Kol Rinah’s adult education weekend with Howard Schwartz

Kol Rinah’s Adult Education Committee is hosting a weekend of Jewish legends and storytelling, Nov. 22-23.  

At 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, the event begins with Kabbalat Shabbat and a buffet dinner at 7, followed by “Storytelling of the Rabbis,” a special presentation by author Howard Schwartz at 7:45. The lecture traces Jewish legends from their earliest beginnings to later literature, demonstrating how the ancient rabbis re-imagined the biblical stories and created new ones of their own. 

RSVPs for the dinner (adults are $15, children under 12 are $12) must be made by Nov. 18 by calling Kol Rinah 314-727-1747. There is no charge for the evening storytelling program.  

On Nov. 23, Kol Rinah will host Shabbat and a kiddush lunch. Following will be a learning session with Schwartz on “How the Ari Created a Myth and Transformed Judaism,” exploring tikkun olam, and how this concept is rooted in the last great myth infused into Jewish tradition, the creation of the renowned 16th-century Jewish mystic, Rabbi Isaac Luria of Safed, known as the Ari. The event is free of charge. 

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The events will be held at Kol Rinah, 829 N. Hanley Road in University City.  For more information visit www.kolrinahstl.org or call 314-727-1747.