Calling Teen Athletes & Artists for JCC Maccabi Games® & ArtsFest®

The St. Louis JCC Maccabi Delegation will travel to Birmingham, Alabama Sunday, July 31 – Friday, August 4, 2017 to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games® and to Miami, Florida Sunday, August 6 – Friday, August 11 to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest®. JCC Maccabi connects thousands of Jewish teens through sports, arts and Israel. Team St. Louis is actively recruiting athletes (ages 13 – 16) and artists (ages 13 – 17) to compete in more than a dozen sporting events and arts specialties next summer. Team and individual tryouts for sports will take place at the Marilyn Fox Building in Chesterfield on Sunday, December 4. Athletes must try out for baseball, basketball, dance, flag football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and volleyball. Tryouts are not required for golf, ice hockey, star reporter, table tennis, tennis, track & field, or ArtsFest specialties, but participants must pre-register and attend an information meeting. Register at: jccstl.com/maccabi2017 Please contact Team St. Louis Delegation Head, Phil Ruben, pruben@jccstl.org or 314.442.3279 with any questions. More information about the JCC Maccabi Games® & JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® is available online at...

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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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Jewish/Arab Israeli Circus Partners with St. Louis Arches August 1st-15th!

Jewish/Arab Israeli Circus Partners with St. Louis Arches August 1st-15th!  Contact: Jessica Hentoff at 314-226-3633   Don’t miss the visit of the Jewish/Arab Galilee Circus from Israel, to the St. Louis Arches Youth Circus in St. Louis!  WHAT: Peace Through Pyramids is a collaboration between Circus Harmony’s diverse youth circus troupe, the St. Louis Arches, and the Galilee Circus, a Jewish/Arab youth circus from Israel!  WHEN: August 1st-15th   WHERE: Various locations in greater St. Louis. See our Show Schedule for times and dates! Look for the Galilee Arches.   CONTACT: Jessica Hentoff at 314-226-3633circuslady@circusharmony.org   Peace Through Pyramids is a collaboration between Circus Harmony’s diverse youth circus troupe, the St. Louis Arches, and the Galilee Circus, a Jewish/Arab youth circus from Israel!  Since 2007, these ordinary young people have done extraordinary work showing the world what is possible when you focus on what you can do together instead of on what sets you apart. At each meeting, they have produced incredible performances while forging friendships that have stayed strong across oceans and years. In 2014, we were supposed to be in Israel from July 9-23 but due to the conflict with Gaza and an FAA Flight ban, we were there until July 29!  During this time, more than ever, people needed to witness Peace Through Pyramids, Harmony Through Handsprings and Joy Through Juggling! They needed to see what can happen when people focus on what connects them instead of what separates them.  In today’s troubled times, racial divides in the United States continue to grow and inequality between socioeconomic classes runs rampant. In Israel, peaceful co-existence between Jews and Arabs seems more precarious than ever. Peace Through Pyramids is Circus Harmony’s unusual and successful approach to addressing racial/cultural fear and distrust. Circus is about working together, strength, trust, fearlessness, overcoming, and joy, especially joy. It crosses boundaries of race, religion, age, gender and income. We are excited to invite our Israeli friends for another amazing visit to St. Louis. The Galilee Arches will train and perform across the city during the visit. Some highlights include public performances at theFerguson Recreation Center, Ballpark Village, and City Museum.  This Peace Through Pyramids partnership made possible in part thanks to support from Staenberg Family Foundation, Kranzberg Family Foundation, and  Trio Foundation of St. Louis! More information  can be found on the Peace Through Pyramids page on our website.    PEACE THROUGH PYRAMIDS GALILEE ARCHES SHOWS AND TIMES Subject to Change! Call 314-226-3633 on day of to confirm Thursday, August 4 Youth and Family Center (Open to Public) 12:30pm JCC Staenberg Building Maccabi Games (Need ticket) 5:30-7:30pm Strolling entertainment Show at 8:15pm   Friday, August 5 City Museum (Open to Public) 12pm   Saturday & Sunday; August 6 & 7 Trout Lodge, De Soto, MO (Open to Public) Various Shows and Workshops   Monday, August 8 10am OnSTL TV Interview City Museum (Open to Public) 2pm & 3:30pm Central Reform Congregation (Private) 7pm   Tuesday, August 9 Ballpark Village (Open to Public) 5:15   Wednesday, August 10 City Museum (Open to Public) 12pm Ferguson Community Center (Open to Public) 3pm   Thursday, August 11 Chesterfield Athletic Club (Private) 1-2pm   Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School Show (Private) 5:30   Friday, August 12 Girls Hope/Boys Hope (Private) Workshops 9:30am Show 11:15am (Private)   Saturday, August 13 City Museum (Open to Public) 5pm   Sunday, August 14...

