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Monday, April 28
March of the Living: 6:30 p.m.
Program 6:45 p.m.
Program takes place at 5614 N. University St.
Walter Reed was born Werner Rindsberg in 1924 and raised in Bavaria, Following Krystallnacht his father was taken to Dachau. In June 1928 Walter was put on a train to Brussels as part of a children’s refugee rescue program. In May 1940 Germany invaded Belgium; the children were put on a freight train and began their journey to France where they were hidden in a remote farm area. Come hear Walter’s extraordinary story of survival which resulted in his coming to the United States in 1941 and serving in the U.S. army to fight the Nazis. To see a short interview with Walter click here.
Public Recitation of Names on Yom HaShoah
Monday, April 2: noon-3 p.m.
Peoria Holocaust Memorial at
The Shoppes at Grand Prairie
We will be reading the names of adults and children who perished in the Holocaust. Names are taken from Yad Vashem Pages of Testimony; this is open to the public. If you would like to participate please contact our office: 309-689-0063.
“The Schizophrenic Zionist”
Sunday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.
Social Hall 5614 N. University
Ticket Prices: In advance: $18 for adults and $10 for students. At the door, add two dollars to each. To order tickets, please click on this ticket order form.
Come and hear Joel give his unique take on Israeli independence. Think you have mixed feelings on the Jewish state? Step inside Joel’s mind for a hour or so as he uses his experience in Israel as a soldier as well as his thoughts as a comedian and actor to illustrate the various relationships all of us have.
What’s happening in Ukraine, and what Federation is doing about it
It started in November with peaceful protests against government actions to strengthen political ties with Russia instead of the European Union. It snowballed over the next few months into violent confrontations between police and protestors, resulting in dozens dead, hundreds injured, a fugitive ex-President, and scenes of destruction that have gripped the world. And it’s not over.
Although the estimated 300,000 Jewish residents in the capital city of Kiev and throughout Ukraine are not outright targets of violence, it has touched them like everyone else. Some Jews in Kiev live close to Independence Square, site of protest encampments and some of February’s deadliest clashes, and are afraid to leave their houses. On February 23, the Giymat Rosa Synagogue in Zaporizhia, 250 miles southeast of Kiev, was firebombed. There are concerns about deepening divisions in the country and the rise of the radical right.
But Jewish Federations and our partner agencies, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Jewish Agency for Israel, and World ORT, are there. Since we’ve supported Jewish life and organizations in Ukraine for decades, we were able to step up when the need for help intensified. To read more about our efforts click here.
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.
Get your own JFP Tote!
Beautiful Canvas bags, perfect for books, nooks, and small shopping trips. Get yours today! Available at the office for $10. It’s a great way to carry towels, groceries and show your support for the JFP. Best of all, you are helping our community go “green.” Again, only $10.