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CULTURAL LEADERSHIP CAMPERS PARTICIPATE IN PROJECTS AT JCRC ON JULY 14, 2015

On Tuesday July 14, 2015, middle school students and staff from Camp Cultural Leadership spent the morning with JCRC engaging in two social action projects. The teens created get well cards for women recently diagnosed with breast cancer (for the organization Girls Love Mail) and harvested, mulched and surveyed at the JCC's Garden of Eden organic garden (with all vegetables donated to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry). Over 50 cards were created and over 50 pounds of green beans, green peppers, eggplant and potatoes were harvested. Below are some photos from the day of volunteering.

BOHM SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE CO-SPONSORS INTERFAITH HUNGER SEDER WITH LADUE CHAPEL

The JCRC's Newmark Institute and Bohm Social Justice Initiative partnered with Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church for the 2015 Interfaith Community Hunger Seder. The Seder took place on Wednesday March 25 at 5:30 PM at Ladue Chapel, 9450 Clayton Road 63124. The Hunger Seder was supported by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. For more information, contact Gail Wechsler at gwechsler@jcrcstl.org or 314-442-3894. More information and photos can be found on the Community Against Poverty page of this website. www.communityagainstpoverty.org

FOURTH ANNUAL JEWISH AND MUSLIM DAY OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
A BIG SUCCESS

Over 700 volunteers from the Jewish, Muslim and other faith communities participated in the 2014 Jewish and Muslim Day of Community Service on Christmas Day, 2014. Many of the volunteers attended a welcome breakfast at the Daar Ul Islam Mosque, then fanned out to 22 different community service sites from St. Charles to downtown St. Louis City. The 2014 co-chairs were Jerry Hochsztein, Sophie Malik, Tony Mughal and Karen Silverman. Below are some pictures from the 2014 Day of Community Service. Pictured are volunteers at the Little Projects, Little Hands site (making no-sew blankets for St. Louis Crisis Nursery), volunteers at the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, Rabbi Noah Arnow of Kol Rinah at the welcome breakfast, and a group shot from the breakfast.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOLERS FROM CAMP CULTURAL LEADERSHIP ENGAGE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE WITH JCRC

On Monday July 14, 2014, JCRC's Bohm Social Justice Initiative hosted 23 middle school students who are participating in Cultural Leadershi's new social justice/civil rights themed summer camp. The campers rotated between two community service projects: making greeting cards to benefits the non-profit groups Girls Love Mail and Ronald McDonald House and working in the JCC's Garden of Eden to harvest produce for clients of the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. The campers made 49 greeting cards/gifts and harvested 122 pounds of produce.

Below are some photos from the event.

OVER 160 PEOPLE ATTEND
APRIL 8, 2014 COMMUNITY HUNGER SEDER

Close to 170 people attended the 2014 Community Hunger Seder co-sponsored by JCRC and its Newmark Institute for Human Relations and the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. Collaborating agencies were Bread for the World, The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (of JF & CS of Saint Louis), Missouri Association for Social Welfare and Operation Food Search. Those attending the event, held at the Rigali Center, read from a special Haggadah that told the story of escape from slavery to freedom in terms of the problem of hunger. Participants learned about the ways they could help alleviate hunger through volunteering, donating and advocacy. The Seder was part of a national mobilization coordinated by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

PHOTOS FROM 2014 HUNGER SEDER

Larry Welch of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis welcomes the group

 

Brother Lorenzo of Aquinas Institute gives a reading at the Seder

Group shot of the 170 attendees

Lou Albert, Executive Director of Jewish Family & Children's Service, reads from the Hagaddah

TEENS FROM JEWISH AND MORMON COMMUNITIES VOLUNTEER AT OPERATION FOOD SEARCH

On Monday February 17, 2014 (President's Day), over 30 volunteers from the Jewish and Mormon communities held a volunteer day at Operation Food Search in University City. Organized by the JCRC and the Latter Day Saints community, this event brought together teens from the two faith communities to sort donated goods, to compost foods past their expiration dates and to learn more about the work of Operation Food Search. The afternoon ended with a discussion about ways the teens could continue to help those who suffer from food insecurity in the region. Teens from the Jewish community represented Central Reform Congregation, Congregation Shaare Emeth, Kol Rinah, Temple Israel, United Hebrew Congregation and Young Israel. Pictures from the event are below. The first photo show all of the teens before beginning the project.

