Marlene Hammerman Named 2017 Woman of Achievement

Marlene Hammerman has been named as a 2017 Woman of Achievement. The St. Louis Women of Achievement Award, founded in 1955, is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women. Hammerman is being honored for her volunteer service and leadership in the area of social justice. She has been a volunteer with the National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis Section for more than 35 years, working to improve the lives of women, children, and families and to protect individual and civil rights. She created NCJW’s Project Renewal program, where volunteers work one-on-one with women recovering from domestic violence and addiction, and established the national Higher Ground initiative to increase women’s economic security. In her efforts to advance social justice, Hammerman continuously engages with elected officials in Jefferson City and Washington, DC on a variety of issues, speaking out for those who cannot advocate for themselves. The Women of Achievement 2017 Class of Honorees is a selection of 10 extraordinary volunteers from the St. Louis metropolitan region. This year’s award recipients include: Claire Applewhite — Educational Enrichment Christine Buck — Youth Dedication Adrienne D. Davis — Arts Advocacy Marlene Hammerman — Social Justice Rosemary Hanley — Youth Services Margaret Hopkins — Community Betterment Kathy Lambert — Social Enterprise Elizabeth Mannen — Volunteer Leadership Colleen Kelly Starkloff — Human Welfare Asha Zimmerman — Caring and Compassion The honorees will be recognized at the 2017 Women of Achievement Luncheon on Tuesday, May 16 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and the luncheon runs until 1:30 p.m. This year’s luncheon chair is Gin Wachter and the vice chair is Phyllis Langsdorf. Luncheon reservations are $60 per person and can be made online at www.woastl.org/luncheon-reservations or by contacting Women of Achievement at 314.896.4962 or woastlouis@gmail.com. For more information, please visit http://www.woastl.org. “Volunteers are the unsung heroes of our community,” said Women of Achievement President Joni Karandjeff. “The strength and longevity of the region’s nonprofit organizations and programs rely heavily on dedicated volunteers. We take pride in honoring some of these outstanding unsung heroes—women volunteers who have dedicated their time, energy, and leadership to helping the community in tremendous ways and inspire others to do the same.” “The luncheon is a special way to honor and highlight our award winners,” said Gin Wachter, chair of the 2017 Luncheon. “Surrounded by family, friends, past Women of Achievement, and those affiliated with each honoree’s nonprofits and charities along with the general public, the feeling in the room is joyous and delightful. In addition to a delicious lunch and awarding the honorees, we also feature a dynamic 30-minute video about the volunteers and their history of service, which really hits home the message that helping others makes an enormous impact in our community.” Women of Achievement honorees are selected from nominations from the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Metro East Illinois, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the betterment of the St. Louis region through voluntary contributions, volunteer leadership and a significant breadth of a volunteer career. Women of Achievement considers nominees with significant volunteer impact in areas such as, but not limited to, education, arts, health and human services, youth and family, philanthropy, social justice and...

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Shushan Nights: Nishmah’s Purim Journey

Purim is not just for kids! Grab your festive costume and your friends for a lively, Persian-themed women’s night out!  Enjoy an evening of fun, drinks and dinner at the bazaar.  There will be opportunities to experience the mitzvot of Purim, enjoy belly dancers, receive a Henna tattoo, and drink “Vashti” Shooters, among other celebratory fun! Shushan Nights is for Jewish girls and women from throughout the St. Louis community. The event will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 6-8:30 pm at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building in Creve Coeur. The evening will feature a short presentation, beginning at 6:30, which will include a Hamilton-esque Rap-style Megilla and some improvisational comedy. The rest of the evening will be dedicated to music, food and celebration. The event is chaired by three generations of Dobkin women – Renee Dobkin, Shari Cohen, Lisa Deutsch, Barb Prost and Sarah Cohen – who are excited to bring this unique, one-of-a-kind event to the St. Louis community. A diverse planning committee of 45 women invites everyone to bring friends, mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters to St. Louis’ most exciting inter-generational holiday event. There is a participant fee of $36. Registration is open until February 28th. After that date, walk ins will be welcome at the door for $50. The program is for women only (Bat Mitzvah age and up).  Dietary laws observed. Student and senior rates are available upon request.  Thank you to the J Associates for their generous support of this program. For more information, contact Sara Winkelman at Nishmah at swinkelman@jccstl.org or 314-442-3268.  Registration form and full event details available at www.nishmah.org    ...

