September11, 2020 /22 Elul 5780
Dear Friends,

Today marks 19 years since terrorists attacked the United States killing nearly 3,000 people. That year, Erev Rosh Hashanah fell just six days later. Rabbis and other Jewish leaders scrambled to adapt their Rosh Hashanah messages to respond to our feelings of loss, fear, sadness, and vulnerability.

Today, many people are experiencing similar feelings due to the pandemic, social injustice, financial vulnerability, natural disasters and other events beyond their control. Rosh Hashanah messages will again reflect on the events of our time.

While we acknowledge the reality of these difficult times, we must remember that the Jewish people have 3,000 years of experience to draw upon. We have a history of working together to adapt to multiple hardships. Our ability to work together to assess our challenges and find creative solutions has enabled us to persevere as a people. 
There's still time to RSVP!

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.
This year, with summer camp canceled or changed due to COVID-19, young shlichim (emissaries) from The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) felt the loss of not being able to come to the U.S. to be with our campers as usual. 
So, they created special Israel kits to connect with summer camp kids. St. Paul received 285 kits, and Federation delivered them to the St. Paul JCC, Talmud Torah, Mount Zion, Temple of Aaron and Beth Jacob to be distributed.  
Cole (age 9), Noa (age 11), and Alex (age 7), who are longtime Camp Butwin campers, had fun with their kits. 
They each got a tile that came with a QR code that enabled them to go online and view an art project that they could do. “It was a really cool project,” said their mom, Reut. “Their grandparents are Israeli, and they gave the tiles to them. They were proud to give their grandparents something Israeli in Hebrew.” 
Each child also got a letter from an Israeli child who talked about how they are coping with COVID-19 and what they miss during this time. And, the kits included a deck of cards highlighting seven Israeli families from different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds. 

Through Federation’s partnership with JAFI, we continue to make meaningful connections with Israel, no matter the barrier. We hope that next year, our summer camp shlichim will return! 
We enjoyed delivering PJ Library High Holiday kits to 46 PJ Library children. We met parents at the St. Paul JCC, Temple of Aaron, Byerlys in Eagan, and at some families' homes for physically distanced deliveries.

The kits included snacks, a PJ Library High Holidays guide, art projects, recipes, coloring sheets, games, Jewish values cards and a Simchat Torah flag.

Samuel (age 2) and Ariana (age 6) loved getting their kits. Their mom, Sherri said, "Thank you so much! They were so excited they started playing with the flags before I got them into the house ."

If you would like home High Holiday ideas for your family in this most unusual year, PJ Library has a treasure trove for you!
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.
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!
Saturday, September 19
Rosh Hashanah Day 1
9:00 am Service (YouTube)
Youth Service with Colleen Dieker, Rabbi Miller & Jorie Bernhardt (YouTube)
10:30 am Alternative Personal Tashlich Service (YouTube
Sunday, September 20
Rosh Hashanah Day 2
9:00 am Service (YouTube)
Youth In-Service Scavenger Hunt (Temple of Aaron Website) 
Wednesday, September 23
9:00 am Kever Avot Service Released (YouTube)
 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.
Harry Kay Summit: Twin Cities Jewish Population Study Data
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7 PM
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 our Jewish community.
[Wednesday, September 16
12:30 to 1:15 PM Central time
Join us for a day of kvelling and comedy! And it wouldn't be a party without celebrity guests. Hear stories from a hit TV show celebrity family.
Join Jewish communities from around North America in this rare celebration and hear about the impact you've had through the St. Paul Jewish Federation, especially during the current crisis.
Thursday, Sept. 24, 6:30 PM
Join Keshet Berlinsky Edry, Shlicha for reflection in preparation for Yom Kippur. Let's get ready for the biggest day of the year together.
RSVP to Keshet and the Zoom link will be sent to you.
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.
On Monday, Sept. 7, the Zeilingold Triangle was inaugurated in St. Paul as a tribute to Rabbi Asher Zeilingold and Rebbetzin Sema Zeilingold A”H. The park is a triangle of land adjacent to Adath Israel Synagogue where Rabbi Zeilingold has served for more than 50 years. Community members and leaders, and city officials were invited to gather at the triangle for a ceremony marking the occasion. Rick Linsk, president, represented the St. Paul Jewish Federation. Pictured (L to R): former Ward 3 City Council Member Len Levine, Rabbi Asher Zeilingold, and City Council Member Chris Tolbert. 
Early voting begins 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.