looking forward a bit. First the question: Why are we here?

I don’t mean why are we all here together tonight on yet another Zoom call. But why are we here as participants in a Jewish community? 

I suggest it’s because our project, the essence of what we do, starts with seeing each person as created in the divine image. Because we believe this, it shapes everything we do. It sparks our commitment to chai, to life itself.  
Rick Linsk, who was elected president of the Federation Board of Directors at our 85th Annual Meeting on July 20, is a long-time Federation volunteer and leader, having served as board vice president from 2016 to 2018 and president-elect since 2018. He chaired the Central Budget and Review Committee, which leads Federation’s allocations process, from 2013 to 2015.

YOUR GENEROSITY DOES GREAT THINGS ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY
3 YALA MINI GRANTS - APPLY TODAY
Young adults ages 21-40: Do you have an idea for a Jewish program? Are you looking for guidance and support to get a new project off the ground? Do you want to start something special, but just don’t have the resources?

The YALA Mini-Grant program supports new Jewish ideas and helps you incubate your project, with financial resources, promotion, and other support as needed.

YALA Mini-Grants are powered by Young Adult Leadership Action (YALA) Twin Cities, the young adult program of the St. Paul Jewish Federation and Minneapolis Jewish Federation. The generosity of Federation donors makes this program possible.
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.
4 JEWISH CHANGEMAKERS: INSPIRING YOUNG ADULTS TO BECOME COMMUNITY LEADERS
A guest column by Emma Dunn, Twin Cities Young Adult Engagement Manager


If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when? - Rabbi Hillel

For the past three weeks, 500 Jewish Changemakers Fellows, including 11 from our local Minneapolis-St. Paul cohort, have asked themselves these questions. This 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.
5 ROSH HASHANAH VIRTUAL COOKING CLASS
Our Rosh HaShanah Gift to You!
Michael Solomonov, executive chef and co-owner of Zahav, 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.
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Stay connected to your Jewish community online. Go to Virtual Jewish St. Paul for meetups, local resources, activities for children, families and adults.
Join YALA Twin Cities and JDC Entwine for a virtual giving circle. Explore our Jewish and giving values through the lens of the Federation’s overseas work and JDC’s global response to COVID-19. We'll allocate a gift in support of JDC’s life-saving programs.
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.
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company is kicking off their new season with outdoor performances.
25 Questions for a Jewish Mother
runs Aug. 15 - 30
Join BJ Novak and Rainn Wilson for an intimate (virtual) conversation with Rabbi Jeremy Fine and Temple of Aaron.
Sunday, Aug. 16, 7 PM
Watch for details!
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.