Bohm Social Justice Initiative
Joining together again in 2013 to show our joint commitment to social action, the JCRC and the Islamic Foundation of Greater Saint Louis are co-sponsoring the third annual Jewish and Muslim Day of Service. Volunteers of all backgrounds and faiths are needed to help out at over twenty community service sites throughout the Saint Louis region. You can find out more about the volunteer sites and register to help at:
Thanks to all of the supporting organizations from the Jewish, Muslim and general communities that are helping with this year's event:
American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri
Bais Abraham Congregation
Central Reform Congregation
Congregation B'nai Amoona
Congregation Shaare Emeth
Congregation Temple Israel
Imam Waheed Rana's Koran Saturday Study Group
International Institute of Saint Louis
Islamic Community Center
Midwest Jewish Congress
Muslim Community of Saint Louis
National Council of Jewish Women-Saint Louis Section
Next Dor Saint Louis
Saint Louis Jewish Community Center
Shia Islamic Education Center
Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community
United Hebrew Congregation
HELP WITH TOILETRY DRIVE FOR JEWISH AND MUSLIM DAY OF SERVICE
Please visit one of these drop off sites until December 16 to donate unopened toiletry items (personal size soap, shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant and toothpaste; any size toothbrushes, razors, dish detergent and laundry detergent:
- Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman 63108
- Daar Ul Islam Mosque, 517 Weidman Road 63011
- United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road 63017
- Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road, 63141
- Temple Emanuel, 12166 Conway Road, 63131
Items will be distributed to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, Mercy Hospital and other community service sites associated with the Jewish and Muslim Day of Service.
Photos from the 2012 Jewish and Muslim
Day of Service
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.”
OCTOBER EVENT AT NEXT DOR A SUCCESS
Solomon Initiative volunteers invited the children of Gateway 180 to the Next Dor house in the Central West End for an afternoon of Halloween Fun on Sunday October 27, 2013. They also welcomed Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, who visited with the children and volunteers and thanked the volunteers for their community service.
Join Us for the Remaining 2013 Solomon Events
Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at Gateway 180, 1000 N. 19th Street Saint Louis 63016 and start at 1 PM. Carpooling is available from Next Dor St. Louis in the Central West End.
Sunday, November 24-details to be announced
Wednesday December 25, 11 AM
(in collaboration with the Jewish and Muslim Day of Service)
Sign up for programs at http://www.nextdorstl.com/service.html
Pictures from past Solomon events:
The Solomon volunteers enjoyed playing games, doing hula hoop and sharing cool summer treats with the children at the June 23 event. June birthdays were celebrated too!
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"It is not for you to complete the work, nor are you free to desist from it."
Rabbi Tarfon, Pirke Avot 2:20