Minneapolis Jewish Federation Virtual Experiences Calendar

Global Experiences are back in the fall of 2021—but did you know that you can see the world from the comfort of your own couch? Virtual Experiences let you explore the globe and get a taste of the upcoming trips without even having to pack a suitcase. We’ve whipped up a couple of experiences ourselves, and think you’ll love the amazing virtual trips our overseas partners have come up with, too. Ready? Sit back, relax, and let’s go.

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 6:30 PM:

Tikkun Olam, Jewish Values, and Partnering with the Ugandan Jewish Community
“It is not upon you to finish the work, but you are not free to ignore it.” (Mishna, Ethics, 2:16)
As a global Jewish people, we have a moral imperative to address the world’s most pressing challenges. Hunger, poverty, and lack of educational opportunities cannot be solved by one person alone, but together, we can make a difference. Learn what you can do to help, either stateside or in the middle of rural Uganda. Register for this special virtual session here.

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 6:30 PM:

Uganda, the Pearl of Africa: A Virtual Tour
Join us for a virtual tour of the beautiful country of Uganda—no backpack necessary! Learn about gorillas, the highest mountain range in Africa, white water rafting in the Nile, and so much more. We’ll also learn about the culture of Uganda and the Abayudaya through music and dance. Register here.

Sunday, June 13, 2021, 4 PM:

To the Market We Go—A Culinary Tour with Zehorit Heilicher
Leave winter and quarantine behind as we explore local & Israeli markets in preparation for our October Culinary Tour of Israel. Spontaneity and seasonality are the rules of this game: What is available in our markets and what can we make with it? Join us for a fun, informative, and delicious hour that will make you want to pack your bags and taste your way through Israel with us! Register here.

Thursday, September 2, 2021, 5:00 PM:

Latin America with JAFI & JDC
Join us to hear about the incredible work of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Latin America. We will hear from professionals on the ground, visit supported programs and community members, and learn how important JAFI and JDC’s work is in Central and South America. Stay tuned for more details, coming soon!

Sunday, October 10, 2021, 11 AM:

Virtual Emergency Response Simulation with IsraAID
The Federation and IsraAID invite you to an interactive workshop that puts participants in the driver’s seat during a unique disaster response simulation. Participants will experience the intensity of being an IsraAID first responder as they are faced with a deluge of unfolding challenges in a dynamic, ever-changing environment. Participants will gain an overview of the sector-specific interventions that IsraAID uses in the field, including in the mental health, water, and medical fields; and the varied roles first responders assume. For those interested in international development, Israeli contributions to the world, tikkun olam, and/or disaster response, we invite you to engage with these themes firsthand through this stimulating simulation. Minneapolis program chairs: Robert Yost & Dina Rahamim Blumenfield. Stay tuned for more details!

Ready to plan for in-person travel, too? Check out our upcoming Global Experiences below, get more info, and register. We can’t wait to travel with you!

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