Shared Experiences: Jewish Women and Small Communities


On Sunday, May 23rd at 2 PM Panel moderator and musical guest, Elisa Korenne will lead a panel of Jewish women who grew up in small communities to explore their experiences. Elisa is a city girl who moved from Brooklyn, New York—a metropolis with a population of 8.25 million—to New York Mills, Minnesota, a nook of a town with a population of 1,197, where she is the only Jew. This event will be held on Zoom and event registration is required. Register here. This is a 3 part series where we will hear from amazing women as they recall their life experiences as Jews from small towns across the region. Our moderator will host three discussions in the coming months, the first on May 23. Each event will feature new guests panelists. About Elisa Korenne:

Elisa Korenne, a Yale Graduate and award-winning songwriter is known for her original songs about oddballs in history, left New York City in 2006 to be an artist-in-residence in rural west-central Minnesota. Since becoming a Minnesotan, Korenne has become known as a pioneering rural artist. Gull Lake TEDx chose Korenne to be a featured speaker at their April 2017 conference. Prairie Public Television in Fargo, North Dakota commissioned her to create songs and appear in a series of ten mini-music documentaries of unusual people and events in the Upper Midwest. Subjects include controversial politico A.C. Townley, health-insurance saleswoman Sister “Lumberjack” Amata Mackett, and Mail Order Bride Rachel Calof. She began her music career in 2001 after leaving her role at the international development nonprofit she cofounded, Geekcorps. An alternate Peacecorps for technology professionals building businesses in developing countries.