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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Screenagers: A Film about Growing Up in the Digital Age

Parents and teens in the community are invited to come together and take part in the important conversation about youth and their ever growing connection to the screens around them. Join us on Monday August 22, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Jewish Community Center – Arts and Education Building (2 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146).  Doors open at 5:30pm.  The cost is $10 per person or $18 per parent/child pair. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 314-442-3175. Kosher pizza will be offered for purchase, and audience members will enjoy complimentary movie snacks. The film will immediately be followed by a panel discussion, including Aisha Sultan of the Post Dispatch (moderator), clinical psychologist Dr. Randi Mozenter, and youth group director Rabbi Michael Rovinsky. There will also be time for Q&A.  Event convened by Nishmah at the J, additional sponsors include: B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO), Congregation B’nai Amoona, Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Jewish Student Union (JSU), Keshet, Kol Rinah Youth St. Louis, National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY), North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), & United Hebrew Congregation.  Delaney Ruston, director of Screenagers, reveals the real life struggle between parents and their children and the use of technology. The film not only authentically explores the obsessions with video games and social media, but also shares “cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders such as Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, Simon Sinek, as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on real changes happening in the brain.” Parents, teens, educators, and others will have the opportunity to begin a dialogue about this topic in our community. For more information and/or questions contact Simone Picker at Nishmah 314-442-3166 spicker@jccstl.org.  ABOUT NISHMAH: Nishmah, a program of the J, is a new approach to Jewish community and leadership, striving to strengthen and empower the spirit of girls and women. Nishmah believes that women have unlimited wisdom and counsel to offer the Jewish community. Authority, leadership, spirituality, creativity, boldness and consciousness are all within realm of a woman’s being, and we want to foster the complexity of this potential within the girls and women of this community. Nishmah is also committed to community partnerships with other Jewish communal organizations and synagogues. It is through such partnerships that Nishmah believes the Jewish community can best meet the evolving needs of girls, women and the larger community. ABOUT THE J: The J is an interactive, multi-generational gathering place that offers a variety of programs and services to both the St. Louis Jewish community, and the community at large. The Jewish Community Center provides educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building and recreational programming and offers two, state-of-the art fitness facilities, all designed to promote physical and spiritual growth.  Everyone is welcome at the...

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Temple Israel hosts a ‘Groovy’ Rick Recht concert/community-wide event for Jewish families

On Friday evening, September 16, Congregation Temple Israel is hosting an outdoor Shabbat event called Shabbatstock for families in the St. Louis Jewish community. The evening includes a bring-your-own picnic dinner on the Brodsky Circle lawn, complimentary Kosher ice cream from Cool Times Ice Cream Truck (sponsorship provided by Jewish Federation of St. Louis), face painting, a short Shabbat service with Rabbis Amy Feder and Michael Alper, and a live concert with Jewish Rock Radio’s Rick Recht. This event is open to the entire Jewish community and is free of charge. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket for the lawn and to wear their grooviest tie-dyed t-shirts. Beverages will be provided. When: Friday, September 16, 2016 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Where: Congregation Temple Israel’s Brodsky Circle lawn (#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr., St. Louis, 63141) Cost: Free of charge. No RSVP required.   Event website can be found at www.ti-stl.org/Shabbatstock For questions, contact Temple Israel’s front office at 314-432-8050.   ###   Congregation 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 welcome and embrace individuals and families from all backgrounds. Wherever you may be along your Jewish journey, there is a place for you at Temple Israel. For more information, go to...

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Congregation Temple Israel Announces New Family Education Department and Leadership Structure

Leslie Wolf, who has served as Congregation Temple Israel’s Deutsch Early Childhood Center (DECC) Preschool Director for eight years, will now be serving as Director of Family Education. Leslie has had tremendous success in helping DECC quintuple in size and become a Jewish preschool admired and emulated around the nation. In her new role as Director of Family Education, she will continue to lead and oversee DECC, as well as help to provide a consistent approach and connection between Temple Israel’s early childhood education program and our Religious and Hebrew Schools. Temple Israel has also hired Sandy Kramer as Assistant Director of Family Education. Sandy has served as the Education Director of Shaarei Tikvah in Wichita, and prior to that, of the Wichita Jewish Community School, where she developed a successful Shabbaton program for the entire Wichita Jewish community. Before moving to Wichita, she served as the Director of Educational Programming at Beth Israel-The West Temple in Cleveland, where she ran the religious school, family education and congregational programs, and developed Camp Kee Tov, the first Jewish day camp on the west side of Cleveland. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Washington University and her Masters degree in Jewish Education (MJEd) from Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. Sandy will be the primary contact for Temple Israel’s Religious and Hebrew Schools. To help support the Family Education department, Temple Israel has hired Sara Jones as Family Education Office Administrator. Sara has worked with children and families at the St. Louis Jewish Community Center for almost eighteen years, starting in the KidZone with children ages six weeks to eight years. Sara then managed their youth programs and after school program for school-aged children, and most recently, served as the J Day Camps Camp Registrar. “Leslie, Sandy, and Rabbi Michael Alper, with the support of the Family Education Office Administrator, are working together to create a visionary, out-of-the-box learning experience for children of all ages and their families that builds on the vibrant, engaging school that we currently have and tailored to suit the needs of our Temple Israel families,” said Dee Mogerman, President of Temple Israel. “This plan has the full support of our Board of Trustees, our Rabbis, and our Religious and Hebrew school staff, who have been an instrumental part of our vision for moving the Family Education department forward.” Temple Israel’s Religious School program is a continuation and extension of DECC’s Preschool experience where students begin to form their Jewish identity. The program begins in Kindergarten and runs through senior year of high school, enabling students to progress and grow from young children who are passionate about their Judaism to young adults who will become the future leaders of our Jewish community. For more information about DECC and/or Temple Israel’s Religious and Hebrew School program, please contact Leslie Wolf, Director of Family Education, at lwolf@ti-stl.org or...

