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Witnessing Guatemala’s suffering is a transformative experience

The treatment of children on our southern border has many Americans asking why so many are being separated from their families, kept in detention and how 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo and 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, both from Guatemala, died in our custody on our watch. I have been to the southern border, to shelters in Mexico, …

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Four young rabbis heading to STL congregations

A Reform rabbi starting a new job this summer in St. Louis will not have to look far to find someone having a similar experience. Four rabbis — including a St. Louis native — will join Central Reform Congregation, Congregation Shaare Emeth and United Hebrew Congregation in July. READ MORE

‘Here I stand’ for justice

[…] The Central Reform Congregation is the only Jewish congregation in the city of St. Louis. Prior to the verdict in the Stockley case in which a white ex-police officer was acquitted for the fatal shooting of a black driver, the congregation had decided to be a “safe place” for people who might be protesting. On Friday, Sept. 15, Shabbat services …

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How St. Louis’ Only City Synagogue Became A Safe Haven For Protesters

The evening of Sept. 15 was a quiet Friday night for Rabbi Randy Fleisher, a leader of the Central Reform Congregation, the only synagogue within St. Louis city limits. Shabbat services were winding down, and two congregants were celebrating the one-year anniversary of their religious conversion with cake, hummus, cheese and crackers. But Central Reform …

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Antisemitic Twitter storm erupts after St. Louis synagogue shelters protesters

NEW YORK – When protests over the acquittal of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man turned violent in St. Louis over the weekend, a local synagogue opened its doors for demonstrators fleeing police tear gas and rubber bullets.But shortly after the Central Reform Congregation synagogue emerged as a shelter …

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With Grand Jury Decision Imminent, Clergy In Ferguson Step Up As Peacekeepers

As Ferguson braces for the grand jury’s decision in the case of police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Mike Brown last August, clergy are preparing for what is likely to be a non-indictment — and for the civil unrest that could follow. Take Rabbi Susan Talve, who founded Central Reform Congregation 30 years ago, and has …

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