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BSKI, Shaare Zedek move forward in planning vote on possible merger By David Baugher Special to the Jewish Light

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Later this month, two local congregations will take a final vote on whether or not to initiate the first St. Louis County synagogue merger in half a dozen years. Congregants at Brith Shalom Kneseth Israel and Shaare Zedek Synagogue will cast ballots on the proposed joining Sunday, Sept. 23 after a joint meeting of the membership. The final vote, which requires simple majorities from both congregations for passage, will take place with each group gathering in separate rooms. “Shaare Zedek and BSKI have completed seven months of in-

depth planning, analysis and conclusions regarding the value and viability of a merger between the two congregations,” read an email from Mitchell Shenker, president of the former institution. He said the email, which came in response to a request for comment from the Jewish Light, also represented information from Sue Cort, his counterpart at BSKI. The move also was announced by Cort in BSKI’s monthly newsletter. It is the culmination of months of merger conversations that restarted in February after a previous spate of discussions broke down nearly two years ago. The issue has been on the table between the two

Conservative congregations since at least 2009. A vote scheduled for last month was postponed while both institutions examined technical legal issues related to their having been incorporated under different Missouri statutes. The message from Shenker stressed that both congregations had engaged in an extensive two-year fact-finding effort, which resulted in an endorsement of the joint steering committee’s findings by synagogue leadership. Members were given the chance to ask questions and make comments at various “town hall” and “parlor” meetings.

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Index ChaiLights..............................36 Classifieds .............................37 Dining....................................34 D’var Torah.............................11 Features........................... 12-14 Jewish Lite.............................34 Nation/world news.............. 6-8 News & Schmooze...................2 Obituaries..............................39 Opinions.......................... 10-11

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Bonnie Solomon (right) talks with Dr. Miggie Greenberg, wife of new Jewish Federation President and CEO Andrew Rehfeld during Federation’s 111th annual meeting, held last week at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex. Rehfeld outlined his vision for Jewish Federation during the meeting. Read full story on page 3. Photo: Yana Hotter

B’nai El to put its property up for sale By Repps Hudson Special to the Jewish Light

B’nai El, a Reform congregation that proudly traces its roots back 160 years to 1852 when two downtown congregations were combined, is putting its property in Creve Coeur up for sale. Congregation president Amye Carrigan said that deciding what the members will do and where they will go is under way, but congregation leaders have set no specific timeline for the actions it may take. Today, the congregation numbers about 150 families. Realizing that the B’nai El building of 28,500 square feet on six acres at 11411 North 40 Drive has become too large for the congregants has been a difficult and emotional for many, Carrigan said. The structure was built in 1965 to hold 800 families, she said. Even when the congregation moved in from its fourth location at Delmar Blvd. and Clara Ave. in St. Louis city, it had considerably fewer families at about 600. The trend since has been downward. “We hoped and dreamed it could be 800,” said Craig Roth, who was president in 2001 and in 2009 and 2010. “Many congregations are faced with the same issues.” Still, the congregation is taking its time as it moves into its next phase. “This is not a fire sale,” said Carrigan. “It’s a deliberate process.” To that end, the board hired Rabbi Scott Saulson of Atlanta earlier this year as interim rabbi to guide the process. He has been meeting with members of the congregation in focus groups and has made an effort to be in touch with all the congregants to learn more about what they want to do and how they might want B’nai El to evolve.

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OhR CHADASH TEEN PAGE Check out the first Ohr Chadash Teen Page of the 2012-2013 school year on pages 1819 of this week’s edition. The teen page is published on the second week of each month during the school year.

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Semester in Israel offers students a new perspective Editor-in-Chief Sarah Allen Executive Editor Mia Kweskin Managing Editor Kyla Gersten Associate Editor Haley Abramson People Editor Sarah Cohen A&E Editor Lily Siwak Staff Adam Bautz Elizabeth Berson Sammy Chervitz Annie Cohen Marlee Cox Rebecca Handler Jason Kaplan Larisa Koyen Abigail Miller Jennifer Rubin Danielle Serota Hannah Snidman Stephen Yoffie Co-Chairs Peggy Kaplan Elizabeth Tucker Advisors Bob Cohn Ellen Futterman Funding for Ohr Chadash generously provided by Michael and Carol Staenberg and the Staenberg Family Foundation, the Kranzberg Family Foundation and the St. Louis Jewish Light Publisher’s Society.

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“is Judaism a religion or culture?” Zoe Wolkowitz, a senior at Parkway central high School, was often asked this question during her four and-a-half month stay in israel last spring. her answer? “Both,” Zoe said. “it’s something you just have to experience. … Jews are unique in the way derived from our religion. (We are) a unique culture of traditions and values, ones you can’t find anywhere else.” Zoe enrolled in the northAmerican Federation of Temple Youth (nFTY) eisendrath international exchange, a program that enables reform Jewish high school students to study abroad for a semester. The goal is to develop a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the history and culture of israel. “i didn’t know anyone going into the program,” she said. “But i came out with 67 new friends.” Alongside these students, Zoe lived in Kibbutz Tzubah, about 10 minutes from Jerusalem. Within the kibbutz, students enrolled in general academic classes, along with mandatory courses in hebrew and Jewish history. “You get more credits through the program than you would at home, plus i barely had school,” Zoe said. “it was a win-win for me because it raised my gPA without doing as much work as i would have at home.”

“it was amazing,” Zoe said of the week in Poland. “To be there and actually learn about it… you’re not just talking about stuff, you’re actually going to see it.” having visited israel several times before, Zoe had realistic expectations about what life in israel might be like. Still, lifestyle differences were apparent. “Security was pretty intense,” she said. “For instance, just going into a mall you had to go through a metal detector. Also, everyone in israel carries guns, so it’s normal to be walking down the street seeing someone with an M-16 on their back.” Zoe also noticed more subtle differences between israeli culZoe Wolkowitz ture and the lifestyle she was accustom to at home—differences (above photo, less obvious than pedestrians center) is picpacking heavy artillery. “israeli culture is just so much tured during different than here or anywhere an IdF training course and else because everyone is connected to a common cause— during a hike religion,” she said. “Where in (left photo, in America the first priority is money, in israel it’s family and comred) in southern Israel. Zoe munity.” of course, not everyone in isparticipated in rael is ultra-orthodox, following a nFTY study every law and commandment abroad and devoting every waking hour to studying Torah. in fact, acprogram. cording to Zoe, “a large portion of israeli society is secular.” Although she spent little time in a convention“i am definitely not religious, al classroom, Zoe learned invaluable lessons dur- so i thought i wouldn’t fit in,” she said. “[But] ing frequent day- and week-long excursions “all school-wise, everyone could choose to be as reover israel and Poland.” Students experienced ligious as they wanted. They had opportunities israeli army training, hiked in the surrounding terrain, and spent a week in Poland studying the See ISRAEL, page 37 holocaust.

Holiday care packages provide college students a reminder of their traditions rebeCCa Handler SoPhoMore, lAFAYeTTe high School

While college is a time for students to venture out into a new stage of their lives and begin making decisions for themselves, that doesn’t mean they must leave their past behind. congregation B’nai Amoona helps to remind Jewish college students of their roots four times a year. B’nai Amoona member Susan Drapekin was the first to make care packages for college students during rosh hashanah, hanukkah, Purim, and Passover. Drapekin first began creating and sending the care packages in an effort to remind students of the four most celebrated Jewish holidays. “i tried really hard to find things that

brought up memories, either of their growing up at B’nai Amoona, or just if you’re gone for the holidays and your mom’s not providing you with the specific holiday food, i tried to have something that they’d open up to remind them,” Drapekin said. As the mother of three children in college, Drapekin already had an idea of what college students would want in a care package. But she also reached out to other groups to determine how best to provide Jewish students with comforting reminders of home. “i’ve tried to branch out into the synagogue to get input from groups that would help these college kids bring up some remembrance,” Drapekin said. Zach Dalin, a senior at Bradley University and member of B’nai Amoona, believes that the care packages do remind students of their synagogue and their back home. “They’re still watching out for us even though we’re not in St. louis anymore,” Dalin said. “even though we’re not physically there, they make sure we keep those things going in our lives.” Funded by the community at B’nai Amoona, Drapekin organized 50 to 60 boxes on her own time. These boxes, which travel all over the country to students who have belonged to B’nai Amoona, include items specific to each holiday. For example, on ha-

nukkah, a gift card may be included, and on rosh hashanah, apples and honey to remind the students of the tradition. Most of the packages include food for each holiday that may be difficult for students to find on their own in college. They also include Drapekin’s touches of thoughtfulness and care. “i have in my head that this could be the box that goes to my child, so i just really tried to take care of each one,” Drapekin said. in addition to reminding the students of their synagogue and faith, the packages are designed to offer reassurance that people back home care about them. Drapekin wants students to know that just because they’re gone, people are still thinking about them, she said. This project helped Drapekin understand the importance of college kids staying linked to the congregation and their Judaism even after they leave home. “it reaffirmed how important it is for a synagogue not to stop their contact with students once they head out of the system,” Drapekin said. “You know you get in college and you’re bombarded with a lot of different forces that you haven’t had in the past.

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Making Israel an Occupation The U.S. Campaign to End the Israel Occupation is holding its annual conference on the campus of St. Louis University Sept. 21 to 23. For those unfamiliar, the organization advocates stopping all United States involvement in Israel and “apartheid policies toward Palestinians.” It calls for divestments, sanctions and economic and academic boycotts targeting Israel, including boycotts of companies such as Motorola and Caterpillar because they “profit from the occupation” by selling equipment to Israel used for defense. “Our mission is to change U.S. policy toward Palestine-Israel, support human rights and international law and equality,” said Ramah Kudaimi, membership and outreach coordinator of the organization, who says she expects 100 to 150 people to take part in the St. Louis conference.  “We want to end U.S. military aid to Israel. It’s impossible for the U.S. to act as a mediator and bring about peace between Palestine and Israel if the U.S. is supporting one group militarily.” A much larger coalition believes End the

Occupation is nothing more than a fringe group espousing Jewish hate as it seeks to undermine Israel’s right to exist. It maintains that the organization tries to demonize and delegitimize Israel while reprehensibly comparing the Jewish State to apartheid South Africa and even Nazi Germany. In a joint letter to the Jewish Light that appeared Aug. 22, six local Jewish groups, including the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Council and St. Louis Hillel, said as much, adding “the centrality of Israel is a core value of the Jewish community. A deep concern for Israel’s security flows naturally from that value.” The local groups also point out that the conference is being held at a rental space at SLU, and that is it not a university-sanctioned event. Meanwhile, the Washington D.C.-based Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, whose mission is to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and to “promote justice for all,” has called upon SLU administrators, notably President Lawrence Biondi, to speak out against anti-Israel and anti-

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Semitic hate speech in advance of the “controversial” September conference. “As a human rights organization, the Brandeis Center believes that the appearance of university endorsement of hate and bias events could create a campus environment which is incompatible with equal opportunity and civil discourse,” the Center said in a statement. When I reached out to SLU I was put in touch, via email, with Clayton Berry, assistant vice president of communications. He issued this statement: “As a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher education, St. Louis University hosts speakers, programs and events that represent a wide variety of ideological, cultural, social and political spectrums. Use of university facilities does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of every campus speaker, program or event, including those that may present views with which all members of the SLU community do not agree.” Berry further added that the university has had “extensive and constructive” discussions with representatives of the local Jewish community about the conference. He notes that Father Biondi traveled to

While this newspaper does not support groups that espouse hate or attempt to dismantle the Jewish State, we do have a responsibility to report on events that affect Israel.

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Rehfeld shares vision as he takes helm at Federation BY ROBERT A. COHN Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Building, securing and cultivating a strong St. Louis Jewish community are among Andrew Rehfeld’s goals as he takes over as president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Rehfeld stressed the need to focus on building Jewish identity among young Jews, particularly during one’s teenage and college years when engagement with the Jewish community typically wanes. “There are moments in life that can lead a person toward or away from their own heritage,” said Rehfeld, who laid out his vision before several hundred attendees at the Federation’s 111th annual meeting last Thursday night at the Jewish Community Center. He noted the time between late teens and early adulthood is critical, as “it is precisely then that the familiar tropes of one’s own Jewish identity are simultaneously broken and re-formed on one’s own terms. “Our commitment to this period of time in no way minimizes our longstanding commitment to Jewish identity and community for all of us. But we emphasize this period because of its centrality to the future of our people, our culture and the very values we hold dear.” Rehfeld, who most recently served as an associate professor of political science at Washington University, took over the professional leadership of the JFed from outgoing President and CEO Barry Rosenberg, who was at the helm of the Jewish communal organization for the past 19 years. Rehfeld, who officially started his post Sept. 1, thanked Rosenberg “not only (for) the stability that Barry’s two decades of leadership have brought, but also because of the strategic priorities that Federation has recently articulated.” Rehfeld said he organized those priorities in three areas of emphasis, “building, securing and cultivating… building Jewish lives, securing our people’s basic needs and cultivating the human and physical resources we need to do both.” On the subject of security, Rehfeld noted that while the Jewish community may be stronger than ever in world history, “we must not let the very strength of the Jewish people today blind us to the continuing material needs of Jews here in St. Louis and around the world, needs to be fed, clothed and sheltered,” as well as maintain access to mental and physical health care.

New Jewish Federation President and CEO Andrew Rehfeld listens in during the 111th Federation Annual Meeting last week. Rehfeld is flanked by his wife, Dr. Miggie Greenberg, and son Hoben Rehfeld. Photos: Yana Hotter important to recognize that the future of the St. Louis Jewish community is tied inextricably to the future of our region. “We should join together with current efforts toward civic progress, transforming St. Louis into a more culturally and economically vital region” — one that will attract and retain young professionals — including young Jews, he said. He pointed out that for at least two decades, the Jewish population of St. Louis has been quoted as 60,000, though no survey to note its growth or decay has been done since the mid-1990s. “Yet the fact is, the trends we all see around us are the same ones that our region is facing: our young people look to move elsewhere to spend their early independent years and as often as not do not return,” he said. “We need to make this region a place that young professionals want to come as the first stop on the journey of their lives.” Rehfeld said as he starts his new post at Federation, he hopes to receive a

Envisioning the future In looking ahead, Rehfeld said it is

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broad base of community input. “I’ve been invited to give a number of talks…but I’ll tell you what would be even better: invite me in to listen to you, to come hear your vision of who we are, where we are going, and what we ought to be, your ideas of how Federation is working or failing to work for your organization and our community…I do believe that listening is the best way to begin a productive partnership.”

Community honors Earlier in the evening, Bob Millstone, chairman of the Jewish Federation Board of Directors, praised Rosenberg for his many years of service, and for having “helped establish and provide stability and continuity for the Federation.”   He also praised Rehfeld, who was selected after an exhaustive search process that involved more than

See FEDERATION, page 16 Ruth Raskas speaks at the annual meeting after accepting the David N. & Roselin Grosberg Young Leadership Award. Rob Bertman also received the award, which was established in 1961 to honor adults under age 40 who are active in Jewish Federation and in the community-atlarge.

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Cemeteries start fund to replace broken and faded monuments Local Jewish cemeteries have started a fund to honor the memory of the deceased who have broken or faded monuments. The fund will use 100 percent of designated contributions to replace the hundreds of monuments in older sections of the various Jewish cemeteries. Rosenbloom Monument Company is cooperating with the Jewish cemeteries in this project; the Jewish Community is invited to help through its contributions. Participating cemeteries include Chesed Shel Emeth, New Mt. Sinai, Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol, Chevra Kadisha, United Hebrew and B’nai Amoona. Contact Stanley Citerman director of Chesed Shel Emeth Society at 314-469-1891 or email csegraves@peeoplepc.com to donate or for further information.

JCC Youth Theatre teen auditions The Jewish Community Center’s Youth Theatre will hold auditions for students in grades 8-10 from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Staenberg Family Complex for a musical production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” planned in March. No previous experience is needed, and all who audition are cast. Call ahead to reserve a time slot for auditions. Rehearsals will be held on Sundays between Sept. 30 and March 3. There will be a few weekday rehearsals closer to the performance. Discounts and scholarships are available. The cost to take part in the production is $235 for members and $265 for the general public. Contact Cindy Lewis at clewis@jccstl. org or 314-442-3239 for an audition slot. Register online at www.jccstl.com/programs/ arts-culture.

UMSL gallery presents Nazi resistance exhibit Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis will present the American debut of an exhibition on German resistance to Hitler’s National Socialism from 1933 to 1945. The exhibition, “Es lebe die Freiheit!” (Long Live Freedom!), consists of 25 large panels, peppered with pictures, documents and some of the resisters’ own words. The exhibition has been shown in many German schools and other institutions. It was created in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2011 by the Research Institute for the Study of German Resistance 19331945. The exhibit will open Sept. 19 and run through Oct. 18. An opening reception will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Gallery 210. Creators of the panel display will be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public. Call 314-516-6620 or email gcc@umsl.edu to RSVP or for more information.The exhibit is sponsored by the German Culture Center at UMSL. The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center of St. Louis is among its co-sponsors.

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Shaare Zedek welcomes Rabbi Shalom Paul for community event On Saturday, Sept. 15, Shaare Zedek Synagogue will honor Rabbi Shalom Paul who will mark 40 years of visiting St. Louis annually to observe and teach during the High Holidays. The community is invited free of charge to the event which will begin at 10:15 a.m. A professor emeritus who has held numerous teaching positions at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Israel including at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Paul is the author of a number of scholarly books and articles. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, he would go on to receive an honorary doctorate from the institution in 1986. Call 314-727-1747 for more information.

BSKI program: Brush up your Haftorah Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel has begun a new program for bar and bat mitzvahs from previous years at BSKI to “Brush Up Your Haftorah.” Whether 13 or 98, the congregation would like participants to share their Haftorah with BSKI again. To be paired up with someone who had the same Haftorah, or someone to help in reviewing the Haftorah, contact Phyllis Hyken at 314-395-6829 or phyl_hy@yahoo.com or Linda Makler at 636-391-9965 or  golchamp@aol.com.

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Community Against Poverty Volunteer Fair planned More than 30 local organizations that need volunteers to help in their efforts to combat poverty will be in attendance from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, when the Community Against Poverty coalition sponsors its fifth annual Volunteer Fair, taking place at The Heights, 8001 Dale Avenue in Richmond Heights. The event features a keynote address by Martin Rafanan, executive director of Gateway 180: Homeless Reversed. Participants will have an opportunity to talk with representatives from area nonprofit agencies to learn about their work and to learn about volunteer opportunities that are available.  There will be a broad range of agencies present, with volunteer positions for all ages, interests and abilities. “The CAP Fair is a great event that

enables us to meet people in our community who want to help others,” said Pat Joshu, executive director of Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Program, an agency that provides volunteer tutors to recent immigrant and refugee women who are unable to attend classes outside their homes. CAP, a coalition of faith-based and civic organizations, was convened in 2008 by the Jewish Community Relations Council and is dedicated to addressing the issue of poverty through education, advocacy and service. The event is free and open to all. Those attending are asked to bring a donation of food to support area food pantries. Paige Anderson attended the CAP Fair last year as president of Brentwood High

Shir Hadash welcomes cantorial soloist for High Holy Day services Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community will welcome Joshua Warshawsky as its cantorial soloist and song leader for the High Holy Days (read more about Warshawsky in News & Schmooze on Page 16). He will join Rabbi Lane Steinger in leading the services. Shir Hadash meets and will conduct all of its High Holy Day services in the Beit Midrash of the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex Arts and Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur. Washawsky, a Chicago native, is a student in the joint bachelor’s degree program of Columbia University and List College, Jewish Theological Seminary. He has extensive singing and song leading experience. He currently serves as musical director of the Columbia Clefhangers a cappella group and is the music specialist for United Synagogue of Hoboken in Hoboken, N.J. He has attended Rick Recht’s Songleader Boot Camp and has co-chaired and organized the Jewish Collegiate Festival of the Performing Arts. Shir Hadash worship services are open to the community. For more information, visit the congregation’s High Holidays page at www.shirhadashstl.org or contact Rabbi Lane Steinger, rabstein@sbcglobal.net or 314-991-7972. RSVPs are requested. Reconstructionist Judaism is a progressive, contemporary approach to Jewish life that integrates a deep respect for traditional Judaism with the insights and ideas of contemporary social, intellectual and spiritual life.

School’s National Honor Society Chapter. “I found a lot of groups and organizations at the CAP Fair that were willing and eager to work with teens like those in our group,” said Anderson.  “The CAP Fair not only gave me some great connections for National Honor Society, but also introduced me to some really awesome and caring A representative from Big Brothers Big Sisters talks people who love giving back to with visitors to last year’s Community Against our community as much as I do.” Poverty Volunteer Fair. Along with JCRC, Jewish Family & Children’s Service and the more than 25 nonprofit agencies parNational Council of Jewish Women-St. ticipating, call Gail Wechsler at 314-442Louis Section are co-sponsors of the event 3894 or 314-503-5814 or visit www.jcrcstl. along with a variety of interfaith organiza- org or www.communityagainstpoverty. org.  This year’s co-chairs are Roberta tions. For more information, including a list of Gutwein and Martha Scharff. 

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Democrats return to the economy after Jerusalem detour By Ron Kampeas JTA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It was the nutsand-bolts convention that nearly broke down over the most ethereal of issues: Jerusalem and God. But by its third and final night, the Democratic National Convention had gotten back on message: jobs, jobs, staying on course with getting the economy back on track, and — oh, yes — jobs. It was a course correction after two days in which convention organizers — and, in particular, the campaign’s Jewish surrogates — scrambled first to explain how recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and mentioning God got left out of the party platform, and then hustled to get them back in over the objections of some noisy and unhappy delegates. (see editorial, page 10) The convention in Charlotte, N.C.— like its Republican counterpart, which last week nominated Mitt Romney in Tampa, Fla. — was mostly about the economy. Foreign policy barely surfaced at either convention, and social issues — while prevalent on the streets outside the Charlotte convention, where protesters on both sides of the abortion debate competed for sidewalk space — were addressed, but not paramount. Vice President Joe Biden, whose foreign policy experience over decades in the U.S. Senate was made a centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s choice of VP four years ago, barely mentioned foreign policy in his speech Thursday night. America’s posture overseas was left to two of Thursday’s convention speakers: Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the 2004 nominee who is now a widely touted possibility

as secretary of state if Obama wins a second term, and Obama himself. “Our commitment to Israel’s security must not waver, and neither must our pursuit of peace,” Obama said to applause during a short foreign policy aside in a speech that was otherwise dedicated to staying the course on his plans for economic recovery. “The Iranian government must face a world that stays united against its nuclear ambitions. Democrats had scrambled to contain an embarrassing breakout after Republicans had seized on the removal of Jerusalem and God from the platform, grabbing headline space Democrats had hoped would contrast the enthusiasm in Charlotte with the relatively subdued Tampa convention. The language was returned in a quickie session on Wednesday, but that also was not without its awkwardness: the convention chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, had to call for three voice votes before declaring a two-thirds majority. But those on the floor said the vote actually was much closer – and there were boos. Those who objected ranged from Arab Americans who had praised the removal of the Jerusalem language as an acknowledgment of the claims both Palestinians and Israelis have on the city, to religion-state separatists who objected to the God language, to delegates who were outraged at what they saw as a rushed amendment process. Jewish Democrats, who helped drive the return of the language, depicted the change as Obama’s initiative and a sign of his control over the party. “The difference between our platform

President Obama speaking at the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 6, 2012. Photo: Donna Bise via flickr.com/Distributed by JTA and the Republican platform is that President Obama knows that this is his platform and he wants it to reflect his personal view,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, told CNN after Robert Wexler, a member of the platform draft committee and a chief Jewish surrogate for the Obama campaign, told JTA that Obama directly intervened to make sure the platform was changed. “President Obama personally believes that Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel,” Wasserman Schultz said. But that claim was at odds with repeated statements by Obama administration figures in recent months that Jerusalem remains an issue for final-status negotiations — itself the position of a succession of Republican and Democratic presidencies for decades. Jewish Democrats acknowledged at the outset of the convention that they needed to address perceptions that Obama was distant from Israel before pivoting to the

area where they feel Obama far outpaces Romney among Jewish voters -- domestic policy. Kerry, in his speech, cited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in making the case for Obama’s Israel bona fides. “Barack Obama promised always to stand with Israel to tighten sanctions on Iran — and take nothing off the table,” Kerry said. “Again and again, the other side has lied about where this president stands and what this president has done. But Prime Minister Netanyahu set the record straight: He said our two countries have ‘exactly the same policy … Our security cooperation is unprecedented ...’ When it comes to Israel, I’ll take the word of Israel’s prime minister over Mitt Romney any day.” Yet while the convention was under way, a story broke that underscored the ongoing tensions between the Netanyahu and Obama administrations over how best to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Netanyahu, a top U.S. lawmaker said, erupted in anger at the U.S. ambassador to Israel over what Israel’s government regards as unclear signals from the United States on Iran. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, described for a Michigan radio station, WJR, an encounter he witnessed last month when he was visiting Israel. The interview was picked up Thursday by the Atlantic magazine. “It was very, very clear the Israelis had lost their patience with the [Obama] administration,” Rogers said.

