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enrichment & learning

The Minnesota JCC creates a wide range of day time programs to add to your knowledge, deepen your curiosity and connect you to the community. Fitness programs, enrichment classes, field trips, speakers, enlivening Jewish education and social opportunities help you to stay active and engaged. No matter where your interests lie, we have something for you.

Due to Covid-19, our wide range of programs are brought to you VIRTUALLY. Whether in-person or online, we are here for you!

For more information, please feel free to contact:
Barbie Levine at blevine@stpauljcc.org or Irit Vinitsky at ivinitsky@sabesjcc.org.

 

special events

ENGAGE! WITH PESACH

MARCH 7 • 3:30 PM
MARCH 8 • 9:30 AM
MARCH 11 • 7 PM

Join us to ENGAGE with the practices, texts, story, food, songs and ideas of Pesach. On each day we will offer a choice of classes for your learning pleasure. Come to one, come to two, or come to all three.

Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: $15/class, $36 if you register for all 3 of them.
Ages 30 and under, FREE.

CLICK HERE to see our line-up of engaging topics, amazing teachers and to register

In partnership with the Hineni. Co-sponsored by Beth El, Shir Tikvah, St. Paul Jewish Federation, Mount Zion, Beth Jacob, J Pride, Adath Jeshurun


SONGS OF THE THE THRILLING THREE:
BILLIE HOLIDAY, ELLA FITZGERALD and SARAH VAUGHN

MARCH 31 • 1 PM

Professional vocalist and instructor Vicky Mountain will entertain us with songs made famous by the “thrilling three,” Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn. Stories and songs include “God Bless The Child” and “All of Me” (Billie), “A Tisket, A Tasket” and “Blue Skies” (Ella), “Whatever Lola Wants” and “Lullaby Of Birdland” (Sarah) and many more. Lyrics for some of the songs will be available.

Join Zoom Class HERE
Meeting ID:
898 1223 2024
Passcode:
119277


VICKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC CLASS: LISTENING CLASS –
MARVELOUS MEN

APRIL 14 • 1 PM

Featuring Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, voice instructor Vicky Mountain shares with us the magic of these “Marvelous Men.” We will listen to select recordings and interesting background stories about the singers and their music. Class will include a YouTube playlist.

Vicky Mountain, voice instructor, believes that people sing from the inside out. She looks at the physical act of singing as more of a sport than an art – the sport being the vocal technique and the art being the interpretation of the music and poetry – the integration of the two making for a complete and healthy performer. Vicky is a founding member of The Jazz Vocalists of MN and has been a long time member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Join Zoom Class HERE
Meeting ID:
898 1223 2024
Passcode:
119277

 

ongoing events

TC TALKS

TWO MONDAYS PER MONTH • 9 – 10 AM
Listen and learn from inspiring, knowledgeable and prominent individuals of the Twin Cities. Professors, sports figures, entrepreneurs, theater directors and more!

Monday, March 15
Pandemic Then and Now: Protective Antibodies in 1918-19 and 2020-21
Join us as William Hoffman, Communications Director, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota, who has worked closely with geneticists, bioengineers and clinicians for nearly four decades presents Pandemic Then and Now: Protective Antibodies in 1918-19 and 2020-21. Mr. Hoffman will be accompanied by Dr. Claudia Cohn during the Q&A portion of this presentation. Dr. Claudia Cohn will be available to answer questions about coronavirus infection, antibody response, vaccines, virus variants, convalescent plasma therapy and more. She is an LMP associate professor, director of the U of M Blood Bank Laboratory, and chief medical officer of the AABB (American Association of Blood Banks).

Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 869 2551 3548
Passcode: 713189

 

Monday, March 22
The Bias Inside Us, with Laura Zelle
Join us as we welcome Laura Zelle, Director of Holocaust Education at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) as she discusses The Bias Inside Us; an exhibition that is an exploration of the science of implicit bias, how biases affect an individual’s behavior, the social effects when biases are left unchecked, and how bias in the world can be challenged through awareness of one’s own biases.

CLICK HERE to preview the exhibition, The Bias Inside Us.

Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 828 5869 1877
Passcode: 866593


CREATIVE WRITING GROUP

MONDAYS • 10:30 AM – NOON
Do you have a passion for words? Join like-minded writers in this supportive and uncritical weekly creative writing group.

To join the group, contact Barbie Levine.


BOOK GROUP

4TH THURSDAY OF THE MONTH • 10 – 11 AM
Our Book Group reads a wide variety of texts: novels, memoirs, non-fiction, short stories and everything in-between! The conversations are enlightening and fun; the people are engaged and enthusiastic.

March Book: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
American Dirt is a 2020 novel by author Jeanine Cummins, about the ordeal of a Mexican woman who had to leave behind her life and escape as an undocumented immigrant to the United States with her son.

Group Discussion: March 25 • 10 AM

Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 859 1884 5348
Passcode: 246913


HEBREW WITH KESHET

Enjoy a morning coffee break, learn and speak a little Hebrew. This informal class is designed as an opportunity to meet and talk all things Israel with our Community Shlichah, Keshet Edry. This RAJE (Random Act of Jewish Education) is free, some Hebrew experience is helpful in this conversation based program and everyone is welcome.

If interested, please contact our Community Shalicha, Keshet Edry, at kedry@stpaulfed.org for dates & times.


HINENI: ADULT JEWISH LEARNING AND CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES

PIRKE AVOT: ANCIENT RABBINIC WISDOM FOR TODAY’S WORLD
1ST & 3RD FRIDAYS • 11 AM – NOON ON ZOOM
The imperative to live life from your true self, as the image and likeness of God, flowers in the words of the early Rabbis (250 BCE–250 CE) who captured God’s call to be holy in Pirke Avot – a collection of pithy sayings on how best to live an ethical life. Come study this ancient work with much to say to our lives today. Drop in, no experience is necessary.

For more information, contact Sara Lynn Newberger at sara.lynn@ttsp.org