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Interest: Israel Trips

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…

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…