Epstein Hebrew Academy hosts Israeli art educator, Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz

Next Wednesday, November 11th and Thursday, November 12th, master artist, art educator and mentor, Mrs. Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz of KolHaot in Israel will lead a hands-on workshop symposium with the faculty of the H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy (EHA).Together with Moss Rabinowitz, the EHA faculty will explore unique tools and techniques to enrich Jewish texts and values through the visual arts. Several faculty members of EHA spent time this past summer with Moss Rabinowitz at a special Teacher Institute for the Arts for Judaic faculty from many different day schools across North America that took place at Camp Stone, a Jewish Zionist camp in upstate New York. This summer Institute was made possible by Legacy Heritage Fund and was created by Moss Rabinowitz and several other prominent Jewish artists, including Moss Rabinowitz’s father, David Moss. The program was created to inspire and empower Judaic and art teachers through a variety of experiential and creative problem solving techniques. One such technique called syncectics is a process developed by Elyssa and her father that explores the intersection of Jewish text and the arts in a way that enriches knowledge of the texts and content.  Among twenty five educators from across North America to participate in the program, the Epstein teacher team – Baila Shulman, Shiffy Landy, and Jessie Lefton – was paired with Moss Rabinowitz who, as the group’s mentor, has helped support and guide the EHA team, and entire EHA faculty, as they implement plans to enhance both art and Judaic content throughout the school. Epstein’s signature project born out of this program is a new character education and development initiative, which the school has affectionately named S.M.I.L.E. (Super Middot In Life Every Day). Students are using the arts to express the themes of the various middot, character traits, which deepens their understanding of each character trait and the personal application to their lives. For more information about the program, or to attend next week’s hands-on workshop, contact Rachel Lubchansky at EHA: rlubchansky@eha.org or...

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The Glass Leadership Institute

The Glass Leadership Institute was initiated in this region in 1999 to develop the next generation of ADL advocates.  The goal is to provide broad exposure to ADL programs and issues in the hope that participants will choose future avenues of involvement.  The Institute is made possible by a generous grant from Sherwin and Shirley Glass from Atlanta and Michael Staenberg in St. Louis; this is the 16th year that St. Louis is participating.  Meetings will mostly be monthly, with dinner, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, on Wednesdays between October and June, 2016.  We ask some patience with the schedule as events may occur that suggest other additional meetings/opportunities to engage. Learn more: http://stlouis.adl.org/event/st-louis-region-to-kick-off-2015-16-glass-leadership-institute/  For more information, contact Karen Aroesty...

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Congregation Temple Israel Hosts URJ’s A TASTE OF JUDAISMTM for those curious about Judaism – Jewish or not

“A TASTE OF JUDAISMTM: Are You Curious?” is a unique program designed to engage “beginners” – Jewish or not – in learning more about Judaism. It has attracted more than 70,000 participants across North America during the past fifteen years, welcoming all who are curious about the Jewish tradition: unaffiliated Jews, interfaith couples, and interested non-Jews. The three-session classes, given free of charge, are being offered on Tuesdays, December 1, 8 and 15 at Congregation Temple Israel. For those who would like to explore or re-explore the foundations of Jewish tradition or for those who may be searching for an entrée into Jewish life, the course covers the Jewish perspective on spirituality, values and community. Comfortable surroundings and an informal atmosphere encourage free and lively discussion of Reform Judaism’s approach to living in our rapidly changing society. Using traditional and modern Jewish texts, Rabbi Michael Alper will discuss the ways that Judaism addresses issues in our personal and professional lives. Pre-registration is required for this class. For further information or to register for A TASTE OF JUDAISMTM, contact Rabbi Michael Alper at malper@ti-stl.org or by calling 314-432-8050. This program is sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism. ### 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 www.ti-stl.org....

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Bright Ideas

Come for a parents’ night out! Roll up your sleeves and participate in experiential learning about how kids grow to become tenacious learners and ethical leaders. You’ll even take home a bright idea or two. If you’re intrigued by the idea of a Mirowitz education for your children, this is a great opportunity to “sneak a peek” and ask questions. The workshop will include: • The Constructivist Classroom: What we learn when we learn through doing • What a Difference a Jewish Day School Makes: The impact of day school on Jewish knowledge, identity and ethics • Building Up STEAM: Integrating science, technology, engineering, art and math • Write On!: How children become prolific writers and voracious readers • Learning Hebrew: How children learn our heritage language • Tackling “Nature Deficit Disorder”: Why kids need to spend more time outside • What’s Jewish About a Butterfly? Learning through a Jewish lens…and more! RSVP online: www.mirowitz.org or call Patty at...

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JCRC Newmark Institute and UMSL Partner for Program on Education

The Jewish Community Relations Council’s Newmark Institute and the University of Missouri-St. Louis will present “Strengthening Urban Education, Healing Our Community” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at the J.C. Penney Building on the UMSL campus. Marvin W. Berkowitz, UMSL’s inaugural Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education and co-director of UMSL’s Center for Character and Citizenship, will present the keynote address. The discussion will look at ways to promote a culture for diversity, to build character as a foundation for a quality education, as well as ways to get everyone involved, including teachers, social workers, civic, religious, cultural and youth organizations, resource officers, counselors, parents and community members. Berkowitz, who is also a University of Missouri Thomas Jefferson Fellow, earned his Ph.D. in Life-span Developmental Psychology at Wayne State University in 1977. His scholarly focus and expertise is in character education and development. He is author of “Parenting for Good” (2005) and more than 100 book chapters, monographs and journal aiticles. He is founding co-editor of the “Journal of Character Education.” Visitors should park in the Millennium Student Center (MSC) South Parking Garage. For more information, contact the JCRC office at...

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Scholarship Opportunities for Teen Travel to Israel

The Central Agency for Jewish Education and Jewish Federation of St. Louis announce the availability of Israel Travel Grants for teens and young adults traveling to Israel for a peer-based educational experience. Through the generosity of Jewish Federation, the new travel grant is available to all teens upon completion of 9th grade and to young adults through age 27. Applications are available at CAJESTL.org. The monetary award is based on the length of the program: Short-term programs $ 750.00 Semester programs $1,000.00 Year-long programs $1,500.00 Participants are eligible for one grant in any 12-month funding period (August 1 – July 31). They can apply more than once, but not for the same program. This program replaces the previous limited merit-based grant program, but does not replace the teen need-based scholarships and Stuart I. Pessin Award that CAJE will continue to offer. CAJE Israel Experience Center is our community’s local resource for teen travel to Israel. The Center helps families identify the program that best meets the needs and interests of the individual. The Center offers a number of need and incentive-based scholarships. For more information on Israel programs and financial assistance, contact Karen Rader at 314-442-3756 or...

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