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Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D.

Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Get regular updates on community happenings and current events from Jewish Federation of St. Louis President & CEO, Andrew Rehfeld.

 

July 3 – Update from Israel

Over the last week, I have spoken about what makes Israel inspiring and amazing. I am now back in Jerusalem for five days of continuing professional education, as well as further site visits, and you will see more of this to come. When I started this last Sunday, I...

A Visit to Our Partnership City

Every community in North America has, if it wants it, a partnership community in Israel. St. Louis’s partnership community is really two separate ones closely connected. The first is Yokne’am and the second is Megiddo (technically, it is a region). Partnerships are...

Important Update from Israel

Today, I visited an innovative community project in Lod. You may know the city because it's where the airport is located. Or you may know the city as Lyida, whose poignant and tragic history was captured in Ari Shavit's book "My Promised Land." It is reputed to be the...

Solidarity critique deserves nuanced reply

Two weeks ago, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis issued a statement expressing concern with the recent executive order concerning refugees. The statement enjoyed the broad, if not unanimous, support of our organization’s leadership. Since then, we have received...

Important message about our community

Dear Federation Trustees, Community Clergy and Organizational Executive Directors: Over the last few months, with the passing of the UN Resolution 2334 and the coming of a new administration in Washington, we have seen an increasing division among American Jews about...

Jerusalem Attack on January 9, 2017

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis mourns the terrible loss of life in the terrorist attack that took place in Jerusalem on Sunday.  This attack has hit close to home as one of the victims, Sara Kampler,  was injured in the attack.    Sara devoted a year of national...

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