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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Michael Schmitz (front row, second from right) is shown with Polish volunteers.

Michael Schmitz volunteering in Poland to aid in Ukraine relief effort

Bill Motchan, Special For The Jewish LightPublished August 24, 2022

As college classes wound down last spring, Michael Schmitz started looking for a summer internship. With no prospects on the horizon, he found a much different college break experience: volunteering in Poland for Ukraine relief efforts. Schmitz, 21,...

National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis helped provide school essentials; clothes and other items to 2,000 St. Louis-area children during the organizations annual Back to School! Store on July 19, 2020. College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving provided a distribution hub where volunteers picked up boxes of filled backpacks to deliver to partner agencies in the St. Louis area, which distributed the bags to clients and members.

Pack it up: Back to School! Store is on a different roll this year

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished July 23, 2020

Every summer, hundreds of underserved St. Louis children get much needed school supplies, personal care items and clothing  thanks to the National Council of Jewish Women’s Back to School! Store. This year, in the midst of a pandemic, the event looked...

Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes returning in the fall; nominations due Aug. 16

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished July 2, 2020

No question that at six months into the year it’s been a trying one, and everyone could use a boost. Frankly, we don’t think there has ever been a time when we have needed the reassurance and reminder that there are true heroes within our midst more...

As part of his mitzvah project, Sam Deutsch raised money for Camp Sabra. Sam also volunteered with the organization I-Skate. 

Mitzvot from the Heart: Sam Deutsch

By Elise Krug and Joel GreblerPublished July 19, 2019

Sam Deutsch, Congregation B’nai AmoonaSam Deutch’s interests in ice skating and helping others came together to create a meaningful mitzvah project. A junior varsity ice hockey player at Ladue Middle School and a team member of the St. Louis Rockets...

Active aging/volunteer fair for seniors at B’nai Amoona

Published August 17, 2017

A senior fair to encourage dynamic aging entitled “Living Life with Gusto and Purpose” will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 at the Guller Banquet Hall at Congregation B’nai Amoona.  The fair is intended for seniors throughout the greater...

St. Louis NORC seeks volunteers

Published July 6, 2017

The St. Louis NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community), a non-sectarian neighborhood program operating in the Creve Coeur area, is seeking volunteers to help residents with small tasks at home, including minor plumbing, electrical and basic “handyman”...

St. Louis NORC seeks volunteers

Published May 25, 2017

The St. Louis NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community), a non-sectarian neighborhood program operating in the Creve Coeur area, is seeking volunteers to help residents with small tasks at home. The St. Louis NORC’s mission is to help older adults...

B’nai B’rith seeking volunteers to read names for Yom HaShoah

Published April 13, 2017

On Monday, April 24 B’nai B’rith will hold “Unto Every Person there is a Name” in the lobby of the Jewish Federation building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, in front of the Holocaust Museum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This is an opportunity for our community...

Women’s Philanthropy plans toy drive, volunteer events

Published November 17, 2016

Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation of St. Louis is hosting volunteer opportunities to enhance the holidays for community members living in care facilities. They will be making care packages to be delivered to these individuals for Hanukkah. In...

Donations of books sought for J’s winter used book sale

Published September 28, 2016

The Jewish Community Center is seeking donations of books through mid-January for its winter used book sale, which takes place Sunday, Jan. 29 through Thursday, Feb. 2. Donated books may be dropped off at the J’s Arts and Education Building, 2 Millstone...

Women’s Philanthropy to assemble High Holidays care packages

Published September 8, 2016

Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation of St. Louis is hosting a volunteer opportunity to enhance the holidays for our community members living in care facilities as well as home-bound individuals. Volunteers will make care packages to be delivered...

 

25 years on, Jewish Food Pantry nourishes client service

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished August 24, 2016

Larry, 67, walks through the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, picking up a chicken and a stalk of celery. He tells a volunteer that he doesn’t need peanut butter, “does not take cabbage” and would not like any plums, which are too soft. “I...

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