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Special St. Louis Screening

Monday, August 22
5:30pm – Doors Open
6:30pm – Film followed by panel discussion
The J’s Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building

Bring your teens and tween and join us for this thought-provoking film.

Tickets: $10 per person ($18 for parent/child combo). 
Free movie snacks provided. Kosher pizza available for purchase.
Tickets: brownpapertickets.com or 314-442-3175.

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Panel Discussion facilitated by Aisha Sultan, parenting advice columnist from the St. Louis Post dispatch with Rabbi Michael Rovinsky, St Louis NCSY and Jewish Student Union Director and Dr. Randi Mozenter, Clinical Psychologist.

Aisha Sultan
Aisha Sultan is the St. Louis region’s only nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. She also serves as a regular St. Louis radio and TV commentator. Her work has appeared in more than a hundred publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. She has been invited to a dozen universities, including Stanford and Duke, to moderate panels and cover national policy issues. She was a 2011-12 Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she studied parenting and privacy in the digital age. She has won several national awards recognizing her column and feature writing.

Rabbi Mike Rovinsky
Following a successful career in formal education and a short stint as COO during the launch of Kiosite, a startup HR software company, Rabbi “Mike” was approached, in 2002, by local lay leaders to help out “for a few months” with the local NCSY chapter until they found a permanent replacement for their NCSY Advisor. He agreed and more than a decade later he is still going strong. In 2003, he started JSU of St. Louis with a pilot club of 16 students at Ladue High School. The club sponsor was the grandson of Nazis. A combination of his passion for Judaism, unconditional regard for all Jews regardless of affiliation and a great deal of help from Hashem  has enabled him to catapult JSU in St. Louis to a dynamic organization of 16 clubs, in 14 high schools, and the Galia and Milton Movitz~Senator John Danforth Israel Scholars Program serving 800+ students. He has a B.A. in Education from Adelphi University, MBA from Johns Hopkins, Rabbinic Ordinations from Ner Israel Rabbinical College and Kol Yaakov Torah Center, and a Masters in Education and is a provisionally licensed therapist in mental health.

Randi Mozenter, PhD
Randi Mozenter is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and is on the Clinical Medical Staff of Barnes Jewish Hospital and Washington University Medical School.  She is active on the Boards of several nonprofit agencies including Kids In The Middle, Kol Rinah, Jewish Student Union and Washington University Neighbor’s Council.

Sponsors: 

BBYO
Bnei Akiva
NFTY Chapters: Central Reform Congregation, Shaare Emeth, Temple Emanuel, Temple Israel, United Hebrew
Israeli Scouts
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Jewish Student Union
NCSY
St. Louis JCC Maccabi Games
USY: Congregation Bnai Amoona, Kol Rinah

It’s a Guy Thing!

For boys in 8th-12th grades. Nishmah is championing an approach to Jewish life that connects character development of this generation of teens to the ongoing effort to build a Jewish community where women and men experience spiritual, intellectual and moral growth. It’s a Guy Thing! is a program for teen boys created by Moving Traditions. It’s a great opportunity for teens to connect or re-connect with the Jewish community through guidance, friendship, and fun. Hang out with other teen boys and learn what it means to be a Jewish teen and man today. The program will challenge teen boys to think about and talk about issues that they may not have time or opportunity to do elsewhere.

Program Brochure

Daniel Goldberg: BBYO Advisor, Previous Camp Baer Counselor, Dentist with “Give Kids a Smile” organization
Adam Berkowitz: Previous BBYO Advisor and YPD Board Member, Team manager at Caravus
Andrew Goldfeder: Teen Educator for CAJE @ JOLT, BBYO Advisor, Museum Coordinator for the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center

“My first year of Guy Thing was amazing. The first meeting, I didn’t know everyone, but there were familiar faces to greet me. Playing sports and talking with those guys was always hilarious and I can’t wait to come back.” – IAGT participant

2016 Dates

Open Enrollment for 2016-2017 will take place in summer 2016.
August 21, September 18, October 30, November 20, December 11, January 22, February 12, March 26, April 23, May 7

Pricing

$135 ($150 after August 28)

Register Online

Taste of It’s a Guy Thing!

Join other teen guys for a fun afternoon to find out more about It’s Guy Thing!, a national program that connects or re-connects teens with the Jewish community through guidance, friendship and fun. Participants hang out with each other once a month and explore what it means to be a Jewish man today. The program will challenge teens to think and talk about issues they may not have time to do elsewhere. Hear about the program and meet current participants and group leaders.

Sunday, August 21, 4 – 6pm

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Simone Picker (spicker@jccstl.org), 314-442-3166

“No matter how committed parents are to teaching their sons how to make ethically sound choices and how to find a meaningful place in their community, that message has a unique sense of importance when a “Guy” learns it with a cadre of cool advisors and a great peer group.” –IAAGT parent