Thursday, July 30

NHBZ presents Israeli speaker Alon Wald — "Jerusalem: The Legacy of Its Leaders”:  NHBZ invites the community to a special Tisha B'Av presentation, Israeli speaker Alon Wald who will discuss "Jerusalem: The Legacy of Its Liberators" via Zoom from 2 to 3 p.m. Wald is the Head of Operations at Ammunition Hill, National Heritage Center in Israel. When Wald was 10-months-old, his father was killed in action during the Six-Day War while leading paratroopers into Ammunition Hill. His discussion will include his lifetime experience of serving his country, his efforts to know his father, and his journey to be worthy of his father's legacy. Wald has served as an officer in several Elite IDF units, the Israeli Secret Service (Shabak), and has overseen security operations in Israeli Embassies and aviation services around the world. This program is sponsored by NHBZ, Jewish National Fund, Shaving Israel, AJC St. Louis, ZOA, St. Louis Friends of Israel, and Citizens for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Middle East. To see this program, register at https://bit.ly/2B5Z8Xk. 


Sunday | Aug. 2

Carryout kosher Mexican dinner: Let Nusach Hari B’nai Zion take care of your cooking with their kosher carryout Mexican dinner. Each dinner includes your choice of two soft or two hard shell tacos with beef or chicken. They will be served with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, red onion and black olives. Included side dishes are Spanish rice, corn salad, Mexican beans, chips and salsa and dessert. Prices are: $28 for two dinners; $48 for four dinners. Quantities are limited. All orders must be paid in advance by emailing Jeff at jeff@nhbz.org or by calling 314-991-2100, ext. 2.


Tuesday, Aug. 4

NHBZ presents "True Confessions? How Judaism and Other Traditions Approach the Role of Confession in Criminal Cases": Dr. Isaac Amon, a licensed attorney in Missouri, will discuss via Zoom "True Confessions: How Judaism and Other Traditions Approach the Role of Confession in Criminal Cases" on Tuesday, August 4, at 7 p.m. Amon earned his J.D. and LL.M in alternative dispute resolution from Washington University in St. Louis, and a J.S.D. (a doctoral degree in law) in comparative criminal procedure also from Washington University. Amon was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington University for both visiting and international students. He was awarded the Dagen-Legomsky Public Interest Fellowship to work at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. His resume also includes an internship in the Missouri State Public Defender System, as well as serving as the Legislative Director at the Missouri Department of Corrections. He also provided Legal Counsel to the Missouri Parole Board in death penalty cases. Most recently, he worked with a non-governmental organization in Europe investigating atrocity crimes. Join by video: https://zoom.us/j/295822730. Join by audio: 314-325-8791.

Mirowitz Center hosts online discussion with Gabe Fleisher: From 11 a.m. to noon, the Mirowitz Center at Covenant Place will host an online discussion with Gabe Fleisher on “The State of Politics and the Media.” In 2011, when he was in third grade, Fleisher started writing his daily Wake Up to Politics newsletter, which features his analysis of the political news cycle. Today, close to 50,000 worldwide receive his newsletter. In partnership with St. Louis Public Radio, Fleisher launched a podcast of the same name in January 2020. During this Zoom presentation, Fleisher will discuss the state of politics/media. Free, but registration required at https://schedulesplus.com/covplace/kiosk/dspschedules.do. Registrants will be sent information to join via Zoom video or by phone. 


Wednesday, Aug. 5

Discussion of anti-Semitism in America: From 10 to 11 a.m. the Mirowitz Center at Covenant Place will host an online discussion with Sheldon Enger on anti-Semitism in America. Incidents of anti-Semitism have increased dramatically in recent years. Enger, a facilitator for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, will explore its roots in America as a means to better understand the current framework on both the right and the left of the political spectrum. Free, but registration required at https://schedulesplus.com/covplace/kiosk/dspschedules.do. Registrants will be sent information to join via Zoom video or by phone. 


