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.
Behind Enemy Lines – Raid on Entebbe
Guest Speaker: Sassy Reuven
Sunday, Nov. 9
Horowitz Auditorium-Global Communication Center-Bradley University
834 N. Duryea
Parking available in the visitor lot by the book store
The Miracle of the RAID ON ENTEBBE
Read more about the Raid on Entebbe here.
Sassy Reuven is a veteran of the Israel Defense Special Operation Forces. During the terror-filled years of 1973-1976 Sassy served in the IDF’s elite “Red Beret” paratrooper unit. He participated in several covert operations in Israel’s mighty struggle against Arab terrorism.
In July of 1976, Sassy participated in the famed Entebbe counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission code named “Operation Thunderbolt”, flying thousands of miles over enemy territory to rescue Jewish hostages being held by terrorists in Uganda.
Sponsored by Chabad of Peoria, Jewish Federation of Peoria, Congregation Agudas Achim
Unrest in Ukraine:
A Jewish Federation Update.
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.
Registration/Cover Sheet 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.