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Women’s Philanthropy “Shower Our Community With Love”
Wednesday, April 17, 7pm @ Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School

Bracelets Encircle Israeli Girls with Love

Diane Katzman knows that one volunteer can make the world a better place, especially when it comes to the most vulnerable. “After my most recent trip to Israel, I knew my involvement was making a difference,” she says.

One program in Israel that Katzman, president of Diane Katzman Design, was moved to help is Orr Shalom. Orr Shalom is Israel’s largest non-profit organization providing residential and therapeutic services to children and youth at risk who have been removed from their homes by the social welfare services due to severe abuse and/or neglect. Since 1980, Orr Shalom has been giving loving homes to Israel’s most vulnerable children, enabling them to overcome their pasts, break the cycle of violence and grow into productive, independent adults.

To help the girls in the program, Katzman is donating beads for a bracelet she designed for the girls of Orr Shalom. The bracelet will be made by participants of Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Women’s Philanthropy fifth annual Shower Our Community with Love event. “I call it the Golden Ore bracelet,” says Katzman. “The bracelet features gold ore encapsulated in a glass heart to remind us that we must encircle those most vulnerable as we work to repair the world through Tikkun Olam.”

Women's Philanthropy Shower 2013

The Shower will be held Wednesday, April 17 at 7 pm at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School. In addition to the bracelet project, participants will pack basic care packages for families in need at the JCC Early Childhood Center and make blankets for participants at the JCC Adult Day Services Program, and crafting bracelets for displaced girls who are part of the Orr Shalom residential program in Israel. Dessert and wine will be served. The cost is $10, and donations of baby items will be taken at the door. The event is chaired by Anna Reby Bertman and Lisa Suffian. To register, go to www.jewishinstlouis.org/womensphilanthropy.  For more information, please call 314-442-3806 or email jlitwack@jfedstl.org.