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 Shir Ami will perform July 14 at Crown Center during a celebration of Yiddish culture.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

B’nai Amoona hosts ‘When Did Zion become a four-letter word?: Modern Zionism in Flux’ On Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. Congregation B’nai Amoona’s Social Action Committee will welcome guest speaker Harold Goldmeier for a discussion on “When Did Zion become a four-letter word? Modern Zionism in Flux.” Goldmeier is a public speaker and writer teaching business and politics to international university students in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. His book “Healthcare Insights: Better Care, Better Business” is available on Amazon. His articles and reviews appear on investment site Seeking Alpha, American Thinker, Arutz Sheva, Life in Israel, The Jerusalem Post and more. While earning his doctorate, Goldmeier was a research and teaching fellow at Harvard.

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival to screen ‘Stockholm’: The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival will screen “Stockholm” at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at the Jewish Community Center’s Arts & Education building. The wry Israeli original TV miniseries debuted to critical acclaim and follows the darkly comedic story of a contender for the Nobel Prize. His actions affect his four best friends, who become involved in a macabre comedy of errors, revealing vested interests that include pursuit of status, turf wars, old grudges and plain old avarice; soon nothing is what it seems to be. The film features Dov Glickman from Netflix’s “Shtisel.” Tickets are $13 at the door (student tickets for those age 16 and under are $8). Call the Jewish Film Festival hotline to purchase by phone at 314-442-3179 or online at stljewishfilmfestival.org.

Crown Center to hold celebration of Yiddish culture: On Sunday, July 14 come schmooze and enjoy a bisl music with St. Louis’s acclaimed musical group Shir Ami. Entertainment, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes humorous Yiddish stories (told in English) and shtick presented by local actors and directed by Kathleen Sitzer, founding artistic director of the New Jewish Theatre. Savor a tasty kosher nosh of traditional favorites. The cost is $10 per person for community members. RSVP by calling 314-991-2055 or visit www.crowncenterstl.org.


FridayJuly 12  

Film at Covenant Place: A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, “Hotel Mumbai” recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. The R-rated drama, which begins at 1 p.m., stars Dev Patel and Armie Hammer and will be screened at the Helene Mirowitz Theater, Covenant II, lower level. Free and open to the public.  


Saturday, July 13

At NHBZ: ‘Is Modern Technology Making Us Move Too Fast?’: Technology has brought us a dazzling assortment of time-saving innovations, yet instead of having more time to slow down and enjoy life, the pace of our lives has been cranked to a level that would have been unimaginable three decades ago. We are feeling more stressed, anxious and disillusioned than ever. How can we begin to change our pace and appreciate what it is truly important? Rabbi Ze’ev Smason of Nusach Hari B’nai Zion will address this subject at 10:15 a.m. This talk is part of NHBZ’s weekly “Starting Points: Wisdom for Daily Living” series which is free and open to the community. For more information, call 314-991-2100, ext. 2.


SundayJuly 14 

NCJW hosts first Hot Topics Brunch: The Hot Topics Brunch is geared towards individuals who are tired of what they are seeing on TV and reading in the newspaper and want to take action. This advocacy-focused event is being held from 10 a.m. to noon at the National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis office. Attendees will learn how to get directly involved in issues such as reproductive justice, access to quality health care, and immigration reform and the treatment of children at the border. RSVP to Heather Silverman at hsilverman@ncjwstl.org or call 314-993-5181. There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP to help get an accurate count for brunch. This event is open to the public, and members and non-members are welcome.


Monday, July 15

NORC holds iPhone basics class: From 10:30 a.m. to noon, Larry Edison will lead a St. Louis NORC class on iPhone basics, covering how to manage contacts, calendars and appointments on an iPhone. Bring a fully charged iPhone to the class, which meets at The Gathering Place at the J’s Arts & Education building.  Space is limited. RSVP required to 314-442-3255. 

Crown Center Yiddish Group: At 1:30 p.m., join Crown Center’s Yiddish Group, which is open to anyone with an affinity for the mama loshen. Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose, the group is open to all levels —  whether you speak, understand or just want to learn.  Free and open to the community. Call 314-991-2055 for more information. 

‘Mamas in pajamas’: Join the Jewish Women’s Society for “Let’s Talk Torah,” a live phone conference call at 8:30 p.m. 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 Mimi David at 314-862-2474 or mimidavid@aish.com


TuesdayJuly 16

Bais Abe Bab(k)a Baking Club: From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. all are invited as Bais Abraham’s Bab(k)a Baking Club meets and bakes desserts for Bais Abe programs, kiddushes and lunch and learns. For more information, contact Kalanit at kalanit@baisabe.com or 314-721-3030. Share your baking tips and learn some new recipes. Submit your pareve or vegan dessert recipes and ideas to be included in the rotation. 

Short Story Club meeting at Covenant Place: Readers can enjoy Covenant Place’s short story club, which led by Linda Spitzer Gavatin. No pre-reading required. The group meets at 2 p.m. at Covenant II. Free, but RSVP requested to 314-432-1610. 

