DON’T EVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF CONNECTION!

By Susan KemppainenVolunteer/Activity Program Coordinator, Mirowitz Center at Covenant PlaceTemple Israel member I recently got a message from a Ph.D. student who read a study I co-authored in 1998. Oh, the beauty of modern technology that allows anyone to be found! But can research from 22 years ago still be pertinent today? You betcha! The study, through Washington University in St. Louis, examined the telephone as an effective way to reduce social isolation, depression, and loneliness in older adults. It was an important thing to prove; after all, the telephone is an easy, readily available, and inexpensive way to have a widespread effect on populations in need. We showed that underfunded social service agencies can use the telephone to make a positive difference in the lives of those they serve. Fast forward to 2020. Older adults always need social connection, but now they need it more than ever before. COVID-19 has exacerbated already-existing problems for people living alone, suffering from depression, in poor health, and surviving on a fixed income. For older adults, the telephone can literally be a lifeline. In our modern age of technology, there are many other ways to connect too: Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook and Messenger, texts, and more! We can encourage older friends and family to learn these new ways to engage. Or we can send them a letter. Put a note on a door. And never forget the benefit of a good, “old-fashioned” telephone call. Don’t ever underestimate the power of connection. Who will you reach out to today? ———————————————- Here’s two great ways to connect! Join the Tech Tutor Program as a community volunteer tutor or senior learner!We connect senior learners over the telephone with a community volunteer tutor who is using the same device– iPad, Android Tablet, iPhone, Android phone, Apple computer, PC. Work one-on-one, no standard curriculum. Learn how to use Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook, Messenger, Video and more!  For more information: https://mirowitzcenter.org/2020/11/13/tech-tutor-program/ Join Temple Israel’s Pen Pal Program and make a new intergenerational friendship!Temple Israel has older members who are going through this tough time alone, and who may not have access to a community online. We also know there are many families with school-aged kids that would love to brighten the day and foster some new relationships. If you and/or your child would like to write a letter or card to someone, or if you are a senior interested in a pen pal, please contact Rabbi Amy...

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Susan Balk, Debbie Caplin, Jennifer Hillman, Susan Katzman and Joan Lipkin Named 2020 Women of Achievement

Susan Balk, Debbie Caplin, Jennifer Hillman, Susan Katzman and Joan Lipkin have been named as 2020 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. The honorees were originally scheduled to be recognized at the 2020 Women of Achievement Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton on May 12, and later on September 15, but the luncheon was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the honorees are being recognized in an hour-long awards celebration broadcast on Nine PBS on September 14 at 7 p.m. A recording of the program will also go online on Women of Achievement’s website (woastl.org) after the broadcast. The 2020 Women of Achievement: Susan Balk — Impactful Leadership Debbie Caplin — Pet Therapy Advocacy Carlene Davis — Lifetime Service Susan Gobbo — Multicultural Enrichment Jennifer Hillman — Creative Philanthropy Susan Hockensmith — Compassionate Welfare Sherrill Jackson — Health & Education Toni Renee Jordan — Change Agent Susan Katzman — Women’s Empowerment Joan Lipkin — Arts & Social Justice The 65th Women of Achievement Awards Celebration’s mistress of ceremonies is Carol Daniel of KMOX, and the celebration was filmed at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in advance of the September 14 broadcast. The celebration includes this year’s honorees walking the red carpet, receiving their awards, and presentations by Women of Achievement President Marian Nunn (Class of 2013), Luncheon Chair Joni Karandjeff (Class of 2008), and presenting sponsors KMOX, Ladue News and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The awards celebration also includes additional segments highlighting the history of Women of Achievement, its role in the St. Louis area, and acknowledgement of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. A heartwarming portion of the program is individual segments dedicated to each honoree. The segments include interviews with honorees’ volunteer colleagues and/or family members, and draw attention to each honoree’s years of volunteer service and the impact of that service and leadership. Women of Achievement honorees are selected from nominations from the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Metro East Illinois, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the betterment of the St. Louis region through voluntary contributions, volunteer leadership and a significant breadth of a volunteer career. Women of Achievement considers nominees with significant volunteer impact in areas such as, but not limited to, education, arts, health and human services, youth and family, philanthropy, social justice and advocacy. The chair of the 2020 Women of Achievement Awards Celebration is Joni Karandjeff (Class of 2008) and the vice chair is Elizabeth Mannen (Class of 2017). For more information about the broadcast on Nine PBS, please visit http://www.woastl.org or call...

