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ARTICLES LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

SPECIAL FEATURES 6

Our December Cover Kid is Jacob Feldman St. Louis Jewish Parents Magazine features St. Louis kids on our cover every issue. Photo by Spoonful of Sugar Photography.

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ORGANIZATION SPOTLIGHT

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DADDY & ME DR. JESSE KAVADLO 40

COMMUNITY

Yasher Koach! Employment Opportunities Welcome New Advertisers Thank You

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A Hanukah Carol NUTRITION NUGGETS DR. KATHY MORA 32

Love in the Time of Latkes FROM THE CONCIERGE’S DESK

“BABY” BUSINESSES

September CALENDAR 43 Jewish, Secular, & School/Synagogue Events

By Scott Collier 26

Food Allergies: Tips for Party Season

Volunteering to help Seniors with Technology By Isaac Ohrenstein

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Chanukah, Oh Hanukkah! Cracks

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JEWISH HOLIDAY EXPLAINED

NEWS & BOOKS JENNIFER BAER LOTSOFF 24

By Lila Kertz FUN-DERFUL SUMMER MOMENTS

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Mary Poppins Says “Feed the Birds” FROM THE DOCTOR

HAPPENING IN September

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COOKING CORNER

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Bubbe’s Potato Latkes OOPS! TOP TEN

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Parent Moments PLAYROOM 14 Fun Facts: Potatoes Word of the Day: Light PLUS: Chess • Jokes • How Many?

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LETTER FROM THE

EDITOR

Civil Disobedience November was a very difficult month, with shock for all, and disappointment for many. Since the election, there has been a spike in reported hate crimes, with the Southern Poverty Law Center now documenting the location of the more than 700 verified incidents that have so far been reported across the country. These incidents are in stores, on streets, in schools, and on social media.

STEPHANIE BERK, PH.D. Stephanie Berk, author of “How to Potty-Train Your Dragon Child”, is a mother of 4 boys. She has a degree in Human Development & Family Studies from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from University of Connecticut, a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Language Acquisition from Haskins Laboratory/Yale University, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuroimaging from Washington University.

Regardless of who you voted for, or who you blame for this increase, these numbers are alarming. Many teens in particular are trying to figure out how to handle something that they know is wrong. Teens across the country are protesting in their schools by walking out, not saying the Pledge of Allegiance, and committing other acts of Civil Disobedience. The issue in this Letter from Editor is NOT who should be the president. It is not an Anti-Trump message. It is one of realizing that I need to address the needs of my children, as do all the parents who read the magazine. If you are a Trump family, do you know what your children are saying and doing when they are not with you? Are they taunting others in their classrooms with, “Ha Ha, we won?” or “You will be deported now!” If you are an Anti-Trump family, do you know what your children are saying and doing when they are not with you? Are they saying the Pledge of Allegiance or are they saying, “He will never be my president?” Civil Disobedience has been used throughout history to get voices heard and to effect social action. In my house, with 4 boys of different ages, and 2 with strong, independent positions, I now have to look back through history to put together a lesson for them and for ME on what is Civil Disobedience? Has it been helpful? What are the negative effects and how to I best help my children through this time? Regardless of who was voted in, I think that it is important to understand that we as parents have a responsibility to teach our children respect, independence, and the power of their words and actions.

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THE VOICE OF GENERATION J OUR GENERATION OUR FUTURE

Volunteering to help Seniors

withTechnology

by Isaac

Ohrenstein

Many teenagers today struggle to find meaningful volunteer opportunities. In preparation for my Bar Mitzvah, I was discussing with my family different ways of how I could give back to my community. We considered many places in need, both in Saint Louis and in Israel, however I was interested in something hands on. As I began my research, I discovered that there are very few volunteer opportunities for teenagers.

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[Voice of Generation J, Cont. from pg 9]

Our family friends suggested that I contact the Crown Center for Senior Living in search of an opportunity to volunteer. Having already worked on technological projects at my school, the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, I immediately knew what I wanted to do: teach technology to seniors.

“I’m there to help them connect to today’s world, and specifically their family.”

Technology can be challenging for the older generations, and in contrast, it is something that is very easy for teenagers today. The Executive Director of the Crown Center was thrilled to have me volunteer, and her staff helped bring my idea to fruition. Without their commitment to this teenage volunteer opportunity, it would never have materialized. Teenage volunteering is important for a variety of reasons. There is the feeling that you have done your part in making the world a better place. Furthermore, I think that those who volunteer as children are far more likely to volunteer as adults. It is essential that teenagers learn how to give back at a young age, recognize that many people in the world are less fortunate than we are, and internalize the fact we all have something to give. Volunteering also teaches teens social and networking skills that will serve them well in life. I chose to work with residents by providing them with an array of technological support, whether it be teaching them to use the internet, social media, email, text messaging or online purchases. I’m there to help them connect to today’s world, and specifically their family. One of my favorite people to work with is Marilyn M. She lives here in St Louis, yet her family is located all over the country.

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Marilyn deeply appreciated the ability to use Facebook, email, and text messaging to communicate with her family. This significantly impacted her life. I will always remember the smile Marilyn greeted me with as we began our weekly session. Volunteering with a variety of diverse people can be both exceptional and challenging, as a substantial number of the elderly I assist, must cope with medical issues. I recently worked with a man who suffers from extreme memory loss, and thus many simple tasks were tremendously difficult for him. Even after I thoroughly explained a lesson, within minutes I had to repeat myself. I discovered that extensive notes helped minimize the need for repetition. There are many teenagers like me that seek volunteer opportunities, but have found them hard to come by. I have internalized the fact that I can only touch a fraction of the seniors that need assistance. Luckily, the Crown Center is working to meet the need by creating a program modeled off my work. This is an incredible way to link generations, and I am hopeful that this will serve as a spark for other charities to contemplate meaningful ways for teenagers to engage. Like many kids my age, I have grown up with technology, and recognize the many valuable roles it can play in society. I also acknowledge that as people age, they often feel isolated. It is rewarding to be able to use my own skills to enhance seniors connectivity and ultimately, their quality of life.


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CHILD DEVELOPMENT

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Why won’t my baby go to sleep? Why won’t my baby stay asleep? Why will my baby only sleep if we walk him in circles 16 times, while singing every song we know? Why does my baby seem to sleep better on her side? These questions and others have been asked both outloud and secretly by most parents with a baby. Then the advice starts flowing in. The advice ranges from “Just wait it out” to “Find a comfortable position for the baby and ignore everything else.” Sometimes the baby does SEEM to sleep better in an “unrecommended” position. The parents are so happy that they do it again and again, not realizing that it is actually very dangerous. What are the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and importantly WHY?

go in during the night to put them back on their backs, but make sure that there is nothing in the crib that the baby can get stuck in, like a blanket, padded borders, or a stuffed animal.

★ Do NOT put babies to sleep on

their tummies, despite the fact that the previous generations were put to sleep that way. SIDS has decreased by more than 50% since then for a reason.

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recommendation from data ★ The and the AAP is: Put babies under the age of 12 months to sleep on their backs (unless medical doctors suggest otherwise for particular health conditions.) Even when babies can flip themselves both ways, still start the baby on his/her back. It is not necessary to

babies die suddenly in their sleep without any warning. These deaths are attributed to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and accidental suffocation or strangulation.

Do NOT put babies to sleep on their sides- either with or without a “sleep positioner”, because the baby might accidentally roll onto his/her stomach or get stuck in an unsafe position. Do NOT believe the claims that a product can “prevent SIDS.” Currently there is no product that is known to prevent it. Importantly the wedges, positioners, and other sleep aids have not been tested for safety OR effectiveness. All 3 major organizations, The U.S. FDA, the CPSC, and the AAP warn parents that these products are dangerous for babies.

It is completely understandable that a parent or caregiver would want their baby to sleep both for the baby’s sake and also for the health of the whole family. It makes sense that parents get to a point where they would do almost ANYTHING to get that baby to sleep. However, the recommendations are being made based on extensive data. The converging evidence is clear: Babies are safest when put to sleep on their backs. When they are strong enough to turn themselves onto their sides, tummies, and backs again, they are less likely to die from SIDS. For most parents, this problem peaks and takes care of itself by 9 months. In the grand scheme of things, 9 months is a short period of time in the lifespan.

References: Moon, R. (2016). How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained. www.healthychildren.org, A Parents Guide to Safe Sleep. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012). Suffocation deaths associated with use of infant sleep positioners -United States, 1997- 2011. MMWR Morb Mortal Weekly Report, 23;61 (46), pp.s 933-7. Kelly, BA, Irigoyen, MM, Pomerantz, SC, Mondesir, M, and IsazaBrando, N (2016). Swaddling and Infant Sleeping Practices. Journal of Community Health.

Do NOT leave babies sleeping in seated or reclining positions.

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CHILD DEVELOPMENT

CHILD

CAR SEATS AND PLACEMENT One of the questions most frequently asked by parents is about what kind of car seat their child needs, and whether their child is old enough to sit in the front seat. The days of just flopping around in the back seat are over, and with all of the new safety features that the modern cars have, come new dangers and rules. Airbags, for example can save lives, but if the person sitting in the front is not tall enough, the airbag is actually dangerous when deployed. Although most of the states have clear laws on what kind of car seat must be used for each age, not every state has a law for when children can sit in the front seat. Many states’ laws say 13 or 14 years old to ride in the front passenger side. Missouri’s Child Restraint Law from 2006 is confusing for many parents. The Missouri State Highway patrol issued the following in response: “How old must a child be to ride in the front seat of a car? This question is asked quite often and the answer is: A child can ride in the front seat of a car at any age! Yes, at any age--as long as the parents or driver adheres to the child restraint laws of this state. The child restraint law is this: RSMo 307.179 - A child under the age of 4 or less than 40 pounds must be in an approved car seat. A child 4- 8, must be in an approved booster seat, except when they are over 80 pounds and taller than 4’9”. Then they can be in a seat belt. Every child who is between 8 and 16 years of age must be in a seat belt regardless of where they

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are sitting in the vehicle. Now, is it as safe as having the child sit in the back seat? Of course not, especially with the airbag issues. We recommend that children ride in the back seat until they reach the age of 13. However, it is not illegal.” The fine for violating the Missouri Child Restraint Law is $50 plus court costs. The CDC put together a very helpful, visual guide for parents.


