Advocating for Your Child’s Education and Wellness

Become a better advocate for the social, emotional, educational and behavioral wellness of children and young adults with significant learning challenges, mental health issues and other complexities. The Shaare Emeth Mental Health and Wellness Initiative is hosting a panel discussion for parents and students interested in learning how to better navigate the education system from kindergarten through college. Join us at Congregation Shaare Emeth (enter from Ballas Road due to closure of Ladue Road) on Tuesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the community.   Panelists include:   Amy Blumenfeld, Special School District Special Education Administrator and Educator Blumenfeld began working for Special School District of St. Louis County as a teacher and served in a variety of teaching roles before joining the administrative staff. For the past six years, she had served as a Special Education Administrator (Area Coordinator) in Rockwood at the high school level. When not at SSD, Amy can be found working at Shaare Emeth as a Special Education Liaison, volunteering with Autism Speaks (where she also serves on the Board of Directors) and teaching special education coursework for Central Methodist University.   Danielle Sartori, Sophomore studying graphic design at Webster University Sartori struggled with anxiety, depression, trichotillomania and language processing throughout her academic career. She is a graduate of Parkway Central High School, although she spent her junior year at Logos dismantling the stressors of school and finding appropriate coping strategies. After her year at Logos, she worked with a tutor to develop further strategies to navigate her anxiety, depression, “trich” and language processing struggles. Now at Webster, she continues to benefit from similar assistance and is enjoying a successful college experience.   Heather Stout, Assistant Director of Disability Resources: Washington University’s Cornerstone Learning Center Stout is a certified rehabilitation counselor who has worked in higher education disability support services since 1999. She received her graduate degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Illinois and in rehabilitation counseling in deafness from Western Oregon University. Stout has collaborated extensively across academic disciplines to expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities.   Amy Worth, Parent Worth is a parent, educator and activist with a 17-year-old daughter. She lost her son, Michael, to suicide when he was 18. Both children had completely different needs, which taught her a great deal about how to navigate elementary school through college.   The Mental Health and Wellness Initiative is Congregation Shaare Emeth’s response to the mental health crisis in America. We strive to raise awareness, provide resources and erase the stigma associated with mental health issues within the Congregation and larger community. 1 in 5 kids experience a mental health condition; only 20% of them actually get help.* About 50% of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out of school.* One in three parents (35%) struggle deeply with their attitude toward and ability to cope with their child’s learning and attention issues, including feeling isolated and reporting anxiety generated by multiple sources: the school system, the child, family members.** Another one-third of parents are uncertain about teaching their child how to resolve issues, when to ask for help and when to resolve issues themselves, and are frustrated with school system, child and family pressures.** Suicide is the second-leading cause of...

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Israeli Mother and Baby looking for Sitter in May

Hello all! My name is Dorit and I’m an Israeli Social worker and a mother of two. I’m traveling to St. Louis this May (19-26th) for a five day EMDR therapy course, and my adorable, nursing, one year old munchkin is joining me. I’d like to try and find an experienced, attentive sitter who’ll be there with us, during the days (a couple of nights also would be extremely helpful, yet optional). I would need the Sitter to join us on Friday and Saturday the 19-20 of May, for a few hours each day, so baby gets acquainted. The course itself takes place in Kirkwood, dates are 21-25 and is approximately 8-9 hours a day. If baby is very jetlagged, the job may include joining us for two nights (5.21-5.22). I would love it if the person joining us is open to back carrying for when baby is having a rough time (also optional). Hebrew and a car would be an amazing plus but definitely not a make or break criteria. Salary as per going rate plus expenses, and overnight when staying over **References needed** My contact details: Dorit.halpern@gmail.com This awesome opportunity came along very expectantly and I have a week to commit to it, so I’m really hopeful I can find the help I need quickly. If you Know anyone who might be qualified and interested, please pass along and share. Thank you so much, and Chag Sameach Dorit Halpern Tivon,...

