Important Note about HMLC Visiting Hours

Important Note Please call 314-442-3711 before visiting to ensure that the Museum is accessible. There are renovations being made to the building’s atrium, and keeping our visitors safe is our first priority.

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Destruction as a Gateway to Change: Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem – traditionally a time of mourning for the Jewish community. But destruction can often also serve as a necessary catalyst for change. All are invited to join Rabbi Andrea Goldstein for a spiritual exploration of Tisha B’Av and the power of destruction in our lives and world on Monday, July 31, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m at Congregation Shaare Emeth.   “We often associate destruction with all things negative,” says Rabbi Goldstein. “But destruction can also be a gateway to the creation of something new.” Traditionally, the observance of Tisha B’Av is marked by an aura of sadness. The atmosphere for this year’s event, however, will be one of reflection, introspection and hope.   The evening will consist of text study, music and meditation.  No prior knowledge or experience is required. Those who attend can hope to leave with a renewed understanding of Tisha B’Av and the relevance of its themes – destruction, creation and impermanence – to their daily lives.   “Destruction or decay is a natural part of our world, a part of the cycle that leads to new growth,” says Rabbi Goldstein. “We can see this in the physical world, and it can also be true in our spiritual lives.”   Shaare Emeth is a Reform Jewish Congregation in Creve Coeur, Missouri that was founded in 1867. We are a compassionate and inclusive community that aims to makes Judaism relevant, meaningful and joyful. If you would like more information, please contact Kim Oswalt at 314-692-5303 or...

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Destruction as a Gateway to Change: Tisha B’Av

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kim Oswalt 314.692.5303 koswalt@sestl.org www.sestl.org Destruction as a Gateway to Change: Tisha B’Av ST. LOUIS, MO, July 14 – Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem – traditionally a time of mourning for the Jewish community. But destruction can often also serve as a necessary catalyst for change. All are invited to join Rabbi Andrea Goldstein for a spiritual exploration of Tisha B’Av and the power of destruction in our lives and world on Monday, July 31, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m at Congregation Shaare Emeth. “We often associate destruction with all things negative,” says Rabbi Goldstein. “But destruction can also be a gateway to the creation of something new.” Traditionally, the observance of Tisha B’Av is marked by an aura of sadness. The atmosphere for this year’s event, however, will be one of reflection, introspection and hope. The evening will consist of text study, music and meditation. No prior knowledge or experience is required. Those who attend can hope to leave with a renewed understanding of Tisha B’Av and the relevance of its themes – destruction, creation and impermanence – to their daily lives. “Destruction or decay is a natural part of our world, a part of the cycle that leads to new growth,” says Rabbi Goldstein. “We can see this in the physical world, and it can also be true in our spiritual lives.” Shaare Emeth is a Reform Jewish Congregation in Creve Coeur, Missouri that was founded in 1867. We are a compassionate and inclusive community that aims to makes Judaism relevant, meaningful and joyful. ### If you would like more information, please contact Kim Oswalt at 314-692-5303 or...

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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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WashU Hillel to Host Passover Community Lunches

Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU Hillel) invites the community to join St. Louis area students for Kosher for Passover lunches throughout the holiday.  Lunches will take place Tuesday, April 11 through Friday, April 14 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm and Saturday, April 15 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm at WashU Hillel, 6300 Forsyth Blvd. 63105.  Lunches are free for St. Louis area students; $12 per community member.  Dietary laws observed.  To view the daily menu or make a reservation, visit www.washuhillel.org/Passover.  Reservations for community members close at noon two days before each lunch.  Student reservations are encouraged but not required unless a food allergy or intolerance must be accommodated. WashU Hillel will also host free Kosher for Passover dinners for area college students from Wednesday, April 12 through Saturday, April 15.  The student dinners will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at WashU Hillel and reservation information is also available on the Hillel website. These meals are in addition to the multiple Seder experiences that WashU Hillel is fostering for over 500 students again this year.  The free student meals are made possible through the generosity of our area synagogues, community members, and parent and alumni sponsors around the country. For more information, contact Jackie Levey, WashU Hillel Executive Director, at jackie@washuhillel.org. ### About Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis: Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis serves as the catalyst for Jewish life among college students, connecting students with one another and with Jewish culture and traditions through service and social justice, Israel engagement, religious life, and social and leadership programs.  Hillel at Washington University has enhanced the lives of thousands of college students throughout St. Louis and helped Washington University cultivate one of the most vibrant campus Jewish communities in the country.  It currently serves approximately 1,800 Jewish undergraduates who attend Washington University.  Learn more about WashU Hillel at www.washuhillel.org.  Keep up with WashU Hillel on Facebook...

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A Very Special Simply Shabbat

The J’s Family Center invites you and your family to Simply Shabbat on Friday, March 31, from 6-7:30pm, at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex. Bring in Shabbat together with a pasta dinner, music by Rhythm ‘N Ruach, and take-away crafts to help make Shabbat special at home. Adults are $8/person and all kids are free! Please register by March 22 at jccstl.com or by contacting Emilie Brockman, Family Center Coordinator, at ebrockman@jccstl.org or 314-442-3267. (Vegetarian, Jewish dietary laws observed. Please inform us of any...

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