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May 2021

The Fabulous Fox! – Aleece Vogt

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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More than 15 million people have passed through the doors of The Fabulous Fox to see Broadway shows – you are probably one of those people! An iconic landmark of St. Louis, its story has mirrored the changing fortunes of its neighborhood. Construction of the Fox movie palace began in 1927, and it opened in 1929 with the showing of the film Street Angel. Closed in 1978, restoration began in 1981, and the Fabulous Fox reopened in 1982 and has…

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The Miraculous 2011 World Series St. Louis Cardinals Victory – Benjamin Hochman

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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The St. Louis Cardinals 2011's World Series victory stands out as something magical. It was the work of a team that seemingly had no business even playing in October, yet refused to back down until the trophy was theirs. In his new book, 11 in '11: A Hometown Hero, La Russa's Last Ride in Red, and a Miracle World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Benjamin Hochman offers on-the-ground perspective on Albert Pujols, in his final…

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Money and Art – Dale Sharon

May 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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The art market today is a multi-billion enterprise, estimated to be in excess of seventy billion dollars! The combination of art and money is as relevant today as it was centuries ago. Join Dale Sharon, a 25-year docent at the St. Louis Art Museum, a member of the SLAM Board of Trustees and an exhibited artist, as she looks at the history of money through the lens of related paintings and objects in the permanent collection of the St. Louis…

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Paging Through Our Past: Hidden Gems in Rare Books & Manuscripts at St. Louis Public Library – Renee Jones

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Join Renee Jones, Research Manager of Rare Books and Manuscripts, St. Louis Public Library, who will provide an exciting discussion and a general overview of the history of the written word from around the world. Among the topics covered are Sumerian cuneiform clay tablets, papyrus scrolls, illuminated manuscripts, and the advent of the printing press. Special attention is given to beautiful book bindings. The items featured are held in the Rare Books & Manuscripts Department at St. Louis Public Library.…

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Climate Change: Humankind’s Influence on the Changing Environment – Dr. Jack Fishman

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Increasing extremes in weather conditions world-wide have made climate a focus of universal discussion and debate. Join Jack Fishman Ph.D., Professor of Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences and Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences at Saint Louis University to learn about climate and our influence on it and have your climate-related questions answered. This program is provided in conjunction with the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis.

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June 2021

A Celebration of Denny Reagan, President & CEO of The Muny

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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For the past 53 years Denny Reagan has worked for The Muny, “the oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre in America." Starting as a member of the clean-up team, he has worked as a runner, wardrobe dresser, stage crew member, office clerk, office manager, manager of theatre operations, assistant general manager and, since 1991, as its President & CEO. Now, as he anticipates retirement, come join a conversation with Denny and Judith Newmark, the former theatre critic of the St.…

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Signed in Silk: Introducing a Sacred Jewish Textile – Genny Cortinovis & Bill Sitzer

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Currently on display at the St. Louis Art Museum is an 18th-century Italian Torah Ark Curtain (Parokhet). Produced by a young teenage Jewish girl, Simhah Viterbo, this parokhet, described as a “tour de force of needlework and rich metallic embroidery on a shimmering azure-blue silk ground.” Embroidered with her name and the date (1754-1755), it is the centerpiece for an exhibition which brings together a selection of devotional textiles used in Jewish, Christian and Muslim contexts as well as highly…

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Indoor Gardening: How to Get the Most Out of Your Houseplants – Justine Kandra

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Have ever wondered where to place a houseplant, how often to water it, how frequently to feed it and what houseplants to cultivate? If so, then you will want to join Justine Kandra, a horticulturist at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening at the Missouri Botanical Garden, who will answer these and any other questions you have related to indoor gardening. Go from being all thumbs to green thumbs in one easy fun filled lesson!

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Turning the Blessing of Life into a Blessing for Thousands – Dr. Peter Gold

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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On November 21, 2015, Peter Gold was a medical student at Tulane University in New Orleans, when an unexpected confrontation with a gunman changed the trajectory of his life and the legacy he would shape from that day forward. That morning, driving home, he stopped his car at the site of a woman being dragged down the street by a hooded man. Peter saved the woman, taking a bullet to the abdomen and narrowly avoiding death when two additional shots…

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Where There’s a Will, There’s an Inheritance: Opera Theatre of St. Louis – Ingrid Neuefeind

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Leave it to Giacomo Puccini to come up with an opera that highlights legal hijinks and family dysfunction!  After Buosao Donati passes away his relatives are horrified to discover that he has bequeathed his entire fortune to a local monastery, so they hire Gianni Schicchi to help them to get the money back. Join Opera Theatre of St. Louis docent Ingrid Neuefeind for a presentation on Gianni Schicchi, Puccini’s comic masterpiece.

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The Big Book of Jewish Humor – Arnold Kaplan

June 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Join retired academic and popular speaker, Arnie Kaplan, for a lighthearted presentation inspired by The Big Book of Jewish Humor. The talk will evoke laughter from the likes of the Marx Brothers, Bernard Melamed, Sholem Aleichem and others. It will also delve into some intellectual discussion to help you to better understand some of life’s key questions, such as: What is the worst that can happen if you accidentally exchange your hat for someone else’s? What is the meaning of…

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The Heroic Saga of “Daddy” Ochberg – David Kaplan

June 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Megiddo Regional Council within the St. Louis Jewish community’s Partnership Region in Israel includes a park in Ramot Menasha next to Kibbutz Ein Hashofet, which memorializes a South African Jewish philanthropist Isaac Ochberg, who, after his death in 1937, bequeathed what was then the largest sum by an individual to Palestine. The bulk of the money went to the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and a lesser sum to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The money donated to the JNF…

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