ChaiLights calendar: Aug. 20 – Sept. 4

Thursday, Aug. 20

YPD happy hour series continues 

The Young Professionals Division of Jewish Federation of St. Louis is hosting the next happy hour in its “Tap into YPD” series at Central Table, 23 S. Euclid Avenue in the Central West End. The free happy hours, which give Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s the chance to meet, network and engage in the Jewish community, take place monthly at various hot spots around town.   

Starting Thursday, Aug. 20

Camp Sabra 45th anniversary reunion 

New Mt. Sinai Cemetery advertisement

Camp Sabra, a Jewish Community Center co-ed sleep away camp in Rocky Mount, Missouri, is celebrating its 45th anniversary with an on-site reunion for all alumni. Activities begin with the “Skip Around the Roof” event at the Moonrise Hotel in St. Louis on Thursday, Aug. 20. The celebration moves to Camp Sabra Friday, Aug. 21 to Sunday, Aug. 23, where alumni will enjoy camp activities and programs, as well as catch up with bunkmates, counselors and camp directors of summers past. For more information and to register online, go to 

Friday, Aug. 21 

Film screening at Covenant Place 

Covenant Place will screen “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren, at 1 p.m. in the Helene Mirowitz Theatre of Covenant II. Mirren stars as Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. The film is rated PG-13. Free; includes popcorn.  

St. Louis NORC Book Group  

Love to read and discuss books? Become a member of the St. Louis NORC Book Club, which meets the third Friday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This month’s book is “Fear Itself” by Andrew Rosenheim. Call Joan Hirst at 314-442-3834 for meeting location.

Saturday, Aug. 22  

KidZone Children’s Services kickoff 

A morning of singing and fun for kids ages 5-10 begins at 10 a.m. in the Youth Lounge at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, 650 N. Price Road. NHBZ KidZone’s Children’s Service will teach children Shabbat prayers and songs, as well as the week’s Torah portion. The service will also include Israel fun-facts and social time with snacks. The KidZone Children’s Service will be held twice a month and during the High Holidays.  

Sunday, Aug. 23  

Pre-High Holiday Hike & Meditation  

Bais Abraham and Temple Emanuel will hold a pre-High Holidays hike in Queeny Park at 4 p.m. Participants will gather at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, 1721 S. Mason Road, at Queeny Park. 

NA’AMAT USA American Affairs Membership Brunch 

NA’AMAT USA will hold its American Affairs Membership Brunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Jewish Federation building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. The guest speaker will be Karen Aroesty, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League of Missouri Southern/Illinois. RSVPs are required to Judy Borah: 314-503-0417  

JOLT Bowling Bash Kick-Off 

Join St. Louis Jewish teens at JOLT’s Bowling Bash Kick-Off and Registration Event from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Olivette Lanes, 9520 Olive Boulevard. Enjoy bowling and refreshments, hear about new JOLT courses and meet participants and faculty that are involved on Thursday evenings during the school year. Jewish Opportunities and Learning for Teens (JOLT) is open to all Jewish teens in grades 8-12. Free. For more information or to RSVP, visit or contact Maxine Weil at 314-442-3757 or [email protected]   

Tuesday, Aug. 25

Yiddish Club at Shaare Emeth

Yiddish Club is a unique way to explore the beauty and wisdom of the Yiddish language, literature and culture. Personal experiences shared by members of the club help bring an understanding of the deep importance of the Yiddish language culture to history. Shlep to the next meeting and kvel over the Yiddish words you recognize and enjoy, even if you don’t “speak Yiddish.” This summer, Yiddish Club will meet at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month (rather than the regular second and fourth Tuesdays) at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road. All are welcome. For more information, contact Emily Cohen at [email protected] or 314-692-5365.