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Two rabbis, two parties, two political philosophies By Daniel Treiman JTA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Republicans and Democrats may not have much common ground this election year, yet their national conventions shared one feature: Both gatherings were blessed from the podium by prominent American rabbis. The Democrats had Rabbi David Wolpe, a best-selling author and leader of a prominent Conservative synagogue in Los Angeles. The Republicans had Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, a rising star within Modern Orthodoxy and a regular contributor to conservative publications. But beyond the kipot that they both wore on their heads and the Hebrew sprinkled through their addresses, the rabbis used their remarks to highlight very different themes. Indeed, each of their blessings spoke powerfully to the contrasting political ideologies of the parties that they were addressing. Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, in his invocation to open the Soloveichik first full day of the hurricane-delayed Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., invoked themes that resonate deeply with Republicans -- freedom, liberty, faith. “We Americans unite faith and freedom in asserting that our liberties are Your gift, God, not that of government, and that we are endowed with these rights by You, our Creator, not by mortal man,” said Soloveichik, who has made common cause with religious conservatives on issues such as abortion. His reference to the primacy of God over government, and the notion that our rights are derived from the former rather than the latter, garnered applause from the delegates at the convention, where many speakers went on to assail what they see as President Obama’s trespasses against religious liberty. Among the main sources of ire is the Rabbi David Wolpe administration’s application of the health care reform law’s birth control coverage mandate to employees of religious-affiliated institutions -- a policy that Soloveichik himself had testified against before Congress. More broadly, the finitude of government’s rightful purview is an animating theme of conservative politics and a notion that Republicans think Democrats do not get. (Though when it comes to civil liberties and abortion rights, many Democrats would say the same about their GOP

Olmert sentenced to community service JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six months of community service for a breach of trust conviction. Olmert was sentenced Sept. 5 in Jerusalem District Court. He could have faced up to three years in jail. The state prosecutors office also dropped a request that the court find that Olmert ‘s conviction amounted to moral turpitude, which would have prevented the 67-year-old from entering politics for seven years. Olmert had agreed to forgo the perks awarded to a former head of state, including a secretary, an office and a car, in exchange for the finding. The Jerusalem District Court in July acquitted Olmert on charges of fraud, breach of trust, tax evasion and falsifying corporate records. He was found guilty on a lesser charge of breach of trust in the Investment Center case. Olmert is the first former Israeli prime minister ever to stand trial. He officially resigned as prime minister in September 2008 after police investigators recommended that he be indicted. Following the verdicts, Olmert said he has no plans to reenter politics. Olmert will be back in the courtroom, however. In January, he was indicted on bribery charges in one of Israel’s largest corruption scandals. Olmert is accused of accepting hun-

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Art Modell, ex-owner of NFL’s Browns, dies BALTIMORE — Art Modell, former owner of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, has died. The 87-year-old Modell, a pioneer of the National Football League’s partnership with television networks, died Thursday of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Modell was well-known for his philanthropic activities and had been a supporter of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. He also chaired a $100 million drive to build a cardiovascular tower for the Johns Hopkins Hear t Institute. He and his wife, Patricia, donatArt Modell ed $3.5 million to renovate the city’s Lyric Opera House, which is now named for its benefactors. Modell grew up in an Orthodox neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., in the 1920s and 1930s as the son of an electronics dealer who lost everything in the 1929 stock market crash. With his family destitute, Modell

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Tensions between U.S. and Israel over Iran are boiling over By Ron Kampeas JTA

WASHINGTON — Between the red lines, the deadlines, the diplomacy and the dress downs, the vaunted cooperation between Israel and the United States on whether and when to strike Iran seems to be in a free fall. In an unusually blunt outburst, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday blasted the “international community” — widely seen in Israeli media as code for the Obama administration — for refusing to set red lines in its effort to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. “The world tells Israel, ‘Wait, there’s still time’,” Netanyahu said in English at a ceremony in which he greeted Bulgaria’s prime minister. “And I say, ‘Wait for what? Wait until when?’ Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.” That appeared to refer directly to the rejection of deadlines by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday in an interview with Bloomberg News. “We’re not setting deadlines,” Clinton said. “We’re watching very carefully about what they do because it’s always been more about their actions than their words.” The comments were made a day after Netanyahu in his weekly Cabinet meeting called on the international community to “set Iran moral and practical red lines, lines that will stop its race to achieve nuclear weapons.” In another sign of increasing tension over the Iran issue, people close to Netanyahu leaked to the Israeli media that President Barack Obama would not meet

Left to right, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressing the U.N. General Assembly in 2011. Israeli officials told the Israeli media that Obama’s refusal to meet with Netanyahu at this this year’s General Assembly is a sign of tension over Iran policy. Photos courtesy U.N. with the prime minister when they both address the U.N. General Assembly later this month. Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council, dismissed the account, noting that Obama and Netanyahu would not be in New York at the same time. “The president arrives in New York for the U.N. on Monday, September 24th, and departs on Tuesday, September 25th,” Vietor said in a statement. “The prime minister doesn’t arrive in New York until later in the week. They’re simply not in the city at the same time. But the President and PM are in frequent contact and the PM will meet with other senior officials, including

Secretary Clinton, during his visit.” Netanyahu reportedly offered to come to Washington to speak with the president. By that time, Obama will be deeply involved in his presidential campaign, and White House officials have said he has scheduled no bilateral meetings during the General Assembly week, when the world’s leaders meet in New York. Netanyahu wants a clear sign from Obama that he will strike if Iran is poised to acquire a nuclear bomb. The Obama administration, which has blitzed Israel in recent months with a parade of official visitors, has said that it is keeping all options on the table, including the possibility of a military strike. But the administra-

tion will not make clear in public or in private what the trigger for such a strike would be. Israeli anxieties are exacerbated by reports out of Iran that the Islamic Republic’s suspected nuclear weapons program is accelerating. On Tuesday, The Associated Press quoted unnamed diplomats as saying intelligence provided to the International Atomic Energy Agency shows that Iran has advanced its work on calculating the destructive power of an atomic warhead through a series of computer models that it ran sometime within the past three years. The information comes from Israel, the U.S. and at least two other Western countries, according to the diplomats. Iran denies it is working on a nuclear weapon. The IAEA would not comment, but four of the six diplomats who spoke to the AP on the issue said the new intelligence is alluded to in an oblique passage in the IAEA’s August report on Iran saying that “the agency has obtained more information which further corroborates’’ its suspicions. Netanyahu last month dressed down the U.S. ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, over the Iranian nuclear issue at a meeting between the Israeli leader and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. “There was no doubt,” Rogers told WJR, a Michigan radio station, in a story picked up by The Atlantic magazine. “You could not walk out of that meeting and think that they had not lost their patience with this

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A capital idea How much is to be made of the dustup last week over the Democratic platform flipflop over the exclusion, and then inclusion, of declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel? It really depends on who’s talking and who’s listening. The issue was raised when Republicans pointed out that the Democratic platform omitted a statement about the Israeli capital. The platform had a great deal to say about support for Israel, not only in concept but by iteration of the administration’s collaboration with Israel on coordinating military operations and funding key defense systems. Interestingly, when the issue was first brought up, there was barely a yawn from the major Israeli newspapers. Neither the Jerusalem Post, the most-read Israeli paper in the United States, nor Haaretz, the major English language paper in Israel, focused on it, despite stories about other aspects of the platform. Only after the point-counterpoint emerged among the American political camps did the issue receive significant reporting by them, and then the news was mostly about the political slogging between the American parties. This is hardly surprising, because the “news” about the platform was in some ways no news at all by Israeli standards. The question of Jerusalem’s status has been a batted beachball for a long, long time. Foreign nations retain their embassies in Tel Aviv, owing to the internationally disputed nature of Jerusalem as the capital. While many nations, including the United States, retain diplomatic missions in Jerusalem, they have largely shied away from having their major diplomatic beachheads in the Israeli capital. So how important is it to aver in a political party platform that Jerusalem is the capital? Important enough during a political campaign that the omission brought vocal chastisement. “Mitt Romney has consistently stated his belief that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” according to Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul. “Now is the time for President Barack Obama to state in unequivocal terms whether or not he believes Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.” This did not fall on deaf ears, as the Democratic convention delegates were asked to vote on a change reinstating the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital – at the urging of President Barack Obama himself. And despite a process that was dubious at best – the chair, Los A ngeles Mayor A ntonio Villaraigosa, asked for three separate voice votes, which sounded

fairly well divided – the chair declared the requisite two-thirds majority in favor of adding the language. All well and good, but is the flurry meaningful, or rather, to quote William Shakespeare, a matter “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing?” For while American law recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, that language allows for a president ia l wa iver — a nd Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, over the course of almost 20 years, have all availed themselves of that provision to leave Jerusalem’s status to final status negotiations. Why? Because there has been a recognition that to keep the option of a successful end-game available in the on-again, off-again talks between Israel and the Palestinians, avoiding a hard-core declaration, either in writing or by moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, would eliminate the last vestiges of hope for a diplomatic solution. Not everyone sees it that way, of course, and we’re not just talking about those affiliated with political parties. So from the Chicago Sun Times this week, in arguing for the benefits of an affirmative declaration: “Far from harming the chances for peace, it would enhance them by injecting a cold hard fact into the negotiations. It would be a powerful answer to the poisonous Palestinian propaganda seeking to deny any Jewish connection to the city.” Perhaps, but it should not be forgotten that the Democratic platform even before the change had highly supportive pro-Israel language in it, stating in part that “there will be no lasting peace unless Israel’s security concerns are met.... And even as the President and the Democratic Party continue to encourage all parties to be resolute in the pursuit of peace, we will insist that any Palestinian partner must recognize Israel’s right to exist, reject violence, and adhere to existing agreements.” While we don’t on balance see the initial omission as a major issue in the context of the other pro-Israel rhetoric embedded in the platform, we do think it’s very good that it was reintroduced. We understand that the objectives of political parties and candidates are focused on winning, but a party’s platform in some ways represents the highest aspirations of its leaders. Seeing the status of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital reflected in the documents of both major parties is yet another reminder of the importance of the issue to the Jewish people.

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Putting the ‘high’ back into the High Holidays By Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Joel Segel

BOULDER, Colo. — For many of us, let’s face it, the upcoming High Holidays will be anything but a high. Oh, we’ll pack every pew in the synagogues, dressed in our holiday best. We’ll be there for hours, rising when told to, sinking thankfully back into our seats, reading responsively. Many enjoy the communal aspect of it, the tunes they remember from childhood. Some feel genuine awe at the ceremony and out-of-worldly blast of the ram’s horn. But if Kol Nidre’s pleas to wipe out any unfulfilled vows and promises teach us anything, it is to mean what we say. Does language like “Our Father, our King, we have sinned before you; our Father, our King, we have no King but You” really speak for us? How do we avoid the High Holidays trap of spending hour after hour reciting prayers we don’t understand, in language we don’t subscribe to, to a God we may not even believe in? Can we find a way to enter into the experience more fully without putting our minds in the pawn shop and violating our Jewish compulsion for honesty? One surprisingly simple and freeing solution begins with a distinction. Beliefs are the language of mind. Prayer, on the other hand, begins in the heart — not the muscle but the metaphor, the realm not of cardiologists but of poets. Real prayer — davening, as we Jews used to say back in the old country — is not a rational matter. It’s a romance. Prayer is the language of heart because real prayer deals with need, with loneliness and sorrow, with thankfulness and joy, with fear and dread. “No God,” the mind insists. But the heart, in its small, uncertain

Commentary Rabbi Zalman SchachterShalomi and Joel Segel are the authors of “Davening: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Prayer,” forthcoming from Jewish Lights Publishing Company.

voice, cries “Oh God! Omigod!” In that cry, if we can allow ourselves to hear it, lies the beginnings of prayer. Now take that distinction a step further. The trek through the liturgy is in fact a journey through four distinct spheres of human experience. The Jewish prayer book, it turns out, is more in sync with modern beliefs than we might think. Developmental psychologists now speak of multiple intelligences, distinguishing kinesthetic intelligence from musical ability, say, or logical reasoning from emotional aptitude. Kabbalah prefers to think of four parallel landscapes, each with its own symbolic language and imagery, and each finding expression in the prayer service. To kabbalists, the reality we know is rooted in assiyah (“doing”), the world of the tangible, the physical. This is the realm of the morning blessings that launch our prayers, the ones that thank God for our creature comforts and physical abilities. Assiyah, too, is the dimension in which our bodies take action, rising when the ark is open, bowing, swaying back and forth in the silent Amidah, even prostrating ourselves in the High Holidays Musaf service. The beating heart of prayer is found in the world of yetsirah (“formation”), a section of psalms that follows the morning blessings and opens us to our emotions. The key word

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STL Birthright trip builds community at home and abroad By Joel Frankel

It’s Monday morning and I’m sitting at my desk at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. The phone rings, and I answer. “Hi this is Joel Frankel, Israel Engagement Professional.” A friendly voice greets me on the other end. “Hi I’m calling about Birthright. My grandchild has never been to Israel and I want him to go before he is too old for the program. He’s from St. Louis and wants to meet other Jews his age. Can you help me?” Calls like this are not rare, but until recently I wouldn’t have been able to do very much for the person on the other end of the line. Each winter and summer, the waiting list to go on a Taglit-Birthright

Registration open for St. Louis Community Birthright Trip Registration is now open for a free St. Louis Community Taglit-Birthright Israel trip for 22-26 year-olds, scheduled for this December. Forty spots are available on a first-come firstserved basis, at JewishinStLouis.org/Birthright. St. Louis. For more information, contact Joel Frankel at 314 442-3843 or jfrankel@jfedstl.org.

Commentary Joel Frankel, Israel Engagement Professional at Jewish Federation, grew up in Cincinnati, attended Yavneh Day School, spent summers at Camp Young Judea Midwest, and traveled to Israel many times. After graduating from Emory University and spending three years in New York, he moved to St. Louis for law school at Washington University.

Israel trip ranges from 15,000 to 25,000 people from all across the country. So even if her grandson signed up for a national trip, there was no guarantee he would be able to go. That all changed for St. Louisans last year. This past May, the first ever St. Louis Community Birthright Trip made its way to Israel. Thanks to the generosity of local donors, the trip made sure that any 22-26 year old living in St. Louis who wants to go to Israel had a chance to do so. This December that incredible opportunity returns, giving another group of St. Louis young adults the chance to see Israel for the first time. Having a St. Louis specific trip not only

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A renewal of vows at the new year Today, all of you are standing before the Eternal your God…in order to establish you this day as God’s people and in order to be your God… I [God] make this covenant, with its sanctions, not with you alone, but both with those who are standing here with us this day before the Eternal our God and with those who are not with us here this day. (D’varim 29:9-14) By Rabbi Roxanne J.S. Shapiro

These are powerful and inclusive words that we find in our Torah portion this week, but have we forgotten that a covenant was made at Sinai? That was the time when the people declared “All that the Eternal has spoken we will do!” That was the time that they witnessed the thunder and the lighting…the blare of the horn… and the mountain smoking. It was then that they made a covenant with God…to be God’s people so that the Eternal would be their god. One might ask why there was a need to make a covenant again. In a teaching from Shem Mi-Shmuel (author Samuel Bornstein), we find a comment from Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1813) that the making of a covenant between two lovers is not for the present, at a time when their affection and love is strong. But, in the future, a covenant will be needed, when over the passage of time their love [perhaps better stated as “passion”] will be weakened. So, too, for the Children of Israel, who after the Exodus were passionate and committed (albeit known for their kvetching), but over time and struggles, the love for God may have weakened. Thus, the covenant was made again, at a time when they were about to cross over into the Promised Land, so that their love would endure. We can easily interpret this for today thinking of couples renewing their vows after many years of marriage. This is an opportunity for the couple to recall how their love has grown and to celebrate the present and future together. They renew their covenant not to minimize the commitment made long ago, but to re-commit,

Parashat Nitzavim Rabbi Roxanne J.S. Shapiro serves as the Rabbi-Educator at United Hebrew Congregation.

refresh, and renew. Within these days of preparation for Rosh HaShanah, let us consider how we can renew our own personal covenants – whether they are ones we have made with our spouse/partner, children, friends, employers/employees, etc. These are each very personal and unique, but all depend on a mutual relationship of respect and communication. This is also a time for each of us to consider our part in the covenant made with God. The text of our portion clearly states that this covenant was made not only with those who were present, but those who were not [yet] present. We can understand this to include each of us, too, who are here today. The covenant may have been made before our “physical” time, but it was still made with and for us. So while we may not remember the earlier covenants, we can renew our covenant with God now. True, we may not physically experience the thunder and lighting and smoking mountain as our ancestors did at Sinai (or perhaps we were all there), nor will we stand with everyone as did before our ancestors before crossing over into the Promised Land. But by renewing our covenant with God, we can reawaken our sense of connection to God and to our Jewish community. Too often, we confront this relationship not by our action, but by a reaction to the cycle of life -- moments of great joys or great sorrows in our life. Let us, during the start of this new year, find the moments to renew our covenant with God by our own choice and our own action. Let us consider our commitments to God and our religion, and consider what we can receive through that mutual relationship. Shanah Tovah!

A scene from the first St. Louis community Birthright trip, which took place in May. benefits the young adults who get to see Israel for free, but also the community itself. As former Federation President and CEO, Barry Rosenberg, said when the first bus was announced in November 2011, a St. Louis Community Taglit-Birthright trip “offers greater opportunities to build relationships with other participants, help con-

nect them to local activities when they return, and promote social opportunities and life-long friendships here in St. Louis.” With that, our tagline basically wrote itself: “Make new friends in Israel. Reconnect in St. Louis.” So simple yet undeniably the

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Pondering the future of Judaism By Galit Lev-Harir

In late August I volunteered at the Interfaith Partnership booth at the Festival of Nations in Tower Grove Park. The booth was designed to enable different faith groups to display articles relating to their faith, and to have volunteers onsite to be present and answer questions from the public about the Jewish religion. While I was sitting at the booth, a man came up and asked me the following question: “I’ve always wondered – What is Judaism? Is it a religion? Is it a nationality? Is it a cultural group?” I smiled – thinking how savvy the inquisitor was – and replied, “It all depends on who you ask.” Indeed, Judaism is different things to different people – and I believe it is that difference that defines each individual’s relationship to his/her Judaism and to Israel. To some people, Judaism is merely a religion. Religion is a very personal thing; each individual decides his/her belief. Most of us do not believe in imposing our beliefs on others. Therefore, if Judaism is only a belief about a divine presence, there is no logical reason to think that such a belief must be passed down to one’s children. A friend is currently studying to be a Methodist minister. One day, she and I discussed the fact that her husband does not attend church regularly, nor does my husband attend synagogue (despite the fact that he was raised in an Orthodox home and attended yeshiva for three years). We also talked about how we would feel if our children chose not to follow in our religious affiliations. She said she would be accepting as long as her children found a belief system that worked for them. However, I would find it much more difficult to accept if my children were to abandon Judaism and raise their children in a different faith. In October 2008, I experienced an “aha” moment when I realized what Judaism means to me. I was in New Mexico, listening to representatives of a Native American consulting firm talk

Local commentary Galit Lev-Harir is a frequent contributor to the Light. Galit lived in Israel for nine years. Her husband, Elie Harir, owns The Mediterranean Grill, an Israeli-style restaurant in Chesterfield Valley.

about the Tribal Nations in New Mexico. They explained that while outsiders tend to group Native Americans as one people, in reality, each tribe is its own “nation,” with its own language, its own culture and its own religion. They explained how the tribes have struggled to maintain their identities in light of their displacement from their traditional lands, and how they find it difficult to pass on their cultural heritage to their children, because many of their children simply want to be American and aren’t interested in their ancient customs and traditions. The more the consultant spoke, the more I realized the similarities between Native Americans and the ancient Israelites who are known today as the Jewish people. After all, the ancient Israelites were simply a tribe who settled in their ancestral land and who were later dispossessed. While in exile in Babylon, they struggled to maintain their identity and to pass on their traditions – and their yearning to return to their native land – to their children. They developed rigid laws in order to ensure that their children would continue in their ways. Strict rules regarding food preparation and eating guaranteed that their children would not be able to eat with people of other faiths, which limited interaction with outsiders. For me, the connection to our ancestral homeland, Israel, is an essential component of the Jewish tribal nation, aka, the Jewish people. However, most American Jews under age 35 do not

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Mustard Seed Theatre’s ‘Going to See The Elephant’

THEATER WHAT: “Going to See the Elephant” WHEN: 8 p.m. ThursdaySaturday; 2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday WHERE: Fontbonne University Theatre, 6800 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton HOW MUCH: $20-$25 THE 411: Four pioneer women deal with the harsh realities of life on the American frontier. MORE INFO: 314-719-8060 or www.mustardtheatre.com

Fresh herbs for Rosh Hashanah Infusing holiday meals with herbal high notes By Margi Lenga Kahn • Special to the Jewish Light

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A scene from last year’s Balloon Glow in Forest Park

Festivals WHAT: 40th annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race WHEN: 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, noon6:30 p.m. Saturday, with lift-off beginning at 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Central Field by the Jewel Box in Forest Park HOW MUCH: Free THE 411: : The Balloon Glow on Friday night offers spectators a breathtaking view of inflated hot-air balloons lighted by their burners. On Saturday, the race itself features dozens of balloons chasing the Energizer Bunny “hare” balloon, musical performances, skydivers and more. MORE INFO: www. greatforstparkballoonrace.com

DANCE WHAT: MADCO: Outburst WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday; 2& 8 p.m. Saturday; pre-performance discussion begins at 7:10 both evenings WHERE: Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of UMSL HOW MUCH: $10-$25 THE 411: The program will consist of very personal pieces, choreographed entirely by the most experienced and senior dancers in MADCO. Under Stacy West’s artistic direction, these individual pieces come together as an entertaining, synchronous collection, just like the company itself. MORE INFO: 314-516-4949 or www.touhill.org

ust as sure as apples and honey will be part of our Rosh Hashanah meal, so will the many dishes that are part of each family’s heritage. Be it roast chicken, brisket, gefilte fish, noodle kugel, or chicken soup with matzo balls, these traditional foods provide a powerful link to earlier generations. And while I would never propose anything that would undermine those traditions, I offer this suggestion: Consider adding fresh herbs to some of your standard recipes. The herbs will infuse your holiday meal with exciting new flavors, be a healthy alternative to excessive salt, sugar, and fat, and, perhaps, gastronomically tweak tradition. Too often herbs are relegated to garnish status. We scatter a few sprigs of parsley or rosemary on a platter of brisket or top a glass of iced or hot tea with a sprig of fresh mint and think this is culinary genius. But if instead we added that chopped fresh parsley or rosemary to the pot of brisket just before it is finished roasting or the chopped mint to the tea just before it finished steeping, the flavors of both the brisket and tea would be elevated and enhanced. Laura Silver, mother of nine-year old twins, understands the benefits of using fresh herbs. “I began growing herbs in my garden about five years ago,” said Silver of Olivette, who is a trustee of the Jewish Light. “I grow parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, three varieties of basil, chives, mint, and oregano. I go

to my herb garden daily when it’s time to start thinking about what to make for dinner. The herbs give me inspiration and, of course, they make everything taste great.” In preparation for Rosh Hashanah this year, Silver has decided to try infusing jars of honey with some of her sage, rosemary, lavender, and thyme. “I plan to use the honey in a honey cake, as a dip for the challah and apples, in making an apple crostada, and for an apple-pear salad with field greens,” she said. Felicia Wertz came to the United States in 1971 from an orphanage in Wyszkow, Poland. She learned to cook by watching Julia Child on television. She sharpened her culinary skills while a member of a faculty gourmet club at Washington University. “I love the flavor that fresh rosemary adds to my baked lamb,” she said. “I have also found that adding fresh parsley to any dish made with raw garlic helps balance the sometimes sharp, bitter flavor of garlic.” “Dill is another fresh herb I love to use,” Wertz continued. “I mix it into my potato salads and cucumber salads and add it, along with sliced raw onions, to my sliced herring in oil. The dill gives everything such a flavor boost.” Indeed, fresh herbs are all about flavor. A classic salsa verde (recipe below) can be used to build flavor both before cooking and afterwards. A dollop of herb paste atop