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SEEKING SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE TEENS WITH COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS THAT DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO BUILDING A BETTER WORLD

SEEKING SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE TEENS WITH COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS THAT DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO BUILDING A BETTER WORLD The Helen Diller Family Foundation Will Award up to 15 U.S. Teens for Dreaming Big and Taking on Daunting Social Issues The Helen Diller Family Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, a program that recognizes up to 15 Jewish teens annually with $36,000 each to be used in support of a social justice project or to further their education. This Call for Nominations presents an opportunity for educators, civic leaders, and teen mentors in communities across the United States, to acknowledge Jewish teens whose thoughtful approach to making a difference is creating meaningful change in their communities and the world around them. Up to five teens from California and ten from other communities nationwide will be acknowledged for demonstrating exceptional leadership and successfully working to make the world a better place. Anyone interested in nominating a teen, or any teen interested in self-nominating, should visit www.dillerteenawards.org to begin the nomination process. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2015. The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards began as the vision of Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller in 2007, as a way to recognize the next generation of socially committed leaders whose dedication to volunteerism exemplifies the spirit of tikkun olam, a central Jewish precept meaning to repair the world. In its nine-year history, the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards has given more than $2.5 million to 70 teens from more than 20 U.S. communities. “Each year’s nominations for the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award are fascinating: we never know who will apply, what are the concerns of teens in that year, and what projects they will have devised to help solve the needs they uncover,” said Jackie Safier, Helen Diller’s daughter and President of the Helen Diller Family Foundation. “We do know that the unusual creativity, hard work, and passion demonstrated by each year’s applicants is impressive. The Helen Diller Family Foundation has been so gratified to initiate this national program and to support the vision and actions of the first 70 award recipients. These past recipients, community leaders of the future, inspire us with the hope they represent.” A video of the 2015 recipients spotlights the power of commitment, passion, and leadership behind each teen project, and inspires hope for real solutions to real world problems. Past recipients of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have made their mark through projects that champion a wide range of causes including: changing attitudes about bullying and special needs through peer-to-peer programs, outfitting a school district with solar power, building water wells in Tanzania and Nicaragua, improving life for kids with incarcerated parents, fighting hunger and promoting nutrition in low-income communities, and many more. The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards is one of many projects funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties, to develop leadership in teens and enhance Jewish education. Beyond bolstering national recognition of the teens and their projects, the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards program fosters a growing network of award recipient alumni who collaborate on leadership, innovation, and volunteer service across the nation. Members of the alumni...

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Congregation Temple Israel to Host their Annual Cotillion Program, Educating Middle Schoolers – both Jewish and non-Jewish – on Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tradition and Etiquette

Temple Israel’s Cotillion Program is created specifically for middle school aged young adults (age 11-13) and aims to educate both Jewish and non-Jewish teens about the traditions, etiquette, dance, music and social interaction that they’ll experience either having or attending a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Each class will delve into different aspects of the ceremony and will conclude with a ‘Mock Mitzvah’ party for all students to enjoy. This 5-part series runs from January through February of 2016 and meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Congregation Temple Israel. Class schedule and topics are as follows: January 10 – Meet and Greet January 24 – Hosting and Guesting January 31 – Thank You! February 21 – To the Dance Floor February 28 – RSVP and Mock Mitzvah Party (includes a special ice cream treat, prizes and tee shirt) *March 8 – Snow Date The program is provided in partnership with Utopia Entertainment, a local company that provides unique, interactive entertainment experiences at special events and Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations. The registration fee for Cotillion is $125 and includes all meetings, snacks and prizes. Applications may be downloaded, completed and mailed to Congregation Temple Israel, 1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141, with a check made payable to Temple Israel Cotillion. Applications and payments will also be accepted at the first Cotillion meeting on January 10, 2015. For more information on Cotillion, to download forms and to watch a short video of a Mock Mitzvah party in action, visit www.ti-stl.org/cotillion. ### 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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Community Against Poverty Coalition Plans Interfaith Teen Program for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

One in five Missourians seeks assistance from a food pantry program or shelter due to the inability to afford enough food on his or her own. Most day, at least one in every four children in the City of St. Louis does not have enough food to eat. To raise awareness about the problem of hunger in our region, the Community Against Poverty (CAP) Coalition is partnering with Operation Food Search and Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church on a teen education and action program called “Hunger Speaks” on Sunday November 15 from 1 PM to 3 PM at Ladue Chapel, located at 9450 Clayton Road 63124. The program is free and open to teens in grades 6-12. CAP is coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis (JCRC) and has an active Hunger Task Force. CAP is a program of the Bohm Social Justice Initiative at JCRC. “Hunger is often invisible. We may not know that our neighbors or the children sitting next to us in class are dealing with food insecurity,” said Lou Albert, Chair of the CAP Hunger Task Force and Executive Director of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of St. Louis. “This program aims to bring the problem of hunger home to our young people and to give them the tools to make a difference as advocates on this issue. We know that hunger is an important concern, as the recent Ferguson Commission Report included Ending Hunger for Children and Families as a call to action.” The program will include a presentation and a follow up dialogue session run by Judith Coyman of Operation Food Search, a member agency of the CAP Hunger Task Force. There will be a call to action to conclude the program. This event coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which runs from November 14 to 22. For more information and to RSVP, contact Gail Wechsler, Director of Domestic Issues/Social Justice at the JCRC, at 314-442-3894 or gwechsler@jcrcstl.org. *** ABOUT THE CAP HUNGER TASK FORCE: The CAP Hunger Task Force works to alleviate hunger in the region, state and nationally through service, education and advocacy. The members of the Task Force include: Bread for the World, Empower Missouri, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Operation Food Search, and St. Louis Area...

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