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Event Planning in St. Louis

Guiding you through the perfect event! children’s birthdays, theme parties, milestone birthdays, weddings, etc. Whether it is a gala or your daughter’s 8th birthday, your event planning experience should be fun and effortless. With my help and of course Pinterest, my hope is that you enjoy the process of planning and executing your special event. I am here to support you and help make the day meaningful for the guest(s) of honor. My name is Jessica Tilson Kichura. I am a St. Louis native and I live here with my husband, Andy and our sweet dog, Benson. We got married almost two years ago, although sometimes I still feel like a newlywed! I truly enjoyed my wedding planning experience and I had an amazing wedding planner that supported me through every step. After working with her, I realized that I would love to help others in the same way. My passion for creating and organization led me to an interest in planning all events, not just weddings. My background is in early childhood and elementary education. I am a former elementary school teacher and I now work part-time for Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis, an educational nonprofit organization. I also design, print, and sell personalized stationery. My flexible schedule allows me to be easily available to clients, even if you don’t live in the STL! I love throwing themed parties, creating fun invites, and tablescapes. I have served on event planning committees for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and have designed paper goods for friends local and abroad. I believe that my knowledge of St. Louis vendors allows me to give informed suggestions. My organizational skills and attention to detail are top-notch. My goal is to support you in a way that you feel works best, such as guidance through the first steps of getting organized or working together from start to finish. Please check out my website: www.jessicatilsonevents.com Please like and follow on facebook: www.facebook.com/jessicatilsonevents Hi there! My name is Jessica Tilson Kichura. I am a St. Louis native and I live here with my husband, Andy and our sweet dog, Benson. We got married almost two years ago, although sometimes I still feel like a newlywed! I truly enjoyed my wedding planning experience and I had an amazing wedding planner that supported me through every step. After working with her, I realized that I would love to help others in the same way. My passion for creating and organization led me to an interest in planning all events, not just weddings. My background is in early childhood and elementary education. I am a former elementary school teacher and I now work part-time for Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis, an educational nonprofit organization. I also design, print, and sell personalized stationery. My flexible schedule allows me to be easily available to clients, even if you don’t live in the STL! I love throwing themed parties, creating fun invites, and tablescapes. I have served on event planning committees for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and have designed paper goods for friends local and abroad. I believe that my knowledge of St. Louis vendors allows me to give informed suggestions. My organizational skills and attention to detail are top-notch. My goal is to support you in...

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Screenagers: A Film about Growing Up in the Digital Age

Parents and teens in the community are invited to come together and take part in the important conversation about youth and their ever growing connection to the screens around them. Join us on Monday August 22, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Jewish Community Center – Arts and Education Building (2 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146).  Doors open at 5:30pm.  The cost is $10 per person or $18 per parent/child pair. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 314-442-3175. Kosher pizza will be offered for purchase, and audience members will enjoy complimentary movie snacks. The film will immediately be followed by a panel discussion, including Aisha Sultan of the Post Dispatch (moderator), clinical psychologist Dr. Randi Mozenter, and youth group director Rabbi Michael Rovinsky. There will also be time for Q&A.  Event convened by Nishmah at the J, additional sponsors include: B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO), Congregation B’nai Amoona, Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Jewish Student Union (JSU), Keshet, Kol Rinah Youth St. Louis, National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY), North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), & United Hebrew Congregation.  Delaney Ruston, director of Screenagers, reveals the real life struggle between parents and their children and the use of technology. The film not only authentically explores the obsessions with video games and social media, but also shares “cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders such as Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, Simon Sinek, as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on real changes happening in the brain.” Parents, teens, educators, and others will have the opportunity to begin a dialogue about this topic in our community. For more information and/or questions contact Simone Picker at Nishmah 314-442-3166 spicker@jccstl.org.  ABOUT NISHMAH: Nishmah, a program of the J, is a new approach to Jewish community and leadership, striving to strengthen and empower the spirit of girls and women. Nishmah believes that women have unlimited wisdom and counsel to offer the Jewish community. Authority, leadership, spirituality, creativity, boldness and consciousness are all within realm of a woman’s being, and we want to foster the complexity of this potential within the girls and women of this community. Nishmah is also committed to community partnerships with other Jewish communal organizations and synagogues. It is through such partnerships that Nishmah believes the Jewish community can best meet the evolving needs of girls, women and the larger community. ABOUT THE J: The J is an interactive, multi-generational gathering place that offers a variety of programs and services to both the St. Louis Jewish community, and the community at large. The Jewish Community Center provides educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building and recreational programming and offers two, state-of-the art fitness facilities, all designed to promote physical and spiritual growth.  Everyone is welcome at the...

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Jewish/Arab Israeli Circus Partners with St. Louis Arches August 1st-15th!

