Keeping Shabbat in the Digital Age

Rabbi Daniel Nevins to speak at Kol Rinah Sunday, September 2, 10:00 A.M. Sabbath Mode: Keeping Shabbat in the Digital Age Given the constant presence of glowing screens before our eyes, should we power down and abstain from using electronics on Shabbat? What about electrical appliances? How do accommodations for disability fit in? And what does traditional Jewish law have to say about keeping Shabbat in our digital age? Rabbi Danny Nevins will address these questions, which were the basis of his responsum for the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. KolRinahSTL.org or...

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How the Bible Was Composed

James Redfield, PhD, assistant professor of Biblical and Talmudic literature at St. Louis University, will discuss “How the Bible was Composed: A Primer on Contemporary Research” at Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community’s next Third Shabbat monthly learning session on Saturday, August 18, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex Arts & Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, MO 63146. Since the nineteenth century, biblical scholars have spilled much ink trying to identify the distinguishing features, worldviews, and interactions among sources in the Tanakh. New methods focus more on the creativity of oral and scribal transmission, challenging the model that the Bible was composed by a simple cut-and-paste method. Redfield will explore the main methodological debates and lead a conversation focusing on specific examples from biblical passages. For more information, visit www.shirhadashstl.info or contact Carol at...

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Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Andrea Weiss Comes to Shaare Emeth

Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph. D., will be Congregation Shaare Emeth’s next Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence from Friday, February 9 through Sunday, February 11. Over the course of the weekend she will lead a number of exciting, educational and justice-oriented events. All of these events are free and open to the public: Friday, February 9, 6 p.m. Tzedek Shabbat Standing Idly by is Not an Option: Creating “American Values, Religious Voices” How did the 2016 election lead to the creation of a campaign that sent 100 letters from scholars of religion to our elected officials in Washington for the first 100 days of the Trump administration? Saturday, February 10, 9 a.m. Torah Study Ten Years Later: Why a Women’s Torah Commentary Still Matters The weekly Torah portion, “Parashat Mishpatim,” contains a collection of laws addressing a range of criminal and civil matters. Many of these laws remain relevant to us today. We will study the parashah through the lens of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary as we mark the tenth anniversary of this award-winning publication. Saturday, February 10, 7:30 p.m. Beit Tzedek Café: A Social Justice Poetry Slam Coffeehouse Join us for an evening of poetry and song as Rabbi Andrea Weiss, along with local poets and musicians, help us explore the power of words and song to bring about justice. Fine coffees, teas, wine and desserts provided. Sunday, February 11, 10 a.m. “For You Were Strangers in the Land of Egypt”: Biblical Values and American Voices The Torah repeatedly demands that our experience in Egypt shape how we treat the vulnerable in our midst. This is one of many biblical teachings highlighted in “American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters.” Join us as we examine in-depth how scholars from different faiths drew upon this biblical teaching. Rabbi Andrea Weiss is Associate Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and was recently appointed as the incoming Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost. She served as campaign coordinator for “American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters.” and as associate editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (URJ Press, 2008). She is also the author of numerous books and articles on biblical poetry, metaphor and other topics. This scholar-in-residence weekend is made possible through the Fred and Elsie Deutsch Endowment Fund. The Congregation would like to thank Roberta and Jim Deutsch, Judy and Larry Deutsch, and their families for their continuous generous support for the scholar-in-residence...