Millstone Institute plans Biannual Presidents’ Circle 

The Millstone Institute will host the Presidents’ Circle, a biannual reception for board presidents, presidents-elect, clergy and execs/CEOs from throughout the Jewish community from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center Arts and Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. Participants will hear from current members of the Jewish Coaching Academy and experience how powerful questions can shift perspectives and unlock new possibilities. For information and to RSVP, contact Marci Mayer Eisen at 314-442-3810 or [email protected]

Wednesday, Aug. 26

OACAP speaker to discuss ‘Medicare and You’ 

Join OACAP for “Medicare and You,” a presentation by Delores Clayton from CLAIM, a nonprofit organization providing free, unbiased information about Medicare to Missourians. The event will be held at 10 a.m. at the NCJW offices, 295 N. Lindbergh Boulevard. Free and open to the community; includes light refreshments. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected] or call NCJW at 314-993-5181.   

Choir concert at the JCC

The Jewish Community Center, B’nai B’rith and St. Louis NORC will offer a free concert by Forever Young, a choir including voices from The Gatesworth, The Willows and Covenant Place, directed by Robert Denison. The concert takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. at the JCC Arts and Education Building. It will feature songs by Gershwin, Berlin and others. Coffee and sweets will be served after the concert. Free, but RSVP requested to Laura Press-Milner, 314-442-3255. 

Crown Center Yiddish Group 

Join Crown Center’s Yiddish Club at 1:30 p.m., which includes residents of Crown Center and participants from the community. Free. Call 314-991-2055 for more information.  Crown Center is located at 8350 Delcrest Drive. 

Thursday, Aug. 27  

Brodsky Library book talk

 At 7 p.m., the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library will hold a late summer book talk with Nancy Berg, professor of Hebrew language and literature at Washington University and a member of the Brodsky Library Commission. She will discuss “To the End of the Land and Beyond” by Israeli novelist David Grossman, who will receive the 2015 St. Louis Literary Award on Sept. 30 — the award is sponsored by the St. Louis University Library Associates. The Brodsky talk will begin the celebration early with a combination introduction to the voice of his generation and book talk, discussing Grossman’s lyrical novel, the story of a love triangle that becomes an exploration of the powerful ties within the family and with the land itself. For more information, contact the library at 314-442-3720.  

Covenant trip to chocolate factory 

Covenant Place will lead a bus trip to Chocolate, Chocolate Factory, departing at 10 a.m. from the Covenant I lobby, 10 Millstone Campus Drive. The tour is free and includes free samples. The bus fare is $3. RSVP to 314-432-1610.  

Friday, Aug. 28  

Film at Covenant Place 

Covenant Place will screen “My Fellow Americans” at 1 p.m. in the Helene Mirowitz Theatre of Covenant II, 8 Millstone Campus Drive. Free; includes popcorn. The film stars Jack Lemon, James Garner and Lauren Bacall and tells the story of two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, who join forces to expose the current, corrupt president.  Rated PG-13.   

A Traditional Shabbat Experience 

“First Friday: A Traditional Shabbat Experience,” a new monthly series of Kabbalat Shabbat services and Shabbat dinners at Traditional Congregation.  (Most will be on the first Friday of the month; some will be on other weeks due to holidays or other planned events).  Join us at 6:30 p.m. for Kabbalat Shabbat services, full-course dinner (vegetarian option available), and great company.  $12/adult, no charge for kids under 6 and first-time guests at Traditional.  Paid RSVPs are due by Aug. 21 to 12437 Ladue Road, St. Louis, MO 63141.  For more information, call 314-495-3017 or 314-576-5230.

St. Louis NORC men’s breakfast 

From 9 to 10 a.m. the St. Louis NORC will hold a men’s breakfast at McDonalds Creve Coeur, 1521 Olive Boulevard. Enjoy an early morning visit and nosh with the men of the NORC. 

Saturday, Aug. 29 

Bus trip to Festival of Nations 

At 10 a.m. join Crown Center for a bus trip to Tower Grove Park for the region’s premier multicultural celebration, featuring over 40 ethnic food booths, non-stop dance and music, arts and crafts, and an international bazaar with unique gifts from around the world. Admission to the festival is free; the bus fare is $2. RSVP to 314-991-2055.   

