UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Nishmah to hold women's Passover celebration

Nishmah, the St. Louis Jewish Women’s Project, will hold its second annual Passover celebration on Mar. 25 at the Crowne Plaza in Clayton.

“Join the Journey…A Nishmah Passover” will begin at 3 p.m. with a marketplace where kosher gourmet appetizers will be served.

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The program will start at 5 p.m. and conclude before 8 p.m.

Mediterranean salads and desserts will be served during the program.

The music of Yachad — the Traveling Tefillah Band — will be part of the event.

The cost is $50 per person which includes a copy of the Nishmah Passover Journey Guidebook. Scholarships are available upon request.

For more information call Ronit Sherwin at Nishmah at 314-862-2777.

PJ Storytime event planned at Saul Brodsky Library

Children ages 3-9 and their parents and grandparents are invited to celebrate Passover at PJ Storytime on Tuesday, Mar. 27 at 6:45 p.m., at the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library, 12 Millstone Campus Dr., Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas to this evening celebration which will feature crafts and stories of Passover by library director Barbara Raznick. There is no charge for PJ Storytime, but reservations are required by Monday, Mar. 26, by calling the Brodsky Library, 314-442-3720 or email [email protected]

Temple Israel’s Sisterhood sponsors mitzvah project

Congregation Temple Israel’s Sisterhood will be collecting Passover items such as: matzo, matzo meal, macaroons, gefilte fish (cans) or anything else kosher for Passover until Monday, Mar. 26. That evening the Sisterhood will put together Passover baskets for the Jewish Food Pantry. For further information, please call Susan Stiefel 314-432-1341.

Community prepares for Holocaust remembrance

Child victims of the Holocaust, will be remembered at the St. Louis community commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on Sunday, April 15, at 4 p.m. at Congregation Shaare Emeth. The event is sponsored by the Gloria M. Goldstein Holocaust Museum & Learning Center. “Remember the Children” will feature St. Louis survivors who will share memories of their own childhoods and of their siblings who perished. Musicians from the St. Louis Symphony will perform as well as cantors from various congregations. Before and after the service, B’nai B’rith St. Louis will coordinate “Unto Every Person There is A Name,” an international program in which names of child-victims will be read aloud continuously. For information, contact the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center at 314-442-3714.

‘Shanghai Ghetto’ to screen at Holocaust Museum

The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center’s monthly free film series will feature Shanghai Ghetto on Sunday, Mar. 25, at 2 p.m., at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building. Narrated by Academy Award winner Martin Landau, this documentary records the story of thousands of Jews who, in the late 1930s, sought refuge in Japanese-controlled Shanghai. Rudy Oppenheim, HMLC survivor-speaker and docent, whose family escaped from Germany to Shanghai before emigrating to the United States, will introduce the film. He’ll also facilitate a discussion after the screening. Reservations are not required. The 2007 Film Series is generously sponsored by Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg. For additional information, call 314-442-3714.

Event will look at Shoah response

The department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and the Program in Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies at Washington University will cosponsor a lecture on the Jewish response to the Holocaust as it was occurring. The free lecture, “1943: The Jewish World at Ground Zero,” will be presented by David G. Roskies, on Thursday, Mar. 29, 2007, at 8 p.m., in McDonnell Hall, Room 162 on Washington University’s Danforth Campus.

Prof. Roskies is the Sol and Evelyn Henkind Chair in Yiddish Literature and Culture and professor of Jewish literature at Jewish Theological Seminary.

Prof. Roskies is also the 2006-07 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Prof. Roskies’s talk will explain how contrary to popular belief, the Jewish world was not silent during the Holocaust.

For addtional information regarding this upcoming community event, especially about parking, call 314-935-8567.

Kol Am to host program on Israeli politics

The community is invited to attend a special program on “Recent Internal Developments in Israeli Politics” at Congregation Kol Am on Friday, Mar. 30. Guest speaker will be Prof. David Nachmias, Schusterman Visiting Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis. Prof. Nachmias will speak immediately following a 7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat service. Congregation Kol Am is located at 1023 Chesterfield Parkway East.

Nachmias is Professor of Government at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel. His research areas include public administration and policy. He was formerly the Rumulo Betancourt Professor of Politial Science and Director of the Public Policy Program at Tel Aviv University. He also served as Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Urban Research Center at the University of Wisconsin. Nachmias has been a visiting professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of 12 books and has published numerous articles. He was awarded the Fulbright Senior Scholarship twice and received the Donald Campbell Award. Nachmias received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oregon.

For more information, contact 636-519-0082 or [email protected]obal.net.

Council to hold first meeting at BSKI

The St. Louis Rabbinical Employment Council will hold its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 27, at 9:30 a.m. in the Founders Room of Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel, located at 1107 Linden Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63117. The mission of the council will be to create a broad-based employment network and support system for unemployed and underemployed members of the Jewish community. The project will be administered by MERS/Goodwill under a grant from the Mildred, Herbert and Julius Simon Foundation. All St. Louis area rabbis are cordially invited to attend. Those who have not done so should RSVP by Tuesday, Mar. 20, to Johni Siegel at 314-647-5533, ext. 115, or [email protected]

Steiner to host kosher dinner

Israeli Chef Boaz Steiner will host a Pre-Pesach kosher dinner for the entire community, Sunday, April 1, at 5 p.m. at Traditional Congregation, 12437 Ladue Road. The event will be buffet style with seating for up to 150 patrons. The food will be prepared by Steiner, a well-known Israeli chef who has prepared meals for corporations, hotels and individuals worldwide. It is under the strict supervision of the Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis.

The event is non-promotional and non-sponsored. It is casual dining and will feature meat and vegetarian based pastas, salads, rolls, and desserts. Hot and cold beverages will also be available. The cost for the buffet is $16 for adults, and $10 for children, age four to ten. A take-out option for everyone’s frenzied Pre-Pesach Shabbat on Mar. 30, 2007 will also be available. Shabbat dinner pick-ups can be made between 10 a.m. and noon on that day. The cost for the take-out will be $14 per person.

“St. Louis has limited options for Kosher meals, so this is a great alternative especially so close to Pesach,” said Rabbi Zvi Zuravin, Executive Director of the Vaad Hoeir.

Reservations must be made in advance. Payment can be by cash, check or credit card. All reservations for both the buffet and take-out must be made by Mar. 26 by contacting Traditional Congregation during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, at 314-576-5230. No walk-ins will be accepted. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to assist families in Northern Israel.

NA’AMAT offers flower delivery

NA’AMAT is offering a special flower delivery service for Passover. Flowers will be delivered Monday, April 2, before sundown.

Donation $25 each bouquet. Checks should be made payable to NA’AMAT USA and are to be mailed to the NA’AMAT office, 9369 Olive Blvd., #15, St. Louis, MO, 63132, and must be received by Mar. 26. For more information call the NA’AMAT office at 314-993-3033.