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Women’s Philanthropy mission trip to Chicago

Women’s Philanthropy recently returned from a meaningful mission trip to Chicago filled with Jewish learning and bonding. Highlights of the trip included a tour of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center on Holocaust Remembrance Day and hearing from David Prystowsky, former head of Chicago’s JCRC, about anti-Semitism in the world today and how Federation…

A Passover Message for 2015

Tomorrow evening, millions of Jews around the world will gather for Passover. Our tradition encourages us to imagine that we ourselves were once slaves in Egypt. The Haggadah helps us remember the story, evoking memories of those who are no longer here, those who shaped who we are and who we will yet be. These are…

St. Louis Yom HaShoah Commemoration April 19

“Liberation and Survival: Where do I go now?” will be the focus of Yom HaShoah commemoration on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The Holocaust Remembrance Day event will feature eyewitness accounts of the Shoah from survivors and witnesses. The program will also include a traditional candle-lighting service, Holocaust Torah procession, liturgical readings and prayers. Join the…

Wow!–Powerful video you should watch

I was really moved by the video below that expresses in a powerful way the value and virtues of being part of the Jewish people.  The video was made for Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Diaspora, one of my favorite museums when I first went to Israel in 1983.   I am grateful to Michael Litwack, Past…

Standing for Justice

A new exhibit opened Sunday, Feb. 9 in our Kopolow Building Atrium. “Standing for Justice II: 1950-1980: Documentation From the St. Louis Jewish Community Archives,” is a collaboration between the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center (HMLC), the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library, and the Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations at the Jewish…

Yossi Klein HaLevi

Thanks to the initiative of Federation Director Rabbi Susan Talve, and the collaboration of Rabbis Jim Bennet and Carnie Rose, the Federation Board of Directors is co-sponsoring the visit by Yossi Klein HaLevi on Monday and Tuesday nights, December 8 and 9. YKH will be speaking about his new widely reviewed book Like Dreamers: The story…

“Swastika Rehabilitation Day”

Last week Karen Areosty, regional director of the ADL, sent out an official bulletin alerting the community to the celebration of “Swastika Rehabilitation Day.” (See their blog here) The celebration is being coordinated by a group interested in rehabilitating the swastika from its Nazi past, reclaiming that symbol’s meaning of “good luck” that it had in the Asian…