ChaiLights calendar: Sept. 24-Oct. 15

Thursday, Sept. 24   

‘Music and Memories’ at Covenant

Covenant Place will hold “Music and Memories,” a discussion group focusing on different musical stars from the 1940s to present. This time, the group will discuss Judy Garland during the event, held at 1 p.m. in the Milford and Lee Bohm Social Hall of Covenant II, 8 Millstone Campus Dr. Free and open to the community. RSVP to 314-432-1610.   

Crown Center health presentation 

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At 2 p.m. Crown Center presents “Build Strong Bones,” led by the University of Missouri Extension. Learn different ways to get enough calcium in your diet from low-fat or nonfat dairy goods or other foods high in calcium. Free and open to the community. Call 314-991-2055 for more information. Crown Center is located at 8350 Delcrest Dr.

Sunday, Sept. 27  

Steak & Scotch in the Sukkah

The Kol Rinah Men’s Club presents Steak & Scotch in the Sukkah at 6:30 p.m. (following minyan) at Kol Rinah, 824 N. Hanley Rd. Jews are commanded to sit and have a meal in the sukkah, so start the New Year by lifting our spirits together and enjoy a nice kosher steak as well (salmon or vegetarian options if requested in advance) — and a scotch tasting. For cost and to RSVP, call 314-727-1747. 

Food Justice potluck brunch

Repair the World, a national Jewish nonprofit, will hold “Turn the Tables on Food Justice,” a potluck brunch from noon to 2:30 p.m. (RSVP for exact location). The brunch on erev Sukkot is part of Turn the Tables, a national initiative of Repair the World. In preparing for the Jewish Harvest Festival, guest will participate in a household hunger simulation and engage in dialogue about hunger, food insecurity and other issues impacting food justice that are happening in St. Louis — as well as discuss ways to help. Bagels and coffee donated from Congregation Shaare Emeth. Bring a brunch dish to share with at least eight people. Gluten free, dairy-free and vegetarian options all welcome. The event is geared toward attendees ages 16 – 35 years old.  RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 24 at For more information or to help, contact Jamie Zinn at [email protected]

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Kol Rinah Sisterhood holds Supper in the Sukkah

Join the Kol Rinah Sisterhood for Supper in the Sukkah at 6:30 p.m. (following minyan service), featuring a baked potato buffet and vegetarian chili. The program will feature Karen Kern, leading the group in new songs, and old songs with new tunes, for all ages. RSVP by Sept. 24 to [email protected] or 314-569-2608. 

Sukkot program at Covenant Place

Join Covenant Place at 3 p.m. for a warm and meaningful Sukkot program with Rabbi Jonah Zinn from Shaare Emeth Congregation.  Call 314-432-1610 to RSVP or for location. 

Crown Center, Hillel celebrate Sukkot

At 4:30 p.m., mix and mingle with Hillel students at Washington University. The group will travel from Crown Center to Wash U., where they will dine together and engage in a discussion with Rabbi Jordan Gerson of Hillel in the sukkah at Washington University. Then participants will create some sukkah decorations to take home. There is a $2 bus fee – RSVP today to Crown Center at 314-991-2055. This program is made possible with funding from the Lilian Jossem Fund of Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Health presentation at Crown

At 1 p.m. Crown Center for Senior Living hosts “Understanding the Do’s & Don’ts of Osteoporosis with St. Luke’s.” A St. Luke’s therapist, dietician and pharmacist discuss the dos and don’ts of osteoporosis and tips in keeping bones strong. Free and open to the community. Call 314-991-2055 for more information.

St. Louis NORC dinner out

Join your neighbors as the St. Louis NORC gathers to enjoy a dinner out together at Crushed Red, 11635 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur.  Socialize from 5:30-6 p.m., dinner at 6. Pay on your own.  Open to the community but RSVPs required to Joan at 314-442-3834.

