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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Nishmah named one of North America’s Jewish Organizations Most Impacting Lives of Women and Girls

Nishmah has been named one of 19 leading Jewish organizations committed to impacting the lives of women and girls in one of three supplements to the Slingshot Guide. The supplements each are focused on a specific issue or regional area, and were released today alongside the tenth annual Slingshot Guide, Slingshot 2016. This supplement, published for a third and final year, along with one regionally-focused one, will help expand the ability of the selected organizations to carry out their missions, as well as expand the resources available to volunteers, activists and donors looking for new opportunities and projects that, through their innovative nature, will ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving.  Selected from among hundreds of finalists reviewed by 93 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide called Nishmah “inspirational and educational for women and girls in the St. Louis Jewish Community.” Organizations included in this year’s Women and Girls Supplement were evaluated on innovative approach, the impact of the work, the leadership role in their sector, and results. “Nishmah is proud to be among the 21 organizations included in this supplement,” said Sara Winkelman, Nishmah Director. The organizations included in Slingshot’s women and girls supplement demonstrate the potential impact on and by women and girls in Jewish life today. “ The supplement was supported through a generous partnership with the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York. Miriam Caslow, President of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York says, “The third and final edition of the Slingshot Women and Girls Supplement features 19 organizations, including five that are new to the Supplement. This is one the most inspirational collection of initiatives we have witnessed and JWFNY is proud to support the supplement in partnership with Slingshot.  The Slingshot supplement includes exciting projects focused on improving the lives of Women and Girls in North America. JWFNY is a committed advocate of women’s rights around the globe and we hope this edition inspires the next wave of philanthropists seeking to learn about this innovative and impactful work in Jewish life. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with Slingshot as we continue to build on our work together.” Added Stefanie Rhodes, Executive Director of Slingshot, which publishes the Guide each year, “This third and final edition of the Women and Girls Supplement allows us to draw attention to a wide range of exciting projects that illuminate the work being done by and for women and girls in Jewish life today. Innovation is not a category of giving, rather it is about the approach to the work. We hope that this guide continues to inform the women and men who are already deeply passionate about these causes and to inspire individuals to become involved with and support these projects.” Being listed in the Guide is often a critical step for selected organizations to attain needed funding and to expand the reach of their work. Furthermore, the Guide is a frequently used resource for donors seeking to support organizations transforming the world in novel and interesting ways. About the Slingshot Guide The Slingshot Guide, now in its tenth year, was created by a  team of young funders as a guidebook to help funders of all ages diversify their giving portfolios to include the most innovative and effective organizations, programs...

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