World Wide Wrap

Join us in FJMC’s World Wide Wrap. Celebrate the Mitzvah of Tefillin with the Men’s Club. There will be extra sets and personal trainers to help you through the process. Stay for fabulous bagels (and more), as we will discuss “Wrapping Yourself Up with God.” RSVP to mensclub@kolrinahstl.org Super Sunday, February 3, 9:30 AM. Kol Rina, 829 N. Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63130 314-727-1747

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JF&CS Welcomes New CEO Miriam Seidenfeld

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of St. Louis (JF&CS) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Miriam Seidenfeld as Chief Executive Officer effective February 04, 2019. After a rigorous national search, Miriam has been chosen to succeed L. Louis Albert in the role, which he has occupied for over 29 years. Mr. Albert will be stepping down as CEO but will continue to serve as a consultant for the agency over the coming months. “This is an ideal time to welcome Miriam as our next CEO,” remarked Board President Stephen Green. “Over the past 29 years the agency has grown and evolved immensely. In addition to our core counseling services, the agency added the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, which now feeds over 6,500 community members each month and the Child Abuse Prevention Program which reaches over 30,000 students each year. The needs of our community are increasing and changing and our financial and operational resources are evolving. We look forward to Miriam’s visionary leadership, experience and energy as she works with our qualified staff and other local agencies to identify the challenges and further increase the positive impact JF&CS has on the lives of those in need in our community.” Ms. Seidenfeld has more than 25 years of experience working with children and families in non-profit settings, and 15 years of non-profit leadership experience. While Executive Director of Temple Israel in Minneapolis, the eighth largest Reform congregation in the U.S., she oversaw a $30M capital and endowment campaign, supervised a $20M building project, and led the development and implementation of an ambitious new strategic plan. Before her time with Temple Israel, she directed an innovative career development program for middle and high school youth living in the most underserved neighborhoods in New York City. Her skills in fundraising, strategic planning, management, and operations will guide JF&CS as it expands to meet the changing and growing needs of the community. Ms. Seidenfeld has spent the majority of her career in Minneapolis and New York City, receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Relations from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. She is looking forward to making St. Louis her home. “I am thrilled to be part of the next chapter of Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s uplifting story. I am honored to have been selected to lead this prominent organization that has impacted the lives of so many people over its 150-year history. I am eager to meet and learn from all who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences of the St. Louis community – and to work together to continue providing compassionate support and innovative solutions to those facing life’s challenges.” The Board of Directors at JF&CS welcomes Ms. Seidenfeld and looks forward to her tenure as...

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Women of Achievement Announces Call for Nominations

Nominations Now Open. Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 21, 2019 Eligible nominees are outstanding female volunteers from the St. Louis metropolitan area and Metro East Illinois Women of Achievement is calling for nominations for the 2019 Class of Honorees. The St. Louis Women of Achievement Award, which celebrates its 64th anniversary in 2019, is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women. The deadline for receipt of nominations is midnight Monday, January 21, 2019. Online submissions and printable nomination forms with full details are available at http://woastl.org/nominate. Online submissions are preferred, and early submissions are also encouraged. Nominations may be submitted online or via email. Eligible individuals are female volunteers 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 substantial volunteer impact in areas such as, but not limited to, education, arts, health and human services, youth and family, philanthropy, social justice and advocacy. Nominations of women representing diverse cultures, roles and accomplishments are encouraged. Self-nominations are accepted. The 10 honorees will be recognized at the 2019 Women of Achievement Luncheon on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. This year’s luncheon chair is Eva Frazer, M.D. and the vice chair is Joni Karandjeff. Presenting sponsors are KMOX Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Ladue News. For additional information about the awards, please visit www.woastl.org. For specific questions about the nomination process, please contact Women of Achievement at 314-896-4962 or woastlouis@gmail.com. About Women of Achievement In 1955, the St. Louis-Globe Democrat newspaper created an awards program that became known as the Women of Achievement Award, to recognize and honor the achievements of women who, through their volunteer efforts, have demonstrated their dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life in the St. Louis community. The St. Louis Women of Achievement organization, a 501c3, not-for-profit organization, was established in 1993 by former Women of Achievement who wanted to ensure the longevity of the award for future generations of St. Louis area women. The organization’s Board of Directors, comprised of past recipients of the award, continue to plan and implement the nomination, selection and award presentation process ensuring that this award will continue to enhance and honor the women volunteers in the St. Louis metropolitan region who positively impact the community, for many years to come. For more information visit the Women of Achievement website at...

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Community faith leaders join to honor Salam Clinic with the Malachi Interfaith Award

