PrideFest with our Jewish Community

Let’s walk together in Pride. Celebrate PrideFest with our Jewish Community: Sunday, June 24 at 11:30 A.M. Meet at Soldiers Memorial – 11:30 1315 Chestnut Street, downtown St. Louis. The Parade begins at 12 P.M. More information: jewishinstlouis.org/pride/

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PRIDE Week Film Screening of Becks Presented by Temple Israel and Q Jews

On Monday, June 25 beginning at 6:30 pm, Congregation Temple Israel, Temple Israel’s LGBTQ Affinity Group, and Q Jews will partner to host a screening of the film Becks in celebration of Pride week. The evening will open with snacks and beverages at 6:30 pm. The film will run from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, and will be followed by Q&A with Becks co-writer, co-director, producer, and St. Louis native Elizabeth Rohrbaugh. “While we are incredibly proud to call Becks a lesbian film, we aspired to make a movie that speaks to the broader human experiences of love, heartbreak, and finding one’s place in this world. We hope that viewers enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it,” said co-writers and co-directors Elizabeth Rohrbaugh & Dan Powell. This film is free for all to attend and open to the entire St. Louis community. This film isn’t yet rated. Mature content; must be 18 or older to attend, or be accompanied by a parent. Film Synopsis: Becks, an unambitious musician, moves back to her childhood home in St. Louis after a crushing breakup with her longtime girlfriend. As she begins to come to terms with her father’s death, she struggles to find a connection with her ultra-Catholic mother, a former nun. An old friend invites Becks to start playing for tips in his local bar, which conveniently allows her to indulge in one of her favorite activities: drinking. She begins teaching guitar lessons to Elyse — a local store owner who happens to be the wife of Becks’ high school nemesis — and the two strike up a unique friendship. As Becks grows more confident as a musician and begins to discover her artistic voice, a new life in her hometown suddenly seems within her reach. Driven by an original soundtrack and inspired by the life of singer/songwriter Alyssa Robbins, Becks is a unique new take on the American movie musical. Becks Awards and Nominations: Winner U.S. Fiction Award – 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival Centerpiece Film Selection – 2017 Frameline Film Festival Official Selection – 2017 OUTFEST Closing Night Film – 2017 Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival Official Selection – 2017 Woodstock Film Festival Closing Night Film – 2017 NEWFEST Official Selection – 2017 Twin Cities Film Festival Official Selection – 2017 St Louis International Film Festival About Elizabeth Rohrbaugh: St. Louis native and Temple Israel Religious School alumna, Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, is an Emmy Award winning film and TV director. Her most recent films, Dylan (2014) which follows a young transgender man as he navigates his identity and community, and Becks (2017), explore LGBTQ narratives through every day stories. Prior to independent filmmaking, Elizabeth was a writer, director, and editor at MTV where she wrote and directed many high-profile campaigns including The Hills, The Real World, and The MTV Movie Awards. Her work has been featured on The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, Glamour Magazine, Verily Magazine, Psychology Today, The Progressive, Indiewire, and the Feminist Current. She currently lives in NYC. Event Details: Monday, June 25 at Congregation Temple Israel (#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr. St. Louis, MO 63141) Co-Hosts: Congregation Temple Israel, Temple Israel’s LGBTQ Affinity Group, and Q Jews 6:30 pm – Snacks and drinks 7:00 pm – Film Screening of Becks 8:30...

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Sunday in the Park

Kol Rinah adults are invited to a Sunday in Villa Park (9301 Villa Drive) in Olivette. Only $10 per person. Includes a dairy/parve box lunch, sides, dessert and drinks. Come have some summer fun with your KR friends – rain or shine. Please RSVP to KR Office or at Kol RinahStL.org

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Nominations Being Accepted for the St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

