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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.

 

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Dear Community, I would like to bring to your attention the following memo regarding the Syrian Refugee Crisis. JCRC is working closely with regional partners to quickly explore what work we can do to help this troubling situation.  We will continue to monitor the...

Two horrific acts of violence

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Jewish Community Relations Council condemn two horrific acts of violence in Israel: the stabbing of six at the Jerusalem Pride Parade and the deadly arson attack in the West Bank. The Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the...

An update on Nepal

As you may have heard, another earthquake hit Nepal this morning.  This undoubtedly compounds the issues Nepal is facing following the earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people less than three weeks ago. Our partners at The American Jewish Joint Distribution...

Statement by Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky

The situation over the last two days in Israel has been weighing on many of our hearts. As thousands gathered in Israel to protest the treatment of Ethiopians one could not help but be reminded of recent events in the States. We stand with the clear statements of...

A Passover Message

Tomorrow evening, millions of Jews around the world will gather for Passover. Our tradition encourages us to imagine that we ourselves were once slaves in Egypt. The Haggadah helps us remember the story, evoking memories of those who are no longer here, those who...

France Update

Last week it was widely reported that the Grand Synagogue of Paris was closed on Shabbat immediately following the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the Jewish community. In fact the synagogue was very much open with a packed crowd. Paul Goldenberg, SCN director, has sent...

December Dilemma Revisited

Later today our offices will close early for the Christmas holiday.  For the Jewish community this is a moment of some angst, the "December dilemma" as it's sometimes called:  how do we as Jews retain ourselves, our culture, our tradition, even our people with the...

Update from Hand in Hand

I share with you the update letter below I received from Rebecca Bardach about the Hand in Hand arson--personal, troubling and yet hopeful. The St. Louis Federation will continue to monitor ways we can support its rebuilding and continue our engagement with this...

Letter from Hand in Hand

The recent slaughter of four rabbis in Jerusalem has left our community shaken. The events have led to a variety of responses, some sadly more predictable than others. Our outrage as a people is clear, as is our sorrow for the lives of those so brutally cut down. But...

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