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Casting Call: Jewish Boy Ages 6-9 years old

DeLisi Creative is looking to cast a boy able to portray a Jewish Italian 6 year old for the next Steven Spielberg film. No acting experience necessary. We’re looking for a very special, real kid.   ROLE “EDGARDO” — BOY age 6-9 to play 6 years old. This is a unique and very challenging part for a truly special boy. The story deals with the complexity of an extremely intelligent and gifted child’s situation – his desire to return to his family and the faith of his ancestors, pitted against his ability to learn the Catechism and engage with the Pope on a level far beyond his years. HE SHOULD APPEAR TO BE A JEWISH ITALIAN child. We are not looking for any kind of Italian accent. LEAD. STORY LINE “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara”— Steven Spielberg is making a film about the true story of EDGARDO MORTARA – a 6 year old Jewish boy from Bologna who was reported to have been secretly baptized by a maid, and was deemed by the Catholic church therefore to be Christian. Pope Pius IX (to be played by Mark Rylance) decreed that the boy could not remain with his Jewish family. He was seized by the Papal State and taken to the Vatican where his indoctrination into Catholicism began. This was a cause célèbre of mid-nineteenth century European politics and the domestic and international outrage against the pontifical state’s actions may have contributed to its downfall amid the unification of Italy. This is an incredible story of real historical relevance. Please note several CD’s are covering this project, per overall CD Ellen Lewis: We (Debbie DeLisi/DeLisi Creative) are covering people that live in all regions in the US/Canada, EXCEPT if LA, CA (CD Tannis Vallely) & NYC based (Rori Bergman). If you’re based in LA or NYC, submit to Tannis or Rori. If you are based in any other area — please submit to us at delisicreative@gmail.com. To submit: Email delisicreative@gmail.com. Subject line: EDGARDO SUBMISSION / Name of boy, city/state. Body of email: Parents/Guardians contact info (names/phone), boys name/age/d.o.b, city/state of residence, along w/current non retouched photos. If you’d like to include a brief introduction, bio or resume, please do! Please note any related, special, or fun facts so we get to know...

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Taking the Wheel in Children’s Fitness: The Junior Cycling Program in St. Louis

Riding a bike has long been known as a low impact, potentially high intensity way of getting into shape. From bike-a-thons to the illustrious Tour de France, it is well understood that cycling requires endurance and strength. What is less widely accepted about biking is the team aspect of the sport.  It is this team aspect in addition to its physical rigor that makes it an ideal sport for kids of any age. Coaching cycling as a team sport for kids is a newer concept to the St. Louis area but it is one that Coach Nosson Spielberg is excited to promote. “What’s great about cycling,” says Spielberg, “is that it provides an alternative to typical team sports that require contact or a particular physique. Plus it is a skill that lasts a lifetime.” Spielberg has been dreaming of putting together a junior cycling club since he was a teenager. “As a kid and adolescent, I was very overweight,” commented Spielberg. “I believe if I had found cycling earlier, I would have saved myself years of low self-confidence and unhealthy behavior.” In addition to the physical benefits of regular exercise, studies have shown that regular exercise improves concentration in school. Spielberg has created the Spielberg Fitness After School Cycling Team, catering to children ages seven and up. No experience is necessary. All one needs to bring is a bike, helmet, and water bottle. Although everyone is welcome on the team regardless of skill, there are many opportunities for growth and acclaim. The kids are trained to qualify for local, state, and national events as part of the team. Those who are interested spend a little more time in practice gearing up for races. Practices are held three times a week and each rider is given a coaching plan, a jersey, and discounts at local bike shops as part of the membership. One may assume that the fun ends as the leaves change color but that just isn’t true. The program is year-round. During the colder months, the team moves its practices indoors incorporating music and racing videos into their training and indoor races. “It’s hard though,” Spielberg comments. “There are so many kids that want to be involved and we realize that the sport of cycling isn’t always as accessible as we wish it were. “For that reason, I created a sister organization called Junior Stars Cycling whose sole purpose is to increase accessibility to bikes, equipment, and cycling teams for those who would otherwise be unable to afford it, as well as, teach bike safety throughout the St. Louis community. However, our biggest use of this organization is the scholarship fund. Spielberg Fitness matches dollar for dollar the scholarship provided by Junior Stars in order to supplement as much as possible.” Recently, he added we have had the honor of receiving a grant from the Jewish Federation. This grant will be used to highly subsidize bike rentals for our junior team. Coming this spring, we will have road bikes available to rent for next to nothing.” “It’s a great start but we are always looking for more donors and volunteers, “ he adds with a grin. “The group is constantly growing and we want to continue to be able to provide for our kids scholarships and adequate staff...

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