Sunday, Aug. 30  

Event kicks off NCJW’s CONNECT program for girls 

The National Council of Jewish Women—St. Louis section welcomes girls in fifth through eighth grade for a kickoff event from 1 to 3 p.m. for NCJW’s CONNECT program, which promotes community service, leadership and advocacy for young women as they plan events, participate in Section activities and create community service opportunities. NCJW launched CONNECT in 2013 — during bi-monthly programs, the young women plan community service projects that directly assist NCJW’s programs, and they learn about leadership, program and project planning and direct advocacy skills. Become a member for $18; includes a T-shirt.  For more information, contact Heather at 314-993-5181 or [email protected]  

Hitler’s Children’ to screen at HMLC  

The next film in the Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series will be Hitler’s Children, screening at 1 p.m. in the Holocaust Museum’s theatre at the Jewish Federation building. The documentary portrays the struggle of family members of Hitler’s inner circle with the burden of a family legacy and surname identified with the horrors of the Holocaust.  Hitler’s Children, directed by Chanoch Ze’evi and produced in 2011, will screen in some German and Hebrew with English subtitles, with a running time of 83 minutes. Introductory remarks and a post screening discussion will be facilitated by Brad Prager, professor of film and German at Mizzou. Free and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information, call 314-442-3711 or email [email protected]  

Crown Center trip to film at HMLC 

At 12:30 p.m., Crown Center will lead a bus trip to see “Hitler’s Children” at the Holocaust Museum (see listing above). There is a $2 bus fare. RSVP to 314-991-2055.  

NHBZ All-You-Can Eat pizza night 

Bring your appetite and the entire family to Nusach Hari’s All-You-Can-Eat Pizza Buffet from 5 to 7 p.m.. Enjoy a delicious dinner of pizza, pasta, salad, garlic bread, dessert and a beverage. Children enjoy a different movie every month. NHBZ accepts credit card payments. No RSVP required. Carryout orders are available when placing your orders by 10 a.m. Sunday, August 30, by calling 314-991-2100, ext. 2. Pick-up time for carryout pizzas is 4:30 to 4:45 p.m.   

Maccabi Games showcase planned

The Jewish Community Center Maccabi Games, an international athletic competition for Jewish teens, is coming to St. Louis in 2016, and the JCC will host a games showcase to kick off preparations for the event. Open to all ages and the entire community, the showcase will be held at the JCC Arts and Education Building, from 4 to 6 p.m. Attendees will learn about opportunities available to get involved in the 2016 games as an athlete, host family, sponsor, or committee member. The showcase will honor 2015 athletes, and feature DJ Reggie and area food trucks. The showcase event is free and open to the community. For more information, contact Fanchon Auman at [email protected] or 314-442-3420.

Shaare Emeth family picnic 

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Congregation Shaare Emeth will hold a family picnic featuring food, games, crafts and more at the congregation’s Camp Emeth Pavillion. Admission is free, but guests are requested to bring one non-perishable food item for the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry for each person attending. For more information, contact Emily Cohen at 314-692-5365 or [email protected] The family picnic is organized by MOSHE (Men of Shaare Emeth) and WOSE (Women of Shaare Emeth). 

Monday, Aug. 31  

Torah and Takeout at Temple Israel 

Temple Israel invites young professionals for the latest in its monthly Torah and Takeout series, exploring Torah while enjoying takeout from local restaurants. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Temple Israel.The month’s topic is “Is Yiddish a dying language?” led by Rabbi Michael Alper.  Traditional deli food will be served. The cost is $12 per person/child care $5 per child. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 28 to Amanda Radman, [email protected] or 314-432-8050.  

Starting Monday, Aug. 31  

Jewish Women’s Society classes 

The Jewish Women’s Society of St. Louis, a division of Aish St. Louis, is planning four upcoming classes (classes take place at the the Aish Firehouse, 457 N. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield, except as noted).

