Introducing The St Lou Jew
A Blog for Post-College Grads
'How do you meet young Jews in this town... who aren't settled... don't have kids...
and don't care where you went to high school?!'
Yoni Sarason 's journal builds an online community of 21+somethings
This collaboration is synergy at its best: Both jewishinstlouis.org and The St. Lou Jew build community. “jewishinstlouis.org will link to content geared toward St. Louis’ young post-grad Jews will become more closely aligned with everything that’s Jewish in St. Louis,” said Yoni.
Says Yoni, “It’s one more way to get young Jews together who aren't settled and don't have kids. And when you put good people together, good things happen.”
Five young writers provide fresh content several times a week. The blog is an amalgam of the latest buzz in Jewish culture and events, some are cross generational and others are specific to the post college 20-somethings.The goal is to pique readers’ interest enough to turn postings into two-way conversations.
How did the blog come about? Not too long before Yoni graduated from Wash U, he accepted a job offer that would keep him in St. Louis. (He’s from Cincinnati.) “I knew if I were going to take the job and stick around, I wanted to meet other young post-grad Jews.” Yoni looked around but couldn't find online content for young post-graduate Jews here. So he started the blog with a couple of friends. The St. Lou Jew went online in May, a year after Yoni graduated.
The bloggers have added another community-building dimension to their project. “We felt if we created a community through our blog, we’d have to have some grassroots organized connections with people. So, we started a series of Shabbat dinners and other social get-togethers to reach out to people,” explained Yoni.
Now that Yoni built these connections, he says he’s probably staying put in St. Louis!