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Aish — Minnesota
2830 Inglewood Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416 (mailing address only)
Executive Director: Rabbi David Fredman

Aish HaTorah is a warm and welcoming international community of Jewish educational centers. With 30 branches worldwide our goal is to unite Jews of all backgrounds and ignite awareness of their heritage through exciting, inspirational and meaningful social and educational programming for all ages.


AMIT Women — Minnie Effress Chapter
2265 Youngman Ave. #407
St. Paul, MN 55116
President: Betty Baumgarten

AMIT enables Israel’s youth to realize their potential and strengthens Israeli society by educating and nurturing children from diverse backgrounds within a framework of academic excellence, religious values and Zionist ideals. AMIT educates and cares for Israel’s youth, including the most vulnerable children in Israel. Founded in 1925, AMIT operates more than 60 schools, youth villages, surrogate family residences and other programs, constituting Israel’s only government-recognized network of religious Jewish education incorporating academic and technological studies.


B’nai B’rith North Central Region
801 Second Ave., 14th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Fax: 212-687-3429
President: Zel Shrell
Vice President: Jerry Bronstien

B’nai B’rith is one of the largest Jewish organizations in the world. B’nai B’rith North Central Region is one of the 13 regions of B’nai B’rith International that has membership in 68 countries. Our organization supports programs for our youth and senior populations as well as disaster relief showing Jewish humanism and tikkun olam.


BOND (Branching Out in New Directions)
President: Judy Serrell
For membership information, contact Nettie Nabedrick, 612-251-1505; or Babe Wartnick, 763-544-5026

BOND is a nonprofit organization that raises money to provide scholarships for adults seeking to further their workplace skills and their secondary education. BOND’s fundraising activities provide educational and social experiences for our members. Members visit museums and attend lectures and cultural events, as well as participate in monthly short story and book review groups. BOND organizes bridge, mah jongg, lunch and dinner groups. All proceeds from the various activities go to the Scholarship Fund. BOND’s largest fundraising event is our Book Author evening dinner with an author, and the next day luncheon with three authors. BOND members also volunteer in preschool education programs, and with Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) and Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS). BOND membership is open to everyone.


Center for Judaism and Sustainability of the Alliance for Sustainability
Alliance for Sustainability
In the Greenway Building
2801 21st Ave. S., Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55407
President: Terry Gips

Learn how your synagogue or Jewish institution can save money, energy and the planet. Help protect the Earth and bring about tikkun olam through education, action, policy, volunteering and synagogue programs, including Eco-Sabbath, Tu B’Shevat and holiday celebrations; presentations on Judaism, tikkun olam, energy, climate and sustainability; workshops on sustainability and the Natural Step Framework, personality sustainability workshops, water stewardship, community solar gardens, energy conservation, local food systems; and partnerships with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) and Congregations Caring for Creation, including Minnesota’s first-ever Community Forum on Judaism, Energy and Climate.


Friends of B’nai Abraham Synagogue
1788 Maryland Ave. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55427
President: Marjorie Ostrov

B’nai Abraham Synagogue is the last remaining synagogue on Minnesota’s Iron Range and the only Minnesota synagogue listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This historic building is being restored and houses an exhibit on the history of Iron Range Jewry. Now rededicated as the B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center, it can provide space for appropriate retreats, meetings, workshops and social events. The building is handicap accessible and is available for tours by contacting the Virginia Historical Society in advance at 218-741-1136 or at the above number. Check our Web site for up-to-the-minute details of dates and programs, or on Facebook for “Friends of B’nai Abraham Synagogue of Virginia, MN.” To be advised of upcoming events and exhibits, e-mail: and request to be added to our “Paperless Mailing List.”


Hadassah — Upper Midwest Region
13100 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 300
Minnetonka, MN 55305
President: Anna Walter

Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America is the largest women’s organization, Zionist and Jewish membership organization in the United States. In Israel, Hadassah supports medical care and research, education, youth institutions, reforestation and parks projects. In the U.S., Hadassah promotes health education, social action and advocacy, volunteerism, Jewish education and research, Young Judea and its partnership with Israel. Hadassah’s membership is composed of women and children of all ages, as well as a strong group of male associates who are committed to the support of the life saving and enhancing work of Hadassah.


Hadassah Minneapolis
13100 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 300
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Presidium: Debby Jewett, Barbara Parks, Sarene Silver

Hadassah Minneapolis has programs and monthly activities that educate, stimulate, motivate and entertain its members and our community. Hadassah has something for everyone. We invite you to enjoy our monthly day and/or evening study groups, book groups, craft co-op, cooking, mah jong, card and walking groups. We stress the fun in fundraising as we support our two major lifesaving research and healing centers in Jerusalem and our life enriching youth villages in Israel. For information about our upcoming projects and events, or membership opportunities, call Barbara Parks at 763-546-2474 or 952-905-6891 or


Hadassah — St. Paul Chapter
13100 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 300
Minnetonka, MN 55305
President: Leslie Strohm

Hadassah St. Paul offers programs and activities that educate, stimulate and entertain members of all ages. We are group of women who, through financial and active involvement, support Israel and Jewish continuity by funding projects, such as Hadassah Medical Organization, which provides pacesetting health care; educating the broader community by providing programming on topics such as health, wellness and Israel; ensuring Jewish continuity through activities such as oneg Shabbats and Hadassah Shabbat at Minnesota Hillel; and engaging in political action by partnering with organizations that share Hadassah’s viewpoints to effectively advocate for issues that influence us as women and Jews. To learn more about membership or events, call 952-924-4999.


