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Rabbi Noah Arnow

Reading the scroll of Esther: Hope or warning?

By Rabbi Noah Arnow March 5, 2020

Is  every mitzvah, every commandment equally important?  In some sense, of course — if we understand God as the source of mitzvot, commandments, then every mitzvah is an equal opportunity to obey or disobey God and God’s will for us.  And plus,...

Rabbi Noah Arnow of Kol Rinah (at left) and Pastor Carlos Smith of the Journey church recently took part in an eight-day trip to Israel designed to build connections between rabbis and African-American Christian clergy. 

Local clergy become brothers of the cloth in Israel

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer November 23, 2018

Pastor Carlos Smith of the Journey church said he and Rabbi Noah Arnow did not get much sleep during a recent trip to Israel.It wasn’t jet lag or that the beds in the hotel rooms they shared were uncomfortable. Rather, it was because the two St. Louis...

Rabbi Noah Arnow serves Kol Rinah and is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association.

We all have sacred skills (beyond goat spinning)

BY RABBI NOAH ARNOW March 7, 2018

How do you spin a goat?  What would it even mean to “spin a goat?”  Why would one want to spin a goat?  Yet in describing all the work that the Israelites did to build the tabernacle, the Torah says, “All the women whose hearts inspired them...

St. Louis Rabbinical Association selects new officers

July 27, 2017

The St. Louis Rabbinical Association (SLRA) has elected Rabbi Noah Arnow as its new president. Arnow serves as the Senior Rabbi at Kol Rinah.  Other officers elected by the rabbis for the 2017-2018 year were Rabbi Roxanne Shapiro of United Hebrew Congregation...

Rabbi Noah Arnow serves Kol Rinah and is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association.

Fulfill vows with actions, not words

By Rabbi Noah Arnow July 20, 2017

I was a little proud, and a little embarrassed, too, when I realized they had given me the hard part.  I was 18. It was the summer between high school and college, and I was in Jerusalem studying for a month at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies....

At the September 2015 signing of the building exchange are (from left) Kol Rinah Rabbi Noah Arnow, Kol Rinah President Mitch Shenker,  The Journey Lead Pastor Jeremy Irwin, and The Journey Director of Operations Mike Duncan.

Kol Rinah votes to move forward with building swap

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer March 22, 2017

More than one year after the Conservative congregation Kol Rinah agreed to swap buildings with a church in Clayton, the synagogue board voted that the new building is suitable for a move.The congregation will relocate from 829 N. Hanley Road in University...

Rabbi Noah Arnow serves Kol Rinah.

Got to keep it separated

By Rabbi Noah Arnow September 15, 2016

Ok, I’m going to come out and say it. I hope no one will think less of me.  Here goes.  I don’t like fruit salad.  I don’t like how all the fruits get mixed up and taste generically fruity.  I like my fruits individuated. I like my apples to...

Rabbi Scott Shafrin

New Kol Rinah assistant rabbi will focus on education

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light May 4, 2016

Kol Rinah has hired an assistant rabbi who will join its shul this summer.“The Jewish community has been so friendly and incredibly welcoming, embracing my family and some of the ideas I have for the synagogue community,” Rabbi Scott Shafrin said....

Rabbi Noah Arnow of Kol Rinah leads a ceremony on Sunday to say farewell to the Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel building at 1107 E. Linden Ave. in Richmond Heights. In 2013, BSKI and Shaare Zedek merged to form Kol Rinah.  For more photos, visit stljewishlight.com/multimedia. Photos: Andrew Kerman

BSKI’s farewell is marked by poignant memories of synagogue building

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light April 7, 2016

Between the boarded-up windows, the space heater fighting a bit of a chill in the sanctuary and the periodic beep of a nearby smoke alarm’s dying battery, it was easy to see that life was winding down for the building at 1107 E. Linden Ave. in Richmond...

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