Wednesday | Jan. 13

Relaxation & mindfulness with NCJWSTL: With 2020 in the rearview mirror, and our minds-eye focused on the here and now, join us and special guests Dani Glassman and Jenny Hoffman Mentle at 6:30 p.m. in learning relaxation and calming techniques, breathing exercises, and how to set and keep one’s intention. Kathy Ortbals will delight us with her powers of doodling, and you, too, can become a doodler.

All participants in this virtual event will be eligible to win a relaxation gift basket. For more information and to RSVP visit: https://bit.ly/ncjwstlRelaxation  


Sunday | Jan. 17

Online exhibit, talk showcases work by Philip Deitch: Good Shepherd Arts Center is hosting an online exhibit of photography by Philip Deitch. “News from the Front” features images of essential workers during the pandemic and a tribute (photographic and essay) to the late Sister Antona Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mary and local activist who was one of the “Sisters of Selma.” The exhibit is located at goodshepherdarts.org/ under the “Current Exhibit” tab.  Deitch will also speak at 4 p.m. on Zoom.  You can obtain the link by emailing info@goodshepherdarts.org. Images from the pandemic include health care heroes and everyday essential workers who have risked exposure to keep the city going. For more information, email info@goodshepherdarts.org.


Tuesday | Jan. 19

Elections, foreign policy and the prospects for peace in Israel: The Jewish Community Relations Council welcomes Shira Efron, a policy advisor with the Israel Policy Forum.  At 1 p.m. via Zoom, she will share the latest information on the upcoming Knesset elections as well as the implications for the U.S.-Israel relationships under a Biden administration.  To register for the talk, which is being presented by JCRC in cooperation with the Israel Policy Forum, go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v9gjFYz0QUmttM6kjSygfQ


Wednesday | Jan. 20

Sharsheret’s Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group—via Zoom: This monthly group provides support, connection and education to women in the St. Louis Jewish community who have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer and are anywhere along their treatment path – before, during, or post-treatment. Facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker, this group meets from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday via Zoom until further notice. Newcomers are always welcome along with female family and friends. This program is free but pre-registration is requested to Debbi Braunstein at 314-442-3266 or dbraunstein@jccstl.org.  

Isaac Amon will discuss “The Sephardic Story: From King Solomon to The Ends of the Earth” on Jan. 6. 

New date for ‘The Sephardic Story’: Originally scheduled for early this month, Nusach Hari B’nai Zion speaker Isaac Amon discusses via Zoom “The Sephardic Story: From King Solomon to the Ends of the Earth” at 7 p.m. Join by video: https://zoom.us/j/295822730


Thursday | Jan. 21 

Temple Israel offers ‘Dishing with Diane’ for Tu B’Shevat: When was the last time you wished a tree happy birthday?  Well if you can’t remember, then it’s time we assemble as a community – via Zoom – and learn about Tu B’Shevat, which falls on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. Join this virtual cooking and learning session from the comfort of your home at 7:30 p.m. while Temple Israel members Diane Packman and her daughter, Amanda Stein, teach us how to make holiday treats. Zoom link to attend and the grocery shopping list will be emailed to guests in advance. Learn to make Tu B’Shevat cookies, Tu B’Shevat Bible Cake and Tu B’Shevat Seven Species Muffins. RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 14 to Martina Stern at: RSVP@TI-STL.org. This event series is supported by the Jonas Weil Endowment of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

NHBZ ‘Starting Points’ discussion: Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Rabbi Ze’ev Smason will discuss “What Does It Mean to Be a Religious Jew Today?” at 7 p.m. on Zoom, part of  his weekly series “Starting Points: Wisdom for Daily Living.” Free and open to the community. Join by video at: https://zoom.us/j/295822730       

Lunch & Learn: Human trafficking in the COVID era: At noon, NCJW-STL will welcome Shima Rostami, executive director of Gateway Human Trafficking, who will discuss the unique challenges faced by advocates and survivors of human trafficking during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rostami is a human rights and social justice activist who is involved in the prevention of human trafficking in the St. Louis area, the state of Missouri, the United States, and internationally. She has been the driving force behind five conferences known as “Breaking the Chains of Human Trafficking.” For more information and to register, please contact Jen Bernstein at 314-277-9080 or email jbernstein@ncjwstl.org.  

Talk on farming for food justice: At 10 a.m., Arielle Wright, education and community engagement coordinator of Urban Harvest STL, will talk about her organization, which is part of the larger movement for food justice in St. Louis. At least 18% of the residents of St. Louis are currently food insecure and low food access neighborhoods are predominantly communities of color and mostly consist of low-income, working poor households. In collaboration with its partner organizations, Urban Harvest STL operates three roof-top farms and five urban farms that serve its food access program. This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). To register for this free, online Mirowitz Center program, visit http://bit.ly/Mirowitz-registration, call 314-733-9813 or email skemppainen@mirowitzcenter.org.  