See HERBS, page 31

Some classic food-herb pairings:

Basil: corn, tomatoes, chicken, fish, watermelon Chives: eggs, fish, potatoes, breads and biscuits, sauces Cilantro: tomatoes, fish, Asian, Mexican, and Indian dishes Dill: eggs, fish, soups, cucumbers, fish salads (salmon, tuna, smoked trout) Mint: lamb, watermelon, grain salads, peas Oregano: lamb, chicken, beef, fish, eggs, tomatoes, lemon, eggplant, beets, salads Parsley: mixed with lemon, garlic and oil for chicken, grain salads, soups, potatoes, vegetables Rosemary: chicken, lamb, beef, olives, potatoes, grilled vegetables Sage: veal, peas, corn, butternut squash, poultry stuffing Tarragon: carrots, mushrooms, beef, salad vinaigrettes Thyme: carrots, mushrooms, onions, fish, chicken, fresh figs

Recipes

• Salsa Verde • Felicia Wertz’s Eggplant Salad • Lemon-Herb Shortbread Cookies See Margi’s recipes on page 31


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kibbitzing THE EYE BALL, I kid you not, is the first fundraising gala in support of the Lifelong Vision Foundation (LVF), a non-profit agency that supports research, education and community programs. Eileen Edelman and Anne Stupp, who are co-chairs of the gala on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton, are planning a wonderful evening to benefit LVF starting with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, a program honoring four prominent supporters and then dancing.  Begun by Dr. Jay Pepose in 2000, LVF’s community programs offer hundreds of people in our community and internationally free vision interventions, vision screening for special needs children, vision assessments for infants regardless of a family’s income or insurance access, free LASIK surgery for first responders from East St. Louis and cataract surgery for the underserved in other countries. This is only the tip of LVF’s iceberg as there are also education programs and research. The four remarkable professionals to be honored at the Eye Ball are David Beebe; Tom George; Christopher Fitch, a recipient of LASIK surgery through LVF and Dr. Geoffrey C. Tabin, a professor of Ophthalmology and Visual

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Sciences at University of Utah as well as a mountain climber and co-director of Himalayan Cataract Project. Not only does Tabin have an undergraduate degree from Yale, a master’s in philosophy from Oxford, a medical degree from Harvard and did his residency at Brown, he also was the fourth person in the world to scale the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent. Oh, and he’s Jewish, too. To become a first time supporter at LVF’s first time gala, contact Executive Director Marilyn Spirt at 636-519-0318. TONY AND LIZ TIE THE KNOT, a play by Susan Berardi and Vanessa Roman, mothers of autistic kids, will open at the Gaslight Theatre in the Central West End on Sept. 21 and will continue through Sept. 30. This version of “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” has been transported to the Hill by the playwrights where local businesses have come together to help make this an authentic Italian wedding production not to be missed.   The first act takes place at the Gaslight Theatre then moves to the Elevens next door for an interactive wedding reception. Six area bakeries have donated wed-

ding cakes for the production and a different Italian restaurant will feed the “wedding guests” each night. Proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the not-for-profit Action for Autism, which ensures that all money raised will be used locally.   Tickets are on sale at Brown Paper Tickets or call 314973-5525. PEDAL THE CAUSE, the annual cycling challenge that helps fund life-saving research for cancer patients, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7. Riders can choose from four courses (15, 25, 50, or 75 miles) with the start and finish line at Soldier’s Memorial.   Our city is home to several world-class cancer facilities, which will use the funds collected from Pedal the Cause for research to advance life saving treatment for a variety of cancers. Here’s a challenge – Last year’s Pedal the Cause raised more than $1.3 million to help fund cancer research.   Those funds are at work as I write this column. Can we exceed their fabulous efforts and raise even more for cancer research? To join Pedal the Cause visit www.pedalthecause.org . WOW–NEWDANCE HORIZONS! opens Dance St. Louis’ 47th season on Oct. 5 and 6

The Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company rehearses. The local company is one of four performing during Dance St. Louis’ season opener, ‘New Dance Horizons.’ at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Dance St. Louis commissioned four renowned choreographers from around the country to collaborate with four St, Louis companies to create four, distinct clever and moving world premieres. St. Louis Ballet, Leverage Dance Theatre, MADCO and Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company team up with post-modernist Pam Tanowitz, the witty choreographer Victoria Marks, ballet artist Gina Patterson and musical and expressive Jessica Lang. Dance St. Louis Artistic and Executive director Michael Uthoff will host a free program, the Marjorie Orgell “Speaking of Dance” series at the Touhill’s terrace lobby at 7:15 p.m. prior to the 8

p.m. performance and at 1:15 p.m. prior to the Saturday 2 p.m. performance. For tickets to the evening and matinee performances, call 314-534-6622 or on line at dancestlouis.org. ARTIST AMY FIRESTONE ROSEN’S prints on paper go on exhibit in the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School Messing Gallery from Sept. 16 and through Nov. 16.  Typical of Rosen’s work, these are brightly colorful monoprints, some abstract and others reminiscent of her very popular lingerie. She will be in the gallery at 101 N. Warson Road to greet guests at the artist’s reception on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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The Rep’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ reveals Simon’s genius for dramedy BY ROBERT A. COHN Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

With its emotionally complex production of Neil Simon’s autobiographical play “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” the Repertory Theatre helps prove that Simon is more than just a highly successful playwright who has a gift of making audiences roar at nonstop one-liners. Simon, who in 1991 received the Pulitzer Prize in drama for “Lost in Yonkers,” has taken his rightful place among the great dramatists in American theatrical history. “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” which hit Broadway in 1983, was the first of Neil Simon’s trilogy of autobiographical “B” plays, the others being “Biloxi Blues” (1985) about his military service and “Broadway Bound” (1986), based on Simon’s amazing career as a neophyte comedy writer in the halcyon days of early television.   Of the three, “Brighton Beach” is the most memorable and emotionally satisfying, working both as a laugh-out-loud comedy—and as a serious, often profound, drama. Under the skilled and seasoned direction of Steven Woolf, artistic director of the Rep, there is not a single weak performance among the cast, led by the stunningly engaging and totally believable Ryan DeLuca as the Simon-based protagonist, Eugene Morris Jerome. At age 15, Eugene is the younger of two sons in what Woolf calls a “somewhat dysfunctional family” living in the Brighton Beach Section of Brooklyn in 1937. Christianne Tisdale is superb as Eugene’s strong-willed and ultra-stressed mom, Kate. Kate’s sister, Blanche (Lori Wilner, in a textured performance) is living in the family’s already crowded Brooklyn home, along with her two daughters, Laurie (Jamey Jacobs Powell), who is smothered with overprotection because she has a “fluttering heart” and Nora (Aly Viny), who wants to audition for a Broadway show even if it means dropping out of high school. Blanche was widowed when her husband suddenly died at age 36, and finds herself ill prepared to provide parental advice and support for her daughters. As patriarch of this extended family, Jack Jerome (a terrific portrayal by Adam Heller) is literally working himself to death. He staggers home nightly from multiple jobs in

ABOVE: The Rep performs ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ through Sept. 30. BELOW RIGHT: Michael Curran-Dorsano (left) and Ryan DeLuca perform as brothers Stanley and Eugene. Photos: Jerry Naunheim Jr. mer comedy writing colleague Woody Allen.  He tells of his dread of the upcoming ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ family dinner of liver and cooked cabbage, which he calls “Medieval Jewish torWHEN: Through Sept. 30 ture.”  Like any other normal 15-year-old WHERE: Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 kid of any era, Eugene seeks to escape from Edgar Road, Webster Groves the constant weight of his pressure-cooker HOW MUCH: $16-$74 family by doing his 1930s version of “fantaMORE INFO:  314-968-4925 or www. sy baseball,” broadcasting his own game, repstl.org playing the parts of all the players and annoying his parents and aunt with hurling the depths of the Depression and is deeply the baseball against the outside wall with concerned not only over financial hardships an ever louder thwack. In the course of its two acts, but also the war clouds gathering over Europe as Adolf Hitler sets the stage for the “Brighton Beach Memoirs” gives each character his or her Holocaust. Meanwhile Eugene, gifted with both a due.  Eugene finds an outlet for his keen intellect (he makes nearly all A’s in talents by keeping a journal of the school) and an ironic sense of humor, craziness he observes in his crowdserves as an active participant in the mishe- ed household.   His mom Kate gas of his family circus as well as the audi- struggles mightily to keep the volaence’s narrator.  He looks to his older broth- tile household together, trying wither Stanley (a well-cast Michael Curran- out total success to contain her rage Dorsano) as a source of both stability and at the virtual poverty in which they advice on Eugene’s twin passions of 1930s live.  “I serve liver because I can’t baseball and his sudden interest in girls, afford to buy steak!” she rails at her especially his cousin Nora, confessing his long-suffering husband.  Jack himlonging to see her breasts for “just two sec- self wants desperately to help the plight of the Jews in Europe who, onds.” Eugene is often seen talking directly to by 1937, know they face certain the audience, a device used by Simon’s for- death if they cannot escape from

places like Poland, where he has numerous cousins.   Blanche struggles to break out of her cocoon of grief and get on with life without her dead husband.  Stanley learns to balance standing up for his principles without giving in to impulsiveness and weakness.   Laurie and Nora grapple with the limitations placed on their lives by illness and circumstance. “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is Simon’s most explicitly “Jewish” play.   Jack frequently talks about trying to attend “temple” more often.  He observes, reading the grim daily news in the New York Times that “being a Jew means that you have cousins living somewhere who are in grave danger.”  Kate reflects some learned prejudice against all non-Jews handed down from her own parents who escaped the Cossacks and pogroms in Russia.  To Kate, the Irish family across the street are “Cossacks,” even though the woman of that household can write a brilliant and sensitive letter. All of the production details are picture perfect, and every one of the Brooklyn accents sound absolutely authentic and true to the period of the play. Kudos also go to a terrific, bi-level set by Michael Ganio, who manages to re-create the authentic ambience of a lived-in middle-class home in the 1930s, including lots of little touches such as a mezuzah on the doorpost. “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is the first time in 46 seasons that the Rep has staged a Neil Simon play. Hopefully, given the success of this outstanding production, we won’t have to wait 46 more.


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become increasingly difficult to discuss issues of the Middle East — even on college campuses — because of the sensitivities of the issues involved. But that doesn’t mean that discussion, dialogue and debate shouldn’t take place.” The same could be said for newspapers. A few readers, knowing about the conference, asked that the Light not write about it at all. They feel any publicity is “good publicity” and better to ignore it altogether. While this newspaper does not support groups that espouse hate or attempt to dismantle the Jewish State, we do have a responsibility to report on events that affect Israel. As a media organization, we think those who object to the activities of the End the Israel Occupation group need to be aware of its actions and words.

Singing a different tune What would you have done if you were Josh Warshawsky? Let’s rewind to earlier this summer when like Josh, you find out you have been selected to compete in the 2012 Hallelujah Global Jewish Singing Contest in Israel. This means you have beaten virtually thousands of Jewish singers between the ages of 18 and 30 from all over the world to earn this coveted spot. You’ve heard that winning the competition is tantamount to securing the top spot on television shows like “American Idol”

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Josh Warshawsky (above) will serve as cantorial soloist for Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Congregation during the High Holidays. and “The Voice.” Your future as a rising soloist would likely be sealed. But as soon as you recover from the excitement of being chosen you realize you have a dilemma. The competition in Israel falls while you are at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, overseeing 65 campers ages 10 and 11 and 40 staff members. Do you leave camp to compete in Israel or do you stay at Ramah? If you’re Warshawsky, you stay and fulfill your obligation. “I really felt that we were making a difference with this youngest age group, creating a camping experience that was unique,” said Warshawsky, 22. He explained that he helped implement an overarching theme for the summer based on the ideas, “If not for myself who would be for me” and “If only for myself, who am I.” He and counselors worked with this young age group to help them

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learn to advocate for themselves as well as nurture friendships and create a true community at camp. “I felt leaving my job with two more weeks of camp still to go would be irresponsible,” said Warshawsky, who spent 11 summers at Camp Ramah; the last five on staff. “Cutting things short would have a negative impact on the kids and the staff. I just felt it wouldn’t be right to do that.” Warshawksy, who grew up in the Chicago area but has been part of Rick Recht’s Songleader Boot Camp in St. Louis several times, currently serves as musical director of the Columbia Clefhangers a cappella group and is the music specialist for United Synagogue of Hoboken in Hoboken, N.J. He also is a student in the joint bachelor’s degree program of Columbia University and List College, Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. He says he isn’t done with the Hallelujah competition, and plans to audition again next year. “I have to hope I will have the same success,” he said. “If I can make it one year, hopefully I can make it another year.” For those interested in hearing Warshawsky, he will serve as cantorial soloist and song leader for the High Holy Days at Shir Hadash. He will join Reconstructionist Rabbi Lane Steinger in leading the services at the Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. The services are free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.shirhadashstl.info or call 314-991-7972.

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Rabbi Michael Rovinsky (center), founder and director of Jewish Student Union, is pictured with and Rabbi Levi Landa (left) and Stephen Cohen at Federation’s annual meeting. At the meeting, Rovinsky was announced as the upcoming recipient of the Fred A. Goldstein Memorial Service Award for Outstanding Jewish Community Service. Photo: Yana Hotter

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27 serious candidates, saying he is “a strategic thinker who can bring a fresh outlook to the issues of our organization and our community; who can motivate the next generation to care about being Jewish and engage in the community; who will build a great team within the Federation staff, and who can lay out a vision and inspire others to follow it, including the philanthropic support.” Rosenberg, who will continue his work with the Federation through 2013, served as master of ceremonies for the evening. “The Jewish community, the Jewish world and the Jewish Federation that Andrew is entering is vastly different from the one I found here nearly 20 years ago,” Rosenberg noted. “Just consider the changes in population, characteristics and identity, changes and growing competition in the philanthropic landscape and the way people give, changing St. Louis economy, changes in the geo-political challenges facing the Jewish people and particularly Israel…these changes and many more will continue to require new ideas, new approaches, new ways of thinking, managing and leading the Jewish Federation. Other highlights of the annual meeting included the presentation of the David N. and Roselin Grosberg Young Leadership Awards to Rob Bertman and Ruth Raskas, and the announcement that the Fred A. Goldstein Memorial Service Award for Outstanding Jewish Community Service that will be presented at a future board meeting to Rabbi Michael Rovinsky, a community mohel and the founder and director of the Jewish Youth Council. It works with Jewish students in several local public and private schools. The Grosberg Award was established in 1961 by the family of Peggy Ross to honor trailblazers under age 40 who are active in Jewish Federation and in the community-atlarge. Bertman, who moved to St. Louis in 2005 by way of Chicago and New York, became involved in Jewish Federation’s Young Professionals Division, where he served as president from 2009-2011. He is a member of Federation’s Ben-Gurion and Montifiore Societies and serves on the Millstone Advisory board. He is associated with Eidelman Virant Capital. Raskas, who grew up in St. Louis and attended Epstein Hebrew Academy and Block Yeshiva High School, studied in Israel for a year, and spent time in London and the East Coast before returning to St. Louis in 2004, when she became involved in several local institutions. She has served on the board of the B’nai Amoona Early Childhood Center and the Young Israel Synagogue. At Federation, she was involved in the strategic planning of Women’s Philanthropy, served as chair of the Core Allocations Committee, and participated in the Search Committee for the Federation’s new executive.

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continued from page 1 The email said that the media would not be permitted at the final balloting, however a statement would be released after the membership was informed of the vote’s outcome, which would authorize the presidents to officially consummate the joining. Only members in good financial standing will cast ballots on the matter. A message in the August BSKI bulletin from Cort referenced declining membership numbers and an aging population at the synagogue as continuing challenges. She wrote that use of the afternoon Hebrew school and Sunday morning religious school were dropping and that less than half a dozen teenagers were left in the USY. On many mornings, the synagogue is unable to make a minyan. “This bleak situation is not due to lack of effort to recruit and keep members,” she wrote. “It is a universal problem being experienced not only by Conservative Judaism but most organized religion.” A message from Shenker in the September bulletin at Shaare Zedek also struck a note of urgency citing mounting annual deficits, imminent major property repairs and shrinking numbers for Shabbat services, educational programming and social events. “A mission-oriented merger process generates a fresh sense of identity and purpose in the resultant congregation,” he wrote. “The old lament of decline, or the ‘problem story’ is replaced by a well-grounded vision: a compelling story about an attainable future, illustrated by new actions today that provide both a taste of what can be and immediate learning about what it takes to get there.” Shenker’s message noted that demographic challenges to the community would need to be addressed by a passionate and revitalized board that would implement programming to further outreach to unaffiliated Jews. “As I stated earlier, something has to change,” he wrote. “We simply cannot continue following the same path.” Gary Kodner, who helped drive the previous merger effort when he was president of Shaare Zedek, said he’s glad to see the initiative come to fruition. “It’s nice to see the culmination of a process that’s been going on for two years finally come to a decision,” said Kodner, who now serves as chair of the Shaare Zedek board (and is a Jewish Light Trustee). “I hope there will be a positive outcome. I think that both synagogues are anx-

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ious to see a solution, a decision.” He said the result would probably depend heavily on who shows up to vote but he’s heard generally upbeat sentiments expressed during the town hall sessions. “If we continue to promote the positive aspects of a merger and the things it can do for a community in terms of sustaining it and creating a model that will last into the next generation, I think that’s going to be important,” he said. “I hope that people will look at that and not just look at it as some sort of financial convenience arrangement because it’s a lot more than that.” He said the move is well-grounded in terms of research. “I’ve looked at this from every single angle and worked with a variety of committees with both congregations,” said Kodner, who is a former member of BSKI. “We keep coming up with similar answers, that this can work and that it’s a positive thing for the next generation of our two synagogues and the sooner the better. We keep coming to the same conclusion.” Kodner said that many of the decisions on specifics like where the new institution would be housed will have to be made by the incoming leadership. “We didn’t think it was appropriate for a committee to

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decide those things,” he said. “We wanted a new congregation and new board to make those decisions.” His brother Rick Kodner, an ex-president of BSKI who also helped spearhead the process last time, said that that means a positive vote will only mark the beginning of the journey. “The tough part is that even if the vote goes through, we’re a long way off from mediating the particulars,” he said. “The vote going through will be a very strong message but then we have the task of deciding which synagogue to move into, a klei kodesh, new bylaws, a new name for the entity.” Rick Kodner said he favors the joining but has stepped back to play a much smaller role this time as a member of the personnel committee. He thinks the effort will be successful this time. “There’s been enough validation that neither synagogue can survive alone,” he said. “It would be just a matter of time for each synagogue as to when its demise will happen.” If that occurred, it wouldn’t be the first Jewish institution to face closure. Last year, Congregation Kol Am shut its doors, primarily due to ongoing financial woes.

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INSIDE SPORTS by Skip Erwin

The first Saturday of this month, before a rain-soaked sell-out crowd of 62,173 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo., the Missouri Tigers crushed the Northeastern Louisiana Lions 62-10 in Mizzou’s season opener. Despite the miserable weather, fans stayed throughout the game. After more than a century of Midwest conference competition, Mizzou is now be a member of the Southeast Conference (SEC), which has a policy that fans no longer can leave and re-enter Faurot Field. In its fan premier, MU wrote, “We know this will be an adjustment for some of you and we appreciate your understanding.” In the game against Northeastern Louisiana, the Tigers’ speed, quickness and strength were very impressive. On the opening kickoff, the team scored after a few minutes, going 75 yards, sparked by quarterback James Franklin’s 28-yard-run, setting up a 2-yard touchdown pass to a diving T. J. Moe, giving the team a 7-0 lead. Then, after stopping the Lions, tailback Kendial Lawrence went untouched around the left side and sprinted 76 yards for a touchdown. The conversion made it 14-0. A 20-yard touchdown interception by linebacker Zaviar Gooden followed. Defensive end Michael Sam, a few minutes later, picked up a fumble on the Lions’ 6-yard line, and jogged into the end zone for another Mizzou touchdown. All four touchdowns in the first eight minutes gave Missouri a 28-0 lead. In the second half Marcus Murphy ran for two touchdowns on two punt returns for 70 and 72-yard touchdowns, the first time in Missouri history that was ever done in one game. As a result, the SEC named Murphy specialty player of the week. The Mizzou offense and defense were outstanding. Offensive tackle Elvis Fisher, who had been out two years with a knee injury after starting 40 straight games, was back in action. Defensively, 310-pound tackle, Sheldon Richardson, a human bulldozer, leads the front four with a strong linebacking trio, Zaviar Gooden, Andrew Wilson and Will Ebner. Each seem ready -- and able -- to accept the challenge of the SEC Conference. John Kadlec, “Mr. Mizzou,” an all-big-seven tackle in the early ‘50s says, “Physically, the Tigers can compete in the SEC and are in the best shape of any Missouri team Gary Pinkel has ever coached.” Skip Erwin wrote & broadcast sports shows for KMOX for 25 years. Member JCC & UMSL Sports Hall of Fame.

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Semester in Israel offers students a new perspective Marlee Cox Senior, Mehlville High School

“Is Judaism a religion or culture?” Zoe Wolkowitz, a senior at Parkway Central High School, was often asked this question during her four and-a-half month stay in Israel last spring. Her answer? “Both,” Zoe said. “It’s something you just have to experience. … Jews are unique in the way derived from our religion. (We are) a unique culture of traditions and values, ones you can’t find anywhere else.” Zoe enrolled in the NorthAmerican Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) Eisendrath International Exchange, a program that enables Reform Jewish high school students to study abroad for a semester. The goal is to develop a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the history and culture of Israel. “I didn’t know anyone going into the program,” she said. “But I came out with 67 new friends.” Alongside these students, Zoe lived in Kibbutz Tzubah, about 10 minutes from Jerusalem. Within the kibbutz, students enrolled in general academic classes, along with mandatory courses in Hebrew and Jewish history. “You get more credits through the program than you would at home, plus I barely had school,” Zoe said. “It was a win-win for me because it raised my GPA without doing as much

“It was amazing,” Zoe said of the week in Poland. “To be there and actually learn about it… you’re not just talking about stuff, you’re actually going to see it.” Having visited Israel several times before, Zoe had realistic expectations about what life in Israel might be like. Still, lifestyle differences were apparent. “Security was pretty intense,” she said. “For instance, just going into a mall you had to go through a metal detector. Also, everyone in Israel carries guns, so it’s normal to be walking down the street seeing someone with an M-16 on their back.” Zoe also noticed more subtle differences between Israeli culZoe Wolkowitz ture and the lifestyle she was ac(above photo, custom to at home—differences less obvious than pedestrians center) is picpacking heavy artillery. tured during “Israeli culture is just so much an IDF traindifferent than here or anywhere ing course and else because everyone is conduring a hike nected to a common cause—reli(left photo, in gion,” she said. “Where in America the first priority is money, in red) in southern Israel. Zoe Israel it’s family and community.” Of course, not everyone in Isparticipated in rael is ultra-Orthodox, following a NFTY study every law and commandment and devoting every waking hour abroad to studying Torah. In fact, acprogram. cording to Zoe, “a large portion of Israeli society is secular.” work as I would have at home.” “I am definitely not religious, so I thought I Although she spent little time in a conventional classroom, Zoe learned invaluable lessons dur- wouldn’t fit in,” she said. “[But] school-wise, eving frequent day- and week-long excursions “all eryone could choose to be as religious as they over Israel and Poland.” Students experienced wanted. They had opportunities and options to Israeli army training, hiked in the surrounding follow as much as they wanted.” terrain, and spent a week in Poland studying the See ISRAEL, page 37 Holocaust.

