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ChaiLights: Through June 20

NCJW Back to School! Store

NCJW held its annual Back to School! Store at Temple Israel on July 29. Hundreds of volunteers helped provide 1,400 children with clothes, backpacks, school supplies and personal items to get ready for the school year.


Fifth annual men’s event to benefit NCJW's Back to School! Store: The 5th Annual Men’s Event supporting NCJW’s Back to School! Store will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at Lester’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, 9906 Clayton Road. Guests can watch the Cardinals take on the New York Mets, mingle with friends, check out silent auction items and help underserved kids in the community get ready for school. The cost to attend is $50, which includes drinks and appetizers. There are also sponsorship opportunities: $100 to sponsor the event (which includes event admission), $180 to sponsor a child at the Back to School! Store, and $230 to sponsor a child and event admission. Read more here.

Missouri Torah Institute plans Dedication Dinner: Join Missouri Torah Institute for their Dedication Dinner on Sunday June 16 at 5:45 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis in Clayton. Recognizing Charles and Naomi Ruth Deutsch on the occasion of the Deutsch Family Campus Dedication; Ambassador Sam and Marilyn Fox on the occasion of the Fox Family High School naming in honor of Greg Fox, of blessed memory; and Douglas and Lisa Baron, recipients of the Community Service Award. The event will also feature a memorial tribute video for Rabbi Aaron Winter, of blessed memory. To RSVP and/or to put in an ad, call 636-778-1896, visit or email

West county Tikkun Leil Shavuot: On Saturday, June 8, enjoy a night of study, prayer, music, community, schmoozing and noshing, facilitated by the clergy and education staff of B’nai Amoona, Shaare Emeth, Shir Hadash, Temple Emanuel, Temple Israel, Traditional, United Hebrew and The Center for Jewish Learning at Federation.

Scholar-in-residence Reb Simcha Raphael, founding director of Da’at Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training, will also give a special presentation. The event at Traditional Congregation begins with Minchah at  6:15 p.m., followed by a welcome at 7 p.m. From 7:20 until midnight, experience an evening filled with learning, prayer, eating and schmoozing.  Everyone is welcome. For more information or to RSVP, please visit For more information, contact Amy Maupin at 314-576-9990 x131 

Shaare Emeth at Topgolf: Join Congregation Shaare Emeth for a warm summer evening at one of the most popular spots in town: Topgolf. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, come together to see friends, enjoy dinner, and hit some golf balls – all while benefitting Shaare Emeth youth and education programs. RSVP by June 10 online at The $75 social rate includes dinner, wine and beer. The $100 golf rate includes golf, dinner, wine and beer. Sponsorships are available. Contact Rosalie Stein at or visit  

Friday | June 7 

Film at Covenant Place: Covenant Place will screen “On The Basis of Sex,” a film based on the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Justice.  The film begins at 1 p.m. and stars Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer and Justin Theroux.  Rated PG-13.  It will be shown in the Helene Mirowitz Theater of Covenant II. Free and open to the public.   

Starting  | June 7

B’nai Amoona welcomes scholar-in-residence June 7-10: Congregation B’nai Amoona’s Gallant Motivational & Inspirational Weekend Series will welcome Reb Simcha Raphael for a weekend of events June 7-10 focused on “Mysteries Of Life, Death And The World Beyond: A Shabbat & Shavuot Experience.” Raphael, a psychotherapist and spiritual director in Philadelphia, is founding director of the DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training. He was ordained as a rabbinic pastor by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Raphael will speak at events on each day of his visit, including Shavuot services on Sunday and Monday . For a full list, visit For more information, visit or call 314-576-9990.

Saturday  | June 8

NHBZ discussion: ‘What Does It Mean to Be the Chosen People?’: In Judaism, “choseness” is the belief that the Jewish people were singularly chosen to enter into a covenant with G-d, but what does that mean? NHBZ Rabbi Ze’ev Smason will address this subject when he discusses “What Does It Mean to Be the Chosen People?” 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.

Shavuot dinner and learning at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion: Celebrate Shavuot at Nusach Hari with an evening of delicious food and enriching learning. Dinner on Saturday, June 8 begins at 9:30 p.m., followed by an early learning session with Aish HaTorah’s Rabbi Shmuel Greenwald who will discuss “There Is No Such Thing as the Ten Commandments” at 10:30 p.m. All-night learning will begin at 11:30 p.m. until the sunrise morning service at 5:05 a.m. Shavuot will be celebrated on Sunday and Monday, June 9 and June 10. Yizkor will be recited on June 10. Dinner prices: adults, $12.50. RSVP for dinner reservations, 314-991-2100, ext. 2.  

SUNDAY | June 9

Shavuot family picnic planned at Kol Rinah: Bring your dinner and your family and join Kol Rinah at 5 p.m. for a picnic at Mooney/Jackson Park. Expect a fun evening of eating, schmoozing, field games, and enjoying the playground. Please bring a blanket as there are no tables at Mooney Park. Contact with any questions.   

Tuesday June 11 

Short story club: Readers, enjoy Covenant Place’s short story club led by Linda Spitzer Gavatin. The meeting starts at 2 p.m., and no pre-reading required. Covenant II, lower level. RSVP requested:  314-432-1610. 

Wednesday June 12 

The rabbi is in at Covenant Place: Join Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael for a lively dialogue at 2 p.m..  Topics vary and are chosen by the rabbi and attendees. Friendship room, Covenant II, lower level. RSVP requested to 314-432-1610.

Thursday June 13 

Annual Oxford Hills community happy hour at pool: From 4 to 6 p.m., enjoy socializing with St. Louis NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) neighbors, games and food. All are encouraged to bring an appetizer/dish to share. And all are welcome. Call to confirm with reservation to Laura at 314-442-3255.

