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Update on HB 575 Legislation

Posted on April 10, 2019 by Tori Luecking

On April 8, the Missouri House passed HB 575 and sent it to the Senate. A last minute amendment was added to this bill and with this amendment, the intent behind the bill is to recklessly expand the presence of dangerous firearms into the education space of our children, youth and young adults throughout this state. Continue Reading »

Update on Alex Garcia and Request to Help the Garcia Family

Posted on March 7, 2019 by Tori Luecking

Alex Garcia, husband and father of five children, has been living in sanctuary at Christ Church UCC in Maplewood for the past 18 months.  His wife and children are in Joplin, Missouri and must travel great distances to be with Alex on weekends.  This distance has proven to be an incredible hardship on the family Continue Reading »

March Spotlight: Room at the Inn

Posted on February 22, 2019 by Tori Luecking

“I just want to have a cup of coffee and relax,” she said. For twenty years, Rita was the Educational Director of a St. Louis-based children’s home. Prior to that, she worked as a teacher, completed graduate coursework in Marketing Research, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from UMSL. Now retired, Rita wants to Continue Reading »

Do not remain indifferent! Caring for the strangers in our midst

Posted on February 13, 2019 by Tori Luecking

In Leviticus 19:34 we read: “The stranger (sometimes translated as “the foreigner”) who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt; I am Adonai your God.”  We cannot remain indifferent to the plight of Continue Reading »

January Spotlight: Morning Minyan

Posted on January 1, 2019 by Tori Luecking

min•yan – a Hebrew word for a group of individuals, traditionally ten, that come together for prayer. Shortly after the front doors are unlocked, before most of the clergy and employees arrive, Shaare Emeth is greeted bright and early by the Morning Minyan group. Few of us have experienced Shaare Emeth during sunrise, but for Continue Reading »

A Message from the Clergy

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Rabbi Jonah Zinn

Dear friends, It has been an extremely difficult few days for all who care about the people living in Jerusalem, in Gaza, in Israel and the West Bank. As your clergy, we are heartbroken and we are torn. There is a part of us that feels the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem was a moment Continue Reading »

Educational Resources for Passover

Posted on March 21, 2018 by

Modern readings and Seder Plate additions for 2018 Here you can find readings that range from current social justice issues to a Haggadah for interfaith families. If you have questions, feel free to email Debbie Bram, Director of Jewish Life and Learning at [email protected] Wishing you and your family a meaningful Passover.   1. Rabbis Against Continue Reading »

2018 Nominating Committee Report

Posted on March 19, 2018 by

The 2018 Nominating Committee is pleased to recommend the following slate of Officers and Trustees for election at the Annual Meeting of Congregation Shaare Emeth on May 15, 2018, and acknowledges the returning Officers and Trustees:   OFFICERS Nominated for One-Year Term, 2018-2019 President: Mike Lefton 1st Vice President: Josh Wallach Secretary: Rachel Pereles Treasurer: Continue Reading »

Specialists create magical moments at Shirlee Green Preschool

Posted on March 8, 2018 by Karen Lucy

“I have one talent, and that is the capacity to be tremendously surprised, surprised at life, at ideas. This is to me the supreme Hasidic imperative: Don’t be old. Don’t be stale.”  When I read this quote from Abraham Joshua Heschel, it reminds me of the wonderful teachers and staff at Shirlee Green Preschool. Every Continue Reading »

A Different Year at Oak Hill Elementary

Posted on March 6, 2018 by

By Lorry Blath, Shaare Emeth volunteer and liaison to Oak Hill Elementary School As a fifth year volunteer at Oak Hill Elementary, I cannot say my enthusiasm has dwindled. I look forward to the south city immigrant neighborhood, to the big bright eyes and to the smiling faces. The two kindergartens have the most patient and Continue Reading »

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