Once a month during as part of our regular Kabbalat Shabbat service, Shaare Emeth hosts a local expert to speak on a social action topic relevant to the St. Louis Jewish community. Past topics and speakers include hunger and food insecurity, Lift for Life Academy charter middle school, Gateway to Hope and breast cancer treatment for uninsured and underinsured individuals, and the advancement of music in underserved schools.
Elizabeth Schlesinger is member of the national Board of Governors of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. As an HRC Governor, Elizabeth also serves on the St. Louis Steering Committee, focusing on workplace equality and corporate sponsorships. Locally, Elizabeth is an active supporter of PROMO, Missouri's statewide organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing, and community education. She recently has become involved in QJews, a grassroots organization committed to creating a safe space for engagement and empowerment of LGBTQ Jews in St. Louis.
Representatives from the Human Rights Campaign and QJews, a local organization for anyone identifying as Jewish and on the spectrum of LGBTQ, will be available before and after the service with information to share.
For more information, contact Rabbi Andrea Goldstein at agoldstein @ sestl.org.
Sylvester Brown, Jr. , the journalist, community activist and visionary behind The Sweet Potato Project. The project is a pilot program managed in the St. Louis region by the North Area Community Development Corporation and developed to provide at-risk youth with self-sustaining, entrepreneurial, small business, sales and marketing skills that can be applied in their own inner-city neighborhoods and throughout their lives. The immediate goal is to provide a nine-week summer program that pays 10-20 youth a minimum-wage salary over the summer. After summer classes and training, youth will market their products to area churches, small businesses and through door-to-door sales in various communities. This program was developed to serve as an alternative to the easily accessible but deadly world of illegal drugs and other criminal activities. Learn more at sweetpotatoprojectstl.org or watch Sylvester's TEDx talk.