UIUC Hillel and Orthodox Union JLIC Create New Kosher Dining Options in Champaign-Urbana

Two restaurants in Champaign-Urbana will receive Kosher certification from Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis this spring and summer thanks to a kashering initiative led by Illini Hillel and the Orthodox Union Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. On the current list of restaurants in negotiation are Cold Stone Creamery in Champaign and the Dancing Dog in Urbana, with another local restaurant hoping to start the process as well. “We as vegans have faced the difficulty of finding restaurants that meet our ethical standards,” Dancing Dog owner Brian Behrns said.  “I understand those who follow a kosher diet would like to enjoy the same pleasures and conveniences that the general population may take for granted.  If becoming Kosher can be mutually beneficial by providing ease of mind to the Kosher-keeping community, we are ready for the relationship.” This initiative, spurred by the JLIC couple on campus with support from Hillel, is one of the first efforts to strengthen the accessibility of Kosher food in the state of Illinois outside the city of Chicago. The initiative will spread the availability of kosher food to students of the University of Illinois and the broader community of Champaign County. “Having more Kosher establishments in town will make it easier for students to keep to their religious practices,” University of Illinois senior Solomon Lowenstein said. “Keeping Kosher is an aspect of Judaism that is important to many students, and the increase of Kosher options in the neighborhood makes us feel more connected to the community.” Kashrut certification will be under the Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis with local supervision overseen by Rabbi Shlomo Schacter and partnerships overseen by Rebbetzin Ahava Schachter Zarembski and Hillel’s Executive Director, Erez Cohen. “Eating is one of the basic social experiences as human beings,” Zarembski said. “We, the Jewish community, are thrilled to further build infrastructure in the Champaign-Urbana community to share good food with the broader community while staying true to the uniqueness of our tradition.” Rebbetzin Ahava Zarembski is available for an in-person interview. Please contact Zarembski to schedule an interview through email at ahava@illinihillel.org or by phone at 217-954-8782. Local restaurants interested in becoming Kosher should contact Zarembski as well. More information about Illini Hillel is available at illinihillel.org or by contacting the Center at info@illinihillel.org or...

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Wandering Jews: A Temple Israel Scavenger Hunt

Congregation Temple Israel (TI) is hosting a St. Louis-area scavenger hunt on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Each team (cars of 6 or less) will have to use their creativity to hunt for abstract items including themes, people, landmarks, and more. Each team will be charged with gathering items, taking pictures and videos, and answering questions to present to judges at the end of the evening. The scavenger hunt is open to the entire St. Louis Jewish community and is for the 21 and up crowd. Details are as follows: DATE: Saturday, May 6, 2017 MEETING PLACE: Congregation Temple Israel (#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141) TIMES: 5:00 pm Meet at TI for team check-in & team photo 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Hunt is on! Scavenger hunt throughout St. Louis 9:00 pm Meet back at TI to submit scavenger hunt proof & for drinks and desserts REFRESHMENTS: Drinks and desserts will be served at 9:00 pm at TI and are included in the cost COST: $60 in advance (teams of 6 or less) $75 at the door on event night EVENT REGISTRATION: Register your team at www.ti-stl.org/Hunt If you’d like to be placed on a team, please contact Amy Lampert, event chair, at alampert@aol.com or 314-496-5735. The winning team will receive bragging rights, a special dinner with Rabbis Amy Feder and Michael Alper, & preferred parking during 2017 High Holy Days services at Temple Israel. All proceeds benefit Temple Israel.   ###   Congregation Temple Israel is a caring, inclusive community committed to living Reform Judaism and participating in the sacred destiny of the Jewish people and Israel through education, worship, and repair of the world. We welcome and embrace individuals and families from all backgrounds. Wherever you may be along your Jewish journey, there is a place for you at Temple Israel. For more information, visit www.ti-stl.org....

