Members of all religions and ages are invited to help place over 7,000 flags on the graves of our war veterans at St. Louis area Jewish cemeteries. The event is sponsored by the Jewish War Veterans and the Jewish Relations Committee of the Greater St. Louis Area Council. Free breakfast provided for participants. Youth will perform a brief ceremony at each grave site for a more meaningful experience.
Congratulations to the Scouts and Scouters who were recognized at Scout Sabbath held at Congregation B’nai on Feb. 3, 2017.
Back row l to r: George I. from Troop 310 (Shofar recipient), Ronald Green (Scout Executive), Max W. from Troop 21 (Etz Chaim Emblem recipient), Earl Binder (Jewish Relationships Committee Chair). Front Row: Eddie C. from Pack 803 (Maccabee Emblem recipient) and Jacob E. from Pack 310 (Aleph Emblem recipient). Not pictured: Garrett B. from Pack 304 (Aleph Emblem recipient).
The Jewish Relationships Committee serves to maintain an open relationship, to assist in fulfilling the Scouting needs of Jewish institutions, and to meet the religious needs of Scouts and leaders of the Jewish faith.
The Committee will work with unit and district leaders in providing youth of the Jewish faith an opportunity to experience Scouting while maintaining their religious convictions. Adults will work with youth in earning their religious awards. The Shofar Award will be used to recognize outstanding efforts by adult leaders on behalf of youth of the Jewish faith. Representatives of all branches of Judaism will be involved to insure broad coverage of the Jewish community.
The committee will also:
- Provide Jewish services as requested by camporee and encampment committees (Jewish services are arranged through the Staff Advisor to the Committee).
- Encourage Cub Scouts, Scouts, and Explorers of the Jewish faith to work toward the earning of the Jewish religious awards.
- Review applications and select recipients for the Shofar Award. Shofar Awards will be presented during Scouting Anniversary Month (February).
- Encourage the extension of the Scouting program to potential Jewish institutions.
- Annually communicate with Rabbis of synagogues and temples in order to maintain cooperation with religious leaders.
Earl R. Binder, Chairman, Jewish Relationships Committee
Greater St. Louis Area Council, B.S.A.
Visit The National Jewish Committee on Scouting for more information.
|Cub Scout Religious Emblems|
|Maccabee||Tigers, Wolves and Bears|
|Aleph||Bears, Webelos and Arrow of Light dens|
|Boy Scout and Venturer Religious Emblems|
|Ner Tamid||Boy Scouts in grades 6-8|
|Etz Chaim||Boy Scouts and Venturers in grades 9-12|