St. Louis Events Community Calendar

HMLC marks Tish B'Av

Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust, an award-winning documentary commemorating Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the month of Av, a traditional day of mourning), will be presented at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, in the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center Theater, Federation Kopolow Building. Rabbi Ze’ev Smason of Nusach Hari – B’nai Zion Congregation will lead a discussion following the screening. The program is free and open to the public. For information, call 314-442-3714.

Library focuses on Jewish lit

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The University City Public Library will host a free reading and discussion series called “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature — Identity and Imagination.” The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka will be discussed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9. Programs will be held at the University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar Blvd., in University City. For details or to register, please visit www.ucpl.lib.mo.us or contact Patrick Wall at 314-727-3150 or at [email protected]

Help needed for picnic

Volunteers are needed at Spanish Lake Park in north St. Louis County off Bellefontaine Road, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 20 to help at the picnic for the 2,001 families that were evacuated to St. Louis after Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers will be asked to sign up for two-hour periods. To volunteer call Sheila at Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel, 314-725-6230.

Judaism class to be offered

The Midwest Council, Union for Reform Judaism, and the Association of Reform Rabbis of Greater St. Louis will offer an Introduction to Judaism class from 7-9 p.m. each Tuesday beginning Sept. 5 and ending Dec. 19. The class will meet at Reform congregations. In addition, a one-day, seven-hour Hebrew Marathon will be held on Sunday, Aug. 27 to provide basic Hebrew reading skills. The cost is $210 per person or $235 per couple for members of local congregations and $260 per person or $285 per couple for non-members. For information or to register contact Amy Ogle at 314-997-7566, go to [email protected] or ask a local Reform rabbi.

JCC offers workshop

The Helene Mirowitz Department of Jewish Community Life at the Jewish Community Center will offer The Aleph Bet of Marriage: Journeying Toward Commitment, a workshop for newlyweds and engaged couples. Class will meet 7-8:30 p.m. on seven Tuesdays, Sept. 5 to Oct. 17, at the JCC Carlyn H. Wohl Building To register or for more information contact Rabbi Brad Horwitz at 314-442-3271 or [email protected]