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Last Call for Nominations for Women of Achievement

Nominations open. Deadline for submissions is Monday, JANUARY 13, 20120. Eligible nominees are outstanding female volunteers from the St. Louis metropolitan area and Metro East Illinois. Whether it’s a volunteer who started a nonprofit organization to better the St. Louis community or a spouse, family member or friend who has decades of volunteerism to her name, Women of Achievement wants to hear about them. Women of Achievement is currently calling for nominations for the 2020 Class of Honorees. The St. Louis Women of Achievement Award, which celebrates its 65th anniversary in 2020, is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women. The deadline for receipt of nominations is midnight Monday, JANUARY 13, 2020. Online submissions and printable nomination forms with full details are available at http://woastl.org/nominate. Online submissions are preferred, and early submissions are also encouraged. Nominations may be submitted online, via email, postal mail or hand delivery. Eligible individuals are female volunteers from the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Metro East Illinois, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the betterment of the St. Louis region through voluntary contributions, volunteer leadership and a significant breadth of a volunteer career. Women of Achievement considers nominees with substantial volunteer impact in areas such as, but not limited to, education, arts, health and human services, youth and family, philanthropy, social justice and advocacy. Nominations of women representing diverse cultures, roles and accomplishments are encouraged. Self-nominations are accepted. Multiple nominations of the same individual are accepted. The 10 honorees will be recognized at the 2020 Women of Achievement Luncheon on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. This year’s luncheon chair is Joni Karandjeff and the vice chair is Elizabeth Mannen. Presenting sponsors are KMOX Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Ladue News. For additional information about the awards, please visit...

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Reflecting Back…As We Move Forward

You are invited to dinner and a fond look back at the history of Kol Rinah’s parent congregations through images and stories. Gary Kodner wil present Kol Rinah’s rich genealogy, reflecting on some of the highlights, rabbis, leaders, homes of our parent congregations: Brith Sholom, Shaare Zedek, Kneseth Israel, and BSKI Dinner is only $10 each. RSVP by Sept. 8. Call 314-727-1747 or email Nancy@kolrinahstl.org

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Second Annual Lynnie’s Light for Life

The family of Lynnie Isaacs Palan (z”l), Nishmah and The J invite the community to commemorate the life of an inspiring woman. Lynnie’s Light for Life takes place on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:30pm at The J’s Staenberg Family Complex Day Camp Pavilion, and is graciously sponsored by The Sidney & Bobbi Guller Family Foundation. Please join us in a spectacular display of love and hope, in honor of Lynnie and our commitment to those in need. This year’s light will come from the flames of bonfires and the performance of fire dancers. It also comes from our first honoree, Michelle Mills, who will inspire and educate us by sharing her own personal health experience with a BRCA2 gene mutation. Lynnie was a pioneer and leader of both Nishmah: The St. Louis Jewish Women’s Project and Sharsheret Supports St. Louis, a collaborative project of Nishmah and the national, not-for-profit Sharsheret organization. Through her passionate volunteerism and professional work in these organizations and many others, she was dedicated to building vibrant communities and changing lives, especially for individuals living with, or at increased genetic risk of developing cancer. Lynnie lost her battle to breast cancer on April 10, 2018, leaving a legacy of philanthropy among her family and friends. Proceeds from Lynnie’s Light for Life will ensure Sharsheret Supports is present for women and families in all stages of a breast or ovarian cancer journey—from pre-diagnosis, during treatment and while managing life post-treatment. To attend and/or contribute to Lynnie’s Light for Life, visit jccstl.com/lynnie and register by August 23. Entry to the event is free and open to all ages. Donations of any amount are appreciated. Tax-deductible donations starting at $100 include a fire log the night of the event to dedicate in honor of or in memory of loved ones. For questions or to learn more about Lynnie’s Light for Life, contact Larisa Klebe, Director of Nishmah, at 314.442.3111 or...

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Kol Rinah Pride Shabbat

Celebrate Pride Month at a special Shabbat with Kol Rinah! Saturday, June 29 at Kol Rinah 11:15 am: Serman by Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael 12:00 pm: Kiddush Sponsored by the Fay Keyser Memorial Seudah Fund 12:30 pm: Lunch and Learn with Dean Rosen, President of PFLAG, and Philip Deitch They will speak about the recent history of LGBTQ inclusion in the St. Louis Jewish Community. This history will show us the ways we’ve grown over the years and inspire continued acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

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