Note: Addresses of locations in the calendar are compiled at the bottom of the page. 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

St. Louis Jewish Book Festival continues: Read our previous coverage and find a full schedule here


 

Fourth annual science and Judaism Shabbaton: On Friday, Nov. 8, Bais Abraham Congregation will host its fourth annual Shabbaton addressing science and Judaism. It will be a weekend of learning, discussion, and exploration of scientific advances with regard to their relationship to Judaism.

Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff, professor of Talmud and Halacha and director of community learning, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, will be the keynote speaker. Tsitsi Madziwa-Nussinov, Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, WashU and Richard Axelbaum, professor of Environmental Engineering Science at Wash U and director of the Laboratory for Advanced Combustion and Energy Research at WashU, will be the scientific specialists speaking. All are invited.

Additional topics of keynote speaker Resnikoff: Friday night dinner on “What Hath Man Wrought: the Theology of Genetic Engineering”; Seuda Shlishit — “Magic, Miracles and Modernity: Can Skepticism and Religion coexist?”

For more information, contact office@baisabe.com or 314-721-3030.


JF&CS to honor Carol and Michael Staenberg: Jewish Family & Children’s Service will honor community philanthropists Michael and Carol Staenberg during a gala event Sunday, Nov. 10 at the St. Louis Ritz Carlton, featuring a Sinatra-inspired evening of dining and dancing. 

JF&CS provides community services to thousands of families, including child abuse prevention training, nutritious food, counseling, diagnostic testing, senior support and more. Ticket purchases help JF&CS meet the needs of all community members, regardless of their financial ability.  To purchase tickets ($180/person), visit https://jfcs-stl.org/2019-gala or call 314-993-1000.


Mirowitz Center plans Veterans Day event: State Sen. Jill Schupp, the founder of the Missouri Veterans History Project, will be the keynote speaker at the Mirowitz Center's Let’s Salute Our Veterans program, honoring those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. A panel of three veterans, including a female World War II veteran and two Vietnam War veterans, will share their experience as participants in the Honor Flight program. The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization that transports veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their and their colleagues service and sacrifice. The free program takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, at the Mirowitz Center, located in the Covenant Place II Cahn Family Building, 8 Millstone Campus Drive. RSVPs are requested to 314-733-9813. 


What did Missourians know about the Holocaust? During the 1930s and 1940s, a range of motives, pressures and fears shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war, and the persecution and murder of Jews in Europe. 

Join historian Edna Friedberg, director of strategic relationships at the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, for an exploration of these factors through the lens of local newspapers, historical photographs, and public opinion polls from the era. 

This program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Kol Rinah is free and open to the public, but reservations are required at ushmm.org/events/americans-missouri. For more information, contact the Museum’s Midwest Regional Office at midwest@ushmm.org or 847-433-8099.


Friday | Nov. 8

Family Shabbat dinner at NHBZ: Enjoy a delicious Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Shabbat dinner featuring fun and insightful activities for participants of all ages. It starts at about 5 p.m. Then take advantage of one of these three sessions from 5:30 to 6 p.m.:

  • “How to Make Kiddush” led by Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
  • “How to Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles” led by Rebbitzen Chani Smason
  • “Family Shabbat in Story and Song,” led by Richard Woolf

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Guest speaker Daur N. Nodari will discuss “Inspecting St. Louis: Reflections of a Jewish Detective.” Prices are: adults, $18; kids ages 4-10, $12; kids ages 3 & under, free. ($72 maximum per family.) RSVP to 314-991-2100, ext. 2 or jeff@nhbz.org.

Making sense of Medicare Part D: Medicare-eligible Missourians can sign up for a free, confidential, unbiased 30-minute health insurance counseling session with a specialist from CLAIM, Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, which provides trained and certified volunteer counselors. The consultations, from 9 a.m. to noon, focus only on the Medicare Part D prescription plans. A CLAIM volunteer will enter your medications into a software program that narrows down the best Medicare choices. Limited space; RSVP and schedule a session by calling Laura at the St. Louis NORC at 314-442-3255.  Bring all prescription information (name, dosage, daily instruction and current plan information). 

