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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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 is President and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Build on unifying response to cemetery ordeal

By Andrew Rehfeld March 1, 2017

Last week an estimated 2,500 individuals gathered to show the world that St. Louis would not tolerate senseless acts of violence, particularly those aimed at minorities.  The desecration of Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery was a signal event for our community...

Darlene and Paul Schroeder hold a placard at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery cleanup event Feb. 22. Photo: James Griesedieck

Governor, vice president pitch in during cemetery cleanup

By Eric Berger & Ellen Futterman, Staff writer & editor March 1, 2017

Rashidah Rafat, a home health care nurse who is a Muslim-American, came to Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery last week to help with a cleanup organized by Gov. Eric Greitens. She arrived about an hour before the official start time of 3 p.m. and wandered through...

Estimates of up to 2,500 people gathered at Chesed Shel Emeth on Feb. 22 to help in a cleanup effort at the cemetery. Here the group listens to remarks by Gov. Eric Greitens, who put out a call on social media for volunteers to join him in a show of community support after 154 headstones were overturned or broken at the cemetery. Photo: James Griesedieck

Standing Tall

Jewish Light Editorial March 1, 2017

In physics, Isaac Newton told us, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. That observation certainly applies to the inspirational response to last week’s horrible desecration of the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City.As...

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