by Debbie Lieberman
As we round out the High Holidays, I find myself thinking about my family, our traditions, and passing down my heritage, history, and connections to my children and their children. As I reflect on my family’s Jewish story, it’s no surprise to me that The Minneapolis Jewish Federation continues to make an appearance.
For instance, when my sons were toddlers, I took them to visit my grandma in the Sholom Home (a Federation partner). I had always imagined my grandmother, her great-grandchildren on her knee, sharing stories of our family settling in North Dakota.
But my grandma could no longer remember the stories.
Thankfully, my family’s roots had been recorded and saved in the archives of the Upper Midwest Jewish Historical Society—another Federation partner.
When, several years later, my sons argued about attending Talmud Torah (also a Federation partner), I reminded them which student’s picture was still hanging on the school’s wall – their father’s.
Because of the Jewish education they received throughout their childhood here in Minneapolis, my sons inevitably wanted to experience Israel. When I couldn’t afford to send them, it wasn’t a problem: Taglit Birthright Israel was there. (As you may have guessed, Birthright is also supported by Federation.)
My sons are all college graduates now, but whatever Jewish path they decide to take, I have no doubt Federation will be there to enable this story to continue for my family—and yours.
Then and now: Debbie and her three sons