Category: Miscellaneous

Day 2 – Building Israel’s Future

By Rachel Thimangu Today we took a winding path in and around Tel Aviv, hearing stories of people who set out in one direction, but detoured to another. A few dozen young people who wanted to start a kibbutz, but wound up (literally) underground making bullets for...

Desolate, it wasn’t

by Rachel Thimangu I doubt that our guide at the Biblical Landscape Reserve, Neot Kedumim, knew that Mark Twain hailed from Missouri — or that we do — when he quoted the renowned writer to us in the hills overlooking Tel Aviv. Mark Twain, as it turns out, declared...

Making a Leap of Faith

by Rachel Thimangu As 10 of us prepared to embark for Israel by listening to the memories and advice of others who had gone before, one thing became clear: We’re not just taking a trip. We’re making a leap of faith. Trust the system. Trust each other. Trust Mindee...

Why is Federation betting on the future of the Light?

Three-year plan aims to secure a sustainable path forward for Jewish community newspaper By Gerry Greiman and Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D. Our mission at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis is clear: mobilize the Jewish community and its resources to preserve and enhance...

Remarks on the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of Israel

The remarks below were prepared for delivery at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ (Federation) Major Donor recognition event held on April 23, 2018, with over 200 supporters present. The remarks followed Alon Ben-Gurion, the grandson of Israel’s first Prime Minister...

Jewish Federation Wants to Hear From You

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 9:47 am on STLJewishLight.com  From 9:30 to 11:00 am on Sunday, Dec. 3, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis will hold an open town hall meeting to discuss its proposed strategic plan at Congregation Shaare Emeth.  I hope you will...

Hard Topics About Israel Demand Open Discussion

Posted: Thursday, November 23, 2017 7:22 am on STLJewishLight.com Last week, the student government at the University of Michigan voted to support divestment from companies that operate in Israel. The vote could be seen as a significant success of the Boycott,...

Initiatives from the Planning & Allocations Department

Jewish Early Childhood Programs The 2014 St. Louis Jewish Community Study found that only 16% of children ages 0-4 in Jewish households are enrolled in a Jewish early childhood program. We believe that Jewish early childhood is often the first connection for families...

Join Us for a Groundbreaking on October 22….

On October 22 we will be honoring the visionary investors who have provided the funds for a renovation of the Federation’s Kopolow Building.  Built in 1981, the building’s skeleton and foundation are strong, but its insides are in need of significant...