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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Regina

Phyllis Hyken, docent for Opera Theatre of St. Louis, will present the opera “Regina” composed by Marc Blitzstein from a play and a movie by Lillian Hellman. Sponsored by the Women’s Social Group. Sunday, May 6, 7:00 P.M. Event is FREE of charge. Call Kol Rinah at (314) 727-1747

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Let Us Sing: An Evening with Rob Aronson

Rob Aronson Music and Congregation Temple Israel are co-presenting a night of Jewish music at Temple Israel with singer/songwriter Rob Aronson featuring original worship music from his debut studio album! The event will be hosted at Temple Israel on Thursday evening, May 24, and will include a welcome reception for guests to enjoy appetizers, wine, and beer followed by a live performance with musicians and vocalists including Rick Recht, Julie Aronson, Rabbi Amy Feder, and other local artists featured on his album. During the performance, Rob will share personal stories and anecdotes about the song list and creation of the album. The songs are Rob’s original music compositions to liturgical classics such as Hinei, Mi Chamocha, and Oseh Shalom. The event will conclude with a dessert reception where guests will have the opportunity to meet Rob and the event musicians, purchase his debut studio album, Let Us Sing, and have it autographed. Event Details: Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Congregation Temple Israel (#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr. 63141) 6 PM WELCOME RECEPTION Appetizers, beer, and wine 7 PM AN EVENING WITH ROB ARONSON Music and personal stories will bring his debut album to life 8 PM DESSERT RECEPTION WITH ROB & MUSICIANS Desserts and drinks CDs for sale and opportunity for autographed copy The entire community is welcome to attend. This event is free of charge. Special VIP entrance for $36 per person includes central seating close to the stage and a copy of Rob Aronson’s CD, Let Us Sing, signed by Rob and event musicians. RSVP is requested for all attendees (free or VIP) by Monday, May 21. RSVP at www.ti-stl.org/Rob Sample songs from the album, Let Us Sing, at www.robaronsonmusic.com About Rob Aronson: Rob Aronson is a Jewish singer/songwriter who loves to share his passion for Judaism through his music. He is excited to be debuting his first album, “Let Us Sing.” Rob’s original songs are inspiring, foster congregational participation, and provide a deep spiritual connection to Judaism. Annual song leading workshops, Hava Nashira and Songleader Boot Camp, fueled Rob’s musical drive, enhanced his song leading skills and techniques, and gave him the opportunity to network with numerous talented friends in the Jewish music community. Rob grew up at Congregation Temple Israel and for the past 12 years has been actively involved in bringing the joy of Jewish music to worship services. Event musicians and vocalists include: Rob Aronson – Guitar and Vocals Julie Aronson – Vocals Logan Detering – Bass Guitar Rabbi Amy Feder – Vocals Mark Hochberg – Violin, Viola, String Bass Jordan Mandel – Cello Rick Recht – Vocals Chris Rowton – Piano Dennis Stringfield – Percussion RSVP at...

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Regina

Phyllis Hyken, docent for Opera Theatre of St. Louis, will present the opera “Regina,” composed by Marc Blizstein from a play and a movie by Lillian Hellman. Sponsored by the Women’s Social Group Sunday, May 3, 7:00 P.M. This event is FREE of charge. Call the office at (314) 727-1747 to RSVP Kol Rinah

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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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Music From Broadway

Luncheon and Broadway Musicals presented by Kol Rinah Women’s Social Group Wednesday, April 25 at Noon. Burton Boxerman presenting an enjoyable afternoon of songs from Broadway musicals, including little known anecdotes about the Broadway composers and their music. Cost $8.00 Make your reservations now to attend this wonderful program and delicious lunch. Everyone is welcome. RSVP to Nancy: (314) 727-1747 by April 20th. Vegetarian option available upon request.

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