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In the Community

Tap, clap, sing along, and kvell with The Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl at its Gala Fall Concert featuring Yiddish folk and art songs, theater music, and cantorial music performed by Maggie Burton and Charles Lilienfeld.  Sunday, September 14, 2:00 pm, at the Sabes JCC.  For more information, contact 952-544-5423 or annalee26@aol.com.

The University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies presents Christine Hayes, Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale, speaking on We're No Angels: Perfectionism in Rabbinic Judaism, Thursday, September 18, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, at Beth El Synagogue.  What is the perfection to which humans should aspire?  Beginning with the Talmudic phrase "The Torah was not given to Ministering Angels" this lecture explores radically diverse ancient Jewish conceptions of the nature of human perfection and whether or not humans can be, or should aspire to be, like angels.  Christine Hayes is a specialist in Talmudic-Midrashic studies, offering courses on the literature and history of the biblical and Talmudic periods.  She is the author of three scholarly books, one the recipient of the 1997 Salo Baron prize, and one a 2003 National Jewish Book Award finalist.  The program is free and open to the community.
The current performance of the zAmya theater is Dorothy and Toto are Homeless?!, which tells the tale of Dorothy and Toto becoming homeless, and then navigating the bewildering city streets with Scarecrow, Rusty, and the Gambler.  zAmya theater (affiliated with St. Stephen's) performances are created and performed by people who have experienced homelessness, together with trained actors, and feature songs, high drama, unexpected insights, and humor.  The performance is at the Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, 2:00 pm, Tuesday, September 23.  It is free and open to the public.
The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival presents an intimate evening with Scott Z. Burns, producer of the Academy Award winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, & writer ofThe Bourne Ultimatum, Contagion, Side Effects and more.  Scott will share clips from his films and talk about building memorable characters.  Sunday, September 14, 7:30 pm, at the Sabes JCC.  Tickets are $12 (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/792819)
Plan ahead!  Join Sha'arim for a day of fun, food, and entertainment as they Walk 4 Friends 'N Fun.  This is a great opportunity for individuals and teams to come together for a fun-filled event while making a difference in the lives of children and young adults with special needs.  Sunday, September 21, 1:15 - 4:30 pm, Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Dr.  Sha'arim is a non-profit organization that serves children and young adults with special needs and their families through a wide range of educational, social, and recreational programs.  For more information, or to register, go to
Harmony Theater Company & School has opened registration for its 2014-2015 acting classes for children & teens: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (recommended for ages 8 - 12; all experience levels), and Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (recommended for ages 10 - 14; acting experience preferred).  Students will work on a variety of acting techniques building their performance skills, focus, mental and body control, boosting creativity, imagination, and teamwork abilities.  Class activities range from Stanislavsky's method etudes to improvs and physical theater exercises.  This year's training also includes stage magic arts - learning to perform magic tricks and illusions, juggling, and mime.  Download a registration form..

The 14th annual Twin Cities Jewish Community Conference on Mental Health will be at Temple Israel, Sunday, October 19.  More details later, but you should know about a special invitation to orchestral musicians of all abilities whose lives have been affected by mental illness (either their own or someone they know).  Maestro Ronald Braunstein, whose own life was transformed by bipolar disorder, will conduct a rehearsal and brief performance during the conference.  Auditions are not required, but advance registration is, due to limited space.  Musicians of all ability levels are welcome.  For more information, or to express interest, contact Laurie Kramer, lkramer@minnpost.com, by Aug. 1.  Requests to participate will be accepted in the order received.
Crave sugar early in the day?  Well, you have another place at which to indulge your sweet tooth.  Bogart's Doughnut Co. is now under the supervision on Minnesota Kosher.  Why "early in the day"?  The shop, at 910 West 36th St. (at Bryant Ave. S.), is open only untilnoon.  For more information, go to www.bogartsdoughnutco.com.