Korean-American leader of Renewal movement says it’s a white world at the top

This article originally appeared in The Times of Israel on April 26, 2019. 

By Josefin Dolsten

JTA — SooJi Min-Maranda rarely sees other Jewish people who look like her.

“I often feel very isolated as a Jew of color living in the Midwest,” she said.

Min-Maranda, who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband and two children, was born in Korea but moved with her family to the United States at the age of 3.

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Meet the Korean-American woman who leads the Jewish Renewal movement

This article originally appeared in the Jewish Press of Tampa on April 23, 2019.

By Josefin Dolsten

SooJi Min-Maranda rarely sees other Jewish people who look like her.

“I often feel very isolated as a Jew of color living in the Midwest,” she said.

Min-Maranda, who lives in Ann Arbor, MI, with her husband and two children, was born in Korea but moved with her family to the United States at the age of 3.

In her role as executive director of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, she may be the most visible person of color leading a Jewish religious organization.

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Let all who are hungry (one in seven Americans) come and eat

This article originally appeared in The Times of Israel on April 19, 2019. 

By Cindy Greenberg, Interim CEO of Repair the World

On Friday night, Jewish people, loved ones, and friends around the world will join together for Passover seders. And while no two seders are exactly alike, certain rituals, traditions, and words are common in almost every seder: The four questions. Looking for the afikomen. The profound statement “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” Undoubtedly, this sentence comprised of eight direct and powerful words would be overwhelming if taken literally. And, like any words said over and over, the sentence can lose its meaning. In the spirit of Passover and of asking questions, let’s step back and ask ourselves what are we actually doing so that all who are hungry can come and eat—not just at our seders, but every day of the year.

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Hillel of Buffalo: Repairing the world one day at a time

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 edition of Jewish Journal.

By Alexa Zappia

For the past few months, Hillel of Buffalo has been immersed in an intensive discovery process known as Organizational Design Lab (ODL). As part of this process, members of the Hillel staff met one-on-one with students to learn how we can best serve their interests and needs.

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Food events: See, sniff, sip, swish, swallow (or spit) 500 wines at Heinz Field

This article originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on April 24, 2019

By Rebecca Sodergren

Upcoming festivals, charity events, and classes including Garfield Community Farm Spring Benefit: Music, hors d’oeuvres by Chef Csilla Thackray of Legume, drinks, art and a presentation about Garfield Community Farm. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Repair the World, East Liberty. $50. facebook.com (search for Garfield Community Farm Spring Benefit).

Pittsburgh Interfaith leaders plan vigil for Sri Lanka victims

This article originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on April 22, 2019.

By Peter Smith

Pittsburgh-area religious leaders are planning an interfaith vigil on Wednesday at Heinz Memorial Chapel in Oakland to commemorate the nearly 300 victims of the Easter Sunday bombing massacres in Sri Lanka.

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#MySederServes Passover Resources from Repair the World

This article originally appeared on Jeducation World on April 14, 2019.

Repair the World has created a roundup of resources that can be used during the seder. Outside the seder, these resources could be used in the classroom to teach the important values of giving and service and to connect them to the Passover story.

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Meet the Korean-American woman who leads the Jewish Renewal movement

This article originally appeared on The JTA on April 16, 2019.

By Josefin Dolsten

SooJi Min-Maranda rarely sees other Jewish people who look like her.

“I often feel very isolated as a Jew of color living in the Midwest,” she said.

Min-Maranda, who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband and two children, was born in Korea but moved with her family to the United States at the age of 3.

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5 Haggadot and Haggadot Companions to Enhance your 2019 Seder Experience

This article appeared on eJewish Philanthropy on April 16, 2019

By Maayan Hoffman

There is less than one week until the Jewish holiday of Passover. You’ve detailed your Seder menu, scrubbed your kitchen and invited your guests. But what Haggadot will you use to share the story of the Exodus from Egypt?

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Pittsburgh and Parkland survivors help each other turn their grief into action

This article originally appeared on The JTA on April 12, 2019.

By Mike Elk

PITTSBURGH (JTA) — For many in this city’s Jewish community, after suffering through a long winter following the Tree of Life synagogue massacre in October that killed 11 worshippers, the return of the professional baseball season has been a welcome mental health relief.

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