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Taking the “ick” out of Mikvah

Taking the “ick” out of Mikvah Nishmah’s We are Listening Series   You’re invited to an evening of interactive conversations evoked through a variety of mediums in the comfort of a private home. There will be time for drinks and nosh, and then participants will rotate rooms, discussing Mikvah through three lenses: First, a short video about the mikvah as a sacred space, followed by reflection; Second, discuss finding a deeper meaning in traditional uses of the mikvah; Third, explore new and contemporary uses of mikvah for life transitions, healing and personal milestones. This event will take place on Monday November 14, at 7:00pm at a private residence in Ladue. Drinks and nosh will be provided. Address will be provided upon registration.  Contact Sara Winkelman, swinkelman@jccstl.org or 314 442 3268, with questions or to register. Suggested Donation of $18. This new Nishmah series offers an opportunity to break the silence on particular life experiences through thoughtful discussion that allow us to listen, process, speak, discuss and, perchance, to grow. Nishmah is a program of the Jewish Community Center....

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Nishmah Salon on Mindfulness

Join the Nishmah Salon discussion! In the spirit of Sukkot, our fall salon will be on Mindfulness with Rabbi Andrea Goldstein in a Sukkah. Mindfulness is defined as moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness. The practice of mindfulness, like many Jewish rituals and practices, helps us to be more present and appreciative of life as it is unfolding around us.  Through text study and practical application, this workshop will explore how Jewish mindfulness practices can add meaning and depth to our daily lives.  Rabbi Andrea is a Rabbi at Congregation Shaare Emeth.  She has been a Jewish mindfulness meditation practitioner and teacher for the past seven years and loves sharing her practice with others. The salon offers an opportunity for women of all ages to connect and engage with other women in meaningful discussion on topics of interest to us as Jewish women. Please chose the time and date that works best for you. Wednesday October 19, 12:30-2:00 pm with Rabbi Andrea Goldstein in a private Sukkah in Clayton/ Feel free to bring a bagged lunch, snacks and drinks provided Thursday October 20, 7:30-9 pm with Rabbi Andrea Goldstein in a private sukkah in the village of Westwood Snacks and drinks provided The suggested donation for each salon is $18 ($5 for students).  Home addresses will be given out after registering.  Register online at www.nishmah.org or by contacting Nishmah Director Sara Winkelman at 314.442.3268 or...

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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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Nishmah Salon Discusses “Getting Dressed!”

Covering our naked bodies has been around since Eden. But walking out the door each day to face the 21st century, we’re doing more than mere modesty requires. For many women privileged to have such choices, how we choose to present ourselves is, sweepingly, about identity. Join the Nishmah Salon Series discussion!  An opportunity for women of all ages to connect and engage with other women in meaningful discussion on topics of interest to us as Jewish women.  We will discuss Lilith Magazine’s article on “Getting Dressed!” in which four writers share the soundtrack running through their heads when they put themselves together in the morning. A link to the article will be shared upon registration. The suggested donation for each salon is $15. ($5 suggested donation for young adults and students) Register online at www.nishmah.org or contact Director, Sara Winkelman at swinkelman@jccstl.org or 314.442.3268. All Salons will discuss the same articles; choose the time that works best for you: Wednesday, April 6, 12:30-2 pm at the J in Creve Coeur facilitated by Sara Winkelman. Feel free to bring a bagged lunch Wednesday April 6, 7-8:30 pm at United Hebrew facilitated by Rabbi Roxanne Shapiro Wednesday April 6, 7:30-9:00 pm at NextDor 5062 Waterman Blvd, St. Louis 63108 facilitated by Nava Kantor. Thursday, April 7, 7:30-9 pm at a private home in Clayton facilitated by Michelle Rubin. Private locations will be disclosed upon registration....

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