JF&CS Young Leader Board Happy Hour

The Jewish Family & Children’s Service Young Leader Board is hosting a networking happy hour on Monday evening, August 3rd at Hacienda Restaurant.

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Maryville University Announces New Hillel on Campus

June 29, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Maryville University Announces New Hillel on Campus  [St. Louis, Mo.] – Maryville University has announced a new affiliation with Hillel International, the largest Jewish student organization in the world. The creation of a Maryville University Hillel marks the first time more than one Hillel will be serving students in the St. Louis community. The announcement follows concerted efforts by Maryville in recent years to create a more welcoming environment for Jewish students, through expanded programming and a growing presence in the Jewish community at large. A Jewish Student Union (JSU) was formed in 2010, and the Kranzberg Family Foundation has provided funding over the past five years to hire and retain a Jewish programming facilitator to engage young adults. Since 2012, this position has been held by Erin Schreiber, a former assistant director of St. Louis Hillel at Washington University. Schreiber will be the new Hillel manager. Numerous faculty and staff members worked toward helping the Maryville JSU become the newest Hillel, a distinction the University hopes will provide added assurance to families that students will find a Jewish “home” on campus. Maryville’s recent ranking as a national university makes it even more imperative that Jewish students from out-of-state have a place to celebrate traditions away from their families. Maryville sophomore Arin Simon, an education student from Denver, Colo., has actively participated in the Jewish Student Union and looks forward to having a Hillel on campus.  “I can’t wait to have a place at Maryville that I can go to just be Jewish, and be with others who are as well,” she said. The University’s initial inquiry to the Hillel International organization was warmly received. “They felt that we were already ahead of many other universities in creating a model of Jewish student life that others could follow,” Schreiber said. “We are very excited to be expanding Hillel’s work on campus to Maryville University,” said Hal Ossman, Hillel International’s chief campus officer. “The university leadership showed great commitment to building a strong Jewish community at Maryville and we believe the new Maryville University Hillel will continue a great tradition of Jewish student life in St. Louis.” To become an affiliate, Maryville underwent a rigorous review process—including submission of a formal application, and an interview that delved into the University’s cultural climate and rationale for becoming a Hillel. The affiliation agreement was approved through a vote by the Hillel International Board of Directors. Tom Eschen, Maryville’s vice president for institutional advancement, feels the new Maryville Hillel supports the goal of diversity and inclusion, which is a central theme of the University’s strategic plan. “The new Maryville Hillel is just the latest in a series of programs and initiatives designed to serve Maryville’s growing Jewish community of students, faculty, staff and alumni. We want Maryville to be a real first choice option for Jewish students of all ages, based on our academic programs and also our culture,” Eschen said. “Students of all religious backgrounds thrive at Maryville and diversity is a key goal. It’s what the real world looks like and it reflects the long-standing values of Maryville University. ” Schreiber foresees a smooth transition for St. Louis’s newest Hillel, which will open when the fall semester begins in August. “We’re proud to become the Maryville University...

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Yahel Social Change: Post-College Service Learning Program in Israel

Looking to spend a year in Israel engaging in meaningful, thought-provoking work, have graduated college and are between the ages of 22-27? Then Yahel Social Change may be the perfect program for you. As a participant on the Yahel Social Change program, you will have an opportunity to live, learn and work together with Israeli peers from local in Ethiopian and Arab Israeli communities to create sustainable social change. Yahel operates through a service-learning lens, which provides participants with the opportunities to partake in learning directly related to the service experience. To learn more please visit the website http://www.yahelisrael.com/#!yahel-social-change-program/ccx6 or contact rachel.cherrick@gmail.com with additional questions. To apply, please visit...

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New Initiative from Federation Builds Community While Breaking Bread

Challah in the Home, a new program from Federation’s Community Development department, pairs young adults with a host family in St. Louis to share home-cooked meals while celebrating Jewish experiences. The initiative helps young adults develop a sense of community with a local family by allowing for engagement in shared Jewish rituals. Alternatively, host families assist Jewish young adults in connecting with the St. Louis region and establishing a sense of community and family that might not otherwise be present. The program launches under the direction of Nate Rosenblum, Senior Associate of Community Development at Jewish Federation of St Louis. “St. Louis is home to many transplants who are involved in their professional and educational communities, but often lack a local sense of family that is so important to our Jewish people and culture” said Rosenblum. “Our goal with Challah in the Home is to create an inviting entry point for these individuals to engage with members of the Jewish community and learn how much St. Louis has to offer.”   To participate in Challah in the Home as either a young adult or host family, visit JewishinSTLouis.org/challah-home and fill out a form that will ask questions such as denomination of Judaism, dietary restrictions, and other qualifiers to ensure a good match. For more information, contact Nate Rosenblum at 314-442-3726 or...

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YPD Invites Jewish Young Adults to Step Up to the Plate

The Young Professionals Division of Federation invites local Jewish young adults to bring their Redbirds spirit to an evening in support of Jewish Federation of St. Louis on Saturday, November 15 from 9 pm to midnight. The event will be held at the Cardinals Clubhouse and includes stadium tours, visits from Fredbird, batting cages, open bar, stadium snacks, and more! Dietary laws observed. With your annual gift of $52 or more, tickets are $48 in advance, $58 at the door. Ticket also includes free parking. For more information or to register, visit YPDSTL.org/Step-Up or contact Lee’at Bachar at LBachar@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3817. Amanda Packman and Zack Dockman are chairing this special event, made possible by the generous support of Abeles and Hoffman P.C., College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving, The Heideman Group, Members Financial Services and Land Litwack & Associates. YPD works to make and strengthen connections in our community through Jewish Federation. They create opportunities to become involved in the Jewish community through philanthropy, service, networking events, and leadership development...

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IAC Shelanu!

Are you an 18-26 year old Israeli American ready to experience your new Israel? The IAC has partnered up with Taglit Birthright to create the IAC Shelanu program. During this 10 day trip over winter break you will meet fellow young Jewish leaders, dive into the Israeli culture, practice your Hebrew, and so much more! To learn more and apply visit: www.freejourneytoisrael.org/IACBirthrightisrael If you have any questions please feel free to email Eden Bennun at shelanu@israeliamerican.org! Warning: Your Safta did not plan this...

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