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: Irit Vinitsky at iritv@minnesotajcc.org.

 

ongoing programs

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!

Conversation with Rabbi Sim Glaser on the Making of his New Musical:
“The Dragon Who Liked to Spit Fire”

February 14 • 9 AM

Sim Glaser, recently retired Rabbi from Temple Israel will enlighten us on the “Makings” of his new, original musical and reflect upon this journey. Is it possible that his favorite childhood book, “The Dragon Who Liked To Spit Fire” is really an autobiographical story of his life? Join us as Sim Glaser talks about what motivated him to write this musical at this time in his life.

Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 847 0104 7438
Passcode: 821061


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 iritv@minnesotajcc.org.


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.

January Book: This Is Happiness
by Niall Williams
The rain is stopping. Nobody in the small, forgotten village of Faha remembers when it started; rain on the western seaboard was a condition of living. Now–just as Father Coffey proclaims the coming of electricity–it is stopping. Seventeen-year-old Noel Crowe is standing outside his grandparents’ house shortly after the rain has stopped when he encounters Christy for the first time. Though he can’t explain it, Noel knows right then: something has changed.

This is the story of all that was to follow: Christy’s long-lost love and why he had come to Faha, Noel’s own experiences falling in and out of love, and the endlessly postponed arrival of electricity – a development that, once complete, would leave behind a world that had not changed for centuries.

Niall Williams’ latest novel is an intricately observed portrait of a community, its idiosyncrasies, traditions, and inanities.

Group Discussion: January 27 • 10 AM

Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 825 1410 9500
Passcode: 99568

 

February Book: A Choice of Weapons
by Gordon Parks
The groundbreaking photographer, writer, composer, activist, and filmmaker—was only sixteen in 1928 when he moved from Kansas to St. Paul, Minnesota, after his mother’s death. There, homeless and hungry, he began his fight to survive, to educate himself, and to fulfill his potential dream.

This compelling autobiography tells how Parks managed to escape the poverty and bigotry around him and to launch his distinguished career by choosing the weapons given him by “a mother who placed love, dignity, and hard work over hatred.” Parks, the first African American to work at Life magazine and the first to write, direct, and score a Hollywood film, told an interviewer in 1999, “I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.”

Group Discussion: February 24 • 10 AM

Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 870 9654 8192
Passcode: 781739


HINENI: ADULT JEWISH LEARNING AND CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES

ENGAGE! 2022
FEBRUARY 5 – 8
LOCATION: VIRTUAL

Join us for four days of Jewish learning! First-rate teachers, wonderful learning, wide-ranging topics – from cerebral to hands-on. Registration required.

CLICK HERE to learn more and register

Presented by Hineni: Talmud Torah of St. Paul and the Minnesota JCC

 

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.

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CHABAD AND JEWISH LEARNING INSTITUTE

MEDITATION FROM SINAI: MINDFUL AWARENESS AND DIVINE SPIRITUALITY TO HELP YOU THINK, FEEL AND LIVE MORE DEEPLY
MONDAYS, JAN 31 – MARCH 7 • 7:30 PM
LOCATION: CAPP CENTER ST. PAUL

The Torah was given at Sinai. So were the meditative tools to help us open up, see more, and live more deeply.  This course teaches the What, How, Why, Where and When of Divine Meditation, Mindful Awareness and Soulful Transcendence.

COST: $90
(financial assistance available through Chabad)

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Presented by Chabad St. Paul, in partnership with Minnesota JCC


HEBREW TIME WITH HADAR

EVERY OTHER THURSDAY • 6:30 PM
LOCATION: VIRTUAL

Learn and speak a little Hebrew, every other Thursday. This informal class is designed as an opportunity to meet and talk all things Israel with our Community Shaliach, Hadar Pe’er. Some Hebrew experience is helpful for this conversation-based program, but everyone is welcome.

CLICK HERE to register.


 

special events

A FAMILY AFFAIR: THE UNTOLD STORY OF JEWISH RESISTERS WHO HELPED THE ALLIES WIN WORLD WAR II

JANUARY 24 • 7:30 PM • VIRTUAL

When the Allies landed in North Africa in November 1942, it marked a global turning point of World War II. Few know, however, that their path into the capital of Algiers was paved by a band of largely Jewish resisters who teamed with Far-Right French military brass and businessmen to take control of the city.

At the center of the story was the Aboulker family, an extraordinary clan of prominent doctors, military veterans, philanthropists and Jewish community activists. Believing themselves the direct descendants of King David, they took up their cause with a potent sense of destiny and charisma.

Speaker Ethan Katz is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is the co-founder and co-director of the Berkeley Antisemitism Education Initiative.

There is no charge for this event.

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies, University of MN

Cosponsors: Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Department of History, Department of French & Italian