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Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School presents Same Difference: Understanding Jewish Identity

Wednesday, April 26

6:45-9:00 pm


Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School
348 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, MO 63141



Same Difference is a celebration of our Jewish identities – our mosaic of perspectives, ritual practices, cultures and beliefs. It is an opportunity to engage across differences and to appreciate that we are bound together by a shared heritage, sacred texts and a tradition of wrestling with difficult questions.

Join community rabbis as they guide us in discussions about Jewish pluralism and help us work to understand our own ideologies within the context of the broader Jewish community.

To RSVP, visit, call 314-576-6177 or email


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Aaron Hahn-Tapper

Understanding Judaisms

There has never been a singular Judaism, but rather Judaisms. There has never been a Jewish people, only peoples. Dr. Aaron Hahn-Tapper, the Mae and Benjamin Swig Associate Professor in Jewish Studies at the University of San Francisco, will explain this phenomenon and offer a new lens through which to view our Jewish mosaic. Dr. Tapper is the author of Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities. His book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.




Embracing Jewish Pluralism
Though the dominant Jewish American narratives are expressed through Ashkenazi experiences, Jews are remarkably heterogeneous – culturally, ethnically and racially. Respected St. Louis clergy will share their perspectives and offer suggestions for weaving a new narrative that embraces multiple understandings of Judaisms. Panel includes:

Maharat Rori Picker-Neiss, Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael, Rabbi Levi Landa, Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg


Breakout Sessions

How do I fit in?
Engage with other members of our community in respectful dialogue focused on topics from Dr. Hahn-Tapper’s book. Facilitated by community clergy:

Rabbi Michael Alper, Rabbi Noah Arnow, Rabbi Jim Bennett, Rabbi Shulamit Cenker, Rabbi Joe Davidson, Rabbi Amy Feder, Rabbi Jim Goodman, Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Rabbi Seth Gordon, Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh, Rabbi Brad Horwitz, Rabbi Tracy Nathan, Rabbi Carnie Rose, Rabbi Neal Rose, Rabbi Scott Shafrin, Rabbi Roxanne Shapiro, Rabbi Lane Steinger

Sponsored by Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School and the Center for Jewish Learning.
Sh’ma: Listen! is generously funded by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and Hank Webber and Chris Jacobs.