Pancake Breakfast

You are invited to a Pancake Breakfast for KoReh students and families. Sponsored by Kol Rinah’s Men’s club. Sunday, August 26, 8:30 AM RSVP: 314-727-1747 or email Nancy at nancy@kolrinahstl.org

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Temple Israel’s 11th Annual Israeli Film Festival

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Temple Israel (#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr. 63141) 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm Enjoy two Israeli films and Israeli-style refreshments during intermission. Free and open to the entire community. RSVP at www.ti-stl.org/Films 3:30 pm: The Women’s Balcony Nominated for five Israeli Academy Awards, this film is a feel-good, crowd-pleasing comedy that depicts what happens when extremism and traditional values collide. When, during a Bar Mitzvah celebration, the women’s balcony in an orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but he slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and attempts to take total control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates a rift between the community’s women and men. This rousing, good-hearted tale speaks much truth to women’s reactions to patriarchal power. The superb ensemble of veteran Israeli actors, singers, and comedians gives a bravura performance. 96 minutes – Hebrew with English subtitles The Women’s Balcony is suitable for middle school and above INTERMISSION: Refreshments and Israeli-style fare. 6:15 pm: Past Life This award-winning 2016 film tracks the daring late 1970’s odyssey of two sisters as they try to unravel a shocking wartime mystery that has cast a dark shadow on their entire lives. Sephi aspires to a career as a classical composer in the male-dominated world of classical music. Nana is an aspiring playwright. These daughters of troubled Holocaust survivors have to deal with a sudden shocking revelation that threatens to tear the family apart. As they travel through Europe in the 1970’s, they are bent on uncovering the past and getting to the truth about their parents’ darkest secret. As they ride this emotional roller coaster, they discover that freedom bears an exacting price. 108 minutes – Hebrew with English subtitles Past Life is suitable for high school and above $5 donation requested to cover the cost of refreshments The film festival is open to the entire community. Guests are welcome to attend one or both films. RSVP at...

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The Harp

In memory of A. J. Heschel Jerusalem I hear the yearning in your voice Rashi’s commentaries are hidden in the rustle of trees The stones are full of mystical light Music seeps in the garden of sounds The Psalms of David echo eternity In the shadows of the past I find the promise Of peace The harp drowns out The cry of war

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Rabbi Avigdor’s Haggadah of the Holocaust

Isaac Avigdor, son of a respectable Rabbi Jacob Avigdor, etched permanently in the history of Drohobych. In his youth, he attended the rabbinical seminars in Europe. He was one of the most important religious leaders of eastern Galicia. He studied philosophy in Lviv. He served as Rabbi in Galicia and Drohobych. During the second world war he was in a number of concentration camps. After the liberation by the American army he took care of the children of refugees in religious villages and kibbutzim in France, Italy, Belgium, Austria and Hungary. Rabbi Avigdor was the author of books in Hebrew, Yiddish and English and religious articles in periodicals. His first collection of English sermons was released in 1960, the dissertation was devoted to the person of Baruch Spinoza. In 1973 he was awarded the Rabbi Herzog Prize. During his stay in the United States he has been President of the Yeshiva of the name Solomon Kluger and later Yeshiva on Long Island. He was active in the national and international field. His memoirs from the period of the second world war has been published in the work: From Prison to pulpit. Sermons for all Holidays of the Year and the Stories from the Holocaust. In fifty sermons he tells the unique story of the Jewish people, with particular attention to the suffering and persecution of the Jews. Author is struggling with questions of faith in Judaism from many points of view trying to understand the phenomenon of the survival of the nation, whose existence in the story is a paradox. Avigdor compares Jews to phoenix recovering among the Nations of the world. The book of Rabbi Avigdor consists of two parts, sermons and stories (written on the model of the haggadah) that allow the reader to get to know the destruction of Eastern European Jewry. Description of the experience of the Holocaust has been led in a dynamic narrative interspersed with comments of the ancient prophets and commentators. The most interesting remains the second part From Prison entirely dedicated to the liquidation of the ghetto and stay in the concentration camp. Rabbi, despite the torture and family tragedy has not lost faith. It is the fusion of fact and fiction, personal relationship told by a religious...

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Israeli Mother and Baby looking for Sitter in May

Hello all! My name is Dorit and I’m an Israeli Social worker and a mother of two. I’m traveling to St. Louis this May (19-26th) for a five day EMDR therapy course, and my adorable, nursing, one year old munchkin is joining me. I’d like to try and find an experienced, attentive sitter who’ll be there with us, during the days (a couple of nights also would be extremely helpful, yet optional). I would need the Sitter to join us on Friday and Saturday the 19-20 of May, for a few hours each day, so baby gets acquainted. The course itself takes place in Kirkwood, dates are 21-25 and is approximately 8-9 hours a day. If baby is very jetlagged, the job may include joining us for two nights (5.21-5.22). I would love it if the person joining us is open to back carrying for when baby is having a rough time (also optional). Hebrew and a car would be an amazing plus but definitely not a make or break criteria. Salary as per going rate plus expenses, and overnight when staying over **References needed** My contact details: Dorit.halpern@gmail.com This awesome opportunity came along very expectantly and I have a week to commit to it, so I’m really hopeful I can find the help I need quickly. If you Know anyone who might be qualified and interested, please pass along and share. Thank you so much, and Chag Sameach Dorit Halpern Tivon,...

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Jewish Community Mental Health Awareness Program

Come to an afternoon of teaching, learning, listening, and sharing to help break the stigma of mental illness. Speakers will include rabbis, mental health professionals, community activists, people affected by mental illness, and others who can empathize. Sunday, January 29, at the Jewish Community Center Arts and Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, from 2:00 to 3:30PM. Sponsored by the St. Louis Rabbinical Association with financial support from the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Inclusion Initiative. Free and open to the public. Reservations are requested but not required, to slra@mindspring.com. For more information, please contact Rabbi James Stone Goodman at...

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