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Memorial Day Good Turn 2023

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Thank you to all who participated in the 2022 Jewish Committee on Scouting’s Good Turn – we look forward to your participation in 2023!

Pictures from one of the 8 cemeteries covered, Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, may be found Here.

The Council Jewish Committee on Scouts is proud to assist Jewish War Veterans Post 644 by placing over 8,500 American flags on the graves of veterans at eight local Jewish cemeteries. The 2023 Memorial Day Good Turn will take place on Sunday morning, May 28, 2023. For more information, please download the flyer below, and sign up by downloading the sign-up PDF below.

Scout Sabbath 2023

(Pictured above, left to right: Eliot C. from Pack 805 and his family, Ken Etter  – Advisor to the Council Jewish Committee on Scouting, Earl Binder, Chair, Council Jewish Committee on Scouting, and Joe Sadewasser, Scout Executive)

Scout Sabbath 2023 was held on Friday, February 3, 2023 at Congregation Shaare Emeth (Ladue and Ballas Roads – enter from Ladue).

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

The Jewish Committee on Scouting

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

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