WashU Hillel to Host Gun Violence Panel

Washington University’s Hillel Leadership Council student organization, in partnership with WashU Hillel, will convene a panel to discuss gun violence and gun control in the United States and St. Louis on Monday, November 28 at 7:00 pm at the WashU Hillel building (6300 Forsyth Blvd. 63105).  Panelists will include Jill Schupp, Missouri State Senator (D); Ruben Schukit, WU ’18, President of WashU’s College Republicans; Allie Liss, WU ’18, a student intern with the Gun Violence Initiative of WashU’s Institute for Public Health; and Jake Michael, a University City law enforcement officer.  Attendees will learn more about this growing public health epidemic and critical social justice issue and discuss ways to get involved in helping to reduce gun violence in our community.  A light dessert reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public.  Parking is available at the Hillel building or in any yellow designated spot at the Washington University Brookings parking lot between Hoyt Drive and Skinker Boulevard.  Co-sponsored by the Hillel Leadership Council student group at WashU, Student Union, and WashU Hillel’s George Roffman Memorial Fund. For more information, contact Ashley Barrett, Program and Engagement Associate at...

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Basics of Belly Dancing

Get ready to shimmy like you’re in Shushan! The J’s Jewish Arts & Soul Project presents the Basics of Belly Dancing. Belly dance artist, instructor and Artistic Director of Aalim Dance, Lois Salwa Marshall, highlights the Middle Eastern origins of belly dancing and its connections to the Purim story. Participants practice basic movements such as torso articulation and hip isolation before enjoying a performance by the expert herself. To register and for more information on the Jewish Arts & Soul Project, visit: http://jccstl.com/programs/arts-culture/jewish-arts-soul-project/ Contact: Shira Kraft, skraft@jccstl.org, 314-442-3111 Generously funded in part by the Jewish Federation of St....

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For Women Only~One Man’s Perspective

SPARK YOUR MATCH:  Dating Issues for Our Millennium By Paula Sparks Sparks Matchmaking FOR WOMEN ONLY: A Man’s Point of View Hello, nice women! There actually are a lot of men out there, but you don’t want most of them, you have informed me. A lot of them have never been married. A lot don’t have height, manners, income level, education level, good looks, personality, or profession. So you want one of the “desirable” ones? Let’s take heed! Many men have voiced it, but this man has put some of it in writing: “I have some observations from the MALE perspective! Many men agree that WOMEN could improve their dating behavior to increase the chances of leading to a meaningful and mutually satisfying relationship. These are things Jewish women need to hear, but it will REALLY piss them off! WHAT TO WEAR? Fuss a little even for a simple get-acquainted coffee meeting. Wear something nice, even if casual.  Wear some make up and jewelry, though no need to go over the top. The man should fuss as well. But I have been to many such meetings where the woman wore ZERO make up or jewelry and dressed like she was getting ready to clean the house! If you are going to bother to meet a man, at least look like you give a damn! Otherwise it is a major and easily avoidable turnoff. WHERE SHALL WE GO? If a man invites you for a first real date and going to dinner at a restaurant is on the agenda, if he makes any reasonable suggestion as to the place, be polite and accept that location. If it is a moderate place, do NOT blow it off, lobbying for a much more expensive place, with the assumption that the man is picking up the check.  This is NOT about the money! It is about showing that you are a quality woman, more interested in getting to know this man than snagging an expensive dinner.  Save those fancy places for subsequent anniversaries and special occasions! MENSCH OR JAP? If you are on your first dinner date, especially at an expensive restaurant, do NOT order the most expensive item on the menu!  Since for whatever reason, the man is expecting and expected to pick up the check, it is a major turn off, signifying selfishness or bad manners to order the most expensive items or wine. That has happened to me a few times and ticked me off! AGAIN It is NOT about the money!  It is about showing the man he is out with a MENSCH and not a JAP! THERE ARE TWO OF US HERE, RIGHT? On a first date, do NOT talk about yourself to the exclusion of all else.  Ask about him. Give the impression you are interested. This is about conveying to a man that you are giving by nature, a very attractive trait to men. Selfishness is a turnoff to BOTH genders. TOO MUCH INFORMATION? On the first date, do NOT tell him all your troubles.  We all have them, but he does not want to hear all about them at this stage.  If you become a couple, there is plenty of time to work together to help each other, as it should be. I once had...

