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J Staenberg Family Complex Arts & Education

May 2014

“Present at the Creation; Jerusalem 1947-1948.” with Dorit Galor

May 17, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Saturday, May 17, at 10:00 am at the JCC Staenberg Family Complex, Arts and Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community presents its monthly “Third Shabbat.” Shir Hadash member Dorit Galor will share her experiences during the formation of the State of Israel, "Present at the Creation; Jerusalem 1947-1948." Dorit will talk about what it was like living in Jerusalem during those months and even after when the State of Israel was established. There is no…

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July 2014

Remember Our Boys – Memorial Service

We are heartbroken to learn of the senseless killings of the three Israeli teenagers, Eyal Yifrach (19), Gilad Shaar (16), and Naftali Frenkel (16), z”l, who were kidnapped on June 12, 2014. As a community, we are united in our deep sorrow, and our hearts go out to the boys’ families, to the people of Israel, and to all who were praying for their safe return. May their memories be a blessing. Over the last 18 days, the Jewish community…

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September 2017

J’s Family Center: Reading Rabbis

September 11, 2017 @ 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:45 pm on Monday, repeating until October 16, 2017


Join us for a special holiday story time each Monday with six different guest Rabbis from across our community. We'll enjoy a book, a special craft or activity, and a snack together. Bring your little ones to one or to all. Everyone is welcome to this FREE program and, in Partnership with PJ Library, get a basket of books if you come to all six sessions!

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October 2017

Intermediate Hebrew/Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

October 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

An introduction to Biblical Hebrew for those who have taken a beginning Hebrew course. Students will continue to acquire vocabulary, increase proficiency with Hebrew roots and grammar using selections from the Bible. Students will develop confidence and level of familiarity to be able to parse and de-code selections of their own choices.

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November 2017

Shabbat Service Commemorating Kristallnacht Anniversary

November 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community will commemorate the anniversary of Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass), with a special musical Shabbat service. Cantor Joshua Finkel and pianist Richard Katz will lead this service honoring the unique musical heritage of the German Jewish community. “These sacred melodies, which still permeate our worship, prove our dedication to lives of meaning and compassion even in the face of history’s greatest evils,” notes Finkel. “The beautiful musical settings, like the Jewish people, live on, bringing…

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Global Day of Jewish Learning at Shir Hadash

November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Shir Hadash will mark the annual Global Day of Jewish Learning with a special Shabbat study session on “The Ugly Vessel and the Craftsman.” The overall theme for this year’s Global Day of Jewish Learning is “Beauty and Ugliness.” Among the goals of this annual international effort are to spark a love of Jewish learning and to build community, both locally and internationally, by engaging diverse groups of all beliefs, ages and backgrounds. Our Shir Hadash program will address the…

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December 2017

Disney’s Mulan Jr presented by The J’s Youth Theatre Progam

December 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - December 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
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One event on December 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm

One event on April 4, 2020 at 11:00 am

$8 – $10

Travel to ancient China with this non-stop fun show presented by the students of The J's youth theatre program.

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January 2018

Installation Celebration

January 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The community is invited to celebrate the installation of Cantor Joshua Finkel as the spiritual leader of Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community. The installation service will take place from 5-6 p.m. Rabbi Daniel Bogard, a longtime friend and colleague of Finkel, will speak and participate in the service. The community celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with Havdalah and a complimentary buffet dinner featuring fish, vegetarian and vegan dishes. After dinner, the festivities will kick into high gear with music and…

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April 2018

Understand Cancer Risk: Genetics and More

April 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sharsheret Supports presents an evening to positively influence your health now and in the future. This educational program features Suzanne Mahon, genetics-certified nurse, who will discuss the newest research in genetics, including increased cancer risk for Ashkenazi Jews. Explore common misconceptions that fuel confusion, why your family history matters and options for genetic testing. Hear a pre-vivor's personal journey and ask your questions in a Q&A. Refreshments served. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required…

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June 2018

Jewish Community Center Annual Meeting

June 19, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

JCC Annual Meeting

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September 2018

The J’s Millstone Society Event

September 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Donors of $1,000+ to programs and scholarships are invited to attend this lovely evening as we thank our Millstone Society Members.

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Ovarian Cancer: Survive and Shine

September 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sharsheret Supports in partnership with St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness (SLOCA) and Cancer Support Community host a day of learning and inspiration. Join St. Louis medical and mental health experts for a variety of educational sessions geared towards ovarian cancer survivors and their caregivers. Keynote speaker, Jonna Tamases, performs her award winning solo act, “Jonna’s Body, Please Hold,” an emotionally riveting, yet comical look at Jonna's own cancer journey. A complimentary kosher breakfast and lunch is included.