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Marlene Hammerman Named 2017 Woman of Achievement

Marlene Hammerman has been named as a 2017 Woman of Achievement. The St. Louis Women of Achievement Award, founded in 1955, is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women. Hammerman is being honored for her volunteer service and leadership in the area of social justice. She has been a volunteer with the National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis Section for more than 35 years, working to improve the lives of women, children, and families and to protect individual and civil rights. She created NCJW’s Project Renewal program, where volunteers work one-on-one with women recovering from domestic violence and addiction, and established the national Higher Ground initiative to increase women’s economic security. In her efforts to advance social justice, Hammerman continuously engages with elected officials in Jefferson City and Washington, DC on a variety of issues, speaking out for those who cannot advocate for themselves. The Women of Achievement 2017 Class of Honorees is a selection of 10 extraordinary volunteers from the St. Louis metropolitan region. This year’s award recipients include: Claire Applewhite — Educational Enrichment Christine Buck — Youth Dedication Adrienne D. Davis — Arts Advocacy Marlene Hammerman — Social Justice Rosemary Hanley — Youth Services Margaret Hopkins — Community Betterment Kathy Lambert — Social Enterprise Elizabeth Mannen — Volunteer Leadership Colleen Kelly Starkloff — Human Welfare Asha Zimmerman — Caring and Compassion The honorees will be recognized at the 2017 Women of Achievement Luncheon on Tuesday, May 16 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and the luncheon runs until 1:30 p.m. This year’s luncheon chair is Gin Wachter and the vice chair is Phyllis Langsdorf. Luncheon reservations are $60 per person and can be made online at www.woastl.org/luncheon-reservations or by contacting Women of Achievement at 314.896.4962 or woastlouis@gmail.com. For more information, please visit http://www.woastl.org. “Volunteers are the unsung heroes of our community,” said Women of Achievement President Joni Karandjeff. “The strength and longevity of the region’s nonprofit organizations and programs rely heavily on dedicated volunteers. We take pride in honoring some of these outstanding unsung heroes—women volunteers who have dedicated their time, energy, and leadership to helping the community in tremendous ways and inspire others to do the same.” “The luncheon is a special way to honor and highlight our award winners,” said Gin Wachter, chair of the 2017 Luncheon. “Surrounded by family, friends, past Women of Achievement, and those affiliated with each honoree’s nonprofits and charities along with the general public, the feeling in the room is joyous and delightful. In addition to a delicious lunch and awarding the honorees, we also feature a dynamic 30-minute video about the volunteers and their history of service, which really hits home the message that helping others makes an enormous impact in our community.” Women of Achievement honorees are selected from nominations from the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Metro East Illinois, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the betterment of the St. Louis region through voluntary contributions, volunteer leadership and a significant breadth of a volunteer career. Women of Achievement considers nominees with significant volunteer impact in areas such as, but not limited to, education, arts, health and human services, youth and family, philanthropy, social justice and...

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A Message from the Cemetery Directors of St. Louis

We, the Directors of the Jewish cemeteries of St. Louis, jointly condemn the recent acts of vandalism at cemeteries here in St. Louis and throughout the United States. We hope the perpetrators are found and brought to justice. We as a group are taking action to ensure that our cemeteries are secure and sacred grounds for all. We thank the entire St. Louis community and the global community as well for your concern, support and assistance in our efforts. B’nai Amoona Cemetery: (314) 427-5900 Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Cemetery: (314) 991-0264 Beth Shalom Cemetery: (314) 469-1891 Chesed Shel Emeth Society: (314) 469-1891 Chevra Kadisha Cemetery: (314) 427-5900 New Mt. Sinai Cemetery: (314) 353-2540 Ohave Shalom Cemetery: (314) 608-8602 United Hebrew Cemetery: (314) 469-0700...

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Help us spread the light!

Dear friends shalom, The Jewish Community Cyprus has been a part of Jewish life in Cyprus for the past 14 years; our primary goal is to improve the quality of Jewish life for every Jew in Cyprus: the moral values and rich traditions that Judaism has to offer are things that no Jew should be deprived of. Help spread the light! With every dollar that you donate, our backers will match it, meaning that if you purchase a virtual candle at $180.00, our backers will also give $180.00. We need to raise $180.000 within these 48 hours in order to reach our goal. The total amount that will be raised between your donations and our backers comes to $360.000. We really need your help to reach our goal – how many candles can I we count on you for? Click here to make a secure online donation!...

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Thirteen Washington University Students and their Deep Dive into the Study of the Holocaust

Exhibit at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center February 2 – March 15, 2017 This exhibit offers reflections and images from Washington University (WU) students, faculty, and staff who traveled across Germany, Poland, and Lithuania in May 2016. The trip took place after a year of intensive study of the Holocaust as part of the WU FOCUS programs for first-year students. The exhibit encompasses critical perspectives on the history, memory, and representation of the Holocaust alongside students’ first-person reflections. A video recording of interviews with students and faculty accompanies the exhibit. An opening reception with a panel of participants will be held Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7:00-8:30...

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