Jewish/Arab Israeli Circus Partners with St. Louis Arches August 1st-15th!  Contact: Jessica Hentoff at 314-226-3633   Don’t miss the visit of the Jewish/Arab Galilee Circus from Israel, to the St. Louis Arches Youth Circus in St. Louis!  WHAT: Peace Through Pyramids is a collaboration between Circus Harmony’s diverse youth circus troupe, the St. Louis Arches, and the Galilee Circus, a Jewish/Arab youth circus from Israel!  WHEN: August 1st-15th   WHERE: Various locations in greater St. Louis. See our Show Schedule for times and dates! Look for the Galilee Arches.   CONTACT: Jessica Hentoff at 314-226-3633circuslady@circusharmony.org   Peace Through Pyramids is a collaboration between Circus Harmony’s diverse youth circus troupe, the St. Louis Arches, and the Galilee Circus, a Jewish/Arab youth circus from Israel!  Since 2007, these ordinary young people have done extraordinary work showing the world what is possible when you focus on what you can do together instead of on what sets you apart. At each meeting, they have produced incredible performances while forging friendships that have stayed strong across oceans and years. In 2014, we were supposed to be in Israel from July 9-23 but due to the conflict with Gaza and an FAA Flight ban, we were there until July 29!  During this time, more than ever, people needed to witness Peace Through Pyramids, Harmony Through Handsprings and Joy Through Juggling! They needed to see what can happen when people focus on what connects them instead of what separates them.  In today’s troubled times, racial divides in the United States continue to grow and inequality between socioeconomic classes runs rampant. In Israel, peaceful co-existence between Jews and Arabs seems more precarious than ever. Peace Through Pyramids is Circus Harmony’s unusual and successful approach to addressing racial/cultural fear and distrust. Circus is about working together, strength, trust, fearlessness, overcoming, and joy, especially joy. It crosses boundaries of race, religion, age, gender and income. We are excited to invite our Israeli friends for another amazing visit to St. Louis. The Galilee Arches will train and perform across the city during the visit. Some highlights include public performances at theFerguson Recreation Center, Ballpark Village, and City Museum.  This Peace Through Pyramids partnership made possible in part thanks to support from Staenberg Family Foundation, Kranzberg Family Foundation, and  Trio Foundation of St. Louis! More information  can be found on the Peace Through Pyramids page on our website.    PEACE THROUGH PYRAMIDS GALILEE ARCHES SHOWS AND TIMES Subject to Change! Call 314-226-3633 on day of to confirm Thursday, August 4 Youth and Family Center (Open to Public) 12:30pm JCC Staenberg Building Maccabi Games (Need ticket) 5:30-7:30pm Strolling entertainment Show at 8:15pm   Friday, August 5 City Museum (Open to Public) 12pm   Saturday & Sunday; August 6 & 7 Trout Lodge, De Soto, MO (Open to Public) Various Shows and Workshops   Monday, August 8 10am OnSTL TV Interview City Museum (Open to Public) 2pm & 3:30pm Central Reform Congregation (Private) 7pm   Tuesday, August 9 Ballpark Village (Open to Public) 5:15   Wednesday, August 10 City Museum (Open to Public) 12pm Ferguson Community Center (Open to Public) 3pm   Thursday, August 11 Chesterfield Athletic Club (Private) 1-2pm   Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School Show (Private) 5:30   Friday, August 12 Girls Hope/Boys Hope (Private) Workshops 9:30am Show 11:15am (Private)   Saturday, August 13 City Museum (Open to Public) 5pm   Sunday, August 14...

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Temple Israel hosts a ‘Groovy’ Rick Recht concert/community-wide event for Jewish families

On Friday evening, September 16, Congregation Temple Israel is hosting an outdoor Shabbat event called Shabbatstock for families in the St. Louis Jewish community. The evening includes a bring-your-own picnic dinner on the Brodsky Circle lawn, complimentary Kosher ice cream from Cool Times Ice Cream Truck (sponsorship provided by Jewish Federation of St. Louis), face painting, a short Shabbat service with Rabbis Amy Feder and Michael Alper, and a live concert with Jewish Rock Radio’s Rick Recht. This event is open to the entire Jewish community and is free of charge. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket for the lawn and to wear their grooviest tie-dyed t-shirts. Beverages will be provided. When: Friday, September 16, 2016 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Where: Congregation Temple Israel’s Brodsky Circle lawn (#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr., St. Louis, 63141) Cost: Free of charge. No RSVP required.   Event website can be found at www.ti-stl.org/Shabbatstock For questions, contact Temple Israel’s front office at 314-432-8050.   ###   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, go to...

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