Jewish Student Association at Saint Louis University Hosting First Ever Holocaust Week

The Jewish Student Association at Saint Louis University will be hosting a first ever Holocaust week.  We will being the week with a Traveling Exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum titled Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945.  This powerful exhibit examines the Nazi’s regime attempt to eradicate homosexuality using 32 panel structures that feature photographs, documents, artworks, and archival materials.  The exhibit will be open from January 23-26 from 12 pm-8 pm and will be featured in the lower level of the Cupples House with an accessible entrance from outside.  The exhibit is open to all ages and there is a suggested donation of $5 to help support a growing Jewish community at Saint Louis University to allow us to host more events for our...

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St. Louis Jewish Community Pride Art Exhibit On Display

At Pride 2015, the St. Louis Jewish community had one of the most popular and well-visited tables, by people of all faiths.  The interactive booth encouraged LGBTQ individuals and allies to share their faces and stories to humanize the cause of inclusion and diversity. These individuals took a polaroid picture of themselves and their families and transcribed stories and experiences to share with the rest of the community. From these pictures, an art exhibit was created through the joint efforts of many St. Louis Jewish organizations under the umbrella of the St. Louis Jewish Pride Committee. A Jewish Federation of St. Louis Innovation Grant funded the materials and details of this exhibit as well as the programming that is accompanying it. The work has been completed by volunteers who believe in the cause of inclusion in the Jewish community. All photographs were taken on polaroid film by Jewish volunteers at the St. Louis Pride Festival at Soldier’s Memorial in downtown St. Louis. Anyone featured in a polaroid approached the only Jewish booth at the festival and were willing to participate in the project. The writing featured at the bottom of the polaroids are written in the handwriting by those featured in the images. The exhibit will be on display at Temple Israel from December 4 – 18, 2015 and is open to the public during regular operating hours. Additionally, Temple Israel is hosting a Shabbat service on December 4 at 6:30 pm with a presentation and overview of reasons behind the exhibit’s creation and what diversity and inclusion mean to the greater Jewish community. For more information on the exhibit at Temple Israel, contact Erin May at EMay@TI-STL.org. To follow the exhibit, check Facebook at Facebook.com/Jewish.LGBTA.STL. To request a visit from the Art Exhibit, contact Tasha Kaminsky at Tasha@KolRinahSTL.org....

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A Wider Bridge

A Wider Bridge builds connection to Israel among LGBT Jews and non-Jews in the U.S. through programming that focuses on bringing LGBT people into meaningful and thoughtful connection with Israel and LGBT Israelis. Their programs create opportunities for education, engagement and experience, and include travel, speakers and discussions, cultural events, online resources, advocacy and philanthropy. Learn more about their great work at http://awiderbridge.org/

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National LGBT Jewish Organization- Nehirim

Looking to connect with an LGBT Jewish Community across the country, check out Nehirim. Nehirim is a national community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews, families, and allies, committed to a more just and inclusive world. ­­­ Their retreats, student programs, and community events transform lives. Their our advocacy work promotes equality and diversity based on the teachings of the Jewish tradition. Learn more at http://www.nehirim.org/

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Q Jews of St. Louis

Are you feeling inspired after Pride 2014? Get involved with Q Jews of St. Louis, a fun community of LGBT Jews in St. Louis. We host Happy Hours, Speakers, Shabbat dinners and more! Our next meeting is August 18th at 7:30 PM at Meyer’s Grove! After that we’ll be meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 PM. Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on all that we’re doing! https://www.facebook.com/QJewsSTL?ref=br_tf

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Israeli lawmaker calls on military to stop enlisting gays

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli lawmaker said the Israel Defense Forces should stop enlisting homosexuals. Knesset member Uri Ariel of the National Union Party said in an interview with the Knesset Channel that homosexuals “interfere in the military’s ability to fight.” He also said that homosexuals should not be enlisted because “We must conduct ourselves in accordance with Jewish law. The Torah forbids homosexuality and demands that those who behave in such a manner be punished.” Ariel’s comments come a week after Anastassia Michaeli of the Yisrael Beiteinu party made anti-gay statements during a Knesset discussion on sexual harassment. Opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich responded to Ariel by saying that “The latest assault on the gay community is a primitive and dangerous attack that comes in at a time when the Israeli public is finding enlightenment and tolerance, and is accepting the community as equals.” “[Lawmakers] attacking the community may earn them political points,” she added, “but their incitement endangers the gay community and damages the State of Israel.” Michaeli had said that “Most homosexuals are people who experienced sexual abuse at a very young age.” She also accused Israel’s Channel 10 of broadcasting programming that encourages children to be...

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