Holiday care packages provide college students a reminder of their traditions Rebecca Handler sophomore, Lafayette High School

While college is a time for students to venture out into a new stage of their lives and begin making decisions for themselves, that doesn’t mean they must leave their past behind. Congregation B’nai Amoona helps to remind Jewish college students of their roots four times a year. B’nai Amoona member Susan Drapekin was the first to make care packages for college students during Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover. Drapekin first began creating and sending the care packages in an effort to remind students of the four most celebrated Jewish holidays. “I tried really hard to find things that

brought up memories, either of their growing up at B’nai Amoona, or just if you’re gone for the holidays and your mom’s not providing you with the specific holiday food, I tried to have something that they’d open up to remind them,” Drapekin said. As the mother of three children in college, Drapekin already had an idea of what college students would want in a care package. But she also reached out to other groups to determine how best to provide Jewish students with comforting reminders of home. “I’ve tried to branch out into the synagogue to get input from groups that would help these college kids bring up some remembrance,” Drapekin said. Zach Dalin, a senior at Bradley University and member of B’nai Amoona, believes that the care packages do remind students of their synagogue and their back home. “They’re still watching out for us even though we’re not in St. Louis anymore,” Dalin said. “Even though we’re not physically there, they make sure we keep those things going in our lives.” Funded by the community at B’nai Amoona, Drapekin organized 50 to 60 boxes on her own time. These boxes, which travel all over the country to students who have belonged to B’nai Amoona, include items specific to each holiday. For example, on Ha-

nukkah, a gift card may be included, and on Rosh Hashanah, apples and honey to remind the students of the tradition. Most of the packages include food for each holiday that may be difficult for students to find on their own in college. They also include Drapekin’s touches of thoughtfulness and care. “I have in my head that this could be the box that goes to my child, so I just really tried to take care of each one,” Drapekin said. In addition to reminding the students of their synagogue and faith, the packages are designed to offer reassurance that people back home care about them. Drapekin wants students to know that just because they’re gone, people are still thinking about them, she said. This project helped Drapekin understand the importance of college kids staying linked to the congregation and their Judaism even after they leave home. “It reaffirmed how important it is for a synagogue not to stop their contact with students once they head out of the system,” Drapekin said. “You know you get in college and you’re bombarded with a lot of different forces that you haven’t had in the past.

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I believe it was Moses himself who first said, “Curly, unruly hair is a problem faced by many Jewish girls.” OK, so maybe that’s not exactly right, but let’s face it: Curly hair is about as Jewish as matzo ball soup. While some girls can and do wear their curls well, I find that when I try to go “au naturel” with my hair, I end up looking like I’ve just been electrocuted. So for those of you facing a similar struggle with your mane, I offer you the following advice for taming your Jewfro. The most obvious option is to straighten hair with a flat iron, but unfortunately, there are many downsides. First of all, the heat from the flat iron can damage your hair if you overdo it. The whole straightening process in itself can be extremely time consuming between washing, blow drying and flat-ironing, and sometimes requires up to a few hours. If you’ve got the curly hair I have, it will probably take at least that much time. In other words, straightening hair can be nice and fun thing on occasion, but much like cookies and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” – all are best enjoyed in moderation. What do peanut butter and chocolate have in common with curly and straight hair? Answer: They’re both two unlikely yet spectacular combinations. That’s right, another option that should be considered when faced with wild, unmanageable hair is to

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Jewish teens ages 13 to 16 traveled to Memphis from across the country this summer to compete in the 30th annual Jewish Community Center Maccabi games, Aug. 3-10. Among the participants were two local stars: Jacob Kanter from Parkway Central High School and Ben Sheinbein from Ladue Middle School. Jacob, a junior in high school, began playing tennis as a child. Adopted as a baby from Texas, he was brought into a family with a major tennis background. His mother, Jan Sandweiss, worked as a pro at Creve Coeur Racquet Club, Chesterfield Athletic Club at the Doubletree Hotel and Woodsmill Tennis Club for a total of 15 years, and encouraged Jacob to try the sport as well. “At first my mom just forced me to play tennis, but once I started to get into it and beat people I played because I liked it,” Jacob said. “Freshman year was when I really started to enjoy the game, especially when we came in fourth in state.” This summer was Jacob’s first experience at Maccabi. He had high expectations going into the competition, and came home pleased with his performance, coming in second out of 21 players. “It was so cool to stay with a host family and meet people from all over, like Alabama, Los Angeles and Houston,” Jacob said. He describes tennis as his main passion, and says winning is his main priority on the court. Ben takes a similar stance on baseball, but his Maccabi experience was more influential than he ever imagined. On the youngest side of the games, Ben, an eighth grader, was also a newcomer to Maccabi. His baseball team, consisting of St. Louis and New Orleans teens, practiced all summer for the competition. Ben’s favorite moment at Maccabi was

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In some shuls, congregants encouraged to keep phones on during services By Debra Rubin JTA

Don’t turn off your phone — it’s not an announcement typically heard as religious services begin. But congregants at a Miami Beach High Holidays service for young adults will be asked to use their cellphones to send text messages to the rabbi during parts of the Rosh Hashanah evening service this year. Rabbi Amy Morrison of Reform’s Temple Beth Sholom will be leading the free service for The Tribe, a semi-autonomous pluralistic group, at a nearby Florida Jewish Museum. Morrison, iPad in hand, plans to stand before a 5-foot screen and ask congregants to respond at various points in the service — texting, for example, whom they would like to forgive, how they would like to be remembered and their own transgressions. She expects more than 250 people to attend. “They can interact with the rabbi and they’ll drive the content of the service — they’ll see each other’s comments and can react to them,” said Rebecca Needler Dinar, The Tribe’s director. “We don’t call it a service; we call it an experience.” Dinar and Morrison also have prepared a special prayerbook for the service that includes quotes from an array of sources — from Rashi and the prophet Amos to novelist Louisa May Alcott, author Maya Angelou, rapper P. Diddy, the musical the “Lion King” and the movie “Kung Fu Panda.” The unusual service is just one way that technology and social media are changing Jewish observances in certain communi-

A mahzor, High Holiday prayer book, created for The Tribe, a Miami Beach, Fla., pluralistic, nondenominational group for young adults, asks congregants to comment on some aspects of the service. At various times during the service, congregants will be asked to text responses that will be displayed on a large screen behind the rabbi. ties. While an increasing number of synagogues are offering real-time Internet streaming of services for those unable or unwilling to participate in person, some shuls have begun to incorporate social media into the congregational experience. At Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, Calif., also a Reform temple, Rabbi Paul Kipnes has tentative plans to encourage congregants with smartphones to use Facebook to reflect on the shofar after it is blown for the second time during the service. “Maimonides says, ‘Awake sleepers.’ Most of us hear the shofar and continue

sleeping through it,” Kipnes said. “It’s a show, not an alarm clock. I’m saying OK, everybody, sit up, wake up, reflect.” Given that so much of the High Holidays liturgy is in the collective — “We have sinned” — Kipnes says it is appropriate for congregants to share their thoughts collectively during the service. “Prayer,” he said, “is not supposed to be a spectator sport.” A youth group at Temple Shalom in Newton, Mass., also used texting last year in its Rosh Hashanah service. Scott Kroll, the Reform synagogue’s youth educator at the time, brought the idea to the teens from

a digital media program he had taught at Kutz Camp in Warwick, N.Y. The campers incorporated texting into the session’s final evening services in conjunction with the Avinu Malkeinu prayer, expressing their hopes for the coming year. “High school kids are never told to take out their cellphones and use them during a service,” Kroll said. “I thought it may be a little gimmicky, but it ended up being very meaningful.” The New Year’s wishes were projected on a screen in front of the chapel, “allowing them to create collective prayer,” Kroll said. “Mobile phones and texting is part of teenagers’ everyday life,” he said. “Being able to incorporate that into a holiday service is not odd to them,” but rather helped “enhance their prayer experience.” “Social media for teens and kids and young adults — and increasingly for older adults — is a way of communicating and staying in touch,” he said. Texting during services might not become common, but Kroll says he thinks “the norm will be integrating new forms of communications and digital media into services, particularly in Reform. It’s obvious that most Conservative and Orthodox services would not embrace this.” The Tribe, which is funded by Synagogue 3000’s Next Dor, Temple Beth Sholom, the Woldenberg Foundation and other local groups, is composed of Jews across denominations. “The vision of outreach is reaching people where they are,” Dinar said. “This is the language of that generation.”

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At the New Year, American Jews grapple with balancing faith, work and school By Charlotte Anthony JTA

NEW YORK — Last Yom Kippur, a fasting Brenda Rienhardt sat in the hallway outside her classroom studying for a test while watching online Yom Kippur services on her laptop. “I wanted to keep up with what was going on religiously and not fail my test,” said Rienhardt, 26, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., resident who was then a senior at Florida Atlantic University. “It was just a challenge because I was balancing what I should do with what I needed to do.” For many American Jews like Rienhardt, the High Holidays mean balancing the demands of the American workplace and school with their Jewish observance. Lisa Vaughn, who has worked as an urgent care and emergency physician for 17 years, said that being on call doesn’t give a lot of opportunities to take days off. “When you have that job, you work every shift, holiday or not,” said Vaughn, 51, of Massillon, Ohio. “You hope God understands because you know your employer doesn’t.” Jonathan Sarna, professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, says the High Holidays are a time when Jews are conflicted with their identity. “I think because there are many non-Jews who know about the High Holidays and wonder if a Jewish person doesn’t celebrate them … Jews find themselves confronting the tension between identifying with the

Jewish community or identifying with the general community,” Sarna said. “It’s not about the High Holidays but about one’s larger identity as a Jew different from the rest of America.” Shawn Green, a now retired Jewish professional baseball player, sat out a 2001 Los Angeles Dodgers’ game on Yom Kippur for just that reason. It was the first time in 415 games that he chose not to play. “As a baseball player, it’s a little different, you don’t have the luxury of picking several holidays. But if I was going to pick one holiday to sit out, then that’s the one,” Green said about Yom Kippur. ”I felt that as one of the few Jewish athletes, it was important to acknowledge my connection to my heritage.” His first major challenge came in 2004 when the Dodgers were locked in a tight battle with the San Francisco Giants for the division title. With only 10 games left in the season and two of them scheduled for Yom Kippur — one on Kol Nidre, one on Yom Kippur afternoon — Green faced a dilemma. “I was in a no-win situation because if I miss both games, that would be a little hypocritical because I really wasn’t very religious, but at the same time I wanted to acknowledge my connection and heritage,” Green said. “So I opted to play one and to sit one game as a compromise just to say look, I am acknowledging my Jewish roots, but at the same time I also have a responsibility to the team and to my fans at the Dodgers.” Most Jews don’t face such public dilemmas and often can

adjust their schedules. That’s true for Meyer Koplow, executive partner at the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz law firm in New York. “Most of the things you do as a litigator involves either briefing matters, taking discovery, trials and other court appearances. You almost always know well in advance what the schedule will require for each of those tasks,” said Koplow, 61. “It’s usually very easy to schedule them around the holidays so that holidays are not a problem.” For some people, it’s not getting time off for the holidays that’s problematic, it’s the stress of being disconnected that causes tensions. Take Stu Loeser, who recently left his job as press secretary for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Loeser said that with his BlackBerry turned off during holidays and the Sabbath, he doesn’t necessarily know about breaking news. “When you pick up the newspaper the next day, then you can be in for quite a surprise,” said Loeser, 39. “I find it especially stressful and nerve-wracking. I have a deputy who steps in for me, but even though you have phenomenally competent people filling in for you doesn’t mean that it’s not stressful.” For Loeser and other observant Jews, however, it’s the lesser-known holidays, such as Shemini Atzeret and Shavuot, that can be most challenging in terms of taking days off. “Everyone’s heard of Rosh Hashanah and people under-

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Sweet season: Apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah By Sybil Kaplan JTA

JERUSALEM — Among the familiar customs of Rosh Hashanah is the dipping of apple pieces in honey — but what is its origin? King David had a “cake made in a pan and a sweet cake” (II Samuel 6: 15, 19) given to everyone. Hosea 3:1 identifies the “sweet cake” as a raisin cake. Honey also may have been used in the cake, but the honey of ancient Eretz Yisrael was made from dates or grapes or figs or raisins because the land at the time had no domestic bees, only Syrian bees. To extract honey from their combs, it had to be smoked. Still, honey was of importance in the biblical times because there was no sugar. During the Roman period, Italian bees were introduced to the Middle East, and bee honey was more common. The Torah also describes Israel as “eretz zvat chalav u’dvash,” the land flowing with milk and honey, although the

honey was more than likely date honey, a custom retained by many Sephardic Jews to this day. Today, Israel has some 500 beekeepers who have some 90,000 beehives that produce more than 3,500 tons of honey a n nua lly. K ibbut z Yad Mordechai is the largest producer of honey — 10,000 bottles a day. According to an article from a few years ago, the average Israeli eats 125 apples and 750 grams of honey a year, mostly around the High Holidays. Among Ashkenazim, challah is dipped in honey instead of having salt sprinkled on it for the blessing, then the blessing is given over the apple, “May it be Your will to renew for us a good and sweet year,” which is dipped in honey. Dipping the apple in honey on Rosh Hashanah is said to symbolize the desire for a sweet new year. Why an apple? In Bereshit, the book of Genesis, Isaac compares the fragrance of

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Campfires, meditation and mountain trails — alternative High Holidays celebrations By Debra Rubin JTA

WASHINGTON — Throughout the day they dropped slips of paper into the beehive-shaped basket — snippets on which they had written the sins for which they were seeking forgiveness. At nightfall, the group of about 15 people sat in a circle reading aloud the sins and then tossing the papers into the campfire. This wasn’t the typical recitation of Al Chet, the confession of sins read on Yom Kippur, but for these Jews it marked the end of a Day of Atonement spent in a woodland park in Oakland, Calif. “There was a real sense of recognition of a lot of things people were asking forgiveness for,” said Ari Kelman of Palo Alto, Calif., one of the day’s organizers. “All the things were individual, but there was a sense of collective recognition for the sins during the course of the year.” While millions of Jews worldwide spend Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in synagogue sanctuaries, school auditoriums and other formal settings, some Jews find alternative ways to observe the High Holidays. That often means praying, meditating and reflecting while outdoors. Kelman, 41, has done just that for the past few years, coordinating with friends he describes as having strong Jewish back-

grounds. “We were looking for something that didn’t feel like an endurance sport but was actually comfortable, and allowed us to interact with people we like and hit the parts of the service that meant something for us,” said Kelman, a professor of education and Jewish studies at Stanford University. He says the service has consisted of selected traditional prayers from the machzor, or holiday prayer book, study sessions on the Torah portion in lieu of a formal Torah reading and “texts that ran the gamut from philosophy to poetry to Bible.” Kelman says he was inspired by the experience of his friend, Amy Tobin. “The years that I sat in synagogue, I didn’t get much out of it,” said Tobin, who has written a musical that interpreted the story of Lilith and a rock opera on the Book of Esther. “When I’m sitting there, I’m not interacting with the ritual, or the traditions or the text.” Yet she loves the High Holidays. “I love that there’s this intense sense of intention and renewal. And you’re always in a different place,” said the Oakland resident. But a half dozen years ago, Tobin and her friend Devra Aarons decided to spend Rosh Hashanah in the woods. “We brought books and a blanket and some snacks,”

Tobin recalled, alternating among reading, writing and talking. “There’s something really nurturing about being outside,” she said. “I think the place is not even as important as the idea of giving ourselves the time and space to do what we need to do, both interactive and reflective.” Spending time outside became a tradition for her and Aarons. Other friends, including Kelman, soon joined them. Kelman “has drawn on sections of the service, more so than I probably would,” Tobin said. “For me, I’m more interested in the spirit of the season than I am in the specific prayers that are part of the service.”

Rabbi Mike Comins also looks for the spirit of the service — and typically does it alone. Comins runs Torah Trek, The Center for Jewish Wilderness Spirituality, a group that holds Jewish-content retreats and programs outdoors. While his organization doesn’t hold programs for the High Holidays, Comins, 55, takes to a mountain trail on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. “The reason I don’t go out on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur is I very much believe in being part of the community. I wouldn’t want to choose one or the other,” he said.

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Agudas Israel

Agudas Israel of St. Louis 8202 Delmar Boulevard St. Louis, Mo. 63124 314-863-8978 office@agudastl.com Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 16 Selichos & Shacharis followed by Hataras Nedarim: First minyan upstairs........... 6:30 a.m. Second minyan downstairs... 7:30 a.m. Candle lighting / Mincha.....6:48 p.m. Maariv ............................. 7:53 p.m. There will be shiurim between Mincha & Maariv 1st Day, Rosh Hashanah Monday, Sept. 17 Shacharis Hashkama Minyan.5:40 a.m. Shacharis main minyan....... 7:30 a.m. Shofar ..................... (approx) 11 a.m. Learning and Daf Yomi....... 5:35 p.m. Mincha............................ 6:35 p.m. 2nd Day, Rosh Hashanah Monday evening, Sept. 17 Candlelighting not before.... 7:52 p.m. Maariv............................. 7:52 p.m. Tzom Gedalia Wednesday, Sept. 19 Fast begins........................ 5:30 a.m. Selichos followed by Shacharis........ ...................................... 5:50 a.m. Mincha............................6:30 p.m. Fast ends........................... 7:45 p.m. Erev Yom Kippur Tuesday, Sept. 25 Selichos and Shacharis.. 6:25,7:25 a.m. Mincha............................2:30 p.m.

Candlelighting...................6:34 p.m. Kol Nidre.........................6:34 p.m. Yom Kippur Day Wednesday, Sept. 26 Shacharis Hashkama minyan..5:45 a.m. Shacharis main minyan....... 7:30 a.m. Yizkor............. approximately 12 p.m. Fast ends............................7:37 p.m. Erev Succos Sunday, Sept. 30 Candlelighting & Mincha.....6:26 p.m. Maariv..............................7:10 p.m. First Day of Succos Monday, Oct. 1 Shacharis early minyan........ 7:30 a.m. main minyan..................... 8:30 a.m. Learning and Daf Yomi.......5:30 p.m. Mincha............................6:30 p.m. Second Day of Succos Monday evening, Oct. 1 Candlelighting not earlier than.7:29 p.m. Maariv............................. 7:29 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 Shacharis early minyan........ 7:30 a.m. main minyan..................... 8:30 a.m. Learning and Daf Yomi.......5:30 p.m. Mincha............................6:30 p.m. Maariv............................. 7:28 p.m. Hoshanna Rabbah Sunday, Oct. 7 Shacharis (Netz Minyan).......6:25 a.m. Second Minyan....................... 8 a.m. Shemini Atzeres Sunday evening, Oct. 7 Candlelighting and Mincha...6:15 p.m. Maariv.............................7:05 p.m. Shacharis early minyan........ 7:30 a.m.

main minyan..................... 8:30 a.m. Yizkor (approx)......................11 a.m. Learning & Daf Yomi..........5:10 p.m. Mincha............................ 6:10 p.m. Simchas Torah Monday evening, Oct. 8 Candlelighting no earlier than.7:19 p.m. Maariv..............................7:19 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 Shacharis, Krias HaTorah, Mussaf.8 a.m. Hakafos.................................2 p.m. Mincha............................6:20 p.m. Maariv & Conclusion of Yom Tov... .......................................7:17 p.m.

Bais Abraham Congregation

6910 Delmar Boulevard St. Louis, Mo. 63130 314-721-3030 office@baisabe.com www.baisabe.com High Holiday Learners’ Services The Bais Abraham Family wants to warmly welcome you for the Holidays. Connect - Be Inspired - Reflect this New Year Rosh Hashanah Learners’ Service: “Prayer Without Borders” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday Sept. 17. Facilitated by Bais Abraham’s Rabbinic intern, Noah Levitt, and prayer leader Rafi Nemes. No membership, ticket, or previous knowledge required. Yom Kippur Learners’ Service: 4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 26; Everything is explained in English. Free, no tickets required; no previous knowl-

edge necessary. Everyone is Welcome. SELICHOT Saturday, Sept. 8 Selichot Services..................... 11 p.m. Selichot/Shacharit Sunday, Sept. 9.................... 8:30a.m. Mon., Sept.10 through Yom Kippur Mon./Thurs........................... 6 a.m. Tues./Wed./Fri................... 6:15 a.m. Sunday.................................. 8 a.m. EREV ROSH HASHANAH Sunday, Sept. 16 Selichot/Shacharit................... 8 a.m. Candle lighting..................6:49 p.m. Mincha/Maariv..................6:45 p.m. ROSH HASHANAH I Monday, Sept. 17 Shacharit.......................... 8:30 a.m. Learners’ Service...............10:30 a.m. Tashlich at Lewis Park...............6 p.m. Mincha/Maariv..................6:45 p.m. ROSH HASHANAH II Monday night, Sept. 17 Candle lighting............after 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 Shacharit.......................... 8:30 a.m. Mincha/Maariv..................6:45 p.m. Havdalah.......................... 7:44 p.m.

Mincha/ Maariv................. 6:25 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 Shacharit.............................. 9 a.m. Mincha/ Maariv................. 6:25 p.m. SUKKOT II Monday night, Oct. 1 Candle lighting............after 7:23 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 Shacharit............................... 9 a.m. Mincha / Maariv................. 6:25 p.m. Havdalah...........................7:21 p.m. HOSHANAH RABAH Sunday, Oct. 7 Shacharit............................... 8 a.m. SHMINI ATZERET Sunday night, Oct. 7 Candle lighting...................6:16 p.m. Mincha/ Maariv..................6:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 Shacharit.............................. 9 a.m. Yizkor......................after 10:30 a.m. Mincha/ Maariv..................6:15 p.m. SIMCHAT TORAH Monday night, Oct. 8 Candle lighting............after 7:12 p.m. Kiddush/ Refreshments........7:15 p.m. (Sponsored by Chabad on Campus) Hakafot/Dancing....................8 p.m.

FAST OF GEDALIA Wednesday, Sept. 19 Fast begins.........................5:28 a.m. Shacharit............................... 6 a.m. Mincha.............................6:15 p.m. Fast ends........................... 7:29 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9 Shacharit.............................. 9 a.m. Hakafot......................approx 10 a.m. Mincha/ Maariv................. 6:10 p.m. Havdalah........................... 7:11 p.m.

EREV YOM KIPPUR Tuesday, Sept. 25 Selichot/Shacharit.............. 6:30 a.m. Mincha.................................2 p.m. Candle lighting/ Fast........... 6:35 p.m. Kol Nidrei........................ 6:35 p.m.

Bais Menachem Chabad

YOM KIPPUR Wednesday, Sept. 26 Shacharit............................... 9 a.m. Yizkor.......... approximately 11:30 a.m. Learners’ Service....... 4:45 - 6:15 p.m. Mincha............................4:45 p.m. Neilah...............................6:15 p.m. Shofar sounds.....................7:31 p.m. SUKKOT I Sunday night, Sept. 30 Candle lighting.................. 6:27 p.m.

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Sunday, Sept. 16 (Rosh Hashana Eve) Selichot followed by Shachrit & Annulment of Vows............ 7:30 a.m.   Mincha followed by Rosh Hashana Evening Service..................6:50 p.m.     Monday, Sept. 17 (Rosh Hashana Day 1) Shachrit Service......................9 a.m.   Sounding of Shofar............... Approx. 11:30 a.m.  

ROSH HASHANAH Day 1 Monday, Sept. 17 Shacharis.............................. 8 a.m. Learner’s Service...................10 a.m. Shofar Blowing.....approx. 10:40 a.m. Pirkei Avos............................6 p.m. Davening Times continued — Part 2 Mincha............................ 6:35 p.m. Ma’ariv.............................7:50 p.m. Candlelighting....Not before 7:50 p.m.

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EREV ROSH HASHANAH Sunday, Sept. 16 Selichos............................ 7:30 a.m. Shacharis..........................approx. 8:30 a.m. Followed by Hataras Nedarim* Candlelighting...................6:49 p.m. Mincha.............................. 6:50pm Sunset.............................. 7:07 p.m. Maariv............................. 7:52 p.m.