Starting | Aug. 6 

Maxine Mirowitz to lead Story Writer’s Guild: From 11 a.m. to noon, the Mirowitz Center at Covenant Place will host an online “Story Writer's Guild” session with Maxine Mirowitz. This is the beginning of a four-part series exploring the power of our personal stories. Sessions meet monthly on the first Thursday of the month. Fifteen  participants will receive prompts to inspire their writing as well as opportunities to share their work in a safe and accepting environment. Storywriter's Guild will engage writers of all levels, novice to advanced. Free, but registration required at https://schedulesplus.com/covplace/kiosk/dspschedules.do. Registrants will be sent information to join via Zoom video or by phone.


Monday | Aug. 10 

How to support racial equity: From noon to 1 p.m., learn with the Jewish Community Relations Council and Mirowitz Center from the experience of people of color how the Jewish community can be more inclusive within our community and the actions you can take to promote racial equity in the St. Louis region. Free, but registration required at http://bit.ly/Mirowitz-form. Registrants will be sent information to join via Zoom video or by phone. 


 STARTING | Aug. 10

New Melton course starts at Temple Emanuel: Melton St. Louis will offer a new courses with Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham of Congregation B’nai Amoona titled “Social Justice: The Heart of Judaism in Theory and Practice” beginning Aug. 10.  The  10-week course will take place on Zoom.   Adult learners from across the community are welcome. Tuition for each course is $295 and includes the textbook. Scholarships available. Contact Emily Cohen at Emily@testl.org. For more information or to register, visit testl.org/melton


Wednesday | Aug. 12

Nishmah ‘Mini Salons’ continue: Nishmah will continue its series of “Mini Salons” for Jewish women in St. Louis, led by inspiring facilitators . The remaining programs take place from 7:30 to 8:10 p.m. on July 22 and Aug. 12. Visit nishmah.org or Nishmah’s Facebook group for the most up to date program information, and registration.


Wednesday| Aug. 12

Learn with Rabbi Neal Rose: Starting on Aug. 12 at 2 p.m., and then beginning in September on the second Wednesday of every month at 3 p.m., learn with the engaging Rabbi Neal Rose, Chaplain of Jewish Family Services, who will lead discussions about Judaism, answer your questions and facilitate group study of Jewish texts. Co-sponsored by Jewish Family Services. Free, but registration required at http://bit.ly/Mirowitz-form. Registrants will be sent information to join via Zoom or phone. 


Thursday| Aug. 13

Russel Neiss will discuss Jews and boycotts in online talk: Join Russel Neiss, a Jewish educator, technologist and activist and a 2020 recipient of the Covenant Award, one of the highest honors in the field of Jewish education, who will discuss boycotts and the Jews, examining the 1902 Kosher Meat Boycott, the anti-Nazi global Jewish boycott of the 1930s and the 1975 American Jewish boycott of Mexico. The Mirowitz Center event takes place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration required at http://bit.ly/Mirowitz-form. Information will be sent to join via Zoom video or by phone.  


Friday| Aug. 14

Temple Emanuel welcomes guest speaker during Shabbat services: Darryl Diggs will speak during Temple Emanuel’s Friday night services at 7 p.m.  Diggs describes himself as a father, son, ironman, husband and man of faith. For the first time, starting this school year, he will also be able to describe himself as a public school principal.  After eight years as an assistant principal at Parkway South High School, he will now become principal at Hardin Middle School in St. Charles. Diggs co-founded Black Males in Education - St. Louis, an organization designed to promote and encourage black males to consider and pursue a career in education. Diggs is a frequent guest speaker on today’s educational issues and race relations. Temple Emanuel’s streaming Shabbat worship service can be found at: https://www.testl.org/stream


Wednesday | Aug. 19

Sharsheret Support Group: Sharsheret Support 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


ONGOING EVENTS

‘Lawyers without Rights’ exhibit

The acclaimed international exhibit, Lawyers without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich, here in St. Louis for the first time, has reopened to the public.The exhibit is now accessible, by appointment only. In addition, the run of the exhibit has been extended until May 2021. To make a reservation to see the exhibit, email gwechsler@llastl.org or call 314-499-1046 or 314-622-4470.  Reservations may be made for small groups, up to four people at one time, for time slots on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those viewing the exhibit will be required to wear masks and follow health and safety protocols during the pandemic. For more information on the event, see https://llastl.org/CLE-08-20. And for information about the exhibit, visit https://llastl.org/events-exhibits.


