Rabbi Michael Rovinsky, Director
During the last academic year, the Jewish Student Union (JSU) met with 818 unique teens, 8,320 times, at 569 events.
JSU’s mission is to connect Jewish public high school students to something Jewish. JSU facilitates weekly club meetings in public and private high schools, meeting after school or during lunch, providing food for the body and soul.
Programs include speakers, discussions on timely topics of interest to the participants and interactive activities. In addition to the weekly school club meetings, JSU sponsors activities outside of school and school hours including Friday night gatherings (Oneg Shabbat), the annual President’s Day Trip and The Jerusalem Journey, a month-long trip to Israel for as low as $999. Each club is governed by elected officers who meet to discuss program topics, outside activities and calendars.
High School clubs meet at Clayton, Crossroads, Ladue, Lafayette, Marquette, MICDS, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, Parkway North, Parkway Central, Parkway West, Pattonville and Whitfield. There are also two clubs (JSU East and JSU West) that meet in the evening for students in other schools or those who couldn’t attend their school meeting.
JSU also has the Galia and Milton Movitz-Senator John Danforth Israel Scholars Program, a 15-week intensive Israel education program that is both college and high school accredited, and the newly launched Jewish Scholars Program.
JSU serves students in grades 9-12. JSU is funded in part by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the Kranzberg Foundation, Lubin-Green Foundation, Staenberg Foundation, the Martin Silk Foundation and NCSY. To establish a club in a school near you, contact the JSU office.