Ask the nurse with ResCare: A community nurse available for blood pressure checks, health questions, etc., during this St. Louis NORC event, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30  p.m. at The Gathering Place at the J. Free and open to the community, but RSVP required to Laura at 314-442-3255.

Exploring Life’s Journey group: Exploring Life’s Journey meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Temple Israel. The group explores life’s journey through the prism of Judaism, delving into spirituality, Jewish meditation and mysticism, prayer, life’s purpose and lessons and concluding with exploring the process of Death. The group is facilitated by Jan Nykin, a psychotherapist in private practice who also has para-rabbinic certification. Free and open to the community. For more information, call 314-432-8050.


Wednesday, July 17

Crown Center presents 'Treasure or trash?': Treasure or trash? Why am I saving this?  Discuss ways to declutter your home, organize your mind and papers and keep pathways clear for safety. This special program at 11:30 a.m. at Crown Center will be a discussion panel with representatives from AW Healthcare and RPI Therapy Services.  No charge for this special program but please RSVP to 314-991-2055. Made possible by the Women’s Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged, a supporting foundation of Jewish Federation.

Sharsheret breast and ovarian cancer support group: 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 5:45 to 7:30 pm on the third Wednesday of the month (unless noted otherwise) at the J near Creve Coeur. Newcomers are always welcome along with female family and friends. Sharsheret Supports is a collaborative project of Nishmah and the national Sharsheret organization. A light kosher dinner is served. Free but pre-registration is required to Debbi Braunstein at  314-442-3266 or dbraunstein@jccstl.org.

Creative expressions art group: Artist Joanne Szapszewicz will lead the St. Louis NORC’s monthly art group, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Gathering Place at the J. Participants will express thoughts and emotions through. An artist journal is required for class. Free but space is limited; RSVP to 314-442-3255. 


Thursday, July 18

Prize Bingo at Covenant: At 10 a.m. enjoy Prize Bingo hosted by Joey Boime from Griswold Home Care. The event will take place in the Milford & Lee Bohm Social Hall in Covenant II. RSVP requested to 314-432-1610.

Game Day at Covenant Place: At 1 p.m. join the Game Day fun at Covenant Place (Friendship Room in Covenant II). Linda Spitzer Gavatin will teach mah jongg. Bring your mahj card and set, if you have one. Learn a new game or engage in Mexican Train Dominoes, Rummy Cube or Scrabble. Open to the community, but RSVP requested to 314-432-1610.

Hearing impaired phone solutions discussion: From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. the St. Louis NORC will welcome a speaker from ClearCaptions to discuss how this free phone captioning service may help people with hearing loss regain confidence and increase communication by telephone. Participants can find out more about eligibility criteria and set-up. The event will be held in The Gathering Place at the J.


FridayJuly 19

NORC Page Turners book group: All are welcome to join the discussion and contribute book ideas at the St. Louis NORC’s Page Turners book group, which meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in The Gathering Place at the J’s Arts & Education Building. The group will discuss “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.  Free and open to the community. 

Saturday, July 20

Aging as a beginning: Join Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community at 10 a.m. for “Aging as a Beginning, Not an End,” a Shabbat learning program. Susan Roth will present part three of a series on how to lead a purposeful and fulfilling life as you age. She will lead attendees in exploring how Jewish texts, liturgy and thought can help people achieve personal and spiritual growth as they age. 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.


Sunday, July 21

Jewish War Veterans meeting: Jewish War Veterans Post 644 will meet at 10 a.m. at the Kaplan Feldman Complex. 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. 


TuesdayJuly 23 

Crown Center trip to tour of Soldiers Memorial & lunch: At 11 a.m., enjoy a bite to eat at St. Louis Bread Co. and then take a private tour of Soldiers Memorial Military Museum. Their signature galleries tell the story of major U.S. conflicts through the lens of St. Louis. Don’t miss this newly-renovated Missouri treasure, which showcases the stories of local service members and delves into the city’s wartime history. $2 bus fare.  RSVP to 314-991-2055. Funding provided by the Benjamin & Ida Tallin Fund. 


WednesdayJuly 24

Crown Center presents summer treats with Chef Liz: Looking for something cool and refreshing for breakfast in the summer? Circle@Crown Cafe Chef Liz DuBro will be in the Culinary Studio at 10 a.m. to create delicious breakfast goodies with attendees. Perfect techniques and learn to create some new culinary treats. $2 supply fee. Programs in the culinary studio are not Vaad approved. The program is made possible by the Birdie Fischer Fund. RSVP to 314-991-2055.

‘The Righteous Mind’ book discussion at Shaare Emeth: Is tribalism good or bad? Why do we seem to be experiencing such deep anger, division and polarization today? Is civil discourse even possible? These are some of the timely questions Jonathan Haidt explores in his book “The Righteous Mind.” Haidt explains the psychological underpinnings of our moral minds and helps us understand ourselves and those “on the other side” in a way that illumines the reasons behind our differences and our unexpected similarities. Bring your lunch to Congregation Shaare Emeth and join Andrea Rabbi Goldstein from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., for an open and spirited discussion of Haidt’s work. RSVP appreciated to Stacy Jespersen at sjespersen@sestl.org or online at www.sestl.org/bookdiscussion


Thursday, July 25

Travel talk: Highlights of ‘Jewish Roots’ tour of Eastern Europe: The St. Louis NORC will host a travel discussion by Eliot Katz looking at highlights of “2018 Jewish Roots” in Eastern Europe covering Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Vienna and Budapest, and several Nazi concentration camps. The event takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in The Gathering Place at the J’s Arts & Education Building. Free and open to the community.  

