Yom Ha’atzmaut 2016

May 11 @ 6:00pm The J-Stanberg Family Compex 2 Millstone campus drive, 63146 Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration, with Israeli rock band show, Israeli food and lots of activities for kids! Free event.

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Destination Weddings/Events in Israel: Do I really need to hire a planner?

Soon you’ll be walking down that aisle with your love! Not long to go now until your dear son’s Bar Mitzvah! You have been awaiting this moment for so long. Yes, we all cherish these exciting moments in our lives. We find ourselves reliving them for years to come. But before that special day comes, its firstly time for the thinking caps to come on. Its time for the planning. Its time to get down to the fine details to create this dream celebration. So you might be asking yourselves – Where do I start? Do I need a planner? My family and I could probably split the responsibilities, but is it worth it? Is hiring a planner worth adding that extra expense to my current loooong list of expenses? What about my budget? How will it really help me? What will I be saving? All excellent questions. Here is a little insight of how a wedding or event planner can be useful for you regardless of budget limitations. Save Your Money A planner has the time and connections to find you high quality vendors to match your budget, whether high or low. Most likely she has long-term relationships with most of the vendors and can therefore get you much better prices and package extras that you could get yourself, saving you thousands off the overall cost. She will be a skilled negotiator ensuring that you get what you want and what you pay for. Your Budget Your planner will help you to understand, organize and manage your budget. Your Time is Valuable Planning an event – especially a wedding, can take an average of 250 hours in total. Booking the main vendors is the easy part, (kinda – see below) but as the details become finer, and the day approaches, the ‘things-to-do’ list becomes longer and longer, and you find yourself drowning in it all, and the stress levels begin to rise. Remember the ‘big picture’ needs to be translated into hundreds of smaller details. An event planner will help you do this, and she will do all the necessary research for you, list you all the details from A to Z, and manage it from start to end. All you will find yourself doing is the choosing and then you can allow yourself not to think about it any longer. Booking the ‘Right’ Vendors This is a tricky one, as there are literally thousands of vendors in every sector. In addition, Google search can be dangerous as looks can be deceiving. When having a destination event in Israel, there is an issue of different expectations of service, product and mentality. It is only after you have booked a vendor, that the overall experience of working alongside your vendor of choice be discovered. Sometimes luck will bring you satisfaction in your choice, and sometimes it could be a disaster, and at which point, its usually too late to change. With a planner, you can be confident that you will be pleased with the outcomes of the service, manner and product being offered by each vendor, and she will send your way the specific vendors that fit exactly your taste and budget. Venue coordinators are not the same This is one of the questions I am asked frequently as...

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Epstein Hebrew Academy hosts Israeli art educator, Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz

Next Wednesday, November 11th and Thursday, November 12th, master artist, art educator and mentor, Mrs. Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz of KolHaot in Israel will lead a hands-on workshop symposium with the faculty of the H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy (EHA).Together with Moss Rabinowitz, the EHA faculty will explore unique tools and techniques to enrich Jewish texts and values through the visual arts. Several faculty members of EHA spent time this past summer with Moss Rabinowitz at a special Teacher Institute for the Arts for Judaic faculty from many different day schools across North America that took place at Camp Stone, a Jewish Zionist camp in upstate New York. This summer Institute was made possible by Legacy Heritage Fund and was created by Moss Rabinowitz and several other prominent Jewish artists, including Moss Rabinowitz’s father, David Moss. The program was created to inspire and empower Judaic and art teachers through a variety of experiential and creative problem solving techniques. One such technique called syncectics is a process developed by Elyssa and her father that explores the intersection of Jewish text and the arts in a way that enriches knowledge of the texts and content.  Among twenty five educators from across North America to participate in the program, the Epstein teacher team – Baila Shulman, Shiffy Landy, and Jessie Lefton – was paired with Moss Rabinowitz who, as the group’s mentor, has helped support and guide the EHA team, and entire EHA faculty, as they implement plans to enhance both art and Judaic content throughout the school. Epstein’s signature project born out of this program is a new character education and development initiative, which the school has affectionately named S.M.I.L.E. (Super Middot In Life Every Day). Students are using the arts to express the themes of the various middot, character traits, which deepens their understanding of each character trait and the personal application to their lives. For more information about the program, or to attend next week’s hands-on workshop, contact Rachel Lubchansky at EHA: rlubchansky@eha.org or...

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Israel Bound 2015

Israel Bound is a 3-week Israel experience for teens in 10th – 12th grade from St. Louis.  Camp Sabra campers, both local and from out of town, also participate on the trip.  The group travels throughout the country exploring Israel’s rich history, culture and natural beauty.  Time is spent with teens from Yokneam-Megiddo and also includes several community service projects.  Pre-trip interactive workshops give participants and their parents an opportunity to get to know the staff, prepare for the trip and begin building community. Check out this exciting video from the 2015 Israel Bound group that returned this...

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Sh’ma Listen Speaker Series

Life From the Outside Looking In Wednesday, June 24, 2015 7:30-9:00 p.m. Jewish Federation of St. Louis Kopolow Building A conversation with Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., CEO & President of Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Senator Gina Walsh, Minority Caucus Secretary of the Missouri Senate, and Representative Kevin Austin, Committee Member, Economic Development and Business Attraction and Retention. Andrew will speak about the political structure, and Senator Walsh and Representative Austin will speak about their impressions and take-aways from the May 2015 Missouri Legislators’ trip to...

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Federation Presents New SH’MA: Listen! Speaker Series Israel Edition with Sagi Melamed

Where is Israel heading now? Jewish Federation of St. Louis invites the community to a special presentation with Sagi Melamed, VP for External Relations & Development at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, on Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00pm, Jewish Federation Kopolow Building. In the aftermath of the War in Gaza this past summer, many in Israel and abroad are questioning what direction the state of Israel will take in the future. Examining the on-going challenges that face Israel in the Middle East, Sagi will address these issues and also explore the kinds of opportunities that exist as part of the Center for Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations that he co-founded at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College in the lower Galilee. Since graduating from Harvard University with an MA in Middle Eastern Studies, Sagi has focused his work on strengthening the economic and social fabric of the Galilee. He is the published author of Son of My Land, an IDF captain (res.) and Karate instructor. For further information or to RSVP, please contact Joan Wolchansky at JWolchansky@CAJESTL.org or 314-442-3760. The SH’MA: Listen! Speaker Series is a new initiative of Federation created to highlight the speakers that local congregations, agencies and organizations are bringing to the St. Louis Jewish community. Currently, Federation is accepting submissions for Fall events, October through December. The Israel edition will feature speakers related to Israel. To take part in this listing, please visit...

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