So you have Medicare, now what? At 2 p.m. Diane Finnestead of Berg & Associates, which specializes in the insurance needs of seniors, will discuss the hidden costs in coverage gaps of Medicare and how the insurance industry at large offers solutions. Open enrollment for Medicare ended on Dec. 15, 2020, but people who qualify for a special enrollment due to certain life events are still eligible to apply. To register for this free, online Mirowitz Center program, visit http://bit.ly/Mirowitz-registration, call 314-733-9813 or email skemppainen@mirowitzcenter.org.  J. Berg & Associates are supporting sponsors of the Mirowitz Center. 


Friday, Jan. 22 

Speaker to discuss ‘A Movement Reborn: From Dr. Martin Luther King to Mr. Floyd’: From 10 to 11 a.m., join the Mirowitz Center for an event to remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At this pivotal point in our nation’s discussion on racial equity, June Fowler, Senior Vice President of Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs with BJC HealthCare will present “A Movement Reborn: From Dr. Martin Luther King to Mr. Floyd.” To register for this free, online Mirowitz Center program, visit http://bit.ly/Mirowitz-registration, call 314-733-9813 or email skemppainen@mirowitzcenter.org


Sunday | Jan. 24

Cultural Leadership zoom event: See related story for more information.

B’Shevat stream cleanup: Those middle-school age and older, including adults, are invited to join Kol Rinah for a stream cleanup along the River Des Peres in University City starting at 1 p.m. Participants should be able-bodied, wear warm clothing and preferably rain boots or waders due to possible mud and water.  A mask is required during the supply/instruction phase of the cleanup. Those interested should email Howard Granok at howardgranok@charter.net.

B’Shevat tree planting: Families are invited to sign up for 20-minute time slots between 2 and 4 p.m. at this Kol Rinah event. During your time slot you will decorate your pot with a beautiful ribbon and plant parsley seeds that will be ready in time for Pesach. All members over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. To sign up, visit http://bit.ly/KR-Planting (when asked for quantity, select “1” for one family unit participating). If you would like to pick up a pot, soil and seeds, you can email Melissa@kolrinahstl.org. For more information, contact Melissa Bellows at Melissarosebellows@gmail.com.


Tuesday | Jan. 26

Coffee Talk with SnL: From 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., join NCJW-STL for its virtual monthly coffee talks hosted by Immediate Past President Susan Katzman and Vice President of Membership Lisa Gubernik. This session will feature Harley Hammerman, entrepreneur, radiologist and St. Louis lost restaurants and recipe enthusiast. Author of the websites, Lost Tables and Lost Dishes, Hammerman will be sharing some of the “lost lunches” of St. Louis.  For more information and to register, visit https://bit.ly/JanCTncjwstl.  

A look at a hidden gem of St. Louis: From 10 to 11 a.m., Scott Wolf, visitor experience specialist at the St. Louis Public Library, will share the highlights of a St. Louis hidden gem, the Main Branch of the St. Louis Library. View the extraordinary architecture and discover interesting facts about the library’s collection. To register for this free, online Mirowitz Center program, visit http://bit.ly/Mirowitz-registration, call 314-733-9813 or email skemppainen@mirowitzcenter.org. This program is provided in conjunction with FEL (Friends Enjoying Life), an organization supported by the Mirowitz Center. 


Tuesday & Wednesday | Jan. 26-27 

Virtual Holocaust Remembrance Day program: St. Louis County Library will hold a virtual Holocaust Remembrance Day program at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27. The program is presented by the Hannah Ida Urman Foundation.

The program will look at the joint efforts of Polish diplomats together with Jewish activists in wartime Switzerland (the Ładoś Group) to save the lives of thousands of Jews throughout German-occupied Europe by forging Latin American passports.

Jeffrey K. Cymbler, author, attorney, genealogist and child and grandchild of Holocaust survivors will discuss the newly discovered remarkable story of the Ładoś Group.

Sharon Berry will share her father Ben Fainer's story and discoveries made since his passing, including their family's connection to the Ładoś Group passports.

RSVP for Jan. 26 at http://bit.ly/library-0126

RSVP for Jan. 27 at http://bit.ly/library-0127


Wednesday | Jan. 27

Kol Rinah plans B’Shevat panel discussion: As part of our Tu Bishvat activities, Kol Rinah is sponsoring an environmental panel discussion entitled, “The Environmental State of Missouri” from 7-8:30 p.m. Panelists include: Gateway Greening, Missouri Coalition for the Environment, West Lake Moms, and community activist Harvey Ferdman. This will be an informative evening of interest to anyone with a passion for the environment and living in a cleaner, healthier world. A question and answer session will follow brief presentations from the speakers. The program is suitable for teens on up. Participants will be sent a Zoom link for the panel discussion. Those interested should email Howard Granok at howardgranok@charter.net or call 314-956-2494.


