Sabes JCC's community garden promotes connection to Jewish values

Greenery surrounded Makai Dorfman, Judaic and garden specialist at the Sabes JCC’s Camp Olami, as he enthusiastically walked through the garden that he helped create. He explained its unique qualities.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Faran Rabbani: My letter to President Obama

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As part of this great nation’s foreign policy, when injustice takes place in any part of the world, America usually takes a stand.

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Doing good around the Jewish world: Conference draws attendees from throughout Midwest

(Photos: Mordecai Specktor) Michael Novick (left), JDC executive director for strategic development, moderated a discussion with Julie Pulda (center), JDC Entwine Fellow, Israel, and Aliona Druzhynina, a young leader and volunteer with JDC Ukraine.

A “Global Symposium” hosted by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and Jewish Federations from around the Midwest drew around 200 attendees on Monday.

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Local church program aims to curb Islamophobia

(Photo courtesy of Kim Olstad) Participants line up to eat from the Iftar buffet at the end of the program.

Ikram Al Huq is short, but it is not his height that bothers him.

“If you don’t like me because I am short, that’s fine,” he said. “If you don’t like me because of my religion, that’s a problem.”

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Minnesota Archdiocese wanted to label marriage equality-supporting priest 'disabled'

The investigation of alleged cover-ups of child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has brought a flurry of court documents which reveal some details of Archbishop John Nienstedt’s war on gay marriage. In one case, the Archdiocese allegedly considered having a priest labelled disabled to silence his support of marriage equality.

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Hearing set in Hebrew National lawsuit

A motion to dismiss the lawsuit charging that Hebrew National hot dogs are not “100% kosher,” as widely advertised over the years, will be heard July 31 in Dakota County District Court — where the lawsuit was originally filed in 2012.

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The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is backfiring and needs to go

I was raised Roman Catholic, and took it fairly seriously, but not super-seriously, as a youth. At least as an altar boy (it was only boys doing that, then) I had something to do during Mass, to cut the boredom, a little. Then I got to college and got sunk in philosophy and became an atheist, as I am now. At the time I thought pretty highly of myself and my “intellectual courage,” but I recognize now that “courage” was not a factor. My temperament is scientific/skeptical, much more so than religious, and that’s that.

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A note on the Hobby Lobby disinformation industry

“The contraceptive mandate, as applied to closely held corporations, violates RFRA.”

Justice Alito for the majority in Burwell v Hobby Lobby.

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Interviewing skills, values help MPR reporter uncover church's secrets

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Madeleine Baran isn't used to being in the spotlight. The Minnesota Public Radio reporter is more comfortable asking the questions and listening to others' stories.

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Conservative Christians protest Anoka-Hennepin's planned LGBT inclusion

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Two years after the Anoka-Hennepin School District entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice after multiple suicides of LGBT students, and a lawsuit by six students alleging rampant bullying and discrimination, conservative Christian parents continue to fight the inclusion of LGBT students in the district.

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