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January 2021

TC Talks! Catherine Penkert, Library Director City of St. Paul

January 11, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Join us as we invite Catherine Penkert, Library Director City of St. Paul as she discusses how the St. Paul libraries have been showing up for the community during this past year. Join Zoom Meeting HERE Meeting ID: 870 6450 5617 Passcode: 978410

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Stephen Sondheim Perfect the Musical

January 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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We'll look at how Sondheim, building on the work of his mentors and predecessors, brought the American musical to full maturity in such masterpieces as Company, Into the Woods, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Join Zoom HERE Meeting ID: 827 2996 5577 Passcode: 389944

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Stage Pictures: Making It Visual

January 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

What do stage directors do? One of their tasks is to translate the playwright’s words into images that, consciously or unconsciously, help us understand. We’ll look at several such images and discuss how they enhance our experience of their plays. Join Zoom HERE Meeting ID: 827 2996 5577 Passcode: 389944

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Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival

January 28, 2021 @ 12:00 am - January 31, 2021 @ 12:00 am
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The Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival includes local and national guest artists and comics who represent and reflect the diversity of Jewish culture. With something for everyone – all ages, Jewish and non-Jewish, people of color, people of all financial backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ and more, the Festival creates space for healing, connection and joy in the middle of a Minnesota winter. CLICK HERE for event details, pricing and registration info!

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January Book Group Discussion – This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

January 28, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

A magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the bestselling author of Ordinary Grace. UPDATE! We are so excited to announce that author William Kent Krueger will be joining us LIVE for our virtual book club discussion on the 28th! Join Meeting HERE Meeting ID: 889 8671 4812 Passcode: 112704

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February 2021

TC Talks! Marshall Tanick, Attorney with Meyer Njus Tanick

February 8, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join Marshall Tanick, Attorney with Meyer Njus Tanick as he discusses the George Floyd - Cops Criminal Case: What to Expect and When To Expect It. Join Zoom Meeting HERE Meeting ID: 840 8570 0651 Passcode: 844844

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TC Talks! Kim Kivens: Local Performer, Extroverted Introvert

February 15, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Kim Kivens is a local Jewish actor and voice-over talent who has performed in venues all across the Twin Cities. Join us as Kim shares stories of life as a performer, and about her upcoming show! Join Zoom Meeting HERE Meeting ID: 850 8214 9717 Passcode: 209860

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Food For Thought: Virtual Webinar

February 16, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free – $10

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Healthy Eating, Healthy Choices - A Virtual Webinar Join us for a discussion about healthy eating, balanced meals, practical portions, reading labels and more. Plus, check out our eight week Virtual Healthy Eating Group to keep the conversation going. Led by Jena Radant. $10 • FREE FOR MEMBERS For more information or to register, contact Anna Golv at annag@stpauljcc.org

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JFCS Film Screening: Living Art

February 21, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis’ (JFCS) Jewish Inclusion Program will be hosting a virtual screening of the documentary, “Living Art”  in honor of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). “Living Art” is a film about Mara Clawson, a brilliant visual artist battling a life-threatening genetic disease. As Mara prepares for the largest gallery show of her young career, she shows us what it means to create both art and a life inspired by love and kindness.…

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Virtual Q&A with Meg

February 23, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

Have you ever had a burning health and fitness question? Ever wondered what exercises you should be doing and when? There is a lot of misinformation out there, sometimes making it difficult and confusing to get the right information. Join our trainer, Meg, in a virtual Q&A session, to get to the bottom of all your burning questions. Please submit questions in advance to Anna at annag@stpauljcc.org CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Cooking Class with Zehorit Heilicher

February 24, 2021 @ 1:00 pm

Get into the Purim spirit with a Persian menu fit for King Ahashverosh’s court, your Shabbat dinner or even a weeknight fix! Join Zehorit as she brings to the kitchen her Mediterranean roots, her passion for healthy and flavorful dishes and her love of people and storytelling. Zehorit will provide recipes, shopping list & any prep instructions prior to the class. Registration is necessary if you would like the recipes to the class, same day drop-ins are welcome. MENU: Lemon-Saffron…

