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Shaked Blog – March 2, 2020

Shalom everyone, Here is how my last week for my first 6 months here has been: I also had a long weekend, which I took pretty chill. On Friday I had a meeting with Cynthia and Guy at the Federation and this is pretty much what I did that day. On Saturday I went for…

Blog from Israel Trip – February 28, 2020

Day 5 Written by Shira Berkowitz  We continued to delve into the experience of shared society in Israel by visiting with nonprofits each that address the unique historical multifaceted infrastructure issues that leave its societal islands separate. The Interagency Taskforce met with us at Lod, to explore the city’s unique history and provide context to…

Blog from Israel Trip – February 27, 2020

Day 4 Written by Sherri Frank Weintrop and Shira Berkowitz We made it to Jerusalem! The morning started as all mornings start in Israel with an amazing Israeli breakfast. Our first meeting was with the Shalom Hartman Institute an Israeli think tank that we support. We learned about a unique program to create systematic change through…

Blog from Israel Trip – February 25, 2020

Written by Sue Matloff Day 3 We started the day meeting with Telem, a one-year, post-army training program for Ethiopians. Telem is not a program in which the Federation currently invests. The program empowers them to create a good productive life and help kibbutzim.The program is active in many of the 257 kibbutz movements and…

Blog from Israel Trip – February 23, 2020

Written by Burt Garland Our trip got off to a great – and, of course, jam-packed – start. After a hearty and delicious breakfast (complete with Shakshuka) at the Tal By The Beach in Tel Aviv, we took a short drive to Beit Hatfutshot – The Museum of the Jewish People. There we learned about…

Shaked Blog – February 12, 2020

Hi everyone, My past weekend was pretty chill. On Friday I met Guy at the federation and we worked on our presentation for this Friday, about my Kibbutz and his Moshav.  After that we met Cynthia for lunch.  After the lunch I went to Shaare Emeth to organize stuff for my activities on Sunday, for…

Guy Blog – February 19, 2020

Hello everyone! I’d like to share with you all about my week. On Sunday I had Sunday school at both of my congregation – UH & BA. At BA I had a great activity about Israeli slang, the kids really liked it, they learned some new words and made some art. At UH I came to…

Guy Blog – February 12, 2020

Hello everyone! I’d like to share with you all about my week. On Sunday morning I had Sunday school at UH. It was really fun. I did a program about colors in Hebrew by a nice story and a nice game, the kids really liked it. In addition to that we had a falafel program…

The Threats to Israel (they may not all be what you think)

Prof. Dan Ben-David came to St. Louis recently to talk about the work of his Shoresh Institution, an independent, non-partisan policy research center. The institution conducts evidence-based analyses of Israel’s economy and civil society. Ben-David explained to host Karen Sher, Federation’s Vice President of Community Engagement, about how deficiencies in education, health care, and other areas pose existential threats to the State of Israel. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.