If you’re wanting a meaningful community connection during this time of sheltering at home, consider this interactive, music-filled event being launched by the Staenberg Family Foundation. 

Rick Recht

The St. Louis Jewish Community Flagpole, a community rally of solidarity and song, will take place on four consecutive Thursdays at 7 p.m., beginning April 30.  Hosted by St. Louisan and touring artist Rick Recht, the event will stream via Facebook Live on the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Facebook Page. It will feature community leaders, clergy and families sharing inspiring news from the St. Louis Jewish community. The name, Flagpole, comes from the daily tradition at Jewish summer camps of gathering around the flagpole for ritual singing, announcements, and flag-raising or lowering. 

“Right now, communities are craving connection, consistency and a sense of hope and gratitude,” said Greg Yawitz, board chair of Federation. “The Flagpole gathering gives our community the opportunity to share meaningful interaction via Facebook Live while enjoying uplifting music from Rick Recht, celebrating our community heroes and learning about the critical resources our community is providing in this uncertain time.”

In addition to St. Louis, the Staenberg Family Foundation is launching the Flagpole initiative in multiple cities and national camp movements including Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, JCC Camps of North America and the Ramah Camping Movement. 

“I’ve never experienced such an extreme level of interaction and engagement as I am with Facebook Live community gatherings,” said Recht, founder and music director of the Flagpole initiative. “Not only are people attending in unprecedented numbers, but the sentiments they share during the shows about community, gratitude and hope are absolutely profound and heart-warming.” 

News and Schmooze is a weekly column by Editor Ellen Futterman. Email Ellen at: efutterman@thejewishlight.com.