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Mohamed Fahilli, Director of the Clore Jewish-Arab Center in Akko

Jewish Community Relations Council, Central Reform Congregation, Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community, and the Center for Jewish Learning present


Mohamed Fahilli

Director of the Clore Jewish-Arab Center in Akko

Mohamed shares his extraordinary personal story and history of the Clore Jewish-Arab Center in Akko


Offered on two dates:

Monday, March 18, at 7 pm

Kaplan Feldman Complex
12 Millstone Campus Dr., 63146

Tuesday, March 19, at 7 pm

Central Reform Congregation
5020 Waterman Blvd., 63108

Mohamed is a native of Akko. He has an extraordinary personal story in which Israeli and American Jewish philanthropy played a huge role in shaping his path and that of his family, prompting him to devote his life and work to helping others – Arab and Jewish – and promoting harmony between the communities. A summer job he had as a boy at a neighboring Kibbutz ended up providing weekly surplus of food to his family, which in turn enabled them to send two older daughters to study. He also (secretly) joined the Zionist Tsofim. He went to study in the US where he worked for a Jewish philanthropist in Houston, who further helped him and his family. When he returned to Israel, he decided to open a community center to support Akko’s struggling families, both Jewish and Arab, which he still does to this day.

For additional information, contact Kathy Schmeltz at or 314-442-3761.

Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series is generously funded by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

The Sh’ma: Listen! Speakers Series promotes engagement with a wide spectrum of ideas as a means to deepen our community’s education and commitment to Jewish life. The views expressed by speakers are their own and not necessarily those of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis or the Center for Jewish Learning.

Sh’ma: Listen! Advisory Committee Chair
Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman

Rabbi Tracy Nathan, Senior Educator, Center for Jewish Learning
Cyndee Levy, Director, Center for Jewish Learning

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Gerald P. Greiman, Board Chair
Andrew Rehfeld, President & CEO



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