September 25, 2020 /7 Tishrei 5781
Looking back six months, think of what that we took for granted – going to the grocery store, out to dinner, or to a movie for starters. How about the ease of visiting family, seeing friends, sending kids to school, and going to work and being with colleagues? Many of us also took philanthropy for granted, and while we always gave, it was just something that we did. 

What we learned in the last six months is that this year, not only have you given, but you’ve given with empathy and purpose. You shared with us what is happening in your lives more than ever before: the health and wellness of your families, and the safety and security of your jobs and businesses. When we called, we talked, but more importantly we listened. We heard your concerns about the needs of our community, its individuals and agencies. 
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.
Thursday, Nov. 5, 5:30 pm

We're excited to announce that Twin Cities Chef David Fhima will lead our virtual 4th Annual Great Big Challah Bake!

While we can't meet in person, we can still get together to make challah, enjoy each other's company and savor the aroma of bread baking in our homes.

David Fhima was born in Morocco and moved to the U.S. in 1982. His passion for food and people led him to create some of the most exciting restaurants in the Twin Cities. His Fhima’s Minneapolis is in the historic space formerly known as The Forum Cafeteria in downtown Minneapolis.

David trained with chefs the world over but says his biggest influence is still his mother's cooking. We're lucky that he will teach us how to make his mother's challah!

This event is free and open to the public. You will receive the Zoom link and recipe details once you RSVP.
The St. Paul Jewish Federation, in collaboration with our partner JAFI, brings a young shlicha (cultural emissary) to live and work in our community, making personal and meaningful connections to Israel. Keshet Berlinsky Edry is in the second year of her shlichut in St. Paul!
Message from Keshet

It's hard to believe it's been a year since I came to Minnesota. Throughout this year, we have gone through a lot of experiences and challenges together. I learned to drive in the snow, teach through zoom, appreciate the sun and get to know what Jewish life looks like in St. Paul.
Upcoming Activities
Coffee with Keshet
Whether social distancing or through the computer, I would love to meet and talk!
Sign up now for a coffee date with me, and we can catch up on everything!
Oh the places we'll go!
Have you always wanted to work on your Hebrew and learn about Israel but could not find a group to do so?
This class is for you!
Life Online
Through a new virtual education program, Life Online, you can join our community shlichim (emissaries) for a variety of learning opportunities, from arts and crafts to Jewish philosophy, cooking to Shabbat rituals, and more, all via Zoom!
Renovated building engages students of all Jewish backgrounds

The ribbon-cutting on September 9 for the $7 million renovation of the University of Minnesota Hillel kicked off new opportunities for Jewish life on campus. The fully updated 19,000 square-foot-building offers a more welcoming environment for the 700 students that Minnesota Hillel, a Federation partner, engages each year. Not only is the building equipped with WIFI, air conditioning and handicap accessibility, but it is also designed in a way for students to grow as Jews.

“We want to create a space that allows students to connect with Judaism in any way they want whether they come with a strong Jewish identity and come to Shabbat services in the chapel or if they come to the building to study, play basketball, hang out on the roof deck, and socialize so that they can meet other Jewish students,” said Benjie Kaplan, executive director at Minnesota Hillel. 
We were happy to deliver Israel masks today to Minnesota Hillel for the safety of students, staff and Hillel visitors. The masks were provided by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. Pictured are Ted Flaum, Federation CEO and Noy Zarchi, Israeli Fellow, Minnesota Hillel
Mount Zion has reimagined the Yamim Noraim which will be mostly online with some in-person moments. Instead of a schedule that fits onto one page, this year’s schedule takes up 19 pages!
Sunday, September 27
7:00 pm Kol Nidre (YouTube - Live Stream)
 Monday, September 28
9:30 am Yom Kippur (YouTube - Live Stream)
Young Family Service with The Bible Players (YouTube)
7:45 pm Shofar, Havdallah & End Services Together (Zoom)
1. Outdoor, In Person Services
For more information please email

2. Make It Meaningful (At Home - Online Course) For more information:
Beth Jacob Congregation is an egalitarian and participatory community where anyone and everyone is welcome.

Despite social distancing, we will have a full array of on-line High Holy Day services this year, led by our new Senior Rabbi, Adam Rubin. From Rosh Hashanah to our Break Out Break Fast on Yom Kippur, from Sukkot breakfasts to our festive Simchat Torah celebration, we observe the Holy Days with joy, meaning, and a true spirit of welcoming.

This year’s on-line children’s services include a special musical service by three of the top Jewish music educators in North America - Rick Recht, Shira Kline, and Rabbi Josh Warshawsky. We also have programs just for teens.
The Letters Project: Conversing Across Narratives is a letter-writing contest based on Yossi Klein Halevi’s book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor: With an Extensive Epilogue of Palestinian Responses, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Enter the high school contest (ages 14-18), post-high school contest (ages 18-22), or young adult contest (ages 22-42). There will be three prize winners in each age group!
Entry deadline: Dec. 1, 2020
Rimon Project Support Grants
Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council is accepting Project Support grant proposals in its spring round of funding for arts-related projects. Grants will provide financial support up to $3,000 but will not exceed 50% of a project’s budget. Deadline for submission is October 2, 2020, 5 p.m.
Talmud Torah Midrasha Classes
Minnesota Online Jewish Ulpan classes are offered for students in grades 8 – 12 via Zoom and are live and interactive, encouraging community-building and connection. A full slate of course offerings is now available.
October 15 to November 1
We're excited to co-sponsor the film, The Tattooed Torah, at the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival. The animated short film, narrated by Ed Asner, has St. Paul connections - it is adapted from the beloved children's book by Marvell Ginsburg and produced by Lisa Effress. It's just one of the films showing at the free Virtual Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival sponsored by the St. Paul and Sabes JCCs.
Early voting began September 18 in Minnesota
If you want to vote by mail, you can go online and request an absentee ballot, and one will be sent to you. Go to MNVotes to get all the info you need to vote by mail or in person for the General Election.