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Purim – It’s Not Just for Kids

Posted on February 18, 2018 by Kim Oswalt

With all of its festive, playful and often mischievous themes, Purim can sometimes be seen simply as a “kids holiday.” But while carnivals and shpiels and costume contests are great fun for the whole family, the story of Purim is by no means tame. “The story we find in the megillah is both farcical and Continue Reading »

Now is Not the Time for Inaction

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Kim Oswalt

As we prepare for Shabbat our hearts are heavy, holding the senseless loss of 17 students and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida with us. In response to Wednesday’s horrific school shooting, our colleague, Rabbi Ken Chasen, asked: “When you learned of Wednesday’s school shooting, what overcame you first – your Continue Reading »

The Story of Hamantaschen

Posted on February 14, 2018 by Kim Oswalt

As Purim approaches, you’re probably preparing to enjoy some of these delicious three-cornered pastries. And if you grew up in a Jewish home, you’re likely familiar with the story of how hamantaschen got their shape – and what their connection is to the holiday of Purim. But do you know the whole story? In the Continue Reading »

For Such a Time As This: Purim in the 21st Century

Posted on February 12, 2018 by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein

This week we begin the Hebrew month of Adar – a month in which we are traditionally told, “Be happy. It’s Adar.” Adar has been deemed Judaism’s Happiness Month because of its connection to the festival of Purim. I have found that for most people, Purim is a story connected to childhood. We remember it Continue Reading »

Congratulations to Shaare Emeth’s Five JProStl Honorees!

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Kim Oswalt

Congregation Shaare Emeth was proud to have five members honored at the annual JProStl Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Robert Colton, Shaare Emeth’s Director of Operations, received the Dedication Award. Greg and Julie Yawitz received the Partnership Award, Katie Garland received the Emerging Leader Award and Ken Schwartz received the Chesed/Kindness Award. The Continue Reading »

Meet This Quarter’s Tzedakah Recipient, We Stories

Posted on January 23, 2018 by Kim Oswalt

Each quarter, Shaare Emeth collects tzedakah money for a different nonprofit. This quarter’s recipient is We Stories, an organization that uses the power of children’s literature to create conversation, change and hope in St. Louis and a stronger, more equitable and inclusive future for all. They believe that if more families are provided with 1) resources Continue Reading »

Introducing Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph.D.

Posted on January 5, 2018 by Kim Oswalt

Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph. D., will be Congregation Shaare Emeth’s next Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence from Friday, February 9 through Sunday, February 11. Over the course of the weekend she will lead a number of exciting, educational and justice-oriented events. All of these events are free and open to the public: Friday, February 9, 6 p.m. Tzedek Continue Reading »

5 Ways to Help New Americans this Week

Posted on January 2, 2018 by Kim Oswalt

This message is from Debra Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator at the International Institute of St. Louis. We expect a family of five on the morning of January 12th, so we will likely have all the preparations for them on the 10th or 11th. And we expect two single men on the morning of the 24th. Continue Reading »

Proud to be a Reform Jew: Reflections on the 2017 Biennial

Posted on January 2, 2018 by Rabbi Jim Bennett

I am proud to be a part of the Reform Movement! Early in December, I had the privilege of joining with nearly 6,000 other Reform Jews at the Biennial Convention of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), held in Boston, Massachusetts. Every time I attend a biennial or some other gathering of our movement, I Continue Reading »

Religious School Students Reflect on Civil Rights

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Liessa Alperin

Rabbi Jonah and I, with many of our 8th grade students, traveled to Memphis on a Civil Rights and Social Justice experience this October. It was a joint program with 8th grade students from United Hebrew Congregation. Throughout the weekend, the students engaged in programs that instructed and empowered them about the issues surrounding civil Continue Reading »

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