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February Book Group Discussion – Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

February 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

A triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours. Join Zoom Meeting HERE Meeting ID: 854 1620 6710 Passcode: 016987

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Virtual Zumba Squad at the J

February 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

Pandemic-Safe.  Virtual.  1 hour. During these times, virtual fitness classes can keep us strong and connected. Come to a party-like Zumba class virtually at the JCC, hosted by the amazing James. Explore a pandemic-safe option to take part in live fitness classes, and join a vibrant community. Ask about your special membership offer! Bring a friend to this FREE event and we'll see you there! Register at HERE

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March 2021

Engage! With Pesach

March 7, 2021 @ 12:00 am - March 11, 2021 @ 12:00 am
Free – $36

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…

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TC Talks! Pandemic Then and Now: Protective Antibodies in 1918-19 and 2020-21

March 15, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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…

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TC Talks! The Bias Inside Us, with Laura Zelle

March 22, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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…

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March Book Group Discussion – American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

March 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

American Dirt is a 2020 novel by American 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. CLICK HERE for Zoom link Meeting ID: 859 1884 5348 Passcode: 246913

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Songs of the Thrilling Three: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn

March 31, 2021 @ 1:00 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

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April 2021

Getting Ready for Spring!

April 1, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Master Gardener, Tori Clark, in getting excited and prepared for spring gardening. Tori, who is an expert in the horticulture industry, will review garden and soil preparation, planting, dividing, cleaning, pruning and more. Bring your questions and let us get ready for spring! Tori Clark lives near Hastings with her husband and children where they tend to various gardens including perennials, annuals, shrubs, veggies, fruit trees and berries. She has spent the last 10+ years as a Master Gardener…

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Educational Seminar: Are You New to Medicare?

April 6, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a Zoom Educational Seminar specifically for participants who are turning 65 and planning to go on Medicare. Sheri Salloway Yarosh, MBA, from Partners Senior Advantage, will be leading a one-hour seminar to discuss general options for obtaining Medicare. Ms. Yarosh has extensive knowledge, experience and understanding of the various needs of Medicare recipients. Feel free to invite a friend to tune in with you and don’t forget to bring your questions. No sales involved! You must register…

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Educational Seminar: Are You New to Medicare?

April 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a Zoom Educational Seminar specifically for participants who are turning 65 and planning to go on Medicare. Sheri Salloway Yarosh, MBA, from Partners Senior Advantage, will be leading a one-hour seminar to discuss general options for obtaining Medicare. Ms. Yarosh has extensive knowledge, experience and understanding of the various needs of Medicare recipients. Feel free to invite a friend to tune in with you and don’t forget to bring your questions. No sales involved! You must register…

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Yom HaShoah 5781/2021: Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join people (virtually) from across Minnesota and the Dakotas to commemorate Yom HaShoah. 6:00 PM – Name-reading ceremony led by families of survivors and community members 7:00 PM – Commemorative community service CLICK HERE to Register The Yom HaShoah Commemoration is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, Children of Holocaust Survivors Association of Minnesota (CHAIM), Temple of Aaron, Minneapolis Jewish Federation, St. Paul Jewish Federation, Generations After MN, and the Micki and Mort Naiman…

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TC Talks! Community First Response to Homelessness with Gabrielle Clowdus

April 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Hear Gabrielle Clowdus, research fellow and PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, discuss the “community first” response to addressing the roots of homelessness including shelter, relational and social needs of individuals. In addition, learn about the development and collaboration of tiny home communities as a holistic and innovative solution. CLICK HERE to Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 857 9115 4367 Passcode: 695640

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The Music of Marvelous Men with Vicky Mountain

April 14, 2021 @ 1:00 pm

Featuring Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, voice instructor Vicky Mountain shares the magic of these “Marvelous Men.”  We will learn interesting background stories about the singers and their music and listen to select recordings. A YouTube playlist will be made available following the session. Join Zoom Class HERE Meeting ID: 845 2132 8409 Passcode: 669572

