The giving season: Lao Diaspora style

It’s the holiday season and while we know the Lao way of celebrating isn’t just eating holiday hybrid favorites like honey-baked ham with a side of sticky rice and jeow, it’s also about giving. The reflections of the past year, what it means to be in tuned with one’s self, and building community one hopes to see.


It's not too late to have a Nordic Christmas

Everywhere I turn someone is talking about having a Nordic Christmas. Never having had a non-Nordic Christmas, it occurred to me that some of you might need a guide. Here are a few tips on how to celebrate Jul, Nordy-style, in the Twin Cities.


Gift program eases student-parent stress

Susan Warfield started choking up as she described the struggles some student-parents face during the holiday season.


This week in Saint Paul: Monday, December 22–Sunday, December 28, 2014

We are halfway through Chanukah, on the verge of Christmas, and peaking at Kwanzaa around the next calendar corner, not to mention the other thirty-odd holidays that my friend Mooks tells us fall in December. If you have been looking at the Almanac arts calendar, you know how busy this world has been.


Rethinking Hanukkah traditions, or why I'm not buying Mensch on a Bench'

Every year at this season, the Jewish community reignites the debate about the extent to which Jews can authentically participate in the holiday season without compromising the true meaning of Chanukah. We look at new traditions and products and ask ourselves: when is it okay to borrow and adapt, and when does a practice cross that highly subjective line of just feeling too much like Christmas?


6th Annual Yuletide Sweater Ball with Pistol Whippin Party Penguins, Sans Souci, Dead Horses, and The Lowest Pair

12/20/2014 - 8:00pm

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the holiday season?  Grab your holiday sweater and head on down to the West Bank for a packed night of music!  The 6th Annual Yuletide Sweater Ball will feature some of the great string bands of the Midwest.  The Pistol Whippin Party Penguins, Sans Souci, The Lowest Pair, and Dead Horses are celebrating the joy of releasing brand new albums this past year, and want to share it with you on this special night.  Don't miss this foot stompin' holiday party!

My DIY sufganiyot crawl

Running a Jewish preschool is fun. It often inspires me to take on fun projects. For example, one of my staff was looking at resources for Hanukkah and said “Wait, what do donuts have to do with Hanukkah?”


Minnesota Boychoir: Annual Winter Concert

12/20/2014 - 7:00pm

Annual Winter Concert featuring Allegro, Cantabile, Cantando, and Cantar. A freewill donation will be collected.

Review: "Winter Holidays in the Soviet Era" at The Museum of Russian Art

(Photo via Museum of Russian Art website)

I’ve always thought of December as a glittering month.  Twinkling lights appear around buildings and swirl around trees, while festive music is played and coffee drinks mixed with eggnog or pe


Interview: Jenna Zark on 'The Chanukah Guest'

TC Jewfolk sat down with playwright and TC Jewfolk writer Jenna Zark to talk about her new play The Chanukah Guest, now being performed at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company.

TC Jewfolk: What drew you to adapting The Chanukah Guest, a children’s book into a play for the MJTC?

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