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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day Events 2021

The Jewish community has a variety of events scheduled in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Here are some you may be interested in attending virtually:   Jewish Federations of North America In Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we are recommitting ourselves to acts of service. Below is a list of…

Groundbreaking marks start of construction on St. Louis’ new $21 million Holocaust Museum

Museum’s New Name Honors St. Louis Holocaust Survivors’ Families  (St. Louis, November 17, 2020) – At a virtual groundbreaking Sunday, dignitaries celebrated a new future and a new name for St. Louis’ Holocaust Museum. The new, greatly expanded Museum will be known as the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum in honor of the families of Gloria Kaplan…

An Open Letter to our Community and Jews of Color

Black lives matter. We begin here with this most fundamental acknowledgement of the inherent worth of your existence, the recognition of your most basic humanity, and the fact that we are all created in the image of the divine (b’tselem elohim). And we say this with a heavy heart knowing that these words need to…

Pursuing the ideal of justice

By Brian Herstig, President & CEO, Jewish Federation of St. Louis Over Memorial Day weekend, unspeakable actions occurred in my adopted hometown of Minneapolis, shocking and horrifying many into a natural desire to speak out against the recurring injustices. While those statements may make people feel better, they often do little for those impacted. I…

Collaborative Community Scholar-in-Residence Experience to feature teacher Noam Zion

The Center for Jewish Learning, Central Reform Congregation, and Shaare Emeth will present a Collaborative Community Scholar-in-Residence Experience March 12-15 featuring Master Scholar and Teacher Noam Zion. Zion is a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. His publications have focused on empowering families to create their own pluralistic Judaism celebrations of the holidays…

Renowned Klezmer musician and Jewish music scholar plans St. Louis concert, lecture and music jam

A special series of events focusing on the revival of Eastern European Jewish music is coming to St. Louis in March. First, on Sunday, March 29, Hankus Netsky, Founder and Director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Music Director for Itzhak Perlman’s Jewish music projects, will perform with violinist and vocalist Eden MacAdam-Somer for a…

Expert on Jewish approaches to medical ethics to give Boniuk-Tanzman lecture

The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and the Center for Jewish Learning will present the Boniuk-Tanzman Memorial Lecture on Jewish Medical Ethics on Feb. 20. Dr. Daniel Eisenberg will discuss “Designer Babies and Choosing Disabilities: Ethical Considerations of Deliberately Creating a Disabled Child by IVF.” Eisenberg is an assistant professor of Diagnostic…