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United Hebrew coordinates many vibrant groups for our youth from kindergarten through 12th grade. Beginning in 6th grade the United Hebrew youth groups are affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism’s North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). NFTY is a Movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism. All youth members of United Hebrew are automatically members of our youth groups.

Ages

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Contact

H. Lee Rosenberg Director of Youth Engagement 314-469-0700, x265 h.leerosenberg@unitedhebrew.org

Groups for Kindergarten through 12th Grade


K1Ducks This Kindergarten & 1st Grade group connects young children and their families to the United Hebrew community. We have 3 or 4 family programs and special activities just for the kids. We have fun, celebrate our Judaism, learn a thing or two and bring smiles home!

23Ducks This 2nd and 3rd grade group connects our Elementary school age youth and their families to the wider United Hebrew community. We have 3 or 4 family programs and special activities just for the kids. The group has opportunities to connect with their Jewish friends both inside and outside of temple.

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Craft Central Craft Central is a family owned and operated Fiber Art Studio! We bring the community together in a warm low-key environment to share our knowledge of the crafting world. Along with Open Studio time, we offer individual and/or group classes including: Ceramics • Sewing • Weaving • Spinning • Stained Glass Knitting/Crocheting • Needle Felting • Copper Chasing

Club45 This 4th and 5th grade group meets on Tuesday for lounge nights after Hebrew school. You do not have to be attending Hebrew school on that day to attend the lounge. There are also a few out of the building events.

NFTY67 (UH Junior Youth Group) This 6th and 7th grade group meets monthly for social events, primarily on Sunday. The 7th graders also have the opportunity to attend a high school style NFTY convention.

Visit us at 8500 Delmar 63124 Call us at 314-736-4803

NFTY8 (NFTY Junior) This group is just for 8th graders. We will meet every 6 weeks, with St. Louis area Jewish 8th graders, for social activities. After we attend the JYG convention, the 8th graders step up into the high school NFTY youth group NFTY:UH.

NFTY:UH (North American Federation of Temple Youth, UH Temple Youth Group) High Schoolers meet every Wednesday and have an event about once a month. We run fundraisers and help at congregational events. There are 4 NFTY Missouri Valley conventions, Leadership, Fall, Winter and Spring. Every other year, there is a North American Convention.

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CHILD DEVELOPMENT

TWEEN

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Bullying is a trigger word for most children, parents, teenagers, and school administrators. Most schools and programs currently have a “Zero tolerance for bullying policy”. And yet regardless, researchers are hard at work trying to figure out why bullies do what they do, and how to stop it.

One of the strands of research that has come from the bullying research focuses on healthy friendships between individual tweens and groups of tweens. By studying the dynamics of each social situation, researchers are trying to see the start of bullying. For example, take the scenario below: 5 tweens (3 girls and 2 boys) are sitting at the lunch table. They chose to sit together most days. They are friends when they are one on one, and get along well in their group situation normally, as well. One day, one of the boys is not speaking with one of the girls. When questioned by the other boy as to why this is the case, the boy says, “Whatever she

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tells you, isn’t true. She was never a real friend anyway.” When the girl is asked what happens, she replies with, “He is gross. He burped in my face, and said that he didn’t want to be friends with you either.” The other tweens in the group have to figure out a number of things for the group to remain a cohesive friendship unit.

1. Which tween is telling the truth? 2. Why did the two who are fighting REALLY start fighting?

3. Can it be solved, and if so, by who?

4. Is anyone being bullied, and why?

Most tweens are not well-equipped to deal with the above situation, or how to deal with the questions. They lack both the maturity, and the social experiences needed. For some tweens, they have never played board games like Clue, that force the players to work through complex, mysterious situations that need to be solved. Many tweens are not often in a situation where they must calculate the social situation from the perspective of how did we get here, and how do we proceed from here? Parents and teachers of tweens have the unique opportunity of being able to guide the tweens forward. As tweens become teens, they do not rely as much on parents solving


friendship issues. Most researchers find that while tweens will discuss the details of their friendships with parents, teens will discuss details of friendships with other teens. So what can parents and teachers of tweens do? Below are some tips for encouraging tweens to work through their friendship and bully experiences in a productive manner.  Encourage tweens to openly discuss what they see going on with their friends. This includes chatter about boyfriend/girlfriend, indications that someone might either bully or be a victim of a bully, and who might seem depressed or be isolating him/ herself.

 Ask the tween WHY they think that what they are observing is the case. It might be a selfobserved instance, or one that was overheard by someone else. Having a discussion with your tween on the “evidence� goes a long way from just being attentive to being able to calculate what might happen next.  Ask the tween what s/he thinks should occur to fix the situation, and who are the best people, be them kids or adults, to help fix the situation. Sometimes it is a teacher or counselor, but sometimes it is another tween or a parent.

 Finally, ask the tween what else YOU can do to help with the situation. Sometimes tweens just need an ear or a sounding board. But other times, they need you to discretely step in and help fix the problem. Tween friendships are complex, as they start to model the relationships seen in the adult world. This is also a time when hormonal changes lead to increased sensitivity and extreme reactions. However, this is also a developmental period where language is often an effective tool when partnered with planning and thought, in the context of the tweens still being interested in the opinions of the adults in their lives.

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NEWS & BOOKS

JENNIFER BAER LOTSOFF Jennifer Baer Lotsoff is the PJ Library Coordinator in St. Louis and has worked in the non-profit sector for nearly twenty years. Born in Memphis, she holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University. Jennifer works with professionals and lay leaders to build a vibrant Jewish community by encouraging collaboration through creative, fun experiences. With programs in secular and Jewish spaces, Jennifer encourages all community organizations to use the vehicle of PJ Library books to meet families wherever they are on their Jewish journey. Jennifer is a passionate connector of ideas, people, and institutions, and she credits her kids for bringing daily doses of humor to her life and endless crumbs to her car.

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Cracks I went to my first and last Leonard Cohen concert at the Fabulous Fox Theater in 2009. His singing voice was unlike any other… in a good way, not like mine, and the way that he was able to write and perform songs ranging from the depths of despair to the triumph of love reverberated in my soul like shockwaves. It was a tough time for me personally, having recently lost my dad, and in many ways the world around me seemed to be shattering. Leonard Cohen’s voice offered comfort, as if he could see into my life, proclaiming that “there is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

pushed away all the darkness and filled the barn.

Winter is here again, and I am again struggling with the obligations of getting the kids to school on time, being productive even after the sun goes down at 4:30, and keeping track of an endless stream of holiday and social events, when part of me just wants to stay at home and hibernate! It’s the season when the least amount of light is physically present each day, not metaphorically, but LITERALLY.

Sometimes the experience of darkness is necessary to feel the emerging light. May we all have the strength to personally light the candles needed to illuminate darkness in our world.

There is a story of a farmer who wanted to retire. He spread the word that whomever could make his barn the fullest would win the property. Countless people tried to fill it with a variety of things: rocks, sand, newspaper. Can you guess what the winner used? A candle…. A little light

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Hanukkah falls at the end of this month, a holiday which centers around the triumph of right over might, and of light over dark. Timeless messages that ring as true in today’s times as they did for me that winter seven years ago. Each night we increase the number of candles kindled on the Menorah; each night we increase the light we send out into the world. A dose of optimism shining through the cracks. Even though Leonard Cohen passed away last month, his words and messages remain.

Leonard Cohen was able to reach different types of people from all walks of life with his music, just as PJ Library seeks to reach Jews from every level of observance and affiliation. Each December PJ Library sends a CD instead of a book; I hope you enjoy yours! A complete list of CD’s by age can be found at: https://www.pjlibrary.org/Books-and-Music/ Books?Music=1&title=Music#form.


And don’t forget to check out some of the PJ Library books relating to musical instruments or songs:

Sunrise, Sunset Written by Sheldon Harnick Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

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Food Allergies: Tips for Party Season BY LILA KERTZ, MSN, RN, CPNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Lila Kertz has been Chairperson of the Washington University School of

We’ve officially hit the colder months, when the focus of activities shifts indoors and gatherings inevitably rotate around the kitchen table. For foodies, winter can be a wonderland. For the food allergic and their parents, it can be intimidating and downright scary. If your child has food allergies, consider following these five steps to keep them safe and healthy:

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Whether you’re going to a potluck or a hosted catered party, bring something you know your child can eat – something that comes out of your allergen free kitchen and is carefully labeled with your child’s allergies in mind.

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Educate the host

It’s perfectly fine to call ahead and let the host or hostess know about your child’s food allergy and letting him or her know that you will be bringing a dish that meets their needs. However, don’t expect the host to alter the menu or kitchen to accommodate. No one knows your child and their allergies like you do, and you can’t expect someone without experience caring for a child with food allergies to fully understand the dangers of something like crosscontamination. That being said, if you are leaving your child in the care of someone else for the night, come prepared with a food allergy plan. Let the caregiver know the signs of allergic reaction and how to administer an EpiPen if necessary.


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Educate your child

Make sure your child understands exactly what foods are dangerous and which ones they should avoid. Remind them that even using a spoon that was in a dish that contained an allergen can put them at risk for reaction. Most importantly, talk to your child about the signs of their specific reaction and who can help if they start to feel sick.

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If you brought a dish to a party that will be incorporated into a buffet, check with those who brought other dishes. Consider placing your “safe” dish between two other dishes that happen to be allergen free. Use one serving utensil per dish. (And when you’re out at a bakery or an ice cream shop, tell the server about your child’s food allergy. Tongs that touch a peanut butter brownie before plucking an allergen-free treat from the case can quickly make a safe goody unsafe for a child allergic to nuts, for example.)

