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 barbiel@minnesotajcc.org or Irit Vinitsky at iritv@minnesotajcc.org.

 

special events

BIRDING 101 – INTRO TO BIRD WATCHING

JUNE 9 • 1 PM
Bird watching can be done on your own, with a buddy, or in a group. You will learn how to get started, how to identify birds, and about the kinds of habitats that different birds frequent. You’ll also learn about binoculars and how to choose a field guide.

Author and columnist Clay Christensen has been leading bird watching field trips for St. Paul Audubon and other organizations for over 30 years. He is the author of “The Birdman of Lauderdale,” and writes a column for the Park Bugle in St. Anthony Park.

Join Zoom Class HERE
Meeting ID:
831 7156 8175
Passcode:
360692


HERE COMES THE SUN: SPRING’S SUNNY FLAVORS WITH ZEHORIT

JUNE 16 • 1 PM

Join Zehorit Heilicher in embracing spring and early summer with this delicious menu featuring vibrant, colorful vegetables and tastes! Awaken your senses from their wintery slumber with a feast for your eyes and your palate!

This demonstration class will feature:

  • Speckled Freekeh Pilaf: bursting with dried fruit and seasonal greens
  • Bold roasted beets & Fresh Orange Salad
  • Pistachio-Herb Crusted Roasted Salmon
  • Any-Fruit Puff Pastry Galette

Join Zoom Class HERE
Meeting ID:
891 5393 3114
Passcode:
684071

 

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, June 21
The Guthrie Theater – Insights on its Past, Present and Future
Trisha Kirk, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Guthrie Theater will share highlights from her 35+ years with the theater, insights on how the pandemic continues to impact the Guthrie and what’s next as they look to reopen and resume performances onstage.

Trisha Kirk has held various roles at the Guthrie Theater since 1985, and she currently serves as Director of Marketing and Communications. (Photo by T Charles Erickson)

Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 838 9031 9369
Passcode: 133795


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.

May Book: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries from a Secret World
by Peter Wohlleben
Are trees social beings? In The Hidden Life of Trees forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers.

Group Discussion: May 27 • 10 AM

Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 854 5940 4126
Passcode: 700574

 

June Book: The Night Watchman
by Louise Erdrich
In this unhurried, kaleidoscopic story, the efforts of Native Americans to save their lands from being taken away by the U.S. government in the early 1950s come intimately, vividly to life

Group Discussion: June 24 • 10 AM

Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 832 1777 0511
Passcode: 081472


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