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Mincha Service.......................6 p.m.   Tashlich Service followed by Maariv Service.............................6:30 p.m.     Tuesday, Sept. 18 (Rosh Hashana Day 2) Shachrit Service...................... 9 a.m.   Sounding of Shofar...........Approx. 11:30 a.m.   Mincha Service followed by Maariv.. ......................................6:50 p.m.     Wednesday, Sept. 19 (Fast of Gedalya) Shachrit Service................. 8:30 a.m.   Mincha Service..................6:40 p.m.     Tuesday, Sept. 25 (Yom Kippur Eve) Shachrit Service................. 7:30 a.m.   Mincha Service.......................2 p.m.   Kol Nidrei........................6:40 p.m.     Wednesday, Sept. 26 (Yom Kippur) Shachrit Service...................... 9 a.m.   Yizkor Service...................Approx. 11:30 a.m.   Mincha Service followed by Neila Service 5:10 p.m.

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Visit WWW. STLJEWISHLIGHT.COM ROSH HASHANAH Day 2 Tuesday, Sept. 18 Shacharis.............................. 8 a.m. Shofar Blowing.....approx. 10:40 a.m. Mincha............................6:35 p.m. Pirkei Avos............................6 p.m. Ma’ariv and Havdallah after 7:49 p.m. Aseres Y’mei Teshuva FAST OF GEDALIA Wednesday, Sept 19 Fast begins.........................5:27 a.m. Selichos............................ 6:30 a.m. Shacharis............................... 7 a.m. Mincha............................6:30 p.m. Ma’ariv............................. 7:32 p.m. Fast ends........................... 7:45 p.m. EREV YOM KIPPUR Tuesday, Sept. 25 Selichos............................6:45 a.m. Shacharis...............................7 a.m. Mincha . ..............................3 p.m. Candlelighting.................. 6:34 p.m. Suggested to arrive early to say Tefilas Zakah..............................6:20 p.m. Kol Nidre........................6:35 p.m. YOM KIPPUR Wednesday, Sept. 26 Shacharis.............................8 a.m. Yizkor.................approx. 11:30 a.m. Mincha..........................4:30 p.m. Neila.......................approx. 6 p.m. Final Shofar/Yom Kippur concludes/ Ma’ariv followed by Havdalla/Fast ends 7:36 p.m. EREV SUKKOS Sunday, Sept 30 Shacharis ......................... 8:30 a.m. Candlelighting.................. 6:26 p.m. Mincha............................ 6:25 p.m. Sunset..............................6:44 p.m. Ma’ariv..............................7:10 p.m. Repeat Krias Shema after 7:30 p.m. SUKKOS Day 1 Monday, Oct. 1 Shacharis.......................... 8:30 a.m. Mincha............................6:20 p.m. Ma’ariv............................. 7:28 p.m. Candlelighting not earlier than 7:28 p.m. SUKKOS Day 2 Tuesday, Oct. 2 Shacharis.......................... 8:30 a.m. Mincha............................6:20 p.m. Ma’ariv followed by Havdalla .7:26 p.m. SPECIAL EVENTS Join us for our Annual Simchas Beis HaShoeva Party Wednesday evening, Oct. 3, beginning at 7:15 p.m. Thursday Oct. 4th at 1 p.m., don’t miss the U. City Shul semi-annual family carnival and softball game. Further details to be announced. Motzei Shabbos Oct. 6th, there will be a special communitywide Simchas Beis HaShoeva at 8:30 pm for women only at the U. City Shul.

HOSHANA RABBAH Sunday, Oct. 7, Shacharis............................... 8 a.m. Candlelighting....................6:16 p.m. Mincha followed by Ma’ariv...6:15 p.m. SHEMINI ATZERES Monday, Oct. 8 Shacharis..........................8:30 a.m. Yizkor.................approx. 10:20 a.m. Special kiddush following davening with Auction for Simchas Torah honors Candlelighting....Not Before 7:17 p.m. Mincha............................6:10 p.m. Followed by Maariv & Hakafos SIMCHAS TORAH Tuesday, Oct. 9 Shacharis followed by Hakafos & Kiddush........................... 8:30 a.m. Mincha............................ 6:10 p.m. Ma’ariv Followed by Havdalah.7:16 p.m.

Congregation B’nai Amoona 324 South Mason Road St. Louis, Mo. 63141 314-576-9990 Michael@bnaimoona.com www.bnaiamoona.com

All times listed are approximate. For all assigned honors, please arrive at least 30 minutes early and let a greeter know where you are sitting. EREV ROSH HASHANAH Sunday, Sept. 16 (Guller Chapel). 6 p.m. ROSH HASHANAH I Monday, Sept. 17 Shacharit............................... 8 a.m. Torah Service.....................8:45 a.m. Shofar Service.................... 9:30 a.m. Children/Teen Tefillot & Programs.10:15 a.m. Musaf..............................10:15 a.m. Sermon (approximate) Rabbi Rose.11:15 a.m. Mincha (Guller Chapel)...........5 p.m. Depart for Tashlich.............5:30 p.m. Tashlich & Shofar Band Refreshments & Ma’ariv........6:15 p.m. ROSH HASHANAH II Tuesday, Sept. 18 Shacharit............................... 8 a.m. Torah Service.....................8:45 a.m. Torah Study.......................8:45 a.m. Shofar Service.................... 9:30 a.m. Children/Teen Tefillot & Programs. 10:15 a.m. Rosh U............................10:15 a.m. Musaf..............................10:15 a.m. Sermon (approximate).........11:15 a.m. Dr. Andrew Rehfeld, CEO Jewish Federation Mincha & Ma’ariv (Guller Chapel).6:15 p.m. FAST OF GEDALIA Wednesday, Sept. 19 Shacharit............................... 7 a.m. Mincha & Ma’ariv................6:15 p.m. KEVER AVOT & SHEMOT (Memorial Service & Burial of Sacred Texts)

Sunday Morning, Sept. 23 Pre-Yontif Visitation to the Burial Places of Our Ancestors..................10:30 a.m. (B’nai Amoona Cemetery) KOL NIDREI Tuesday, Sept. 25 Mincha (promptly)..............6:15 p.m. Kol Nidrei Service (promptly). 6:30 p.m. Children’s Programming (grades K-6) 7:40 p.m. Ma’ariv & Sermon – Rabbi Kaiman 7:45 p.m. The musical introduction of the Kol Nidrei Service starts promptly at 6:30pm. We invite congregants to be in their seats by that time; before the doors to the Sanctuary are closed for this sacred service. Yom Kippur tealight candles will be available to light at Shul in the Tober Lobby. YOM KIPPUR Wednesday, Sept. 26 Shacharit............................... 9 a.m. Torah Service........................10 a.m. Children/Teen Tefillot & Programs 11:15 a.m. Musaf...................................11 a.m. Sermon (approximate) Rabbi Rose. 12:30 p.m. Yizkor (approximate).......... 1:30 p.m. Recess...............................2:15 p.m. Annual Healing Service.......2:30 p.m. Our Annual “Schmooze with Rabbi Rose”............................... 3:45 p.m. Mincha and Neilah.............4:45 p.m. Children’s Programming (grades K-6) 6 p.m. Ma’ariv, Havdalah & Sounding of the Shofar...............................7:10 p.m. followed by Break-the-Fast refreshments sponsored by BAUSY SUKKOT Sunday Evening, Sept. 30 Erev Sukkot Services............6:15 p.m. First Day Services.................... Monday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. Evening Services........Oct. 1 at 6:15 p.m. 2nd Day Services.Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9 a.m. Mincha & Ma’ariv................6:15 p.m. HOSHANAH RABBAH Sunday Morning, Oct. 7 (Guller Chapel)................. 8:30 a.m. Followed by a Festive Breakfast SHEMINI ATZERET Sunday Evening, Oct. 7 (Guller Chapel)................... 6:15 p.m. Monday Morning , Oct. 8........... 9 a.m. (Main Sanctuary) Yizkor (approximate)..........11:30 a.m. SIMCHAT TORAH Monday Evening, Oct. 8 Minchah, Ma’ariv & Hakafot (fun for everyone—all ages)...5:45 p.m. Tuesday Morning...... Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. Hakafot ..............................10 a.m. Tuesday Evening, Oct. 9 Mincha & Ma’ariv....................6 p.m. * On this day, Tuesday, Oct. 9, we honor Our Bride & Groom Of The Torah, Leonard Frankel and Phyllis

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B’nai El Congregation

11411 North 40 Drive • Frontenac, Mo. 63131 314-432-6393 info@bnaiel.org. www.bnaiel.org B’nai El welcomes those who are new to the area as well as visitors, and the unaffiliated. We are an open community welcoming all who wish to be a part of our family during these sacred days. For security purposes, tickets are required for services during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. There is no charge for the tickets, but a donation pledged to B’nai El will be gratefully accepted. We offer a 9 a.m. Family service on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, focused on providing enrichment to families with younger children. Our 10 a.m. morning service is appropriate for children ages 9 and above. Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 16...................... 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 Family Service......................... 9 a.m. Morning Service....................10 a.m. Kiddush sponsored by the B’nai El Board Tashlich............................4:30 p.m. (Meet at Taco Bell Pavilion, Creve Coeur Park.) Friday Sept. 21

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Cantorial Offerings Shabbat Shuvah..................7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur Tuesday, Sept. 25 Kol Nidre..............................8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 Family Service......................... 9 a.m. Morning Service....................10 a.m. Film and Discussion............ 1:30 p.m. Yizkor, Memorial Service......3:15 p.m. Music & Meditation.................4 p.m. Concluding Service & Havdalah..... .......................................5:15 p.m. Break-the-Fast....................6:15 p.m. sponsored by the B’nai El Past Presidents Sukkot Sunday, Sept. 30 Decorate the Sukkah................11 a.m. Sukkot Service........................7 p.m. Simchat Torah Sunday, Oct. 7 Yizkor Service....................6:30 p.m. Simchat Torah Celebration & Consecration......................7 p.m.

B’nai Torah

1701 St. Peters-Howell Road St. Peters, Mo. 63376 636-279-6524 madib.0213@yahoo.com

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 16 Service.............................7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah I Monday, Sept. 17 Service 10 a.m. Rosh Hashanah Kids Service...TBD

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BSKI- Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel Congregation 


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Services will be led by Rabbi Ari Shachar Hendin and Cantorial Soloist Melissa Cohen. Everyone is welcome. We require reservations for tickets and don’t allow walk-ins. We appreciate a $75 donation per ticket for non-members but do offer reciprocal tickets for congregants in town for the holidays who belong to a synagogue elsewhere and are happy to work with those who need to contribute less. Call for tickets and information or visit our website. Complimentary babysitting for children 5 and under available for some services. Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 16 Afternoon & Evening Services [Allen Sanctuary].............................6 p.m.                Candle Lighting.................6:50 p.m. Rosh Hashanah, Day 1

Making a Better Community You may have seen Chris Hesse’s name mentioned in the business press in relationship to negotiating collective bargaining agreements between municipalities and their police and fire departments. As a founding member and managing partner at Hesse Martone, P.C., Chris practices in the areas of labor and employment law, employment litigation, and international employment. Chris' clients include small and large corporations, partnerships, municipalities, police and fire departments, and not-forprofit organizations. One not-for-profit that has benefitted greatly from Chris’ pro-bono legal services is Covenant House/CHAI Apartments. “Most small to mid-size non-profits can’t afford the luxury of an HR department,” commented Covenant/CHAI’s Executive Director, Joan Denison. “Chris helps to ensure that we always follow good human resource practices. He provides us with excellent counsel, and despite his busy schedule, he makes himself available to us whenever we need him. We feel very fortunate that Chris chooses to benefit our organization with his expertise.” Chris’ volunteer and community work extends beyond Covenant/CHAI. Chris is a Civilian Board Member and Chief Legal Advisor (Missouri) for the Major Case Squad and acts as General Counsel for the Missouri Police Chiefs Association. Chris is also an Instructor and Adjunct Professor at the Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation (MPCCF) Command College for Law Enforcement and works with the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association (SLAPCA). Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Subcommittee on Human Resources for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis. He is General Counsel for World Aquarium and Program Director for Apex Response Training. Chris previously served on

Chris Hesse the Leadership Board for the St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Aquacenter, Inc., and a local workshop for individuals with special needs in St. Louis. Chris is also a supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, Navy Seal Foundation, and the Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial for Fallen Officers. In addition to his non-profit work, Chris is a Tactical Instructor in both armed and unarmed conflict. He is P.O.S.T. Certified in Missouri for Law Enforcement Tactical Instruction. He is also certified by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services as a Tactical Instructor and Program Director for Paramedics, Firefighters and First Responders. A partner in a successful legal practice, a trainer, and a devoted father with a commitment to improve his community, Chris Hesse embodies the expression: “If you want to get something done, give it to a busy person.” Covenant/CHAI’s Executive Director, Joan Denison, said, “Our board and staff salute Chris as an unsung hero and long time ally in our mission of providing affordable senior housing in a vibrant, safe and supportive community guided by Jewish values. Chris is a fine example of the many talented and dedicated volunteers and supporters who benefit Covenant/CHAI.”

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Monday, Sept. 17    Morning Service [Allen Sanctuary].8 a.m. Babysitting [Karen’s Room] (RSVP REQUIRED)  10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Family and Youth Services 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Afternoon & Evening Services [Zorensky Chapel] ................................6 p.m. Candle Lighting................. 7:48 p.m.     Rosh Hashanah, Day 2 Tuesday, Sept. 18   Morning Service [Allen Sanctuary].8 a.m. Babysitting [Karen’s Room] (RSVP REQUIRED).............10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Family and Youth Services...10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Rosh Hashanah Lunch:  Reservation required................................ 1 p.m. Mincha [Zorensky Chapel]....7:15 p.m.        Kol Nidre Tuesday, Sept. 25   Babysitting [Karen’s Room] ( RSVP REQUIRED).......5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Afternoon Service [Allen Sanctuary] 5:45 p.m.    Kol Nidre [Allen Sanctuary] [Fast Begins]..............................6:15 p.m.    Candle Lighting.................6:36 p.m. Yom Kippur Wednesday, Sept. 26  Morning Service [Allen Sanctuary].8:45 a.m. Babysitting [Karen’s Room] (RSVP REQUIRED)........ 9:30 a.m. –1 p.m. Family and Youth Services.. 10:30 a.m.

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– 12:30 p.m. Yizkor [Allen Sanctuary].11:30 approx. Afternoon Service [Allen Sanctuary]  4:15 p.m. Ne’ilah [Allen Sanctuary]..........6 p.m. Fast Ends..........................  7:31 p.m. Bring your shofar to join in announcing the conclusion of Yom Kippur. Erev Sukkot Sunday, Sept. 30   Mincha (Zorensky Chapel)........6 p.m.  Candle Lighting.................6:28 p.m.   Sukkot, Day 1 Monday, Oct. 1        Morning Service [Allen Sanctuary].8:45 a.m. Mincha (Zorensky Chapel)........6 p.m. Candle Lighting................. 7:26 p.m.                         Sukkot, Day 2 Tuesday, Oct. 2 Morning Service [Allen Sanctuary].8:45 a.m.  Mincha (Zorensky Chapel)........7 p.m.  Hoshana Rabba Sunday, Oct. 7 Morning Service [Zorensky Chapel] 6:30 a.m. Mincha (Zorensky Chapel) 6:08 p.m. Candle Lighting..................6:17 p.m.                    Shmini Atzeret Monday, Oct. 8         Morning Service [Allen Sanctuary].8:45 a.m.  Yizkor [Allen Sanctuary].......10:30approx  Mincha (Allen Sanctuary).........6 p.m.

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  Erev Simchat Torah Monday, Oct. 8          Hakafot [Allen Sanctuary].........7 p.m.  Candle Lighting..................7:15 p.m.              Simchat Torah Tuesday, Oct. 9         Morning Service [Allen Sanctuary].8:45 a.m. Mincha (Zorensky Chapel)...6:45 p.m Bring your shofar to join in announcing the conclusion of Yom Kippur  

Central Reform Congregation

5020 Waterman Boulevard St. Louis, Mo. 63108 314-361-3919 info@centralreform.org www.centralreform.org Rosh Hashanah Sunday Sept. 16 Erev Service............................8 p.m. at Chase Park Plaza

dren on both days of Rosh Hashanah, and snacks and lunch on Yom Kippur. RSVP required in advance to 314-9912100, ext. 2. Family Services for families with children ages 1-6, will be held on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Monday, Sept. 17 from 10:15-11 a.m., and Yom Kippur morning, Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 10:15-11 a.m. Learners Services will be held on the following days/times: Rosh Hashanah: Sunday evening, Sept. 16, 6:45 p.m.; Monday morning, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Yom Kippur: Tuesday evening, Sept. 25, 6:25 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

1240 Dautel Road St. Louis, Mo. 63146 314-863-4366 rabbi@neveshalom.org www.neveshalom.org

High Holidays at Covenant House, 8 Millstone Campus Drive; across the parking lot from the Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex. Everyone is welcome to join Neve Shalom at the Covenant House. Let us know you are coming: 314-863-4366.

ROSH HASHANAH Sunday Evening, Sept. 16 Mincha............................6:45 p.m. Learners Service.................6:45 p.m. Bench Licht Sunday Evening.6:50 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 16 Service.............................7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 Service.................................10 a.m. Children’s Service.................... 1 p.m.

Monday Sept. 17 Rosh Hashanah Service............10 a.m. at Chase Park Plaza Alternative Service..................10 a.m. at CRC Tashlich............................3:30 p.m. from CRC

Tuesday, Sept. 18 Service at Central Reform Congregation 10 a.m.

Tuesday Sept. 18 Second Day Service.................10 a.m. at CRC   Yom Kippur Tuesday Sept. 25 Kol Nidre..............................8 p.m. at Chase Park Plaza

Wednesday, Sept. 26 Service ................................10 a.m. Children’s Service.................... 1 p.m Dialogue, Meditation, Study.1 to 3 p.m. Mincha.................................3 p.m. Yizkor..............................4:30 p.m. Neilah..............................5:30 p.m.

Wednesday Sept. 26 Yom Kippur Service...............10 a.m. at Chase Park Plaza Alternative Service..................10 a.m. at CRC Children’s Service...............3:30 p.m. at Chase Park Plaza Yiskor and Concluding Service .4:30 p.m. at Chase Park Plaza

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Yom Kippur Tuesday, Sept. 25 Kol Nidre.........................7:30 p.m.

Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 17 & 18 Mornings.........................8:00 a.m. Learners Service..10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Family Service (Monday only).10:15 - 11 a.m. Drasha (Sermon)..............10:20 a.m. Child Care.......................10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shofar Monday & Tuesday..10:45 a.m. Mincha Monday & Tuesday..6:45 p.m. Bench Licht Monday Evening.7:51 p.m. Yom Tov Concludes Tuesday Night.7:50 p.m. TZOM GEDALIAH Fast Day, Wednesday, Sept. 19 Fast Begins.........................5:33 a.m. Shacharis.......................... 6:30 a.m. Mincha............................ 6:35 p.m. Fast Concludes................... 7:45 p.m.

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YOM KIPPUR Erev Yom Kippur Tuesday, Sept. 25 Mincha............................ 1:30 p.m. Bench Licht......................6:36 p.m. or earlier Learners Service................ 6:25 p.m. Kol Nidre........................ 6:25 p.m. Maariv Concludes.. Approx. 9:15 p.m.

Services are not limited to congregation members.  Guests and walk-ins welcome.  We will have free, designated seats for guests and walk-ins (first come, first served).  Tickets are not required. Child care available from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Snacks will be served to all chil-

Wednesday, Sept. 26 Morning............................... 8 a.m. Learners Service.....................10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Family Service................10:15-11 a.m. Child Care.......................10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Drasha.............................11:45 a.m. Yizkor..............................12:15 p.m. Musaf................................... 1 p.m. Mincha............................4:50 p.m. Neilah..............................6:20 p.m. Maariv.............................7:20 p.m. Havdalah...........................7:37 p.m. Shofar Sounded................. 7:42 p.m. Kiddush Levana................. 7:45 p.m. SUKKOS - FIRST DAYS OF YOM TOV

Sunday Evening, Sept. 30 Mincha............................6:20 p.m. Bench Licht......................6:26 p.m. Monday & Tuesday, October 1 & 2 Mornings.............................. 9 a.m. Drasha (Tuesday only)....... 10:45 a.m. Mincha............................6:20 p.m. Bench Licht Monday Night.. 7:29 p.m. Yom Tov Concludes Tuesday Night 7:28 p.m. HOSHANA RABA Sunday, Oct. 7......................... 8 a.m. SHEMINI ATZERES Sunday Evening, Oct. 7 Mincha............................ 6:10 p.m. Bench Licht Sunday Evening.6:17 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 - Morning Services.9 a.m. Yizkor.............................10:30 a.m. Mincha/Maariv.................. 6:10 p.m. Bench Licht Monday Night...7:18 p.m. SIMCHAS TORAH Monday Night, Oct. 8 Hakofos & Parade of Torahs......7 p.m. Break For Spaghetti Dinner (Free To All).................................. 7:35 p.m. Resume Hakofos.................8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 Morning............................... 9 a.m. Kol Hanarim - All Children Called to Torah...................................11 a.m. Mincha............................ 6:10 p.m. Yom Tov Concludes Tuesday Night 7:17 p.m.

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Shaare Zedek Synagogue

829 North Hanley Road University City, Mo. 63130 314-7272-1747 www.shaarezedek.org Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 16 Shacharit............................... 8 a.m. Mincha/Festival Ma’ariv.......6:30 p.m. Candle lighting..................6:49 p.m.   Rosh Hashanah 5773 Monday, Sept. 17 Festival Shacharit................ 8:30 a.m. Limud (Rabbi Fasman)............. 9 a.m. Rhythm n Ruach Rosh Hashanah.9:45 a.m. High Holiday Childcare & Activities 9:45 a.m. Shofar Service...................10:30 a.m. Family Blessing.................10:45 a.m. Sermon (Rabbi Fasman)...........11 a.m. Musaf..............................11:30 a.m. Family Service.........................11 a.m Kadima/USY Service...............11 a.m. Family Kiddush.................12:15 p.m. Tashlich (Lewis Park)........... 5:45 p.m. Festival Mincha/Ma’ariv.......6:45 p.m. Candle lighting.................. 7:45 p.m.   Rosh Hashana II Tuesday, Sept. 18

Festival Shacharit................ 8:30 a.m. Limud (Rabbi Paul)................. 9 a.m. Rhythm n’ Ruach Rosh Hashanah.9:45 a.m. Shofar Service...................10:30 a.m. Sermon (Rabbi Paul).........10:45 a.m. Family Service.........................11 a.m. Kadima/USY Service...............11 a.m. Family Activity.........................11 a.m. Musaf...............................11:15 a.m. Festival Mincha/Ma’ariv I’Chol...7 p.m. Havdalah.......................... 7:44 p.m. Erev Yom Kippur Tuesday, Sept. 25 Mincha............................ 6:10 p.m. Doors Close......................6:20 p.m. Kol Nidrei Service..............6:30 p.m. Candle lighting Fast Begins... 6:35 p.m. Sermon (Rabbi Fasman)    Yom Kippur Wednesday, Sept. 26 Shacharit............................... 9 a.m. “Yom Kippur Reflection” (Yoga, Chant, Meditation – Hazzan Dulkin).... 9 a.m. Rhythm & Ruach Service.........9:45 Family Service.........................11 a.m. USY Service...........................11 a.m. Yizkor..............................11:45 a.m. Sermon (Rabbi Paul)............noon Musaf.............................12:30 p.m. Break Program........................3 p.m. Mincha............................4:45 p.m. Neilah...............................6:15 p.m Ma’ariv Havdalah.................7:15 p.m. Final Shofar (Havdalah)........7:31 p.m.   Erev Sukkot Sunday, Sept. 30 Shacharit............................... 8 a.m. Family Dinner in the Sukkah with Shaare Shalom, Usy, Dorways.5:30 p.m. Mincha Festival Ma’ariv.............6 p.m. Candle lighting.................. 6:27 p.m.   Sukkot I Monday, Oct. 1 Festival Shacharit..................... 9 a.m. Festival Mincha/Ma’ariv............7 p.m. Candle lighting (Day II)....... 7:23 p.m.   Sukkot II Tuesday, Oct. 2 Festival Shacharit..................... 9 a.m. Festival Mincha/Ma’ariv 1’Chol...7 p.m. Havdalah...........................7:21 p.m.   Wednesday, Oct. 3 Sisterhood Night in the Sukkah Sukkot III (CH’’M) Shacharit...........................6:45 a.m. Mincha/Ma’ariv......................6 p.m.   Thursday, Oct. 4 Sukkot IV (CH’’M) Shacharit........................... 6:45 p.m. ECC Family Sukkot Spaghetti Social...... 6 p.m. Mincha/Ma’ariv.......................6 p.m.   Friday, Oct. 5 SSRS Sukkah Hop Sukkot V (CH’’M) Shacharit...........................6:45 a.m. Family Time.....................10:30 a.m. Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat.........6 p.m.