Movies at Mirowitz screens ‘A Star Is Born’: Covenant Place will screen “A Star is Born” at 1 p.m. in the Mirowitz Center. The film tells the story of a musician who helps a young singer find fame as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. The drama is rated R and stars Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott. Free and open to the community; movie refreshments available for $1. 


Saturday | Nov. 9

Starting Points discussion at NHBZ: It is a common perception that the more “things” one adds to his/her life, the more happy and content he/she will be. However, Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Rabbi Ze’ev Smason challenges this theory with the discussion “What Is One Thing You Can Remove from Your Life That Would Improve It?” at 10:15 a.m. This talk is part of NHBZ’s weekly series “Starting Points: Wisdom for Daily Living,” and is free and open to the community. For more information, call 314-991-2100, ext. 2.

Holocaust survivor Rachel Miller to speak at Wash U Hillel event: St. Louis resident Rachel Miller, who survived the Holocaust as a hidden child, will share her story of courage and resilience at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. Miller’s talk is being hosted by Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis and co-sponsored by the Washington University chapter of World Without Genocide in commemoration of Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass). Following Miller’s talk, Joanna Grill, a Wash U student, will lead a Havdalah ceremony. The event is free and open to the public; a light reception will follow.

The Women’s Building Formal Lounge is located in the Women’s Building at Washington University, just north of Graham Chapel on the Danforth Campus. Parking is available in the Millbrook Parking Garage off of Forest Park Parkway. For more information, contact Avery Friedman, program & engagement associate at Hillel at Washington University, at avery@washuhillel.org

Next Dor celebrates 10th anniversary with luncheon/open house: Next Dor STL, an organization that provides space for Jewish young professionals, is turning 10 years old and celebrating with a luncheon and open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Next Dor house, located at 5062 Waterman Blvd. The organization is requesting a $10 donation for the event, but any amount would be appreciated (donors can use Next Dor’s Paypal account or bring cash or check to the event). For more information about the event or Next Dor, or have dietary restrictions, email Lisa at lisa@nextdorstl.com.


Sunday | Nov. 10

Kol Rinah Book Fair: Start your holiday shopping and support the Kol Rinah Early Childhood Center at The Novel Neighbor in Webster Groves. Shop from noon to 6 p.m. and participate in a family program, staffed by early childhood center teachers, from 3 to 6 p.m.; 20 percent of the proceeds will go towards the early childhood center. Online purchases at thenovelneighbor.indielite.org until Nov. 10 will also count toward our fundraiser, as long as KRECC is added to the comments section. For more information, email eccdirector@kolrinahstl.org

TE Tots with Rhythm ‘n’ Ruach: Temple Emanuel brings Rhythm ‘n’ Ruach, an interactive, joyful Jewish music and movement program, to TE Tots, a free parent-child class that meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings twice a month. Participants spend the morning “doing Jewish” with their preschooler. Sondra Horowitz and Cantor Josh Finkel facilitate TE Tots sessions, which include stories, art, community building and free play. Free and open to the community. For more information, contact Emily Cohen at emily@testl.org or 314-432-5877. 


Monday | Nov. 11

‘Mamas in pajamas’ conference call: At 8:30 p.m., join the Jewish Women’s Society for “Let’s Talk Torah,” a live phone conference call with Mimi David (for women only). Learn something meaningful and inspiring from the comfort of your home. Dial 605-472-5814 and enter access code 126-753-373. For more information, contact David at 314-862-2474 or mimidavid@aish.com


Tuesday | Nov. 12

JCRC plans first ‘What’s up with the region?’ lunch and learn: The Jewish Community Relations Council welcomes the community to attend its first “What’s Up With the Region” lunch and learn focused on a proposed Medicaid Expansion ballot initiative. Jen Bersdale from Missouri Healthcare for All and Richard Von Glahn with Missouri Jobs with Justice will lead the conversation. JCRC’s monthly lunch and learn series will be held at the Mirowitz Center (in the Covenant II Cahn Family Building).  Doors open at 11:30 a.m., the program begins promptly at noon and ends at 1 p.m. There will be time for questions and answers. Lunch will be available for purchase from HJ’s Café. For more information, visit:  https://bit.ly/2BmNe7X.


