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Film explores controversial topic of Holocaust humor

The final 2019 Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series screening will take on the controversial topic of “Is the Holocaust funny?” The Last Laugh, directed by Ferne Pearlstein, looks at the taboo topic of humor, delving deep into pop-culture to find out where to draw the line, and whether that is a desirable…

Hear for Good on the Rocket Attacks Against Israel

As the violence in Israel and Gaza developed this week, our Hear for Good podcast taped a special episode to update our community on developments and Federation’s involvement with organizations providing aid to those affected. Host Karen Sher interviewed Mindee Fredman, who recently returned from a trip to Israel, and on Skype, Michael Oberlander, who was Federation’s Chief Philanthropy Officer and recently moved to Israel.

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival Returns

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is one of the largest and most respected festivals of its kind in the country. Now in its 41st year, the Festival returns Nov. 3 with famed fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi kicking off the fortnight of nationally known speakers who are either Jewish or writing on Jewish themes. In this episode, Karen Sher, Federation’s Vice President of Community Engagement, talks with Amy Bornstein, Festival Director, about this year’s Festival and the year-round work that went into putting it together.

Poverty Simulator: It’s Not a Game

To put a spotlight on the issues those in poverty encounter every day, Congregation Temple Israel will host a community action poverty simulation experience in conjunction with National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis. In this episode, Karen Sher, Federation’s Vice President of Community Engagement, talks with Nancy Litz, one of the co-chairs of the simulation event, and Felice Joyce, vice president for advocacy for the local section of NCJW, about the simulation and poverty in the St. Louis Jewish community.

Shaked Blog – October 2, 2019

What a week I had! Full of activities and events, as I love! I had Sunday school at Shaare Emeth, and taught at 4 classes- 2 of 4th graders and 1 of 5th graders in which we learned a bit more about Israel’s geography and we played Jeopardy including the categories of: Shinshin, Jerusalem, History…

Guy Blog – October 2, 2019

I’m so glad I had such an amazing week! So what did I do?? On Sunday I had Sunday school at Bnai Amoona. We had such a good time together! I did an activity about the Israeli slang and it went well. The kids learned some new words in Hebrew. On Tuesday I spent all my day…

Guy Blog – September 23, 2019

Hello everyone. My name is Guy, I am from Israel, and I am the new Shinshin at United Hebrew and Bnai Amoona. The decision to become a Shinshin through the Jewish Agency came to me one year ago. The process to get accepted into the program was so long: it took over six months of…

Shaked Blog – September 23, 2019

How do you measure a year? In seconds? Months? Maybe moments and memories? And how do you measure 3 years? I measured my last 3 years by anticipation. The anticipation to make a dream come true. To be a shinshinit outside of Israel. To live and act in a Jewish community abroad. To feel it, learn from…

Center for Jewish Learning Announces New 2019-2020 Courses

The Center for Jewish Learning (CJL) invites everyone to discover the richness of Jewish learning through our 2019-2020 Adult Education courses. CJL, a division of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, offers a wide selection of courses for adults with varied interests and backgrounds. All classes are taught by experienced teachers who welcome and value…

The Washington Institute’s David Makovsky will present update on Israel elections, peace plan

The Jewish Community Relations Council, in collaboration with the Center for Jewish Learning and Congregation B’nai Amoona, will present Israel Updates: Elections, Peace Plan, and What’s Next? An Evening with David Makovsky of The Washington Institute, Director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations. The talk will take place at Congregation B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason…