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Photography Exhibit, The 36 Unknown, to Open at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis

An exhibit of photographs by Todd Weinstein entitled “Legends of the 36 Unknown” will open on Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146. The opening event will include remarks by the artist and a presentation by musicians including James Stone Goodman.

According to the Talmud, the central text of Rabbinic Judaism, the world requires a minimum of thirty-six righteous individuals in order to exist. These individuals, known in Yiddish as “lamed-vov-niks,” live among us with their identities concealed, though they make themselves known in times of great peril.

In 1995, photographer Todd Weinstein traveled to Poland, visiting Cracow and Auschwitz. The artist began to photograph images of figures and faces he found in rock formations, natural forms and detritus. The 36 images in this series emerged from these “ghost” pictures. According to Todd Weinstein, “Finding these images….continued my search for wholeness. My “36 Unknown” brought personal healing. “The 36 Unknown was my attempt to restore and update the rich Jewish lore and to help deepen the context of a renewed society.” 

The opening event will be followed by a dessert reception; dietary laws observed. This program is free and open to the public but reservations are required. To RSVP, or for further information, please call 314-442-3711 or email AGoldfeder@JFedSTL.org by March 28.

This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Morris and Ann Lazaroff Endowment for the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library and The Rubin (of blessed memory) and Gloria Feldman Family Institute of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. Additional support provided by the Center for Jewish Learning, Central Reform Congregation, the Jewish Federation of St Louis and Neve Shalom.


Sh'ma: Listen! Speaker Series, presented by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, highlights select community speakers. We are currently featuring:

Avi Melamed

GPS: Navigating the Middle East in the 21st Century

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

7:00-8:30 at
Congregation Shaare Emeth
11645 Ladue Road, St. Louis, MO 63141

In the second decade of the 21st Century, the 20th Century Middle East disappears and a new, yet at the same time old, Middle East emerges. The turbulence, generated by the eruption of decades of unrest and growing tensions, continues to rock the Arab and Muslim world and is generating changes across the region. This presentation gives the background to today’s current events; focuses on up-to-date, real-time analysis of unfolding events in the Arab and Muslim world and projected impact on the local, regional and global level; and provides a “roadmap” to predict where the future might lead.

About the Speaker: Avi Melamed is a former Israeli senior official on Arab Affairs and Intelligence. Today, he is an independent Middle East strategic intelligence analyst, lecturer and the Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs at the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C., and on the Gettysburg College campus. Avi spent many years operating in Arab cities and communities throughout the region, often in high-risk positions at sensitive times. Avi has authored three books, including recently published “Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth.” Avi is a frequent contributor in Arabic, Hebrew and English to many news outlets including Al-Arrabiya, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CBN, I-24 News, Times of Israel, USA Today and more.

This event is co-sponsored by Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series and the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library.

Copies of “Inside the Middle East” will be available for sale and signing by the author following the event.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Barbara Levin at BLevin@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3752. You can also learn more about the Sh'ma: Listen! Speaker Series and apply for your organization's speaker to be featured at JFedSTL.org/SpeakerSeries

Sh'ma: Listen! is supported by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and
Hank Webber and Chris Jacobs.




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