MLK Shabbat to Focus on Witnessing Whiteness

Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community will commemorate the Shabbat preceding Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a special 10 a.m. Third Shabbat learning session focusing on Witnessing Whiteness. The event is free and open to the public. Guest speakers will be Mary R. Ferguson, Racial Justice Director for the YWCA of Metro St. Louis, and Kenny Murdock, a social justice facilitator with the NAACP and ADL. They will lead a discussion on implicit bias and how it impacts our lives. Ferguson will also talk about how the YWCA’s 10-sesson Witnessing Whiteness program builds community, increases knowledge of white identity, and offers strategies for action while building participants’ racial equity lens for civil engagement. RSVP is requested to Carol at stlshirhadash@gmail.com. For more information, visit...

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Writer’s Workshop

Work, share and learn together at the Jewish Writers Workshop held at Kol Rinah. Get help with ideas, give and receive feedback and learn and grow as writers together. This will be an ongoing workshop that meets the second and fourth Wednesday s of the month at Kol Rinah. The first meeting to get organized is this Wednesday, Dec. 12th at 2:00 P.M. Contact Daphne Drohobyczer at daphnekoalabear@gmail.com or Max Brown at darthzayday@gmail.com to RSVP or if you have any...

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The Authority of the “Law”

Is it God-given demanding that it be literally accepted as believed by the classical Orthodox? Is it ancient folkway to be rejected as believed by the classical Reform? or should it be conserved in a rational manner as proposed by Frankl, the father of Conservative Judaism? An immense literature exists to help each of us decide: Sacred Fragments. For more information, email or rsvp to ralph.graff@health.slu.edu

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“Toward greater spiritual awareness: Birkat Hamazon, a Berakhah for how we eat today.”

Please join us for a learning opportunity with Rabbi Dr. Pamela Barmash: We will explore why Birkat Amazon, Grace After Meals, is a powerful spiritual tool, prompting us to sense gratitude and be more mindful. We will also study how Rabbi Barmash’s recent teshuvah, “Birkat Hamazon and Zimmun for Meals that Do Not Include Bread from Five Species of Grain” has shifted guidelines for Birkat Hamazon to fit how we eat today. The talk will follow Kiddush. For more information, email...

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What is Love? Rabbi Arnold Asher Memorial Lecture

What is Love? A lecture by Rabbi Shai Held Commemorating the 40th Yahrzeit of Rabbi Arnold Asher Lecture Series Friday Evening, October 19 6:00 Kabbalat Shabbat Services followed by Dinner (RSVP for Dinner, Cost TBA) 8:30 Lecture: “Love your neighbor as yourself”: What are we actually being asked for? Can love really be commanded? Can we really love other people as much as we love overselves? And who is the neighbor we’re commanded to love, anyway? Saturday Morning, October 20 9:00 Shabbat Morning Services 11:00 Sermon followed by study after kiddish (about 12:30) Is “Love your enemies” a jewish idea? We are commanded to love our neighbor, but what about those who are hostile to us – must we love them to? RSVP to the Kol Rinah office: Office@kolrinahstl.org or...

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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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