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Rachel Weiss

The phrase, “L’Chaim” in Hebrew has new meaning for me after being in Israel on the NYL trip this year. It is a phrase we use when we are celebrating something new, a time of the week, an experience, a life-cycle event, or just a drink with friends. The NYL trip...

Director, Endowments and Planning Giving

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis is growing and seeking talented individuals to join our dynamic organization. If you’re seeking a challenging position with an exciting organization dedicated to feed the hungry, educate students of all ages, care for the young and...

To all the friends of the Megiddo Regional Council

Here is a message we just received from the Mayor of our partner region in Israel.   To all the friends of the Megiddo Regional Council, We in Israel are now in the 17th day of Operation “Preventive Edge” against the Hammas Terrorists in the Gaza...

Remarks from Community Briefing

Adapted from my remarks delivered at the Jewish Federation’s community briefing July 21 at the Kopolow Building. Less than three weeks ago our community gathered to memorialize three boys who had been kidnapped and killed because of who they were and what they...

Direct from Israel: The needs we must meet

It is Monday night, and I am about to return to St. Louis after attending a Jewish Federation of North America mission of 120 people from around the United States to see firsthand how the work we do helps those in need in Israel and abroad.  None of us could have ever...

St. Louis in Israel – Circus Edition

This past week, Circus Harmony’s St. Louis Arches, an inspirational youth circus troupe, traveled to Israel with their Peace Through Pyramids program. This program is a collaboration between Circus Harmony’s St. Louis Arches and the Galilee Circus, a Jewish/Arab youth...

From Israel: the situation here and now

I am sitting in Jerusalem watching the light of the setting sun reflect against the walls of Old City.  Children are playing in a full pool beneath my hotel window.  I have been on a Jewish Federations of North America mission of 120 people from around the United...

The Mission Begins

We arrived safely and had a wonderful day walking around Athens yesterday. The mission began today with a talk by the community’s president Minos Moissis at the Beit Shalom synagogue in Athens (first two pics below).  The talk focused on the growing needs of the...

Senior Prom and Investment in Human Capital

I have spoken a lot about the likely exodus of young professionals from our community over the last 20-25 years.  One consequence of this trend is that we now have seniors whose children and grandchildren are no longer living near them.  This means they are aging...

JFNA Statement on Murder Arrests

The Jewish Federations of North America condemn the brutal murder of 16-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, and is appalled by the heinous nature of this crime. We commend the Israeli Police for the swift arrests, and have full confidence that the Israeli...