Congregation Temple Israel is hosting a special Shabbat service and award ceremony to present its Malachi Interfaith Award to Muslim Community Services in Saint Louis – Salam Clinic, a free clinic founded by Muslim doctors with two locations in North St. Louis. The award aims to honor the clinic for their work in providing free medical care to in-need St. Louisans. The month-long Malachi nomination process yielded many wonderful submissions for worthy programs, services, and leaders that serve people of all faiths, bridge communities, and build relationships. The Malachi nominating committee, which includes faith leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Catholic communities, met to choose the 2019 award recipient in early December 2018. Salam Clinic was selected both for their extraordinary work to serve others, as well as their decision to offer their services in locations based on greatest need, regardless of faith, race, or ethnicity. NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Reverend Dr. David Mehl, Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis; Reverend Rodrick Burton, New Northside Missionary Baptist Church; Father Joseph Weber, St. Monica Parish; Pastor Matt Miofsky, The Gathering Church; Imam Muhamed Hasic, Islamic Community Center; Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, Jewish Community Relations Council; Rabbi Emeritus Mark L. Shook, Congregation Temple Israel; Rabbi Amy Feder, Congregation Temple Israel; Rabbi Michael Alper, Congregation Temple Israel; and Jeremy Deutsch, Program Liaison, Congregation Temple Israel ABOUT THE SHABBAT SERVICE & AWARD CEREMONY: Congregation Temple Israel invites the St. Louis community to celebrate Shabbat and present the 2019 Malachi Interfaith Award to Salam Clinic during MLK weekend. This event is open to the St. Louis community, is free of charge, and no RSVP is required. DATE: Friday, January 18, 2019 LOCATION: At Congregation Temple Israel (#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr., 63141) TIME: 6:00 pm Pre-reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres 6:30 pm Shabbat services and award presentation followed by a dessert reception (Refreshments will be halal) AWARD: Representative(s) from Salam Clinic will be awarded the Malachi Interfaith Medal of Honor and a $5,000 cash prize. WEBSITE WITH INFORMATION: www.ti-stl.org/Malachi ABOUT THE AWARD: In 1986, Congregation Temple Israel established the Malachi Award Competition which seeks to showcase individuals, programs, and acts of outstanding excellence in the area of interfaith relations. The Malachi Award is given to encourage positive programs of religious, social, and humanitarian significance in the Greater St. Louis area. The award seeks to honor individuals and groups who have acted at the highest level of religious tradition with a positive course of action. Award recipients receive the Malachi Interfaith Medal of Honor and a $5,000 cash prize. ABOUT SALAM CLINIC: Through volunteering their medical expertise for local service projects, a group of Muslim doctors realized the lack of access to health care for low-income residents within their St. Louis community. The doctors chose to come together to assist those in-need, and as they explored potential areas to open a free health clinic, they decided upon North County. St. Louis’s Interfaith Partnership and a local nonprofit, Faith Beyond Walls, connected the them with Reverend James Morris at Lane Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the groups began talks of a partnership. The first Salam Clinic was opened at that church not long after in June of 2008, and more recently, a second location at UCC St. Peters Church in West Florissant. Though the...

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Karen Aroesty to Discuss “Anti-Semitism: A New Story or Just the Same Old Repackaged?” at Shir Hadash

Karen Aroesty, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss “Anti-Semitism: A New Story or Just the Same Old Repackaged?” at a special Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community Shabbat morning learning program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Arts and Education Building of The J’s Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, MO 63146. In its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, the ADL found that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. rose 57 percent in 2017, the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since ADL started tracking such data in 1979. This follows a 34 percent increase from 2015 to 2016. Aroesty will offer insights and historical perspective on the increase in recent anti-Semitic incidents, including the tragic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and lead a discussion on their impact on Jewish life today. Aroesty has directed the Heartland Region of the ADL covering Missouri, Eastern Kansas and Southern Illinois since 2000. In addition, she staffs the work of the U.S. Attorney’s Hate Crimes Task Force, a bi-state collaboration of representatives of federal and state law enforcement, education, advocacy and social justice. She also educates law enforcement on hate crime and extremism. Aroesty received her B.A. degree from Barnard College and her J.D. from the Washington University School of Law. Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community devotes the third and occasional fifth Shabbat of each month to in-depth Jewish learning on topics ranging from text study and Jewish history to current events, arts and culture. Shabbat morning worship takes place at 10 a.m. at The J on the second and fourth Shabbat of each month, and Friday night Shabbat Potluck Dinners are hosted in members’ homes on the first Shabbat of the month. For more information, visit www.shirhadashstl.info or e-mail Carol at...

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Rabbi Jonah Pesner of the Religious Action Center in Washington DC coming to Congregation Temple Israel for a community program on promoting social justice

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center and Senior Vice President for the Union for Reform Judaism is coming to Congregation Temple Israel (#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141) on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 pm to host a discussion on how to successfully integrate social justice work into the religious community. This event is in partnership with Temple Israel, the Religious Action Center (RAC), the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and Jewish Federation of St. Louis as part of the Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series. Rabbi Pesner will address how working across lines of difference can strengthen the community’s justice work and how the Reform Movement is pursuing immigration rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights and more. Rabbi Pesner will also reflect on the midterm elections, offering an analysis of how Reform Movement social justice priorities fared at the ballot box and what opportunities for justice work lie ahead. This presentation will offer attendees an opportunity to analyze their social justice priorities and strategize about how justice work can strengthen the community through leadership development and skill building. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Dietary laws will be observed. About the speaker: Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner serves as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He has led the Religious Action Center since 2015. Rabbi Pesner also serves as Senior Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism, a position to which he was appointed to in 2011. Named one of the most influential rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, he is an inspirational leader and tireless advocate for social justice. Rabbi Pesner’s work has focused on encouraging Jewish communities to reach across lines of race, class, and faith in campaigns for social justice. In 2006, he founded Just Congregations (now incorporated into the Religious Action Center), which engaged clergy, professional, and volunteer leaders in interfaith efforts in pursuit of social justice. Rabbi Pesner was a primary leader in the successful Massachusetts campaign for health care access that has provided health care coverage to hundreds of thousands and which became a nationwide model for reform. Over the course of his career, he has also led and supported campaigns for racial justice, economic opportunity, immigration reform, LGBTQ equality, human rights, and a variety of other causes. He is dedicated to building bridges to collectively confront anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of hate and bigotry. Rabbi Pesner has trained and mentored students on all four campuses of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and gives speeches in interfaith and secular venues all over the world. Rabbi Pesner serves as a board member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, JOIN for Justice, the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, and the New England Center for Children. He is a member of the Leadership Team for the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. He has served as a scholar for the Wexner Foundation, American Jewish World Service, the Nexus USA Summit, and Combined Jewish Philanthropies, among...

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