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Gap year will help expand horizons, develop new skills

Gap year will help expand horizons, develop new skills

Sofie Geretz

May 14, 2020

Ever since my oldest sister Anna took a gap year in Israel before her freshman year of college, I have been intrigued by the idea of a gap year. When Anna came back, she had nothing but good things to say.  During the fall of my senior year, and the time to make my decision on what I wanted to d...

Talmud Torah hosts commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

City Council member 
Nadia Mohamed tells a story about her experiences with race Jan. 15. City Council members and senior Amaya Fokuo spoke to students at Talmud Torah of Minneapolis about Martin Luther King Jr. and his relationship with Jewish leaders.

Marta Hill and Talia Lissauer

January 16, 2020

After speaking to families at a Jewish commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, chairman of the Human Rights Commission and senior Amaya Fokuo said she was invited to speak to share her views on youth activism and relate it to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “I worried for a second to the point w...

Hebrew class experiences thoughtful discussion

Hebrew teacher Hadassa Slager confers with junior Shaqued Ben-Harush after the equity discussion. The equity coaches came in to their Advanced Hebrew class Dec. 17 to discuss equity within the school.

Ruthie Posada

December 30, 2018

Junior Shaqued Ben-Harush said having Park’s equity coaches talk to the Advanced Hebrew class allowed the entire class to see things in a different perspective. “I think that it made us more open-minded because we never really thought of some things being as unfair as people might think,” Ben-H...

Students to live in Israel

The Alexander Muss students leave for Israel on Nov. 27. They will return two months later in Jan. 2019.

Gabriel Kaplan

November 25, 2018

When junior David Khabie found out about Alexander Muss High School in Israel, he said he was intrigued. “My freshman year, I went to an Alexander Muss meeting and it really stood out to me as it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and just sounded so interesting and fun,” Khabie said. “That’s w...

Jewish community faces omni-religious issue

Jewish community faces omni-religious issue

Ruby Stillman

September 7, 2018

When I found out Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, a prominent leader in the St. Louis Park Jewish community, was arrested in February, I was shocked. I was even more astonished to discover a sting operation had caught him inappropriately corresponding with and sending explicit materials to an official posed as a minor th...

Park Rabbi arrested, charged in underage sex sting

Rabbi Aryeh Leiv Cohen was employed by the Kollel until he was terminated after his July 31 charge.

Amaia Barajas and Grace Farley

September 6, 2018

Cohen, a prominent figure in the Orthodox Jewish community in St. Louis Park and Minneapolis was arrested Feb. 1 for two counts of sexual misconduct in Ramsey County, according to St. Paul Police. According to the St. Paul Police report, Cohen, allegedly engaging in electronic communication relating...

Opinion: Ilhan Omar, a luke-warm candidate

A sign advocating for the election of Ilhan Omar for congress stands in the lawn of a St. Louis Park resident.

Gabriel Kaplan

August 21, 2018

State Representative Ilhan Omar will be able to serve the 5th Congressional District using a national voice unlike that of any recent 5th District representative, but her past comments on Israel are concerning. Following Omar’s Democratic Primary win on August 14, the candidate is on track to beco...

JSU discusses, celebrates Purim

JSU discusses, celebrates Purim

Isaac Wert

March 19, 2018

This past month, the Jewish Student Union (JSU) learned about the Jewish holiday of Purim, celebrating when the Jews resisted oppression from the Persian empire, which senior Ruchama Borg described as a fun holiday. “(Purim) seems like a very simplistic holiday, one that would be physical, beca...

Anti-semitic chyron sparks unneeded outrage

Anti-semitic chyron sparks unneeded outrage

Racquel Fhima

December 30, 2017

According to, on Nov. 21, CNN was slammed for running chyron “Alt-right Founder Questions if Jews are People” underneath their guests. Richard Spencer said “One wonders if these people are people at all, or instead soulless golem.” After receiving this harsh backlash from the ch...

Israel Advocacy club focuses on new year

Steve Hunegs addresses the Israel Advocacy Club Feb. 8. Hunegs discussed his work and students' connection to Israel.

Hayley Westwood, Breanna Thompson, and David Bryant

October 13, 2017

According to club president junior Dani Orloff, from a discussion group to a group of activists, the Israel Advocacy club sets its attention to political and social issues in Israel as they advocate for change. “Israel Advocacy club is the first of its kind in the Midwest, it's to teach students...

Kosher restaurant brings variety to community

Kosher restaurant brings variety to community

Noah Betz-Richman, Staff Writer

January 29, 2013

Vitali's bistro provides new option for Jewish families Junior Jake Segal will have a new place to spend time with friends and eat Kosher food with the opening of Vitali’s Bistro on Minnetonka Boulevard, down the street from City Hall. The restaurant opened Jan. 3, in the space previously oc...

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