Wednesday | Nov. 13

Crown Center/Oasis program on Henry Fonda: Henry Fonda, the screen legend, has more than 100 film credits to his name. At 3 p.m. at Crown Center, relive six decades of his greatest movie scenes, including his Oscar-winning work from “On Golden Pond.” Call 314-991-2055 to register.

NCJW advocacy class 101: Make your voice heard in your local paper. Your opinion matters. Learn best practices for writing a letter to the editor in order to have the best chances of getting your letter published. NCJW STL Vice President of Leadership Nancy Litz will lead this session from 9:30-10:30 a.m., at the Mirowitz Center, which is located on the first floor of the Covenant II Cahn Family Building. Free. For more information or to RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/Mirowitz-Center-form or call 314-432-1610.

J Street presents an evening with Breaking the Silence: J Street St. Louis has partnered with the New Israel Fund to present an evening with American-born former IDF soldiers who are now part of Breaking the Silence. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Amoona. For more information, email becky@jstreet.org. RSVP at https://act.jstreet.org/signup/breaking-silence-st-louis.


STARTING | Nov. 13

New course on Jewish positive thinking offered: Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Morris & Ann Lazaroff Chabad Center, 8124 Delmar Blvd., and continuing for six weekly sessions, Chabad of Greater St. Louis will offer a new course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) entitled “Worrier to Warrior” to help people deal with life challenges and find meaning in adversity. The course will examine factors that prevent us from achieving a more positive outlook, and promote the notion that a purposeful life provides the key to personal wellbeing and feelings of positivity. 

The course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. The course is open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue or Jewish institution. Interested students may call Chabad at 314-725-0400 or visit www.ShowMeChabad.com/JLI.


Thursday | Nov. 14

Crown Center trip to Missouri History Museum: At 10 a.m., Crown Center will lead a trip to the Missouri History Museum for a private tour of an exhibition on Pulitzer Prize-winning Photography.There is a $2 fee for the bus. RSVP to 314-991-2055. Supported by the Chused Cultural Arts Fund.

Discussion at Mirowitz Center: How to plan for tomorrow today: Cathy Cush, assistant professor of Barnes Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing, and Beth Box, community outreach specialist from the Elder and Estate Planning Law Firm, discuss “How to Plan for Tomorrow - Today!” Learn how to ensure that yours and your loved ones’ wishes are upheld.  From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mirowitz Center at Covenant Place, review the conversations, documents and questions that go along with these important topics. The three-part series is free to attend. For more information or to RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/Mirowitz-Center-form or call 314-432-1610.

TI to host Community Action Poverty Simulation experience: Temple Israel will host a hands-on learning session about poverty, where participants will role-play the lives of low-income families. The event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Congregation Temple Israel in Creve Coeur. The event is planned in partnership with National Council of Jewish Women and Temple Israel’s Social Action Affinity Group and is facilitated by the Community Action Agency of St. Louis County. 

The cost is $15 per individual or per family attending together. Participants must be 13 or older.  RSVP online by Monday, Nov. 11 at: www.ti-stl.org/Poverty. For more information, contact Martina Stern at mstern@ti-stl.org or 314-432-8050 x 233.


