St. Louis Jewish Student Clubs To Run Birthright Israel Trip with OU Israel Free Spirit

JSU and OU Israel Free Spirit have partnered to increase the number of Jewish young adults from the St. Louis area going on Birthright Israel trips. Israel engagement is a core component of all JSU programming. Since it’s inception JSU provided numerous summer programs for high school students. It is excited to add a trip that continues the connection beyond high school. With this partnership, alumni of the JSU program and their friends will have the opportunity to either go back to Israel or travel there for the first time. Israel Free Spirit is a leading Birthright Israel trip organizer in participant satisfaction according to the Szold Institute research for 2018. Trips are open for 18-32 year olds with at least 1 Jewish parent who didn’t spend more than 3 months in Israel or travel on a post-high school program to Israel. In addition to the standard Birthright Israel trips, the trip options also include specialized niche trips that allow participants to choose trips based on their interests or backgrounds. To find out more or apply for the next trips visit israelfreespirit.com/jsustl. You may also contact Rabbi Mike Rovinsky at RabbiMike@jsustl.org or...

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Confronting your Fears: The Commando Way An intimate conversation with an IDF special forces combat paramedic

Congregation Temple Israel is hosting a special presentation by Guy Melamed, IDF special forces combat paramedic. Guy will share his personal experience as a person involved in the Israel Defense Force elite 669 Airborne Rescue and Evacuation Unit. This program is in partnership with Jewish Federation of St. Louis’s Sh’ma Listen! Speaker Series and is open to the entire community. Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:00 pm Congregation Temple Israel (#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141) Free of charge; everyone is welcome. RSVP by Monday, April 8, 2019 to Martina Stern at mstern@ti-stl.org or 314-432-8050. Event Chair: Billy Rubenstein About the speaker: Guy Melamed recently finished four and half years of military service as a non-commissioned officer in the Israel Defense Force elite 669 Airborne Rescue and Evacuation Unit. He grew up in the pioneering community of Hoshaya, located in the Yezreel Valley. During high school, Guy participated in and headed several leadership programs including the Bronfman Youth Fellowships and the Israel Foreign Service Young Ambassadors program. He was also elected Youth Chairman of the Yezreel Valley Regional Council. It was during high school that Guy discovered his passion for emergency medicine and thus started dedicating his time to volunteering with Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service and United Hatzalah as a medic and later as a paramedic, and in the emergency room at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. Guy is a writer, a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan karate and instructor, a certified search and rescue scuba diver and a rappelling instructor. He is fluent in both Hebrew and...

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Feb. 22: Talk about Israel-Hamas conflict with Brig. General Meir Elran

The Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Washington University has invited Brigadier General (ret.) Dr. Meir Elran to give a talk on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. Dr. Elran was the deputy head of the IDF’s military intelligence directorate (AMAN) during the first Palestinian Uprisings (Intifada), and was the military liaison in Israel’s peace talks with Egypt and Jordan. He is currently the head of the homeland security program at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. The talk will take place on February 22, between 12:15-2:00, at the Washington University Danforth Campus, Hillman Hall, room 70. Here is a link to the event on facebook:...

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Illusory Beauty: The Dead Sea – Warning Signs

Illusory Beauty: The Dead Sea – Warning Signs A Multimedia & Virtual Reality Presentation with Noam Bendein Noam Bendein, an Israeli photojournalist and international speaker, has over a decade of experience in presenting challenges facing the State of Israel. He is currently focused on the magnificent, magical and endangered Dead Sea – the changes it is undergoing and the healing that is necessary. Thursday, October 4, 7:30 pm at Congregation Temple Israel #1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141 Event is free – Donations are welcome RSVP to Martina Stern, Special Events Manager, at mstern@ti-stl.org This event is co-sponsored by the Temple Israel’s Israel Engagement Committee and St. Louis Friends of Israel. St. Louis Friends of Israel is a pro-active, non-denominational, non-partisan, 501c3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to educate the St. Louis community about the issues Israel faces and to advocate for...

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Can I Be Pro-Israel and Pro-Peace in the 21st Century?

Can I Be Pro-Israel and Pro-Peace in the 21st Century? When: Wednesday, March 21, 7:30–9 p.m. Where: Congregation Shaare Emeth (11645 Ladue Rd, St. Louis, MO 63141) As supporters of Israel’s future as the democratic homeland for the Jewish people, we are deeply concerned about the events of the past year. But we know that giving up is not an option. We know that as pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans, we need to take action to restore U.S. credibility and move closer to a two-state solution. To do that, we need to understand the complex dynamics playing out here in the U.S. and in the region. What does the creeping annexation of the West Bank encouraged by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu mean for the prospects for a two-state solution? What are the implications of President Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his pledge to move the embassy? Join us for a conversation with J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami and Congregation Shaare Emeth’s Rabbi Jim Bennett where we will tackle tough questions like these and more! More information about Jeremy can be found below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact J Street Midwest Assistant Regional Director Elizabeth Silverstein at elizabeth@jstreet.org. Jeremy Ben-Ami is the founder and President of J Street, bringing to the role both deep experience in American politics and government and a passionate commitment to the state of Israel. Ben-Ami’s family connection to Israel goes back 130 years to the first aliyah when his great-grandparents were among the first settlers in Petah Tikva. His grandparents were one of the founding families of Tel Aviv, and his father was an activist and leader in the Irgun, working for Israel’s independence and on the rescue of European Jews before and during World War II. RSVP required at...

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70 Voices for Israel – A Countdown to Yom Ha’atzma’ut

The Mahara”l of Prague writes that the number seven represents the entirety of this natural world, which was created in seven days (six days of creation, completed on the Sabbath) and will last for 7000 years (6000 years plus a 1000-year Sabbath – see Talmud Sanhedrin 97a). And any number multiplied by 10 represents its expanded full potential – so that 70 of something represents all the potential facets of that thing in the natural world. In 70 days, the State of Israel will be celebrating its 70th Year of Independence. 70 years of the Jewish people having a state of their own, a place where Judaism and democracy exist and Jews have self sovereignty. Israel is still a young country, and it is not perfect, but its existence is a testament of the strength and faith of the Jewish people. It is a dream realized after thousands of years. As the words of Hatikvah remind us, “As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart, with eyes turned toward the East, looking toward Zion, then our hope – the two-thousand year old hope – will not be lost: to be a free people in our land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem.” For the next 70 days, as we look toward this momentous occasion, we celebrate with 70 voices, your voices, the voices of United Hebrew that continue to hope, to love, to dream, to experience Israel! May we cherish and learn from the past 70 years and look forward with hope at the amazing potential of the next 70! And, may this year, be the year, that Israel and her neighbors know peace! Read the first blog post by Ethan Guller. You can view the blog, daily, at United Hebrew’s Israel Blog or on our Facebook Page If you are interested in being one of the “voices” please email Rabbi...

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