Live streaming presentation at Congregation Shaare Emeth

Join Congregation Shaare Emeth at 7 p.m. for a viewing of a live streaming event from New York’s 92nd Street Y, where Rabbis Harold S. Kushner and Rachel Cowan will discuss “Living Well, Aging Well.” At the Shaare Emeth viewing, Rabbi Andrea Goldstein will give an introduction, followed by the live-streamed program and a wine and cheese nosh.  Guests will be able to submit questions to New York for the Q&A portion of the program. At the end of the evening, hear about Wise Aging, a new program at Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Rd.  RSVPs appreciated but not required. For more information, contact Debbie Bram: [email protected] or 314-692-5345. 

NHBZ KidZone Night in the Sukkah 

Children can enjoy and evening of fun arts and crafts at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion’s Kidzone Night in the Sukkah. From 6 to 7:30 p.m., kids will make edible Torahs, as well as Torahs they can carry for upcoming Simchat Torah festivities. Snacks will also be served. NHBZ is located at 650 N. Price Rd. in Olivette. For more information, please contact Cheryl Mantinband at [email protected]  

Wednesday, Sept. 30 & Thursday, Oct. 1  

Nishmah Salon on transition and loss

The next Nishmah Salon series will focus on transition and loss, exploring Jewish rituals related to mourning and the messages they convey. Articles for discussion will be shared upon registration. The suggested donation for each salon is $15 ($5 suggested donation for young adults and students). Register online at or contact Director Sara Winkelman at [email protected] or 314-442-3268. All Salons will discuss the same articles; participants should choose the time that works best for them:

• Wednesday Sept. 30 — 7:30-9 p.m. facilitated by Nava Kantor in the sukkah at Next Dor, 5062 Waterman Boulevard

• Wednesday Sept. 30, 12:30 to 2 p.m., facilitated by Sara Winkelman in a sukkah at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur; guests are encouraged to bring a bag lunch

• Thursday, Oct. 1, 7:30 to 9 p.m., facilitated by Sue Lapp in a private sukkah in Clayton

• Thursday, Oct. 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m., facilitated by Rabbi Roxanne Shapiro at the United Hebrew sukkah

Private locations will be disclosed upon registration.  

Thursday, Oct. 1 & 8 

iPad use for beginners

The St. Louis NORC will hold “iPad Use for Beginners” a two-session class on learning to use the iPad, led by NORC volunteer Richard Walker, from 1 to 3 p.m. Space is limited.  Participants are to bring an iPad to the sessions, held at The Gathering Place at the Jewish Community Center. Open to the community but RSVPs required to Laura at 314-442-3255.

Saturday, Oct. 3 

Paint the sukkah pink with Sharsheret

Join Sharsheret for wine and dessert and help raise breast cancer awareness, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Nusach Hari Bnai Zion. For more information, contact Michelle Mufson at 314-458-2269 or Ann Fingerhood, 314-442-3266. Guests are asked to wear pink.

Monday, Oct. 5

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion holds Simchat Torah free spaghetti dinner 

Celebrate Simchat Torah at NHBZ with its annual free spaghetti Dinner. The evening begins with the parade of Torahs at 7 p.m. Children are invited to participate in the festivities. Dinner is at 8 p.m. RSVPs are encouraged by calling Sandie at 314-991-2100, ext. 2. 

Wednesday, Oct. 7   

St. Louis NORC presentation 

Rick Williams of Ladue Pharmacy will discuss “Medicare Part D – Open Enrollment,” offering important considerations as people choose their medication plan for 2016. The St. Louis NORC  event will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center.  Free but RSVP required to Laura at 314-442-3255. Space is limited.  

Crown Center trip to urban farm 

Crown Center is partnering with Gateway Greening for their Sweet Potato Challenge.  Join Crown Center at 9:30 a.m. for a bus trip to tour the school garden at Mallinckrodt Academy for their sweet potato harvest. The group will also stop by the Gateway Greening’s City Seeds Urban Farm for a brief visit to see the 2.5-acre urban farm. Free, but RSVP required to 314-991-2055. 

