Recovering Theology

We are offering a continuation of a program based on Dr. Neil Gillman’s book Sacred Fragments. This second session will be at the home of Linda and Richard Gavatin at 2:00 PM and we ask participants to read Chapters II-IV of Dr. Gillman’s book – Sacred Fragments. Chapter II: Religious Authority: Who command? Chapter III: Knowing God: How and What? Chapter IV: Talking about God: Symbolic language. RSVP to richard@ims-stlouis.com or call 314-283-2081.

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Zikaron BaSalon with Gal Roberman

Zikaron BaSalon (Hebrew for “memories in the living room”) is an annual event, which takes place on Israeli Holocaust Memorial Day. The idea was born from the understanding that the connection between today’s society and the memories of the Holocaust, has significantly deteriorated. Alongside formal events, Zikaron BaSalon offers a new, meaningful and intimate way to commemorate this day and address its implications through discussions (in people’s homes) among family, friends and guests. It is a unique and authentic tradition of people gathering together to open their hearts to the stories of the survivors, sing, think, read, talk and most importantly- listen. This coming Holocaust Memorial Day, we invite you to take part in shaping a Holocaust memorial and be part of Kol Rinah Zikaron BaSalon with Gal Roberman, the shinshinit, and teens from USY youth...

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Family Seder at the J

Join other families for the third annual community family Passover seder at the J led by Rabbi Brad Horwitz and musical guest Rob Aronson on Saturday, April 23 at 6:00pm at the Staenberg Family Complex. This experience promises to be a fun and interactive experience and is geared towards families with children ages 6-15. $15 per child and $20 per adult includes yummy kosher passover dinner by Kohn’s. Siblings are welcome and RSVPS are required by April 15 by contacting Rabbi Brad Horwitz bhorwitz@jccstl.org or registering online at jccstl.org. This year’s seder is part of the Passover Across America initiative and is coordinated by the J’s Center of Jewish Community...

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Shibori Pillows for Passover

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis Thursday, April 7, 7:00-9:00 pm Registration fee: $20 The J’s Jewish Arts & Soul Project brings back local artist Randi Chervitz for a second edition of shibori dyeing at the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. Randi teaches wrapping and binding techniques to manipulate various shibori patterns. Using this age-old Japanese dyeing process, participants fashion pillows for reclining at the Passover table—a tradition that celebrates the luxuries afforded a free people. Seasoned artists and new students are welcome. Supplies and light refreshments will be provided. To register and for more information on the Jewish Arts & Soul Project, visit: http://jccstl.com/jasp Contact: Shira Kraft, skraft@jccstl.org, 314-442-3111 Generously funded in part by the Jewish Federation of St....

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Passover Purified

The J’s Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building Tuesday, April 12 [line separator] 7:00-9:00pm Registration fee: $10 Free yourself from the holiday that binds! Food and nutrition expert Esti Asher, MS, RDN, LD, considers Passover’s restrictive diet as an opportunity for our health. In this presentation and cooking demonstration, Esti promotes clean eating with simplified recipes and fresh foods. Taste healthy, kosher for Passover treats while learning how each wholesome ingredient benefits the body. Brought to you by the J’s Jewish Arts & Soul Project. To register and for more information on the Jewish Arts & Soul Project, visit: http://jccstl.com/jasp Contact: Shira Kraft, skraft@jccstl.org, 314-442-3111 Generously funded in part by the Jewish Federation of St....

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Congregations Shaare Emeth of West County and B’nai Torah of St. Charles County Agree to Combine Resources

Congregation Shaare Emeth, a Reform congregation based in Creve Coeur, and Congregation B’nai Torah, a Reform congregation in St. Charles County, are pleased to announce they have agreed to combine Congregation B’nai Torah with Congregation Shaare Emeth. Effective immediately, all current members of B’nai Torah are full members of Congregation Shaare Emeth, entitled to all rights and privileges of membership. The title to the B’nai Torah synagogue in St. Peters and all congregational assets have been transferred to Congregation Shaare Emeth. Rabbi Jim Bennett, Senior Rabbi of Shaare Emeth, and Joe Pereles, Shaare Emeth President, note that this combination of resources and membership will help to preserve the legacy of B’nai Torah, to continue to serve the members of this 30-year-old congregation, and to provide a stable base for creative outreach to the growing number of Jewish families in St. Charles County and beyond. Rabbi Bennett noted, “We were, of course, saddened to learn of the struggles of B’nai Torah when they approached us to explore a possible combination of resources. However, we immediately responded that we would be pleased to welcome the current B’nai Torah families into our congregation, to honor the legacy of their congregation, and to work with them to find ways to help them remain connected with each other under the umbrella of our congregational family. The resources and energy they bring to our congregation coincides with our commitment to expand the reach of our congregation to include many families who live in areas not traditionally well-served by our St. Louis Jewish community.” Wayne Ault, president of B’nai Torah, said, “We, at B’nai Torah, are looking forward to being with Shaare Emeth.” Madi Brown, immediate past president of B’nai Torah, added that she and her longtime B’nai Torah friends know that they will continue to maintain their relationships and keep the light of their community burning as a part of Shaare Emeth. Teri Steinberg, treasurer and longtime member of B’nai Torah, said, “I am just thrilled and excited that we are becoming part of such a wonderful congregation with so many resources for education and opportunities to become involved.” Congregation Shaare Emeth, the largest synagogue in St. Louis, currently has approximately 1700 member units, both families and single individuals, throughout the greater St. Louis area. B’nai Torah numbers about a dozen families, some of whom no longer reside in St. Charles...

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