Malachi Interfaith Awards
WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE 2019 MALACHI INTERFAITH AWARD RECIPIENT:
Muslim Community Services in Saint Louis - Salam Clinic
The Salam Clinic will receive the Malachi Interfaith Award at Shabbat services on Friday, January 18, and will be presented with the Malachi Interfaith Medal of Honor and a $5,000 cash prize.
HELP US CELEBRATE!
Join us to celebrate Shabbat and present the 2019 Malachi Interfaith Award during MLK weekend!
Friday, January 18, 2019
6:00 pm Pre-reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres
6:30 pm Shabbat services and award presentation followed by a dessert reception
Guests will enjoy a pre-reception (pre-oneg) filled with delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages followed by Shabbat services where we’ll present the 2019 Malachi Interfaith Award to Salam Clinic. The evening will conclude with a dessert reception so that we may celebrate our vibrant community together.
ABOUT THE AWARD:
In 1986, Congregation Temple Israel established the Malachi Award Competition which seeks to showcase individuals, programs, and acts of outstanding excellence in the area of interfaith relations. The Malachi Award is given to encourage positive programs of religious, social, and humanitarian significance in the Greater St. Louis area. The award seeks to honor individuals and groups who have acted at the highest level of religious tradition with a positive course of action.
ABOUT SALAM CLINIC:
Through volunteering their medical expertise for local service projects, a group of Muslim doctors realized the lack of access to health care for low-income residents within their St. Louis community. The doctors chose to come together to assist those in-need, and as they explored potential areas to open a free health clinic, they decided upon North County. St. Louis’s Interfaith Partnership and a local nonprofit, Faith Beyond Walls, connected the them with Reverend James Morris at Lane Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the groups began talks of a partnership. The first Salam Clinic was opened at that church not long after in June of 2008, and more recently, a second location at UCC St. Peters Church in West Florissant.
Though the doctors are motivated by the tenets of their Muslim faith, Salam clinic was opened for anyone who needs care, and many of those served in North County are of varying ethnicity and faiths. Open for a few hours on Saturdays, the clinics are staffed by physicians and nurses of many religious backgrounds and sees anywhere from a few patients to 20 or more on a busier day. The clinic has also set up a partnership with St. Mary’s Heath Center, so screenings and lab work can be obtained free of charge for all patients.
By simply opening a free health clinic led by Muslim medical professionals in such a religiously and racially diverse area, interfaith relations continue to improve. The clinic’s presence helps to break down social barriers, stereotypes, and biases, and fosters a connection and a trust between people who want to serve and those who rely on the service that Salam Clinics offer the community.
Nominating Committee: Reverend Dr. David Mehl, Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis; Reverend Rodrick Burton, New Northside Missionary Baptist Church; Father Joseph Weber, St. Monica Parish; Pastor Matt Miofsky, The Gathering Church; Imam Muhamed Hasic, Islamic Community Center; Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, Jewish Community Relations Council; Rabbi Emeritus Mark L. Shook, Congregation Temple Israel; Rabbi Amy Feder, Congregation Temple Israel; Rabbi Michael Alper, Congregation Temple Israel; and Jeremy Deutsch, Program Liaison, Congregation Temple Israel