• Monday, Aug. 31: At 7:30 p.m., a class for men and women will look at “The Holidays: What do they really mean?” during a home study with Rabbi Shmuel and Chana Greenwald, hosted by Mike and Alana Minoff (RSVP for address).

• Wednesday, Sept. 2: At 8 p.m. Mimi David will lead a class for women on “The King and I: Learn about the New Year and the New You.”

• Wednesday, Sept. 9: At 7 p.m. JWS introduces its new challah club with “Why Round,” a class for women. Club members meet once a month and make enough challah to freeze for a month. The cost is $125 for the year.

• Sunday, Sept. 20: At 7 p.m. Mimi David leads “Ask the Rebbetzin,” a wine and chocolate pajama party for women. 

To RSVP, call 314-862-2474 or email [email protected]

Women’s Philanthropy volunteer events create holiday care packages 

Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation of St. Louis will host special volunteer opportunities to enhance the holidays for the elderly who feel isolated from the Jewish community. The group will make care packages to be delivered to these individuals for Rosh Hashanah. Women’s Philanthropy has scheduled two assembly times:

• Monday, Aug. 31, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; drinks and desserts provided

• Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon; drinks and snacks provided

A portion of the bags will benefit the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Chaplaincy Program. RSVP by Aug. 28 to Valerie at [email protected] or 314-442-3751 with name, email address, phone and preferred volunteer date(s).  

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 1 

Chair yoga class 

The NORC Chair Yoga class will meet at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 1, 8 and 22. The class focuses on flexibility, balance, stress relief and camaraderie. Call Laura for details, location and cost: 314-442-3255.   

Wednesday, Sept. 2

Historic houses of Creve Coeur bus trip 

Travel with the St. Louis NORC to visit Tappmeyer House located in Millennium Park and built in the 1880s, Lake School and House built in 1897 and furnished with a 45-star American flag and a pot-bellied stove. Mark Goldfeder will provide the historic content for both houses as well as some additional historic sites in the area.  The group will enjoy lunch on their own. The trip takes place from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and costs $10. Open to the community. Call Laura for more information and to RSVP: 314-442-3255.  

Friday, Sept. 4  

Guest speaker at Temple Emanuel 

During Shabbat services (beginning at 7 p.m.) Temple Emanuel welcomes special guest speaker Veronica J. Richardson, an ordained minister serving as Senior Pastor of the Southern Union Missionary Baptist Church. Richardson will discuss creating a community that addresses the needs of people whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Richardson also serves as the Vice President of Corporate Compliance & Quality Improvement for Affinia Health Care (formally known as Grace Hill Health Centers, Inc.). Her leadership in the religious sector and her willingness to extend her expertise and wisdom is what she envisions will bridge the gaps between community development and community involvement; the sacred and the secular, the public and private sectors.  These are the collaborations that will meet the needs of the community and instill hope where sometimes none seems apparent.  Temple Emanuel is located at 12166 Conway Road.


Classes at Covenant Place

The following classes are free and open to the public.  For information call 314-432-1610.  Covenant Place is located at 8 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur. Classes take place in Covenant II’s Milford & Lee Bohm Social Hall unless noted otherwise.

• Yiddish Club every other Monday at 7 p.m. in the Covenant I Harmony Room.  Group facilitated by David Levine.   

• RPI physical therapists lead Tai Chi at 11:15 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, and chair aerobics exercises at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays.

• Chair yoga with Maxine Mirowitz at 11 a.m. Fridays.

 • Meet with AW Health Care Registered Nurse to discuss medical questions Tuesdays at 2 p.m. in the Covenant I dining room.

• The Covenant Place Chorale practices Wednesdays at 1 p.m. 

• The “Knit Wits” knitting class meets Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Bring your own projects or take up one from the class.  Some materials provided. 

• Charlie Foxman leads a weekly exercise class for all levels at 11 a.m. every Wednesday.

Chair yoga class

The St. Louis NORC will hold a chair yoga class at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays in August. The classes focus on flexibility, balance, stress relief and camaraderie. Call Laura for details, location and cost: 314-442-3834.