The Little Minyan’s spiritual leader, Jessica Shimberg, was featured in a January, 2015 article about new year’s resolutions in The Columbus Dispatch. She has also been covered by the Dispatch several times for her food justice advocacy as an ally of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and a “tomato rabbi” with the North American Jewish clergy organization, T’ruah.
The Little Minyan was featured in the Columbus Dispatch in August 2013, when a story ran about our annual pre-Rosh Hashanah apple orchard and ice cream extravaganza, in an article entitled Apple Picking Outing Helps Congregation Find Core of Jewish New Year.
The Little Minyan’s Education Program was featured in the Faith & Values section of the Columbus Dispatch in the spring of 2009. The article and a podcast of Dispatch religion reporter Meridith Heagney interviewing Little Minyan co-founder, Jessica Shimberg, are available on the Dispatch website. The conversation begins about 7 minutes into the podcast labeled “Little Minyans.”
Members in the News
Members of The Little Minyan are also involved in efforts around the city and beyond to repair the world/tikkun olam.
In October 2012, our Spiritual Life Coordinator, Jessica Shimberg, travelled to Immokalee, Florida with T’ruah (formerly Rabbis for Human Rights-North America) to learn more about the Campaign for Fair Food and the human rights work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). One of many ally organizations, T’ruah has been bringing rabbis to Immokalee to increase awareness of human rights abuses occurring in and around the agricultural industry (specifically in the tomato fields of Florida). Upon returning to Columbus, Jessica connected with other allies in Columbus and continues to work with CIW and the local Ohio Fair Foods group. Their work to encourage Ohio-based Kroger and Wendy’s was featured in The Columbus Dispatch in December, 2012, and again in January, 2014, quoting Shimberg, who also serves as an Associate Chaplain at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Members, Rose and Ron Solomon are hard at work with their neighborhood just north and east of The Ohio State University campus. A January 2013 article in The Columbus Dispatch details work the Solomons and others in their neighborhood are doing to restore the natural setting of the Iuka ravine, a hidden treasure in Columbus’ fairly flat landscape. Restoration and reforestation efforts are underway.