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A Newcomer’s Observations at the Wall

This is a guest blog from Rahna Barthelmess, Director of Marketing for Jewish Federation of St. Louis After a full day of touring other sites throughout Jerusalem, some of my colleagues decided to take me to the Western Wall.  It was an impromptu idea for an after dinner activity.  One of the women carried notes…

The Philanthropy of a Child

This is a guest blog post by Rahna Barthelmess, Director of Marketing for Jewish Federation of St. Louis It was a hurried morning, getting everyone up and off to school while trying to finish preparations for my first trip to Israel.  My 13-year-old daughter Brittany came in and asked, “So, where are you going first?” …

People Meeting People

By Bernice Malka, Living Bridge Coordinator Originally posted here. Sunny  autumn weather welcomed the Rubinites as they arrived to Elyakim army base, their first stop at the Yokneam Megiddo partnership. Archi, the local training officer briefed us  about the training base and its role in practicing combat with terrorist organizations, especially in Lebanon. As we were…

Non-Religious Shabbat?

I’ve been speaking about the need to support secular approaches to Jewish lifecycle events even as we support our traditional religious institutions.  Here’s a great example of integrating a religious practice for the secular or non-religious, a Technology Shabbat:  

Jewish Federation Awards $30,000 in Grants to Innovators

Eight local ideas for Jewish education and engagement projects chosen for funding from 73 submissions  Jewish Federation of St. Louis announces it has named eight recipients as the first cohort for the 2013 Innovation Grants. Their eight projects, which address Jewish education and engagement, will receive a total of $30,000 for funding and were chosen from…

Federation Bringing in Israel Expert for Discussion on Media Bias

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is bringing in Neil Lazarus, an internationally acclaimed expert on Middle East politics, to speak at two events on the subject “Is the Media Biased Against Israel?” on Tuesday, November 12. Lazarus, known for blending humor with serious topics, will analyze the difficulties Israel faces in the international media. Speaking…

Celebrating a Future of Diversity

When all 165 students at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School recently gathered to welcome visitors with song, the school’s head, Cheryl Maayan, was filled with hope about how vibrant and beautiful the Jewish future could be. “We’re a pluralistic school, but we’re one community, one family,” she says. “Not only do we respect diversity, we’re…