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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Pioneering Jewish Rock Sensation Rick Recht to Lead Musical Shabbat Service at Temple Israel

Rick Recht, the most celebrated Jewish artist of our time, will lead a musical Shabbat Service on Friday, January 19, 2018. The service is free and open to the public. Recht will share songs from his hit Shabbat albums, Shabbat Alive! and Simply Shabbat. Rick Recht’s “Shabbat Alive!” family service is an interactive, spiritual, musical Shabbat service involving the participation of Temple Israel’s Senior Rabbi, Amy Feder. Recht’s concert is presented by Temple Israel and Deutsch Early Childhood Center. “Shabbat Alive! services have a unique, spiritual feeling,” said Rick Recht.  “It’s amazing to join a community in a beautiful Shabbat setting, which is so inspiring to Jewish youth and adults. This is what Judaism is all about.  I love the music, the interaction, and the talented congregants that participate during the service. Right away, everyone feels aligned and connected to each other and their Jewish heritage.” Recht is the top-touring Jewish artist today, performing more than 125 concerts each year across the country. Recht’s powerful performances have earned him a strong, loyal national fan base. Recht has become an icon for Jewish youth, elevating the medium of Jewish music as a powerful and effective tool for developing Jewish pride and identity. Not only is Recht a top Jewish performer, educator, and leader, but he is also the founder and Executive Director of Jewish Rock Radio, the first high-caliber, 24/7, Jewish rock internet radio station found at www.jewishrockradio.com. He is also Executive Director of Songleader Boot Camp (www.songleaderbootcamp.com), Jewish leadership training programs and conferences for Jewish educators, clergy, and veteran and new songleaders. “We are so excited to have Rick Recht at Shabbat services on January 19. He brings an incredible energy and provides an unforgettable experience for everyone who attends – adults and kids alike” said Amy Feder, Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel.  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 believe that worship services and learning opportunities should resonate with individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds, that lifecycle events are occasions to be together whether in times of joy or sorrow, and that from birth to death, our lives are enriched as we gather together.  For additional press resources, visit rickrecht.com/press. For more information about this engagement, call Temple Israel at 314-432-8050 or visit our website at www.ti-stl.org. Please visit www.rickrecht.com and...

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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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