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Collaborative Community Scholar-in-Residence Experience to feature teacher Noam Zion

The Center for Jewish Learning, Central Reform Congregation, and Shaare Emeth will present a Collaborative Community Scholar-in-Residence Experience March 12-15 featuring Master Scholar and Teacher Noam Zion. Zion is a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. His publications have focused on empowering families to create their own pluralistic Judaism celebrations of the holidays…

Renowned Klezmer musician and Jewish music scholar plans St. Louis concert, lecture and music jam

A special series of events focusing on the revival of Eastern European Jewish music is coming to St. Louis in March. First, on Sunday, March 29, Hankus Netsky, Founder and Director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Music Director for Itzhak Perlman’s Jewish music projects, will perform with violinist and vocalist Eden MacAdam-Somer for a…

Expert on Jewish approaches to medical ethics to give Boniuk-Tanzman lecture

The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and the Center for Jewish Learning will present the Boniuk-Tanzman Memorial Lecture on Jewish Medical Ethics on Feb. 20. Dr. Daniel Eisenberg will discuss “Designer Babies and Choosing Disabilities: Ethical Considerations of Deliberately Creating a Disabled Child by IVF.” Eisenberg is an assistant professor of Diagnostic…

Film explores controversial topic of Holocaust humor

The final 2019 Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series screening will take on the controversial topic of “Is the Holocaust funny?” The Last Laugh, directed by Ferne Pearlstein, looks at the taboo topic of humor, delving deep into pop-culture to find out where to draw the line, and whether that is a desirable…

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival Returns

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is one of the largest and most respected festivals of its kind in the country. Now in its 41st year, the Festival returns Nov. 3 with famed fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi kicking off the fortnight of nationally known speakers who are either Jewish or writing on Jewish themes. In this episode, Karen Sher, Federation’s Vice President of Community Engagement, talks with Amy Bornstein, Festival Director, about this year’s Festival and the year-round work that went into putting it together.

Center for Jewish Learning Announces New 2019-2020 Courses

The Center for Jewish Learning (CJL) invites everyone to discover the richness of Jewish learning through our 2019-2020 Adult Education courses. CJL, a division of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, offers a wide selection of courses for adults with varied interests and backgrounds. All classes are taught by experienced teachers who welcome and value…

The Return of L’Chaim!

Women’s Philanthropy’s L’Chaim: Women Changing the World event returns September 24. The evening of celebration, community, and giving will feature Edie Lutnick, Co-Founder and President of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund as the keynote speaker. Hear for Good host Karen Sher interviews Stacy Wagerman, the Manager of Women’s Philanthropy, and Galia Movitz, one of the founders of the event, to talk about its history and those amazing bracelets!

Poet, author Joy Ladin explores Torah through the lens of transgender experience

The Center for Jewish Learning presents Community Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Joy Ladin for a trio of events to discuss her poetry, her most recent book “The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective,” and to facilitate a learning session entitled “Reading Torah Through the Lens of Transgender Experience.” In 2007, Joy…

Boniuk-Tanzman Memorial Lecture Will Focus on Identifying Depression

Dr. David Pelcovitz will deliver the Boniuk-Tanzman Memorial Lecture on Jewish Medical Ethics with a talk on “Identifying Depression: Jewish and Psychological Perspectives” on Sunday, April 7. The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis and the Center for Jewish Learning are sponsoring the talk. Pelcovitz is the…