March 6, 2020 /10 Adar 5780
1 TED TALKS: CORONAVIRUS AWARENESS
The St. Paul Jewish community is ready to celebrate Purim. We will gather at synagogues and other venues to hear Megillah readings, dress in costumes, participate in Purim carnivals and watch Purim shpiels. One of my former rabbis said that if you only go to shul once a year, it should be for Purim. We have included a list of local activities below. 
 
This year, the Coronavirus is making celebrating trickier. Several communities in the U.S. and Israel have decided to limit or cancel their Purim activities. Several national Jewish organizations including the Jewish Federations of North America, as well as our local Jewish Community Relations Council, are advising their local affiliates regarding taking appropriate precautions against the virus. This information is being shared among Jewish institutions. 
2 CHECK OUT THE PURIM
ACTIVITIES AROUND TOWN!

We've got great ideas for family Purim fun! Hamentaschen recipes, make your own groggers and costumes. Check out Federation partner, PJLibrary.
Mount Zion Temple
Sunday, March 8
A Frozen Chosen Purim Sing-Along & Carnival!
10 -11 am – A Frozen Chosen Purim Sing-Along
11-1 pm – Purim Carnival with lots of family fun including PJ Library!
Temple of Aaron
Sunday, March 8, 11 am
ToA Goes to the Olympics
Anderson Student Center,
2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Pro clinics, Olympic activities, crafts and more.
Beth Jacob
Monday, March 9, 7 pm
Mendota Megillah Madness: Beth Jacob's annual Purim celebration. Come for the reading of Megillat Esther, stay for the costume parade, dancing, music, snacks, and fun! 
Monday, March 9
5:30-9 pm
Mount Zion's Shushan Deli with food and drink available for purchase followed by Megillah Reading. Next: “Yes, and...” Improv Workshop for Teens and Adults led by Mount Zion’s own Erica Solomon and Jackson Collins.
Monday, March 9, 6:30 pm
Adult Purim with Comedian Judy Gold
House of Comedy at MOA
A collaboration between Temple of Aaron and House of Comedy. Megillah reading at 6:30 pm, show at 7 pm.
Sunday, March 15
11 am to 1 p.m
Purim Carnival with games, fun, food, inflatables and prizes!
3 HELP TORNADO VICTIMS
This week, tornadoes tore through parts of Tennessee, killing at least 24 people, including five children, and leaving tens of thousands of people without power.

The Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee reports that they have identified over 200 Jewish households that are impacted. In the coming days, volunteers will be reaching out to determine who else needs help.

The Nashville Federation is raising funds to assist Jewish and non-Jewish victims and their families. If you would like to help, please use the link below.
4 VOLUNTEER ON GOOD DEEDS DAY - PASSOVER FOR ALL
Tuesday, March 24, 7 pm
Jewish Family Service of St. Paul
1633 W. 7th Street, St. Paul

We'll package food and other items for Pesach to help families in need prepare the holiday. Passover for All is a project of Jewish Family Service of St. Paul in collaboration with the St. Paul JCC.
 
Good Deeds Day originated in Israel to unite people from around the world to perform good deeds for others. Today, it's celebrated in 108 countries and millions of people volunteer!
5 DEADLINE AROUND THE CORNER! APPLY FOR SUMMER CAMP & ISRAEL EXPERIENCE SCHOLARSHIPS TODAY
Apply by March 31, 2020
Federation helps young people have meaningful, life-changing Jewish experiences by providing scholarships for summer camp and Israel experiences. These needs-based scholarships are for Jewish overnight camps and approved Israel experience programs for Jewish children and young adults living in Greater St. Paul.
MORE EVENTS
St. Paul Jewish Federation presents Landscapes of Home
March 19 through May 3
St. Paul and Sabes JCC Galleries
Featuring work by Israeli artists, Amos Yaskil, Yuval Gasser, Chaim Moreno, Oshri Vizman and local artist, Linda Passon-McNally.
Exhibit brings to light the many dimensions of the diverse and beautiful landscapes of the Sovev Kinneret region, St. Paul's Partnership2gether (P2G) region in Israel.
Reception: March 29, 2-4 pm @ St. Paul JCC.
Community Learning @ The WELL & Twin Cities Cardozo Society Present: Order Out of Chaos: Israel - Post Election: What comes next after a tumultuous year in Israeli politics?
Wednesday, March 25, 7 to 8:30 pm
Beth El Synagogue
Professor Oren Gross will decipher the political and legal landscape in Israel in the wake of a year of political paralysis where the stakes continue to rise. The task of forming a new coalition is just as difficult after the third election as it was after the first two, so what does that mean for the coming months? 
Free and open to the public.
RSVP to Jeffrey Prottas
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Co.
Feb. 15 to March 8
Highland Park Community Ctr.
Meet Jordan, a young Jewish gay man living in NYC. Life is fun with his best girl friends at his side. But as singles nights slowly turn into bachelorette parties and weddings, he finds himself yearning for his own significant other.
Vote in the World Zionist Congress Elections
March 11 deadline
Make sure your point of view is represented by voting in the next World Zionist Congress. Choose from over a dozen slates representing diverse political beliefs, cultural traditions and religious denominations.
JCA Freedom Seder
Sunday, March 15, 2-5 pm
Mount Zion Temple
Jewish Community Action's annual community seder will bring together members and allies to share the story of Passover and build connections to historic and modern work for liberation.
Wednesday, March 11, 7 pm
St. Paul JCC
One of the oldest community orchestras in the United States, this 45-piece, volunteer orchestra practices and performs classical and modern repertoire selected by music director and conductor, Amir Kats, who is in his eighth season. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, March 22, 2 pm
Temple Israel
Learn what's being done locally to support refugee and asylum-seeking populations, and what you can do to make a difference in newcomers’ lives. This Jewish Community Relations Council program, part of National Refugee Shabbat , a HIAS initiative, is co-sponsored by the St. Paul Jewish Federation and eight other organizations. 
Sunday, March 22, 1-3 pm
St. Paul JCC
Need Judaica?
Browse the vast collection of items and adopt them for your own use.
Want to pass Judaica on?
Donations accepted March 16–22 (cannot accept, Hanukah decorations, mini paper Torahs or books).
TRYmester: Jewish Fertility Journeys Out Loud
Sunday, March 22, 7 pm
Sabes JCC
This heart-opening
performance is based on true stories of people who have struggled with fertility
challenges in the Jewish community. The piece explores myriad lived journeys and
the often unexpected emotions that arise from these struggles.
The Newman School is launching an 8-week summer program for young children. The session begins on Monday, June 22 and ends on Friday, August 14. Space is limited - sign up today! 
A Conversation with AJC CEO David Harris
Monday, April 6, 6:30 pm
Sabes JCC
David Harris will speak about the American Jewish Committee's role in Jewish advocacy. Co-sponsored by the St. Paul Jewish Federation and other community orgs.