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April Book Group Discussion – Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin

April 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Go Tell It on the Mountain is a 1953 semi-autobiographical novel by James Baldwin. It tells the story of John Grimes, an intelligent teenager in 1930s Harlem, and his relationship with his family and his church. CLICK HERE for Zoom link Meeting ID: 810 9533 6975 Passcode: 957861

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Container Gardening

April 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Did you ever wonder how to grow vegetables or blooming plants in containers? Join us as we learn from Tori Clark, Master Gardener, about how to use containers as a way to garden with limited space. Explore how to grow tomatoes or sun-loving annuals with just a small, sunny part of the yard! Tori Clark lives near Hastings with her husband and children where they tend to various gardens including perennials, annuals, shrubs, veggies, fruit trees and berries. She has…

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May 2021

TC Talks! The Chauvin Trial: What We Saw; What It Means; and What’s Next, with Marshall Tanick

May 3, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Marshall Tanick, attorney at Meyer Njus Tanick, will speak about the twists and turns of the Derrik Chauvin trial. Join us for an opportunity to ask questions and sort out the details. Join Zoom Meeting HERE Meeting ID: 847 7972 3220 Passcode: 883341

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TC Talks! Meaning, Resilience, and Gratitude During a Late-Onset Chronic Mental Health Struggle

May 10, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

In this lively and hopeful discussion, author Jeffrey Zuckerman will discuss how his wife’s late-onset bipolar disorder affected his own well-being and struggle to be a loving caregiver amidst the trauma and uncertainty of his wife’s illness. Jeff is the author of Unglued: A Bipolar Love Story, a finalist for the 2021 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir, the Eric Hoffer Book Award, and the Foreword Reviews Indie Book of the Year. He and his wife are members of Shir Tikvah…

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Spreading Kindness (Chesed) with Aluminum Foil and Masking Tape

May 13, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Art with Cantor Audrey Abrams, Beth El Synagogue. Creating with a community is relaxing and fun. Join in this easy, not too messy project for all artists and “I can’t do art” artists! We will create a project with a simple technique that may just spur on endless creativity in the future! Supplies needed: aluminum foil, masking tape, tissue paper (colored), small bottle of Mod Podge (it’s a type of glue available at JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, Target), an inexpensive paint brush.…

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May Book Group Discussion – The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

May 27, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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. Join Zoom Meeting HERE Meeting ID: 854 5940 4126…

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June 2021

Birding 101 – Intro to Bird Watching

June 9, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 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,”…

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Here Comes the Sun: Spring’s Sunny Flavors with Zehorit

June 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 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

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TC Talks! The Guthrie Theater – Insights on its Past, Present and Future

June 21, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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

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June Book Group Discussion – The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

June 24, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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

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July 2021

July In The Garden

July 7, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for helpful July garden care tips. Learn about watering and drought tolerant plantings and more with Tori Clark, Master Gardener. Bring all your gardening questions! Join Zoom Meeting HERE Meeting ID: 836 8955 3087 Passcode: 463255

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TC Talks! From the Nazis to the U.S.: LGBTQ Hate with Ellen Kennedy, World Without Genocide

July 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

More than 80 laws against transgender people have been passed so far in 2021 or are pending in state legislatures across the country. These bills are initiated and supported by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which has been listed as an LGBTQ hate group since 2016. The ADF asserts that a “homosexual agenda” will destroy society. The ADF seeks to dehumanize LGBTQ+ people and to restrict their rights for being who they are. With a shocking spike in incitement and…

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TC Talks! American Refugee Podcast Producer and Host, Sam Graber

July 19, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Sam Graber will discuss his podcast -- heartwarming, heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious stories of American refugees. People coming into America, people moving out of America, people getting displaced within the country. In his podcasts, Sam Graber shares remarkable stories rooted in the most pressing human rights challenges of our time. We encourage you to listen to this engaging podcast before you meet him! Click HERE for the podcast page. Join Zoom Meeting HERE Meeting ID: 878 1863 3876 Passcode: 289857

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Explore Minnesota! What Is There To See And Do In Minnesota?