Make sure you or the person caring for your child has an updated EpiPen pack and Benadryl at the ready, and that everyone knows when and how to administer the medications in the event of a reaction. Check the expiration date on your EpiPen. If it has expired, contact your pediatrician for an updated prescription. Much has been made in the news recently about the skyrocketing cost of EpiPen – talk to your doctor about a coupon or other methods to make sure the medicine is as cost-effective as possible, but do not risk going without this often life-saving medication.

Be wary of crosscontamination

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CHILD DEVELOPMENT

TEEN

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“… just as teen culture recognizes the importance of

driving sober, they also must learn to not drive sleepy.”

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The percentage of teens who drink and drive has decreased by more than 50% since 1991, in part due to the work of advocacy groups such as MADD, SADD, and others, and in part due to extensive targeted educational programming. However there are other “dangers” that contribute to the following statistics from the CDC: •

“In 2014, 2,270 teens in the United States ages 16–19 were killed and 221,313 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. That translates to six teens ages 16–19 who died every day from motor vehicle injuries.” “The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.”

While the effects of age versus experience are difficult to tease apart, one of the leading causes of accidents among teen drivers is driving while drowsy, also known as “fatigued driving”. This is a well-studied and welldocumented problem that does not often get the popular attention that it needs, in order to be addressed.

Drivers Are Aware of when they really are too tired to drive. Williamson, A., and colleagues (2014) tested the hypothesis of whether drivers have access to cognitive information about their current state of sleepiness, likelihood of falling asleep, and the implications for driving performance and the likelihood of crashing. Basically, can a driver tell when to pull over and sleep? With their study of 90 participants, they found that participants who rated themselves as sleepy or likely to fall asleep had a more than 9 time increase in the hazards of crossing the centerline compared to those who rated themselves as alert. Drivers CAN detect changes in their levels of sleepiness sufficiently to make a safe decision to stop driving due to sleepiness, but do not stop for multiple reasons.

Young Adult Drivers are particularly at risk for fatiguerelated accidents. They often have chronic sleep loss, and drive at times when they are most tired. Smith and colleagues (2005), as well as others recommend education and focused interventions aimed at stopping young adults, and specifically teens from driving when they feel sleepy. Accidents happen, and the first year of driving is the time when there is a significantly higher rate of accidents. For most drivers, this happens during their teens. However, just as teen culture recognizes the importance of driving sober, they also must learn to not drive sleepy. (This goes for their parents too!)

Several studies have found the following:

Physical Characteristics Impaired by driving while fatigued include heart rate, reaction time to light, systolic blood pressure, and reaction time to sound. These characteristics overlap with those found with people who drive while intoxicated. This 2014 study by Zhang, X., and colleagues provides evidence that indeed a driver's physical characteristics will be impaired more seriously when s/he continues driving while drowsy, compared to driving when not drowsy, leading to more accidents.

References: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). (2014). National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Fatality facts: teenagers 2014. Arlington (VA): The Institute. Scott-Parker, B., Watson, B., King, MJ, & Hyde, MK (2014). “I drove after drinking alcohol” and other risky driving behaviours reported by young novice drivers”. Accident; Analysis and Prevention, vol 70, 65-73. Smith, S., Carrington, M., & Trinder, J. (2005). Subjective and predicted sleepiness while driving in young adults. Accident; Analysis and Prevention, vol 37(6),1066-73. Williamson, A., Friswell, R., Olivier, J., & Grzebieta, R. (2014). Are drivers aware of sleepiness and increasing crash risk while driving? Accident; Analysis and Prevention, vol 70, 225-34. Zhang, X., Zhao, X., Du, H., & Rong, J. (2014). A study on the effects of fatigue driving and drunk driving on drivers’ physical characteristics. Traffic Injury Prevention, vol 15(8), 801-8.

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NOTE FROM EDITOR: We are fortunate to have several amazing sleepaway camps that St Louis children go to each summer. This month’s highlight is GUCI.

GUCI is more than just a Reform Jewish summer camp! GUCI is a community that lives on long after camp ends. Friends made at camp are friends all year long. This past summer, we offered our campers a wide variety of activity choices that allowed them to exercise their bodies and their minds! We challenged their creativity and helped to enhance their Jewish identities. We offered our campers choices in sports & fitness, the performing and creative arts, nature activities, and even robotics! Our campers participated in outdoor, adventure programs! Summers at GUCI are an unforgettable religious, cultural, recreational and social experience. Campers come home with the three C's; confidence, compassion and community! Ask a GUCI camper about their camp experience! The Director and Assistant Director are hosting a free roller skating party at Skateport Plaza from 4:30-6:30 on Saturday December 17th. This is open to current and interested GUCI families. Hear about their incredible summer as well as what's new at camp!

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NUTRITION NUGGETS

Love in the Time

KATHY MORA, PhD

Doctorate in nutritional science and epidemiology from the University of Arizona, and masters degree in nutrition and fitness from Florida State University. Clinical background in diabetes, part of clinical team as pediatric diabetes educator. Former nutrition and exercise physiology instructor at St. Louis University, Pima Community College, and Florida State University. Recent project officer on public health research evaluation projects around childhood obesity prevention. Experience as media and nutrition consultant promoting and providing healthy recipes on TV. Dedicated long distance runner, passionate proponent for physical education in children, and mom of two children who happily eat vegetables!

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Chanukah 2016…..Can you smell the latkes? Closing out the secular year with Chanukah makes me pause to reflect on the joy of eating festive food with family and friends. Food, while important for health and wellness, should also be enjoyed and shared. Generations passing down family recipes and cooking together are moments to cherish. Take the humble latke, for example, everyone loves them, and everyone has an opinion about the perfect latke and toppings. I always laugh remembering the Chanukah when my grandmother secretly put onions in the latkes, unbeknownst to my dad who swore he could detect an onion a mile away. Little known fact- applesauce masks the taste of onions! For the record, while I like onions, I’m firmly in the camp where onionsdo-not-belong-in-latkes.

new taste sensation. Good stewards report composting all those potato peelings! Latkes are the ultimate cooking labor of love and laughter. It’s hard to take yourself seriously when you smell like a fried food diner. And how can you hold back the chuckle when you see an elegant version of a latke listed on a restaurant menu as the trendy food cuisine item anchoring a nouveau riche entrée? Of course, any reputable upscale restaurant would never actually call these “potato latkes”, but you know a latke by any other name is still a latke! Speaking of other latkes, the birth story of the latke is one of mystery, travel, ingenuity, and good ‘ol resourcefulness. Turns out, cheese latkes pre-dated the potato latke.

I’m also a thin and crispy latke person, while my sister-in-law is a thick and chewy latke person. I refer to her latkes as hash browns. There are those who swear by Trader Joe’s latkes, but where is the fun in heat and serve? Plus, what would a good latke be without a little skin in the game?!

As the story goes (fact checking is always good), circa 1286-1328 an Italian Rabbi decided to include “pancakes” on a list of menu items to serve at a Purim feast, along with a poem about Chanukah. I don’t understand the Purim meal- Chanukah poem connection either, but that’s what the Encyclopedia of Jewish Food states.

The millennial latke is made with sweet potatoes, and even kale/spinach potato combinations, and in our journey toward pluralism, latkes made from a variety of mix and match potatoes can also be a fun

Skipping over a few hundred years, when the Jews were forced to leave Sicily in 1492, they moved north, of course bringing food, because we always have to take a little extra with us for later! The newly relocated

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of Latkes Jews introduced their ricotta cheese pancakes, called cassola, to the Jews of Rome and Northern Italy, thus revolutionizing the Chanukah food scene. Welcome to the fried cheese pancake- although it sounds much more tasty when it’s described as “mouthwatering flavor of a cheese blintz filling in form of a fluffy fried pancake” (Tori Avery, The Shiksa in the Kitchen).

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Leap ahead to Eastern Europe in the mid-1800s, where several agricultural crops were failing and the lowly potato saves the day. Potatoes were inexpensive and relatively easy to grow, hence the resourceful Ashkenazi Jews invented today’s popular potato pancake. Go Team Latke! While latkes are not exactly high on the list of healthy foods, they are well deserving of a free pass. The worthy latke brings our families and friends together; to share a meal and holiday traditions. Remembering the Chanukah story with symbolic food allows us to be mindful of our history, and value being in the present moment. Maybe this 2016 Chanukah is one to start your own Chanukah traditions: add latkes of old with latkes of new, maybe try creating 8 wonderful healthy and tasty meals together with your children, invite non-Jewish friends over to share the flavors and stories of Chanukah, and most of all fill your house with latkes, laughter, and love! Happy Chanukah!

References and find interesting Latke Recipes here: 1. http://www.pbs.org/food/features/history-of-latkes/ 2. Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. Gil Marks. Wiley 2010.

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Oops, perhaps I should have brought more toys for our toddler during a planned camping trip. Instead, I ended up chasing him constantly, and trying to keep him from touching the fire and eating sticks. Oops, perhaps we should not have told our 9 year old about the car seat rules. She went on the school field trip and scolded the parent-volunteer driver for not having her kids in car seats! Oops, what is worse than accidentally leaving your 14 year old niece in the supermarket parking lot after she loaded the groceries? Teasing her about it for the next 5 years!! Oops, perhaps I shouldn’t have waited until my son was 4 years old to take away his bottle. He told me that his teachers asked him if he was going to take his bottle to college! Oops, I can’t believe I put on a “Movie Marathon”, so that I could reorganize my daughter’s bedroom without being interrupted. Oops, maybe the teacher was right when she politely suggested that my almost 2 year old should be playing with things other than my phone and tablet, - like books and playing outside. Oops, Perhaps I should have done a better job hiding the backup lovey from my child. Now there are two beloved lovies to protect and no backup!. Oops, I can’t believe that my son swallowed a die! He said he wanted to see what something “square” felt like in his mouth, and it slipped in. Oops, Perhaps I should not have told my child I can tell when he’s lying. He’s not lying to me less, but he sure is getting better at hiding his lies. Oops, I can’t believe I told my daughter to sit quietly at the dinner table. She was only trying to ask me for food, since I had gotten plates for everyone else, but forgot about hers!

