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Food Donation Event Kickoff April 9
The kickoff event for a food donation event will be a presentation during Shabbat services on April 9th. Erica Steen, the director of the Jewish Food Pantry, will be speaking about food insecurity and issues specific to the St. Louis area. From April 25th until May 15 (Mitzvah Day), we will be collecting items for donation to the Food Pantry. Here are the items needed:
Any non-perishable food that is NOT expired and not in a glass jar
- Proteins: tuna, peanut butter, nuts
- Soups and stews
- Pasta
- Fruits and vegetables in cans
Toiletries – full size but not oversized – think about what you would buy for your family
Cleaning Supplies and paper goods – laundry detergent, hand soap, toilet paper, paper towels
Dry Pet Food
Advocacy Against Bill Allowing "Guns in Churches"
A bill currently being heard in the Missouri legislature would change the provisions regarding guns. Whereas currently it is illegal for anyone to bring a firearm into a house of worship without the explicit permission of the faith leader, this would shift the law to make it permissible unless houses of worship post specific signs of specific sizes and fonts in specific locations explicitly banning firearms from their premises.
This bill, HB 1464 (full text here)—which would allow guns in houses of worship and on public transit—has already passed the House and is now in the Senate in the General Laws Committee.  
While we have been told there is a good chance this bill does not move forward and so at this time we are not holding a press conference or doing anything large-scale that would rile people up give it more energy, we do want to do what we can to make our voices heard in opposition to this bill. (Text from Rori Picker-Neiss of JCRC.)
Fri, September 29 2023 14 Tishrei 5784