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This is the Podcast home of Jewfolk's Who The Folk?! Podcast. Hear from interesting Members of the Tribe from all over the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.
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Genevieve Parker

Genevieve Parker

2020-02-2300:17:21

This week I’m thrilled to be joined by Genevieve Parker, Jewfolk’s new Community Engagement Manager. We talk about what brought her to Minnesota, her Jewish journey, and what she’s looking forward to as she gets started in this new position, on this week's Who The Folk?! Podcast
Lea Kalisch

Lea Kalisch

2020-02-1600:36:53

A singer, musician, actress, dancer, and occasional rapper, Lea Kalisch is not letting herself be defined by one type of art of genre of music. Lea, who is in the process of relocating to Minneapolis, has an incredible background in sports and music that has helped give her the discipline to take on all she’s trying to take on. We talk about Lea’s Swiss upbringing, her new hip-hop video, what genres of music she’s into, and her recent move to Minneapolis on this week’s Who The Folk Podcast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj1O6yWJSkI
Zachary Paige

Zachary Paige

2020-02-0900:25:02

This week we talk with Zachary Paige, an organic farmer in northern Minnesota who just recently launched North Circle Seeds, an organic, sustainable seed business out of his Vergas farm. We talk about the Jewish connection to his work, how he got into sustainable farming, and why he started this new endeavor, on this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast.https://northcircleseeds.com/
Tasya Rosenfeld Kelen

Tasya Rosenfeld Kelen

2020-02-0200:29:51

This week we kick off Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month with Tasya Rosenfeld Kelen talking about becoming an inclusive hiring company as she moved her production to Jewish Housing and Programming’s commercial kitchen. Tasya also talks about the evolution that has come from that decision, and how the company now stands for something more than a healthy, delicious snack, on this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast.
Helen Siegel

Helen Siegel

2020-01-2600:26:38

As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz as well as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we’re joined by Helen Siegel, who is with her mother Claire, a Holocaust survivor, and several other relatives on a trip to the concentration camps where she was once held prisoner. Helen talks about growing up the child of surviors, what this trip means to her, and why she continues to work to educate about the Holocaust, on this week’s Who The Folk Podcast.
Miranda Weisbuch

Miranda Weisbuch

2020-01-1900:18:28

This week I’m joined by Miranda Weisbuch, the new executive director of Adath Jeshurun Congregation. We talk about what brought Miranda and her family here from Columbus, Ohio, what is so appealing about the position, and what she brings to Adath, in this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast.
Ariel Kagan

Ariel Kagan

2020-01-1200:26:51

This week, we’re joined by Ariel Kagan, a strategy and innovation specialist at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Ariel and I talk about how she got into this field, the importance of agriculture to the state, and a new report on kosher meat that she helped lead into publication.https://conservancy.umn.edu/bitstream/handle/11299/210220/Halal%20and%20Kosher%20Report.pdf
David Milavetz

David Milavetz

2020-01-0500:16:00

This week we are joined by David Milavetz, the new President of the board here at Jewfolk. We talk about career changes, the law, and how he’s seen this organization evolve in the nearly 6 years he’s been involved at Jewfolk, in this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast.
Community Resource Guide

Community Resource Guide

2019-12-2900:46:34

We talk to representatives from more than 20 different community organizations to tell everyone about who they are, and what their synagogue, group, or agency does for the Twin Cities Jewish community.
Daniel Volovets

Daniel Volovets

2019-12-2200:25:19

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.
Emma Dunn

Emma Dunn

2019-12-1500:21:31

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.
Rebecca Noecker

Rebecca Noecker

2019-12-0800:31:24

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.
Layah Shagalow

Layah Shagalow

2019-12-0100:18:06

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
Ruth Hampton Olkon

Ruth Hampton Olkon

2019-11-1700:17:20

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.
Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen

2019-11-1000:23:33

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.
Katie Rosenberg

Katie Rosenberg

2019-11-0300:17:11

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/
Stephanie Stillman

Stephanie Stillman

2019-10-2700:16:25

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.
Jess Braverman

Jess Braverman

2019-10-0600:16:37

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.
Lev Gringauz

Lev Gringauz

2019-09-2200:19:08

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.
Jacob and Julie Rupp

Jacob and Julie Rupp

2019-09-1500:30:14

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.
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