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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Kabbalat Shabbat in the Park

Kabbalat Shabbat in the Park Everyone is invited! Services begin at 6:00 but come at 5:30 to mingle and play. Villa Park, 9301 Villa Ave. W., Olivette, MO 63132 Bring your own picnic dinner or boxed dinners are available in advance at $10/person for adults, $6/person for children to enjoy after the service. The dinners will be delivered to the park. Challah and grape juice will be provided. In the event of rain, services will be at Kol Rinah. RSVP at KolRinahStL.org • 829 N. Hanley Road • St. Louis, MO 63130 •...

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The Conversation Project

Join us at Kol Rinah for a workshop on July 8 at 10 AM led by Rabbi Jessica Shafrin. Our goals is to transform the culture of St. Louis Jewish families in regard to how they view and talk about end of life so that they are able to face the end of life with ease and dignity. When it comes to end-of-life care, talking matters. Sponsored by Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, VITAS Healthcare and the conversation project and The Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

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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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Shavuot Family Picnic

Join Kol Rinah families for a fun Shavuot Family Picnic! Bring dinner for your family and a dessert to share. We will have a fun evening of eating, schmoozing, field games, and enjoying the playground. Please bring a picnic blanket (there are no tables at Mooney Park). There is no cost, but please bring a dessert to share. Mooney/Jackson Park (Jackson Ave. between Delmar & Amherst in U. City)

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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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