Jewish Student Union to complete ‘Torah of Unity’ at annual gala

Jewish Student Union (JSU) will celebrate its 15th year as a non-denominational program for local Jewish teens during the organization’s annual gala Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex.  

The event will mark the completion of JSU’s Torah of Unity, a project launched at last year’s gala. JSU commissioned a sofer (scribe) in Jerusalem to write a Torah specifically for youth.

“The centrality and unity of the Jewish People revolves around our Torah,” said JSU Director Rabbi Mike Rovinsky in a statement. “It is the physical Torah that is the common thread that ties all Jews together, regardless of how they may or may not identify.” 

Rovinsky visited hundreds of youth in close to two dozen Jewish institutions that engage Jewish youth from the youngest toddlers to those in college, demonstrating how a Torah is written. Together they inscribed letters in the Torah. Once complete, the Torah will be available for use at youth group conventions, youth-focused minyanim and other youth programming. Donors sponsoring a specific part of the Torah will be able to use the Torah for a family.  

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The Torah of Unity was underwritten by Gloria Feldman in memory of her two brothers and the one and a half million children murdered in the Holocaust. 

JSU will honor Feldman at the upcoming gala. The event will also recognize other individuals who helped make the project possible: Milton and Galia Movitz, Drs. Gregory Storch and Lisa Ring, Harvey and Esther Lyss Greenstein and Paul and Diane Gallant, and a special donation in loving memory of Bobbie and Simon Kohn. 

During the reception hour starting at 5 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to inscribe and dedicate their own portion of the Torah in honor or memory of a loved one. The dinner and program follow at 5:50 p.m.

Gala co chairs are Elaine Farkas, Marci Rosenberg and Robin Rickerman.  JSU is funded in part by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the Kranzberg Foundation, Lubin-Green Foundation, Staenberg Family Foundation, the Martin Silk Foundation, and NCSY, along with individual donors.

To learn more about JSU, to RSVP for the gala or to arrange a time to inscribe a letter in the Torah, visit www.JSUSTL.org, email [email protected] or call Rovinsky at 314-696-0578. Tickets are $125.