Israel

ברוכים הבאים לסיינט לואיס! תודה שביקרתם ב״דף ישראל״ שלנו! כאן תמצאו מספר קישורים שיעזרו לכם ללמוד על הקהילה הישראלית בסיינט לואיס. תופתעו לגלות שבסנט לואיס יש קהילה שוקקת של ישראלים שהגרו הנה והפכו את סנט לואיס לביתם. הקהילה הישראלית בעיר הביאה עמה היבטים רבים של תרבות ישראלית שמשתלבים בצורה יוצאת דופן בתרבות המקומית. בטווח של 20 מייל (כ-32 קילומטר), תוכלו למצוא שני מרכזים יהודיים קהילתיים (JCC), מספר בתי ספר יהודיים, יותר מ-12 בתי כנסת, מגוון רחב של שרותים לגיל הזהב, פעילויות ותכניות למבוגרים צעירים, סוכנויות לשירותים חברתיים וליחסי אנוש, קבוצות למשפחות עם ילדים קטנים ועוד הרבה אפשרויות.

אנא תעיינו בהמלצות מישראלים (משפחות ובודדים) המתגוררים בסיינט לואיס. יש להם הרבה מה לומר על הקהילה התוססת הזאת – קהילה שמשלבת את התרבות היהודית העשירה שלנו עם התחושה הקלילה הייחודית של ה״מידווסט״, של מרכז ארה״ב.

אנו מזמינים אתכם לגלות את העיר האדירה הזאת ולהעזר בנו במסע היהודי שלכם!

Welcome to St. Louis! Thank you for visiting our Israel page. Here, you will find several links to help you learn about the Israeli community in St. Louis. You might be surprised to find that we have a vibrant population of expatriate Israelis who have made St. Louis their home. They have also brought many exciting aspects of Israeli culture to our local community. In addition, within a 20 mile span, you will find two Jewish Community Centers, several Jewish day schools, over a dozen congregations, many services for seniors, programming for young adults, social and human services agencies, groups for families with young children and so much more.

Be sure to check out the testimonies from Israeli individuals and families living in St. Louis. They have a lot to say about this thriving community- which combines our rich Jewish culture with an easy Midwest feel.

We invite you to explore this great city and call on us to help you in your Jewish journey.

P.S. Be sure to check the Careers page for positions specifically for Israeli members of our community and other job opportunities. Currently, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School is looking for a full time Hebrew teacher. Learn more here: https://mirowitz.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/

Join our Israelis in St. Louis Facebook Group

Residents


Shifra G.

Shifra G.

שפרה ג.

נשואה עם שלושה ילדים, בגילאים 17 , 15 ו -11.
היא מתגוררת בסנט לואיס ארבע שנים ועובדת כמורה בגן ילדים.

״המשפחה שלנו לוקחת חלק במגוון רחב של תוכניות בנוף היהודי אבל יש גם כל כך הרבה אטרקציות מקומיות למשפחות ליהנות בסנט לואיס, כמו מרכז המדע ,גן החיות ,מוזיאון העיר, פארקים ושבילים בטבע.
ניתן ליצור תוך זמן קצר תחושה חזקה של קהילה, על ידי מעורבות בקהילה הישראלית המקומית ודרך השתתפות בפעילויות הרבות והתוכניות הזמינות.”

Shifra G. – Married with three children, ages 17, 15 & 11
Been in St. Louis four years and works as a pre-school teacher.
“Our family takes part in a variety of programs across the Jewish landscape but there are also so many local attractions like the Science Center, The Zoo, The City Museum, parks and nature trails for families to enjoy in St. Louis. By getting involved in the local Israeli community and taking part in the many activities and programs available, soon you create a strong sense of community.”

טל

נשואה עם שלושה ילדים, בגילאים 9, 7, ו-5.
מתגוררת בסנט לואיס תשעה חודשים.
היא פסיכיאטרית ילדים מוסמכת.

“זה חשוב לנו לשמור על הזהות הישראלית שלנו ועשינו זאת דרך הצטרפות לבית הספר היהודי קהילתי ע”ש סול מירוביץ׳, וביצירת קשרים אישיים באירועים יהודים. ישנם הרבה אירועים כאלה בסנט לואיס.”

Tal– Married with three children, ages 9, 7 & 5
Been in St. Louis nine months and is a licensed child psychiatrist.
“It is important to us to maintain our Israeli identity and we have done so by joining Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School and creating personal relationships at Jewish events and there are many to choose from in St. Louis.”

Mali and Dani H.

Mali and Dani H.

מלי ה.

נשואה עם 4 ילדים בוגרים.
היא מתגוררת בסנט לואיס 20 שנה ועובדת כמורה לשפה העברית בבית הספר היהודי קהילתי ע”ש סול מירוביץ׳.

