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Update on Conversion Legislation from JFNA

Please see below Leadership Briefing from JFNA (source): As many of you are aware, in recent weeks we have been closely monitoring a developing – and delicate – situation in Israel. Member of Knesset Elazar Stern (from Tzippy Livni’s Hatnua Party), has proposed a bill that attempts to liberalize the process of conversions in Israel….

Rubin Israel Experience Accepting Applications for No-Cost Israel Trip

Seventh year for the trip for 27- to 45-year-old St. Louisans who have never been to Israel Applications are now open for the seventh 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 want to see Israel in a fun…

St. Louis Leadership visit Yokneam Megiddo

By Bernice Malka, Living Bridge Coordinator Originally posted here. No one could miss  the excitement on the faces of Mr. Tom Green and Mr. Simon Alfassi Yokneam mayor when they recently met again  at city hall. Some 18 years ago, it was Mr. Tom Green who encouraged the Jewish Federation of St. Louis to partner with…

Rubin Family Foundation Brings Wexner Heritage Program to St. Louis

Two-year intensive program for young leaders deepens Jewish knowledge and confidence and inspires participants to exercise transformative leadership in the Jewish community Ron and Pam Rubin and the Rubin Family Foundation are extremely pleased to collaborate with The Wexner Foundation and Jewish Federation of St. Louis to bring the 2015–2017 Wexner Heritage Program to St….

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…

Running, Meeting and Eating: Two days in Jerusalem

Our GA Mission has gotten off to a great start and I will be blogging about it starting today.  I arrived on Wednesday morning , November 6, and I already have a lot of catching up! Rahna Barthelmess (Marketing Director), Stephen Cohen (VP, Planning and Allocation) arrived on Wednesday. The flight was uneventful and our…

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…

Rachel Pereles

Rachel Pereles has always been passionate about Federation. “Federation has touched every part of my life—from JCC summer camps to youth groups to going to Israel to Hillel on my college campus, Federation has always been there,” she says. Now Rachel, having recently become the interim campaign director for Jewish Federation of St. Louis, says…