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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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Monday, Feb 18

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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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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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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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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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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Wednesday, Feb 20

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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