“אנחנו מאוד נהנים מאיכות החיים בסנט לואיס . יש לנו חברות ארוכת טווח עם רקדנים ישראליים וחברי הקהילה היהודית באזור שלנו . אנו משתמשים במדיה חברתית כדי להתעדכן במה שמתרחש בעיר . “

 

Mali H.-Married with four grown children.
Been in St. Louis 20 years and is a Hebrew language teacher at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School
“We really enjoy the quality of life in St. Louis. We have a long lasting friendship with fellow Israeli dancers and members of the Jewish community in our area. We use social media to find out what is happening around town.”

Shlomit N.

Shlomit N.

שלומית נ.

נשואה עם 2 ילדים בוגרים ושתי נכדות צעירות.
היא חיה בסנט לואיס במשך 9 שנים ופרשה לאחרונה מתפקיד מרצה באוניברסיטה מקומית
.” סנט לואיס הוא בדיוק בגודל הנכון . האנשים חמים ומעשיים וזה מקום שקט עם איכות חיים טובה . “

 

 

Shlomit N. – Married with two grown children and two young granddaughters
Been in St. Louis nine years and recently retired from a lecturer position at a local university
“St. Louis is just the right size. The people are down to earth and it is a tranquil place with a good quality of life.”

Nadine S.

Nadine S.

נדין ש.

נשואה עם שלושה ילדים בגילאים 12, 10 ו -7.
היא חיה בסנט לואיס 9 שנים. לאחרונה קיבלה את הדוקטורט שלה במדעי הסביבה והיא עובדת בתחום .

“סנט לואיס הוא מקום עם מחיה טובה במחיר סביר, עם קהילה ישראלית באיכות גבוהה ונוכחות יהודית טובה וחזקה. יש בתי ספר וגנים יהודיים מצוינים, ואנו מנצלים את התוכניות שמוצעות לבני נוער כגון ספריית פיג’מה וצופים ישראלים.”

 

Nadine S. – Married with three children; ages 12, 10 & 7
Been in St. Louis nine years and recently earned her Ph.D, in environmental sciences and she is working in the field.
“St. Louis is an affordable place with a high quality Israeli community and a good, strong Jewish presence. There are excellent Jewish day schools and preschools and we take advantage of the programs for youth that are offered, such as Sifriyat Pijama and Tzofim.”

רוזית

נשואה עם 3 ילדים בגילאים 21 ( כעת משרתת בצבא הישראלי) , 8 ו-7.
היא חיה בסנט לואיס כמעט שנתיים ועובדת באקדמיה בתחום כספים וניירות ערך.

“זה היה קל ליצור קשרים טובים מבין המשפחות הישראליות והיהודיות בסנט לואיס. אנחנו נהנים מקצב החיים הייחודי בסנט לואיס ויש לסנט לואיס הרבה תכונות מיוחדות המתאימות למשפחה שלנו”.

Rosit – Married with three children; ages 21 (serving in Israeli army), 7 & 8
Been in St. Louis nearly two years and works in academia in the field of finance and securities.
“It has been easy to make good connections among the Israeli and Jewish families in St. Louis. We enjoy the unique pace of life in St. Louis and St. Louis has many special qualities for our family.”

Directory of Israeli Programs in St. Louis


  1. Bayit Yisraeli/Israeli House in St. Louis
  2. Beit Sefer “Shelanu”
  3. Early Childhood Programs in Jewish community
  4. Israeli Film Festival
  5. Israeli Folk Dancing in St. Louis
  6. Israeli Shlicha
  7. Jewish Day Schools
  8. Jewish Film Festival
  9. Kesher B’Kitah (School to School)
  10. Partnership2Gether
  11. Sefriyat Pijama B’America
  12. Shma/Listen JFED Speaker Series
  13. St. Louis Israeli Innovation Connection (SLIIC)
  14. St Louis Jewish Community Inclusion Initiative
  15. Torah Mitzion
  16. Tzofim/Israeli Scouts
  17. Tzofim Lektantanim

 

Bayit Yisraeli/Israeli House in St. Louis

Tali Stadler
314-680-4799
talis@charter.net or tstadler@cbgundaker.com

Most programs are held at Congregation B’nai Amoona at 324 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, MO 63141.

Bayit Yisraeli is the source for information for all Israelis in St. Louis, including information for events in the Jewish community for Israelis.

In addition, the Israeli house has programs for children ages two years old – 2nd grade. The program for kids includes activities in various subjects, mainly Jewish holidays and important days in the Israeli calendar.  All activities are conducted in Hebrew and include hands on activities, stories, Israeli songs etc.

