Jewish and Muslim Day of Service planned

Rayyan Hyder (right) delivers a blanket to Lilly Scharff, one of the organizers of the Jewish and Muslim Day of Community Service. Hyder, who has undergone two lung transplants, had received such a blanket from the St. Louis Crisis Nursery while he was in the hospital.  Photos by Eric Berger

On Christmas Day, the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis and the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Milford and Lee Bohm Social Justice Center are holding the Seventh Annual Jewish and Muslim Day of Community Service.  

There will be volunteer opportunities throughout the region—at non-profits to provide services while giving their regular volunteers the day off and at various “make-it sites,” which will host group projects to benefit St. Louis-area organizations.  Projects include creating chemo care bags for Missouri Baptist Hospital, toiletry kits for Ronald McDonald House, Volunteers in Medicine, and The Little Bit Foundation, and no-sew blankets for Crisis Nursery.

Last year’s event drew more than 1,300 volunteers. 

The event is chaired by Sophie Malik and Jerry Hochsztein. The day of service is supported by Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Enterprise Holdings and Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

The Dec. 25 event begins with a community breakfast at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road (doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the program begins at 9).

For more information or to register as a volunteer, visit