New Met Council digs into community issues

The Twin Cities Jewish Metropolitan Council, the new body created by the Minneapolis and St. Paul Federations to help achieve greater collaboration and cooperation across the Twin Cities Jewish community, is off and running – determining ways to work together for the benefit of our entire community.


Currently, the Council is meeting with community representatives to identify key metro-wide areas of concern.

January meeting topics included:

  • A discussion with Jeff Schachtman, representative of United Hebrew Brotherhood Cemetery, who sought out the Met Council for assistance with coordination of issues facing the Twin Cities cemeteries. Two Met Council members will follow up with Jeff to identify action steps.
  • A discussion on the current landscape regarding young adult activities and issues with Charley Smith, Federation’s Twin Cities Young Adult Engagement manager; Libby Parker, executive director, Jewfolk Media Inc.; and Benjie Kaplan, executive director, MN Hillel. The committee also received an update regarding the Harry Kay Leadership Institute. Two Met Council members will follow up.

At the next meeting in April, the Council will hear from lay and professional leaders about funding of bi-cities agencies in order to determine if the process can be accomplished in a more coordinated and streamlined manner.


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If you have thoughts about any of the issues before the Council, or if there is an issue or topic that you’d like the Met Council to consider, please contact the Council Co-Chairs, Jon Parritz at or Howie Milstein at

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