Due to inclement weather, our building will be closed Thursday, November 15th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Rabbi Jonah Pesner of the Religious Action Center in Washington DC coming to Congregation Temple Israel for a community program on promoting social justice

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center and Senior Vice President for the Union for Reform Judaism is coming to Congregation Temple Israel (#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141) on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 pm to host a discussion on how to successfully integrate social justice work into the religious community. This event is in partnership with Temple Israel, the Religious Action Center (RAC), the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and Jewish Federation of St. Louis as part of the Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series. Rabbi Pesner will address how working across lines of difference can strengthen the community’s justice work and how the Reform Movement is pursuing immigration rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights and more. Rabbi Pesner will also reflect on the midterm elections, offering an analysis of how Reform Movement social justice priorities fared at the ballot box and what opportunities for justice work lie ahead. This presentation will offer attendees an opportunity to analyze their social justice priorities and strategize about how justice work can strengthen the community through leadership development and skill building. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Dietary laws will be observed. About the speaker: Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner serves as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He has led the Religious Action Center since 2015. Rabbi Pesner also serves as Senior Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism, a position to which he was appointed to in 2011. Named one of the most influential rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, he is an inspirational leader and tireless advocate for social justice. Rabbi Pesner’s work has focused on encouraging Jewish communities to reach across lines of race, class, and faith in campaigns for social justice. In 2006, he founded Just Congregations (now incorporated into the Religious Action Center), which engaged clergy, professional, and volunteer leaders in interfaith efforts in pursuit of social justice. Rabbi Pesner was a primary leader in the successful Massachusetts campaign for health care access that has provided health care coverage to hundreds of thousands and which became a nationwide model for reform. Over the course of his career, he has also led and supported campaigns for racial justice, economic opportunity, immigration reform, LGBTQ equality, human rights, and a variety of other causes. He is dedicated to building bridges to collectively confront anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of hate and bigotry. Rabbi Pesner has trained and mentored students on all four campuses of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and gives speeches in interfaith and secular venues all over the world. Rabbi Pesner serves as a board member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, JOIN for Justice, the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, and the New England Center for Children. He is a member of the Leadership Team for the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. He has served as a scholar for the Wexner Foundation, American Jewish World Service, the Nexus USA Summit, and Combined Jewish Philanthropies, among...

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Chesed Shel Emeth Memorial Garden

The Chesed Shel Emeth Society announces the establishment of the Chesed Shel Emeth Memorial Garden. Chesed Shel Emeth has designates an area of more than 25,000 square feet on the southern border of its White road cemetery for a memorial garden as a safe, secure and serene place to allow prayer and reflection, while providing nature a way to replenish itself. The garden will also serve as a pollinator, linking to the nearby Faust Park and Butterfly House. The Society wishes to enhance the environment for religious reflection and to provide a support system for terrestrial habitat in St. Louis County. Chesed Shel Emeth seeks to fulfill two important Jewish principles—(1) honoring those who have passed (kavod HaMet, as said in Hebrew) who weren’t buried in the cemetery, such as Holocaust victims and members of the military; and (2) repairing the world (Tikkun Olam) by improving the environment and adding the pollinator chain. This is a cooperative communal effort with the wider Jewish community of the St. Louis area, numerous Jewish organization and nature-oriented entities will partner with the Society in implementing the project. The project will be implemented in phases, consistent with the normal work of the cemetery. Arrangements will be made for individuals and organizations who wish to participate in the financing or completion of the project. We expect the project to take one year to complete and we will periodically report to the community on its progress. Further information may be obtained from Anita Feigenbaum, Cemetery Director at 650 White Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017, 314-469-1891, info@chesedshelemeth.org;...

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Walk to end Alzheimer’s

Our Jewish community will be walking as a team for the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Come join our team “Jews Walking for a Cure.” Every synagogue and temple is recruiting participants, each with a team captain. If you don’t belong to any particular Jewish group but want to walk, you are very welcome to join us! Kol Rinah’s team captain is Jan Goldman. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Sunday, October 28th at the Enterprise Center. Visit http://bit.ly/Jewswalkingforacure

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Kol Rinah Welcomes Toby Lowenstein

We are excited to announce Toby Lowenstein as our Young Families Program Coordinator and Youth Advisor at Kol Rinah.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Kol Rinah

Kol Rinah is having a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the beginning of construction at their future home at 7701 Maryland Ave. August 19th, 10:30 AM Everybody is welcome. Please RSVP to Kol Rinah Office at 314.727.1747 or email Nancy at nancy@kolrinahstl.org

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Pancake Breakfast

You are invited to a Pancake Breakfast for KoReh students and families. Sponsored by Kol Rinah’s Men’s club. Sunday, August 26, 8:30 AM RSVP: 314-727-1747 or email Nancy at nancy@kolrinahstl.org

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