The St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the class of 2018. The Hall of Fame is located inside the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur and is managed by the J. Nominations will be accepted for Jewish men and women who have made significant contributions or accomplishments in a sport or sports-related field. These individuals must be of strong character and serve as a positive role model for sports and athletics within their community during their careers. Candidates must also have spent a portion of their life in the St. Louis metropolitan area. All nominations must be submitted on the official 2018 St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame nomination form available at jccstl.org. Complete induction criteria can also be found on the website. Nomination forms and supporting documentation must be submitted no later than May 31, 2018. All forms must be completed in their entirety to be considered for Hall of Fame status. A selection committee will evaluate all submissions. Recognition to the Hall of Fame may be awarded posthumously. Selected inductees will be announced in the summer. For a copy of the nomination form, or for assistance with submitting a nomination, contact Phil Ruben at 2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur, MO. 63146 (314) 442-3279 or pruben@jccstl.org. The St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame was made possible by the family of Isadore Beilenson and dedicated to his memory on July 12, 1992. Isadore was a truly remarkable athlete and leader who possessed a community-minded spirit. Individuals from the St. Louis area selected for induction serve as role models for the youth of today because of their achievements, outstanding character, leadership skills and commitments to the highest standards of sportsmanship. Past inductions were held in 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2010 and 2014.   ABOUT THE J The J is an interactive, multi-generational gathering place that offers a variety of programs and services to both the St. Louis Jewish community, and the community at large. The Jewish Community Center provides educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building and recreational programming and offers two, state-of-the art fitness facilities, all designed to promote physical and spiritual growth. Everyone is welcome at the J. #### Jewish Community Center | 2 Millstone Campus Drive | Creve Coeur, MO 63146 | jccstl.org...

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Lag B-Omer Annual Bonfire and Talent Show

Lag B’Omer Annual Bonfire and Talent Show Thursday, May 3 Talent Show: All ages and acts invited to perform ( 2 minutes allowed per act) To be held at Lag B’omer celebration Contact Tony Granillo to sign up – granillo327@gmail.com Israeli Food, Music & Special Treats for all! 6:30 Dinner and Talent show • 8:00 BONFIRE ALSO: VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help us build the bonfire. More information: olshanr@gmail.com RSVP with the KR Office

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Marilyn L. Ratkin and Risa Zwerling Wrighton Named 2018 Women of Achievement

Marilyn L. Ratkin and Risa Zwerling Wrighton have been named as 2018 Women of Achievement. The St. Louis Women of Achievement Award, which was founded in 1955, is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women. Marilyn Ratkin is being honored for her volunteer leadership and service in the area of social justice. She has a long history of seeking out opportunities to improve the community through advocacy and direct service. During her 25-year professional career, she was engaged in social justice efforts, and upon retirement she focused her volunteer work on helping low-income women and families affected by domestic violence. Her passion and dedication has led her to leadership roles in many organizations: National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), serving on its board since 2008; Ready Readers, serving on its Board for the past four years and as a volunteer reader and mentor; United Way’s Allocation Panel member for eight years; and Spirit of St. Louis (SOS) Women’s Fund. Ratkin’s premier accomplishment is spearheading the founding of a micro-lending program, The Healing Hearts Bank, part of an NCJW National Initiative. This bank, designed to empower women impacted by domestic violence to become financially independent, has expanded to reach underserved women and families. Risa Zwerling Wrighton is being honored in the area of impactful leadership. She is currently on the boards of Our Little Haven, Provident, Inc., and has been involved in mentoring disadvantaged youth through “Aging Out” and “Discovering Options” programs. She has also been active in the Jewish Federation, the Center for Creative Arts and Central Reform Congregation. Zwerling Wrighton has worked as a 4-year academic advisor at Washington University in St. Louis, and supports a wide range of initiatives at the university. She is the founder of Home Plate, where she places hundreds of students each year with families for a “touch of home away from home.” She also supports student run fundraisers, such as Relay for Life, Dance Marathon and Mr. and Ms. Wash U. In 2015, she spearheaded Washington University’s year-long gun violence prevention initiative to address gun violence as a public health crisis. This project has led to a community wide collaboration with United Way agencies which continue this effort. The full Women of Achievement 2018 Class of Honorees includes: Karen D. Anderson — Civic Responsibility Teka Childress — Community Betterment Shannon Marie Diekemper — Humanitarian Concerns Victoria Dolan — Caring and Compassion Judy Preddy Draper — Multicultural Awareness Rachel Ebeling — Music Therapy Advocacy Kim Hutton — Family Empowerment Tammy Iskarous — Social Enterprise Marilyn L. Ratkin — Social Justice Risa Zwerling Wrighton — Impactful Leadership The 2018 honorees will be recognized at the 2018 Women of Achievement Luncheon on Tuesday, May 15 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and the luncheon runs until 1:30 p.m. This year’s luncheon chair is Phyllis Langsdorf (Class of 2014) and the vice chair is Eva Frazer, M.D. (Class of 2014). Luncheon reservations are $60 per person and can be made online at www.woastl.org/luncheon-reservations or by contacting Women of Achievement at 314.896.4962 or woastlouis@gmail.com. Women of Achievement honorees are selected from nominations from the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Metro East Illinois, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment...

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