 

Beit Sefer “Shelanu”

Rabbi Shafner and Chani Pinsberg

Rabbi Shafner
314-721-3030
rabbi@baisabe.com

Chani
314-956-6311
giveretpinsberg@yahoo.com

Bais Abraham at 6910 Delmar, University City, MO 63130

The program is geared toward children in elementary and middle school from families with at least one Israeli parent.

The goal of this program is to teach Hebrew reading (with a focus on comprehension) and writing (with improved accuracy and meaning) and to strengthen the children’s connection to the land of Israel, history of Israel, and the Jewish tradition. The classes are taught in small groups (chosen according to skills rather than strictly by age) and are instructed entirely in Hebrew by experienced Israeli teachers. The instruction is through books from Israel as well as teacher-made materials. Students are assigned homework on a regular basis, and parents are expected to reinforce their children’s learning by helping them with age-appropriate homework. Students are engaged in independent reading and are responsible to report or do a project on their reading.  In addition to Hebrew language skills, Judaic knowledge and traditions are also taught.

Throughout the year, learning is reinforced by hands-on Jewish experiences. Families are welcomed to community holiday and Shabbat celebrations as well as Shabbat dinners just for the Shelanu families and teachers.  Shelanu is also considering a Bar/Bat mitzvah program especially for Israelis.

Parents of Shelanu students are also given the opportunity if they like to meet monthly during the first hour of school with Rabbi Shafner at Starbucks to discuss Jewish thoughts and relevant questions. Currently the group is discussing Pirkey Avot.

BaisAbe.com/Shelanu
Facebook page: Facebook.com/Pages/Bais-Abraham-Congregation/158587370857373

 

Early Childhood Programs in Jewish community

There are many early childhood programs under Jewish auspices in the area.  For a more comprehensive list, please click on the following link:

CAJESTL.org/l-links2.php

The following early childhood programs currently have fluent Hebrew-speaking teachers as part of their staff and fluent Hebrew speaking children as part of their program:

  • B’nai Amoona Early Childhood Center
  • Deutsch Early Childhood Center of Temple Israel (Fluent Hebrew speaking teachers in the afternoon only)
  • H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy (They have teachers in the building that are fluent in Hebrew)
  • Jewish Community Center – Early Childhood Center (Staenberg Family Complex only)
  • Kol Rinah Early Childhood Center
  • Torah Prep

The following early childhood programs currently have fluent Hebrew-speaking children as part of their programs but no fluent Hebrew-speaking staff:

  • Shirlee Green Preschool at Congregation Shaare Emeth
  • Saul Spielberg Early Childhood Center at United Hebrew Congregation
  • Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Center (Fox Building)

 

Israeli Film Festival

Melanie Thiede
314-432-8050

Congregation Temple Israel sponsors an annual Israeli film Festival in the month of March.

 

Israeli Folk Dancing in St. Louis

Rachel Persellin-Armoza, Session Leader and Hora Gil Dance Troupe Director
314-706-7149
occasionsbyrachy@yahoo.com

Wayne Brown, Session Leader
636-288-3952
wayne.brown@monsanto.com

Weekly dance session held Monday evenings 8:30 pm-11:30 pm (or even later!) at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, 348 S. Mason Rd., St Louis, MO 63141. Cost is $5.00 at the door.

St. Louis Israeli Folk Dancing is great energetic, uplifting fun for everyone–beginners, intermediates, old pros. We’ve had a group in St. Louis since the 1970s, but we have grown with the times. We continually update our repertoire with the hottest new dances from Israel, but we stay true to tradition by keeping the old favorites alive in our playlists. We dance in circles, lines and couples, and we teach new dances every week.

We’re a very friendly group–Israelis and Americans–and we welcome visitors and new dancers. Our weekly sessions are usually for adults, with additional special youth Israeli dance opportunities throughout the year.  Our dance troupe, Hora Gil, performs at International Festivals and other venues.  Come join us in the circle!

Facebook Page:Facebook.com/groups/48123901599/

 

Israeli Shlicha

Engaging Israeli Community Living in St. Louis

Yael Treger
314-442-3137
ytreger@jccstl.org

The JCC, Bais Abraham Congregation and the local Israeli Tzofim group, Shevet Keshet, have partnered together to engage all the Israelis living in St. Louis into our community.  Thanks to the generosity of the St. Louis Jewish Federation, there is now a full time dedicated shlichah who does outreach and programming to help connect all Israelis to the Jewish community and to serve as a resource for them so they feel welcome and valued members of our Jewish community.

Programs are planned for almost every holiday, including Israeli and Jewish holidays.  Programs might be done together with local congregations, Tzofim, JCC or local Israeli community only.  We also plan Israeli programs for mostly adults, but sometimes students as well, including movie night, talks, etc.  We also plan fun events for the Israeli community, including picnics and potlucks.  Finally, we also help to connect local Israelis to the Jewish organizations of interest to them.