July 21, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

After months of restrictions, are you ready to explore? Anne Paterson looks forward to inspiring you to begin planning your own safe and fun Minnesota adventure. Anne has been a member of the Explore Minnesota team since 2003, specializing in Minnesota travel and tourism opportunities for travelers of all ages, interests and physical capabilities. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Minnesota! Join Zoom Meeting HERE Meeting ID: 845 9748 3626 Passcode: 290303

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July Book Group Discussion – Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

July 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished Haitian village to New York to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child should ever know, and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti—to the women who first reared her. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence. In her stunning literary debut,…

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August 2021

TC Talks! Demystifying Cancer Immunotherapy For Lay Audiences

August 23, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join William Hoffman, Kiara Ellis and Chris Pennell, University of MN Medical School, as they talk about how Storytelling is at the heart of successful communication about scientific advances to the public. Join Zoom Meeting HERE Meeting ID: 890 7551 2716 Passcode: 078578

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August Book Group Discussion – Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

August 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Hamnet is a historical fiction novel about the life of William Shakespeare’s family at the time of his son Hamnet’s death and how it influenced the writing of the play Hamlet. It tells a story of the relationship between Will Shakespeare and his wife Agnes as they deal with their grief, the implications of Will's career and Will's infidelity. Join Zoom Meeting - CLICK HERE Meeting ID: 895 9534 8411 Passcode: 981362

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Eat Bubbaleh! With Local Baker Kerry Gershone

August 27, 2021 @ 1:30 pm

Join us for a fun opportunity to learn about a new local bakery specializing in delicious challahs and Jewish treats! For Kerry Gershone, owner of Eat, Bubbaleh! baking has long been a hobby and passion. She loves to bake, and to share her treats with other people. “It is always an honor for me to make food that people enjoy. I'm excited to tell you more about my home baking business and share some of my favorite treats with you!”…

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October 2021

2021 Virtual Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival

October 16, 2021 - October 31, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Virtual Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival including feature length & short films, documentaries, interactive programs and conversations with directors, cast and guests that will have you on the edge of your seat! From building bridges through food, to the American convert who took Israel to basketball victory, to a Holocaust movie like you’ve never seen before, this year’s Festival includes thought-provoking films designed to bring us together and create dialogue; entertaining films designed to make us laugh and…

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Let’s Talk About It – PCLG Workshop Series: Mental Health Needs at School

October 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This series of short workshops provides a casual environment where parents can learn and ask questions – no question is too basic! Let’s Talk About Supporting Children and Youth with Mental Health Needs at School Students with mental health needs often find school challenging. Discovering the right kinds of support may not be easy. This presentation will offer information and strategies for parents that may help their child have a more successful school experience. There will be time for asking…

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November 2021

Hanukkah Film Festival

November 28, 2021 - December 5, 2021

Our friends at Menemsha Films have curated a Hanukkah Film Festival featuring 11 films, plus exclusive filmmaker discussions and more…with new content added each night of Hanukkah. Use promo code "MNJCC" and receive 25% off.  Plus, half of your subscription will go to support the Minnesota JCC. CLICK HERE for more info and to purchase.

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December 2021

TC Talks! Kim O’Brien Executive Director of the Rice & Larpenteur Alliance and VP of Strategic Initiatives for the St Paul Area Chamber.

December 6, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Coming Together for Rice & Larpenteur: How Ramsey County’s 3 largest cities formed a partnership to invest in a challenged border community. Rice & Larpenteur is a neighborhood hub where the cities of Roseville, Maplewood, and Saint Paul meet-up at the intersection of the two county roads. ​At the heart of our neighborhood is a bustling commercial node full of retail and service businesses. Tucked right behind and in between our businesses are homes of all types and sizes. Indeed, we…

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December Book Group: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Isiguro

December 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Remains of the Day is a portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of…