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Shabbat Rinah/with band..........6 p.m. Candle lighting...................6:19 p.m.   Saturday, Oct. 6 Sukkot VI (CH’’M) 9 a.m. Shabbat Service 11a.m. Kidrash 5:15 p.m. Mincha/Seudah Shelishit/ Ma’ariv 7:15 p.m. Havdalah   Hoshanah Rabbah (Sukkot VII)

Sunday, Oct. 7 Shacharit (2hr Service)............. 8 a.m. Parent Coffee (SSRS)..............10 a.m. Shem V’Zahut Family Program..11 a.m. Mincha/Festival Ma’ariv............6 p.m. Candle lighting (Shemini Atzeret).6:16 p.m.   Shemini Atzeret Monday, Oct. 8 Festival Shacharit..................... 9 a.m. Yizkor Service...................10:45 a.m. Dorways Pre Simchat Torah Dinner. 6 p.m. Festival Mincha..................6:40 p.m. Simchat Torah Ma’ariv Service Celebration (with band).......... 7 p.m. Candle lighting...................7:12 p.m.   Simchat Torah Tuesday, Oct. 9 Shacharit (with band)............... 9 a.m. Festival Mincha/Ma’ariv I’Chol services 6:30 p.m. Havdalah........................... 7:11 p.m.

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Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community invites you to High Holiday services in a warm, welcoming and intimate community. Services are led by Rabbi Lane Steinger, and singing is led by Josh Warshawsky. Please let us know you are coming by contacting Dave Zuckerman at dave@rx-business.com. All services will be held at our new home, Beit Midrash at the JCC Staenberg Family Complex-Arts and Education Building.   Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 16: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service.6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 Rosh Hashanah Service followed by Lunch and Tashlich 
...............10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 Rosh Hashanah Service............10 a.m. Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidrei Tuesday, Sept. 25 Kol Nidrei Service..............6:30 p.m.   Yom Kippur Wednesday, Sept. 26 Yom Kippur Morning and Yizkor Services................................10 a.m. 
 Yom Kippur Afternoon and N’ilah Service.............................3:30 p.m. 
 Communal Break the Fast.........7 p.m.

Temple Emanuel 12166 Conway Road St. Louis, Mo. 63141 314-432-5877 office@testl.org

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Selichot Saturday, Sept. 15 Service..................................8 p.m. [RSVP required] Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 16 Rosh Hashanah Evening Service.8 p.m. Rosh Hashanah Monday, Sept. 17 Rosh Hashanah Traditional & Youth Services with Taschlich to follow at Tilles Park.....................................10 a.m. Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Tuesday, Sept. 25 Kol Nidre Service....................8 p.m. Yom Kippur  Wednesday, Sept. 26 Yom Kippur Traditional & Youth Services; Torah Study; Afternoon Service and Yizkor/Memorial Service 10 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.; 3 p.m.; and 4 p.m.

Congregation Temple Israel

1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive Creve Coeur, Mo. 63141 314-432-8050 tickets@ti-stl.org www.ti-stl.org High Holiday services are open to all. To request complimentary tickets for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, contact Amanda Radman at tickets@ti-stl. org or 314-432-8050. No tickets are necessary for all other services and programs. Complimentary childcare is

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 16 Worship service in the classical Reform style using the Gates of Repentance prayer book with musical accompaniment by organ and choir. (Gall Family Sanctuary)........................7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah Morning Monday, Sept. 17 Children’s Service for families with kids in 2nd grade and younger. (Gall Family Sanctuary)............................. 9 a.m. Intergenerational contemporary service with musical accompaniment by guitar. (Gall Family Sanctuary) Join us for Tashlich at the TI creek following the service..................................10 a.m. Children 6 months-2nd grade are invited to participate in special age-appropriate High Holiday activities in the school wing while parents and older siblings attend our Intergenerational Service. Pre-registration required. Contact Leslie Wolf (see above). .10 a.m. Erev Yom Kippur/ Kol Nidre Tuesday, Sept. 25 Worship service in the classical Reform style using the Gates of Repentance prayer book with musical accompaniment by organ and choir. (Gall Family Sanctuary)........................7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur Wednesday, Sept. 26 Children’s Service for families with kids in 2nd grade and younger. (Gall Family Sanctuary)............................. 9 a.m.

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Intergenerational contemporary service with musical accompaniment by guitar. (Gall Family Sanctuary)............10 a.m. Children 6 months-2nd grade are invited to participate in special age-appropriate High Holiday activities in the school wing. Contact Leslie Wolf (see above). ................................10 a.m. Meditative Concert by pianist Byron Brownstein. (May Chapel)..12:30 p.m. Rabbi Emeritus Mark L. Shook will discuss “Now that the ‘Closet’ is Empty: Establishing a Comprehensive Reform Jewish Ethic for Sexuality.” (May Chapel)............................ 1:30 p.m. Congregant Jan Nykin will present “The Spirit Within: A Glimpse into Jewish Meditation.” (May Chapel)..2:30 p.m. Afternoon Torah and Haftarah service followed by Yizkor (Memorial) and Concluding services. (Gall Family Sanctuary)........................3:30 p.m. Sukkot Friday, Oct. 5 Sukkot family service followed by “Supper in the Sukkah” from the L’Ecole Culinaire Food Truck. Cost is $10 for adult meals; $5 for kids’ meals. Pre-paid dinner reservations are required at www.ti-stl.org/sukkot. Dessert and beverages will be provided at no additional charge. For information, contact Sydney at smasin@ti-stl.org or 314-432-8050.......................6 p.m. Simchat Torah Sunday, Oct. 12 Simchat Torah service and Consecration of new religious school students. Join us for a festive evening filled with dancing, singing and unrolling the Torah scroll from beginning to end. Come early for appetizers at 6 p.m. Stay for dessert and

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Shofar...................................11 a.m. Mincha............................6:30 p.m. Maariv & Havdallah.............7:51 p.m. Fast of Gedaliah Wednesday, Sept. 19 Fast begins.........................5:34 a.m. Shacharis............................... 6 a.m. Mincha/Maariv.................. 6:25 p.m. Fast ends...........................7:50 p.m Erev Yom Kippur Tuesday evening, Sept. 25 Candle Lighting................. 6:35 p.m. Kol Nidre/Maariv...............6:40 p.m.

Traditional. We will gather for Mincha at 6:45 p.m. After the service, we will proceed to the lake at Ladue Lake Estates for Tashlich. Candle Lighting......... After 8:07 p.m.

3rd Day Chol Hamoed Succos

Second Day – Tuesday, Sept. 18 Shacharit .............................. 8 a.m. Torah Reading and Haftarah.9:30 a.m. Rabbi’s Message and Shofar Sounding approx. 10 a.m. Musaf...............................11:15 a.m. Youth Services led by Mimi Levy and Ruth Schachter Adult Discussion Group: “Making Sense of the Akedah” led by Steve Bell

Friday, Oct. 5 Shacharis .......................... 6:15 a.m. Candle Lighting.................6:20 p.m. Mincha............................ 6:25 p.m. 4th Day Chol Hamoed Succos

Saturday, Oct. 6 Shacharis............................... 9 a.m. Mincha............................ 6:10 p.m. Maariv & Havdallah............ 7:24 p.m.

Yom Kippur Day Wednesday, Sept. 26 Shacharis...........................7:45 a.m. Torah reading....................10:15 a.m. Yizkor...............................11:15 a.m. Musaf............................... 1:15 p.m. Mincha.............................4:15 p.m. Neilah..............................5:40 p.m. Shofar.............................. 7:38 p.m. Fast ends...........................7:40 p.m. Maariv & Havdallah............ 7:45 p.m.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 16 Candle Lighting.................6:50 p.m. Mincha/Maariv.................. 6:55 p.m.

Erev Succos Sunday, Sept. 30 Candle Lighting.................6:30 p.m. Mincha/Maariv.................. 6:35 p.m

Shemini Atzeres Monday, Oct. 8 Shacharis............................... 9 a.m. Yizkor...................................11 a.m. Mincha.................................6 p.m.

First Day Rosh Hashanah Monday, Sept. 17 Shacharis...........................7:45 a.m. Shofar...................................11 a.m.

First Day of Succos Monday, Oct. 1 Shacharis............................... 9 a.m. Mincha/Maariv.................. 6:25 p.m

Simchas Torah Candle Lighting.after 7:16 p.m. Maariv...................................... 7:20 p.m.

Mincha............................6:30 p.m.

Second day Candle Lighting.after 7:30 p.m.

Second Day Rosh Hashanah Monday evening, Sept. 17 Candle Lighting after 7:53 p.m.

Second Day Succos Tuesday, Oct. 2 Shacharis............................... 9 a.m. Mincha............................ 6:25 p.m. Maariv & Havdallah............7:30 p.m.

Simchas Torah Tuesday, Oct. 9 Shacharis............................... 8 a.m. Mincha.................................6 p.m. Maariv & Havdallah.............7:16 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 18 Shacharis.......................... 7:45 a.m.

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1st and 2nd Day Chol Hamoed Succos Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3 & 4 Shacharis........................... 6:15 a.m. Mincha............................ 6:25 p.m.

Seats for non-members are $100 per person and $200 per family for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. For those who would like to be introduced to our wonderful congregation for the first time and join us for the High Holy Days, we invite you to be our guests — compliments of the congregation. If interested please call the shul office to make reservations. Childcare is available for the holidays for ages 2-10.

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Sunday, Oct. 7 Shacharis .............................. 6 a.m. Shemini Atzeres Candle Lighting 6:18 p.m. Mincha/Maariv 6:20 p.m.

Traditional Congregation

12437 Ladue Road St. Louis, Mo. 63141 314-576-5230 tradcong@sbcglobal.net www.tradcong.org The community is invited to join us for High Holy Day services. Tickets are not required; a donation of $75/person for either Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, or $110 for all 3 days is suggested. Youth services and babysitting are available. ROSH HASHANAH Sunday, Sept. 16 Candle Lighting.................6:50 p.m. Mincha – Arvit..................6:30 p.m. First Day – Monday, Sept. 17 Shacharit............................... 8 a.m. Torah Reading and Haftarah.9:30 a.m. Rabbi’s Message and Shofar Sounding approx. 10 a.m. Musaf ...............................11:15 a.m. Youth Services led by Mimi Levy and Ruth Schachter Adult Discussion Group Mincha followed by Tashlich 6:40 p.m. TASHLICH is a popular activity at

YOM HAKIPPURIM Tuesday, Sept. 25 Mincha 2 p.m. Candle Lighting no later than 6:36 p.m.

(Those who wish to light candles at home before the start of Yom HaKippurim and then ride to shul may do so. Lighting candles does not cause Shabbat or Holydays to begin; it is a preShabbat, pre-Holyday act.) KOL NIDRE.................... 6:25 p.m. sharp -- please plan to arrive early Worship services begin promptly as announced. To maintain the sanctity of the services and to not disturb our congregants, no one will be permitted to enter the Sanctuary during the chanting of KOL NIDRE. Wednesday, Sept. 26 Shacharit............................... 9 a.m. Torah Reading and Haftarah.....11 a.m. Followed by Rabbi’s Message Youth Services........................11 a.m. YIZKOR.........................12:30 p.m. Musaf................................... 1 p.m. Adult Discussion Group......2:30 p.m. “Nomads and Tartar Guards: Two Parables of Separation from the Divine in Kafka” led by David Holden BREAK Mincha............................4:50 p.m. Ne’ilah............................. 6:10 p.m. Arvit Begins...................... 7:24 p.m. Havdalah & Teki’at Shofar ... 7:34 p.m. SUKKOT/SIMCHAT TORAH First Days Sunday, Sept. 30 Candle Lighting.................6:28 p.m. Minchah/Arvit....................6:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 Shacharit............................... 9 a.m. Minchah/Arvit....................6:15 p.m. Candle Lighting..........After 7:26 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 Shacharit............................... 9 a.m. Minchah/Arvit................... 6:15 p.m. Chol Hamoed Shabbat Oct. 5 Candle Lighting.................6:20 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat............... 6:10 p.m. Shabbat, Oct. 6 Shacharit............................... 9 a.m.

Minchah/Arvit........................6 p.m. Closing Days Hoshanah Rabbah Sunday, Oct. 7 Shacharit............................... 9 a.m. Candle Lighting..................6:17 p.m. Minchah/Arvit...................6:05 p.m. Shemini Atzeret Monday, Oct. 8 Shacharit............................... 9 a.m. YIZKOR Candle Lighting after 6:35 p.m. Mincha . ..........................6:05 p.m. Arvit & Hakafot.................. 7:07 p.m. Simchat Torah Tuesday, Oct. 9 Shacharit.............................. 9 a.m. Minchah/Arvit...................6:05 p.m.

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13788 Conway Road St. Louis, Mo. 63141 314-469-0700 temple@unitedhebrew.org. www.unitedhebrew.org If you are new to St. Louis or do not currently belong to a congregation, we hope you will join us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Call or email for the complete schedule of service times and guest ticket information. While some of our High Holy Day services require membership or guest tickets, our second day of Rosh Hashanah service (including our tailgate and Tashlich), our afternoon services on Yom Kippur (including the Memorial Service), our Children’s Services for both holy days, as well as our festival services do not require membership or guest tickets. We welcome College students; all they need to do is show their student I.D. For those adults under age 30 we offer a free full membership and have reduced fees for those individuals or families up to age 35. We are also very happy and willing to work with those who have extenuating circumstances to make membership affordable and possible.   Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, Sept. 16 Evening Service –– 7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah I Monday, Sept. 17 Early Morning Service.............. 9 a.m. Later Morning Service.........11:45 a.m. Children’s Service...............3:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah II Tuesday, Sept. 18 Second Day Service, followed by Tashlich............................ 9:30 a.m. Erev Yom Kippur Tuesday, Sept. 25 Early Evening Service...............6 p.m. Later Evening Service..........8:30 p.m.

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Visit WWW. STLJEWISHLIGHT.COM Yom Kippur Wednesday, Sept. 26 Early Morning Service.............. 9 a.m. Later Morning Service.........11:45 a.m. Children’s Service...............3:30 p.m. Afternoon Services (Afternoon, Memorial and Neilah).........4:30 p.m. Erev Sukkot Sunday, Sept. 30 ‘Pizza in the Hut’.................6:15 p.m. [RSVP required] Outdoor service......................7 p.m. Sukkot Monday, Oct. 1 Festival Service........................ 9 a.m. Erev Simchat Torah Sunday, Oct. 7 Service ............................6:30 p.m. Simchat Torah Monday, Oct. 8 Simchat Torah and Yizkor Service.9 a.m.

Young Israel of St. Louis 8101 Delmar Boulevard St. Louis, Mo. 63130 314-727-1880 info@youngisrael-stl.org www.youngisrael-stl.org Rosh Hashanah Shachrit             7:45 a,m. Drasha/Shofar 10 a.m. Yom Kippur Tuesday, Sept. 25 Kol Nidre......................... 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 Shachrit................................ 8 a.m. Drasha/Yizkor....................11:15 a.m. Drasha/Neilah...................5:50 p.m. Shofar Sounds/Maariv..........7:37 p.m.

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457 N. Woods Mill Road Chesterfield, Mo. 63017 314-862-AISH (2474) email: stlouis@aish.com www.aish.com Aish HaTorah will offer educational services at two locations — the Aish Firehouse and Nusach Hari B’nai Zion — during the High Holidays, as well as a Rosh Hashanah dinner at the Firehouse. Services are concise, inspirational, traditional but totally alternative. Questions are welcome and no Hebrew is necessary. At the Aish Firehouse, 457 N. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield, Rabbi Yosef David will lead the following services: • Rosh Hashanah — 6 p.m. candle lighting followed by service and dinner on Sunday, Sept. 16; 10 a.m. service followed by Kiddush (light lunch) at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17. • Yom Kippur — Kol Nidrei at 6:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25; service from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26. At Nusach Hari Bnai Zion, 650 N. Price Road in Olivette, Aish Education Director Rabbi Shmuel Greenwald will lead the following services: • Rosh Hashanah — 6:45 p.m. service on Sunday, Sept. 16; service from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. • Yom Kippur — Kol Nidrei at 6:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25; service from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. Services are free, but participants may consider making a gift to Aish in honor of the High Holidays ($100 is suggested any amount appreciated). The Rosh Hashanah dinner at the Firehouse at approximately 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 costs $20 for adults, $10 for children age 5-11 and free for 5 and under. RSVP requested by Thursday, Sept. 13. To RSVP for the dinner or for more information on any High Holiday program, babysitting services, for tribute cards to family or friends, or for remembering a loved one in Aish’s Yizkor book, contact Claire at 314-862AISH (2474).

Tuesday, Sept. 18 Synagogue M2 and Gall Sanctuary.9 a.m. to noon Synagogue M2..................6 to 7 p.m. Yom Kippur Tuesday, Sept. 25 Synagogue M2 and Gall Sanctuary.6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 Synagogue M2 and Gall Sanctuary.9 a.m. to noon Synagogue M2..................4 to 6 p.m. Synagogue M2............. 7 to 7:45 p.m. Sukkah decorating with Block Yeshiva Girls Division Thursday and Friday, Sept. 27-28, Harris Courtyard

Sunday, Sept. 30 Synagogue and Sukkah M2.. 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 Synagogue and Sukkah M2... 9:30 a.m. to noon Synagogue and Sukkah M2.. 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 Synagogue and Sukkah M2... 9:30 a.m. to noon Synagogue and Sukkah M2.. 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3-4 Synagogue M2.............5 to 5:30 p.m.

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Monday Oct. 8 Synagogue M2..................6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 Synagogue M2................... 9:30 a.m. to noon and 5 to 6 p.m.

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come to attend and view an actual Torah. This event, held in Crown Center’s Weinberg Lounge, is free and open to the community. No RSVP necessary. Please call Amy Neuman, (314) 9912055 ext. 129, with any questions.

Sukkot—Sukkah City Thursday, Oct. 4 (1 p.m.) Join us to take a tour of sukkahs all over our community. Snacks will be provided throughout this free bus trip. RSVP required; space is limited. Call (314) 991-2055 to reserve your spot today.

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Rosh Hashanah Services (Day 1) Monday, Sept. 17 (10 a.m.) Enjoy an interactive and engaging service led by Bonnie Templeton in Crown Center’s Weinberg Lounge, followed by a light Kiddush with cake and wine. You don’t need a ticket, just come as you are. All are welcome. Please call Amy Neuman, (314) 991-2055 ex. 129, with any questions.

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Simchas Torah — Take a Tour of the Torah Wednesday, October 10 (6 p.m.) In honor of the holiday of Simchat Torah, join Rabbi Josef Davidson to explore how a Torah is made, how long it takes to write the Torah and other fascinating facts. Join us for a memorable experience with a very special teacher and a sweet treat to follow. All faiths are wel-

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continued from page 8 administration.” Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren, played down the tension in an address Monday to B’nai B’rith International’s annual policy conference. “Not everything you read in the newspaper is true,” he said. Disagreements were natural because Israel is “located in the backyard of Iran” and is threatened daily, whereas the U.S. is a “big country located far” from Iran and has “vastly better” weapons. “It was a candid, respectful and substantial” discussion, Oren said. Obama’s chief of staff and his informal top liaison to the Jewish community, Jack Lew, assured pro-Israel Democrats at a private lunch last week in Charlotte N.C., where the D emoc r at ic Nat iona l Convention was being held, that Israel was up to date on U.S. plans. “We have made it clear to others what we think that time horizon will look like” regarding an Iran timeline, Lew said, according to an official of the Center for Middle East Peace. The Obama administration has made clear its preference to exhaust diplomacy and sanctions before considering a military strike — a preference that Clinton reiterated in her Bloomberg interview. “We have always said every option was on the table, but we believe in the negotiation, the diplomatic effort through the P-5+1, but also pressure. And we are working to increase that pressure. The sanctions, we know, are hav-

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ing an effect,” Clinton said. “The efforts that the P-5+1 have made to pin Iran down on what exactly they are willing to do are still underway, and we will be having some meetings in the next month in New York and elsewhere to take stock of where we are.” The P-5+1, the group leading negotiations with Iran, are the permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council — Russia, China, Britain, France and the United States — plus Germany. Israeli and U.S. officials have emphasized the close consultations between the two countries on Iran, which Clinton noted in her own interview. “They’re more anxious about a quick response because they feel that they’re right in the bull’s eye, so to speak, if this doesn’t end up changing Iranian behavior and their nuclear weapons program,” she said of the Israelis. “But we’re convinced that we have more time to focus on these sanctions, to do everything we can to bring Iran to a good faith negotiation.” Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said any American strike would have broad backing in the U.S. Congress. Speaking Monday at B’nai B’rith International’s policy conference, Lieberman said, “There will be overwhelming bipartisan support of that action in the Congress of the United States,” regardless of whether Obama or Mitt Romney is president at the time. Suzanne Pollak of the Washington Jewish Week contributed to this report.

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JTA NATION/WORLD NEWS BRIEFS Israeli planes strike Gaza in response to rocket fire JERUSALEM— Israeli airstrikes hit four terror-related Gaza sites. The early Monday morning strikes by the Air Force on a weapon manufacturing facility, a terror activity site and a terror tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip, as well as a smuggling tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, were in “direct response” to rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. Direct hits were confirmed on the sites, according to the IDF. Five Palestinians, including two children, were injured in the attacks, according to Palestinian news agencies. Shrapnel from one Israeli missile hit a civilian home, injuring three residents, Haaretz reported, citing Hamas security sources. Some 15 rockets have hit Israel since the beginning of the month. Early Sunday morning, a longrange Grad rocket fired from Gaza destroyed one home and seriously damaged another in the southern Israeli city of Netivot. A second rocket hit Beersheba. Following the attacks, school was canceled Sunday in Beersheba, as well as in two other southern Israeli cities, Ashdod and Omer.

Tennis player nets Israel’s first Paralympics gold since ‘04

JERUSALEM — Israeli tennis player Noam Gershony won a gold medal in men’s singles at the London Paralympics games. Gershony, a former Israeli Air Force pilot who was injured in a crash during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, defeated American

David Wagner on Saturday to win Israel’s first gold medal at the Games and the first for the country since 2004. It was Israel’s seventh medal at the 2012 Games. Gershony began playing tennis less than two years ago, Ynet reported. “I was very excited about your victory,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Gershony in a phone call on Saturday night. “The State of Israel embraces you for your great achievement. You symbolize the victory of the human spirit over the difficulties created by the reality in which we live. This is gold for you and the country.” Last week, Gershony and Shraga Weinberg took the bronze medal in doubles tennis. The two played each other in the medal’s matches in men’s singles. Also Saturday, Israeli swimmer Inbal Pezaro took the bronze medal in the 100-meter freestyle, her third bronze at the Games.

ZOA loses tax-exempt status WASHINGTON — The Zionist Organization of America lost its tax exempt status due to a late filing of tax returns. The ZOA did not file returns for three consecutive years, the Forward reported Tuesday. Morton Klein, the ZOA’s president, confirmed to JTA that the organization has not been tax exempt since March. Since then, he said, the organization has filed the returns and is now seeking reinstatement. “We have hired a top tax attorney and he has every confidence we will be reinstated,” Klein said, adding that he hoped for reinstatement before the end of the year. He said the organization had

sought extensions for the three years it did not file because a school in Ashkelon, Israel, run under its auspices was not providing correct information and the ZOA was seeking to clarify the matter. The Internal Revenue Service rescission came after the ZOA missed a deadline for seeking an extension based on what Klein said was incorrect advice from a tax accountant. Klein said the ZOA was under the impression it had until November 2011 to request an extension; the deadline had passed in May of that year. The IRS notified the group of the rescission in February this year. The organization has continued to fundraise, directing donations to a separate tax-exempt entity that will hold the funds until ZOA’s status is restored, Klein said. ZOA’s board is meeting Tuesday and will be briefed on the matter.

