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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…

Plans for a New World-Class Holocaust Museum Announced

Lessons of History Must Never Be Forgotten   The St. Louis Holocaust Museum & Learning Center today commemorated its 25th year with the announcement of a new world-class facility. Holocaust survivors, local dignitaries and religious leaders gathered to unveil the museum design for the state-of-the-art facility on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The $18 million project…

Discovering Differences series promotes diversity dialogue for young families

Kol Rinah Young Families, PJ Library, the ADL, and We Stories are teaming up to facilitate Discovering Differences, a dialogue about diversity, racial equality, and inclusion – all through a Jewish lens. This three-part series will include sessions for both parents and children. This series is geared toward children up to 5 years old and…

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…