Welcome to JewishPeoria.Org, the Web site of the Jewish Federation of Peoria, an umbrella organization that crosses all affiliations. For us here in Peoria, it’s about people. Who are we? Take a look.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new Shaliach, Tomer Swisa. Tomer served in Intelligence in an Elite Unit in the IDF, studied at a leadership academy in Israel and is very excited to be joining us. Here is his amazing video. Enjoy!
Rosh HaShannah begins Wednesday evening, Sept. 24. You can find a complete listing of the services in Peoria here: High Holiday Schedule
White Rose Society Essay Contest: Children and the Holocaust:
A poet once remarked that the death of a child is the loss of infinite possibilities. What, then, can be said about the more than one-and-a-half million Jewish children who were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust years (1933-1945)? Of course, many more boys and girls suffered unimaginable hardships and bore witness to the brutality of the Nazis. Some survived. Many did not. Regardless of how experiences varied from country to country, children’s lives were changed forever. The purpose of this essay contest is to record the stories that must be told to yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s children. Open to students in grades 7/8 in Peoria and Tazewell Counties, Public, Parochial and home schooled Click here for entry form and more information.REV2015 Essay contest forms Here is the link to evaluation forms: Evaluation Sheet Links to resource sites can be found here.
The Peoria Holocaust Memorial is being renovated and refurbished. After 11 years, the elements and simply the weight of the millions of buttons inside the cases have taken their toll. The renovation will improve the existing structures to insure they last for years to come. In the meantime, the buttons, glass, aluminum and other items are being stored and cleaned. A day for a re-dedication and re-opening hasn’t been set but check back here for more information.
“HOUSE IN A BOX”
We are pleased to be part of this important community effort to help those impacted by the tornadoes in Washington. You can see the complete story here.