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Life in Transition and Exploring Life’s Journey groups to resume in February of 2018

Life in Transition and Exploring Life’s Journey, two monthly groups led by Jan Nykin, M.Ed., LCSW, will begin new seasons in February. Each group meets one Tuesday per month, February-August of 2018, from 6:30-8:00 pm at Congregation Temple Israel, #1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr. in Creve Coeur, MO. Life in Transition The first Tuesday of the month (February – August 2018) 6:30-8:00 pm at TI Are you dealing with the loss of a loved one, divorce, job transition or retirement? Join us for an open and enriching conversation where we’ll discuss a healthy grieving process, resolution, adjustment and strategies for moving forward and finding fulfillment. Participation is free and open to the community. Class dates are as follows: Tuesday, February 6 Tuesday, March 6 Tuesday, April 3 Tuesday, May 1 Tuesday, June 5 Tuesday, July 3 Tuesday, August 7 Exploring Life’s Journey The third Tuesday of the month (February – August 2018) 6:30-8:00 pm at TI What is your purpose in life? Do God and spirituality play a role and how do you fit into the larger universe? Join us for this exciting group discussion and connect with Judaism, your spirituality, and transform into your highest self. Participation is free and open to the community. Class dates are as follows: Tuesday, February 20 Tuesday, March 20 Tuesday, April 17 Tuesday, May 15 Tuesday, June 19 Tuesday, July 17 Tuesday, August 21 Both groups are facilitated by Jan Nykin, M.Ed., LCSW, a psychotherapist in private practice with a Para-Rabbinic certification. Both groups are free and open to the community. No RSVP required; attend one or all. For more information, call the Temple Israel main office at 314-432-8050 or visit...

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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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Advocating for Your Child’s Education & Wellness

Become a better advocate for the social, emotional, educational and behavioral wellness of children and young adults with significant learning challenges, mental health issues and other complexities. The Shaare Emeth Mental Health and Wellness Initiative is hosting a panel discussion for parents and students interested in learning how to better navigate the education system from kindergarten through college. Join us at Congregation Shaare Emeth (enter from Ballas Road due to closure of Ladue Road) on Tuesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the community. Panelists include: Amy Blumenfeld, Special School District Special Education Administrator and Educator Blumenfeld began working for Special School District of St. Louis County as a teacher and served in a variety of teaching roles before joining the administrative staff. For the past six years, she had served as a Special Education Administrator (Area Coordinator) in Rockwood at the high school level. When not at SSD, Amy can be found working at Shaare Emeth as a Special Education Liaison, volunteering with Autism Speaks (where she also serves on the Board of Directors) and teaching special education coursework for Central Methodist University. Danielle Sartori, Sophomore studying graphic design at Webster University Sartori struggled with anxiety, depression, trichotillomania and language processing throughout her academic career. She is a graduate of Parkway Central High School, although she spent her junior year at Logos dismantling the stressors of school and finding appropriate coping strategies. After her year at Logos, she worked with a tutor to develop further strategies to navigate her anxiety, depression, “trich” and language processing struggles. Now at Webster, she continues to benefit from similar assistance and is enjoying a successful college experience. Heather Stout, Assistant Director of Disability Resources: Washington University’s Cornerstone Learning Center Stout is a certified rehabilitation counselor who has worked in higher education disability support services since 1999. She received her graduate degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Illinois and in rehabilitation counseling in deafness from Western Oregon University. Stout has collaborated extensively across academic disciplines to expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Amy Worth, Parent Worth is a parent, educator and activist with a 17-year-old daughter. She lost her son, Michael, to suicide when he was 18. Both children had completely different needs, which taught her a great deal about how to navigate elementary school through college. The Mental Health and Wellness Initiative is Congregation Shaare Emeth’s response to the mental health crisis in America. We strive to raise awareness, provide resources and erase the stigma associated with mental health issues within the Congregation and larger community. • 1 in 5 kids experience a mental health condition; only 20% of them actually get help.* • About 50% of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out of school.* • One in three parents (35%) struggle deeply with their attitude toward and ability to cope with their child’s learning and attention issues, including feeling isolated and reporting anxiety generated by multiple sources: the school system, the child, family members.** • Another one-third of parents are uncertain about teaching their child how to resolve issues, when to ask for help and when to resolve issues themselves, and are frustrated with school system, child and family pressures.** • Suicide is the second-leading cause of death...

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