Here’s what’s happening in Jewish STL

NORC volunteers needed

The Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) program, a non-denominational program of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, needs volunteers who may help older adults with transportation, minor home repairs, yard work, computer training, friendly visits and more. Training will be provided. For more information, call Anne Myers-Richards at 314-442-3808.

Racism discussion set

Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St. Louis will present panelists from four faith traditions to discuss diverse religious perspectives on racism. The discussion will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Kirkwood Baptist Church, 211 North Woodlawn.

Book discussion scheduled

John Heidenry and Brett Topel, authors of The Boys Who Were Left Behind: The 1944 World Series Between the Hapless St. Louis Browns and the Legendary St. Louis Cardinals, will lead a panel discussion on St. Louis baseball history at the Jewish Book Festival at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the JCC in Creve Coeur. Former St. Louis baseball players Ed Mickelson, Joe Cunningham and Babe Martin and sports historian Professor Charles Korr will participate. For tickets or more information, call 314-442-3299.

Students invited

When Rabbi Jeffrey Bienenfeld of Young Israel visits Yokne’am on March 24 and 25 for Shabbat, he hopes that all St. Louis students who are spending a year in yeshivot or seminary or other places of higher learning will celebrate Shabbat with him and visit Dati (Orthodox) families in the region. Yokne’am is Jewish Federation’s Partnership 2000 sister city in Israel. For more information, contact Jennifer Baer Lotsoff at [email protected] or 314-442-3867.

Senior fair

United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road, will sponsor a Senior Living Fair from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26. More than 30 social service agencies and professionals serving the elderly will be represented. For more information, call Ken Schwartz at 314-434-3404 ext. 103.

Bosnian genocide film

The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center’s free monthly series will present the first local screening of Bosnian Muslims: A History of A Struggle for Survival at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building. For additional information, call 314-442-3714.

Israel trip details

A National Young Leadership Trip to Israel is scheduled from June 26-July 5. An information meeting will be held Monday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building. For questions or to RSVP, contact Margo Schwartz at 314-442-3865 or [email protected] or Aliyah Schneider at 314-442-3832 or [email protected].

Singles event

Sparks Matchmaking, a dating service for Jews, is holding a get-together at Busch’s Grove, 9160 Clayton Rd., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. Jeremy Davenport will perform. The event is free, and there will be a cash bar. For more information or to register, call Paula Sparks at 314-721-3638.

YPD Happy Hour

The Jewish Federation’s Young Professionals Division will sponsor a happy hour on Thursday, March 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Busch’s Grove. For information, contact Margo Schwartz at 314-442-3865 or e-mail [email protected].

Passover flowers from NA’AMAT

NA’AMAT is again selling vases of spring flowers for Passover. Price is $25.00 per vase. Proceeds help support NA’AMAT projects for women and children. To order, call 314-993-3033 by Monday, April 3. Vases will be delivered on Tuesday, April 12.

‘Mini Seder’ set

The Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s WINGS Program will host a pre-Passover “Mini Seder” luncheon, Wednesday, April 5, from noon-1:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaare Emeth. All food is strictly kosher. The cost is $5 per person. Call Sara Bromberg for more information at 314-812-9366.

Passover project

Women of Reform Judaism Co-op Congregations will hold a Passover Mitzvah Project event from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Congregation Shaare Emeth. Women from B’nai El, Shaare Emeth, Temple Israel, and United Hebrew Congregations will assemble Passover food baskets to be donated to the St. Louis Jewish Food Pantry. There is no charge for this event. RSVP by March 30 to Susan Steifel at 434-1341.

Musical events scheduled

Musician Dan Nichols will be the Deutsch Musician-in-Residence at Congregation Shaare Emeth April 7-9, 2006. All events are free and open to the public. They will take place at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road (Ladue at Ballas). For more information, please contact Susan Scribner at 569-0010 or [email protected].

Housing program readied

“Affordable housing and its impact on our community” will be explored at a community program beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 9, at Central Reform Congregation, Kingshighway and Waterman. The program will be followed by an optional tour of the Blumeyer neighborhood near Grand Center. The program is free of charge. For more information and to RSVP, please call Marci Mayer Eisen at 314-442-3894 or [email protected].

Overnight camp

NCSY and Torah MiTzion Kollel will offer Camp Gesher (Bridge) at Camp Sabra in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., Aug. 13 — 20. The camp is for boys and girls entering fifth through ninth grade in the fall. Rates are $399 before April 15, 2006 $429 after April 15. Non-refundable registration fee: $50. Scholarships are available. For more information call 1-877-343-7437 Ext. 210.

Character breakfast

The Jewish Community Center’s annual “Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast” will be on Sunday, April 23, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the JCC Marilyn Fox Building in Chesterfield. For program pricing and questions contact Marci Diamond at 314-442-3454 or [email protected]

Agudas Israel dinner

Agudas Israel of St. Louis will hold its Annual Gala Dinner on Sunday, May 14, at the Crowne-Plaza Hotel in Clayton. Call 314-863-8978 for more information.

Golf outing

Solomon Schechter Day School of St. Louis will hold its 15th annual Schechter Fore Fun Golf Outing with a mah jongg tournament for non-golfers on Wednesday, May 24, at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park. Event includes lunch, boutique shopping, silent auction and cocktail awards reception. All proceeds benefit the SSDS Scholarship Fund. The golf outing will beging with a shotgun start at 12:15 p.m. Call 314-576-6177 for registration and sponsorship information.

Promotion announced

Ruth L. Lederman has been promoted to assistant executive vice president & director of development of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Lederman, a Detroit native, has worked for the Jewish Federation for almost nine years.