Saturday | Nov. 16

Third Shabbat at Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community: Join Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community at 10 a.m. at the J for “Taking the Slower Path,” its next Third Shabbat learning program. Travel is often the thing we do to get from “here” to “there,” but is there value in the journey itself, the time we spend traveling? What if we don’t really know where “there” is? We’ll explore journeys, both biblical and present day and examine the value of our own journeys. All are welcome. Shir Hadash meets at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex Arts & Education Building (upper level). RSVP to Carol, stlshirhadash@gmail.com.  For more information, visit www.shirhadashstl.info


 

Veterans Day Shabbat planned  at Kol Rinah: Monroe Ginsburg and guest speaker Mikall (Mike) Venso will talk about the contributions made by Jewish veterans. Venso is the military & firearms curator for the Missouri Historical Society’s Soldiers Memorial Military Museum. He will talk about Lou Goldman and Lou Chuver, two men from immigrant families who settled in St. Louis, one of whom served in World War I and the other in World War II. Learn about their story of service and the story of their Jewish families united through marriage. Call 314-727—1747 for more information.


Nusach Hari holds Synaplex Shabbat 

Building a strong Jewish community and enhancing your spirituality are the themes of Nusach Hari’s next Synaplex Shabbat on Saturday, Nov. 16. 

Regular services begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Sanctuary. A Learners Service led by Rabbi Yosef David of Aish HaTorah begins at 9:15 a.m. in the Chapel. Rabbi Ze’ev Smason’s  topic is “How Do You Measure a Life Well Lived?” which starts at 10 a.m. Children’s programming is offered at 10 a.m., including Tot Shabbat for ages 1-6, and Junior Congregation for ages 7 and older. Babysitting is provided for younger children. Then, join one of these discussions with guest speakers at 11:15 am:  

• “Community Building: How to Grow with the Power of Our People” led by Greg Yawitz, the new chair of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

• “The Anatomy of Halacha and Philosophies of Talmud Analysis” led by Rabbi Daniel Freund, Principal of Yeshivat Kadimah High School.

There will be a free Kiddush lunch at 12:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Jeff at 314-991-2100, ext. 2. 


STARTING | Nov. 16

Lunch and learn programs at Kol Rinah on Nov. 16 and 30: Kol Rinah’s Verein Education Committee presents two lunch and learn programs, on Nov. 16 and 30. During the first program, at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, Dr. Ralph Graff and Larry Friedman will discuss “Good and Evil,” presenting the connection between good and evil and ethics. What are the ethical dilemmas facing the Jewish people today? It is of note that Torah begins with creation placing man/woman in Eden, quickly followed by woman/man’s “sin” of eating from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil, and the subsequent punishment. The Nov. 30 program (starting at 1:15 p.m.) will feature a discussion of “Ethics and Free Will,” led by Graff and Richard Gavatin. For more information about the lunch and learns, email richardjrgavatin@gmail.com.


Sunday | Nov. 17

Tefillin and breakfast for men: From 8:30 to 10 a.m., Aish HaTorah will offer an opportunity — whether you’ve put on tefillin 100 times or never — to do it together and learn about this special mitzvah. If you have tefillin, bring it along. If you don’t have a pair, let Aish know and they can provide one. For more information or to RSVP, contact Rabbi Yosef David at 314-862-2474 or ydavid@aish.com. The event takes place at the Aish Firehouse in Chesterfield.

Squish and schmooze infant massage class: From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Temple Emanuel, bond with your newborn while getting to know other families. TE’s own Sally Katz, physical therapist and certified infant massage instructor, will teach this hands-on workshop.  Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh will also lead a very informal text study on Jewish parenting. Free and open to the community. RSVP to emily@testl.org.  For more information, visit https://www.testl.org/early-childhood. The event is supported by Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital.

Jewish War Veterans meeting: Jewish War Veterans Post 644 will meet at 10 a.m. at the Jewish Federation Building. Bagels and coffee will be served. Members are encouraged to bring a Jewish relative or friend who has served on active duty or in the reserves. For more information, contact Post 644 Commander Edwin R. Cohen at 636-536-3818 or Vice Commander Ellis Frohman at 636-519-7512.

