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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Life in Transition and Exploring Life’s Journey groups to resume in February of 2017

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 2016, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Congregation Temple Israel, #1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr. in Creve Coeur, MO.   Life in Transition will begin Tuesday, Feb. 7, and will meet on the first Tuesday of each month through August 2017. This group is for individuals who are coping with the loss of a loved one, divorce, job transition or retirement. The class includes open and enriching conversation where attendees will discuss a healthy grieving process, resolution, adjustment and strategies for moving forward and finding fulfillment. Class dates are as follows: -Tuesday, February 7 -Tuesday, March 7 -Tuesday, April 4 -Tuesday, May 2 -Tuesday, June 6 -*Monday, July 3 (This class will be held on Monday, as Tuesday is Independence Day.) -Tuesday, August 1   Exploring Life’s Journey will reconvene on the third Tuesday of each month, starting Feb. 21 through August 2017, and includes exciting group discussion to help participants connect with Judaism and their spirituality. The class will also help participants to answer questions such as: What is your purpose in life? Do God and spirituality play a role and how do you fit into the larger universe? Class dates are as follows: -Tuesday, February 21 -Tuesday, March 21 -Tuesday, April 18 -Tuesday, May 16 -Tuesday, June 20 -Monday, July 18 -Tuesday, August 15   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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Thirteen Washington University Students and their Deep Dive into the Study of the Holocaust

Exhibit at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center February 2 – March 15, 2017 This exhibit offers reflections and images from Washington University (WU) students, faculty, and staff who traveled across Germany, Poland, and Lithuania in May 2016. The trip took place after a year of intensive study of the Holocaust as part of the WU FOCUS programs for first-year students. The exhibit encompasses critical perspectives on the history, memory, and representation of the Holocaust alongside students’ first-person reflections. A video recording of interviews with students and faculty accompanies the exhibit. An opening reception with a panel of participants will be held Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7:00-8:30...

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Making a Killer Employment Infomerical

DEVELOPING A KILLER INFOMERCIAL SPEECH Over the past 20 years I have advised innumerable clients and others that a great infomercial speech is critical to their career campaign. It is an essential part of successful networking. As you probably know, an elevator speech is a personal marketing speech designed to communicate to the listener what you have to offer a future employer and the type of employment you seek in less than 60 seconds. I have learned that while everyone wants a great speech; the challenge is how to develop it. A great speech begins with the mind set of transitioning from did to do. What you did is not nearly as important to an employer as what you will do for them in the future. You need to quickly and positively demonstrate your value to a prospective employer. Focus upon being brief and succinct; it is not your life story. Remember, it has to be less than 60 seconds. You must demonstrate passion and ability. The following are five key points to cover in developing a killer speech. • Focus on the future. The past is not important. The only thing that matters is what you can do for a future employer today. • Provide specific information regarding what you have to offer. I am a marketing professional who has been successful in developing new software markets in South East Asia. I speak fluent Mandarin and Vietnamese. • Describe what employee type you are. Use past performance appraisals to obtain key descriptive words or phrases about you. My last boss described me as a results driven sales manager who is energetic, realistic and people orientated. • Build credibility with qualified examples of success. Use numbers, dollars and percentages to quantify your success. I opened new South East Asian software markets totaling $25 million. This represented a 20 increase in total company growth. • Be clear on what type of employment you seek. I am looking for a sales marketing position that can utilize my language skill and marketing experience in Asia. Before you begin writing your speech, develop a list of your key personal features. You can use a self directed process to determine these features. 1. Start with a personal brain storm session. Write down all your features and benefits to future employers. 2. After a night’s rest, cut the list in half. Focus on what you really like to do and what you really enjoy. 3. Re-cut your list to 3-5 skills, stick to passion and ability. 4. Use these 3-5 skills to tell a story that demonstrates your ability to be successful for a new employer. Use the SAR method. S = situation, use 1-3 sentences to present the situation. A = action, use 5-8 sentences to explain your contribution. How did you personally add value? R = results, use 1-2 sentences to present results. Quantify results as much as possible. Your speech must demonstrate the application of your skills in the real world and show a future benefit to a potential employer. Tie your skill to they type of position you seek. Show passion and ability. Go very easy on the generic buzz words; everyone is an energetic people person team player. Make sure your features lead directly to the position you are seeking....

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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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