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Interest: Inclusion

An Open Letter to our Community and Jews of Color

Black lives matter. We begin here with this most fundamental acknowledgement of the inherent worth of your existence, the recognition of your most basic humanity, and the fact that we are all created in the image of the divine (b’tselem elohim). And we say this with a heavy heart knowing that these words need to…

Pursuing the ideal of justice

By Brian Herstig, President & CEO, Jewish Federation of St. Louis Over Memorial Day weekend, unspeakable actions occurred in my adopted hometown of Minneapolis, shocking and horrifying many into a natural desire to speak out against the recurring injustices. While those statements may make people feel better, they often do little for those impacted. I…

Women’s Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged accepting grants for programs aiding Jewish elderly

The Women’s Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged, a supporting foundation of Jewish Federation of St. Louis, is now accepting applications for its 2020 funding cycle from St. Louis area 501(c)(3) organizations. Established in 2014 through a generous commitment from the Women’s Auxiliary for the Jewish Aged, the Foundation is focused on providing financial support through…

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…

Poet, author Joy Ladin explores Torah through the lens of transgender experience

The Center for Jewish Learning presents Community Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Joy Ladin for a trio of events to discuss her poetry, her most recent book “The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective,” and to facilitate a learning session entitled “Reading Torah Through the Lens of Transgender Experience.” In 2007, Joy…

Food Pantry Offers Evening Hours and Additional Privacy for Jewish Households

The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (HKJFP), a program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS), is offering evening appointments to Jewish individuals and families experiencing food insecurity and hunger. The food pantry has been serving the local community for 28 years, providing nutritious food to over 6,000 pantry guests each month, including both Jewish…

HMLC Honored with Brotherhood Sisterhood Award

The National Council of Community and Justice has presented its Brotherhood Sisterhood Award to the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center. Jean Cavender, Director of the Museum, joined the Jewish Federation of St. Louis President & CEO Andrew Rehfeld in accepting the award during ceremonies on June 12. “We are honored to be recognized by NCCJ,…

Jewish Federation of St. Louis Hosts Meeting about Housing for Jewish Individuals with Disabilities in St. Louis

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is bringing in the Center for Independent Futures (CIF) from Evanston, IL to work with families to explore community based living options locally for Jewish individuals with disabilities. CIF offers a training, called the New Futures Initiative, which provides a road map to guide interested families on their paths toward the…

Jewish Federation of St. Louis Awards $50,000 to Inclusive Programs in the Jewish Community in 2017

Jewish Federation of St. Louis has awarded $50,000 in grants to 14 Jewish schools, agencies and congregations for inclusive programs. This is the third year that the Jewish Federation of St. Louis has allocated Mini Grants in order to help Jewish organizations eliminate barriers for full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families in…