Purim Carnival Returns to Shaare Emeth

The Purim Carnival returns to Congregation Shaare Emeth on Sunday, February 25. Join us for a morning of fun, games and music for the whole family. The day will begin with a Boker Tov Purim event from 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Wear a costume and you may win a prize! From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., carnival games will be open. Purchase a wristband in the Temple office or online for unlimited access to games. If you buy yours between February 4th and 23rd, the cost in $13. They will be available for $15 on the day of the carnival. You won’t want to miss the fun and exciting area for preschoolers in the Bnai El Chapel, return of Jacob’s Ladder in the Kehillah Center, balloon animals, face painting fun games for all ages and – of course – the PRIZE STATION! Every child can visit the prize station as they leave the carnival. Participate in the Four Mitzvot of Purim: 1. SHALACH MANOT GIFTS OF FOOD – Deliver a bag of goodies to a home-bound congregant. Grab a bag made by our Caring Committee on your way out of the Purim Carnival. 2. MATANOT L’EVYONIM GIFTS TO THOSE IN NEED – Bring non-perishable proteins (peanut butter, canned chili, hearty soups, etc.) to be donated to the Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry. Bring these either to the Carnival on the 25th or the Shpiel on 28th. 3. SEUDAT PURIM ENJOY A FESTIVE MEAL – At the Purim Carnival, eat lunch catered by MOSHE. 4. MIKRA MEGILLAH HEAR THE MEGILLAH – Megillah reading on Wednesday, February 28th at 7 p.m. at QUEEN Esther’s Purim: A Rock Opera Featuring the Music of...

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QUEEN Esther’s Purim: A Rock Opera Featuring the Music of Queen

Join us for a rockin’ Purim celebration including a brief megillah reading, an amazing Purim shpiel and a festive Purim-themed dessert at Shaare Emeth on Wednesday, February 28, at 7 p.m. This incredible shpiel was written by Patrick Siler and merges the music of QUEEN with the story of Esther for a Purim celebration unlike any other. The performance will feature the Mack Daddyz and the Not-Ready-for-Purim-Time Players with musical direction by Steve Neale. To fulfill the Purim mitzvah of matanot le’vyonim (the obligation to give gifts to those in need) please bring donations of non-perishable proteins (peanut butter, canned chili, hearty soups, etc.) to be donated to the Harvey Kornblum Food...

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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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Light up the Loop with Chabad: 6th Annual Public Menorah Lighting in the Delmar Loop

Chabad on Campus proudly presents the sixth annual Public Menorah Lighting on the Delmar Loop to take place on Tuesday December 12th at 7:30 PM. This free and festive event will be held at The Market in the Loop located at 6655 Delmar Boulevard. The celebration will feature a central public Menorah lighting, and will include live music, piping hot latkes, greetings from local dignitaries, chocolate Chanukah Gelt for children, and joyous Chasidic dancing. The event aims to highlight the history and traditional observances of Chanukah which begins this year on Tuesday evening December 12th at sundown, and lasts for eight days. “The Menorah is the eight-branch candelabra traditionally lit on the Jewish holiday of Chanukah,” said Rabbi Hershey Novack. “It’s a symbol of spiritual freedom and teaches us of the power of light over darkness.” Everyone is welcome. “Chanukah is all about adding more light to the world and, regardless of religious affiliation, we’re able to continue to bring more light into world through adding in acts of goodness and kindness,” Novack said. The event is co-sponsored by Market on the Loop. For more details, please visit:...

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Schnucks Ladue Crossing Hanukkah Celebration with Epstein Hebrew Academy December 6

Hanukkah storytelling, games for children, and a singing presentation will be featured at the 24th annual Hanukkah Celebration to be held 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Schnucks Ladue Crossing shopping center, I-170 at Ladue Road. The event will take place at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers. The Hanukkah Celebration, emceed by Rabbi Yaakov Green Headmaster of HF Epstein Hebrew Academy, features Hanukkah storytelling with master educator Mrs. Jackie Oppenheimer, and Hanukkah songs. The event will also feature STEAM games and crafts. All children will receive a free gift of traditional Hanukkah chocolate “gelt” (gold coins). Hanukkah begins the evening of December 12 and is an eight-day celebration of the Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple. The Hanukkah Celebration is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the friendly merchants at Schnucks Ladue Crossing including Schnucks, Barnes & Noble, Cobblestone Shoe Repair, Crown Optical, European Wax Center, Fannie May, Globe Cleaners, GNC Live Well, Great Clips, Ladue Nails, Maggie Moo’s, Mathnasium, MOD Pizza, Old Navy, Oreck Clean Home, Pac Dental, Pei Wei Asian Diner, Pure Barre, St. Luke’s Urgent Care Center, The Bedroom Store, The Joint, and Treats Unleashed. The event is hosted by The DESCO Group, the developer and property management company for the center. For more information about the Hanukkah Celebration call Solomon/Turner at...

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Shir Hadash Plans Two Special Shabbat Programs

Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community will commemorate the anniversary of Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass), with a special musical Shabbat service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. Cantor Joshua Finkel and pianist Richard Katz will lead this service honoring the unique musical heritage of the German Jewish community. “These sacred melodies, which still permeate our worship, prove our dedication to lives of meaning and compassion even in the face of history’s greatest evils,” notes Finkel. “The beautiful musical settings, like the Jewish people, live on, bringing light and healing to the world.” The following Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. Shir Hadash will mark the annual Global Day of Jewish Learning with a special Shabbat study session on “The Ugly Vessel and the Craftsman.” The overall theme for this year’s Global Day of Jewish Learning is “Beauty and Ugliness.” Among the goals of this annual international effort are to spark a love of Jewish learning and to build community, both locally and internationally, by engaging diverse groups of all beliefs, ages and backgrounds. The Shir Hadash program will address the question: “Is there value in appreciating both the vessel and what it contains?” Participants will explore different ideas of how to assess beauty and ugliness and their sources and will dive into some interesting, and perhaps even humorous, stories from the Talmud. Both programs are free and open to the community and will take place at The J’s Staenberg Family Complex Arts and Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, MO 63146. For more information, visit www.shirhadashstl.info or e-mail Carol,...

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