Shir Hadash to Celebrate Installation of Cantor Joshua Finkel

The community is invited to celebrate the installation of Cantor Joshua Finkel as the spiritual leader of Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community on Saturday evening, Jan. 20, at the J, Staenberg Family Complex, Arts and Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Dr. Finkel assumed the pulpit of Shir Hadash in July 2017, succeeding Rabbi Lane Steinger, who though now officially retired, continues to participate in the congregation as Rabbi Emeritus. The installation service will take place from 5-6 p.m. Rabbi Daniel Bogard, a longtime friend and colleague of Finkel, will speak and participate in the service. Bogard is currently the Rabbi in Residence of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio and an adjunct lecturer at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, OH. This July, he and his co-rabbi partner, Rabbi Karen Bogard, will join the rabbinic team at Central Reform Congregation. The community celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with Havdalah and a complimentary buffet dinner featuring fish, vegetarian and vegan dishes. After dinner, the festivities will kick into high gear with music and circle dancing led by Finkel and fellow musicians from Shir Hadash and the community. A highlight will be the debut of some new music by Shir Hadash resident pianist and composer Dr. Richard Katz. This event will be family friendly. Advance reservations are requested by Friday, Jan. 12, to stlshirhadash@gmail.com. Please indicate the names and number of adults and children attending and specify ages for children. Babysitting is available upon advance request for young children. For more information, visit www.shirhadashstl.info or contact stlshirhadash@gmail.com or...

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Jewish Fund for Human Needs Announces Nine Grants

The Rabbi Robert P. Jacobs Jewish Fund for Human Needs (JFHN) announced today that it has awarded grants to nine local nonprofit organizations. The mission of JFHN is to establish a Jewish presence in agencies in the general community that provide direct services to those in need in the St. Louis region. “Our grants in this round will help meet a wide range of critical needs,” said Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg, chair of the Fund. “The nonprofits receiving these JFHN grants address health care, employment, clothing, education, and housing and emergency shelter. Children in low-income families, women who have been living on the street, immigrants and refugees, people who are uninsured, and citizens who are incarcerated or just out of prison will all benefit from the great work of our recipient agencies.” The nine agencies receiving a grant from JFHN in this round of awards are: Assisi House, English Tutoring Project, Health Equipment Lending Program, Health Protection and Education Services, Helping Hand Me Downs, Inside Dharma, North Side Community School, Pianos for People, and the St. Louis University Prison Program. JFHN grants are awarded twice a year, after a thorough review by an allocation committee which conducts site visits and reviews applications. The committee’s recommendations must be approved by the Fund’s co-sponsors, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the St. Louis Rabbinical Association. Since its founding in 1985, the Jewish Fund for Human Needs has awarded about $800,000 to 180 nonprofit agencies in the St. Louis region. More information on JFHN is as...

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11th Annual St. Louis Jewish Community Blood Drive

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Temple Israel’s 31st Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Those in Need Served More than 500 Guests

Each year, Temple Israel’s Thanksgiving Dinner for Those in Need serves hundreds of guests who come to Temple Israel in need. The goal is to ensure that every person who attends receives a comforting holiday meal, wonderful service, and warm fellowship with a so many others who deserve to enjoy the Thanksgiving tradition. It’s also an opportunity to teach our children the importance of always giving to those in need and to remind them of the many things we are grateful for, such as family and community. This year’s event commemorated the 31st anniversary of the dinner. Held on the evening of Wednesday, November 22, 2017, the Thanksgiving Dinner for Those in Need served around 530 guests this year. Hundreds of volunteers made this event possible which included board members, staff, local Boy Scout Troop 11, and teens ages 13 and up. The volunteers set tables, placed festive decorations, carved 500 lbs. of turkey, made mounds of mashed potatoes and side dishes, baked pumpkin pies, greeted guests, served food, refilled beverages, and boxed up to go containers with leftovers for each attendee to take with them. The Ladue Strolling Strings provided live music throughout the evening for guests to enjoy throughout the meal. This year’s 31st annual event was co-chaired by Temple members Jayme Fingerman and Sarah Falkoff. “We are so honored to be a part of the planning and implementation of this amazing dinner. Being able to provide a beautiful, delicious, hot and fresh Thanksgiving meal and live entertainment to over 400 adults, children, seniors, and families in need is such an overwhelming feeling. Our goal each year is to make this night so special for so many and is one of the highlights of our year.” -Sarah Falkoff Our Temple Israel Thanksgiving Fund, in Memory of Margy and Jake Bromberg, and generous donations from the The Chod Family Foundation, Kuhn Foundation, The Nathan Kahn – Ernestine Kahn – Charles Kahn Foundation of Temple Israel, Maxine Clark and Robert Fox, Charles Moscowitz, and an anonymous donation made this event possible for a 31st year in a row. Congregation Temple Israel is a caring, inclusive community committed to living Reform Judaism and participating in the sacred destiny of the Jewish people and Israel through education, worship, and repair of the world. We welcome and embrace individuals and families from all backgrounds. Wherever you may be along your Jewish journey, there is a place for you at Temple Israel. For more information, visit www.ti-stl.org. Volunteers ready to serve our guests. From left: Sally Heller, Jillian Heller Van Fleet, Ron Van Fleet, Rob Litz (President-Elect of Temple Israel) and Nancy (Nix-Rice) Litz.   Volunteers setting up the turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, candied yams, cranberry, rolls and butter for our guests.     Volunteers carved 500 lbs. of turkey.   Tables were set by our many volunteers and centerpieces hand made by our Deutsch Early Childhood Center Preschool students. Wall décor/posters hand made by our Temple Israel Religious School students.     Sarah Falkoff (left) and Jayme Fingerman (right)....

