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Shabbat Shuvah 2015

From Rabbi Deana Sussman, Central Reform Congregation What is the first word that comes to your head when I say “return?” Some of us might think of returning an item, like clothes to a store. Some of us may think of returning home to the family and friends that we love. Some of us may…

The Rubin Israel Experience Accepting Applications

The Rubin Israel Experience is Accepting Applications for a No-Cost Trip to Israel Join 27- to 45-year-old St. Louisans who have never been to Israel Applications are now open for The Rubin Israel Experience, an all-expense-paid trip for young adults who have never been to Israel. Ten spots are available for potential community leaders who…

Scholarship Opportunities for Teen Travel to Israel

The Central Agency for Jewish Education and Jewish Federation of St. Louis announce the availability of Israel Travel Grants for teens and young adults traveling to Israel for a peer-based educational experience. Through the generosity of Jewish Federation, the new travel grant is available to all teens upon completion of 9th grade and to young…

Ed Reggi

My husband Scott Emanuel and I were fortunate to join Federation’s 2014 Interfaith Couples Trip to Israel.  This was not my first time in Israel but it was the first time for Scott.  From my first shehecheyanu in Israel, I had always wanted to return with my spouse in the hopes that he could have the…

Rachel Weiss

The phrase, “L’Chaim” in Hebrew has new meaning for me after being in Israel on the NYL trip this year. It is a phrase we use when we are celebrating something new, a time of the week, an experience, a life-cycle event, or just a drink with friends. The NYL trip brought this phrase to…

Direct from Israel: The needs we must meet

It is Monday night, and I am about to return to St. Louis after attending a Jewish Federation of North America mission of 120 people from around the United States to see firsthand how the work we do helps those in need in Israel and abroad.  None of us could have ever anticipated that our…

The Mission Begins

We arrived safely and had a wonderful day walking around Athens yesterday. The mission began today with a talk by the community’s president Minos Moissis at the Beit Shalom synagogue in Athens (first two pics below).  The talk focused on the growing needs of the community–Greece has been particularly hard hit by the economic decline….

Carole Simon

Carole Simon remembers when she was young that her father was involved in Federation and was always talking about its importance. In high school, she gathered with other students and walked door to door soliciting assigned homes. After college and getting married, Simon became involved in the first Young Women’s Council for Education offered by…