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Former Jewish Federation of St. Louis President and CEO Andrew Rehfeld has finished his first year as president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Photo courtesy HUC-JIR

Former Federation leader Andrew Rehfeld reflects on first year at Hebrew Union College

By Carolyn Conte, Baltimore Jewish Times April 23, 2020

Andrew Rehfeld is marking his first year as the 10th president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.A Baltimore native, Rehfeld was born at Sinai Hospital, then moved away to Atlantic City and Philadelphia. As a teenager, he returned to...

Andrew Rehfeld, president and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis, at right, met with Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., on Sept. 14 at the nonprofit’s headquarters near Creve Coeur.   

Sen. Blunt meets with Jewish community leaders

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer September 21, 2018

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., met with Andrew Rehfeld, president and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis, on Sept. 14 to “discuss policy issues of concern to both him and our community,” Rehfeld wrote on Facebook.The leader of the Jewish nonprofit told...

Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Understanding the Israeli Nation-State bill

By Andrew Rehfeld July 26, 2018

On July 19, the Israeli Nation-State bill passed as a basic law in Israel. The law establishes constitutional-level protections for the Jewish people and its culture in Israel, defining what it means to be a Jewish State. The Nation-State law is intended...

David Ben-Gurion (First Prime Minister of Israel) publicly pronouncing the Declaration of the State of Israel, May 14 1948 in Tel Aviv, beneath a large portrait of Theodor Herzl, founder of modern political Zionism, in the old Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Photo: Rudi Weissenstein/Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Israel at 70: Looking back and looking forward

By Andrew Rehfeld May 10, 2018

The 70th Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel is an ideal time to reflect on the remarkable nature of Israel’s birth and what it means for the Jewish People in the years ahead.   The following essay reflects on the conditions that made...

Andrew Rehfeld, President and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis, speaks during a town hall meeting held Sunday at Congregation Shaare Emeth. Photo: Eric Berger

Rehfeld outlines new course for Federation at town hall meeting

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer December 7, 2017

When an audience member at a Jewish Federation of St. Louis town hall meeting asked what the organization could do to help students in their pro-Israel efforts on college campuses, President and CEO Andrew Rehfeld joked, “I first want to thank you for...

Andrew Rehfeld, shown speaking at a Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery rededication event  in August, began as Jewish Federation President/CEO in 2012. Photo: Bill Motchan

Rehfeld at 5 years: Looking back but mostly forward

By Ellen Futterman, Editor November 8, 2017

Here is a truism about Andrew Rehfeld: You can take the academic out of the university but you can’t take the academic out of the academic. In other words, there is no such thing as a simple answer with Rehfeld, who has been President and CEO of the...

More than 200 people gathered March 8 at Graham Chapel at Washington University to hear Andrew Rehfeld, president and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and Tarek El Messidi, founding director of Celebrate Mercy, a Muslim advocacy organization, discuss the response to the cemetery vandalism and how the Jewish and Muslim communities can continue to work together. The two organizations raised several hundred thousand dollars to help Chesed Shel Emeth Jewish cemetery make repairs to the 154 damaged headstones and upgrade its security. Photo: Eric Berger

Panel of activists helps bridge gulf between Muslims, Jews

BY ERIC BERGER, STAFF WRITER March 15, 2017

Andrew Rehfeld, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, did not initially publicly thank the Muslim organization that raised funds to help repair a local Jewish cemetery because he and others had not yet been able to verify that the campaign...

Andrew Rehfeld, PhD., is President and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

After election, what’s next for Jewish Federation?

By Andrew Rehfeld November 16, 2016

Every election has consequences; few elections produce results as unexpected as those of last Tuesday. Whether you celebrated the outcome or were disappointed by the result, it will take some time to understand what the consequences for our community...

Letters to the Editor: October 5, 2016

October 5, 2016

Real voting problem goes unaddressed  The present Republican-controlled Missouri General Assembly has been endeavoring for years to make it more difficult for certain groups (always Democratic-leaning) to vote. I feel very comfortable in this opinion...

Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Service is the hallmark of St. Louis Jewish Federation

By Andrew Rehfeld September 14, 2016

“The Jewish Federation of St. Louis is not a fundraising organization.”When I first made this statement, it struck a lot of people as a strange thing to say.  Yes, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis raises as much as $20 million each year, including...

Michael Oberlander

Jewish Federation names Michael Oberlander Chief Philanthropy Officer

September 8, 2016

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis has announced the appointment of Michael Oberlander as its Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO). As CPO, Oberlander will serve on the senior management team reporting to Andrew Rehfeld, President and CEO of Jewish Federation.According...

Guests listen during Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign kickoff event at Busch Stadium. Photo: Eric Berger

Jewish Federation shifts fundraising drive to focused 100 days

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer September 7, 2016

Jewish Federation of St. Louis has changed its fundraising approach, most notably by shortening the duration of its Annual Campaign to 100 days from more than 16 months.Leaders of the organization decided to make the change in part because of a decrease...

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