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New vaccination clinic to open at Shaare Emeth on April 25

New vaccination clinic to open at Shaare Emeth on April 25

Jordan Palmer April 16, 2021

A new mass COVID-19 vaccination site is gearing up to open April 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a Reform temple in Creve Coeur. Today, Congregation Shaare Emeth announced it was teaming up the St. Louis County Health Department, and the Creve Coeur fire...

Summer camp

Still hunting for a summer day camp for your kids? Here are some options to consider.

By Elyse Picker, Special to the Jewish Light April 14, 2021

Spring is here and summer is fast approaching; with that, a longing and readiness to return to some degree of “regular” life. For many parents, that means making plans for summer camp and fortunately, St. Louis offers a multitude of options for just...

Rabbi Lori Levine

Lifting our children, as on wings of eagles

BY RABBI LORI LEVINE February 4, 2021

In this week’s Torah portion, Yitro, we encounter one of the most epic moments in the Torah.At the foot of Mount Sinai, accompanied by thunder and lightning, the newly freed Israelites enter into a new covenant with their Redeemer. They hear the Ten...

Rabbi Rachel Bearman

Torah gives us role models to be righteous upstanders

BY RABBI RACHEL K. BEARMAN January 7, 2021

After I graduated from college, I spent a year working for Facing History and Ourselves, an international organization whose mission is to use lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate.One of Facing History’s...

TOP ROW FROM LEFT: Rabbi Hershey Novack, Debbie Bram, Maxine Weil, Mark Morgan and Erin Wolfman May. BOTTOM ROW: Alyssa Banford, Anita Kraus, Ashley Stockman, Diana Matthis and Bonnie Solomon.  

JProStl’s Annual Recognition event takes place online Jan. 28

December 31, 2020

Nine professionals have been chosen as honorees for the Annual JProStl Recognition Event, which will take place Thursday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. online. The theme of the program is “Seeing the Silver Lining.” JProStl, an initiative of the Jewish...

Rabbi Lori Levine

Life and death live in the power of words

RABBI LORI LEVINE October 15, 2020

The natural desire to make meaning of our world caused human beings to develop hundreds of origin stories, each unique to the culture and people who created them.The Babylonian origin story describes a world that emerged out of utter chaos, with the gods...

Andy Cohen

Shaare Emeth fundraiser will feature Andy Cohen

October 8, 2020

One of St. Louis’ most beloved entertainers will join Congregation Shaare Emeth for its biggest fundraiser of the year.Andy Cohen, whose rise to TV stardom began right here in St. Louis, will appear as the featured entertainer for Congregation Shaare...

Congregation Shaare Emeth offered free drive-through notary services in advance of the primary election in August. The congregation is again offering the service on eight days in October in advance of the Nov. 3 election. 

CRC, Shaare Emeth offer notary services for absentee ballots

September 30, 2020

Volunteer notaries at Central Reform Congregation and Congregation Shaare Emeth will mask up once again to welcome anyone, free of charge, who needs their Missouri ballot notarized in advance of the Nov. 3 election. Notarization is required for most ballots...

Rabbi Rachel Bearman

Shaare Emeth welcomes new associate rabbi

BY KATE ROBBINS, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT July 24, 2020

Rabbi Rachel Bearman has joined Congregation Shaare Emeth as the temple’s new associate rabbi.  Bearman started at Shaare Emeth on July 7. She previously served for six years as the sole rabbi at B’nai Chaim, a small reform congregation in Georgetown,...

Tracy Speller

Volunteer sews masks for congregation’s preschool

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light July 10, 2020

Parents at Jewish preschools in the St. Louis area are engaged in their kids’ development and education, so it’s no surprise that they’ve offered a hand when the congregations need a bit of help.At B’nai Amoona, a congregation member helped get...

Staff members at The Nest at Central Reform Congregation: Maxine Weil (director of congregational learning), Carly Palans, Gracie Devasto, Tristyn Morrell, Teona Keys and Sally Brown (director).

Jewish preschools reopen with strict protocols, fewer pupils

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT July 10, 2020

On the last day of June at 5 p.m., a vacuum cleaner whirred in a hallway at the Nest Early Childhood Education Center at Central Reform Congregation. Maxine Weil, director of congregational learning, recognized the sound.“You hear that?” Weil asked....

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose

Jewish groups explore when, how to reopen

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR May 21, 2020

Rabbi Carnie Rose has thought about what summer camp at Congregation B’nai Amoona with no singing would sound like. Some public health officials say that the projection that comes with singing could spray the coronavirus further than normal speech...

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