St. Louis Friends of Israel presents documentary premiere, Q&A with terror survivor: On Sunday, Nov. 17, St. Louis Friends of Israel will present the St. Louis premiere of the documentary “Black Forest” and host a Q&A with terror attack survivor Kay Wilson. The event, which is free and open to the community, starts at 7 p.m., and will be held at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex in the Performing Arts Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. There will also be a pre-event reception for sponsors, which starts at 6 p.m.  Wilson, whose actions led to the capture of her assailants, has been recognized by the Israeli Police and the Israeli Security Agency for her courage. The attack was the subject of an Israeli documentary, “Black Forest,” broadcast in 2018, and a book, “The Rage Less Traveled: A Memoir of Surviving a Machete Attack,” which was published in 2019 and will be available for purchase at the event. To RSVP, visit https://www.jfedstl.org/events/black-forest. For more information, email info.stlouisfriendsofisrael@gmail.com.

Blumenthal Memorial Concert at Congregation B’nai Amoona: Fred Blumenthal, who is founder of Meshorerim, a Jewish men’s singing group, will perform a concert in memory of his parents, Eleonore and Dr. Herman Blumenthal, at Congregation B’nai Amoona at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17The performance will include vocal solos, piano solos, and music for women’s and men’s choruses. Admission is free, but a donation of $18 to the Social Action Committee at B’nai Amoona is suggested.  

This year’s concert also observes the passing of Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal, Fred’s brother, and of Dr. Salvatore Riggio, father of Nick Riggio, one of the basses in the Meshorerim quintet. The concert will raise funds for the Social Action Committee at B’nai Amoona, which is dedicated to tikkun olam, healing the world, with projects that feed the hungry, recycle materials and support the needy. For more information contact B’nai Amoona at 314-567-9990 or Fred Blumenthal at 314-772-2171.


Monday | Nov. 18

Crown Center Yiddish group: At 1:30 p.m., join Crown Center’s Yiddish Group, facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose. All levels welcome, whether you speak, understand or just want to learn. Free and open to the community. Call 314-991-2055 for more information.

Wine and cheese reception for Jewish Fund for Human Needs: 

Jewish Fund for 

Human Needs plans wine & cheese event with grant recipients: The Rabbi Robert P. Jacobs Jewish Fund for Human Needs (JFHN) is hosting a wine-and-cheese reception on Monday, Nov. 18. The event will feature a program emceed by Shula Neuman, executive editor of St. Louis Public Radio-KWMU, and information tables staffed by almost 20 local nonprofit organizations which received a JFHN grant. A variety of kosher wines along with kosher cheeses and hors d’oeuvres will be available. The reception will be at the Jewish Federation Kaplan-Feldman Complex in Creve Coeur from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $36. More information and ticket reservations are available at www.jfhn.org or by calling JCRC at 314-442-3871.


Tuesday | Nov. 19

Nazi-hunter Eli Rosenbaum to discuss his ongoing work: Nazi-hunter Eli Rosenbaum will be the speaker for the 2019 Arthur Gale Family Lecture. Rosenbaum will discuss his ongoing work investigating and prosecuting individuals for genocide, torture, and war crimes. His talk, entitled “Prosecuting Nazi War Criminals & Other Human Rights Violators in the United States” will take place at 7 p.m. at the Kaplan Feldman Complex. A reception will follow (dietary laws observed). This presentation is open to the public and free of charge. Seating is limited, reservations required. For more information, contact Dan Reich at 314-442-3714. RSVP at HMLC.org/Gale.

Crown Center and COCA present watercolor class: At 10:45 a.m., Crown Center’s Artist-in-Residence Maria Ojascastro will lead “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World,” a class teaching participants how to use watercolor techniques with a favorite quote to create inspirational paintings then attach them to mediation jars.  Bring a favorite quote. There is a $2 supply fee. For more information about the class, which will be held at Crown Center, call 314-991-2055.


