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Who The Folk?! Podcast
25 minutes | Dec 22, 2019
Daniel Volovets is a doctor, psychiatry resident, and accomplished guitarist. Daniel talks about his musical roots and influences, when he knew he wanted to go into psychiatry, and how he balances the demands of residency with his love of playing, writing, and teaching, on this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast.
22 minutes | Dec 15, 2019
We are joined by Emma Dunn, the Twin Cities Young Adult Engagement Manager for the Minneapolis and St. Paul Jewish Federations. Emma and I talk about her journey to Judaism, what engagement means to her, and some upcoming Young Adult Leadership Action programs that she’s starting, on this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast.
31 minutes | Dec 8, 2019
We’re joined by St. Paul City Councilor Rebecca Noecker, who represents Ward 2 in the Capital City. Rebecca and I talk about why she got involved in politics, how Judaism and politics mix, and what her political aspirations are going forward.
18 minutes | Dec 1, 2019
We’re joined by Layah Shagalow, the assistant director of Shaarim. Layah tells us what it’s like to work for an organization that her mother founded and that she’s seen grow from the ground up, the opening of the Gateways Boutique Thrift Shop, and what it’s like to be back in Minnesota seven years later than she expected
17 minutes | Nov 17, 2019
Ruth Hampton Olkon
This week we sit down with Ruth Hampton Olkon, the executive director of Jewish Family Service of St. Paul. We talk about what it’s like to come back to the agency after several years away, what she picked up while she was gone, and where she’s hoping to take JFS in the years ahead.
24 minutes | Nov 10, 2019
What's it like to watch the trial of a former Nazi guard? St. Louis Park native Ben Cohen is just back from Germany where he represented his family at the trial a guard at the concentration camp his grandmother, Judy Meisel, survived.
17 minutes | Nov 3, 2019
We are interviewing Katie Rosenberg, who is Herzl Camp's new Event Manager, to talk all about the upcoming Herzl In The City fundraiser on Nov. 16. Katie talks about her longstanding connection to Herzl Camp, why she loves event planning and why it's been something she's always wanted to in this week's Who The Folk and Hakshivu! Hakshivu! Podcast.http://herzlcamp.org/herzl-in-the-city/
16 minutes | Oct 27, 2019
We are back from our high Holiday hiatus, and I'm joined by Stephanie Stillman, the volunteer coordinator at Second Harvest Heartland. We talk about food insecurity, her farming experience, and the meaning behind a very cool tattoo, on this week's Who The Folk?! Podcast.
17 minutes | Oct 6, 2019
We sit down with Jess Braverman, the Legal Director at Gender Justice, a St. Paul-based non-profit legal and policy advocacy organization. We talk about what her organization does, what brought her to the advocacy law she has practiced, and how her Judaism impacts her work.
19 minutes | Sep 22, 2019
Today we talk travel and journalism with Lev Gringauz, whose work you've been reading on TC Jewfolk for a couple of years now, especially while he was in Israel and eastern Europe. Now he's back in Minnesota and launching a new project for TC Jewfolk – The Jews Are Tired. Lev explains what it is, and so much more, on this week's Who The Folk Podcast.
30 minutes | Sep 15, 2019
Jacob and Julie Rupp
What brings people who have been life-long warm weather West Coast residents to Minnesota? Rabbi Jacob and Julie Rupp may be wondering the same thing in a few months. The Rupps are the new executive directors of Aish Minnesota. We talk about why the Rupps chose Minnesota, what led Jacob to the rabbinate, and the Jewish journey that brought the two of them to this point, on this week's Who The Folk?! Podcast.
26 minutes | Sep 8, 2019
Rabbi Tobias Moss
This week we sit down with Rabbi Tobias Moss, the newest rabbi at Temple Israel. Rabbi Moss goes in-depth in the many forms of Judaism in his family, what drew him to Minnesota, and why he chose to tackle Yiddish (?!?!) on this week's Who The Folk?! Podcast
16 minutes | Aug 25, 2019
This week we're joined by Ross Fishman, a choir teacher, composer, and the founder of Barside Baby Music. We talk about his musical roots, how Barside Baby Music got started, and his process he goes through when he composes, on this week's Who The Folk?! Podcast.
15 minutes | Aug 4, 2019
Today I get the honor and pleasure of talking to Sara Bogomolny, my new co-worker at Jewfolk where she joined us last week as our new director of engagement. Sara talks about what brings her to the Twin Cities, how her theater background will help her in the job, and what creating a community means to her on this week's Who The Folk?! Podcast.
42 minutes | Jul 28, 2019
Danielle Spradlin and Sarah Breiner
17 minutes | Jul 21, 2019
This week we sit down with Alex Fisher, who recently started a new job as the director of community education for the Hopkins School District. We talk about what community education is, how it's beneficial to the community – even empty nesters – and how the principles of community education apply to Judaism, on this week's Who The Folk?! Podcast.
15 minutes | Jul 14, 2019
People have friends and family over brunch all the time. But for many years, Roni Falck and her family host brunches and dinners with a twist. Roni talks with us about the brunches that her and family host several times each year as a way to raise money for organizations and causes around the country. Roni tells us how these got started, how she uses them to teach her kids about tzedakah and tikkun olam, and why what's happening on the southern border has become important for her, on this week's who The Folk? Podcast.
25 minutes | Jul 7, 2019
What brought a lifelong Wisconsinite to Minnesota? Zane Gayle saw nothing but opportunities. Gayle recently graduated with a master's in architecture degree from the University of Minnesota. His master's project focused on a theoretical redesigning of Minnesota Hillel's building, however he has also been involved in the very real process that Hillel is now going through to renovate its space. Zane talks about that process, where Judaism comes into his architecture, and the lessons he learned along the way, on this week's Who The Folk?! Podcast.
25 minutes | Jun 30, 2019
As Cecil's Deli celebrates its 70th anniversary today, there is one person who has been involved since the beginning: Sheila Leventhal. As the daughter of the founders, Cecil and Faye Glickman, Sheila started as an 8-year-old helping around the market before the restaurant even opened 15 years later. Sheila reflects on a life shaping the family business and what it's like to have three generations all working together on this week's Who The Folk?! Podcast.
31 minutes | Jun 23, 2019
Why, in the midst of working on your doctorate dissertation, would you go and write a book that has nothing to do with your dissertation topic? That's a question Noam Sienna wrestled with, but nonetheless went ahead and did it anyway. Noam talks about his book A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969, why he wrote it, some fascinating stories he learned in the research, and what's next after he finishes his Ph.D. next year, on this week's Who The Folk?! Podcast.
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