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Joining in an Alliance of Virtue 

Posted on March 1, 2018 by Rabbi Jim Bennett

Last fall, I was invited to travel to Morocco with Mufti Asif Umar, Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, and Reverend Darren Casper of the St. Louis Metro Baptist Association. During our short visit as part of the American Peace Caravan, we joined with similar teams from 20 cities around the U.S. Continue Reading »

March/April Tributes

Posted on February 28, 2018 by

We apologize for the error in the March/April Bulletin in which the February tributes were accidentally re-printed in place of the March/April tributes. The tributes from March and April will be printed in the May Bulletin and can also be found below. Please accept our sincere apology for this mistake. The tributes listed here are Continue Reading »

Meet Rabbi David Saperstein, Visiting Scholar

Posted on February 26, 2018 by

Rabbi David Saperstein will visit Shaare Emeth as the Rabbi Jeffrey B. Stiffman lecturer and Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence for the weekend of April 12-14, 2018. While here, he will lead the following programs:   RABBI JEFFREY B. STIFFMAN LECTURE: The Use and Abuse of Jewish Tradition in Contemporary Political Debates  Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m. For Continue Reading »

Purim – It’s Not Just for Kids

Posted on February 18, 2018 by

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

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