Thursday | Jan. 28

B’Shevat wine tasting: Kol Rinah welcomes the community to join Gail Appleson, writer of the St. Louis Post Dispatch column Wine Finds, for a kosher wine tasting at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Wine samples (dry reds and whites) are delivered to your home to learn about and enjoy on this online wine tasting. In honor of the holiday proceeds benefit our new Lawn and Garden Fund. Participants must be 21 or older. RSVP required by noon on Jan. 19 by calling 314-727-1747 or emailing programing@KolRinahStL.org.

TOP ROW FROM LEFT: Rabbi Hershey Novack, Debbie Bram, Maxine Weil, Mark Morgan and Erin Wolfman May. BOTTOM ROW: Alyssa Banford, Anita Kraus, Ashley Stockman, Diana Matthis and Bonnie Solomon. 

 

JProStl Annual Recognition Event: Nine professionals have been chosen as honorees for the Annual JProStl Recognition Event, which will take place Thursday, Jan. 28, online from 1 to 2 p.m. The theme of the program is “Seeing the Silver Lining.” The nine honorees are: Rabbi Hershey Novack (Chabad on Campus); Debbie Bram (Shaare Emeth), Maxine Weil (Central Reform Congregation), Mark Morgan (MERS Goodwill), Erin Wolfman May (Temple Israel), Alyssa Banford (Jewish Community Relations Council), Anita Kraus (B’nai Amoona), Ashley Stockman (The J), Diana Matthis (Jewish Federation) and Bonnie Solomon. Read more about the honorees here. Free. To register and donate to professional development in honor of the recipients, go to JFedSTL.org/recognition


Sunday | Jan. 31

NHBZ Carryout Kosher Pizza Night: Warm up to winter’s cold nights with a hot pizza (or two!) from Nusach Hari B’nai Zion’s Carryout Kosher Pizza Night. Cheese pizzas are available with your choice of any combination of these three toppings: mushroom, green pepper or onion. The final price for the pizza is $14 regardless of your topping choices. After placing your order, you will be given a curbside pick-up time between 4-5:30 p.m. All orders must be prepaid.  Order by sending an email to jeff@nhbz.org (you will get an email order confirmation) or by calling Jeff at 314-991-2100, ext. 2. You can also pay online at https://www.nhbz.org/make-a-payment-2/ Order by noon Friday, Jan. 29.

Jews in boxing?: Sports fans rarely associate Jews as boxers. In fact there were many outstanding young Jewish boxers in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. At 11:30 a.m. on Zoom, Ralph Graff and Gary Kodner will give a presentation on this little known world of Jewish boxers including some surprising local fighters. Contact Kol Rinah at 314-727-1747 for a Zoom link. 

NHBZ presents “Where in the World Is Mt. Sinai?”: Mt. Sinai is one of the most sacred locations in Jewish history, yet its actual location remains disputed. Learn more about this fascinating mystery when Nusach Hari B’nai Zion speaker Menachem Szus presents, “Where in the World Is Mt. Sinai: Alternative Ideas of Locating the Mountain Where Civilization Obtained Its Basis for a Moral and Legal Code.” NHBZ membership is not necessary to attend. Join at noon by video at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9418716309


ONGOING

Guided meditation experience: Join Joanie Terrizzi and the Bais Abraham Congregation community from the comfort of your home on Monday evenings in December (Dec. 7, 14, 21, and 28) at 8 p.m. for guided meditation practice. The program is free, but donations are encouraged. Please sign up on the website, www.baisabe.com/event/Meditation

Weekly meditation on Tuesdays and Thursdays: Join Rabbi Andrea Goldstein for the Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis’ ongoing meditation sits, held every Tuesday and Thursday. Incorporating lessons from the weekly Torah portion, as well as stories, rituals and symbols of the season, Goldstein leads participants in practices that open our hearts and minds to the possibility of continual growth and change. No meditation experience necessary.  Tuesday sessions are from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The Thursday sessions are 5 to 5:30 p.m. Email Stacy Jespersen at sjespersen@sestl.org to sign up.

Rabbi Mark Shook

Saturday morning bible study: Congregation Temple Israel’s Rabbi Emeritus Mark L. Shook will lead a Saturday morning bible study via Zoom from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The program continues through May 1, 2021. The class will explore issues of race in bible. Students are asked to have a copy of the bible handy during class meetings. Interested in joining the conversation? Email Shook at mshook@ti-stl.org.