From President and CEO Marc Blattner:
For those of us watching the events in Ferguson, Missouri unfold on our televisions, the images are disturbing and distressing. For the residents of Ferguson, they are reality. The many underlying societal issues at play are, unfortunately, national in scope. We must find ways to address them.
Motivated by our Sage Hillel’s sentiment, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?" The St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is joining with all in the St. Louis region determined to work together to bring healing where there is brokenness. There are long term issues to face. However, right now, the people of Ferguson and surrounding areas are hurting badly. To help respond to that pain, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs is reaching out to the network of JCRCs across the country (the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland’s CRC is a member) to encourage messages of support and healing in the St. Louis region be sent using the hash tag #Fergusonifnotuswho.
In particular, the children of Ferguson are facing a harsh reality. The St. Louis JCRC, working with its longtime partner, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, has identified a simple, immediate way to reach out and help. The JCRC and the Urban League are asking communities across the country to send children’s books with notes of encouragement to the children of Ferguson. We invite you to join that effort.
Books can be sent to:
Jewish Community Relations Council
12 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
We appreciate your support.