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Gan Shalom Preschool

Build your child's foundation for learning—academically and spiritually. Families of all faiths are welcome at Gan Shalom.

Engman Camp Shalom

Engman Camp Shalom strives to provide a fun, engaging and safe environment for campers of all faiths. Check out what we have planned for 11 weeks of summer fun!

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Iowa Jewish Historical Society

The IJHS is an award-winning institution that celebrates Iowa's Jewish heritage through education and preservation.

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We help our neighbors through outreach, family programs, senior adult services and financial assistance.

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The entire Federation board and staff along with the whole community are heartbroken with sad news, the loss of Mark Finkelstein, Director of Jewish Community Relations. Mark served the Jewish community in Des Moines, the State of Iowa, and Nationally.

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From time to time, we like to put up articles from our archive of Jewish Presses. For this month, we chose to share a recipe included in Vol. 26, Issue 3 from nearly a decade ago. This post is taken directly from the article, so some information may be outdated. Written by Karen Engman.

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