Bohm Social Justice Initiative
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SECOND ANNUAL JEWISH AND MUSLIM
DAY OF SERVICE
TUESDAY DECEMBER 25, 2012
Over 600 Volunteers Attend Jewish and Muslim Day of Service
Over 600 volunteers from the Jewish, Muslim and other faith communities came out on December 25 for the second annual Jewish and Muslim Day of Service. Volunteers attended a welcome breakfast at the Jewish Community Center Staenberg Arts & Education complex, then fanned out to 21 community service sites in the region. Virtually every site had Jewish and Muslim volunteers working side by side. Volunteers made over 700 toiletry packets for patients at Mercy Hospital’s Ronald McDonald House and ICU, delivered over 200 Meals on Wheels, visited over 60 police and fire stations with donated cookies and engaged in many other acts of service that day. The event was co-sponsored by JCRC and the Islamic Foundation of Greater Saint Louis.
Rabbi Brigette Rosenberg and Imam Muhamid Hasic, who both spoke at the welcome breakfast
Volunteers at the Weidman Road Mosque
Event Co-Chairs Roberta Gutwein and Zubaida Ibrahim
Read the Blog by our JCRC Poverty Intern 2012
Karen Solomon Young Adult Service Initiative
One of the core tenets of Judaism is that Jews have an obligation to practice Tikkun Olam, repair of the world. As is written in Pirke Avot: “While it is not required of you to finish the task, neither are you free to desist from it.”
The Karen Solomon Young Adult Service Initiative provides an opportunity for young adults in the Jewish community to help “repair the world.” Ongoing volunteer projects geared to young adults take place at Gateway 180: Homelessness Reversed. Gateway 180 is an emergency shelter for women and children located in the City of St. Louis. Its mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment designed to get women, children and families into transitional or permanent homes in under 30 days.
The Karen Solomon Young Adult Service Initiative is a project of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Co-sponsors of the program are the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis, Next Dor STL and the Jewish Community Center of St. Louis.
What People are Saying about Volunteering at Gateway 180
“Gateway 180 is an amazing volunteer site.”
“Very organized and the clients appreciative.”
“ Volunteering at Gateway 180 was a heart-changing moment.”
“Spending time with the families and giving the children a chance to be kids really seemed to brighten their spirits.”
DATES FOR 2013 SOLOMON INITIATIVE PROGRAMS THROUGH SUMMER 2013
All programs take place from 1:00 to 3:30 PM at Gateway 180, 1000 North 19th Street Saint Louis 63106
JOIN US FOR CELEBRATE SPRING AND EARTH DAY AT GATEWAY 180: April Karen Solomon Event
Spring is finally here. Come celebrate at a birthday party for children at the shelter with April birthdays. We will celebrate the warmer weather with crafts, games and (weather permitting) outdoor activities. RSVP to http://www.nextdorstl.com/service.html
Upcoming Dates for Solomon Programs:
Sunday May 19
Sunday June 23
Sunday July 21
Sunday August 25
Sign up for programs at http://www.nextdorstl.com/service.html
Pictures from past Solomon events:
Volunteers have a great time celebrating Spring at Gateway 180
The Solomon Initiative and Nishmah partnered on a wonderful event on Sunday April 19 at Gateway 180. Volunteers celebrated April birthdays and the arrival of spring with craft projects, face painting and juggling. A wonderful time was had by all!
Photos from the event are below.
From March Event (below):
Alec Engelberg with a resident of Gateway 180
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.
JCRC and SLU conduct Hunger Awareness Seder
On April 2, 2012, 50 people attended the first JCRC/Saint Louis University (SLU) Hunger Awareness Seder . Co-sponsors of the event for SLU were the Center for Service and Community Engagement, Interfaith Alliance, Interfaith Challenge and Jewish Student Association. The event was conducted as part of a national Hunger Seder mobilization of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. JCPA and MAZON provided partial financial support for the Seder.
Rabbi Howard Kaplansky, JCRC Board member and Chair of the Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations, lead the Seder. Participants learned about the prevalence of hunger in the United States and learned about steps they could take to alleviate the problem.
Pictures from the 2012 JCRC/SLU Hunger Seder
LEARN MORE ABOUT THINGS YOU CAN DO TO ALLEVIATE HUNGER:
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
Feeding Missouri http://feedingmissouri.org
Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (part of Jewish Family & Children’s Service)