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January 2022

TC Talks! Giving Voice: Transforming Lives through Music

January 10 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

We are thrilled to introduce this exciting new partnership with the GIVING VOICE. Meet Eyleen Braaten, the Executive Director of Giving Voice, an inspiring initiative that brings people with dementia and their care partners together to experience the joy of participating in choruses. Hear about how singing together brings people with dementia out of the shadows through shared music making and more! Join Zoom Meeting HERE Meeting ID: 847 6921 6244 Passcode: 616636

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Holocaust of the Jews of North Africa Talk

January 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Hadar Pe'er, St. Paul Jewish Federation Shaliach, will be joined by Aviv Jebri, Jewish Federation of MA Shaliach, to talk about the Holocaust of the Jews of North Africa. Hadar will share personal stories of his grandfather. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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A Family Affair: The Untold Story of Jewish Resisters Who Helped the Allies Win World War II

January 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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…

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January Book: This Is Happiness by Niall Williams

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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…

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Meditation from Sinai: Mindful Awareness and Divine Spirituality to Help You Think, Feel and Live More Deeply

January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

MONDAYS • JAN 31 – MARCH 7 VIRTUAL 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

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February 2022

Engage! 2022 – Day 1

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $12

Join us for four days of Jewish learning! First-rate teachers, wonderful learning, wide-ranging topics – from cerebral to hands-on. Registration required. Sign up for just one class, or join us for all four days! $12 per class, FREE for participants under age 30 All classes are held on Zoom and will run for 1 hour Saturday, February 5 7:00 PM – Opening Program 7:30 PM – Classes: Names, Naming and The Name with Earl Schwartz and Nina Samuels Wild Sea Stories of the Talmud with Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman…

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Engage! 2022 – Day 2

February 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free – $12

Join us for four days of Jewish learning! First-rate teachers, wonderful learning, wide-ranging topics – from cerebral to hands-on. Registration required. Sign up for just one class, or join us for all four days! $12 per class, FREE for participants under age 30 All classes are held on Zoom and will run for 1 hour Sunday, February 6 Reading Our Sages: What Is the Masculine? with Rabbi Yosi Gordon Arabic: The Jewish Language Everyone Should Know with Noam Sienna A Marriage Made In…Heaven? Israel’s Unprecedented Coalition…

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Engage! 2022 – Day 3

February 7 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Free – $12

Join us for four days of Jewish learning! First-rate teachers, wonderful learning, wide-ranging topics – from cerebral to hands-on. Registration required. Sign up for just one class, or join us for all four days! $12 per class, FREE for participants under age 30 All classes are held on Zoom and will run for 1 hour Monday, February 7 Challah: Braiding and Learning with Rabbi Alexander Davis Gender Fluidity and Diversity in Jewish Tradition with Isaac Ezra Jennings Awakening the Heart with Julie Dean CLICK HERE to learn…

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Engage! 2022 – Day 4

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – $12

Join us for four days of Jewish learning! First-rate teachers, wonderful learning, wide-ranging topics – from cerebral to hands-on. Registration required. Sign up for just one class, or join us for all four days! $12 per class, FREE for participants under age 30 All classes are held on Zoom and will run for 1 hour Tuesday, February 8 Recent Scholarly Debates on Intermarriage in American Jewish Life with Riv-Ellen Prell What does Judaism Say about Abortion: Advocating for Reproductive Freedom through a Jewish Lens with Beth…

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Art & Anti-Semitism

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$12.50

When talking about antisemitism, people often think about the Nazi regime and contemporary antisemitism, maybe about the Spanish Inquisition and other events within the past couple of centuries. However, anti-Semitism has been expressed in visual art since the early Middle Ages. This and other types of discrimination were encouraged by political and religious powers, all which paved the way to persecution and genocide. Jews have been depicted as monsters, sub-humans, animals or even demons. Join us for this thought-provoking lecture…

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February Book: A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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…