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in the Torah, it is not a holiday, but an important festival. For other Jewish people, one of the main points of celebrating Chanukah publicly, importantly, and just as large as the other religions’ holidays, is to publicize the miracle.

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another candle added each night. The “shamash” or “helper candle” is lit first, and used to light the others. Foods fried in oil are traditional, such as potato pancakes served with applesauce or sour cream, sufganyiot (fried dough filled with jelly), and chocolate gelt. Festive songs are sung, and extra prayers are said. On Chanukah, children are given money or other gifts, and the game of dreidel is played. It is also important to donate increasing amounts to charity. This is a time when many families and friends gather for dinners and parties.

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The symbols of Hanukah: candles, which give life, warmth, and light, and that create new fire without diminishing its own. Dreidels, representing chance and canniness. And, of course, the fried latkes and donuts—bad for the arteries, sure, but good for the soul.

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But the flames weren’t always so bright for me….

The First Ghost of Hanukah Past: the late 1970s.

Minnesota town, where Christmas season begins in September when the first snow falls. Again and again, we hear that we’re the first Jews our neighbors have ever met:

For this Jewish kid in Brooklyn, Christmas feels like the loneliest time of the year. Away from school friends for break, the whole country seems to be having a party without me. I try to relate to the Peanuts special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”—Charlie Brown’s guilt made him an honorary Jew—until the end, when Linus gets all preachy, and I’m not a member of his choir. I look forward to “Frosty the Snowman,” with his catchy tune, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” with his even catchier tune, and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Maybe the Grinch is my favorite because he, too, seems like only one not celebrating the common holiday, until even he, like Linus, sells out at the end and carves the roast beast. Santa Claus is coming to town, but not my house.

“What are you doing for Christmas?”

The Second Ghost of Hanukah Past: 2000-2004.

Hanukah present, 2016:

Moving from Queens, New York, my wife, two very young sons, and I are the only Jewish family in a rural

“We’re Jewish.” “But you still celebrate Christmas, right?” “No.” “But you still have a Christmas tree, right?” “No.” “But you still give presents to your kids, right?” “Not for Christmas. We…” “But…” I know they mean well. Still, we warn our son not to reveal the truth about Santa to his kindergarten classmates. And I’m happy to say that he doesn’t spoil it—instead, a Christian boy whose family does not approve of Santa spills it.

holiday that other, different people celebrate. In Minnesota, with no Jewish food available for at least fifty miles, my wife became an excellent cook, and I became a decent souschef and capable dishwasher, and we explored and bonded over old foods in new ways. When I think of the values our holidays instill—learning, family, standing up for one’s self, and standing up for those who cannot— then I know my kids are celebrating what we believe, in this world, not something from the distant past or something we’re waiting for. Holiday after holiday, we’re celebrating our survival, here and now. And survival is always worth celebrating. Unlike Frosty the Snowman, who comes back to life after melting, Jews know too well that we only live once, and that’s if we’re lucky. We have to be our own Hanukah Future. I’ve finally come to terms with Peanuts and Linus. I’ll never get my Charlie Brown Hanukah, but I no longer need one. Neither do my children.

My kids don’t feel the way I did. They grew up in a different, better time, in a different place. My kids simply think of Christmas as another, different

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Mary Poppins Says, “Feed the Birds” Winter is a great time to start feeding birds. Once you have bird feeders, some water sources, and some shrubs and trees for habitat cover, you are well on your way.

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Backyard bird feeding is a great family activity and can make a real contribution to the birds’ survival during the cold and dark winter months. Here are pointers for a successful winter bird feeding season:

Remember water: Birds can become dehydrated in winter even if surrounded by ice and snow. Consider putting out a pan of water near the feeder on warmer days.

Put out feeders with good size capacity. You can use multiple feeders to provide ample food. Provide nutritious winter seed foods: For most birds these often include seed mixes of: black oil sunflower seed, hulled peanuts, nyjer seed and white millet seed. Offer fatty food too: Birds need to burn more calories in the winter just to stay warm. Suet is considered a high energy food because it consists of fat that has 9 calories per gram compared to 4 calories per gram for carbohydrates or protein. Peanut butter is also popular with our flying friends but is more expensive than suet. Suet feeders are a favorite of woodpeckers and other insect-eating birds. Keep your feeders full. This is a great activity for children. They can keep a log of how long it takes for the feeder to empty.

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Stamp down the snow below: Ground-feeding birds such as dark-eyed juncos, doves and many sparrows will be able to gather up seeds that drop from the feeders if they don’t have deep snow to try to manage. Hang feeders in cat-safe locations: Place bird feeders in locations that do not also offer hiding places for sneak-attacks by cats and other predators. Think of placing feeders 10-12 feet from shrubs or brush piles. This gives the birds some time to react. Remember feeder cleanliness: Feeders can get a little grimy. They are easily cleaned with hot water, and need to be dried before refilling.


DEC 1 2 Pipsqueak Class

Baby N Me

12/1 9:15am-10:30am

12/2 10am-11:30am

Bring your stroller, make some friends and have some fun. Hamorah Cheri (Parent Educator Specialist) is the facilitator. Go for a walk, have a light snack and let your little ones visit.

Come join us at Shirlee Green Preschool to socialize, share music, enjoy a snack, and gentle activity. As always, you are welcome to stay for Shabbat.

Open Play at the J 12/1 10:30am-11:30am FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and nonmembers.

First Fridays 12/2 6pm

JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

Join us for a full Friday evening Shabbat service for all generations. Those celebrating a birthday this month are invited on the bema for a special birthday blessing and treat! Following the blessing, children ages 7 and under and an accompanying adult leave the Sanctuary for a special program in the preschool.

Science Storytime presented by Ready Readers

Open Play at the J

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

12/1 10:15am-11:15am Enjoy an interactive reading of a science themed story, followed by a related hands-on activity. A different book is featured each week. ST LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER, 5050 OAKLAND AVE, 63110 FREE

Ladies' Knight 12/1 6:30pm-7:30pm Open to women of all ages; the perfect class to learn and improve. Taught by IM Irene Sukandar and WGM Katerina Nemcova

CHESS CLUB & SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF ST LOUIS, 4657 MARYLAND AVE, ST LOUIS, MO 63108

CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD CONTACT DEBBIE BRAM AT 314.692.5308 OR DBRAM@SESTL.ORG

Jewish

anita@bnaiamoona.com

SHIRLEE GREEN PRESCHOOL AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS. 314-569-0048

12/2 10:30am-11:30am FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and non-members.

JCC MARILYN FOX BUILDING, 16801 BAXTER RD, CHESTERFIELD, MO 63005 FREE Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267,

ebrockman@jccstl.org

Open Swim With Waves 12/2 4pm-8pm At the Indoor Aquatic Center at The Lodge, you can simmer in the warmth of the 104-degree whirlpool spa or drift along the gentle surf of the 84-degree wave pool, which doubles as a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool. 1050 DES PERES RD, 63131 VARIES $1-$10

Storytelling at the Museum 12/2 10:30am-11:15am Engaging our youngest visitors and their families in historic objects and museum settings by using traditional and contemporary storybooks. Children will also enjoy a hands-on craft or other activity. Ages 2-5. MO HISTORY MUSEUM, 5700 LINDELL BLVD, 63112 FREE

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BNAI AMOONA, 324 S MASON RD, 63141 FREE

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MifgaShabbat at Kol Rinah 12/3 10:30am-11:45am

For 1-5th grade students led by Rabbi Scott Shafrin and Sarah Beth Waxman. This learning service focuses on giving young Jews the opportunity to practice their prayer skills aand learn tefilah choreography, liturgy, tunes and more.

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829 N HANLEY RD, 63130 FREE

Totally Tot Shabbat at Kol Rinah 12/3 11am-11:45am Wiggles are welcome at this joyful, interactive service led by Tammy Arnow and Sarah Beth Waxman! We will explore the Shabbat prayers with our hearts, bodies, and souls. 829 N HANLEY RD, 63130 FREE

Keeper Talks 12/3 9am-10am

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Meet outside the Wildlife Hospital at 9 am and join our keepers as they feed and water our birds. Learn what they are, how they got here, and what they all eat. WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY FREE

Schools & Synagogues

Birthday Bash for PJ Library 12/3 5:30pm-7:30pm Kosher dietary laws observed. Please bring a donation to help others, and help us celebrate our 9th birthday! CENTER OF CREATIVE ARTS (COCA), 524 TRINITY AVE, 63130 FREE

Sunday

Under the Sea Pancake Breakfast

Open Play at the J

12/4 9am-11am

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and nonmembers.

Join us for a morning of fun and pancakes! Tile Painting, activities, auction and more…look for more information coming soon!

BNAI AMOONA, 324 S MASON RD, 63141

Aish Hebrew School and Adult Sunday School 12/4 10am-12pm At Aish, our kids love coming to Hebrew school because we teach them to love Judaism. We combine a rich learning environment with fun and enthusiasm. 457 N. WOODS MILL RD., CHESTERFIELD, MO 63017 AFFORDABLE TUITION

TE Tots 12/4 10am-11am Join us at Temple Emanuel for a Jewish-themed music and movement program for children 6 months to 3 years with an adult

TEMPLE EMANUEL, 12166 CONWAY RD, 63141 FREE AND OPEN TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

Delta Dental Health Theatre Great Candy Exchange 12/4 12pm-4pm Children are invited to hand in their unopened Halloween candy in exchange for chances to win prizes and do fun, healthy activities. There will be balloons, face painters, performances, healthy snacks and giveaways. HEALTHWORKS KIDS' MUSEUM ST LOUIS, 1100 MACKLIND AVE, 63110 FREE

Sunday Chess Classes 12/4

starting from 1 pm

Beginners to advanced level classes for both kids and adults

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WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 FREE FOR MEMBERS. FIRST TIME TO THE CLUB IS FREE, SO NONMEMBERS GET IT FREE ONCE.

