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Jewish Arts & Soul Project

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Featuring Jewish-themed art, spiritual, health and wellness workshops for men and women in their 20s through 50s. Join the Jewish Arts & Soul Project in creative spaces throughout St. Louis for unique experiences that nourish the mind, body and spirit. It’s a new way to engage! Generously funded in part by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Upcoming Events

April 5: Leather Journal Making

Location: The J’s Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $10

The Passover Haggadah is a healing resource for the Jewish people, much like a journal is a powerful tool for processing and reflecting on personal experiences. Local artist Abby Bennet teaches how to fabricate and customize your own leather-bound journal using upcycled materials. All supplies and light refreshments provided.

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April 16: Passover Hike at Laumeier

Location: Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Rd, St. Louis
Date: Sunday, April 16
Time: 10-11:30am
Cost: Free (advanced registration required)

Maxine Mirowitz, RYT, creator of Torah Trailblazers, leads a rejuvenating hike through the trails of Laumeier Sculpture Park. Hikers explore the intersection of art and nature while considering Passover themes such as freedom and renewal. Kids welcome. (No stroller access; rain or shine pending condition of trails.)

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May 4: Tastes of Tahina

Location: The University City home of Ruth Raskas and Nigel Ohrenstein (address will be provided to registrants)
Date: Thursday, May
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $25

Tahina has been a staple in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries. Tasty, versatile, inexpensive and vegan, this ground sesame seed condiment is enjoying a popularity boom in restaurants around the world. Explore the wonders of tahina with a four-course tasting menu and hands-on culinary fun led by local chef and caterer Rachel Persellin-Armoza. (Vegetarian, Jewish dietary laws observed.)

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May 30: Salad Harvest Party

Location: EarthDance Farms, 233 S. Dade Ave, St. Louis
Date: Tuesday, May 30
Time: 11am – 1pm
Cost: $15 adults, $7 kids (2-12 yrs.), babies free

Back by popular demand, a farm to table Shavuot celebration! Participants tour St. Louis’ own EarthDance Farms, learn about organic farming practices from farm experts, and hand-pick ingredients for a delicious picnic lunch. Comfortable clothing and footwear suggested. (Vegetarian)

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June 14 & 21: Ceramic Kiddush Cups

Location: The J’s Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building
Date: Wednesdays, June 14 & 21
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $30

Local artist James Ibur returns for a two-week workshop to fabricate Kiddush cups in clay. In the first session, artists learn hand-forming techniques to mold their Kiddush cups. In the second class, artists glaze and complete their work. This workshop meets on two consecutive Wednesdays. All materials and light refreshments provided.

For more information, contact Shira Kraft, 314.442.3111.

July 13: Stained Glass Basics

Location: Craft Central, 8500 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis
Date: Thursday, July 13
Time: 6:30-9pm
Cost: $25

Stained glass has been used in synagogue decor for centuries. Prayer spaces are beautified with light-filled compositions illustrating Jewish emblems and stories. Create your own stained glass Star of David suncatcher in the Craft Central studio. Local glass artist Christine Jeep teaches participants how to cut, grind, foil and solder. All materials provided.

For more information, contact Shira Kraft, 314.442.3111.

August 7: Love and Kakao Chocolate

Location: Kakao Chocolate, 7272 Manchester Rd, Maplewood
Date: Monday, August 7
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $25

Celebrate Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love, surrounded by sweets at St. Louis’ premier chocolatier, Kakao. Participants learn about the wonders of chocolate while making ganache, caramels and barks in the Kakao kitchen. Bring a loved one or treat yourself for a night of confection perfection!

For more information, contact Shira Kraft, 314.442.3111.

August 22: Judaica Metal Tooling

Location: The J’s Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building
Date: Tuesday, August 22
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $10

Local artist Deborah Katon teaches the art of metal tooling—a centuries-old embossing technique used to beautify Jewish artifacts. Participants will design, etch and patina wall hangings adorned with the hamsa, a protectant against evil, or chai symbol, the Hebrew word for “life”. Materials and light refreshments provided. Veteran metal-toolers and first-timers welcome.

For more information, contact Shira Kraft, 314.442.3111.

For more information about the Jewish Arts & Soul Project, please contact Shira Kraft, Program Coordinator, 314.442.3111.
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