Notes removed from Western Wall JERUSALEM — The Western Wall was emptied of layers of notes from its cracks and crevices for the New Year. The notes were removed Monday morning under the supervision of the rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, who ensured they will remain confidential. They will be buried. At the time of the removal, the rabbi said a prayer asking God to fulfill the requests contained in the notes. The notes are removed from the wall twice a year, before Rosh Hashanah and Passover.

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continued from page 12 unadorned cooked meats, chicken breasts, or fish will transform an ordinary meal into a memorable one, a meal that awakens your taste buds and inspires your palate. Better yet, fresh herbs are good for your health. Many are high in antioxidants, aid in digestion, and stimulate appetite. Some herbs may even relieve congestion, boost your immune system, and soothe an insect bite. So what are you waiting for? Elevate your 2012 Rosh Hashanah feast by adding complexity and splendid flavor to your food with fresh herbs. Think about adding a tablespoon or two of chopped dill, parsley, chervil, or thyme to your matzo ball mix. Your matzo balls will sing with flavor, and the green herb flecks will be stunning. When roasting your whole chicken, consider stuffing the cavity with a cut lemon and a large handful of fresh herbs, such as parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, and basil, alone or in combination. Loosen the skin over the meat and massage onto the meat a tablespoon or two of salsa verde or a pesto made from basil, garlic, salt, pine nuts, and olive oil. The roasted chicken will be tender, fragrant, and delicious. To add flavor to potatoes, toss cut potatoes with some olive oil, coarse kosher salt, and a coarsely chopped handful of your favorite herbs. Turn the mixture out onto an oiled baking pan and roast at 425 degrees until potatoes are tender and browned. To bake carrots, whole or sliced, toss them with olive oil, a handful of thyme sprigs, and coarse kosher salt. Roast in a 425-degree oven until carrots are tender. To sauté carrots, heat olive oil over medium heat and add carrots to pan. Season with salt and pepper and add two tablespoons of water or broth to pan. Simmer until carrots are just tender and liquid is evaporated. Add a handful of fresh thyme leaves and toss. Here are some important guidelines: If your recipe calls for a teaspoon of dried herbs, you can safely substitute 3 teaspoons, or about a tablespoon, of fresh chopped herbs. Taste and add more herbs, as desired. Rinse fresh herbs and pat them dry with a paper towel. Chop them

just before using. To store fresh herbs, wrap stems only in a damp paper towel, set the wrapped herbs in a zip-lock plastic bag, and seal. Place the bags near the top of your refrigerator. The cooler air at the bottom of your refrigerator will hasten their demise, darkening them and making them limp. Hardier herbs like basil and sage can be placed in a cup of water, with only the stems immersed, and kept at room temperature for a few days. When chopping fresh herbs, use a very sharp knife or a kitchen shears. If neither is available, chop the herbs coarser. Or stack larger leaves like basil, one on top of the other. Roll the stack and cut the leaves into thin slices. This will produce ribbons, referred to as “chiffonade.” Finely chopping herbs with a dull knife will bruise them and make them shed their flavorful oils onto your cutting board rather than in your food. For a mellower flavor, add herbs at the beginning or in the middle of the cooking process. For more assertive flavors, add herbs a few minutes before dish is finished cooking, toss them in just before serving, or scatter chopped herbs on the top of a dish before serving. To flavor a pot of soup with fresh herbs, for example, wrap the herbs in a piece of cheesecloth (available at the grocery store), tie with some kitchen string, and immerse in the soup while cooking. Before serving, remove the herb packet. This will provide flavor without the presence of limp leaves. Tie the softer stems of fresh herbs together in a bundle and immerse them in soups, stews, or chili for added flavor. Remove herb bundle before serving. Wrap woodier herb stems like rosemary in heavy-duty foil, puncture packet, and place packet directly on charcoal or gas grill briquettes for added flavor. Also, they can double as skewers for grilling vegetables, chicken, or beef. Margi Lenga Kahn is the mother of five and grandmother of three. A cooking instructor at the Kitchen Conservatory, she is currently working on a project to preserve the stories and recipes of heritage cooks.

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Salsa Verde

2 garlic cloves, peeled 1/2 tsp. salt Pinch of ground black pepper 2-3 anchovy fillets, rinsed and patted dry (optional) 2 cups parsley leaves (stems removed) 1 cup arugula leaves 1 cup basil or mint leaves 2 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice 1/2 cup olive oil With machine on, drop garlic into processor bowl. Add salt, pepper, anchovies (if using) parsley, arugula, and basil or mint. Pulse to chop. With machine on, pour in lemon juice then olive oil. Use immediately or store covered in refrigerator for up to 1 day. Salsa may be used on meats, poultry, or fish as a rub before cooking, or as a marinade for vegetables (zucchini, eggplant, onions, shallots, green beans, potatoes) before roasting or grilling.

Felicia Wertz’s Eggplant Salad

1 large eggplant, left unpeeled 2 garlic cloves, peeled 1/4 cup Italian (flat-leaf) parsley 3 tbsp. olive oil Juice of 1 medium lemon 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar Salt and pepper, to taste Additional chopped fresh parsley for garnishing Grill or broil a whole eggplant until charred on all sides. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Cut open eggplant and scoop out flesh into the food processor bowl. Add garlic, 1/4 cup chopped parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, and red wine vinegar. Process until well mixed and just a bit chunky. Taste for seasonings, adding salt and pepper as desired. Place salad in a serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve salad at room temperature with challah. May be prepared up to one hour in advance.

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Lemon-Herb Shortbread Cookies Adapted from Bon Appétit, Nov. 2007 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar plus more for dusting 2 tbsp. fresh, finely chopped rosemary, thyme, or sage 1 1/4 tsp. finely grated lemon zest 1 tsp. coarse kosher salt 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature Additional sprigs of fresh rosemary for packaging Place flour, 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, chopped herbs, lemon zest, and salt into the bowl of a food processor. Process mixture for 5 seconds. Sprinkle pieces of softened butter over flour mixture. Process, using on-off pulses, until ingredients just come together to form a dough. Turn mixture out onto counter and gently knead once or twice. Divide mixture into 2 portions and form each portion into a log, approximately 1 1/2 inches in

diameter. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and roll each one on the counter to make it perfectly round. Refrigerate logs for at least 30 minutes or overnight. (Once logs have chilled, they may be placed in a freezer bag and frozen for up to 1 month. Transfer frozen logs to refrigerator a day before baking them.) Line a large baking sheet, or 2 smaller baking sheets, with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap and slice each log into 1/3 to 1/2-inch pieces and place on prepared baking sheet, 1-inch apart. Place pan(s) on top rack for 10 minutes and rotate to bottom rack for an additional 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheet(s) for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely. Dust cookies with confectioner’s sugar, place on a platter, and garnish with fresh rosemary, thyme or sage sprigs. Yield: 32-40 cookies.

Pomegranate and Herb Salad Adapted from The Washington Post, Sept. 21, 2011. Pomegranate molasses is concentrated pomegranate juice. It is available in Middle Eastern markets. For the vinaigrette: 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses or 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 1/2 teaspoons honey 1/4 cup olive oil Coarse kosher salt (start with 1/4 tsp. plus more to taste) Freshly ground black pepper (start with a pinch plus more to taste) For the salad: 1 cup mixed herb leaves, such as parsley, cilantro, mint, or any combination

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his son, Jacob, to “sadeh shel tappuchim,” a field of apple trees. Scholars tell us that mystical powers were ascribed to the apple, and people believed it provided good health and personal well-being. Some attribute the using of an apple to the translation of the story of Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit that caused the expulsion from paradise. The word honey, or “dvash” in Hebrew, has the same numerical value as the words “Av Harachamim,” Father of Mercy. Jews hope that God will be merciful on Rosh Hashanah as He judges us for our year’s deeds. Moroccans dip apples in honey and serve cooked quince, which is an apple-like fruit, symbolizing a sweet future. Other Moroccans dip dates in sesame and anise seeds and powdered sugar in addition to dipping apples in honey. Among some Jews from Egypt, a sweet jelly made of gourds or coconut is used to ensure a sweet year and apples are dipped in sugar water instead of in honey. Honey is also used by Jews around the world not only for dipping apples but in desserts. Some maintain in the phrase “go you way, eat the fat, drink the sweet,” sweet refers to apples and honey.

But the Los Angeles-based rabbi says, “I connect to God best in nature, so to go celebrate Rosh Hashanah, which marks the creation of the world in nature, is very meaningful for me.” While on the trail — typically for at least half the day — Comins does “a lot of the traditional davening,” praying, “journaling, chanting and personal prayer.” “Part of the beauty of praying in nature is that you can stop and listen,” he said. “Most people say they don’t hear a response from God to their prayers, but if you hang up right when you’re done talking, how do you know?” Comins says he knows the response has come “when my energy lifts.” Others trek to the woods for holiday experiences that combine formal traditional services with the informality of being in the wilderness. The Boulder, Colo.-based group Adventure Rabbi, for example, holds Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur retreats in the Colorado mountains, while the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Conn., hosts observances for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Tiferet Gordon, 29, has attended the Isabella Freedman retreats twice. A rabbinical stu-

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dent at Hebrew College in Newton, Mass., she’ll be leading the center’s music-filled Reconstructionist-style service this year. Not only does Gordon, of Brookline, Mass., find spirituality in nature, she says that attending the formal services at the retreat is more meaningful than being in synagogue at home. In Brookline, she says, “if you want to take a break, you go outside and there are cars and people are living their lives; it’s still Wednesday, if it’s a Wednesday,” she said. “Here you go outside and it’s still Rosh Hashanah. Here, walking up and down the paths, it’s like walking in Jerusalem. You see someone walking and you know you can say ‘Shanah tovah.’ ” Experiencing the holidays outdoors doesn’t always mean climbing a mountain or going to a remote retreat. For some congregations it means a nearby park on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Cherie Brown, 62, of Silver Spring, Md., belongs to one such synagogue, Am Kolel, a Jewish Renewal congregation in nearby Beallsville. She loves both the more formal service on the first day and the smaller outdoor service on the second day that includes lots of singing and discussion groups rather than a formal sermon and a potluck lunch. “You’re outside, you’re in nature,” Brown said. “It has this totally relaxed feel.”

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Rogers described Israeli frustration at what he depicted as the administration’s failure to make clear to Israel or Iran whether and when it will use military force to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. By Thursday, the convention’s message about the economy and the role of government in guaranteeing a social safety net was once again front and center — and among Jewish delegates, who crowded the floor sporting Hebrew Barack Obama buttons. Cheers erupted when Carol Berman, a retiree from Ohio now living in West Palm Beach, Fla., lauded the president’s health care initiative. “I’m one of the seniors who retired to this piece of heaven on Earth and I’m as happy as a clam,” Berman said. “It’s not just the sunshine; it’s Obamacare. I’m getting preventive care for free and my prescription drugs for less.” Berman’s was the kind of “personal stor y” that Democrats had urged Jewish advocates to use when they made the case for Obama to the 5-10 percent of Jewish voters they estimate voted for Obama in 2008 and might be reconsidering this year. Wasserman Schultz also

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continued from page 22 stand that there are people who observe and some people who sort of observe,” Loeser said. It’s the other 10 days — Simchat Torah, Shemini Atzeret , two for Sukkot, the first two and last two of Passover and two for Shavuot — that are the most difficult. “People start thinking that you are taking the same two days off a month because people have never heard of them.” David Barkey, the AntiDefamation League’s religious freedom counsel, said much of the confusion surrounding the holidays arises because not all people observe the holidays in the same way. “You might have employers that look on the calendar and see that Yom Kippur is on Wednesday and not understand why an employee needs to leave on Tuesday night or why one employee takes two days off when another takes a week,” Barkey said. Sippy Laster, 24, a recruitment coordinator at JPMorgan Chase in New York, does her best to compensate for the time that she takes off. “I spend a lot of time working later, and the days leading up to the days that I have to take off, I end up spending later nights at work so a lot of preparation goes into it,” she said. Barkey said that while most employees are able to observe holidays by trading shifts and talking with their employers, religious accommodation issues are still a problem. There was a 32 percent increase in religious accommodation charges filed by Jews from 1998 to 2011, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. While Jews comprise 2 percent of the U.S. population, they represented 14.9 percent of all 2011 religious accommodation charges. While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides the primary protection, Barkey says there is no absolute requirement for an employer to give time off.

“If you have a religious conflict, especially if you know far in advance, you have a duty to tell your employer in advance,” he said. “A lot of complaints we get are from employees who waited two or three days before the holidays to ask for time.” Jacqueline Simon, public policy director of the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union representing government workers, says the problem often isn’t getting the time off but feeling left out. “I think people are tolerant of someone taking time off for religious observance, but much less willing to alter the schedule of a group to accommodate one or two people,” she said. Rienhardt has seen that firsthand. “If you go to the dean and make a fuss, yes, you can have the day off, but if you have a test, you are going to be at a disadvantage,” she said. “When they have tests scheduled, teachers tend to be less forgiving.” Many Jews believe that clients and co-workers view their decisions to take time off positively. “For a business that is all business all the time, I think a lot of [my clients] respect that there’s something else that’s important to me than just the business,” said Cory Richman, 34, a partner at the talent management firm Liebman Entertainment in New York. “It keeps me grounded and I have morals.” Rabbi Abigail Treu, a rabbinic fellow and director of planned giving at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, says that for people who absolutely cannot take time off, there is an understanding built in to the tradition. “I think that there is a respect in the tradition for parnassah, the need to earn a livelihood, so certainly if the choice is between losing one’s job and not being able to support oneself and one’s family versus celebrating the holiday in the traditional way,” Treu said, “then the tradition encourages us to keep our jobs and being able to support our families.”

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continued from page 1 In an interview, Saulson said his specialty is helping changing Reform congregations find the right way to continue to worship as a community. He described his role, in addition to leading services, as “a combination of grief counseling and reenergizing the congregation.” Regarding B’nai El’s future, Saulson said “this is not the end of the road. That is not the case here. I use the metaphor of a river, where we may not have much control over the current and where the river takes us. We have to find the right tributary.” Saulson said he and other Reform rabbis in similar situations around the country speak consult with each other by teleconference every six weeks or so. “This is the kind of work I love,” Saulson said. “Leading this effort is serious and uplifting.” He said the problem of Jewish communities across the United States being “overbuilt” for their current needs is widespread. In Atlanta, which is his home, Saulson said less than 30 percent of the Jewish population is affiliated with a congregation. “What is happening around the country generally is happening to the Jewish community,” he said. “These are challenges faced by the mainstream religious community all over the country. We are being challenged to think in new ways…. We [at B’nai El] have to look are who we are and how to adapt.” Carrigan, Roth and Saulson all noted that the St. Louis Jewish community seems to be getting smaller with fewer young people affiliating formally with one congregation. Nonetheless, for members of

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ment with temple officials in time for the school term beginning this fall. “In the big picture, the Islamic school wasn’t really the consideration,” Carrigan said. “Whether it was a tenant or not didn’t matter. This is a larger issue.” According to B’nai El’s website, the congregation came into being nine years before the Civil War when two congregations, B’nai Brith and Emanu El, combined. The newly formed B’nai El became the first congregation to build its own building west of the Mississippi River at 6th and Cerre streets, near to where Busch Stadium is today. It had an octagonal shape and turretlike structures on its roof, which meant it was dubbed the “Coffee Mill.” For a short time, the website says, the congregation became traditional Orthodox. Then it joined the Reform movement and in 1874 was among the founding congregations of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, now the Union for Reform Judaism. The congregation announced in March it had hired Saulson on an interim basis. The congregation had been without a senior rabbi since Rabbi Daniel Plotkin left in June 2011. Roth, the two-time former president, spoke of the rich history of the congregation and the emotional difficulties that may lie ahead. “We have firth- and sixthgeneration members at B’nai El,” he said. Asked what the congregation means to him personally, Roth said: “My two daughters were bat-mitzvahed there. We have had many life-cycle events there. That makes it a home of a sort. But we have to look at it, to find the right size for it. It remains an important place for me.”


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1. California vineyard valley 5. 20th century art movement 9. Pierce with a fork 13. Get ___ out of (enjoy) 15. Tag declaration 16. Yiddish jerk (var.) 17. Temporary tattoo ink

18. 1980s actress (“Sixteen Candles,”“Less Than Zero”) 20. Jerry Leiber’s songwriting partner (“Jailhouse Rock”) 22. Tic-tac-toe victory 23. Tumult 24. It goes with apples on Rosh Hashana 25. Biblical verb ending 27. Long Island county that borders Queens

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29. Talmudic tractate about the laws of Yom Tov 32. American historian (“The Uprooted”) 36. Marvel comics creator Lee 39. Threw in 40. Half of France? 41. Academy Award winner for “Ed Wood” 44. Maltose and dextrose 45. Second-edition section 49. Athens college (abbr.) 50. Israeli peanuty treat 53. Simple Hebrew verb construction, also known as “Paal” 54. Great-great-grandson of King David 56. Union for ___ Judaism 59. Director,“When Harry Met Sally” 61. Kashrut no-no 62. One way to sit by 63. Maui crop 64. Impish 65. Judith S. ___ (first N.Y. female chief justice) 66. Israel’s only official religious municipality 67. The sun does it every day

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Rosh Hashanah Word Puzzle By Daniel and Noah Weisz

Blowing the shofar on Rosh Hashanah is always a wake-up call for us to make sure that the coming year is a better year than the one before. But let’s not forget that this tradition has interesting numerological significance as well, as evidenced by the differing opinions on the optimal number of shofar blasts and what those numbers represent (invocations of good rather than bad angels, for example, or an attempt to counterbalance the tears of the mother of Sisera, the warrior killed by biblical hero Yael). According to the most common Ashkenazi tradition, a hundred blasts of the shofar are blown each day of Rosh Hashanah. These hundred include three different types of blast: “tekiah” (a single blow), “shevarim” (three blasts of medium length), and “teruah” (nine short blasts).

This puzzle is based on these three types of shofar blasts. Your ultimate task is to solve the Rosh Hashanah riddle below. The 100-letter message provided—one letter for each of the blasts of the shofar—provides a critical clue to discovering the riddle’s solution, which is hidden somewhere within this puzzle. But the message has gotten all scrambled up. Just like the 100 shofar blasts, these 100 letters are split into groups of 1, 3 and 9 letters, each group containing a correctly-ordered set of letters forming a piece of the secret message, but the groups themselves are out of order. (Note that a group might contain part and/or all of more than one word.) You must rearrange these pieces into the complete message, and then follow the clue it contains to answer the Rosh Hashanah riddle!

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___ in the tail like a quail” (“Annie Get Your Gun” lyric) 7. Not very intelligently 8. End in ___ (come out even) 9. Beirut-to-Jerusalem dir. 10. Choke 11.“Here I ___ serve you” 12. Dummy Down 14. Buckwheat grains 1. Hayim ___ Bialik 19. Actor Seth of the 2. The “Binding” of Isaac “Austin Powers” mov3. Radicals, in slang ies 4. Teen’s woe 21. Large-billed birds 5. Mustard variety 26. Prayerbook 6.“And you can’t shoot 28.“Illness as Meta-

phor” writer 29. Unrecoverable funds 30. Jewish musician Paul 31. Modeh ___ (early morning prayer) 33. Bias-fighting org. 34. Dietary letters 35. One with a nest egg? 36. Txt msg app 37. Zeta Beta ___ (Jewish fraternity) 38.“___, the best team in history was...” 42. Teed off 43. Get ___ (be rewarded at work)

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MEYER-BURTON ENGAGEMENT LIBRACH-ROSENFELD ENGAGEMENT Michelle Rachel Librach, daughter of Mathew and Phyllis Brasch Librach of St. Louis, and Joshua Richard Rosenfield, son of Robert and Barbara Rosenfield of Manchester, have announced their engagement. She is the granddaughter of the late Max and the late Eveline Librach of St. Louis and the late Sidney and the late Janice Brasch of St. Petersburg, Fla. He is the grandson of Leah and the late Joseph Cohen and the late Herman and the late Catherine Rosenfield of Cincinnati, Ohio. The bride-to-be is a 2003 graduate of Parkway North High School, a 2007 graduate of Indiana University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish secondary education and a 2012 graduate from University of Missouri-St. Louis with a master’s degree in education. The groom-to-be is a 2001 graduate of Parkway West High School, a 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri, where he earned his undergraduate degree in nutrition and fitness, and a 2008 graduate of Bridgewater State College with a master’s degree in athletic training. He will graduate from Lindenwood University in 2013 with a master’s degree in education. She is currently working at Whitfield School as a Spanish teacher. He is currently working as an athletic trainer at Lindenwood University. The couple met at the wedding of Courtney Jakul Bein, a childhood friend of the bride-to-be who became a friend of the groom-to-be during college. A June, 2013 wedding is planned, after which the couple will reside in St. Louis County.

Marvin and Karen Meyer of Chesterfield are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Justin “Jake” Michael Meyer, to Lindsay Julia Burton, daughter of Wayne and Cheryl Burton of Hinsdale, Ill. She is the granddaughter of Jacob and Irene Costel of Evergreen Park, Ill. and the late Meyer and the late Pearl Burton of Portland, Ore. He is the grandson of Barbara Schwartz of Brooklyn, N.Y. and the late Ludwig and the late Marianne Meyer of Metuchen, N.J. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Boston University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Bristol and a second master’s and a doctorate from Oxford University. She is currently the Global Senior Associate for Program Strategy at Room to Read, an International nonprofit organization headquartered in San Francisco, which focuses on children’s literacy and gender equality issues in 11 countries throughout Asia and Africa. Her fiancé is a graduate of Tulane University, where he earned two bachelor’s degrees in finance and neuroscience. Following graduation he spent three years working for Bloomberg in London on Product Strategy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is currently a Global Sales Operations Associate at Marin Software in San Francisco, where he is focusing on expansion in Europe and East Asia. The proposal took place on Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay — the culmination of two years of love that all started as a chance encounter at Daunt Books in London. Following the October, 2012 wedding, the couple will continue to reside in San Francisco.

Rachel Erin Finbloom, daughter of Karen and Alan Finbloom of River Vale, N.J., and Jonathan Lucas Shapiro, son of Olivia and Michael Shapiro of Kings Park, N.Y., were married June 23, 2012 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, where Rabbi Alan Stein officiated. A wedding reception followed. She is the granddaughter of the late Joe Finbloom and Lorraine Finbloom of Chesterfield and the late Jerome Feldman and the late Arlene Feldman of Olivette. He is the grandson of the late Ephraim Shapiro and Sylvia Shapiro of Riverdale, N.Y. and the late Larry Ekstein and Jeanne Ekstein of Falls Church, Va. The bride chose her sister, Laura Finbloom, as maid of honor and friends Allison Adoff, Laurel Lederman, Rachel Hirsch and Stacy Saltiel as bridesmaids. The groom chose his friend Rory Rose as his best man and friends Jake Weinstein, Sarosh Nentin, Roger Grossman and

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Starting Sept. 13 Chabad offers High Holiday course Chabad’s Jewish Learning Institute will offer a series of classes on three consecutive Thursday evenings in advance of the High Holidays. Classes will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, 20 and 27 at the Lazaroff Chabad Center, 8124 Delmar Boulevard. The adult education offering is designed for people at all levels of Jewish knowledge. For more information, see related news brief on page 4.

Friday, Sept. 14 Small business webinar The Jewish Community Relations Council and Small Business Majority are presenting a free webinar at 2 p.m. Entitled “Your Bottom Line:  What Healthcare Reform Means for Missouri Small Businesses,” the webinar will provide hands-on information to help local small business owners understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect them. Topics discussed will include small business tax credits, cost containment and tools and resources available for small businesses.  To register, visit www.smallbusinessmajority.org/webinar.

Film at Covenant House Covenant House will screen “The Ides of March,” a riveting political thriller starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, at 1 p.m. at 8 Millstone Campus Drive, lower level of Covenant House II Apartments, in the Helene Mirowitz Theatre. Free and open to the community; refreshments provided. For more information call 314-432-1610.

Sunday, Sept. 16 Aish plans Rosh Hashanah dinner Aish HaTorah will offer a Rosh Hashanah dinner at the Firehouse, taking place after an educational holiday service. A 6 p.m. candle lighting followed by service and dinner. The dinner takes place at approximately 7 p.m. and costs $20 for adults, $10 for children age 5-11 and free for 5 and under. RSVP requested by Thursday, Sept. 13. To RSVP, contact Claire at 314-862-AISH (2474).

