October 23, 2020 /05 Heshvan 5781
Thursday, Nov. 5, 5:30 pm

Let’s face it, everyone thinks that their family has the best challah recipe - and David Fhima is no exception. Chef Fhima is influenced by culinary training that has taken him from his home in Casablanca to London, Paris, Geneva, Los Angeles, to executive chef for the Minnesota Timberwolves, to owning and working with award-winning restaurants in the Twin Cities. He has worked with everyone from celebrity clientele to school districts. 

Even with this experience, Chef Fhima says his biggest influence is his mother’s cooking. He will share her challah recipe for the community to enjoy.
Satisfy your cravings for delicious food and community with our online challah baking class. Savor the aroma of bread baking and enjoy the warm feeling of community making challah together.

This event is free and open to the public. You will receive the log-in and recipe details after you RSVP.
David Fhima recalls that he was headed down a rough road in his early years until a school run by World ORT, the global education network driven by Jewish values, gave him the direction to choose another path.

"I was a vagabond being kicked out from boarding schools until ORT Strasbourg accepted me and turned my life around,” said David. “I was in my early teens, and the director of the school, Monsieur Loeve, was a concentration camp survivor who instilled the fear of God in me and helped me turn my life around. They also got me a full scholarship at EIG (Ecole d'ingénieurs de Genève) to become an engineer."
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.
October 25-27

What if you could help shape the future of the Jewish community as we know it? We invite you to join Jewish Federations of North America's General Assembly (GA) 2020 that will bring together world-class thinkers, celebrities and other changemakers who are passionate about Jewish community.

Attend "Federation Together" Plenary on Sunday, October 25th at 6PM (CST) and/or "Jewish Together" Plenary on Monday, October 26 at 12:30PM (CST) to join this meaningful collective conversation. 

Here's a sampling of what's in store at the GA:
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. Plus, learn how you can track your ballot.

Jewish Family Service of St. Paul is organizing the B'Yachad Gift Drive, and you can help!

3 Volunteer Opportunities

Donate at jfssp.org/donate.
Your gift of $36 will provide one gift bag that contains a fabric mask, hand sanitizer, a sweet holiday treat, a greeting card and a gift card for groceries and home essentials

2. Register here to safely deliver gift bags.
Sign up for curbside pickup at JFS, then deliver your bags to the doorsteps of those in need between December 1 and 10.

3. Register here to create holiday cards. Adults and children are encouraged to create Cards of Kindness to be inserted in every gift bag.
Our goal is to safely deliver more than 150 gift bags to people who are in need emotionally, financially or spiritually. Each bag will contain a face mask and hand sanitizer to help keep them safe, a sweet holiday treat, warm wishes in a holiday card and a gift card for groceries and home essentials to help them celebrate the holiday or purchase groceries.
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
Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival
Oct. 15 through Nov. 1.
The 2020 Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival features 8 outstanding film events including feature length & short films, post-film conversations and more – all from the comfort of your home.
Register for an ALL FESTIVAL PASS and you can enjoy one or all films. Plus, check out links to engaging post-film conversations with filmmakers and aficionados.
The Tattooed Torah
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.
Lessons from the Holocaust
Oct. 26 through Nov. 13
What can we learn from the events leading up to and culminating in the Holocaust? How did the Nazis gain control of Germany and use their power to commit one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century? What are our responsibilities as witnesses to this history?
Join a community of learners from across Minnesota and the Dakotas to explore these questions, and much more. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Standing with Pittsburgh
Tuesday, Oct. 27
Two years ago, the unthinkable happened. Eleven members of our Jewish community were taken from us at the Tree of Life building in Pittsburgh. Oct. 27 will be a day to remember and reflect in spirit and in action. We will honor the lives lost and the people affected by the attack on three Pittsburgh synagogues — Congregation Dor Hadash, New Light Congregation and Tree of Life, Or L’Simcha Congregation .
Operation Immigration
Oct. 17 to 25
Written and performed by Avi Aharoni. A young Minnesotan searches for information about his late father’s life, and finds a story of immigration and assimilation. Along the way, he struggles to find himself. This 2019 Fringe Festival award-winning hit is a special filmed performance available online.