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YPD Welcomes a New Program Associate, Becca Near!

Hey! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Becca Near, and I am a native to St. Louis. I went to Memphis, TN for my last two years of high school and spent my college years in NYC. I graduated with a BA in Psychology. I moved back with my now husband and am thrilled to be here in the Community Development department and with YPD. I am a Skimm’bassador, I have two cats, two snakes (don’t ask!) and a chinchilla (again, don’t ask!). I love hiking, travelling and avocados. Let’s grab a coffee or ice cream (another fav) and chat! Can’t wait to meet you...

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Destination Weddings/Events in Israel: Do I really need to hire a planner?

Soon you’ll be walking down that aisle with your love! Not long to go now until your dear son’s Bar Mitzvah! You have been awaiting this moment for so long. Yes, we all cherish these exciting moments in our lives. We find ourselves reliving them for years to come. But before that special day comes, its firstly time for the thinking caps to come on. Its time for the planning. Its time to get down to the fine details to create this dream celebration. So you might be asking yourselves – Where do I start? Do I need a planner? My family and I could probably split the responsibilities, but is it worth it? Is hiring a planner worth adding that extra expense to my current loooong list of expenses? What about my budget? How will it really help me? What will I be saving? All excellent questions. Here is a little insight of how a wedding or event planner can be useful for you regardless of budget limitations. Save Your Money A planner has the time and connections to find you high quality vendors to match your budget, whether high or low. Most likely she has long-term relationships with most of the vendors and can therefore get you much better prices and package extras that you could get yourself, saving you thousands off the overall cost. She will be a skilled negotiator ensuring that you get what you want and what you pay for. Your Budget Your planner will help you to understand, organize and manage your budget. Your Time is Valuable Planning an event – especially a wedding, can take an average of 250 hours in total. Booking the main vendors is the easy part, (kinda – see below) but as the details become finer, and the day approaches, the ‘things-to-do’ list becomes longer and longer, and you find yourself drowning in it all, and the stress levels begin to rise. Remember the ‘big picture’ needs to be translated into hundreds of smaller details. An event planner will help you do this, and she will do all the necessary research for you, list you all the details from A to Z, and manage it from start to end. All you will find yourself doing is the choosing and then you can allow yourself not to think about it any longer. Booking the ‘Right’ Vendors This is a tricky one, as there are literally thousands of vendors in every sector. In addition, Google search can be dangerous as looks can be deceiving. When having a destination event in Israel, there is an issue of different expectations of service, product and mentality. It is only after you have booked a vendor, that the overall experience of working alongside your vendor of choice be discovered. Sometimes luck will bring you satisfaction in your choice, and sometimes it could be a disaster, and at which point, its usually too late to change. With a planner, you can be confident that you will be pleased with the outcomes of the service, manner and product being offered by each vendor, and she will send your way the specific vendors that fit exactly your taste and budget. Venue coordinators are not the same This is one of the questions I am asked frequently as...

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What Are Your Plans for the High Holidays?

