Jewish Community News & Events
November 25, 2019/27 Heshvan 5780

Happy Thanksgiving!
Ted Talks
We help Israelis recover from rocket attacks
News of the indictment of Israel’s Prime Minister is an opportunity to remind Federation friends and supporters that our commitment to Israel is not dependent upon its political leadership but upon our Jewish values that call on us to meet the needs of Jews and Jewish communities, wherever they live.

Our focus is to provide for basic needs, strengthen Jewish identity, build community, reinforce ties between Jews and the Israeli people, address Jewish security concerns and respond to emergencies locally and abroad.

This was evidenced last week when more than 400 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel, resulting in scores of Israelis being injured, homes being damaged, millions of Israelis forced into shelters, and loss to the Israeli economy in the tens of millions of dollars. Read more.
Thanks to everyone who came to The Big Bash and the Great Big St. Paul Challah Bake
Thank you to the more than 300 community members who joined us to enjoy Six13, the Chai Notes and Shir Harmony at the Big Bash and all the families and friends who filled the room for the Great Big Challah Bake. A big thank you, as well, to our 14 Community Partners. You helped us bring our community together for two special Jewish events. Enjoy the photos below, and see many more at
Thank you to our Challah Bake committee members whose great ideas and hard work made the evening possible: Co-chairs Linda Perry and Leslie Strohm, Sheila Brod, Michelle Buchert, Joan Farber, Janie Kirschbaum, Sandy Loewenstein, Maxine Rosenthal and Sue Schwartz.

A special thank you to Nechama Bendet who guided us every step of the way, and to Baldinger Bakery for co-sponsoring the evening. More photos!

This is how you make a difference
The St. Paul Jewish Federation stands with Jewish students on campus
On Nov. 1, Minnesota Hillel and Chabad brought 450 students, faculty and community members together for a Unity Shabbat on campus as a virulently anti-Israel conference was held the same weekend. When Minnesota Hillel reached out to Federation to help, we said yes–absolutely–we knew it was important to provide a chamish Jewish experience on campus that weekend, and we wanted students to know the St. Paul Jewish community supports them. Attendees were entertained and inspired by the Minnesota Chai Notes A Capella group as students from across the U community caught up with each other and enjoyed dinner. A broad coalition of Jewish and non-Jewish students and organizations attended. The event was a partnership between Minnesota Hillel, Chabad, JCRC, St. Paul and Minneapolis Jewish Federations, and other partners.  
Twin Cities Jewish Population Study
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. Learn more.
Giving Circle Participants put Jewish values into action
Our second Giving Circle, sponsored by the St. Paul Jewish Federation and Mount Zion Temple, wrapped up in October. Ten young adults convened for seven meetings and explored tzedakah and how Jewish values influence their giving. The group made one of their grants to Ujamaa Place, which provides holistic support for young African American males who were formerly incarcerated. Pictured: Emma Dunn, YALA Twin Cities; Otis Zanders, president and CEO, Ujamaa Place ; Shai Avny, Mount Zion Temple; and Gabe Flaum, Giving Circle participant. Learn more.
Hebrew with Keshet
9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Thursdays
Enjoy a morning coffee break, learn and speak a little Hebrew. This informal class meets at the St. Paul JCC. It's an opportunity to meet and talk all things Israel with our Community Shlicha, Keshet Berlinsky Edry. Free and open to the public. Some Hebrew experience is helpful but not required. Everyone is welcome. Contact Keshet for more information.
20th Annual Cardozo Society Dinner
Thank you to all who attended the Twin Cities Cardozo Society Dinner on Nov. 4. Mazel tov to Randi Ilyse Roth and Scott Lifson for receiving the Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award, and Benjamin Gerber for receiving the Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award. More photos!

B'Yachad, Gift Drive

B'Yachad is collecting items to create 150 gift bags that will be distributed to clients and other referred individuals in December.

Families can shop for gifts using client-specific wish lists and bring items to B'yachad bins at participating synagogues and community organizations by Monday, Nov. 25.  Cash donations to buy gifts also are appreciated. 

A gift wrapping event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8. Gift bags will be delivered to homes on Sunday, Dec. 15. If you would like donate gifts, wrap gifts or deliver them, get more information here.
B'Yachad & Brews

Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m.
Target at the Quarry in Northeast Minneapolis, 1650 New Brighton Blvd.

Join Jewish Family Service of St. Paul and YALA Twin Cities for the 3rd Annual B’Yachad and Brews! We'll meet at Target at 6 p.m. to shop for B'Yachad recipients and their families. 

Afterwards, we'll gather at Sociable CiderWerks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, for complimentary snacks, drinks and non-alcoholic beverages, and a conversation on the work of JFS, and the role of all of us in making Minnesota a warm, welcoming place and empowering immigrant families.
Black Friday Judaica Sale

Friday, Nov. 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Midtown Phillips, Minneapolis
Contact Adam Schwartz for address

Join Heritage Judaica-Twin Cities for a post-Thanksgiving event.

Bring Judaica, get Judaica, there may be snacks!

As always, all items are free to a good home. 
Sunday, Dec. 22, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
St. Paul JCC

Join us for a Mitzvah focused Hanukkah event for the entire community. Supporting several deserving Twin Cities organizations, Be the Light will be a combination of collections, hands-on opportunities, and Hanukkah related activities. 

Sponsored by the St. Paul JCC and partners: Hadassah,
Jewish Family Services of St. Paul, Minneapolis Jewish Family
& Children’s Services, Mount Zion Temple, NCJW MN, St. Paul Jewish Federation, Talmud Torah of St. Paul, Temple of Aaron, St. Paul PJ Library
Moishe House Twin Cities-YALA screening of Star Wars

Thursday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m.
Willow Creek Theater

Join Moishe House and YALA for our own private screening of Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker!

Tickets to the event are $7 and will include the movie, popcorn, & a drink.
Holiday Lights in the Big Sky

Dec. 6 to Dec. 22
Highland Park Community Center

When a brick is thrown at a menorah set in a child’s window for Hanukkah, community leaders of all faiths come together to help spread a message of tolerance and peace. With the help of school children, 10,000 families display menorahs in their windows for Christmas in solidarity. Based on true events that occurred in Billings, Montana in 1993, this family play, an MJTC original, is newly adapted for everyone age 6 & up.