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Jewish Day Schools

All the Jewish day schools in the area have Hebrew education as part of their curriculum.  For a complete list of Jewish days schools in the area, please click on the following link:

CAJESTL.org/l-links2.php

 

Jewish Film Festival

Zelda Sparks
zsparks@jccstl.org

The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival presents films from around the globe including many Israeli films, usually during the June timeframe at movie theaters around the St. Louis area.The films are listed on the STLJewishFilmFestival.org website.Tickets can be purchased through BrownPaperTickets.com at the J box office and at the door of the theater.

 

Kesher B’Kitah (School to School)

Joan Wolchansky
314-442-3760
JWolchansky@jedstl.org

Kesher B’Kitah is an educational program piloted in September, 2006, to create sustainable, meaningful relationships between students, teachers and families in St. Louis and Yokneam-Megiddo through curricular projects and activities in St. Louis congregational and day schools and elementary and high schools in Yokneam-Megiddo. Curricular activities are grade and age appropriate and are designed to strengthen personal ties and knowledge about each other’s daily life, family and community.

JFedSTL.org/Caje-Teacher-Xchange/

 

Partnership2Gether

Dr. Stephen Cohen
314-442-3800
SCohen@JFedSTL.org

Partnership2Gether Links St. Louis to Yokneam-Megiddo, Israel.

As part of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ concern for vulnerable Jews in need overseas, they have funded, together with Atlanta Jewish Federation, a multi-year project in Yokneam and Megiddo. This project serves families in distress with children and youth in need through multiple interventions that have demonstrated much success.”

JFedSTL.org/P2G

 

Sefriyat Pijama B’America

Patty Bloom
314-576-6177
pbloom@mirowitz.org

Families may register to receive free monthly Hebrew books at www.sp-ba.org.

Children ages 2-8 who have at least one Hebrew-speaking parent are invited to a free, interactive story time program on Sundays throughout the year. The event is part of Sifriyat Pijama B’America, a Hebrew literacy program that includes free, age-appropriate Hebrew books and Hebrew story time activities held quarterly at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, 348 South Mason Road in Creve Coeur. The event will include a Hebrew book reading, related craft projects, Israeli dancing and themed snacks.

 

SH’MA: Listen! JFED Speaker Series

Joan Wolchansky
JWolchansky@JFedSTL.org
314.442.3760

The SH’MA: Listen! Speaker Series is a new initiative of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis created to highlight speakers appearing at local congregations, agencies and organizations, as well as to sponsor its own speakers who can provide opportunities for the Jewish community to gain a deeper understanding of Israel and other Jewish topics.

JFedSTL.org/SpeakerSeries

 

St. Louis Israeli Innovation Connection (SLIIC)

Donn Rubin, President and CEO of BioSTL
drubin@biostl.org

BioSTL’s St. Louis-Israel Innovation Connection (SLIIC) initiative aims to build a direct link between St. Louis and the nation of Israel by recruiting Israeli companies to establish a United States presence in St. Louis.

BioSTL.org/About/St-Louis-Israel-Connection

 

St Louis Jewish Community Inclusion Initiative

Rinat Kisin, Inclusion Coordinator
314-442-3801
RKisin@JFedSTL.org

The Jewish Community Inclusion Initiative promotes full participation in Jewish life for individuals with disabilities and their families by enhancing inclusion, providing resources and collaborating with existing services in the St. Louis community. Target audience: individuals with disabilities and their families.

JFedSTL.org/Inclusion/

 

Torah Mitzion

Michael Shapiro
Cell: 314-224-9481
michael.shapiro@purina.nestle.com

The St. Louis Kollel began in 2003 with shlichim and Bnot Sherut, and the Bat Ami program began participating in 2004.

TorahmiTzion.org/St-Louis-Missouri-2

 

Tzofim/Israeli Scouts: for ages 3rd grade through high school

Ilanit
314-503-8268
ilanitm6@gmail.com

Most programs are held at Congregation B’nai Amoona at 324 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, MO 63141

Israeli Scouts or “Tzofim” is for children from 3rd grade through high school.  Israeli Tzofim is similar to Boy/Girl Scouts of America. It focuses on character building, leadership, outdoor skills, a commitment to pluralism and democracy, service to the community and developing a strong connection to Israel.

Facebook page: Facebook.com/Shevet.Keshet

 

Tzofim Lektantanim (Young Tzofim)

Shifra
314-681-7664
shifgaler@gmail.com

For kids grades K-2. Activities held twice a month. Introduces kids to Tzofim and allows them to take part in fun, age-appropriate Tzofim activities. Programming run in Hebrew.

 

Events


Sun, Jun 11, 2017
Sun, Jun 11, 2017
Thu, Jun 08, 2017
Tue, May 23, 2017
Tue, May 23, 2017
Thu, May 04, 2017