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enrichment & learning

The Minnesota JCC creates a wide range of day 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.

Whether in-person or virtual, we are here for you!

For more information, please feel free to contact: Irit Vinitsky at [email protected].

 

ongoing programs

TC TALKS

Listen and learn from inspiring, knowledgeable and prominent individuals of the Twin Cities. Professors, sports figures, entrepreneurs, theater directors, and more!


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 Irit Vinitsky at [email protected].


ART STUDIO – FOR THE ARTIST IN YOU

TUESDAYS • 10:30 AM – NOON • SABES CENTER
Learn Painting & Drawing in this supportive and fun class for those with no previous art experience and for those who wish to perfect their art techniques. Participants may bring their own subject matter or use a still life that will be provided. Instructor, Lou Kotlarz will offer guidance and advice per participant’s request. Please bring your own supplies. Reservations not required.

COST/PER CLASS:
$8; Non JCC Members $10

Questions, contact Irit Vinitsky at [email protected].


FREE MOVIE MATINEES

MONTHLY • 1 PM
The Minnesota JCC presents FREE monthly movie matinees in the Sabes Center Theater. We are excited to bring you a variety of films – from new films to classics, comedies, dramas, musicals and more! Hope to see you at the movies!

To receive information about our next film, please CLICK HERE.


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. Everyone is welcome to attend at any time.

January Book: Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren—an enigmatic artist and single mother—who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl and rents a house from the Richardson’s. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

Group Discussion: January 26 • 10 AM

CLICK HERE to join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 851 8388 3310
Passcode: 526059

 

 

February Book: Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
by Dani Shapiro

In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history–the life she had lived–crumbled beneath her.

Inheritance is a book about secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in–a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

Group Discussion: February 23 • 10 AM

CLICK HERE to join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 893 4351 3463
Passcode: 859057


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.

CLICK HERE for more information


 

special events

BOOK SMART: COURSE THROUGH JUDAISM’S MOST IMPORTANT TITLES, AND THE AUTHORS WHO INSCRIBED THEM

Begins January 24 6 Week Course Meeting Weekly from 7 PM – 8:30 PM
COST: $95
LOCATION: Capp Center St. Paul

A panoramic overview of 3000 years of Jewish learning, this course introduces you to the works that earned us the title The People of The Book. You will experience the different genres that shape Jewish life, including Tanach, Midrash, Talmud, Halachah, Philosophy, Kabbalah, Musar, Chasidism, and meet the influential personalities who drove thirty centuries of Jewish scholarship. Whether you’re meeting these texts for the first time or as a seasoned scholar, this course will inform and enrich all your Jewish learning.

DATES: 6 weeks beginning Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023
TIME: 7 PM – 8:30 PM
COST: $95
CLICK HERE to register.

Presented by The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute

 

 

TIPS FOR DOWNSIZING LUNCH & LEARN

February 10 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Capp Center St. Paul

FREE & OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY

Join us for this lunch and learn, that will focus on various lifestyle shifts such as housing options available for seniors, selling your home, and downsizing. Learn great tips on how to declutter and prepare to move to the next phase.

Speakers:
Ali Lilja, Sales Liaison for Bentson Assisted Living & Sholom Homecare and Hospice
Susie Held, Sales & Admissions Specialist – Knollwood Place Apartments
Lisa Dunn, Certified Senior Advisor and Senior Real Estate Specialist – Change Agents – RE/Max Results
Dina Buslovich, Estate Maven – Coordinating & facilitating removal of all household items

To register, contact Ali Lilja at [email protected] or 651.328.2258

Program and Kosher lunch will be sponsored by Sholom in partnership with Minnesota JCC

 

 

ARE YOU NEW TO MEDICARE?

March 1 7 PM – 8 PM
LOCATION: Virtual

FREE & OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY

This Educational Seminar is for those planning to go on Medicare in the next 6 to 12 months. Learn how and when to sign up for Medicare, Basic Medicare vocabulary, what to consider when choosing plans and why working with an independent agent, at no cost to you, can assist you in making a smart choice.

Sheri Salloway Yarosh, MBA, from Partners Senior Advantage will lead a one hour seminar to discuss general topics particular to 2023 Medicare programs. No sales involved!

Bring all your questions! Invite a friend to tune in with you!

REGISTER HERE in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

 

WEST HAM UNITED 0-5 HAKOAH VIENNA: HOW AN ALL-JEWISH TEAM DEFEATED THE ENGLISH AT THEIR OWN GAME, CONQUERED AUSTRIAN SOCCER, AND DEFIED THE NAZIS

March 14 7:30 PM – 9 PM
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Capp Center St. Paul

Excluded from other clubs for being Jewish, a dentist from Vienna founds a soccer team in 1909. He calls it Hakoah, after the Hebrew word for strength. In the face of rising antisemitism and hostility from the Jewish establishment, the dentist forges a team out of disparate parts: an observant Jew, a sculptor, an idealist defying stereotypes of Jewish weakness, a winger who fancies himself a theater star. Forced to play in flood zones, next to dung heaps, with baying crowds, crooked referees, and outright violence, Hakoah reach the pinnacle of the sport and defeat West Ham United in London. Hakoah then win the Austrian League, tour the world, and play before 46,000 fans in New York. But when the Nazis descend on Vienna, the team has to confront the Holocaust. This lecture tells their remarkable story.

Michael Lower is the Morse Alumni Distinguished University Teaching Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. He writes about the crusades, mercenaries, medieval Mediterranean history, soccer, and twentieth-century Jewish history. Author of The Barons’ Crusade of 1239: A Call to Arms and Its Consequences (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) and The Tunis Crusade of 1270: A Mediterranean History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), he is currently working on a history of Hakoah Vienna.

FREE and OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY

Co-sponsors: Center for Austrian Studies, Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch, Department of History, Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies