YPD Presents Second Edition of Pancakes with the Pros

Medical professionals gather to share insight with young adults The Young Professionals Division (YPD) of Jewish Federation of St. Louis has announced the return of its Pancakes with the Pros program, this time featuring medical professionals. The networking event, designed to connect young adults with professionals in various fields of interest, will take place on September 9 at 7:30 am at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond Heights. Roundtable discussions will be led by three medical professionals: Dr. Jennifer Smith, MD, F.A.C.O.G., Consultants in Women’s Healthcare, Inc.; Dr. Scott Kaar, MD, Chief of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery and Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University School of Medicine; and Dr. Daniel Goldberg, DDS, Dalin Dental Associates. This event is free of charge, but RSVP is requested to Carmen at CKnowles@JFedSTL.org. For more information visit YPDSTL.org/Pancakes or contact Lee’at at LBachar@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3817. YPD is for post-college Jewish men and women in their 20s and 30s. YPD works to make and strengthen Jewish connections and create opportunities for young Jews to become involved in the Jewish community and Jewish Federation....

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Hearing Our Way: Giving Kids with Hearing Loss a Kickstart

Less than a week into its exciting Kickstarter campaign, Hearing Our Way, the magazine for children and teens with hearing loss, has already achieved over 35% of its funding goal. The magazine, envisioned and established by Melanie Paticoff, participant of Millstone’s LENS program and Next Dor & YPD board member, provides social and emotional support to young people with hearing aids and cochlear implants. The campaign will raise money to send magazines free of charge to children around the world. Hearing Our Way launched the Kickstarter campaign with a fundraising event for friends and family last weekend at TechArtista, a co-working space in the Central West End. Now, Hearing Our Way is depending on support from the St. Louis Jewish community to reach its goal. “Hearing Our Way provides an opportunity for children and teens to not only read about others like them,  but connect with those who are experiencing similar challenges with hearing loss,” said Paticoff.  “The magazine teaches kids and teens to celebrate their differences and provides vital social and emotional support to young people during their formative years.” Kickstarter is an increasingly-popular crowd-funding platform that is changing the way millions of people connect with entrepreneurs and fund creative projects. Hearing Our Way backers have the opportunity to sponsor free subscriptions for families, teachers, schools, and offices and earn rewards including Sophie’s Tales children’s books about hearing loss. Paticoff hopes the open-captioned Kickstarter video will raise awareness about hearing loss and cochlear implants and jump start buzz around this exciting new publication. The magazine is produced by Sophie’s Tales LLC, an educational publishing company started by Paticoff that specializes in products for children with hearing loss. Paticoff’s mission to raise awareness about this cause is driven by passion and a personal connection to deaf education. Her cousin Julie is profoundly deaf and hears with bilateral cochlear implants. After recognizing a lack of products designed to support children like Julie, Paticoff designed Hearing Our Way to connect young people with hearing loss and provide them with role models, advice, and content designed specifically for them. Following a successful ‘prototype’ first issue that launched in April, distribution has reached more than 5,000 people worldwide, encompassing 49 states and 27 countries. The Kickstarter campaign offers a unique opportunity for individuals to be a part of this start-up and help build a future for this important resource. Only a short time remains to support this exciting social venture. To learn more, discover reward levels, and share the video, connect with Hearing Our Way’s page on...

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YPD Team to Run in JCC Annual Labor Day 5k

The Young Professionals Division (YPD) of Jewish Federation of St. Louis has put together Team Jews Run the Lou in preparation for the JCC Annual Labor Day 5k on Monday, September 1. Runners and walkers are invited to sign up with YPD for a discounted rate of $10. Registration includes complimentary massages and stretching assistance, snacks and beverages at the finish line, commemorative performance shirt and a day pass to the J. Participants have an opportunity to raise money on behalf of the YPD team. Funds raised will support Jewish Federation of St. Louis, which works to preserve and enhance Jewish life in St. Louis, Israel and around the world. Please register for the YPD team by August 14 at www.ypdstl.org/5k. For more information, contact Lee’at Bachar at 314-442-3817 or lbachar@jfedstl.org. YPD is for post-college Jewish men and women in their 20s and 30s. YPD works to make and strengthen Jewish connections and create opportunities for young Jews to become involved in the Jewish community and Jewish...

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YPD Seeks Passionate Young Leaders for At-Large Board

Candidates in their 20s and 30s with demonstrated Jewish leadership encouraged to apply The Young Professionals Division (YPD) of Jewish Federation of St. Louis is now accepting nominations for the 2014–15 seats of at-large board members. YPD is seeking young leaders who are passionate about Jewish life, philanthropy and building a community for Jews in St. Louis. The organization works to make and strengthen Jewish connections in the community and create opportunities for young adults to become involved in Jewish Federation. “We are looking for the next group of passionate young leaders to serve as ambassadors to the Jewish community on behalf of YPD and Federation,” says Ben Cherry, president of the YPD Board. “Nominees should be creative, energetic, open minded and ready to join a dynamic leadership team that is dedicated to the future of the St. Louis Jewish community.” Nominees must be between the ages of 23 and 35, have demonstrated Jewish leadership, have been an active participant in YPD, have completed the YPD Leadership Series (LEADS), and have sat on a planning committee or been active in Jewish Federation. Nominations will be accepted through July 28. Nomination forms may be filled out at www.YPDSTL.org/nominate. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee, and announcements will be made within two to three weeks of the nominations deadline. For more information, contact Lee’at Bachar at 314-442-3817 or...

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YPD to View St. Louis History Through Jewish Lens

The Young Professionals Division (YPD) of Jewish Federation of St. Louis will celebrate St. Louis’ 250th birthday with “St. Louis Through a Jewish Lens,” on Sunday, August 3. The event includes a guided tour of the Missouri History Museum’s “250 in 250” exhibit, followed by a look at the city’s richness and diversity through a Jewish lens with Bob Cohn, editor-in-chief emeritus of the Jewish Light. YPD is for post-college Jewish men and women in their 20s and 30s. YPD works to make and strengthen Jewish connections and create opportunities for young Jews to become involved in the Jewish community and in Jewish Federation. Participants will meet at 10:45 am at the steps of the Museum facing Lindell. The tour will begin at 11 am. The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP to cknowles@jfedstl.org by July...

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Jewish Federation Hosting Summer Events for College Students and Recent Grads

For the second year, Jewish Federation of St. Louis is hosting “Summer in the City,” a series of free events for Jewish college students and recent college graduates (ages 18 to 22 years) who are spending the summer in St. Louis. The events will give young adults the chance to connect with new friends and explore the local Jewish and social scenes. Summer in the City events include: Classic Shabbat Dinner at Chabad on Campus, Friday, June 13, 7:30 pm; Moroccan-themed Shabbat Dinner at St. Louis Hillel at Washington University, Friday, June 20, 7 pm; March in the Pride St. Louis Parade in Downtown St. Louis, Sunday, June 29, 10 am; BBQ Cookout at Next Dor, Friday, July 4, 3 pm; Volunteer for NCJW’s Back to School Store at CRC, Tuesday, July 15, 5:30 pm ; Happy hour with YPD at Bishop’s Post (must be 21 to attend), Thursday, July 17, 6 pm; A Celebration of St. Louis: 250 in 250! at Missouri History Museum, Sunday, August 3, 11 am; Food Truck Friday at Tower Grove Park Friday, August 8, 5 pm. Additional events may be added. For more information, go to www.jfedstl.org/summerinthecity, or contact Lee’at Bachar at lbachar@jfedstl.org or...

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