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October 2018

Celebration of Life Community Event with Elvis Presley Performance

October 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

St. Louis NORC invites you to celebrate life and honor community members 90+ with a special performance by Terry Phillips as Elvis Presley. All are welcome to this free, community event. RSVP by 10/11 to 442-3255 or e-mail

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November 2018

40th Anniversary Jewish Book Festival

November 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - November 16, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Two-week-long literary celebration.

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No Shanda, No Shame. Promoting community mental Health

November 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Rabbi Susan Talve and Rabbi James Goodman will lead a discussion on mental health in our community.

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December 2018

Anti-Semitism: A New Story of Just the Same Old Repackaged?

December 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Karen Aroesty, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss “Anti-Semitism: A New Story or Just the Same Old Repackaged?” at a special Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community Shabbat morning learning program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Arts and Education Building of The J’s Staenberg Family Complex. In its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, the ADL found that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in…

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January 2019

Witnessing Whiteness

January 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community will commemorate the Shabbat preceding Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a special 10 a.m. Third Shabbat learning session focusing on Witnessing Whiteness. The event is free and open to the public. Guest speakers will be Mary R. Ferguson, Racial Justice Director for the YWCA of Metro St. Louis, and Kenny Murdock, a social justice facilitator with the NAACP and ADL. They will lead a discussion on implicit bias and how it impacts our lives. Ferguson…

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April 2019

Passover Family Seder at the J

April 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A fun and interactive Passover seder dinner experience led by Rabbi Brad Horwitz. Avoid all the cooking and cleaning and coem to the J with your whole family for the 5th annual family seder filled with music, food, activities, and more. $25/adult $15/child (13 and under). Contact Rabbi Brad Horwitz 314-442-3271 or

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Staenberg Family Complex 10th Anniversary – Donor Appreciation Reception

April 28, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the community at a special evening program and dinner to mark the opening of the J's Staenberg Family Complex Fitness and Wellness building. Contact Staci Gerchen for more information at or 314-442-3109.

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May 2019

Our Journey Now: Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older from the Reconstructionist Movement


Many empty-nesters and seniors have great energy and talent that they’d like to channel in ways that build meaning and give strength to causes and communities they believe in. Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community will host Rabbi Maurice Harris, Associate Director for Thriving Communities and Israel Affairs Specialist at Reconstructing Judaism, for a chance to study some of what Jewish tradition has to say on how we can harness that desire and make the chapters of the second half of life…

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Yom Hazikaron Ceremony

Join the community to remember and honor those who have fallen in the defense of the State of Israel or in terror attacks in Israel. Poems, songs, and readings in Hebrew and English. For more information contact Rabbi Brad Horwitz

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June 2019

Vaccination and Judaism

June 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community for "Vaccination and Judaism," our June Third Shabbat Learning program. Dr. Richard Katz and Dr. Stan Vriezelaar will lead a discussion on this timely topic through a Jewish lens. They will cover concepts of vaccination, vaccine hesitancy and the relationship between the individual and the community. Free and open to the community. RSVP to Carol,

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July 2019

‘The Women’s Balcony’ Film Screening

July 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community for our next Third Shabbat learning program, a screening and discussion of the Israeli film "The Women’s Balcony." An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a rift between the men and women in a devout community in Jerusalem in this rousing, good-hearted comedy. Awash in Jerusalem’s distinctive glow, "The Women's Balcony" is a warm, poignant portrait of a modern community struggling to balance protocol with practical, progressive values - at once rebellious and…

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September 2019

Lynnie’s Light For Life

September 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Nishmah's 2nd annual fundraising event to celebrate and honor the legacy of Lynne Palan z'l. All proceeds will benefit Sharsheret and other Nishmah programming. More details forthcoming.

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December 2019

Ilene Joseph Salon Series

December 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Nishmah’s Salons are intimate, open, facilitated discussions about topics of interest to us as Jewish women. The Salon Series is named in memory of Ilene Joseph (z”l), one of Nishmah’s founders and a passionate supporter of the series.

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February 2020

Songleader Boot Camp

The Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) National Conference is one of the top immersive Jewish leadership training opportunities in the country led by nationally renowned Jewish leaders, educators and music artists. SLBC teaches participants about the many vehicles they have to create powerful, interactive connections, expand leadership abilities, and learn specific skills and techniques to inspire change in their communities. For more info and to register visit

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