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Category: Miscellaneous

Guest Blogger: Leigh McDonald

Our journey in Jerusalem wrapped up today as we left our hotel and headed to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and museum. There we were lead by Mordechai, who shared personal stories from his family’s experiences as he led our group around the extremely...

Can’t We Just Take Our Rafts All The Way To Jerusalem?

Waking up this morning, we boarded our bus for a very full day. Our first stop, an overlook of the Syrian border provided us with a realistic understanding of the proximity of Israel to its border countries. After a drive past Israeli soliders in training, we saw two...

To Infinity and Beyond (ie The Galilee)

After a night of much needed rest at our hotel on the banks of the Kinneret, we got up bright and early to go to Tzfat to learn about Kabbalah and the generations of students who have studied there.  Our first introduction to the mystical side of Judaism was through...

From the Heartland to the Holy Land

Nothing gets the juices going like hearing Hebrew even before you arrive in Israel, but as we sat at JFK in, surrounded by three other birthright groups set to depart on our plane, the Hebrew language was all around us.  From the other passengers to the EL AL security...

Andrea Kass

Andrea Kass has been giving since she had her first paid job. “My family has always been involved in giving,” she says. “I felt good about being able to contribute myself, not just through my parents. It was significant to me.” It is also important to Kass, a student...

Spring 2013 STL Community Birthright Trip Itinerary

It’s already less than one week to go before we leave for Israel!!!  I cannot believe how quickly May 27th got here.  For the last couple weeks, we [staff and participants alike] have devoted a lot of time to pre-trip orientations, packing lists, flight booking...

Disabilities & Our Community

Disabilities support is essential to the creation of decent and just communities.  Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1991, all aspects of American society have been sensitized to these issues.  Our sidewalk curbs are cut to allow...

Thrive Live Recap

On Sunday, April 28, Federation held the “Thrive LIVE!” gala, thanking donors and celebrating the community, with entertainment by Jason Alexander (from Seinfeld). The event also marked the retirement of my predecessor, Barry Rosenberg. Barry devoted 35 years in...

A Conversation With St. Louis Magazine

Shortly after I was chosen as President and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis, St. Louis Magazine asked to interview me. The interview was published in the May issue of the magazine. Click through this link to learn a bit more about why I decided to pursue the...