Wednesday, Oct. 7 & 14  

Cardiology Coffee Talk 

Washington University Cardiology and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital invite the public to attend two Cardiology Coffee Talk events, both from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Heart and Vascular Center on the Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital campus (Medical Office Building 3), 1020 N. Mason Rd. in Creve Coeur. On Oct. 7, Dr. Lynne Seacord will discuss what’s new in cholesterol medications. On Oct. 14, Dr. David Brown speaks about the value of a healthy lifestyle in preventing heart disease. Guests at the event will also have the chance to have questions answered by top cardiology physicians and nurses, learn fitness tips from an exercise specialist and participate in a heart-healthy recipe demonstration with a registered dietitian. RSVP requested at: For more information, or to register over the phone: 314-542-WEST. 

Wednesdays, Oct. 7 & 21  

Crown Center Yiddish Group 

Join the Crown Center Yiddish Group at 9:30 a.m. if you enjoy speaking, listening or learning Yiddish. Our group includes David Levine as facilitator, residents of Crown Center and participants from the community. Call 314-991-2055 for more information.  

Thursday, Oct. 8   

Crown Center Trip to Chandler Hill Vineyards & Lunch

 At 10:30 a.m., join us for a trip to Chandler Hill, a vineyard idyllically situated on a hilltop at the entrance to Missouri wine country. From the tasting room to their deck overlooking the vineyards, Chandler Hill is an enchanting year-round destination unlike any other. Then treat yourself to lunch with friends. There is a $5 fee for the bus.  RSVP to 314-991-2055.  

Wii Night in the NORC Kickoff Party 

Enjoy Wii video games with NORC neighbors and learn to bowl, golf and more during this new monthly program. Refreshments served. The event takes place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place at the Jewish Community Center.    

Saturday, Oct. 10  

Friends of Poetry at Kol Rinah: A Poetry Café  

Join Kol Rinah for an evening of poetry, music, and refreshments, beginning at 7 p.m. A Havdalah service will be held, followed by social time and beverages, leading into poetry reading. The event takes place at Kol Rinah, 829 N. Hanley Rd. For questions, call Mary Berger at 314-458-1256.   

Kol Rinah presents talk on human trafficking 

On Saturday, Oct. 10, Kol Rinah will welcome Amanda Colegrove, organizer for the Coalition Against Trafficking & Exploitation, for a discussion on human trafficking. Her talk will take place at 12:30 p.m., following kiddush.  The talk will include what trafficking looks like nationally and St. Louis, “red flags” or indicators of human trafficking, and what the public can do about it. The public is welcome to attend. Colegrove will also give the week’s sermon on Oct. 10. Following Shabbat services and a kiddush lunch, she will lead a Q&A session that will last about 45 minutes. The program is free and open to the public. Contact Marjorie Feldman at Kol Rinah for more information at 314-727-1747. Kol Rinah is located at 829 N. Hanley in University City.

Sunday, Oct. 11

Witnessing Whiteness book and dialogue group at Bais Abraham

Bais Abraham Congregation has partnered with University United Methodist Church and YWCA of St. Louis for the Witnessing Whiteness book and dialogue group. The group is designed to assist people that identify as white with understanding racism, white privilege and white supremacy in America. This group will follow the book “Witnessing Whiteness”; advance purchase of the book is recommended. There is no cost for the program. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Alice Thomas, 314-683-8333 or [email protected] The group will meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Bais Abraham, 6910 Delmar Blvd. Meetings will take place on alternating Sundays until Feb. 21.  

Thursday, Oct. 15  

B’nai B’rith Institute presents White House correspondent Peter Maer 

Veteran White House correspondent Peter Maer will be the guest of the B’nai B’rith Institute at 7 p.m. at the JCC Staenberg Family Complex. Maer will draw on nearly 40 years spent on journalism’s premier beat to offer a unique account of presidential coverage – including intriguing accounts of his singular Jewish experiences with U.S. Presidents from Jimmy Carter through Barack Obama. He was among those evacuated from the White House on Sept. 11, 2001, and then a member of the CBS News team honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Maer is a Granite City native and graduate of SIU-Edwardsville. This program of the B’nai B’rith Institute is open to the community. Tickets are $10, and are on sale at or by phone at 314-442-3190.


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.