February 18, 2020 /23 Shevat 5780
The St. Paul Jewish Federation joins the Jewish Federations of North America and other Jewish groups in rejecting a “blacklist” of 112 companies involved in “certain specified activities related to the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory” released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC). 

Mark Wilf, chair of the JFNA Board of Trustees, stated, “The list does nothing to promote and support human rights or promote reconciliation or peace. Rather, it demonstrates the ingrained hatred for the Jewish State that has typified UNHRC activities for years.” Read the full statement.
The blacklist: All 112 companies UN says are operating...

The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday published a "database" of 112 companies it says are conducting business in West Bank settlements. In the report the council said the companies' activities "raised particular human rights concerns."

Read more
www.timesofisrael.com
We encourage you to look at the list and support the targeted businesses.
2 PLURALISM IN ISRAEL WITH RABBI YAIR TOBIAS, AKLILU DUNLAP AND DAVID BERNSTEIN
Thursday, March 5, 7 pm
St. Paul JCC
Free and open to the public

Join the St. Paul Jewish Federation's Partnership2Gether (P2G) program for a timely discussion on efforts to promote pluralism in Israel from Reform and Conservative movement perspectives.

Rabbi Yair (“Yaya”) Tobias (top right) is the Reform Rabbi in the Sovev Kinneret, St. Paul's Partnership Region. Yaya was ordained in Israel and completed an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy, Talmud and Halacha at The Schechter Institute.

Aklilu Dunlap (middle right) is an attorney and adjunct law professor in Minneapolis. He serves on the board of the Conservative movement’s Masorti Foundation and is a member of Beth El Synagogue.

David Bernstein (bottom right) was a founder and director of the Jewish Agency for Israel's Partnership 2000 project. Now, he is part of the senior professional team of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.
Through Federation support of Jewish Federations of North America programming, you support grassroots Israeli-based organizations and Reform, Conservative, and Modern Orthodox programs that tackle topics, including expanding the range of marriage options, backing egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall, and encouraging equal status of open conversion initiatives.
3 URGENT SECURITY GRANTS AVAILABLE
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), a beneficiary of the St. Paul Jewish Federation, has developed an Urgent Security Grant available to Jewish institutions in our community.

Organizations with unanticipated security needs that require funding within 60 days can apply for a grant up to $5,000. The process is designed to expedite a decision and issue funds.

The Urgent Security Grant is part of a larger initiative underway by the JCRC and St. Paul and Minneapolis Jewish Federations to expand security efforts in the Twin Cities Jewish community. Watch for details.
Federation is proud to support the work of the JCRC to maintain a secure community.
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 APPLY FOR SUMMER CAMP & ISRAEL EXPERIENCE SCHOLARSHIPS TODAY!
Application deadline: 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. Apply today!
MORE EVENTS
Mount Zion Temple presents
Ben-Gurion Epilogue
Sunday, Feb. 23, 12:30 pm
Mount Zion Temple
Enjoy this one-hour documentary about Israel’s first prime minister. Start with lunch and then stay for a discussion led by Federation's Keshet Berlinsky Edry, Shlicha, after the film.
Jewish Community Night at the Timberwolves
Sunday, March 1, 2:30 pm
Get tickets for this special event today!
Twin Cities Cardozo Society:
Mapping Prejudice and Racial Covenants in the Twin Cities
Noon to 1:30 pm, Thursday, March 5
Robins Kaplan, LLP 
Lunch & Learn CLE features Prof. Kirsten Delegard who will discuss her work with Mapping Prejudice and Racial Covenants in the Twin Cities.
More info and RSVP:
Night Out!
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 pm
Seven in Downtown Minneapolis
J oin YALA, RAJMN, and Moishe House Twin Cities for a Prince-inspired Night Out! It's a night of dancing, games, and a chance to meet someone new for Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s. Prince attire not required—but if you want to wear purple or otherwise channel some Minnesotan royalty, we won't stop you! Tickets are $18 and include one drink and food. Singles will enjoy an extra drink on us.
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.
The Rabbis and the Rainbow Thread: Connecting to Queer Jewish Narratives
Tuesday, March 3, 7– 8:45 pm with Miriam Graham at Mississippi Market on West 7th. Join J-Pride and Hineni for community-driven learning that draws connections between stories in Noam Sienna’s A Rainbow Thread and classic Jewish texts. Sessions on March 15 and March 24, too.
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!
Adult Purim with Comedian Judy Gold
Monday, March 9, 6:30 pm
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.
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.
Mystical Imprints: Marc Chagall, Ben-Zion & Ben Shahn
at The Museum of Russian Art
through March 22
Exhibit includes three prominent 20th century Jewish artists, each of whom was born in the Russian Empire and was inspired by Jewish mystical traditions.