Steve Baer, Volunteer Coordinator at Operation Food Search, showing the teens the warehouse where food is stored and sorted.

 

(left to right) Marcia Orgill from the Latter Day Saints community and David Bohm of the Jewish Community Relations Council, lead a discussion with the teens.

 

 

700 Volunteers Participate in 2013 Jewish and Muslim Day of Service

Once again in 2013, turnout was strong for the annual Jewish and Muslim Day of Service co-sponsored by JCRC and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis. Approximately 700 people volunteered, an increase over last year's number of participants. As in past years, volunteers went to 21 service sites. Sites included the Dar Ul Islam Mosque (site of a soup making project for area food pantries), Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, the Saint Louis Juvenile Detention Center, Almost Home, The Bridge and Gateway 180 (two area homeless shelters) as well as many other locations. Co-Chairs for the 2013 event were Roberta Gutwein of JCRC and Zubaida Ibrahim of the Islamic Foundation. Those attending the annual welcome breakfast heard from Dr. Waheed Rana on behalf of the Muslim community and Rori Picker Neiss on behalf of the Jewish community.

PHOTOS FROM THE 2013 DAY OF SERVICE

Pictured below, from left, are JCRC volunteers Noam and David Kantor at the Gateway 180 volunteer site with Fresh Strart bags created for clients of the shelter.

From left to right: Co-Chair Roberta Gutwein, Bohm Social Justice Initiative Chair Gerry Greiman, Co-Chair Zubaida Ibrahim.

Shown above are the volunteers for the Visits to Police and Fire Fighters site before leaving to deliver holiday cookies.

Read the article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the 2013 Day of Service


Read the Blog by our JCRC Poverty Intern 2012

2012 Fighting Poverty with Faith Event a Success

Fighting Poverty with Faith
November 11th, 2012
Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry

Every year the JCRC participates in a national effort known as Fighting Poverty with Faith.  This year, on Sunday, November 11th, sixteen students gathered tovolunteer for two hours at the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.  They helped pack bagswith foodthat would be picked up throughout the week by local clients.  This volunteer day served as an educational experience for the youth as well.  In a small discussion, they were challenged to think about the prevalence of hunger in the St. Louis area as well as the difficulties they would face if they were in a situation in which they received help from the food pantry. In total, they packed over 200 bags of food that would be distributed to the food pantry’s clients throughout the following week.

  
Molly Loughran, JCRC Fall 2012 Poverty Intern     Fighting Poverty with Faith student participants
and Don Meissner, Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food  in action
Pantry, talk to the students about how to pack
bags for clients of the food pantry

                        

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THINGS YOU CAN DO TO ALLEVIATE HUNGER:

National Resources:

Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger (national non-profit dedicated to preventing and alleviating hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds) http://mazon.org

Bread for the World (national group that advocates for policies that reduce hunger at home and abroad) http://www.bread.org/


Feeding America http://feedingamerica.org

 

Local Resources:

Feeding Missouri http://feedingmissouri.org

Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (part of Jewish Family & Children’s Service)
http://www.jewishinstlouis.org/IR/community-directory.aspx?id=7163

Operation Food Search (a food bank serving the St. Louis bi-state area) www.OperationFoodSearch.org

Watch the Ladue View story about the 2011 Hunger Seder

           

 

Social Justice refers to the recognition of social inequality and the commitment to rectify through action, service, and education. 

Social Action is our ability to mobilize on behalf of a cause – volunteering, advocating, teaching, mentoring, giving resources/goods or money.

Please see our Volunteer and Donate Goods pages to learn more about how YOU can get involved.

For more information contact Gail Wechsler (314) 442-3894 or gwechsler@jcrcstl.org


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"It is not for you to complete the work, nor are you free to desist from it."
                                                               
Rabbi Tarfon, Pirke Avot 2:20

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