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Milton and Merle Goldstein

The children of Milton and Merle Goldstein wanted to honor their late parents’ memories by bringing together things the couple was passionate about. “Our parents believed so deeply in the power of pluralism and education as a gateway to opportunity,” says Joel K. Goldstein. “They achieved the American dream. Their parents were immigrants, but both…

Making Connections in a Vibrant Community

April Levison thinks the St. Louis Jewish community is a wonderful place to raise her children. “It’s like an extended family,” says the mom of 5-year-old twins Cole and David and 2-year-old Spencer. With three active boys, it helps that there are a lot of activities in which the family can take part. “We swim…

Friends and Family from St. Louis Visit Partnership Region Right Before Pesach

Bernice Malka, Living Bridge Coordinator Who would have thought that the week before Pessach would  be so busy with fabulous guests from St. Louis? The Goldberg family joined the children in Bait Cham in arts and crafts activity drawing on T-shirts. After five minutes Jennifer(12) and Lauren(11) were communicating with the other kids in English…

Federation Gala “Thrive LIVE!” to Feature Jason Alexander

Sunday, April 28, 7pm Peabody Opera House Event celebrates the St. Louis Jewish Community Jewish Federation of St. Louis announced it has booked award-winning actor, singer and comedian Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld” fame to headline its Thrive LIVE! Gala on April 28 at 7 pm. The gala is a donor appreciation event that will allow…

Nicki Kruger

When Nicki Kruger, 45, and her husband moved to St. Louis from Iowa, she didn’t know a soul. With three young children, Gabi, 10, Benjamin, 6, and Shauni, 4, Nicki knew it would be important to find a community that her family could join. And she wanted that community to be part of the Jewish…

CAJE & Jewish Federation Offer Needs-Blind Grants for Camp Through Partnership with Foundation for Jewish Camp

$1,000 Available for First Time Campers through One Happy Camper Program The challenge of passing along Jewish connection and commitment to the next generation has become one of the most important concerns of the American Jewish community. Based on CAMP WORKS, a study by the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) examining the long term impact…

Michelle Siler

Two mornings a week, Michelle Siler, 49, drops her father, Merle Friedman, 86, off at the Adult Day Center at the JCC at 9 a.m. Her husband, Patrick, picks him up at 4 p.m. The JCC Adult Day Center gives Michelle, a costume designer, some relief during the day. With its social and recreational programs in…

Michelle Hoberman

Michelle Hoberman, CEO and President of Effortless Events by Michelle, is a huge fan of many of  Jewish Federation’s programs, projects and activities for our children and families. One of her favorites is the PJ Library program which sends free monthly Jewish-themed books to  her kids. There are so many good aspects to the program, she…

Emily

Two years ago, Emily, 34, was laid-off from her high-paying health care job. At the same time, her husband was fired. Severely depressed, he walked out on Emily and their two kids. Soon after, Emily lost her house in Chesterfield and couldn’t afford to feed the kids. She panicked until mustering the courage to call…