Wednesday | Nov. 20

Coffee schmooze at HJ’s Café: Join Mimi David at 9:15 a.m. for some inspiration and schmoozing and coffee at HJ’s Café in the Covenant Place II Cahn Family Building. Free. For more information, call the Aish HaTorah office at 314-862-2474.

Breast and ovarian cancer support group: The Sharsheret Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group offers support 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. These casual get-togethers are designed to encourage connections with peers, health professionals and related resources.  Led by a licensed social worker, the group meets 5:45-7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur. The group is sponsored by Sharsheret Supports, a project of Nishmah, and newcomers are always welcome. A light kosher dinner will be served. The program is free but pre-registration is required to Debbi Braunstein at 314-442-3266 or dbraunstein@jccstl.org.


Friday | Nov. 22

Prayer lab: A mindful Shabbat experience: Prayer Lab is a non-traditional Shabbat evening service combining contemporary readings and poetry, participatory music, time set aside for meditation and more. This month’s theme is abundance; our themes change from month to month. Worshippers are encouraged to come with open minds and open hearts. Prayer Lab is led by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Lucy Greenbaum and our Prayer Lab musicians and sponsored by the Jewish Mindfulness of St. Louis and Congregation Shaare Emeth. Starts at 6 p.m. at Congregation Shaare Emeth. All are welcome. RSVP by Monday Nov. 18 at mindfulness.sestl.org/prayerlab.


STARTING | Nov. 22

JTS Scholar-in-Residence visiting St. Louis Nov. 22-24: See related news brief.


ONGOING

Mirowitz Center ongoing classes: At http://bit.ly/Mirowitz-Center-form, view and sign up for classes and events coming soon. Movies do not require registration. For more information call 314-432-1610. All programs take place in the Mirowitz Center in the Covenant Place II Cahn Family Building.

  • Maxine Mirowitz leads Chair Yoga at 11 a.m. Fridays and Chair Power Yoga at 3:15 p.m. on Thursdays. 
  • RPI physical therapists lead Tai Chi at 11:15 a.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Thursdays.
  • Community Singers, led by Robert Denison, Wednesdays 1 to 2 p.m. 
  • Charlie Foxman leads Balance & Bands, a class focusing on movement and balance for all levels at 11 a.m. Wednesdays.
  • Knit-Wits group, led by Jerri Livingston, meets Tuesdays 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. 
  • Balance Barre by Vitality Senior Ballet on Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
  • Get Your Game On, Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tables are available for groups on first-come, first-served basis. 
  • The Rabbi Is In meets the second Wednesday of every month, led by JF&CS Community Chaplain Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael. 
  • Movies at Mirowitz — 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Free.

St. Louis NORC classes: On Tuesdays, St. Louis NORC offers a chair yoga class from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The class, led by J instructor Nancy LeClaire, focuses on flexibility, balance, stress relief and camaraderie. Call Laura for details, location and cost: 314-442-3255. The NORC will also offer a current events discussion group on Tuesdays  from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., in The Gathering Place at the J. In addition, every Tuesday from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., the NORC Knit Group is collaborating with Covenant Place to meet for a weekly knit group.  Enjoy socializing, knitting, crocheting, crafting and receiving instruction from volunteer knit expert, Jerri Livingston on Tuesdays at 1:15 pm in the Covenant II building. Every fourth Monday, enjoy Wii Brain Games with NORC neighbors from 1 to 2 p.m. at The Gathering Place.

Mindfulness meditation sits: Almost every Wednesday evening throughout the year, the Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis offers a meditation sit from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Sessions are appropriate for beginning and advanced practitioners. Each sit begins with a short teaching focusing on the week’s Torah portion, an upcoming holiday or a particular middah (Jewish value or ethical personality trait). All are welcome to these free community sessions. No RSVP necessary. The Jewish Mindfulness Center is located at Congregation Shaare Emeth. 

