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POSTPONED: Congregational Read: The Choice

POSTPONED: Congregational Read: The Choice


August 30, 2022    
5:15 pm - 7:30 pm

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Congregation Shaare Emeth’s Community Read

featuring Dr. Edith Eva Eger, author of
The Choice – Embrace the Possible

Tuesday, August 30 POSTPONED
Congregation Shaare Emeth
5:15 p.m. Nosh, 6 p.m. program begins


All members of the Congregation Shaare Emeth and the Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis’ community are invited to this special in-person program featuring Dr. Eger, who will join us via livestream to discuss her memoir, The Choice. This amazing book traces Dr. Eger’s life journey from the terror and pain of the Holocaust to her career as a post-traumatic stress disorder specialist, from unimaginable loss to forgiveness and strength. Participants will be able to ask Dr. Eger questions.

This is a great chance to bring your friends to a dynamic and powerful program. Questions? Please contact Rosalie Stein, [email protected].

This Scholar-in-Residence Program is made possible through the Fred and Elsie Deutsch Endowment Fund. The Congregation would like to thank Roberta and Jim Deutsch, Judy and Larry Deutsch and their families for their continuous generous support for the Scholar-in-Residence Program.

In this memoir, Dr. Eger shares the story of her life – from her childhood in Hungary through her survival at Auschwitz, from her beginnings in America where she refused to talk about her past to her journey of becoming one of the leading experts in post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Choice is about pain and loss and the presence of evil in our world. But it is also about the human capacity to transcend pain, forgive and transform. It is about our ability to make choices in our lives that help repair the brokenness in ourselves and in our world. As Dr. Eger notes, “We have the capacity to hate and the capacity to love. Which one we reach for is up to us.”

As forgiveness and transformation are two of the major themes of the High Holy Days, the staff of Congregation Shaare Emeth thought it would be a wonderful experience for the entire community to reflect on these themes together by reading and gathering to discuss The Choice in our first pre-High Holiday Congregational read.

Congregational reads build community by giving all members a shared space for reflection and a shared focus for action. We are excited to join together to hear one another’s thoughts and be inspired by one another’s reflections.


You can purchase a copy of The Choice at your local Barnes & Noble or on Amazon.

If you have questions or need help finding a way to read or listen to The Choice, contact Debbie Bram, our Director of Lifelong Learning.

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