JCC Maccabi Games- Team St Louis 12/4 4pm-8pm 2017 Delegation Tryouts and information meetings

JCC MARILYN FOX BUILDING, 16801 BAXTER RD, CHESTERFIELD, MO 63005 FREE

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12/5 10:30am-11:30am

JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

Open Jump 12/5 10am-3pm Who can jump higher or find their way through the obstacle course first, the kids or the parents? PUMP IT UP, ST CHARLES, 3691 NEW TOWN BLVD, 63301

Stingrays at Carribean Cove 12/5 9am-5pm Watch, touch and occasionally feed the unique and fascinating stingrays, as they glide through a warm saltwater pool, also featuring sharks! Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open. STL ZOO, ONE GOVERNMENT DRIVE, 63110

Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s 12/5 8am-5pm Remember Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, and Hot Wheels? Stories of kids who played with these toys, adults who bought them, child-rearing experts who judged them and people who invented them reflect rhythms of American life. 5700 LINDELL BLVD, 63112 FREE


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Temple Tots

Baby N Me

Pipsqueak Class

Baby N Me

12/6 10am-11am

12/7 9:15am-10:45am

12/8 9:15am-10:30am

12/9 10am-11:30am

Bring a snack and join us for a free playgroup for children up to the age of 3, accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver.

Come join us at Shirlee Green Preschool to socialize, share music, enjoy a snack, and gentle activity. As always, you are welcome to stay for Shabbat. SHIRLEE

Bring your stroller, make some friends and have some fun. Hamorah Cheri (Parent Educator Specialist) is the facilitator. Go for a walk, have a light snack and let your little ones visit.

Come join us at Shirlee Green Preschool to socialize, share music, enjoy a snack, and gentle activity. As always, you are welcome to stay for Shabbat. SHIRLEE GREEN PRESCHOOL

UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATION, 13788 CONWAY RD

Toddler Tuesdays 12/6 9am Children ages birth to 3 yrs and their caregivers. Each weekly session includes light refreshments and socializing followed by activities focusing on creative and cognitive development.

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 $5 PER ADULT/CHILD PAIR, FREE FOR WCHOF MEMBERS. ONE ADULT PER CHILD REQUIRED.

GREEN PRESCHOOL AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS. 314-569-0048

Baby & Me 12/7 9:30am-11am Geared toward parents/caregivers with infants and children who aren’t yet walking, classes are taught by Lisa Cohen. Each class is free and open to all families in the STL Jewish community. Special guest speakers and discussions too. CONGREGATION TEMPLE ISRAEL, #1 RABBI ALVAN D. RUBIN DR. FREE

Knit Wits at Covenant Place

Science Storytime presented by Ready Readers

12/6 1pm-2pm

12/7 10:15am-11:15am

A free public viewing session is scheduled for every Friday night when skies are clear, year 'round.

Enjoy an interactive reading of a science themed story, followed by a related hands-on activity. A different book is featured each week.

MILFORD AND LEE BOHM SOCIAL HALL, LOWER LEVEL OF COVENANT HOUSE II, 8 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DRIVE FREE

Saul Spielberg ECC Marketplace 12/6 11am-8pm Shop, meet the staff, and connect with other families during our marketplace event UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATION, 13788 CONWAY RD FREE

Connecting Jewish Community: An Outreach Program 12/6 6:30pm Enhance the holidays for our community living in care facilities as well as homebound individuals. We will be making care packages to be delivered for Hannukah. JEWISH FEDERATION, KOPOLOW BUILDING, 12 MILLSTONE DRIVE, 63146

ST LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER, 5050 OAKLAND AVE, 63110 FREE

Wine Down Wednesday 12/7 6pm Join all of us every Wednesday for fabulous guest instructors and wine!

DIMVALOO ACTIVE LIVING, 8813 LADUE RD., 63124 314.824.8224. For more

information call our store or visit us on-line www.dimvaloo.com

Teen Open Gym 12/7 8:30pm-9:50pm Open gym is for children and adults ages 13 and up, wanting to practice gymnastics, cheer or parkour. Includes use of floors and trampolines. Waiver must be signed by parent if under 18 years old. Waivers available online at www.teamcentral.org. TEAM CENTRAL, 2675 METRO BLVD, 63043 $8 PER TEEN.

Connecting Jewish Community: An Outreach Program 12/7 10:30am Enhance the holidays for our community living in care facilities as well as homebound individuals. We will be making care packages to be delivered for Hannukah.

anita@bnaiamoona.com

AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS. 314-569-0048

Open Play at the J

Open Play at the J

12/8 10:30am-11:30am

12/9 10:30am-11:30am

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and nonmembers.

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and non-members. JCC

BNAI AMOONA, 324 S MASON RD, 63141 FREE

JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

More than the Hora! 12/8 7pm-9pm Join us for a fun and interactive evening of Israeli folk dancing from around our Jewish world. Led by Israeli dance specialist Rachel Persellin-Armoza, we’ll dance and explore the musical and cultural influences behind old favorites and popular new hits. BNAI AMOONA, 324 S MASON RD, 63141 FREE

Ladies' Knight 12/8 6:30pm-7:30pm Open to women of all ages; the perfect class to learn and improve. Taught by IM Irene Sukandar and WGM Katerina Nemcova

CHESS CLUB & SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF ST LOUIS, 4657 MARYLAND AVE, ST LOUIS, MO 63108

Winter Practice Session 12/8 1pm-8pm Come out to the Purina Event Center with your dog to practice agility, obedience and conformation. Winter practice sessions will occur on select Tuesdays and Thursdays. 300 CHECKERBOARD DR, GRAY SUMMIT, MO 63039 $10 PER PERSON.

MARILYN FOX BUILDING, 16801 BAXTER RD, CHESTERFIELD, MO 63005 FREE

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

First Friday: A Traditional Shabbat Experience 12/9 5:45pm-8:30pm Our monthly Shabbat dinner experience continues! Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat services, followed by a delicious, full-course kosher dinner. TRADITIONAL CONGREGATION,

12437 LADUE RD 63141 $15/PERSON (BUT NO CHARGE FOR FIRST-TIME GUESTS OR KIDS UNDER 6)

RSVP by 12/7 to 314-576-5230 or tradcong@sbcglobal.net

Kids Night Out 12/9 6pm-9:30pm Enjoy a night off while the kids have a night out, enjoying pizza, swimming at The Pointe’s Indoor Pool, games, crafts and more. Be sure to pack a swim suit and towel. Preregistration is required. THE POINTE, BALLWIN PARKS & REC REGISTER: WWW.BALLWIN. MO.US. VIP $10, REG $12

Open Swim With Waves 12/9 4pm-8pm At the Indoor Aquatic Center at The Lodge, you can simmer in the warmth of the 104-degree whirlpool spa or drift along the gentle surf of the 84-degree wave pool, which doubles as a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool. 1050 DES PERES RD, 63131 VARIES $1- $10

JEWISH FEDERATION, KOPOLOW BUILDING, 12 MILLSTONE DRIVE, 63146 St. Louis Jewish Parents

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ECE Event: Curious Explorations

Open Play at the J

12/10 11am-11:45am

12/11 9:30am-11am

Led by Shelley and Jeff Dean, a program that introduces Jewish songs to children’s young souls. High-energy singing, praying, and playing with guitars, drums, shakers, tambourines, and more.

Come join us for a FREE family event geared toward preschool aged children

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and nonmembers.

Secular

Sensory Saturdays 12/10 9:30am-10:15am

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2nd Saturday monthly, children with sensory or special needs and their families will be met by trained Zoo staff when they enter from The Living World at the North Entrance. They will then go downstairs to Monsanto Education Gallery. The Gallery’s goal is to provide unique opportunities for children, age 0 to 8, and their caregivers to explore the wonders of the natural world together and discover ways to extend love of nature to their everyday lives. STL ZOO $2-$3 PER PERSON

Keeper Talks 12/10 9am-10am Meet outside the Wildlife Hospital at 9 am and join our keepers as they feed and water our birds. Learn what they are, how they got here, and what they all eat. WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY FREE

MIROWITZ, 348 S. MASON RD, 63141

Aish Hebrew School and Adult Sunday School 12/11 10am-12pm At Aish, our kids love coming to Hebrew school because we teach them to love Judaism. We combine a rich learning environment with fun and enthusiasm. 457 N. WOODS MILL RD., CHESTERFIELD, MO 63017 AFFORDABLE TUITION

Sunday Chess Classes 12/11

starting from 1 pm

Beginners to advanced level classes for both kids and adults

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 FREE FOR MEMBERS. FIRST TIME TO THE CLUB IS FREE, SO NON-MEMBERS GET IT FREE ONCE.

Chanukah Workshop at The Home Depot 12/11 11am-1:30pm Can We Build It? Yes We Can! Build your own holiday toolbox and fill it with Chanukah swag! Meet Bob The Builder! Holiday Sing Along with Rhythm n Ruach! Holiday Treats, Music and Surprises

1603 S. HANLEY RD., IN BRENTWOOD. PARENTS ACCOMPANY CHILDREN. LIMITED SUPPLIES. PLEASE RSVP AT SHOWMECHABAD.COM/HOMEDEPOT.

Community Chanukah Concert

CALENDAR

12/11 2pm-4pm The St. Louis Circle of Jewish Music is sponsoring its 4th annual Community Chanukah Concert

KOL RINAH, 829 N HANLEY RD, 63130 FREE, BUT PLEASE BRING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM TO DONATE.

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Rhythm n’ Ruach at Kol Rinah

829 N HANLEY RD, 63130 FREE

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12/12 10:30am-11:30am

JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

Open Jump 12/12 10am-3pm Who can jump higher or find their way through the obstacle course first, the kids or the parents? PUMP IT UP, ST CHARLES, 3691 NEW TOWN BLVD, 63301

Stingrays at Carribean Cove 12/12 9am-5pm Watch, touch and occasionally feed the unique and fascinating stingrays, as they glide through a warm saltwater pool, also featuring sharks! Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open. STL ZOO, ONE GOVERNMENT DRIVE, 63110


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Wednesday

Temple Tots

Baby N Me

12/13 10am-11am

12/14 9:15am-10:45am

Bring a snack and join us for a free playgroup for children up to the age of 3, accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver.

