Jewish Community News & Events
September 6, 2019/6 Elul 5779

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Federation expands options for Jewish education
Facilitating new and innovative ways for our Jewish community to serve everyone is one of Federation’s most important responsibilities.

We want to ensure that families have high quality options for Jewish education in St. Paul. We’ve seen changes in the ways families make educational choices, and we recognized that it was time to review our processes to make sure they remain relevant. That’s why Federation established a task force in June 2018 to review our approach to educational funding of formal Pre-K through high school Jewish educational programs.

In July 2019, the Board of Directors approved the task force’s recommendation that Federation allocations should support Jewish supplemental schools as well as day schools in St. Paul. Read more.
When disaster strikes, we're there
Through Federation, you help victims of Hurricane Dorian and other natural and man-made disasters worldwide
How to help hurricane victims in the Bahamas

The strongest storm in the history of the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian left massive devastation in its wake. At least 30 people have died and entire neighborhoods are wiped out. The situation remains critical.

You can help through our partner, JDC. They are coordinating with the Afya Foundation - The Official Page to provide emergency medical supplies. JDC is also activating their network of local and international organizations to understand and address Bahamians' evolving needs.
You're there in a crisis

Through Federation, you're connected to our national partners and ready to assist Hurricane Dorian victims in the U.S. as the need occurs. We'll update you about opportunities to support those efforts. Federation also is proud to support NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster. Nechama is in North Carolina preparing to help hurricane victims - especially households with no insurance, at-risk and low and middle income.
NEWS
Twin Cities Jewish Population Study - If you get a call

The St. Paul and Minneapolis Jewish Federations, in partnership with Brandeis University's Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, are currently conducting a study of members of the Jewish community in the Twin Cities. If you are invited to do so, we strongly encourage you to participate in the study. Read more.
You can win two tickets to see Give Me Liberty at St. Anthony Main Sept. 9 to Sept. 12!

Just like us on Facebook and/or follow us on Instagram and you will be entered to win a random drawing on the morning of Sept. 9.
Win tickets to Give Me Liberty
Filmed in Milwaukee, Give Me Liberty tells the story of Vic, a Jewish Russian-American medical transport driver who is late, but it’s not his fault. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one else can shuttle his grandfather and émigré friends to a funeral. The new route uproots his scheduled clients, particularly Tracy, a vibrant young woman with ALS. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails, their collective ride becomes a hilarious, compassionate, portrait of American dreams and disenchantment.

Opens at St. Anthony Main Sept. 6.
Meet Keshet Berlinsky Edry

The first thing you should know about our new shlicha is that Keshet Berlinsky Edry is not her exact name. Her father was interested in Native American culture and life and was particularly taken with a legend he heard of a warrior that comes to earth from a rainbow. So, Keshet was named Rainbow Warrior at birth. A few days later, her parents added Keshet (rainbow in Hebrew), and Rainbow Warrior became Keshet Rainbow Warrior Berlinsky Edry. Read more.
If you are a young adult hosting a Shabbat or High Holiday dinner, YALA Twin Cities can make it even sweeter and easier by providing free kosher wine (NA options available) for your table. Please contact Emma, Young Adult Engagement Manager, at edunn@jewishtwincities.org . Pick up or delivery available.
Federation events
Sunday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m.
Temple of Aaron

Tickets: $25 each, $18 for ages 6 to 18, free for children 5 & under
$50 for concert & meet-and greet reception
Join Federation for The Big Bash, a community-wide celebration featuring award-winning Six13 A Capella.

Six13's videos have been viewed over 15 million times online, and they've been featured in national media including The Today Show, The View, CBS, CNN, Time Magazine and more. Six13 performed at the White House for President and First Lady Obama, and Bruno Mars liked their Passover version of his song so much, he posted it on his own Facebook page.
2019 Great Big Challah Bake
A yeast-rising, dough-kneading good time for the whole family
Grab your husband, wife, kids, bubbies and zaydes, and get ready to brush up on your braiding skills. Our annual challah bake is back and better than ever!

Thursday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m. at Mount Zion Temple

Sign up details coming soon
In the community

Lunch with Yefet Ozery and Eitan Moran

Wednesday, Sept. 18
Noon to 2 p.m.
Join the St. Paul Jewish Federation for lunch-and-learn about the Israel Society for the Advancement of Education. This nonprofit works to ensure equal opportunities for youth of diverse backgrounds in Israel. Our community supports some of their initiatives through our partnership with JAFI including Ma'atefet, which offers counseling and support for immigrant students. You may remember Yefet, he was the shaliach at the St. Paul JCC for five years. Join us and say hello!
Arc of the Covenant
by Earl Schwartz

Tuesday, Sept. 24 

Earl Schwartz will discuss his new book that studies the social, cultural, and political factors that contributed to exceptional Jewish educational success in St. Paul in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest and the St. Paul Jewish Federation

Leaves, Sticks, and Sand
Preparing for the High Holidays through Art and
Nature along the Mississippi River

Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 to 4 p.m.
Crosby Farm Park, St. Paul
Walk in this beautiful urban park,
create patterns/images/symbols from found materials in the spirit of play and discovery, let go of the past, and set intentions for the coming year.

$25 in advance, $30 at the “door”
Minnesota Jewish Theatre

September 19, 6 to 9 p.m.
Join Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company at Lake Monster Brewing, 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul, to celebrate 25 years of bold, award-winning Jewish theater in the Twin Cities.

Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival
September 14-18

Check out this year's slate of fantastic films. There's something for everyone including films about Jewish history, traditions, political viewpoints, the arts, and personal relationships. Sponsored by the Sabes JCC and the St. Paul JCC.
Make a Shofar

Sunday, September 22
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us at the St. Paul JCC for a free event for little ones where we will learn about the shofar and make a real one to take home! Of course there will be apples and honey, too. Sponsored by PJ Library, the St. Paul JCC and Chabad of Greater St. Paul.