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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Jewish Values in Time of Crisis – Rabbi Saperstein Visits Shaare Emeth

Rabbi David Saperstein will visit Shaare Emeth as the Rabbi Jeffrey B. Stiffman lecturer and Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence for the weekend of April 12-14, 2018. While here, he will lead the following programs: RABBI JEFFREY B. STIFFMAN LECTURE: The Use and Abuse of Jewish Tradition in Contemporary Political Debates Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m. For 3,000 years, Judaism has developed a powerful religious imperative to speak truth to power and to strive to transform the world for the good. How does the Jewish tradition view religion’s role in shaping political policies? What does it have to say about some of the urgent and vexing moral challenges of our day? How is it used and abused in the polemics of contemporary political debates? Light refreshments to follow program; dietary laws observed. The Rabbi Jeffrey B. Stiffman Lecture Fund was established in May of 2015 to honor Rabbi Stiffman’s 50th anniversary of ordination as rabbi. Thursday night’s program is funded by the Rabbi Jeffrey B. Stiffman Fund and the Sh’ma Listen! Speakers Series which is generously funded by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and Hank Webber and Chris Jacobs. DEUTSCH SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE Being the Hands of God: Jewish Social Justice Agenda for 2018 Friday, April 13, 6 p.m. DEUTSCH SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE Economic and Environmental Justice: Testing the Morality of Our Nation Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. An analysis of the issues around economic and environmental justice, including an assessment of its impact on the U.S. Jewish community, and a look at insights from Jewish perspectives on the issue drawn from Jewish tradition and history. RSVPs appreciated but not required online or to Shandi Greve Penrod at 314-569-0010. This scholar-in-residence weekend is made possible through the Fred and Elsie Deutsch Endowment Fund. The Congregation would like to thank Roberta and Jim Deutsch, Judy and Larry Deutsch, and their families for their continuous generous support for the scholar-in-residence weekend. About Rabbi Saperstein Designated by Newsweek Magazine as the most influential rabbi in America and by the Washington Post as the “quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill,” David Saperstein directed the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish Movement (the largest segment of American Jewry), to Congress and the Administration for decades. For over two years (through January 2017), Rabbi Saperstein served our nation as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, carrying out his responsibilities as the country’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues. Also an attorney, he taught seminars on Church–State law and Jewish Law for 35 years at Georgetown University Law Center. During his career, Rabbi Saperstein has served as the chair or co-chair of several national interreligious coalitions, including the Coalition to Preserve Religious Liberty, and served on the boards or executive committees of numerous national organizations, including the NAACP, People for The American Way, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Religious Partnership on the Environment and the World Faith Development Dialogue. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at both the Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and its School of Foreign Service’s Center for Jewish Civilization. He is also the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Policy for the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Saperstein is married to Ellen Weiss, an...

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Shabbat St. Louis to Mark 10th Anniversary on March 31

Shabbat St. Louis, a community worship service during Passover led by adults and youth from six St. Louis area synagogues and the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, will mark its 10th anniversary on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at Congregation Temple Israel, #1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr. in Creve Coeur.  The theme of this year’s service is “When You Believe.” Torah study led by area rabbis and cantors will be offered from 9-10 a.m.  The celebration will conclude with a Passover Kiddush immediately following the service. This special 10th anniversary edition of Shabbat St. Louis will feature more musicians, a new community choir, and a special tribute to the event’s founders.  The Shabbat St. Louis service is unique in that it is entirely organized and led by lay people. Participating congregations include Shaare Emeth, Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community, Temple Emanuel, Temple Israel-Alton, Temple Israel-St. Louis, and United Hebrew.  The service will be sign language interpreted, and assistive listening devices and large print prayer books will be available. Service goers are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. Shabbat St. Louis is made possible by the generosity of congregational and community sponsors, and with the guidance and support of the Association of Reform Rabbis. For more information, contact shabbatstl@gmail.com or connect with Shabbat St. Louis on Facebook...

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