Chabad of St. Charles plans ongoing programs

Chabad of St. Charles offers the following ongoing weekly programs to the St. Charles Jewish community:

  • iLove Shabbat - St. Charles: Each week, the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Charles County is distributing “Shabbat-to-Go” care packages. If you live or work in St. Charles County and would like to receive, send and/or donate a care package, email info@jewishstcharles.org.
  • Jewish Bedtime Story - St. Charles: Join young Jewish families throughout St. Charles County for a weekly fun and educational Jewish bedtime story. To join, visit //Facebook.com/JewishStCharles on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Pre-Shabbat Virtual Huddle - St. Charles: Rabbi Chaim and Bassy Landa invite Jews throughout St. Charles County for a weekly moment of inspiration and togetherness, before the start of Shabbat. For Zoom login info and dedication opportunities, email info@jewishstcharles.org.

Bais Abraham Congregation

Daily Tehillim, Halakha and Mishnah Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. Visit https://zoom.us/join (use meeting ID: 297 962 649). Bais Abraham also offers a pre-Shabbos service at 6 p.m. (Meeting ID 216 983 559).

For the following Bais Abraham classes, visit https://zoom.us/join or call 312 626 6799 and enter the Meeting ID specified (the same ID works for the website or telephone):

• Judaism 101 with Rabbi Garth Silberstein, Sundays at 10 a.m. (contact the rabbi if you are not already a part of the class). Use Meeting ID: 425 047 182.

• Parshat HaShavua with Silberstein,  Thursdays at  11:30 a.m.; Meeting ID: 256 194 221.

• Torah Study for Women with Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Email rpickerneiss@jcrcstl.org for more information.


Congregation B’nai Amoona

All daily minyanim, Shabbat services (6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. Saturdays) and all holiday services, livestreamed on www.bnaiamoona.com/streaming and on Facebook. Use the above link for the following classes as well. For more information, contact Liessa Alperin at 314-324-0936 or liessa@bnaiamoona.com 

• A Thinking Person’s Judaism, facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose, Sundays, 10:15-11:30 a.m. 

• Comparative Religions: An Exploration of Faiths with Rabbi Neal Rose, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 

• Yiddish Class with Rabbi Neal Rose, Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m.

For a complete list of B’nai Amoona classes, visit www.bnaiamoona.com/adultedu.html.


Central Reform Congregation 

Friday night (6 p.m.) and Shabbat morning (10:30 a.m.) services. Online at www.centralreform.org/livestream.  


Jewish Mindfulness Center

The Jewish Mindfulness Center at Shaare Emeth offers twice-weekly virtual meditation sits with Rabbi Andrea Goldstein — on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. 

The final class in the center’s “Yoga at Home,” course with Ted Gallup is from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 5. 

Contact Stacy at sjespersen@sestl.org for information on these free programs including how to call or Zoom in.


Neve Shalom

Congregation Neve Shalom is welcoming the community to virtual Friday night services and weekly Torah study via Zoom. For more information, visit https://neveshalomstl.com.


Nusach Hari B’nai Zion

Rabbi Ze’ev Smason will lead several classes available by streaming online or by phone by calling 314-325-8791.


Congregation Shaare Emeth 

Streaming Friday night services each week at 6 p.m. Visit www.sestl.org/events/livestream-services-here


Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community

Shabbat services Saturday morning at 10 a.m. via Facebook Live. Visit www.facebook.com/shirhadashstl.


Temple Emanuel 

Livestreaming Friday night services on the first, second and third Fridays at 7 p.m.; on the fourth Friday at 7:30 p.m. Visit https://www.testl.org/stream.


Congregation Temple Israel 

Friday night Shabbat services at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.ti-stl.org/landing/watch-services.


Traditional Congregation 

Traditional Congregation welcomes the community to several virtual class offerings. To receive a registration link for any of the classes, contact Marian at tradcong@sbcglobal.net or 314-576-5230. The classes include Jewish History with Rabbi Seth Gordon, Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m.; the weekly Torah reading with Rabbi Seth Gordon, Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m.; Mitzvah 613 with Rabbi Seth Gordon, Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. 


United Hebrew 

Friday night at 6:30 p.m. and Shabbat morning at 10:30 a.m. Visit www.unitedhebrew.org/praying/livestream.