Rosh Hashanah Dinner September 13 at 8:00 PM Chabad on Campus Hosted by J Grads Rosh Hashanah 2nd Night Dinner September 14 at 7:00 PM Next Dor STL Hosted by Next Dor STL Yom Kippur Pre-Fast September 22 at 5:30 PM Location TBD Hosted by J Grads Yom Kippur Break Fast September 23 at 7:00 PM Next Dor STL Hosted by Next Dor STL & YPD Sukkah Building September 27 at 3:00 PM Next Dor STL Hosted by Next Dor STL & Q Jews of St. Louis Washington University Hillel Denomination: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox 9/13 Rosh Hashanah Evening Service Reform: 6:30 PM @ Women’s Building Formal Lounge Conservative: 6:30 PM @ Graham Chapel Orthodox: 6:55 PM @ Bais Abraham Congregation 9/14 Rosh Hashanah Morning Service Reform: 9:30 AM @ South 40 Clock Tower Conservative: 9:30 AM @ Graham Chapel Orthodox: 8:00 AM @ Bais Abraham Congregation 9/22 Kol Nidre Reform: 6:30 PM @ Women’s Building Formal Lounge Conservative: 6:30 PM @ Graham Chapel Orthodox: 6:41 PM @ Bais Abraham Congregation 9/23 Yom Kippur Day Service Reform: 9:30 PM @ South 40 Clock Tower Conservative: 9:30AM @ Graham Chapel Orthodox: 9:00 AM @ Bais Abraham Congregation 9/23 Yom Kippur Afternoon Service Conservative: 6:00 PM @ Hillel Orthodox: 4:45 PM @ Bais Abraham Congregation Additional High Holiday Services Congregation Shaare Emeth Denomination: Reform 9/13 Rosh Hashanah Evening Service: 7:15 PM 9/14 Rosh Hashanah Morning Service: 10:30 AM 9/22 Kol Nidre: 6:00 PM, 8:30 PM 9/23 Yom Kippur Morning Service: 10:30 AM 9/23 Yom Kippur Afternoon Service: 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM Chabad on Campus Denomination: Chasidic/Orthodox 9/13 Rosh Hashanah Evening Service: 6:45 PM 9/14 Rosh Hashanah Morning Service: 9:45 AM 9/14 Rosh Hashanah Evening Service: 7:45 PM 9/15 Rosh Hashanah Morning Service: 9:45 AM 9/22 Kol Nidre: 6:30 PM 9/23 Yom Kippur Morning Service: 9:45 AM 9/23 Yom Kippur Neila Service: 6:00 PM Central Reform Congregation, held at the Chase Park Plaza Denomination: Reform 9/13 Rosh Hashanah Evening Service: 8:00 PM 9/14 Rosh Hashanah Morning Service: 10:00 AM 9/22 Kol Nidre: 8:00 PM 9/23 Yom Kippur Morning Service: 10:00 AM 9/23 Yom Kippur Afternoon Service: Group study & service Bais Abraham Congregation Denomination: Orthodox 9/13 Rosh Hashanah Evening Service: 6:55 PM 9/14 Rosh Hashanah Morning Service: 8:30 AM 9/22 Kol Nidre: 6:41 PM 9/23 Yom Kippur Morning Service: 9:00 AM 9/23 Yom Kippur Afternoon Service: 5:00 PM, 6:30 PM United Hebrew Congregation Denomination: Reform RSVP Preferred 9/13 Rosh Hashanah Evening Service: 7:30 PM 9/14 Rosh Hashanah Morning Service: 11:45 AM 9/22 Kol Nidre: 6:00 PM, 8:30 PM 9/23 Yom Kippur Morning Service: 11:45 AM 9/23 Yom Kippur Afternoon Service: 4:30 PM Congregation Nusach Hari Denomination: Orthodox RSVP Suggested 9/13 Rosh Hashanah Evening Service: 6:45 PM 9/14 Rosh Hashanah Morning Service: 8:00 AM 9/22 Kol Nidre: 6:15 PM 9/23 Yom Kippur Day Service: 8:00 AM 9/23 Yom Kippur Afternoon Service: 6:20 PM U. City Shul Denomination: Orthodox 9/13 Rosh Hashanah Evening Service: 6:54 PM 9/14 Rosh Hashanah Morning Service: 8:00 AM 9/22 Kol Nidre: 6:30 PM 9/23 Yom Kippur Morning Service: 8:00 AM 9/23 Yom Kippur Afternoon Service: 4:45 PM Traditional Congregation Denomination: Traditional Suggested Donation 9/13 Rosh Hashanah Evening Service: 6:55 PM 9/14 Rosh Hashanah Morning Service: 8:00 AM 9/22 Kol Nidre: 6:15 PM 9/23 Yom Kippur Morning Service: 9:00 AM 9/23...

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