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Women of Achievement Announces Call for Nominations

Women of Achievement is calling for nominations for the 2018 Class of Honorees. The St. Louis Women of Achievement Award, which celebrates its 63rd anniversary in 2018, 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 Wednesday, January 10, 2018. 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 or via email, mail or hand delivery to 3418 Charlack Avenue, Suite 615, St. Louis, Missouri, 63114. 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. The 10 honorees will be recognized at the 2018 Women of Achievement Luncheon on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. This year’s luncheon chair is Phyllis Langsdorf and the vice chair is Eva Frazer, M.D. Presenting sponsors are KMOX Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Ladue News. For additional information about the awards, please visit http://www.woastl.org. For specific questions about the nomination process, please contact Women of Achievement President Gwendolyn Packnett, Ph.D. at 314-280-2344 or gwendolyn.packnett@gmail.com and/or Women of Achievement at 314-896-4962 or woastlouis@gmail.com. About Women of Achievement In 1955, the St. Louis-Globe Democrat newspaper created an awards program that became known as the Women of Achievement Award, to recognize and honor the achievements of women who, through their volunteer efforts, have demonstrated their dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life in the St. Louis community. The St. Louis Women of Achievement organization, a 501c3, not-for-profit organization, was established in 1993 by former Women of Achievement who wanted to ensure the longevity of the award for future generations of St. Louis area women. The organization’s Board of Directors, comprised of past recipients of the award, continue to plan and implement the nomination, selection and award presentation process ensuring that this award will continue to enhance and honor the women volunteers in the St. Louis metropolitan region who positively impact the community, for many years to come. For more information visit the Women of Achievement website at...

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Introducing MakomSTL: A Place for Jewish Learning

The clergy, directors and Lifelong Learning committee of Congregation Shaare Emeth are excited to introduce a new initiative called “MakomSTL: A Place for Jewish Learning.” Session One begins on October 18. MakomSTL will take place at Shaare Emeth on Wednesday evenings with a social gathering and refreshments at 7 p.m., followed by classes from 7:30 – 9 p.m. In Hebrew, the word “Makom” has a double meaning. The simple definition is “a place” – and we hope that Shaare Emeth will increasingly be your place for Jewish learning. A second meaning of the word “Makom” is “The Place” (where God dwells). Come join us at MakomSTL and encounter this Place. The courses offered this semester are: Justice and Faith Led by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein The call to justice is an eternal call in Judaism, which is being felt in especially profound ways during recent months and years. Using excerpts from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s book, The Prophets, we will explore the ways our prophets wove their faith into their mandates for justice and see how their ancient teachings still apply to our world today. Learn Hebrew and More Led by Cantor Seth Warner and Marci Thal This Hebrew class will continue learning prayers, liturgy and some modern Hebrew. The class is open to students who know the alef-bet and can read. Students may choose to be a part of the Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah service. Tuition for the class is $125 for members or $160 for non-members, plus a small materials fee. iEngage: The Legacy of the Past and the Challenges of the Future Led by Rabbi Jim Bennett This innovative new course explores the pivotal events of 1947 and 1967 – following the 1917 Balfour Declaration – as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. Through video lectures, text study and group discussion, we are bringing the world-renowned faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute into our Shaare Emeth community. Each session includes text study and discussion led by Rabbi Bennett, enhanced by video lectures from Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, and video dialogues between Rabbi Hartman and other top scholars and experts. There is a material fee of $50 for Shaare Emeth members and $75 for others. To register for one of these classes, visit...

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