Come join us at Shirlee Green Preschool to socialize, share music, enjoy a snack, and gentle activity. As always, you are welcome to stay for Shabbat.

UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATION, 13788 CONWAY RD

Toddler Tuesdays 12/13 9am Children ages birth to 3 yrs and their caregivers. Each weekly session includes light refreshments and socializing followed by activities focusing on creative and cognitive development.

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 $5 PER ADULT/CHILD PAIR, FREE FOR WCHOF MEMBERS. ONE ADULT PER CHILD REQUIRED.

Knit Wits at Covenant Place 12/13 1pm-2pm A free public viewing session is scheduled for every Friday night when skies are clear, year 'round. MILFORD AND LEE BOHM SOCIAL HALL, LOWER LEVEL OF COVENANT HOUSE II, 8 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DRIVE FREE

Rombachs Farm Pumpkin Patch and Fall Fun

SHIRLEE GREEN PRESCHOOL AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS.

314-569-0048

Baby & Me 12/14 9:30am-11am Geared toward parents/caregivers with infants and children who aren’t yet walking, classes are taught by Lisa Cohen. Each class is free and open to all families in the STL Jewish community. You are welcome to attend any or all class meetings. Special guest speakers and discussions too. CONGREGATION TEMPLE ISRAEL, #1 RABBI ALVAN D. RUBIN DR. FREE

Friday

Pipsqueak Class

12/16 10am-11:30am

Bring your stroller, make some friends and have some fun. Hamorah Cheri (Parent Educator Specialist) is the facilitator. Go for a walk, have a light snack and let your little ones visit.

Come join us at Shirlee Green Preschool to socialize, share music, enjoy a snack, and gentle activity. As always, you are welcome to stay for Shabbat.

BNAI AMOONA, 324 S MASON RD, 63141 FREE

anita@bnaiamoona.com

Open Play at the J 12/15 10:30am-11:30am

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

JCC MARILYN FOX BUILDING, 16801 BAXTER RD, CHESTERFIELD, MO 63005 FREE

Teen Open Gym

We offer a variety of activities for all ages including pumpkin picking, hay rides, Great Pumpkin Pyramid and more. The farm includes a country store and private label jellies and jams.

12/14 8:30pm-9:50pm Open gym is for children and adults ages 13 and up, wanting to practice gymnastics, cheer or parkour. Includes use of floors and trampolines. Waiver must be signed by parent if under 18 years old. Waivers available online at www.teamcentral.org. TEAM CENTRAL, 2675 METRO BLVD, 63043 $8 PER TEEN.

12/16 10:30am-11:30am

JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and nonmembers.

HealthWorks! Kids' Museum

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

Infectiously contaminating kids and the community to have fun, learn and make great life choice... Let the epidemic begin with you!

314.824.8224. For more information call our store or visit us on-line www.dimvaloo.com

314-569-0048

Open Play at the J

12/15 9:30am-4:30pm

DIMVALOO ACTIVE LIVING, 8813 LADUE RD., 63124

SHIRLEE GREEN PRESCHOOL AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS.

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and nonmembers.

12/14 6pm Join all of us every Wednesday for fabulous guest instructors and wine!

Baby N Me

12/15 9:15am-10:30am

Wine Down Wednesday

12/13 9am-6pm

18639 OLIVE STREET RD, CHESTERFIELD, MO, 63005 FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING

Thursday

1100 MACKLIND AVE, 63110 AGES 3+, $7 PER PERSON.

Ladies' Knight 12/15 6:30pm-7:30pm Open to women of all ages; the perfect class to learn and improve. Taught by IM Irene Sukandar and WGM Katerina Nemcova

CHESS CLUB & SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF ST LOUIS, 4657 MARYLAND AVE, ST LOUIS, MO 63108

Grandparent Classes 12/15 6:30pm-8:30pm This class for expectant grandparents reviews current hospital care for mother and baby, infant safety information and tips on being helpful as grandparents. A tour of the birthing suites is included. ST LUKE'S HOSPITAL, 232 S. WOODS MILL RD, 3RD FLOOR ACROSS FROM LIBRARY, 63017 $20/COUPLE. CALL 314-2056906 OR VISIT WWW.STLUKESSTL.COM TO REGISTER ONLINE.

Historic Soulard Market 12/16 7am-5pm The market has hot food, bakeries, produce, flowers and even a pet shop. The market is open year round 730 CARROLL STREET, 63104

Suson Farm Fridays 12/16 10:30am-5pm Suson Park animal farm display. Most breeds of farm animals are represented for urban dwellers to see and enjoy, from the draft horses that helped plow our soil to examples of the modern cattle breeds. 6073 WELLS ROAD, 63128 FREE

FREE Public Stargazing Every Friday Night 12/16 Dusk Discover different constellations and stars through complex telescopes. Observing starts at sunset and lasts for two hours. BROEMMELSIEK PARK, 1615 SCHWEDE RD, 63385.

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Open Play at the J

12/17 9am-10am

12/18 10am-11am

12/19 10:30am-11:30am

Meet outside the Wildlife Hospital at 9 am and join our keepers as they feed and water our birds. Learn what they are, how they got here, and what they all eat.

Join us at Temple Emanuel for a Jewish-themed music and movement program for children 6 months to 3 years with an adult

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and nonmembers.

Secular

School-aged Open Gym 12/17 12:10pm-1pm Open gym for children ages 6 years and older occurs the last Saturday of every month TEAM CENTRAL GYMNASTICS, 2675 METRO BOULEVARD, 63043 $6

Great Green Adventures 12/17 10:30am-2:30pm

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Great Green Adventures explore a special part of the Garden each month. Children ages 6- 12 years, can learn about plants, nature and green living through hands-on activities, journaling, stories and games. MO BOTANICAL GARDEN, 4344 SHAW BLVD, 63110 $3 FOR NON-MEMBERS, FREE FOR MEMBERS.

GUCI St Louis Get Together 12/17 4:30pm-6:30pm Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) is a Reform Jewish overnight camp located outside of Indianapolis. The director and assistant director of camp will be in town hosting a roller skating party for current and perspective GUCI families. This event is free- they just ask that you sign up at https://urjyouth.wufoo.com/forms/ r162cbmp05reqet/

CALENDAR

SKATEPORT PLAZA, 408 WEIDMAN RD, 63011

TEMPLE EMANUEL, 12166 CONWAY RD, 63141 FREE AND OPEN TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

Aish Hebrew School and Adult Sunday School 12/18 10am-12pm At Aish, our kids love coming to Hebrew school because we teach them to love Judaism. We combine a rich learning environment with fun and enthusiasm. 457 N. WOODS MILL RD., CHESTERFIELD, MO 63017 AFFORDABLE TUITION

Family Sunday: Winter Break 12/18 1pm-4pm Stop in for a family art activity, dive into the galleries with a guided tour, and complete a fun winter-themed scavenger hunt each Sunday in December.

STL ART MUSEUM, 1 FINE ARTS DRIVE, FOREST PARK FREE

Sunday Chess Classes 12/18 1pm - starting from 1 pm Beginners to advanced level classes for both kids and adults

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 FREE FOR MEMBERS. FIRST TIME TO THE CLUB IS FREE, SO NON-MEMBERS GET IT FREE ONCE.

Clone of Chanukah: Festival of Lights 12/18 12pm-4pm A traditional Jewish holiday celebration that includes festive Israeli music and dance, a menorahlighting ceremony and Chanukah merchandise provided by local vendors and the Garden Gate Shop.

MO BOTANICAL GARDEN, 4344 SHAW BLVD, 63110 FREE WITH GARDEN ADMISSION

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Keeper Talks

WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY FREE

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JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

Stingrays at Carribean Cove 12/19 9am-5pm Watch, touch and occasionally feed the unique and fascinating stingrays, as they glide through a warm saltwater pool, also featuring sharks! Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open. STL ZOO, ONE GOVERNMENT DRIVE, 63110

Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s 12/19 8am-5pm Remember Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, and Hot Wheels? Stories of kids who played with these toys, adults who bought them, child-rearing experts who judged them and people who invented them reflect rhythms of American life. 5700 LINDELL BLVD, 63112 FREE

Rombachs Farm Pumpkin Patch and Fall Fun 12/19 9am-6pm We offer a variety of activities for all ages including pumpkin picking, hay rides, Great Pumpkin Pyramid and more. The farm includes a country store and private label jellies and jams.

18639 OLIVE STREET RD, CHESTERFIELD, MO, 63005 FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING

Open Jump 12/19 10am-3pm Who can jump higher or find their way through the obstacle course first, the kids or the parents? PUMP IT UP, ST CHARLES, 3691 NEW TOWN BLVD, 63301


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Temple Tots

Baby & Me

Pipsqueak Class

Open Play at the J

12/20 10am-11am

12/21 9:30am-11am

12/22 9:15am-10:30am

12/23 10:30am-11:30am

Bring a snack and join us for a free playgroup for children up to the age of 3, accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver.

Geared toward parents/caregivers with infants and children who aren’t yet walking, classes are taught by Lisa Cohen. Each class is free and open to all families in the STL Jewish community. You are welcome to attend any or all class meetings. Special guest speakers and discussions too.

Bring your stroller, make some friends and have some fun. Hamorah Cheri (Parent Educator Specialist) is the facilitator. Go for a walk, have a light snack and let your little ones visit.

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and nonmembers.

UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATION, 13788 CONWAY RD

Winter Practice Session 12/20 1pm-8pm Come out to the Purina Event Center with your dog to practice agility, obedience and conformation. Winter practice sessions will occur on select Tuesdays and Thursdays. 300 CHECKERBOARD DR, GRAY SUMMIT, MO 63039 $10 PER PERSON.

