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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 »

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 »

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 »

Message from the Rabbis and Cantor of Shaare Emeth

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Rabbi Jim Bennett

As we watch with dismay once again, our city and region are embroiled in painful dissent and angry protest spurred by the recent court verdict in the Stockley case. Like so many, we find the specifics of this case to be deeply disturbing. Once again, a bright spotlight is being cast on the injustice of Continue Reading »

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Posted on August 28, 2017 by Rabbi Jim Bennett

We at Congregation Shaare Emeth join in overwhelming concern and compassion for those whose lives are being impacted so dramatically by the storms and flooding in Texas and the surrounding areas. We offer prayers for the safety, well-being and hope for those in the path of this storm and its flooding. We offer prayers of strength and Continue Reading »

Shaare Emeth Clergy Respond to Charlottesville

Posted on August 17, 2017 by Rabbi Jim Bennett

As we approach Shabbat and reflect on the events of the past week, we are angered and saddened, though not surprised, by all that has transpired in this nation we love. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the words and actions of white supremacist, neo-Nazi and alt-right groups in Charlottesville, Virginia. We mourn the loss of Continue Reading »

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