Shaare Emeth plans scholar-in-residence weekend with Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence Program presents Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg during “A Path to an Open Heart” from Sept. 19 to 21 at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road in Creve Coeur.

Peltz Weinberg is a Reconstructionist rabbi, educator, poet and nationally recognized pioneer in the field of Jewish mindfulness practice. A co-founder of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, she has taught mindfulness meditation, yoga and Hasidic literature to hundreds of rabbis, cantors and lay leaders. She also serves as a spiritual director to students at Hebrew Union College in New York and co-directs of the Jewish Mindfulness Teachers’ Training program, where Shaare Emeth’s Rabbi Andrea Goldstein has been training.

Peltz Weinberg has written extensively on a variety of subjects including Jewish spirituality, social justice, feminism and parenting. 

The weekend of events with Peltz Weinberg starts on Friday, Sept. 19 with Kabbalat Shabbat Services and the Tikkun Middot Project. Nosh begins at 5:15 p.m., Service begins at 6 p.m. Peltz Weinberg will discuss hitlamdut (self study), the first middah in Shaare Emeth’s Tikkun Middot Project.

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On Saturday, Sept. 20, Shabbat Morning Services (continental breakfast at 9 a.m., service at 9:30 a.m.) will include study, music, meditation and prayer. The second program of the day is “The Path to Mindful Parenting” (lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., program at 12:15 p.m.), a discussion of how Jewish spiritual and mindfulness practices can help parents. At the same time, children will be invited to an age-appropriate program with Debbie Bram, Shaare Emeth’s Director of Jewish Life and Learning, and Karen Lucy, Director of Early Childhood Engagement. The cost for lunch is $7.50 for adults and $3 for children age 6 and younger (maximum of $20 per family). RSVP and pay for lunch to Hannah Dayan, 314-692-5321. 

Saturday evening, Peltz Weinberg presents “The Path to Forgiveness,” beginning at 7:45 p.m., about ways to open our minds and hearts to new meanings of forgiveness.

Later that night, the community is invited to a Selichot Reception and Services (dessert Reception beginning at 9:15 p.m. and service at 10 p.m.), one of Shaare Emeth’s most beautiful and meaningful services of the year, led by Shaare Emeth clergy with a special meditation offered by Peltz Weinberg.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, Peltz Weinberg discusses “Jewish Mindfulness” (continental breakfast begins at 9 a.m., program from 9:30-10:45 a.m.), introducing some of the authentic mindfulness practices found within Judaism. Books will be available for sale.

For a printable schedule of events, visit

The Scholar-in-Residence Weekend is made possible through Shaare Emeth’s Fred and Elsie Deutsch Endowment Fund and supported by Roberta and Jim Deutsch, Judy and Larry Deutsch and their families.