St. Louis Torah Mitzion Kollel plans gala dinner

St. Louis Torah Mitzion Kollel (TMK) will hold a Gala 9th Anniversary Dinner at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Clayton High School Commons, 1 Mark Twain Circle in Clayton.

Honorees at the dinner will be Rav Boaz Genut, the founding Shaliach of St. Louis TMK and current Director of TMK International, and Assi and Gilat Gastfraind and Boaz and Yael Shachak, St. Louisʼ current Israeli TMK shlichim.

The gala will be the culmination of the four-day 2011 North American TMK Convention, which St. Louis was chosen to host. All of TMKʼs shlichim in North America will be in St. Louis that weekend for the convention and dinner.

Guest speakers at the gala will be Rav David Stav, Co-Founder and Chairman of Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, and Mr. Solly Sacks, Director of World Mizrachi.

Rabbi Stav, a graduate of Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav, is the rabbi of the town of Shoham. Stay is a co-founder and the chairman of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization. In 1998, Rabbi Stay co-founded the Hesder Yeshiva in Petach Tikva. He is the spokesman for Rashei Yeshivot Hesder across Israel.

The Tzohar organization was founded by a group of rabbis from a religious Zionist background. Their hope was to become partners in the fashioning of the Jewish identity of the State of Israel, by searching for common elements across the religious spectrum. Hundreds of rabbis now volunteer with Tzohar to help fulfill its mission assisting religious and secular Jews from the perspective of halacha.

Solly Sacks began Jewish communal work in South Africa, beginning in Bnei Akiva, when he coordinated their volunteers to Israel during the Six Day War. After serving as chairman of the South African Mizrachi Organization, he made aliyah in 1991 and has since served as the Director general of the World Mizrachi Organization. Sacks is also now active in the Jewish Agency and the World Jewish Congress. 

The World Mizrachi Movement deepens the awareness of religious Zionism by its dedication to the Jewish People, the Torah and the Land of Israel. 

The Jewish community is invited to the gala dinner (reservations required, minimum donation of $90/person). RSVP by Nov 27 online at or by mail (St. Louis Torah MiTzion, Kollel, 7741 Gannon Avenue, 63130).