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Sh:ma: Listen Speaker Speaker Series Presents Elie Kaunfer

Lunch & Learn: How Can I Pray What I Don’t Believe? A Case Study
Wednesday, October 18 | Noon-1:30 pm
Kol Rinah, 829 N. Hanley Rd., 63130

Analysis of the first blessing of the amidah as a way of approaching questions such as “Are traditional prayer formulas able to express my own values/ideas of prayer?” and “What do you do when you ‘disagree’ with the prayer’s content?” We will analyze the original Biblical context to help us connect to the prayer.

Kosher box lunches can be ordered at $12 each. RSVP required to Kol Rinah at 314-727-1747.

Beyond Values and Identity: What Being a Jew Can Mean Today
Wednesday, October 18 | 7:00 pm
Kol Rinah, 829 N. Hanley Rd., 63130

Jews often fret about survival and continuity, especially in this time. But what are we surviving for? What is the essence and nature of being Jewish, and how is it relevant to our real lives? Together we will open up new frames on what it means, or could mean, to be Jewish.

RSVP required to Kol Rinah at 314-727-1747. Part of the Jewish Federation of St Louis’ Why Be Jewish Series.

About the Speaker
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mechon Hadar. Elie has previously worked as a journalist, banker and corporate fraud investigator. A graduate of Harvard College, he completed his doctorate in liturgy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained. A Wexner Graduate Fellow and Dorot Fellow, Elie is a Co-Founder of the independent minyan Kehilat Hadar and has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top 50 rabbis in America. He was selected as an inaugural AVI CHAI Fellow, and is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us About Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Jewish Lights, 2010).


For more information, contact Cyndee Levy at or 314-442-3754.

Sponsored by Kol Rinah, the Center for Jewish Learning and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series is generously funded by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and Hank Webber and Chris Jacobs.

Sh’ma: Listen! Advisory Committee Chair
Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman

Rabbi Tracy Nathan, Senior Educator, Center for Jewish Learning
Cyndee Levy, Director, Center for Jewish Learning

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Gerald P. Greiman, Board Chair
Andrew Rehfeld, President & CEO