Author Archives: Giovanna Zavell


Dec 2021

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Finding My Des Moines Jewish Community

When I think back to my early days at the Federation, I would have never imagined my role would go beyond a college student Hebrew school teacher. Boy was I wrong.  Now, I leave a legacy as the editor of The Jewish Press, Judaic specialist for Gan Shalom Preschool and Beit Sefer Shalom, Engman Camp...

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Oct 2021


Des Moines Community Visits Auschwitz Exhibit in Kansas City

On Monday, October 4, 2021, The Iowa Jewish Historical Society sponsored and organized a trip for 35 community members, including two high school students, to attend “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” This traveling exhibit displayed more than 700 original objects for the first time in history. Below are thoughts, reactions ...

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