Toddler Tuesdays 12/20 9am Children ages birth to 3 yrs and their caregivers. Each weekly session includes light refreshments and socializing followed by activities focusing on creative and cognitive development.

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 $5 PER ADULT/CHILD PAIR, FREE FOR WCHOF MEMBERS. ONE ADULT PER CHILD REQUIRED.

Knit Wits at Covenant Place 12/20 1pm-2pm A free public viewing session is scheduled for every Friday night when skies are clear, year 'round. MILFORD AND LEE BOHM SOCIAL HALL, LOWER LEVEL OF COVENANT HOUSE II, 8 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DRIVE FREE

CONGREGATION TEMPLE ISRAEL, #1 RABBI ALVAN D. RUBIN DR. FREE

Free Admission Mornings for STL City/County Residents 12/21 8am-12pm Enjoy free admission to the Garden on Wednesday and Saturday mornings before noon. Proof of residency is required. MO BOTANICAL GARDENS, 4344 SHAW BLVD,63110

Wine Down Wednesday

BNAI AMOONA, 324 S MASON RD, 63141 FREE

anita@bnaiamoona.com

Open Play at the J 12/22 10:30am-11:30am

Storytelling at the Museum

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

MO HISTORY MUSEUM, 5700 LINDELL BLVD, 63112 FREE

JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

Ladies' Knight

Join all of us every Wednesday for fabulous guest instructors and wine!

12/22 6:30pm-7:30pm

314.824.8224. For more information call our store or visit us on-line www.dimvaloo.com

Teen Open Gym

Open to women of all ages; the perfect class to learn and improve. Taught by IM Irene Sukandar and WGM Katerina Nemcova

CHESS CLUB & SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF ST LOUIS, 4657 MARYLAND AVE, ST LOUIS, MO 63108

12/21 8:30pm-9:50pm

School Daze Camps

Open gym is for children and adults ages 13 and up, wanting to practice gymnastics, cheer or parkour. Includes use of floors and trampolines. Waiver must be signed by parent if under 18 years old. Waivers available online at www.teamcentral.org.

12/22 9am-3pm

TEAM CENTRAL, 2675 METRO BLVD, 63043 $8 PER TEEN.

Chanukah Hoopla

Ages 6- 11 years, these art camps run every day that St. Louis area schools don’t have classes! Make art projects, explore Tower Grove Park, play games, sing songs, and make friends. ARTSCOPE, 4255 ARSENAL ST, 63116 VARIES

HealthWorks! Kids' Museum

12/21 6pm-7:30pm

12/22 9:30am-4:30pm

Get excited for Chanukah! Join us for a fun family pre-Chanukah evening.

Infectiously contaminating kids and the community to have fun, learn and make great life choice... Let the epidemic begin with you!

BNAI AMOONA, 324 S MASON RD, 63141 TBD

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and nonmembers.

12/21 6pm DIMVALOO ACTIVE LIVING, 8813 LADUE RD., 63124

JCC MARILYN FOX BUILDING, 16801 BAXTER RD, CHESTERFIELD, MO 63005 FREE

12/23 10:30am-11:15am Engaging our youngest visitors and their families in historic objects and museum settings by using traditional and contemporary storybooks. Children will also enjoy a hands-on craft or other activity. Ages 2-5.

Open Swim With Waves 12/23 4pm-8pm At the Indoor Aquatic Center at The Lodge, you can simmer in the warmth of the 104-degree whirlpool spa or drift along the gentle surf of the 84-degree wave pool, which doubles as a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool. 1050 DES PERES RD, 63131 VARIES $1- $10

Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s 12/23 8am-5pm Remember Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, and Hot Wheels? Stories of kids who played with these toys, adults who bought them, child-rearing experts who judged them and people who invented them reflect rhythms of American life. 5700 LINDELL BLVD, 63112 FREE

1100 MACKLIND AVE, 63110 AGES 3+, $7 PER PERSON.

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Keeper Talks

12/24 9am-10am Meet outside the Wildlife Hospital at 9 am and join our keepers as they feed and water our birds. Learn what they are, how they got here, and what they all eat.

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WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY FREE

Free Admission Mornings for STL City/County Residents 12/24 8am-12pm

Sitter Skills

Temple Tots

12/25 10am-11:30am

12/26 12pm-3pm

12/27 10am-11am

Program for beginning baby-sitters, girls and boys, age 11+ to help make their baby-sitting experience a success. We cover: basic information needed before you start baby-sitting, safety information, first-aid and child development. Each baby-sitter receives a participation certificate, baby-sitting handbook and bag. A light snack is provided.

Bring a snack and join us for a free playgroup for children up to the age of 3, accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver.

Come celebrate Hanukkah at the J! Activities include snacks, Hanukkah crafts, Chabad's Olive Oil Press, tables from other partner organizations, photos, music, and opportunities to help out others in our community with the "Little Projects, Little Hands" efforts. JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

ST LUKE'S HOSPITAL, 232 S. WOODS MILL RD, 3RD FLOOR ACROSS FROM LIBRARY, 63017 $20

Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s 12/26 8am-5pm

MO BOTANICAL GARDENS, 4344 SHAW BLVD,63110

School-aged Open Gym 12/24 12:10pm-1pm Open gym for children ages 6 years and older occurs the last Saturday of every month TEAM CENTRAL GYMNASTICS, 2675 METRO BOULEVARD, 63043 $6

Remember Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, and Hot Wheels? Stories of kids who played with these toys, adults who bought them, child-rearing experts who judged them and people who invented them reflect rhythms of American life. 5700 LINDELL BLVD, 63112 FREE

Rombachs Farm Pumpkin Patch & Fall Fun 12/26 9am-6pm

Schools & Synagogues

SHAKE IT UP!

TRY OUR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SHAKES! 2 shakes a day help melt the weight away.

CALL MARK DOERING 314-629-3263

We offer a variety of activities for all ages including pumpkin picking, hay rides, Great Pumpkin Pyramid & more. The farm includes a country store and private label jellies and jams. 18639 OLIVE STREET RD, CHESTERFIELD, MO, 63005 FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING

Open Jump 12/26 10am-3pm Who can jump higher or find their way through the obstacle course first, the kids or the parents?

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PUMP IT UP, ST CHARLES, 3691 NEW TOWN BLVD, 63301

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Family Hanukkah Celebration

Enjoy free admission to the Garden on Wednesday and Saturday mornings before noon. Proof of residency is required.

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UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATION, 13788 CONWAY RD

Knit Wits at Covenant Place 12/27 1pm-2pm A free public viewing session is scheduled for every Friday night when skies are clear, year 'round.

MILFORD AND LEE BOHM SOCIAL HALL, LOWER LEVEL OF COVENANT HOUSE II, 8 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DRIVE FREE

Toddler Tuesdays 12/27 9am Children ages birth to 3 yrs and their caregivers. Each weekly session includes light refreshments and socializing followed by activities focusing on creative and cognitive development.

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 $5 PER ADULT/CHILD PAIR, FREE FOR WCHOF MEMBERS. ONE ADULT PER CHILD REQUIRED.

Hanukkah Celebration 12/27 1pm-3pm Celebrate Hanukkah and enjoy live music courtesy of United Hebrew Congregation, cookies, cider and hot chocolate! Complimentary event in Sidecar Lounge. CHASE PARK PLAZA, 212 KINGSHIGHWAY BLVD, 63108 FREE


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Baby & Me

Pipsqueak Class

Open Play at the J

Keeper Talks

12/28 9:30am-11am

12/29 9:15am-10:30am

12/30 10:30am-11:30am

12/31 9am-10am

Geared toward parents/caregivers with infants and children who aren’t yet walking, classes are taught by Lisa Cohen. Each class is free and open to all families in the STL Jewish community. You are welcome to attend any or all class meetings. Special guest speakers and discussions too.

Bring your stroller, make some friends and have some fun. Hamorah Cheri (Parent Educator Specialist) is the facilitator. Go for a walk, have a light snack and let your little ones visit.

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and non-members.

Meet outside the Wildlife Hospital at 9 am and join our keepers as they feed and water our birds. Learn what they are, how they got here, and what they all eat.

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

Free Admission Mornings for STL City/County Residents

Open Jump

12/31 8am-12pm

12/30 10am-3pm

Enjoy free admission to the Garden on Wednesday and Saturday mornings before noon. Proof of residency is required.

CONGREGATION TEMPLE ISRAEL, #1 RABBI ALVAN D. RUBIN DR. FREE

Ninja Clinic 12/28 9am-12pm Ages 4- 19yrs, kids will learn skills like ninja rolls, jumps and flips. Kids will be split up into age groups then experience rotations on different equipment such as bars, trampoline, vault and obstacle courses TEAM CENTRAL, 2675 METRO BLVD, 63043 $15

Wine Down Wednesday 12/28 6pm Join all of us every Wednesday for fabulous guest instructors and wine! DIMVALOO ACTIVE LIVING, 8813 LADUE RD., 63124

BNAI AMOONA, 324 S MASON RD, 63141 FREE

anita@bnaiamoona.com

Winter Practice Session 12/29 1pm-8pm Come out to the Purina Event Center with your dog to practice agility, obedience and conformation. Winter practice sessions will occur on select Tuesdays and Thursdays. 300 CHECKERBOARD DR, GRAY SUMMIT, MO 63039 $10 PER PERSON.

Ladies' Knight 12/29 6:30pm-7:30pm Open to women of all ages; the perfect class to learn and improve. Taught by IM Irene Sukandar and WGM Katerina Nemcova

CHESS CLUB & SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF ST LOUIS, 4657 MARYLAND AVE, ST LOUIS, MO 63108

314.824.8224. For more information call our store or visit us on-line www.dimvaloo.com

Rombachs Farm Pumpkin Patch and Fall Fun

Teen Open Gym

12/29 9am-6pm

12/28 8:30pm-9:50pm Open gym is for children and adults ages 13 and up, wanting to practice gymnastics, cheer or parkour. Includes use of floors and trampolines. Waiver must be signed by parent if under 18 years old. Waivers available online at www.teamcentral.org.

