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Philadelphia Freedom!

Last week a full minyan (group of 10) from our community set off on a mini-mission to Philadelphia. The trip was the inspiration of Harvey Hieken, a long time supporter of our community, who is also a founding member of the National Museum of American Jewish History. Harvey had contacted me soon after I began…

Mission Tradition

Federation has had a long tradition of organizing missions to Israel that bring our community together and contribute to the Jewish depth of all who participate. Most, perhaps all of you have been on one or more missions and know they can sometimes be life changing; they always leave an impact.  For all their advantages,…

Understanding Israel

Israel was much greener and developed than Missouri Representative Rick Stream expected. “From news reports and other information, I tended to think of it as dry and barren, but it’s not,” says the chair of the Missouri House Budget Committee. “The Israelis are an intelligent, ingenious people who have created a paradise in the desert.”…

Building Jewish Identity: Jen Kaslow

When Jen Kaslow was growing up, she felt a little confused and not completely connected to her Jewish roots. “My husband, David’s Jewish identity was an integral part of his life, but as we started raising our kids, I realized part of mine was missing” she says.  To re-connect, she applied to go on the…

St. Louis Leaders Get a Rare Look at Cuba on Jewish Federation Mission

Twenty-eight St. Louis Jewish community leaders and professionals had an eye-opening four-day experience interacting with a small and thriving Cuban Jewish community. The purpose was to give participants a close look at what St. Louisans do for Jews in other countries. This first-ever Jewish Federation of St. Louis Cuba mission was the brainchild of Julie…

Applications Open for No-Cost Israel Trip for 27-40 Year Olds

The Rubin Israel Experience opens applications for its fifth year of first-time Israel trips. This fall 10 St. Louis young adults will make their first journey to Israel on the ‘Rubin Israel Experience.’ The all-expense-paid trip is offered and staffed by Jewish Federation of St. Louis and is underwritten by philanthropists Ron and Pam Rubin,…