NCJW Third Thursday lunch & learn series continues: NCJW’s Third Thursdays lunch and learn series will welcome producers of the film “No More Thoughts & Prayers,” and representatives from Moms Demand Action. The locally-produced film features high school students working toward gun law reform in the wake of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The guests will answer questions about what citizens can do.. The group will begin gathering at 11:30 a.m. at the NCJW offices and the presentation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Guests should bring a lunch; drinks will be provided. Free and open to the community but RSVP requested to Lisa at 314-993-5181 or llong@ncjwstl.org.


ONGOING

Broadway Fantasies song and dance revue: Broadway Fantasies, a song and dance revue with St. Louis performers “50 years and better,” will hold four performances of “Our Favorite Songs from the Big Apple to Lala Land” from June 22-30 at the Chesterfield Family YMCA.  For more than 20 years, Broadway Fantasies has raised funds for the County Older Residents Program (CORP), which helps older adults with services, programs, independence and quality of life. The remaining show dates are 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29 and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Tickets are $18 for general admission seating before show dates and $20 at the door. Group rates are available at $15 per person for a group of 10 or more for a single performance.  For ticket orders or information call Carol Moldafsky at 314-579-1912. 

Classes at Covenant Place: Classes are free and open to the public. All are held in Covenant II’s Bohm Social Hall.  For more information, call 314-432-1610. 

  • Chair Yoga is led by Maxine Mirowitz at 11 a.m. Fridays.
  • RPI physical therapists lead Tai Chi at 11:15 a.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Thursdays, and chair aerobics exercises at 11 a.m. Tuesdays.
  • Covenant Chorale, conducted by Robert Denison, practices Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Instruction and help with parts are provided. All adults are welcome.
  • Charlie Foxman leads Balance & Bands, a class focusing on movement and balance for all levels at 11 a.m. Wednesdays.
  • “To Your Health”  with an AW Health Care Registered Nurse, who is available to discuss medical concerns at 9:30 a.m. Mondays.
  • Knitting With a Purpose, led by Jerri Livingston, meets Tuesdays 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Bring knitting needles if you have them.
  • Crown Center & RPI - Introduction to movement

At 2:30 p.m. on Mondays in June, take part in a half-hour class led by trained occupational and physical therapists from Rehabilitation Professionals Inc. All movements are low impact. Free and open to the community. Call 314-991-2055 for more information. 

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.  

Tai Chi for arthritis and fall prevention: Crown Center and OASIS lead a tai chi series on Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m., with a new session running June 19 through July 19. Space is limited; call 314-991-2055 for the cost or more information, or to sign up.  

TI plans Torah study course: Congregation Temple Israel will hold a four-week Torah study course with Rabbi Michael Alper from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays in June. The course is titled “A Spiritual Journey Through the Book of Numbers.” Alper will explore deep, personal and powerful portions of a text that resonate with those who are seeking greater meaning and healing in their lives. The book recalls the epic trials, tragedies and transformations that the Jewish people go through as they leave the oppression of Egypt and move forward to fulfill their destiny as a nation. Everyone is welcome to attend one or all sessions. Free and no RSVP required.

B’nai Amoona Sisterhood plans continuing education series: Join Sisterhood this summer for its regular Wednesday morning series from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The group will study “Mysticism, Madonna and Modernity.” The class will be facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose with special guest speakers. The summer session dates will run from June 12 through Aug. 21 (12 weeks). Class fees are $15 for Sisterhood and Men’s Club members and $30 for non-members. Call Barb Hoffman at 314-691-0435 for more information, or visit www.bnaiamoona.com to register. 

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. 

Jewish Student Union meetings: Local Jewish students are invited to check out Jewish Student Union’s club meetings, held weekly. Clubs are for students in high school unless otherwise noted. Groups meet at the following times/locations: 

  • On Mondays, groups meet at Parkway West High School (2:30 to 3:30 p.m.), Marquette Senior High School  (10 to 11 a.m.) and the JSU Alternate Night at Cold Stone Creamery (7:15 to 8:15 p.m.)
  • On Tuesdays, groups meet at Parkway North High School  (2:30 to 3:30 p.m.), Ladue High School (2:35 to 3:35 p.m.) and Clayton High School (every other week, 7:30-8:30 p.m.)
  • On Wednesdays: Parkway Central High School (2:30 to 3:30 p.m.), Whitfield (3-4 p.m.), MICDS (every other week, 11:55 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
  • On Thursdays: Wydown Jr. High (every other week, 3:20 to 4:15 p.m.) and Lafayette High School (3 to 4 p.m.) 
  • On Fridays, the Crossroads College Prep group meets from 12:20 to 1 p.m.

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