B’nai Amoona ongoing adult education offerings 

  • Torah for today: On Shabbat at at 10:15 a.m., B’nai Amoona rabbis lead discussion on the weekly Torah reading of our most sacred and ancient text. We seek to apply the relevant lessons of Torah to our lives today.
  • Torah at twilight: Time changes monthly based on sunset. Shabbat afternoon study, between Minchah and Ma’ariv. Time changes monthly based on sunset; check the B’nai Amoon calendar for times.
  • A thinking person’s Judaism: This weekly text study and interactive discussion with Rabbi Neal Rose on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. focuses on timely, contemporary issues facing Jews and Judaism in the Post-Modern Era. RSVP at http://bit.ly/BA-class1.
  • Introduction to Judaism: This interactive course with Rabbi Neal Rose on Sundays from 2 to 3:30 p.m., explores Jewish history, practice, texts, and culture. It is designed for anyone who seeks to live a richer Jewish life, including those contemplating conversion to Judaism. Free. RSVP at http://bit.ly/BA-class2.
  • Comparative Religions: An Exploration of Faiths: On Wednesdays 10 to 11:30 a.m., join Rabbi Neal Rose to explore, in conversation and discussion, different faiths, beliefs and traditions. The class will include guest teachers, speakers, spiritual leaders and special guests. $50 for the year. RSVP at http://bit.ly/BA-class3.
  • Yiddish for beginners: On Thursdays from 10-11 a.m., students will learn basic Yiddish vocabulary words for basic conversation. The class led by Rabbi Neal Rose costs $18 for the year. RSVP at http://bit.ly/BA-class4.
  • • Midtown Midrash: Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose, the class focuses on revitalizing our personal prayer life through exploration of our liturgy. The class from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays is located on the fifth floor of the Enterprise Bank & Trust; feel free to use the parking garage beneath the building to park. Snacks will be available. RSVP at http://bit.ly/BA-class5.
  • B’nai Amoona Hebrew classes: Several Hebrew language courses, from beginner to advanced, are offered Sunday mornings and afternoons, Monday afternoons and evenings and evenings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. See the full list at: stljewishlight.com/bnai-amoona-classes.

Saturday morning Bible study at TI: Saturday Morning Bible Study with Rabbi Emeritus Mark L. Shook begins at 9:15 with a continental breakfast, followed by bible study from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday mornings at Temple Israel, running through April 25, 2020. This week’s topic focuses on the study of the 12 prophetic books known as the Minor Prophets, beginning with Hosea and concluding with Malachi. No previous bible study experience is necessary.  Participants are asked to bring their own Bibles. For questions or more information, contact Shook at mshook@ti-stl.org or 314-432-8050. 

Local Jewish organizations and congregations can submit calendar items and news releases to news@thejewishlight.com.


ADDRESSES

Jewish institutions: Aish Firehouse: 457 N. Woods Mill Road • Bais Abraham Congregation: 6910 Delmar Blvd.• Congregation B’nai Amoona: 324 S. Mason Road • Congregation Shaare Emeth: 11645 Ladue Road  • Congregation Temple Israel: 1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive • Covenant Place II Cahn Family Building: 8 Millstone Campus Drive • Crown Center: 8350 Delcrest Drive • Kaplan Feldman Complex: 12 Millstone Campus Drive • Kol Rinah:  829 N. Hanley Road • Morris & Ann Lazaroff Chabad Center: 8124 Delmar Blvd. • Next Dor: 650 N. Price Road  • Nusach Hari B’nai Zion: 650 N. Price Road  • Temple Emanuel: 12166 Conway Rd. in Creve Coeur • Traditional Congregation: 12437 Ladue Road

OTHER LOCATIONS: Enterprise Bank & Trust building:150 N. Meramec Ave.