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Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh: Embrace the music and the dance of faith

RABBI ELIZABETH HERSH January 13, 2022

What inspires you? How are you empowered? The Torah portion Beshalach teaches us about the importance of faith, patience and action. We read about the importance of keeping our word and the importance of singing and dancing. There are moments we find...

The new Kol Rinah building in Clayton is nearing completion.

Are we, like Joseph’s brothers, strong, weak or as we are?

RABBI NOAH ARNOW December 10, 2021

Are Jews strong or weak, powerful or oppressed? The answer, of course, is, yes. Israel, the Jewish state, is a nuclear power and, although small, has the strongest military in the Middle East.  And in so many ways, Jews are a strong, proud presence...

Josephs coat, modesty and restraint

Joseph’s coat, modesty and restraint

RABBI CARNIE SHALOM ROSE November 25, 2021

“Now Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age. Thus he had made for him an ornamented, multicolored tunic.”  (Genesis 37:3) I have to admit that I have always been intrigued by Joseph’s famous coat...

Portrait of Rabbi Josef Davidson

D’var Torah: What isn’t perfect is still good enough for the world

RABBI JOSEF DAVIDSON September 30, 2021

There is a popular saying: Beginnings are difficult. It holds true whether it is beginning an article for the paper, a new position in one’s vocation, a new school in one’s education, a new relationship or a new year. Beginnings are awkward,...

Clockwise from top left: Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh, Rabbi Rachel Bearman, Rabbi Amy Feder and Rabbi Michael Alper

Reform rabbis from St. Louis congregations lead intro to Judaism course

September 28, 2021

Temple Emanuel is hosting an introduction to Judaism course from Oct. 5 to Jan. 25.  Classes will be taught virtually on Zoom. There is no tuition fee for the course.   Students are asked to purchase the book, “Honoring Tradition, Embracing Modernity:...

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh named a founding member of Melton Rabbinic Council

September 14, 2021

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh of Temple Emanuel has become one of the founding members of the Melton Rabbinic Council. The Melton Rabbinic Council will serve as a sounding board for major Melton ideas, directions and future initiatives. Melton is the largest...

Central Reform Congregation. Photo: Bill Motchan

Rabbi Karen Kriger Bogard: This is not the time to sweat the small stuff

RABBI KAREN KRIGER BOGARD September 2, 2021

This week, we read from Parshah Nitzavim, the same parshah we read on Yom Kippur morning. We are near the end of the book of Deuteronomy, as well as the death of Moshe rabbeinu, Moses our teacher. Even though the end of the Torah is near, Moses continues...

St. Louis faith leaders encouraging worshippers to get vaccinated

St. Louis faith leaders encouraging worshippers to get vaccinated

Jordan Palmer August 28, 2021

St. Louis area faith leaders— including Rabbi Amy Feder, Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel and President of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association—are joining together to encourage vaccination among St. Louis area worshippers. In an approximately...

Rabbi Carnie Rose: We are nearing the season of introspection, accountability

Rabbi Carnie Rose: We are nearing the season of introspection, accountability

RABBI CARNIE SHALOM ROSE August 26, 2021

Each year, as we reread the powerful words of the Book of Deuteronomy in our synagogues, I can’t help but notice how germane its wise teachings are to the season in which we find ourselves: the Days of Awe, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which we will...

Central Reform Congregation. Photo: Bill Motchan

Rabbi James Stone Goodman: Justice and righteousness meet myth and rationality

Rabbi James Stone Goodman August 12, 2021

Justice is elusive. We learn this from this week’s Torah portion,  the famous tzedek tzedek — justice reiterated and pursued (Deuteronomy 16:20) — a reminder that justice, true justice, transformative justice, necessary justice, requires us to...

Temple Emanuel

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh: Creating a moral community is our choice

RABBI ELIZABETH HERSH August 5, 2021

From “Stories for Public Speakers,” compiled and edited by Morris Mandel: “A man was marooned on an island for years. One day, he saw a ship in the distance and signaled to it. A boat was sent out to him. As the boat approached the shore...

In August 2019, Rabbi Lane Steinger is flanked by Michelle, Esther and  Joel Weltman at Temple Israel in Godfrey, Ill. during a Friday night Shabbat service. 

Readings for a deeper dive into Deuteronomy verse

RABBI LANE STEINGER July 29, 2021

Whenever I start to study this week’s Torah Portion, Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25, I am drawn to one particular verse. It is Deuteronomy 8:10, the context of which refers to the bounty of the Promised Land and the food it will provide. The verse states:...

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