FRIDAY | June 14 

Covenant Place screens ‘Itzhak’: Covenant Place will screen the documentary “Itzhak” at 1 p.m. The film looks at the life, work and religious heritage of violinist Itzhak Perlman. It will be shown in the Helene Mirowitz Theater of Covenant II, lower level. Free and open to the public. 

Saturday | June 15 

Vaccination and Judaism: Join Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community at 10 a.m. at The J for a “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.  All are welcome. Shir Hadash meets at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex Arts & Education Building. RSVP to Carol at For more information, visit

Sunday | June 16 

Open house thank-you and farewell to Rabbi Ben Greenfield: From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., join Bais Abraham for an open house thank-you and farewell event for Rabbi Ben Greenfield and his family as the rabbi’s tenure at Bais Abraham comes to a close. Remarks begin at 4:30 p.m. The event will be held at the home of Dr. George and Darla Grossberg (RSVP for address). For more information, visit, email or call 314-721-3030. People may also honor Rabbi Greenfield with a donation to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund; the contributions gathered will be given to the Mikvah Project Fund in his honor.

Monday | June 17 

St. Louis NORC film series: At 1 p.m. the St. Louis NORC monthly film series will show part two of four of Ken Burns’ program on Mark Twain at the Gathering Place at the J. This film tells of Twain’s life full of adventure, success, defeat, comedy and tragedy. 

Tuesday | June 18 

Fruit desserts cooking demo: At 1 p.m. learn fun and delicious recipes highlighting fresh fruit during a cooking demo at Covenant Place in the Milford & Lee Bohm Social Hall of Covenant II, lower level. Samples will be served. RSVP requested to 314-432-1610.

St. Louis NORC’s ask the nurse: St. Louis NORC will welcome a nurse with ResCare from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Gathering Place at the J. Meet with a nurse for blood pressure checks and questions regarding health and wellness.

STARTING | June 18 

Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis plans yoga series: Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis at Shaare Emeth will hold “Hineini, Here I Am – The Power of Centering” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 and 25, and July 2 and 9. Embodied yoga practice helps one slow down and feel rooted in the present moment. The Biblical phrase, Hineini, “Here I am,” is a reminder to pause and become centered in the present to open more fully to what is sacred in life. This all-levels class, taught by Ellie DesPrez, combines gentle flow with centering poses to bring us a sense of calm, presence, and ease.  Sign up at The cost is $50 for Shaare Emeth members; $65 for guests. Space is limited. 

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Wednesday | June 19 

JProStl session on ‘Establishing Your Reputation and Expertise’: JProStl, the professional association for staff who work throughout the St. Louis Jewish community, is continuing its Sharing the Journey series, with a session on Establishing Your Reputation and Expertise, intended for staff in their early 30s to 40. Rabbi Adam Bellows of United Hebrew, Erin Schreiber of Maryville Hillel and Andrew Goldfeder of Temple Emanuel will lead the discussion. The programs will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Kaplan Feldman Complex. For information and to RSVP, contact Marci Mayer Eisen at 314-442-3810 or

Covenant Place book club: At 2 p.m. join a book club discussion led by Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael in the Friendship Room of the Covenant II building.  The club will discuss Anita Diamant’s book “Boston Girl.”  RSVP requested to 314-432-1610.

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 | June 20 

NCJW Third Thursday lunch & learn looks at the media: NCJW’s Third Thursdays lunch and learn series will welcome local journalists from the Riverfront Times, St Louis American and St. Louis Public Radio, who will discuss how to evaluate media credibility and protect press freedom in the era when some politicians decry “fake news” in the media. Sessions meet at the NCJW offices. The group will begin gathering at 11:30 a.m. 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

Prize Bingo at Covenant Place: Joey Boime from Griswold Home Care will lead Prize Bingo at 10 a.m. in the Milford & Lee Bohm Social Hall of  Covenant II. RSVP to 314-432-1610. 

Travel talk on Croatia and Slovenia: The St. Louis NORC will host a travel talk with world traveler and NORC member Linda Nash from 1 to 2 p.m. in The Gathering Place at the J.


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. every Monday 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 resonates 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 our 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 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. 

Crown Center Torah study: At 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Rabbi Benjamin Greenfield from Bais Abraham Congregation leads a discussion of the weekly Torah portion at Crown Center for Senior Living.  Hear the words of the ancient commentators who will provide teachings with a lens to guide our lives.  Call 314-991-2055 for more information. Community members welcome.

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. on Fridays.
  • RPI physical therapists lead Tai Chi at 11:15 a.m. on Mondays and 11 a.m. on 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 is 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. on 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. 

Tai Chi for arthritis and fall prevention: Crown Center & OASIS lead a tai chi program on Wednesdays and Fridays  at 9:30 a.m. Space is limited; sign up by calling 314-991-2055. The cost is  $1 per class or $8 for all 10 classes.   

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


Addresses of locations mentioned in the ChaiLights calendar: 

Jewish institutions:  Aish Firehouse: 457 N. Woods Mill Road | Central Reform Congregation: 5020 Waterman Blvd. | Chabad of Greater St. Louis: 8124 Delmar Blvd.| Congregation Shaare Emeth: 11645 Ladue Road | Congregation Temple Israel: 1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive | Crown Center: 8350 Delcrest Drive | The Gathering Place at the J: 2 Millstone Campus Drive |Jewish Federation’s Kaplan Feldman Complex: 12 Millstone Campus Drive |Kol Rinah:  829 N. Hanley Road | NCJW STL: 295 N. Lindbergh Blvd. | Traditional Congregation: 12437 Ladue Road |OTHER LOCATIONS:  | Ritz-Carlton St. Louis: 100 Carondelet Plaza