Saturday, Feb 16

Havdalah, Music, Stories and Poetry

7:30 pm
Herky’s J Café, Staenberg Family Complex,
Fitness & Wellness Building

The night comes alive with the magical tradition of music and entertainment with Rabbi James Stone Goodman and friends. Music, storytelling, poetry and more…

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Sunday, Feb 17

Jewish Rock Radio RockFest
National Music Festival*

3:00-8:30pm
Jewish Community Center
Staenberg Family Complex Gymnasium

Buy Tickets Now! $10 adult/$5 per child
Food available for purchase

Bring your family to rock out with nationally renowned Jewish rock artists, and nosh on the finalists’ entries of the Rockin’ Sandwich Smackdown competition. Stay for the whole fest or come and go as you please. For complete artist info and performance times, go to jewishrockradio.com

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Monday, Feb 18

Mezuzah Making Workshop*

1:00-3:00pm or 7:00-9:00pm
Central Agency of Jewish Education, Kopolow Building

Create your own mezuzah cover with glass artist Batya Rich.
$35 materials fee payable at the door (cash or check)
Space is limited. RSVP required.

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Family Purim Party

6:45pm
Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library, Kopolow Building

For children ages 3-9 and their parents and grandparents. Children are encouraged to wear a costume to this evening celebration which will feature stories by Brodsky Library director Barb Raznick, puppets, crafts and treats.
Co-sponsored by PJ Library.

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“Conservative Innovators:” Israeli
Rappers in Search of Local Culture

7:00pm
Jewish Federation Kopolow Building

Uri Dorchin will discuss the cultural phenomenon of Israeli rap music. Learn how these artists developed, grew popular, and reflected Israeli societal views.

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A Heart of Wisdom: The Elder Years

7:30pm
Jewish Federation Kopolow Building

Using readings from Susan Berrin’s book, A Heart of Wisdom: Making the Jewish Journey from Midlife through the Elder Years, Marcia Mermelstein will explore and discuss life issues associated with aging from a Jewish perspective. Co-sponsored by Elderlink

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Tuesday, Feb 19

Memories: How They Define Us

9:30am-11:00am
Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School

Explore the power of memory and embrace an opportunity to create a collection of family memories to share at your Passover seder.
Co-sponsored by Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community
School and PJ Library

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Should Jews Read the New Testament?

10:00-11:00am
Jewish Federation Kopolow Building

Over the last thirty years both Jews and Christians have had honest and respectful conversations about the “Jewishness” of the New Testament. Rabbi Neal Rose will share aspects of these interactions and indicate why they are important to Jews.

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Movie: Israel Inside: How a Small
Nation Makes a Big Difference

1:00pm
Jewish Federation Kopolow Building

This documentary tells the uplifting story of the Israeli people, whose resilience has propelled Israel to the forefront of world innovation and progress. Israeli, Oded Levinger, will lead a discussion following the film.

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Girls Rock Music Purim Party*

6:00 – 8:00pm
Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library, Kopolow Building

A hands-on multigenerational Purim experience that will include high-energy, edgy-pop rock music featuring Jewish rock musician, Naomi Less. Includes light dinner.

$20 mother/daughter pair or $15 per girl
RSVP required to Simone Picker at 314-442-3166 or [email protected]
Co-sponsored by Nishmah

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Our Back Yard: How St. Louis Jews
Learn, Live and Work Green

7:00pm
JCC Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building

Join us as Jewish grade school students, teens and adults talk about how the environment plays an
essential role in their education and professions. RSVP to Diane Maier 314-442-3190
Co-sponsored by the St. Louis Jewish Light, Jewish
Community Relations Council and the JCC

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Wednesday, Feb 20

Purim Unmasked: The Serious Business
of Merry-Making

10:00-11:00am
Congregation Bnai Amoona

Rabbi Carnie Rose will discuss Purim, the most jovial of our holy days. Yet the themes and issues raised in the Scroll of Esther are amongst the most serious and challenging that contemporary Jews face. Join Rabbi Carnie Rose for a fascinating exploration of these deep, existential and often overlooked lessons of Purim. All are welcome and no previous experience necessary.
Co-sponsored by B’nai Amoona Sisterhood

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Real Life/Real Food: Adventures in
Eating: Should Every Forkful Count?*

11:30am-1:00pm
Traditional Congregation

Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, High Protein, Kosher??? A panel of “foodies” and chefs focus on meeting the challenges of redefining the family diet. Includes cooking demonstration, tasting table, recipes, cooking tips and more.