We offer a variety of activities for all ages including pumpkin picking, hay rides, Great Pumpkin Pyramid and more. The farm includes a country store and private label jellies and jams.

JCC MARILYN FOX BUILDING, 16801 BAXTER RD, CHESTERFIELD, MO 63005 FREE

Who can jump higher or find their way through the obstacle course first, the kids or the parents? PUMP IT UP, ST CHARLES, 3691 NEW TOWN BLVD, 63301

"Party at The Pointe Event to Bring in the New Year 12/30 6pm-9:30pm An event for all of West County. Families can spend the evening swimming in Indoor Pool, playing winter carnival games, jumping on the giant jungle world inflatables in the gymnasium, creating crafts, getting faces painted, and counting down to a balloon drop to conclude the evening.

THE POINTE AT BALLWIN COMMONS $3 FOR BALLWIN RESIDENTS WITH CURRENT RESIDENT ID CARD. $4 FOR NONRESIDENTS. PRE-REGISTRATION CAN BE COMPLETED ONLINE AT WWW.BALLWIN.MO.US, OR JUST SHOW UP.

18639 OLIVE STREET RD, CHESTERFIELD, MO, 63005 FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING

WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY FREE

MO BOTANICAL GARDENS, 4344 SHAW BLVD,63110

School-aged Open Gym 12/31 12:10pm-1pm Open gym for children ages 6 years and older occurs the last Saturday of every month TEAM CENTRAL GYMNASTICS, 2675 METRO BOULEVARD, 63043 $6

Noontime New Year's Eve 12/31 10am-2pm Happy New Year! New Year's revelers of all ages are invited to ring in the new year a little bit early with a special Noontime New Year's Eve celebration. Any New Year's Eve party wouldn't be complete without a dance floor and dancing tunes! Kids will dance the day away in between posing in a photo booth filled with fun props, accessories and 2017 themed attire. THE MAGIC HOUSE, 516 S. KIRKWOOD RD, 63122 FREE WITH ADMISSION

TEAM CENTRAL, 2675 METRO BLVD, 63043 $8 PER TEEN.

WANT TO LIST YOUR EVENT HERE? EMAIL US AT:

INFO@STLOUISJEWISHPARENTS.COM

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COMMUNITY

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 Oppland Fundamentals Basketball Camp  Wade Weistreich  Smart Mouth  Frosty Treats  Videocakes Productions  Solomon Segal, M.D.  Dr. Debra F. Fink, D.M.D M.S P.C  Card Care Connection  Eyewearhaus Extraordinaire  The Muny  Cozy Couture  Premier Window Tinting  Keri Simon, MSW, LCSW  Jen Lorch, Peach Personal Stylist  Traditional Congregation  Shelley Dean, Kidding Around Yoga  Kidzxplor  The Little Medical School  Craft Central  Branham Electric  Millbrook Pharmacy  ATA Martial Arts  Epstein Hebrew Academy  You’re Baking Me Crazy


Let your child come and experience Little Medical School®, where we are inspiring tomorrow’s healthcare professionals today. Little Medical School® brings medicine, science and the importance of health to children in an entertaining, exciting and fun way.

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Our educational enrichment programs provide a fun, innovative, and engaging curriculum. We create an opportunity to experience role playing using tools that real doctors use. We offer after school programming, birthday parties, and special events that we can customize to fit your needs. All of our curriculum is aligned with STEM objectives. Please check us out at www.littlemedicalschool.com

We hope you have a bright and happy Hanukkah. Regardless of what religion you are, we hope that your holidays are a time for family and joy. We look forward to another year.

Thank you for your support!

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Young start-ups help our community’s economy. Look here monthly to see what is new!

Many of you have visited our children’s boutique, Lu Lu Belle in Naples, FL owned by St. Louis couple Charlie and Linda Kilo. We have now opened a store in Ladue bringing the same personalized service & brands most of them unique to St. Louis for girls & boys newborn & up. Come in for a fun-filled experience for Grandparents, Parents & kids. We look forward to meeting you! Mon-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm. Expanded hours by appointment.

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NORTHWEST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE We are one of the fastest growing Chambers in Missouri! We are a Chamber without borders. We provide unique opportunities to do business and build relationships. If you have any questions or are interested in the Chamber, give us a call!

New listing for December Listed in November Turning 1 year old!

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ShuttrPlace An online platform designed to make the connection & communication process between consumers and photographers more efficient and enjoyable. The process is so simple and fun.... Select your genre, love your favorite images, then ShuttrPlace will connect you to your ideal photographers. And even better, the platform is completely free for consumers! ShutterPlace is the only place to find a photog! Try us out! Stephanie Cotta stephanie@shuttrplace.com www.shuttrplace.com shuttrplace

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We specialize in the doll cake, but I am a full service bakery. Donuts, pastries, cookies, cheesecakes, cake balls, etc. 636-385-6828 connie@heydollcakes.com www.heydollcakes.com 2956 Highway K,​ O’Fallon, MO 63368

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Keri Simon Therapy With 15+ years experience working with adolescents, young adults and families providing therapy for social and interpersonal relationship issues and emotional regulation, anxiety and depression. Specializes in individuals and families with autism spectrum disorder and or developmental disabilities. Keri excels at creating therapeutic rapport with even the most resistant of clients. Social skills and support groups offered in evenings and after school. Keri Simon, LCSW 314-265-5791 www.kerisimontherapy.com 745 Craig Rd, Suite 308, 63141

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Come learn, play and build in our discovery center, which is stocked with LEGO bricks and other building toys. We run birthday parties, classes, and camps centered around robotics and video game design.

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Snapology STL West

stlwest@snapology.com 314-717-1794 10028 Manchester Rd, 63122 snapology stl west

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A total body, 50 minute workout with a focus on targeted muscular strength building and conditioning. High intensity. Low impact. The only workout to combine strength, endurance, cardio, balance, and flexibility in each and every movement. Your joints stay protected, your spinal alignment improves, your mind is engaged, and your body’s pushed to its limits. This isn't your mom's pilates.

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Helping young mothers & families to empower their children who struggle to reach their potential. For the comfort of children with special needs & convenience of families, we are a house call based practice.

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8944 St. Charles Rock Road, 3rd Floor info@northwestchamber.com http://www.northwestchamber.com/

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Tree of Life Pediatric and Family Chiropractic

Stephanie Nicholson 314-485-9897 www.treeoflifepedandfamilychiro.com treeoflifepediatric

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lulubelleofnaples@yahoo.com 314-736-5588 9727 Clayton Rd., Ladue, MO 63124 lu lu belle

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Caters to the fashion needs of anyone who desires to add a little pizzazz to any outfit without spending a lot of money. Every piece is only $5! You can’t beat that! Order online, host a jewelry party with friends, or call me! We want to help you look EVEN better at a very reasonable price.

We Rock the Spectrum Inclusive indoor playground with autismfriendly equipment, where the slogan is “A place where you don’t have to say I’m sorry.” The staff includes volunteers and occupational therapy students, all given tools to diffuse a disagreement or frustration, encourage play and keep children safe. Infants up to kids age 13 can play at their leisure for $12 per child and $10 per sibling. Packages are also available. A nonprofit, My Brother Rocks the Spectrum Foundation, helps needy families cover the cost.

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Ben Fox, Life Coach What stops you from living your dreams? Money? Time commitments? Fears and doubts? We internalize many messages from society, family, and friends about who we are supposed to be and how to spend our time, and this often conflicts with what we truly want. Even if we know our utmost desires and plan to achieve them, doing so alone is isolating and seems insurmountable. As a life coach, the presence I offer will allow us to co-create a future of your choosing. Together, we will discover what blocks you from your dreams and transform how you are in the world.

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Ajaene’s $5 Jewelry Store

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Solomon Segal, MD 914-275-7047 solomonsegalmd@gmail.com 141 North Meramec Avenue Oxford Building 3rd Floor, Suite 304 Clayton, MO 63105

Fred & Ricky’s

314-942-8900 Facebook.com/fredandrickys 64 Weldon Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043 11252 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Solomon Segal, M.D. With backgrounds in Medicine, Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis I offer treatment to adults and the elderly experiencing emotional difficulties. I provide treatment with psychoanalytic psychotherapy, which is a type of talk therapy focusing on people’s deep emotions. I can help people experiencing problems with disabling symptoms such as fears, anxiety, depression, sadness, panic, phobias, anger, violence, stress or impulsivity in their personal life, family, relationships, intimacy and work.

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Peach is redefining the way women and teens shop for intimates & basics while working to fix the problem of 80% of women wearing the wrong size bra! I specialize in 1:1 fittings using 10 points of measure in your home, my home, or virtually one-on-one. And, you don’t even need to take your shirt off! I will work with you until we discover your Bra-Ha™ moment. Need basics such as tanks, cardigans, and panties? Discover our Simply Soft basics that are so soft you will never want to wear anything else. Call or email today to set up your fitting or host a trunk show. Fittings are always free.

Tamara Netsch (owner) 314-942-3055 www.shineboutiquestlouis.com ShineBoutique 9811 Clayton Rd, STL 63124

EMAIL US AT: INFO@STLOUISJEWISHPARENTS.COM

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HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum St. Louis has the distinction of being the only free-standing children’s museum in St. Louis that is dedicated solely to health education. It is completely accessible to those of all abilities and showcases a unique model of health edutainment through hands-on, interactive exhibits and live engaging presentations. Our goal: To infectiously contaminate children of all ages to learn, have fun and make great life choices. We Make Health Fun!

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HooPla Fabulous Themed Parties for girls and boys to celebrate their special day. Choose a theme, as well as Kids Night Out and summer campsxtravagant dress up party filled with lots of activities, crafts, games, karaoke & dancing on our stylish stage. Our private space and unique approach to birthday parties makes a great celebration for your loved one. Pick a theme or create your own party & let HooPLa take care of the rest. You just bring the cake! Tracey Richardson 314-733-5858 Info@hooplastl.com /hooplastl http://hooplastl.com/index.htm/

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