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Jewish Committee on Scouting Good Turn 2021

Scout Sabbath

Scout Sabbath is scheduled to be held this year at United Hebrew Congregation, after a pause due to the pandemic. We are waiting to hear whether United Hebrew Congregation’s services will be in-person or virtual as they pivoted to virtual due to the surge of COVID-19. If they are virtual, they will be streamed on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/UnitedHebrew) or https://www.unitedhebrew.org/

We will be awarding Jewish Emblems to Scouts who have earned them since February 7, 2020. Our host,United Hebrew Congregation asks that if the event is in-person, those in attendance wear masks while in the building. All Scouts who earn their emblem (and pick it up from P.R.A.Y.) by February 4, 2022, will be recognized, though to be listed in the program, we ask that you let us know by Wednesday, February 2nd.

            When:              February 4, 2022, gathering 6pm

            Where:             United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Rd, St. Louis, MO 63141

            Contact:           Earl Binder, 314.537.7675 or earlbinder@gmail.com

For information on the Jewish religious emblems, please visit the National Jewish Committee on Scoutings’ website here.

2020’s Scout Sabbath:

Memorial Day Good Turn

The Council Jewish Committee on Scout’s is proud to place American flags on the graves of veterans at eight local Jewish cemeteries.

Thank you to everyone who came out and made the 2021 event a great success.  Check back after the first of the year for dates and details on the 2022 Good Turn.

The Jewish Committee on Scouting 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 the 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 the youth of the Jewish faith. Representatives of all branches of Judaism will be involved to ensure 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 Committee on Scouting
Greater St. Louis Area Council, BSA