$10 per person; RSVP required.
Co-sponsored by Traditional Congregation

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Mah Jongg: Purim Madness*

11:00am-2:00pm
JCC Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building

Bring your Mahj group and join the fun. If you don’t have a group we’ll be happy to create a match. Beginners welcome. Includes box lunch, snacks, coffee and prizes!

$15 per person; RSVP required to Hadassah at 314-991-0434.
Co-sponsored by Hadassah

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A Night of Discovery:
Genealogical and Family History

7:00pm
Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library, Kopolow Building

Are you curious about your family history? Learn about the St. Louis Jewish Community Archives and
other resources available to support your search.
Co-sponsored by St. Louis Jewish Community Archives
and St. Louis Genealogical Society

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Israel Wine Tour

6:30pm
JCC Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building

Some of the best wines in the world are produced in Israel! Original root stocks brought from France more than 100 years ago, and winemakers who have worked all over the world using contemporary winemaking techniques, translate to the current rise in quality. Join us as we taste Israeli wines and explore an upcoming trip that combines great wine, extraordinary food and amazing history.

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Shir Ami Benefit Concert

7:00pm
JCC Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building

Shir Ami (“Song of My People”) singing troupe performs Israeli, Yiddish, Ladino and American-Jewish music. Concert will benefit The Rabbi Robert P. Jacobs Jewish Fund for Human Needs (JFHN) which awards small grants
to social services agencies helping those in need throughout the St. Louis region.

Suggestion donation at the door $10.
Co-sponsored by JCRC

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Thursday, Feb 21

Encountering Mystery: Willingness to
be Open to the Silence Within

10:00am
JCC Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building

How does one cultivate moments of openness, becoming more aware of the presence of holiness in our lives? Combining the use of modern psychological insight and ancient Jewish mystical teaching, Carol Rose will explore a methodology known as Imagery Work.

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Zipporah: Wife of Moses

1:00pm
Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library, Kopolow Building

Led by Cyndee Levy, participants will draw insights from the Torah and Midrash to become more familiar with Zipporah, the wife of Moses, We will use these insights in a discussion of Marek Halter’s historical fiction novel, Zipporah: Wife of Moses.

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At the Feet of Our Masters:
An Evening with Rabbis and Scholars

7:00-9:00pm
JCC Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building

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Rabbi Mark Shook

The Jewish Invention of Sacred Text

7:00pm

From the moment Ezra the Scribe presented the Torah on Rosh Hashanah 443 BCE, a cultural phenomenon was born. Second Temple Judaism would experience a creative flood of “sacred writings,” each designed to confront a specific social or political problem. But there are four times as many of the “sacred texts” that were never made a part of the canon of scripture.

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Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg

We Stood Together at Sinai; Why Can’t We Stand
“Together” at the Wall?

7:00pm

An exploration and discussion of religious freedom at the Kotel and why it should matter to American Jews. We hope this will be a lively discussion that will continue throughout our community.

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Jesse Kavadlo, Ph.D.

Is Superman Jewish? Comics and
American Assimilation

7:00pm

This presentation will analyze similarities between the American Jewish experience and the plight of comic superheroes from the Golden Age of comics through today.

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Rabbi Levi Landa

Viewing Differences as Stepping Stones to Growth

8:00pm

This text based class will explore how we can use differences as building blocks for deeper, more profound connections in our personal relationships and in our communities.

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Rabbi Lane Steinger

Beyond the “Edifice Complex:”
A Survey of Synagogue Architecture

8:00pm

We’ll examine the developments in the planning and construction of synagogues from early times to the present. Particular attention will be given to the great breakthroughs in synagogue design.

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Howard Schwartz, Ph.D.

How the Ari Created a Myth
and Transformed Judaism

8:00pm
Jewish Federation Kopolow Building


A discussion of “The Shattering of the Vessels” (shevirat ha-kelim), a cosmological myth created in the 16th century by the great mystic Rabbi Isaac Luria of Safed.

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