Important Note about HMLC Visiting Hours

Important Note Please call 314-442-3711 before visiting to ensure that the Museum is accessible. There are renovations being made to the building’s atrium, and keeping our visitors safe is our first priority.

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Responding to White Supremacy and its Advocates: Listen. Talk. Learn.

Responding to white supremacy and its advocates Listen. Talk. Learn. For 16 years, DAP has worked alongside you towards a more inclusive St. Louis region and beyond. Over that time, much has changed about our social landscape. The events in Charlottesville this past weekend, and the President’s comments, offer a unique opportunity for us to respond unequivocally and directly to the hatred of white supremacy and its advocates. Early next week, we’re offering two of our signature Listen. Talk. Learn sessions. These sessions feature updated content to provide a forum to process recent events, and to equip us to respond to hatred in bold and constructive ways. Please join us either Monday morning or Tuesday evening at Holocaust Museum & Learning Center for these special sessions. Attendance is free, but limited, so we do ask that you register with us using the link provided below. We also strongly encourage you to send this opportunity along to someone you know who might benefit from this kind of conversation. Listen. Talk. Learn: Responding to White Supremacy Monday, August 21  9 a.m. – 11 a.m. or Tuesday, August 22 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Holocaust Museum & Learning Center 12 Millstone Campus Drive St. Louis, MO 63146 Register now for DAP’s Listen. Talk. Learn on August 21 at 9:00 a.m. Register now for DAP’s Listen. Talk. Learn on August 22 at 5:30 p.m.  ...

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HMLC Statement on Charlottesville, Virginia

The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center strongly condemns the loss of life and violence perpetrated by neo-Nazis and other white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia. The rhetoric of hatred, racism and anti-Semitism exemplifies viewpoints that have no place in our society. The history and lessons of the Holocaust teach us that we must not remain silent when events like this occur. Our thoughts are with the families of Heather Heyer, who was killed, and those injured during this tragic event. The mission of the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center is: Through the lessons of the Holocaust, we inspire all people to confront hatred, promote human dignity and prevent genocide. For more information, please...

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Statement Against Hate

The Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis (JCRC) condemns the violent, racist, anti-Semitic, hate-filled rally by white nationalist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. We are disturbed, outraged and heartbroken by the events and the loss of life. Our prayers are with the victims, their families, their communities and our entire nation who bears witness to these atrocities. Fear-mongering and bigotry have no place in our society. We call upon all of our elected leaders, within the state of Missouri and across our country, to condemn staunchly and unequivocally white supremacy, neo-Nazism and white nationalism in all of its forms. We stand proudly with our partners across racial, ethnic, religious and civic lines because we know we are stronger together. We aspire to a world in which every person feels safe and supported. Hate has no place within our borders. The Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis is committed to enhancing cooperation with other religious, racial, ethnic and civic groups, fostering a just, democratic and pluralistic society, and promoting the security of Israel and Jews...

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Destruction as a Gateway to Change: Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem – traditionally a time of mourning for the Jewish community. But destruction can often also serve as a necessary catalyst for change. All are invited to join Rabbi Andrea Goldstein for a spiritual exploration of Tisha B’Av and the power of destruction in our lives and world on Monday, July 31, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m at Congregation Shaare Emeth.   “We often associate destruction with all things negative,” says Rabbi Goldstein. “But destruction can also be a gateway to the creation of something new.” Traditionally, the observance of Tisha B’Av is marked by an aura of sadness. The atmosphere for this year’s event, however, will be one of reflection, introspection and hope.   The evening will consist of text study, music and meditation.  No prior knowledge or experience is required. Those who attend can hope to leave with a renewed understanding of Tisha B’Av and the relevance of its themes – destruction, creation and impermanence – to their daily lives.   “Destruction or decay is a natural part of our world, a part of the cycle that leads to new growth,” says Rabbi Goldstein. “We can see this in the physical world, and it can also be true in our spiritual lives.”   Shaare Emeth is a Reform Jewish Congregation in Creve Coeur, Missouri that was founded in 1867. We are a compassionate and inclusive community that aims to makes Judaism relevant, meaningful and joyful. If you would like more information, please contact Kim Oswalt at 314-692-5303 or...

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Everything you need to know about the St. Louis Jewish Light’s redesign

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:00 pm By Ellen Futterman, Editor As you can see, the St. Louis Jewish Light has had a facelift, or as we call it in the newspaper business, a major redesign. In keeping with our mission to inform, inspire and connect the St. Louis Jewish community, the Jewish Light strives to deliver not only the most objective, relevant, engaging and well-written Jewish content possible wherever you look for news — in our weekly newspaper and quarterly magazines, on the web, by email and on your mobile devices — but also to display the news so that it is reader-friendly and easy to navigate. These goals led us to a nine-month undertaking to reimagine the look of our newspaper, in the hopes of offering readers a fresher, more modern design, including more consistent typography, with new fonts throughout. Even the paper stock has been upgraded to ensure better readability; the whiter paper improves the contrast of text in the paper, making stories much easier to read, and offers a crisper look to photos, graphics and advertising content, making the color more vibrant and eye-catching. In addition, our logo and nameplate has been streamlined and modernized, thanks to the efforts of Light Board members Gary Kodner (a past president of the Light) and Rachael Staenberg Brightfield, both of whom are first-rate graphic artists. This change incorporates an updated, cleaner font and a Shield of David icon, which is intended to respect Jewish tradition. Blue and white are colors of major significance to the Jewish people, from the fringes of the tallit to the flag of the State of Israel. Before we get into the details of the changes so that you have a better understanding of what to expect, I’d like to thank the Redesign Task Force, led by Joan Silber, for all their hard work. Task force members from the Jewish Light Board of Trustees include outgoing President Jane Tzinberg Rubin, Vice-President Jeff Golden, Alice Handelman Ed Musen, Judi Scissors, Melanie Paticoff, Diana Iskiwitch and Ben Lipman, along with Kodner and Brightfield. Light staffers integral to the process include Managing Editor Mike Sherwin, Director of Operations Tom Wombacher and graphic artist Martin Holloway. Since the paper’s original founding as the St. Louis Light in 1947, and its reorganization in 1963 into an autonomous, independent newspaper, the St. Louis Jewish Light — as is the practice at most newspapers — has undergone several major format revisions over the years. However, the last major redesign was more than a decade ago. “As the consumption of news media has evolved, it was clear the Light products needed updating as well,” explained Tzinberg Rubin. “Although instigated by the Board, extraordinary staff effort, supplemented by skilled and involved Board members, resulted in a unique and highly effective Board/staff working relationship. “We decided to start with our most popular product — our newspaper — and will continue with the revision of our website and other e-products shortly. As the Light impacts more Jewish households in our community on a weekly basis than any other vehicle, it is essential our products be as informative as possible.” As a nonprofit Jewish newspaper, the Light receives revenue not only from subscriptions and advertising sales but also from grants and donations from other nonprofits and...

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