Istoki — Community of Russian Jews
2718 Quentin Ave.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Founder and Executive Director: Moshe Vorotinov

Club for Jewish Renaissance for Russian Jews. Sunday School for ages 6-13, Bar and Bat Mitzva preparation for ages 10-13, weekly classes for families and young adults, Partners in Torah, father and son Sunday sports and learning activities, and mother and daughter club. Please see our Web site for more details.


Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) — Friday Habitat Group
Coordinator: Michael Frisch

The JCRC Friday Habitat Group works on projects for Twin City Habitat for Humanity and subgroup A Brush With Kindness each Friday throughout the year, mostly in Minneapolis and its suburbs. Under the auspices of the Jewish Community Relations Council, men and women come from synagogues and churches in the area to do light carpentry and home maintenance for Habitat, which provides knowledgeable and helpful supervisors as well as tools and building materials. New volunteers are always welcome.


Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) — J-Pride
Contact: Heather Renetzky

J-Pride is an organization for LGBTQ Jews and their allies in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. J-Pride’s mission is to engage Minnesota-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Jews and allies to come together for social events, community gatherings, celebrations and educational opportunities. Follow us on Facebook for more updates –


Jewish War Veterans — Department of Minnesota
c/o St. Paul JCC
1375 St. Paul Ave., Room 107
St. Paul, MN 55116
Post Commander, #354: Irving Rosenblum, 651-698-2919
Quartermaster, Post #354: Jeff Marks
Post Commander, #331 (Minneapolis): Sam Nilva, 612-749-9999
Post Commander #162: Peter Glick
Quartermaster, Post #162: Jim Hassing
Department Commander: Peter Nickitas, 651-238-3445 or:
Director of Communications: Walter Kvasnik, 651-699-7630 or:
Auxiliary Co-Presidents: Betty Baumgarten, 651-699-6550; and Toby Rosenblum, 651-698-2919

Founded in 1896 to show that Jewish service members were as American as they were Jewish, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV) remains the only veterans’ organization that explicitly opposes all forms of bigotry in its founding charter and current constitution. The JWV Department of Minnesota was founded after World War I with the creation of Posts #162 and #166. Membership is limited to Jewish veterans. Associate membership is open to the entire Jewish community. JWV has a monthly meeting every second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the St. Paul JCC. The JWV makes monthly visitation at the VA medical center on the fourth Sunday of each month from 10-11 a.m., and participates in community-wide observances of Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The JWV has its annual dinner at Mancini’s Restaurant in St. Paul on the first Wednesday after the end of the High Holidays.


MAZON Advocacy Project: Minnesota
10500 Hillside Ln. W.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Contacts: Steven Krikava,; or Rabbi Harold Kravitz,

The MAZON Advocacy Project: Minnesota collaborates with synagogues, legislators and allies to support public policies that enhance food security for all people. During 2015, Rabbi Harold Kravitz, of Adath Jeshurun Congregation, completed a three-year term as chair of the board of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, which is the national nonprofit dedicated to preventing and alleviating hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.


Minnesota Israel Philatelic Society
President/Treasurer: Bill Torodor
Secretary: Ray Getsug
Trustee: Mike Frisch

MIPS is a stamp club that meets twice a year, on the third Sunday in September and May, at Sholom Home West in St. Louis Park. We specialize in Israeli stamps, and general foreign and U.S. stamps. Memberships are available and a new issues stamp service for Israel stamps is available to members.


National Council of Jewish Women — Minnesota
13100 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 160
Minnetonka, MN 55305
President: Betsy Sitkoss
Executive Director: Beth Gendler
Communications Coordinator: Kristy Wesson
Administration Associate: Pat Sandin

NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families, and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. The NCJW Minnesota has a long and successful history of making a difference through community service and advocacy and leadership development. Give us a call or send us an e-mail to ignite your passion and get involved.


St. Paul JCC — Adult Programs Department
1375 St. Paul Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Director of Adult Services: Barbie Levine

Looking for a class? Book discussion? Theater trip? Travel experience? Volunteer opportunity? Exercise? Jewish study? The St. Paul JCC’s Adult Programs Department offers all that and more, including a full selection of events and experiences at the JCC and around the Twin Cities each month.


Twin Cities Cardozo Society
Minneapolis Contact: Bill Ressler, 952-417-2312 or:
St. Paul Contact: Dan Mogelson, 651-695-3189 or:

The Twin Cities Cardozo Society is the Jewish legal community coming together to advance the philanthropic mission of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Jewish Federations, in order to ensure the security and vitality of the Jewish people. The Cardozo Society strengthens bonds among legal professionals through educational, social and philanthropic activities; raises money for the local and overseas Jewish communities through the greater sts’ Annual Campaigns; and provides opportunities for communal involvement and leadership roles.


Twin Cities Maimonides Society
Minneapolis Contact: Bill Ressler, 952-417-2312 or:
St. Paul Contact: Dan Lepow, 651-695-3185 or:

Join your colleagues in a shared commitment to medicine, community and Jewish philanthropy through your membership in the Twin Cities Maimonides Society. A division of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, the Twin Cities Maimonides Society encourages and strengthens community among Jewish health care providers and students studying to enter a health care occupation; provides programming and public service opportunities for tikkun olam; and raises money for the local and overseas Jewish communities through the Federations’ Annual Campaigns.

(Updated 02.10.17)

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