Community Against Poverty Coalition Plans Interfaith Teen Program for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

One in five Missourians seeks assistance from a food pantry program or shelter due to the inability to afford enough food on his or her own. Most day, at least one in every four children in the City of St. Louis does not have enough food to eat. To raise awareness about the problem of hunger in our region, the Community Against Poverty (CAP) Coalition is partnering with Operation Food Search and Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church on a teen education and action program called “Hunger Speaks” on Sunday November 15 from 1 PM to 3 PM at Ladue Chapel, located at 9450 Clayton Road 63124. The program is free and open to teens in grades 6-12. CAP is coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis (JCRC) and has an active Hunger Task Force. CAP is a program of the Bohm Social Justice Initiative at JCRC. “Hunger is often invisible. We may not know that our neighbors or the children sitting next to us in class are dealing with food insecurity,” said Lou Albert, Chair of the CAP Hunger Task Force and Executive Director of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of St. Louis. “This program aims to bring the problem of hunger home to our young people and to give them the tools to make a difference as advocates on this issue. We know that hunger is an important concern, as the recent Ferguson Commission Report included Ending Hunger for Children and Families as a call to action.” The program will include a presentation and a follow up dialogue session run by Judith Coyman of Operation Food Search, a member agency of the CAP Hunger Task Force. There will be a call to action to conclude the program. This event coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which runs from November 14 to 22. For more information and to RSVP, contact Gail Wechsler, Director of Domestic Issues/Social Justice at the JCRC, at 314-442-3894 or gwechsler@jcrcstl.org. *** ABOUT THE CAP HUNGER TASK FORCE: The CAP Hunger Task Force works to alleviate hunger in the region, state and nationally through service, education and advocacy. The members of the Task Force include: Bread for the World, Empower Missouri, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Operation Food Search, and St. Louis Area...

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St. Louis Teen Receives National Award and $36,000

15 YOUNG LEADERS RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD AND $36,000 EACH FOR THEIR WORK TO PROMOTE YOUTH ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE The Helen Diller Family Foundation Puts its Faith in “Generation Zers” Making Life Better for Baltimore Kids with Imprisoned Parents, Dallas Teens Who Could Use Tech Skills to Succeed, Latino Day Laborers and their Families in California, Bullied and Special Needs Students in New Jersey and Arizona, and Families Around the World in Need of Food, Shelter, Skills and Acceptance SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 25, 2015 — The Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, today announced the recipients of its annual Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. Now in its ninth year, the national award recognizes and further empowers young, socially-minded leaders who’ve successfully worked for change on issues from education to public policy, science to the environment. Each teen recipient will receive $36,000 to be used in support of a social project or to further their education. Descriptions of all 15 Award recipients and their projects can be found at: www.dillerteenawards.org. The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards began as a pilot program in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007. The awards are the vision of Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller, who dedicated her life to supporting social responsibility, medical research, cultural and artistic endeavors and the invigoration of her Jewish heritage. The awards recognize Jewish teens that demonstrate and exemplify the spirit of tikkun olam, a central Jewish precept meaning to repair the world. What began as a community project nearly a decade ago has grown into a national network of 70 socially responsible Jewish youth that engage in actively changing the world. In its nine-year history, the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards initiative has given more than $2.5 million to teens from more than 20 US communities. With Helen Diller’s death earlier this year, 2015 marks a new chapter for the Helen Diller Family Foundation, which plans to continue to fund and support the Awards in her honor as a living legacy and commitment to tikkun olam. Each Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award recipient has a unique perspective on today’s most pressing issues and has thoughtfully created practical solutions through community programs and global organizations. Teens’ projects open new doors for underprivileged youth, combat school bullying, engage peers in social good campaigns, and support families, communities, and our environment in important new ways. Recipients are rewarded not only for their visions and social actions, but also for demonstrating leadership skills that indicate a passion and ability to find workable solutions to the most critical problems facing our communities today. With 10 teens from communities across the nation and five from California, this year’s 15 recipients will join the Foundation’s growing network of young entrepreneurs who, their age notwithstanding, are already making a profound impact on our world. “The award recipients are truly an inspiration and example for us all,” said Jackie Safier, Helen Diller’s daughter and President of the Helen Diller Family Foundation. “When these awards were created and launched nine years ago, this year’s recipients were exactly the kind of teens my mom and the other program founders had in mind.  We are extremely gratified to be able to acknowledge these...

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Block Yeshiva Dinner

Block Yeshiva will be holding its annual scholarship dinner on March 9. The school will be honoring faculty and administrators of the past 36 years. The planned guest speaker is the well-renowned Rabbi Frand !

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2015 JCC Maccabi Games® St. Louis Delegation Tryouts

2015 JCC Maccabi Games® St. Louis Delegation Tryouts Teens 13 – 16 years on July 31, 2015 The J will participate in the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games®, taking place in Milwaukee, WI from Sunday, August 2 through Friday, August 7, 2015. Jewish teens from all over the U.S., Canada, Israel, Mexico, and Great Britain will share in the fun of competing and the pride of being part of a world-famous Olympic-style event infused with Jewish content and values. The J will take 100 athletes to compete in baseball, girls and boys basketball and soccer, girls volleyball, coed flag football, inline hockey, dance, golf, swimming, table tennis, track and field, and tennis. Tryouts and parent information meetings are Sunday, December 7 at the J’s Marilyn Fox Building in Chesterfield. Meetings are at 4:30pm and 5:30pm. Golf, table tennis, tennis and track & field athletes and parents must pre-register and attend an informational meeting. 4:00 – 5:00pm 5:00 – 6:00pm 6:00 – 7:00pm Soccer Basketball Baseball Girls Volleyball Dance Flag Football Swimming Please visit jccstl.com/maccabi for a registration form and additional information, and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook at facebook.com/maccabistl. CONTACT: Fanchon Auman, 314-442-3420...

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Pizza with a Purpose

Pizza with a Purpose

Pizza with a Purpose will take place all day on Sunday,November 16 at California Pizza Kitchen in Creve Coeur where 20% of your check will be donated to JOLT-Teens Take Action Event to benefit Gateway180. This JOLT: Jewish Opportunities and Learning for Teens course has focused on selecting, planning and implementing a Community Service Event for Jewish teens in St. Louis. The money raised on November 16 will be used to purchase supplies for the women and children at Gateway180.

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Scholarship Opportunities for Teen Travel to Israel

The Central Agency for Jewish Education and Jewish Federation of St. Louis announce the availability of Israel Travel Grants for teens and young adults traveling to Israel for a peer-based educational experience. Through the generosity of Jewish Federation, the new travel grant is available to all teens upon completion of 9th grade and to young adults through age 27. Applications are available at CAJESTL.org. The monetary award is based on the length of the program: Short-term programs $ 750.00 Semester programs $1,000.00 Year-long programs $1,500.00 Participants are eligible for one grant in any 12-month funding period (August 1 – July 31). They can apply more than once, but not for the same program. This program replaces the previous limited merit-based grant program, but does not replace the teen need-based scholarships and Stuart I. Pessin Award that CAJE will continue to offer. CAJE Israel Experience Center is our community’s local resource for teen travel to Israel. The Center helps families identify the program that best meets the needs and interests of the individual. The Center offers a number of need and incentive-based scholarships. For more information on Israel programs and financial assistance, contact Karen Rader at 314-442-3756 or...

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