Monday, Sept. 17 ‘Prayer Without Borders’ at Bais Abe Bais Abraham Congregation will hold “Prayer Without Borders”, an inspiring, user-friendly prayer service with explanation and discussion, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bais Abraham’s Rabbinic Intern Noah Levitt and Prayer Leader Rafi Nemes will facilitate the program, which takes place at Bais Abraham, 6910 Delmar Boulevard in University City. No membership, previous knowledge or tickets required.  Visit www.baisabe.com for more information. 

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kah. If you can help build the sukkah, come at 10 a.m. There will be a sukkah-decorating workshop for kids at 11 a.m.

JCC plans apple picking trip for Rosh Hashanah

Crown Center offers trip to cemeteries

Prepare for the Jewish New Year with an apple picking outing for families with children under 10 years of age (siblings welcome) at Mills Apple Farm in Marine, Ill. for a morning of apple picking, a demonstration from a beekeeper, wagon rides, farm animals, snacks, shofar blowing, crafts and fun. Families are welcome to stay for a picnic lunch after the event. There is also food and a variety of pies for sale at the farm. This event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 16. The cost is $5 per family for Jewish Community Center members and $8 per family for the general public for those who preregister and $10 per family for JCC members and $12 per family for the general public at the farm.  Families will

Covenant House Rosh Hashanah event All are welcome to attend this special celebration with Covenant House friend Betsy Rubenstein. Enjoy lively discussion, refreshments and an end-of-the-year gratitude circle. Come discuss your favorite holiday memories and all that you are thankful for over the last year. The celebration begins at 1 p.m. in the Milford and Lee Bohm Social Hall of Covenant House II. Free and open to the community. To RSVP or for more information call 314-432-1610.

Pay respects to loved ones while amongst friends during a Crown Center bus trip to local Jewish cemeteries — the bus will make stops at Chevra Kadisha, Chesed Shel Emeth and Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol. Bus fare is free but space is limited. RSVP to 314-991-2055.

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meet at the farm (directions on their website, www.millsapplefarm.com).  To register, please contact Marianne Chervitz at 314442-3454 or mchervitz@jccstl.org. This event is coordinated by the Helene Mirowitz Center of Jewish Community Life and chaired by Stephanie Saur and Lauren Beigle.

Connecting Generations Shabbat services at Covenant House

Thursday, Sept. 20

Connecting Generations is an interactive program with the Neve Shalom Religious School and Covenant House/CHAI Residents. This program offers an opportunity to attend shabbat services at 10 a.m., followed by a special kiddush and learning experience. Services will be held in the Carl and Helene Mirowitz Chapel in Covenant House I Apartments, 10 Millstone Campus Drive. All are welcome to attend services. For more information call 314-432-1610.

Bus Trip to the Fabulous Fox Theatre

Rick Recht part of Nepal benefit

Join the St. Louis NORC for a private tour of this magnificent theater and view the backstage operations of a major Broadway-style live theater venue. Enjoy lunch on your own in a nearby restaurant with your fellow travelers. The group will meet at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $15. Open to the community but RSVP required to Laura at 314442-3255.

Friday, Sept. 21 Film at Covenant House Enjoy Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey in the comedy thriller “Bernie,” screening at 1 p.m. in the Helene Mirowitz Theatre of Covenant House II. Free and open to the community; refreshments provided. For more information call 314- 432-1610.

Fall prevention for good living 

Wednesday, Sept. 19

Join Dr. Susy Stark from Washington University’s School of Medicine in a lively interactive discussion of how to avoid falls and the steps to take to create a safe home environment. This St. Louis NORC event takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Gathering Place at the JCC. Open to the community but RSVPs required to Laura at 314-442-3255.

OACAP discussion on 2012 elections

Saturday, Sept. 22

OACAP, the Older Adult Community Action Program, a program of National Council of Jewish Women presents: “Prepare for the 2012 Elections – Ballot Issues and Much More” with guest speaker and discussion leader Sandy Diamond. The program will be held in Crown Center’s Weinberg Lounge, 8350 Delcrest Drive. The business portion of the meeting begins at 10 a.m. and the program starts at 11 a.m. There is no cost and all members of OACAP as well as the general public are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to NCJW at 314-993-5181 or nweigley@ncjwstl.org.

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Musical Havdalah and movie Come for an inspiring outdoor, musical Shabbat Shuvah (the Shabbat prior to Yom Kippur) Havdalah at 8 p.m. in the backyard of Bais Abraham, 6910 Delmar Boulevard. Following will be a bonfire and snacks, plus the screening of the internationally acclaimed movie about Shlomo Carlebach, inspirational rabbi, musician and teacher. The movie is in English and Hebrew with English subtitles. Free and open to the community. For more information, call 314-721-3030 or visit www.baisabe.com.

Rick Recht will be one of the performers at an upcoming concert benefiting Mitrata Nepal Foundation for Children’s programs and college scholarship trust for students in Nepal. The concert takes place at Logan College of Chiropractic’s Purser Center, 1851 Schoettler Road, and will feature the Farshid Etniko Band featuring Dawn Weber and Todd Ferris Mosby, Nepali Dancers Grishma Amatya and Saraswoti Sapkota and Belly Dance Mirage. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; General admission tickets are $35 and student tickets are $15. For more information, visit www.mitrata.org.

Sunday, Sept. 23 Sukkah Building Calling all builders and decorators: come help put up and beautify the Bais Abraham suk-

More than 30 local organizations that need volunteers to help in their efforts to combat poverty will be in attendance from 3 to 5 p.m. when the Community Against Poverty coalition sponsors its fifth annual Volunteer Fair, taking place at The Heights, 8001 Dale Avenue in Richmond Heights. The event features a keynote address by Martin Rafanan, executive director of Gateway 180: Homeless Reversed. Participants will have an opportunity to talk with representatives from area nonprofit agencies to learn about volunteer opportunities.  For more information, call the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Gail Wechsler at 314-442-3894 or 314503-5814 or visit www.jcrcstl.org or www.communityagainstpoverty.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 Hazzan Joanna Dulkin offers songs for Sukkot at Shaare Zedek The Shaare Zedek Sisterhood will feature a special celebration of Sukkot in the sukkah with a musical program by our Shaare Zedek Hazzan Joanna Dulkin who will sing “lesser-known songs of the season” — some of the greatest hits for Sukkot and Simchat Torah that many may have never heard of. The evening will follow mincha at 6 p.m. with a baked potato bar. Dessert etc will be included. The cost of the dinner is $8 and RSVPs requested before Sept. 28th by mailing a check to Shaare Zedek at 829 N. Hanley Road, by emailing a response to Micki Kingsley at Michele_Kingsley @yahoo.com or call Co-Chair Barbara Bahn at 314-726-6428.

Ongoing: Classes at Covenant House The following classes are free and open to the public. For information call 314-432-1610. Covenant House is located at 8 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur. • RPI physical therapists lead Tai Chi at 11:15 a.m. on Mondays, and chair aerobics exercises at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Milford and Lee Bohm Social Hall.

In the spotlight New Mt. Sinai Cemetery conducts annual memorial service During the High Holy Days each year, hundreds gather at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery for the cemetery’s annual Memorial Service. This year, the service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 in the Community Mausoleum. Cantor Seth Warner of Congregation Shaare Emeth will conduct the service and he will chant the liturgy with Daniel Brodsky of B’nai El Congregation and Linda Blumenthal. Instrumental music will be played by Silvian Iticovici of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. The program will include the names of those who have been interred at New Mt. Sinai since last Yom Kippur. The service will conclude with the sounding of the shofar by the Loewenstein family. The service is open to the

Cantor Seth Warner St. Louis community, and it is free of charge. This marks the 15th year that New Mt. Sinai has offered this service to the community. The cemetery is located at 8430 Gravois Road. For more information, call 314-353-2540.


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continued from page 18 Along with concerns that she might not be religious enough, knowledge of what she would miss at home — prom and varsity soccer, among other things — originally made her reluctant to travel so far away. Now, however, she enthusiastically recalls her time abroad as “the best experience ever.” “After you experience it, you just don’t care,” Zoe said. “Prom is prom. With soccer, I’ll have another season. ... I would not trade [my time in Israel] for anything.” Four months away from home—let alone four months in another country—can really change a teenage girl. After undergoing a completely new experience, Zoe returned to the States in a different frame of mind. “I learned a lot about myself from this experience. You grow up a lot and are faced with challenges and situations that you have to deal with on your own at a high school age,” she said. “I see my political views and life values differently.” Many of her family members and friends have noted these

changes, and more. “A number of people have remarked that she’s become a much more peaceful person, in terms of an inner peace,” said Jenny Wolkowitz, Zoe’s mother. “On the other hand, there’s certainly a new thirst for broader experiences. ... Now we feel like she can pretty much do anything. It was a wonderful experience. ... There is nothing to even think twice about.” Despite missing her family— and Cheez-Its, which she craved and asked her mother to send— Zoe is eager to return to Israel. “Time went by so fast,” she said. “I wish I could re-do it. I would love to live there now if I could. If I had the choice I would go straight out of high school and join the Israeli army and then possibly make aliyah.” This isn’t Wolkowitz’s reality, however—her parents prefer she attend a four-year university after high school. For now, Israel remains a fond memory and an important part of Zoe’s identity. “It’s something you just have to experience,” she said. “When you are immersed in such a culture as Israel has, it’s not hard to see that we are more than a religion. It’s a cool feeling of belonging.”

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continued from page 19 er gave facts about St. Louis as we walked out of the tunnel and around the stadium and once each team found their seat they lit the torch. It was so cool.” Not only was the ceremony memorable, but Ben also enjoyed staying with his host family. Though he had to get up at 6 a.m. in order to arrive at the ballfields on time, Ben felt energetic and ready to play. “My host family cooked the best food ever,” Ben said. “I knew all the kids I was staying with so it was really entertaining.”

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He also appreciated the intensity of the competition in Memphis. By playing teams from across the country, Ben expanded his baseball experiences. “We played games against Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and a few more,” Ben said. “I went in with low expectations of the other teams but they were amazing. We lost in our last game for bronze so we didn’t place, but it was still worth it and really fun.” Both Jacob and Ben rave about -- and recommend -- the Maccabi experience. Unfortunately for Jacob, his first year was also his last. However, Ben has more chances for gold in the future.

“If anyone is uncertain, go,” Ben said. “Kids everywhere will be missing out if they don’t try Maccabi.” They both described the competition as strong and extremely fun at the same time. Though Ben looks forward to Maccabi next year, the host city for next year’s games has not yet been announced. In the meantime, Jacob and Ben will return to their school teams. “Meeting kids from all over was a huge plus and the parties were really fun,” Ben said. “Maccabi is basically the Olympics made just for Jewish people, and I am for sure going back next year.”

looks forward to carrying on the tradition and understands its importance. Friedman also has children in college, so she can relate to the students. In fact, it was her experiences with her own children that led her to agree to take on the job. “I have two boys in college, so I feel like it’s an important thing. I’m friends with Susan and she had done them for so many years,” Friedman said. As Drapekin nears her final care package, she hopes that her

efforts have eased students’ transition to college by reminding them of their Jewish roots and calling back memories of their family and childhood. “Even if one person, in all the years I did it, in all the packages, was reminded at a time when they needed somebody, needed their Judaism, or needed the people they grew up with in that part of their lives, that they remember they’re there,” Drapekin said. “That was what was in my head.”

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Rogers described Israeli frustration at what he depicted as the administration’s failure to make clear to Israel or Iran whether and when it will use military force to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. By Thursday, the convention’s message about the economy and the role of government in guaranteeing a social safety net was once again front and center — and among Jewish delegates, who crowded the floor sporting Hebrew Barack Obama buttons. Cheers erupted when Carol Berman, a retiree from Ohio now living in West Palm Beach, Fla., lauded the president’s health care initiative. “I’m one of the seniors who retired to this piece of heaven on Earth and I’m as happy as a clam,” Berman said. “It’s not just the sunshine; it’s Obamacare. I’m getting preventive care for free and my prescription drugs for less.” Berman’s was the kind of “personal story” that Democrats had urged Jewish advocates to use when they made the case for Obama to the 5-10 percent of Jewish voters they estimate voted for Obama in 2008 and might be reconsidering this year. Wasserman Schultz also shared her personal experience with breast cancer in making the pitch for Obama’s health care legislation. The convention’s most sustained standing ovation was for Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman recovering from being shot in the head in January 2011. Giffords came to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, walking on her own with a cane and accompanied by a watchful Wasserman Schultz. The two women are close, having bonded as being the first Jewish women elected to Congress from their respective states. The theme of collective responsibility informed the one rabbinical benediction of the convention, which closed Wednesday night’s events, by Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Wolpe ad-libbed a Jerusalem reference in his speech, slightly tweaking the prepared remarks delivered to reporters before he spoke. “You have taught us that we must count on one another, that our country is strong through community, and that the children of Israel — on the way to that sanctified and cherished land, and ultimately to that golden and capital city of Jerusalem — that those children of Israel did not walk through the wilderness alone,” Wolpe said.

here is Hallelujah! and the key expression is song. Yetsirah is the home of what Martin Buber called our “I-thou” relationship with God. It is in yetsirah that we turn to the sacred Other, whatever we understand that to mean. But don’t think about it too much. Sing! Your heart will understand. The Barachu that follows takes us into the world of beriyah (“creation”), the realm of mind. The language here

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essence of the trip. The 10 days I spent staffing the first St. Louis Community Birthright Trip in May were some of the most fun, inspiring, life-changing, moving, and exhausting days of my life (read our blog from the May trip at JewishinStLouis.org/BirthrightSTL). The bonds made between participants are deep in a way that only others on the trip can understand. Traditionally, on Birthright trips, those connections are made with people scattered across the country that

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agree. According to a recent study, as quoted by Daniel Gordis in Tablet Magazine, “Eighty percent of Jewish Americans 65 years of age and older said that Israel’s destruction would, indeed, be a personal tragedy for them. But amazingly, 50 percent of those 35 years old and younger said that Israel’s destruction would not be a personal tragedy. Similarly, a 2011 study of American Jews showed that the younger the cohort, the lower their support for Israel.”

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speaks of the heavenly orbs, of light and darkness, of the miracles of the universe. We are rising higher now. We marvel at creation, meditate upon it and begin to merge with it. Finally, Hear O Israel and the silent Amidah take us into atzilut (“emanation”), the highest and most abstract of the four worlds. Atzilut is the realm of spirit. Its language thrives on mystery, contradictions and dissolution of boundaries. Our prayers don’t always “make sense” because making sense is not what we’re here for. Our journeys

through life are more complex than that. And so our duty to the Days of Awe, and to ourselves, doesn’t end with procuring our tickets. We need more than just assigned seats and receipts that our synagogue dues are paid up. We want a ticket to transformation, a pass to the possibility that something in us feels genuinely moved. As our synagogues open their door to us, so may we open our own inner doors to multidimensional experiences. As the ushers show us to our seats, so let us find a seat for prayer in our hearts.

you may not get to see very often. The advantage of traveling with other people from St. Louis is the ability to bring those friendships back with you and have a whole new community upon returning home. Not even three weeks after returning from Israel, the Birthright Foundation’s NEXT Shabbat Dinner program allowed me to host more than a dozen of my newest and closest friends from the trip for a subsidized Shabbat dinner. The incredibly successful alumni engagement program helps maintain the relationships to one another and to Israel, bringing the experience full-circle.

As a participant from the May trip stated, “The benefit of traveling with people from home is that the trip doesn’t have to end.” We spent just 10 days together in Israel, but we formed a real “mishpachah” – family. This December, another group of young adults has a chance to do the same. The chance to make new friends in Israel. And reconnect in St. Louis.

I think the reason that younger Jews are less connected to Israel is because younger Jews tend to view Judaism as merely a religion, a personal belief, if that. I wonder if this may be due in part to the fact that many supplemental religious schools – charged with delivering comprehensive religious instruction in a limited number of hours – tend not to emphasize Israel in their curricula. For many young Jews, most of their knowledge about Israel comes from the TV sound bites that emphasize the conflict with the Palestinians. Relatively few Jewish children in America grow up feeling that Israel is their homeland.

Gordis’ recent article in Tablet Magazine was entitled “No Jewish People Without Israel: Why the future of American Judaism as we know it depends on the survival of the Jewish state.” I believe that while Judaism as a religious belief can continue to exist without Israel, there can be no Jewish people – no Jewish nation – without Israel. So what is Judaism? For the past three thousand years, it has been a religion, a nationality AND a cultural identity. But what will it be in the next generation? That all depends on how we choose to educate our children.

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total of America’s mission. Indeed, Wolpe immediately added, “And we understand that those worthy ideals stand alongside the commitment to compassion, to goodness, our sacred covenant to care for those who are bereaved and bereft, who are frightened, who are hungry, who are bewildered and lost, who seek shelter from the cold.” Our responsibilities are not only to ourselves, he suggested, and similarly our nation has obligations to the world as both a refuge and an example. “We know that our lamp is lifted not only to illuminate our way but to serve as a beacon to others that here, this land, is a place where the dreams of a weary world flourish and endure.” (Soloveichik had referred not dissimilarly to America’s calling as “a beacon of freedom to the world, and an ally of free countries like the State of Israel, an island of liberty, democracy and hope.”) Democrats, of course, have railed against the philosophy of hyper-individualism that they see as reflected in Rep. Paul Ryan’s admiration for Ayn Rand and as embodied in Republican budget

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proposals. Former President Bill Clinton in his Democratic convention address painted this election as a choice between “a winnertake-all, you’re-on-your-own society” and “a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibility.” While eschewing any overt partisanship, Wolpe in his benediction made a similar distinction, noting the importance of community and hinting at the vulnerability of the lonely individual. “You have taught us that we must count on one another, that our country is strong through community, and that the children of Israel, on the way to that sanctified and cherished land, and ultimately to that golden and capital city of Jerusalem, that those children of Israel did not walk through the wilderness alone.” Liberty and community — the tensions between these values have long animated American politics and become pitched battle lines in the current elections. And they provided two rabbis with very different themes for their addresses to two very different parties.

opponents.) Republicans lambasted a video shown at the Demoratic convention asserting that “Government is the only thing that we all belong to. We have different churches, different clubs, but we’re together as a part of our city or our county or our state.” Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney responded on Twitter: “We don’t belong to government, the government belongs to us.” In his closing exhortation, Soloveichik hinted at the notion popular among conservatives that we are in danger of losing, and must recover, a proper understanding of liberty. “And help all of us as Americans renew our dedication to the principle of God-gifted liberty, so America can remain a beacon of faith and freedom for generations to come,” he said. Wolpe — in addition to working in a sly reference to Jerusalem, the Democratic convention’s topic du jour — had a different focus in his benediction late Wednesday night in Charlotte. Speaking to a largely empty convention hall after the roll call vote to renominate Obama, Wolpe acknowlDon’t Give All Your Money Away edged that America is “founded on the highest prinTo A Nursing Home! ciples of freedom and Call Sheldon Novack@ resourcefulness and creativity and ever-renewed He Can Show You How to Keep Some of Your Money! strength.” But individual freeConsultation is Free dom, for him, is not the sum

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obituaries David S. Rosch, died September 9, 2012.  Beloved husband for 39 years of Nanci Weinstein Rosch; dear father of Michael (Michelle) Rosch; loving grandfather of Aiden, Davin, and Laya Rosch; beloved son of Alice and the late Samuel Rosch; dear brother of Sue (Marc) Goldford; beloved son-in-law of Mary and the late Edward Weinstein; dear brother-in-law of Linda Weinstein; loving uncle of Lou, Josh and Zack Goldford; our dear nephew, cousin and friend. Contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association. Rindskopf-Roth Anita Krem Rosenberg, died September 3, 2012.  Beloved widow of Nathan Krem and beloved widow of William Rosenberg; dear mother of Linda (Lawrence) Rogul and Marcia Feldman; loving grandmother of Rebecca (Andy) Reisberg, Gregg (Kim) Pessin, David (Rebecca) Pessin, Beth (Dr. Jeffrey) Bernholtz and Adrienne (Jeffrey) Cone; loving great-grandmother of Nathaniel and Bess Reisberg, Jonathan, Madolynn and Sally Pessin, Andrew and Emily Pessin, Eitan and Zoe Goldstein, Shaina and Alex Davis; dear sister of Harry (Reva) Shank and the late Sylvia Rice; dear sister- in-law, aunt, cousin and friend.  The family is grateful for the kind and capable care provided by the staff at Autumn View Assisted Living –Schuetz Road. Contributions to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, c/o JF&CS, 10950 Schuetz Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63146 or charity of your choice.  Berger Memorial Arthur Aaron Shulman, died September 7, 2012. Beloved husband of Bonnie J. Shulman and beloved widower of Loretta Shulman; dear father of Jan (Jeffrey) Jacob and Larry (Ilene) Shulman; loving grandfather of Brett Jacob, Courtney (Scott) Kaar, Jeremy Shulman and Hallie Shulman (fiance, Stephen Sheptor); dear brother of the late Shirley Mendelsohn; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle, cousin and friend. Contributions to the charity of the donor’s choice. Rindskopf-Roth

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Wishes of Peace & Happiness

For the New Year

With the sounding of the Shofar, the High Holy Days are upon us. We joyfully gather around the table with family and friends to celebrate our most sacred of holidays, letting our hearts and minds be filled with the sweet possibilities of the coming year. Berger Memorial Chapel wishes you and your family a year filled with peace, happiness, health and prosperity. L’Shanah Tova.

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• Graveside, Synagogue, Temple or Chapel Services • Serving All Jewish Cemeteries • • 24-Hour Compassion Helpline® • Bereavement Travel • Personal Planning Services •

BERGER

MEMORIAL CHAPEL A Dignity Memorial ® Provider

Call today to learn what we can do for you. 4715 McPherson Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108 www.bergermemorialchapel.com

(314) 361- 0622

314-367-0438

5216 DELMAR BLVD. • ST. LOUIS, MO

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NOTICE

Down filled garments require special care . . . We are down specialists.

PLEASE RETURN ALL UNWANTED HANGERS

AMERICAN CLEANERS

MONEY SAVING COUPONS ANY DRAPERY

BEAUTIFULLY DRY CLEANED

12

$

99

FREE DECORATOR FOLD. DRAPERIES NEED EXPERT CARE We offer the finest hand finish decorator fold drapery service in the Midwest.

ANY GARMENT (Plain)

ANY GARMENT (Plain)

3

$ 69 EACH

6

OFFER EXPIRES October 13, 2012

EACH

LADIES OR MEN’S BUSINESS SHIRTS ON HANGERS

1

$ 60

3

$ 69 EACH

OFFER EXPIRES October 13, 2012

OFFER EXPIRES October 13, 2012

LADIES OR MEN’S BUSINESS SHIRTS ON HANGERS

$ 99

3

EXCLUDING FURS, LEATHERS AND DOWN FILLED GARMENTS.

$ 69

EXCLUDING FURS, LEATHERS AND DOWN FILLED GARMENTS.

OFFER EXPIRES October 13, 2012

LADIES OR MEN’S SUITS

NO LIMIT

NO LIMIT

NO LIMIT

EXCLUDING FURS, LEATHERS AND DOWN FILLED GARMENTS.

ANY GARMENT (Plain)

LADIES OR MEN’S BUSINESS SHIRTS ON HANGERS

1

$ 60

When accompanied by any $4 Dry Cleaning Order

When accompanied by any $4 Dry Cleaning Order

OFFER EXPIRES October 13, 2012

OFFER EXPIRES October 13, 2012

1

$ 60

When accompanied by any $4 Dry Cleaning Order

OFFER EXPIRES October 13, 2012

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ANY SUEDE GARMENT NO LIMIT $

OR MAN MADE FUR GARMENT CLEANED AND FINISHED

1899

EACH

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ANY DOWN $ FILLED GARMENT

1199

EACH

SWEATERS

ANY GARMENT (Plain) NO LIMIT

EXCLUDING FURS, LEATHERS AND DOWN FILLED GARMENTS.

OFFER EXPIRES October 13, 2012

3

NO LIMIT

$ 69 EACH

OFFER EXPIRES October 13, 2012

2

$ 99 EACH

OFFER EXPIRES October 13, 2012

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