Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Greitens: We need volunteers to clean up vandalized Jewish cemetery in St. Louis

(From Gov. Eric Greitens)

As you may know, yesterday Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in St. Louis was vandalized.

One measure of a community's strength is what we do in moments like this. We can choose to cower, or we can choose productive action and shared service. We can turn a vile act into a moment for resolve and a demonstration of our state's faith.

At 3:00 PM on Wednesday, February 22nd, we will be bringing together a group of volunteers to help clean up the cemetery. There are simple things that need to be done—but at times like this, it's simple things that send a powerful signal about who we are as a state and as a community.

There is a concept in Jewish teaching and thought known as tikkun olam. It translates literally into “repairing the world,” but what it means more broadly is that we all have an obligation to one another and to be of service. It is in moments like this that the world is in most need of repair, and we must do our part.

My team and I will be there tomorrow, and I'd invite you to join us. If you'd like to help, please be there ready to work at 3:00 PM. If you have supplies to spare, please bring what you can of the following: rakes, large garbage cans and garbage bags, work gloves, five-gallon buckets, non-chlorine bleach, and wash rags.

The cemetery is located at 7550 Olive Blvd, University City, MO, 63130. We will be working until the close of the cemetery at 4:00 PM.

There are many of you that cannot join us but who still want to help. The Jewish Federation of St. Louis has put out a call for donations for the restoration and security of the cemetery. Please consider a contribution: https://www.jfedstl.org/emergency-response/.

I welcome you to join us as we rebuild in this moment, and I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow.

We look forward to seeing you!


Kansas Neighbor said...

THIS is leadership! Show up in person, roll up your sleeves and do what you ask others to do: help. Great example, Governor Greitens.

Harvey Hutchinson said...

Yesss, and I believe VP Pence came out to help as well today!!!

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Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah. Pence showed up for his photo op since he was going to be in St. Louis visiting a business anyhow. Greitens' action was original; Pence's was opportunistic.

Anonymous said...

Credit where it is due... Greitens used his bully pulpit to do some good. Given the MO Republicans recent history with the Jewish faith this is certainly an improvement.