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JCRC Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 6, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Pay Day Lending: Sins and Solutions
Jewish Federation, 12 Millstone Campus Drive

A coalition including the JCRC, Jews United for Justice and NCJW are hosting a panel to discuss the harmful nature of pay day lending, both to borrowers and the wider community and to discuss legislative and employer-based alternatives.  Panelists will include St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones, State Senator Jill Schupp, St. Louis city Alderwoman Cara Spencer and Paul Woodruff of Red Dough.  Event is free but registration is requested.  Continental breakfast will be served.

Tuesday, November 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
What's Up with the Region:  Medicaid Expansion
Mirowitz Center, Covenant Place II, Cahn Family Building, 8 Millstone Campus Drive

Learn about efforts to expand medicaid in Missouri in 2020 from Jen Bersdale, Missouri Healthcare for All, and Richard Von Glahn, Missouri Jobs with Justice.

Click here to register.

Sunday, Nov 17 - Tuesday, Nov 19
JCRC Criminal Justice Reform Trip to Montgomery

This 3-day trip will provide participants an in-depth opportunity to learn about Mass Incarceration and Civil Rights. The centerpiece of the trip is a full day in Montgomery, Alabama, to explore the Equal Justice Institute's Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, and its National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Participants will return prepared to support legislative advocacy initiatives in Missouri and beyond.

Day One: Depart from St. Louis by coach bus in the early morning. Our fist stop will be Memphis, TN for lunch and to visit the National Civil Rights Museum. End the day at hotel in Montgomery, AL

Day Two: Begin day at the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. Meet with the staff of the Equal Justice Institute, founded by Bryan Stevenson, and learn about their advocacy work. Visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, sometimes referred to as the Lynching Memorial.

Day Three: Depart Montgomery for Birmingham, AL to visit Kelly Ingram Park and the 16th Street Baptist Church and learn about the City's criminal justice initiative. Stop in Nashville, TN for a late lunch, and return to St. Louis in the evening.

The cost of the trip is $450 single occupancy/$350 double occupancy, which includes bus transportation, two hotel nights, museum admissions and some meals. Register here!

This trip is highly subsidized in part by the Staenberg Family Foundation Anything Grant.

Monday, November 18, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
JFHN Wine and Cheese Reception
Jewish Federation, 12 Millstone Campus Drive

The Jewish Fund for Human Needs will hold a fundraiser to support its work in fulfilling the mitzvah of tzedakah (the obligation to do righteous acts) by awarding small grants to non-Jewish social services agencies helping those in need throughout the St. Louis region. Through these grants, JFHN helps to support small St. Louis area non-profits that are providing direct services to those in need of food, housing, health care, education, employment, and other essential human needs. 

JFHN is a joint project of the JCRC and the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial  Association with support from the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Lubin-Green Foundation. 

Cost for the reception is $36.  Register here!


Upcoming Community Events


Thursday, October 24, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
James Baldwin and the Moral Crisis of American Democracy
Graham Chapel at Washington University in St. Louis

James Baldwin, one of America’s most insightful critics, insisted that we understand the race problem in the United States as fundamentally a moral one.

Join the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics for this public lecture by Eddie Glaude, Princeton University professor and MSNBC contributor.  Professor Glaude will draw from his research for his forthcoming book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, to be published in April 2020. There will be audience Q&A and a reception immediately following for all attendees.

Your RSVP is appreciated and allows us to send event and parking updates.

Thursday, November 14, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
International Institute's Centennial Celebration
3401 Arsenal St., St. Louis, MO 63118

The International Institute is celebrating its 100th year as a nonprofit serving immigrants and refugees in the St. Louis region. Our official public celebration, an evening reception, is being held on November 14, 2019, from 6-8 pm at the Institute in the Hall of Nations and 1st Floor.

The Jewish Community Relations Council, Congregation Shaare Emeth, and the Jewish Coalition for New Americans partners have been chosen to receive one of the distinguished awards for the evening: the International Institute Lebadang Community Service Award. We are being recognized for our leadership in community service, our contributions and commitment to refugees and immigrants through our funding and provision of the refugee children’s summer camp experience at IISTL. This award was first awarded in 1989 to the Vietnamese artist Lebadang to recognize organizations and individuals who demonstrate extraordinary volunteer service. It has been awarded 12 times since.

Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased here.


  • The JCRC is a beneficiary organization of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis

    The JCRC is a beneficiary organization of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis