Written by Devora Greenberg, Rav Siach Director and Rabbi Arie Hasit, Educational Developer from our sister congregation in Israel
Hanukkah is a holiday of many miracles, yet all of them share the theme that light, be it actual or metaphorical, has the ability to expel even the most powerful darkness. The following study includes a number of texts from Jewish and Israeli sources. These texts reference the struggle between light and darkness, exploring together what darkness is in our world right now and how are you able to bring light to it, what can small minorities do when they see a darkness caused by a group stronger than they are.
Life can get busy around our house with four kids between the ages of 6-13. In addition to school, our afternoons and weekends consist of my husband and I playing the role of Uber drivers for our kids’ sports, religious schools, play-dates and extra curricular activities. We LOVE the chaos and the busy life that comes with having four children. That said, there are times when I wish we could slow down just a bit, take a step back and a deep breath to appreciate it all, and do more to understand how other people outside our little bubble live.
Keren Or (Ray of Light) announces the 14th annual creative arts contest for Jewish youth. Minnesota Jewish students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit original poetry, creative prose, photographs, and short-form video. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 16, 2017, 5 p.m. All submissions must be submitted using the online forms provided at www.kerenorcontest.org.
Prizes in each category are $100 for first place and $50 for second and third places. Winning entries will be published at the Keren Or website and in a special supplement to The American Jewish World. They will also be included in an exhibit of Keren Or’s winning submissions at the Sabes JCC in spring of 2018. An awards ceremony honoring all the participants will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m., at the Sabes JCC (4330 South Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis).
Keren Or was founded in 2004 by Jerry and Eileen Siegel (z’’l) to honor the memory of their daughter, Karen Siegel-Jacobs. Siegel-Jacobs grew up in Minneapolis and attended the Minneapolis Talmud Torah. She was an active member of Adath Jeshurun Congregation and USY and as a teenager wrote poems and short stories.
Keren Or is managed by Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council (an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation) and is funded by the Karen Siegel-Jacobs Fund at the Adath Jeshurun Foundation.
For additional information and contest rules, visit www.kerenorcontest.org or call 952-381-3449.
We are blessed to have so many talented members in our Congregation, one of which is Heidi Geller.
Heidi has been an active contributor for TC Jewfolk since September, and her series of posts fall within a certain theme: honoring her late mother's memory by sharing the back stories of some of her favorite go-to recipes.
Her most recent articles focus on Thanksgiving: one in which she shares the story of her first trip home after starting college - and the hilarious meal mishap that ensued. You can read the article HERE. The second is a cautionary tale about preparing a full-fledged Thanksgiving meal in the confines of a tiny, one bedroom apartment. You can read that article HERE.
Visit TC Jewfolk HERE to see the full list of her articles, and from all of us at Adath Jeshurun, have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
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Check out some samples below of Eliana's music. We look forward to seeing you on December 15th!
This morning I want to tell you about Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, who came to the United States with her parents when she was three months old. All of them are undocumented immigrants. Rosa Maria was detained this week by federal immigration authorities in Texas on her way to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery-- accompanied by her cousin, a US citizen.
Many of us have heard, told and retold the tales of our fearless matriarchs. The Torah is full of women—but not all of them are recognized to the same level as their male counterparts. What's up with that?
For those of you who may be unaware, on Sunday, October 8th, Adath hosted "Love Your Neighbor"—an inclusive event for our local Jewish and Muslim communities.
Minnesota has been gaining national attention with our efforts to improve and grow Jewish-Muslim relations, specifically with the Northwest Islamic Community Center.
Jean Hopfensperger of the Star Tribune put together a great article on our event, noting our very own Rabbi Harold Kravitz.
You can read the article in its entirety, and we encourage you to keep an eye on upcoming events as we hope to take part in more collaborations with our friends at the Northwest Islamic Community Center in the future.
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