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March 2022

Financial, Health & Lifestyle Topics to Review for Your 70’S

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This seminar offers attendees a check list of topics to explore as they reach this milestone birthday. Topics such as financial checkups, health care checks, health care program reviews and lifestyle considerations will be presented as points to begin contemplation and discussions with significant family members and professionals. TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Retirement income checkup – when to begin to take social security benefits, wills and health care directives, health risks, life insurance and final expense insurance, long term care…

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Let’s Talk About Emergency Mental Health Response in Hennepin County

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“Let’s Talk About Emergency Mental Health Response” A Conversation with Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Lunde What if I need to call 9-1-1 for my child during a mental health emergency? Who responds now and what changes are coming? Join other Hennepin County parents and caregivers for: A Conversation with Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Lunde In the past, when a family member called 9-1-1 during a child’s mental health crisis, law enforcement would respond first. The experience was uneven and sometimes…

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March Book: Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This novel tells the story of an Afghan American woman who returns to Kabul to learn the truth about her family and the tragedy that befell them. It is 1978 and Sitara Zamani, the daughter of a prominent family, lives a privileged life in Afghanistan’s cosmopolitan capital. The 1970s are a time of remarkable promise under the leadership of people like Sardar Daoud, Afghanistan’s progressive president, and Sitara’s beloved father, his right-hand man. But the ten-year-old Sitara’s world is shattered…

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20th Annual Freedom Seder

March 27 @ 2:00 pm
$36

For the past 20 years, the Jewish Community Action Freedom Seder has brought together hundreds of people and has connected the tradition of Passover to current fights for social justice. Join us for this year’s virtual event as we come together as a community in mutual solidarity with people from different backgrounds, traditions, races, religions, genders and zip codes, to celebrate working toward our collective liberation. CLICK HERE for more information

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Creating a Better Children’s Mental Health System

March 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join others to learn about and discuss new ways to improve mental health services and supports in Hennepin County REGISTER TODAY  Participants will hear what we learned from our research on navigating the system and be asked to brainstorm ideas for changing the system for the better.  Parents and caregivers will have three chances to win a $50 gift card. Note: You must be present to win!

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April 2022

Are You New to Medicare?

April 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join an Educational Seminar offered for those planning to go on Medicare in the next year. Sheri Salloway Yarosh, MBA, licensed Insurance Agent from Partners Senior Advantage, will discuss general options for obtaining Medicare. If you are Turning 65, or are over 65 and going off your company’s health insurance plan, this seminar is for you. If you are not sure if you should go on Medicare or stay on your company’s plan, this seminar is for you. We will…

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Parent Catalyst Leadership Group: Monthly Online Support Meeting

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hennepin County Parents of Children with Mental Health Concerns Our support group offers a safe place where you can share the ups and downs of parenting a child, youth, or young adult with mental health challenges. Join us! Contact hcpclg@yahoo.com for ZOOM meeting information. To join the live Zoom: CLICK HERE.  

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Exploring Broadway: Fabulous “Fiddler”

April 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$12.50

Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock’s beloved Fiddler on the Roof is widely considered the last of Broadway’s “Golden Age” musicals. Before its premiere, some producers were concerned that it was “too Jewish” to attract mainstream audiences. However, the touching story and beautiful score proved to capture “the essential human longings for love, community, success, freedom, and family.” Join instructor James Sokol for a one-time exploration – filled with interesting facts, delightful tidbits & nostalgic video clips – of this perennial favorite! Come for the songs;…

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April Book: Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, this novel is about three women, transgender and cisgender, whose lives collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires around gender, motherhood and sex. Reese is a trans woman whose girlfriend Amy, detransitions and becomes Ames. Reese is heartbroken and Ames isn’t happy either. He thought detransitioning to live as a man would make life easier, but that decision cost him his relationship with Reese and a treasured sense…

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May 2022

TC Talks! Hadar Pe’er, Communtity Shaliach

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Hadar Pe'er, Community Shaliah will speak about his role and experiences as our Community Shaliach, life in Israel, how Israelis celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut and our upcoming community Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration. Hadar is looking forward to meeting you and answering all your questions! CLICK HERE to join Zoom meeting Meeting ID: 882 3707 6382 Passcode: 535526

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