Inspiring Jewish Women
Nishmah, a program of the St. Louis Jewish Community Center, inspires, engages, and supports Jewish women. Through inspirational programming, Nishmah brings together Jewish women and girls from different denominations who may have otherwise never met. Together, these women learn from each other, connect and form bonds through faith and friendship.
Nishmah programming looks at the current issues that matter most to women today through a Jewish lens.
Wednesday, January 18 at 7pm
Hosted at a private home in West County – exact location to be disclosed after registration
Join other women for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities that come along as we and our parents age. Come away with tools, strategies and resources for finding joy, strength and support to navigate this stage of life.
Discussion facilitated by Sarah Levison
Sarah Zoller Levinson, MSG, MA, is a coordinator of the Aging Services Collaborative, a network of organizations in the St. Louis Jewish community that works together to ensure individuals are aware of and can easily access services and supports that promote health, safety and quality of life as we age.
Sharsheret Supports STL is a program of the J’s Nishmah and a community partner of the national, not-for-profit Sharsheret organization. Sharsheret – Hebrew for “chain or link” – symbolizes the connections made among women and their families facing a breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis. Sharsheret also educates women and men in the community regarding increased hereditary cancer risks, especially those of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry due to their increased propensity to carry a hereditary cancer gene mutation including, but not limited to, BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations. All support and educational programs available locally, and through the national Sharsheret organization, are FREE, confidential and individualized. All Sharsheret programs are available to members and the public.
The J is proud to offer two services dedicated to helping people cope with the symptoms and side effects of a cancer experience: Yoga for Cancer and Oncology Massage. These services are available for anyone who has received a cancer diagnosis of any type and has spoken with their medical treatment team prior to participating.
A pluralistic, intergenerational women’s Torah study program. Together we delve deep into the words of Torah, gleaning insights to influence our lives. We listen to the voices of female Torah scholars and our own, joining classic wisdom with modern life. All who identify as women are welcome to this open space for communal learning.
Cost is $36 for the series.
Especially during this time of social distancing when we are not having in-person programming, being part of this group ensures that you’ll be up to date with Nishmah’s online offerings.
Women in their 20s & 30s
We are excited to build a cohort of young women among the Nishmah community. Nerot offers specialized enhancements to existing Nishmah programming and mentorship and learning opportunities geared specifically to women in their 20s and 30s. If you are interested in getting involved, let us know!
Immerse: St. Louis Mikvah Project
Nishmah’s trained, volunteer mikvah guides facilitate welcoming, transformative and compassionate immersions for Jewish women seeking mikvah experiences of all forms. At Nishmah, we understand that moments of celebration, growth, transition and grief need a Jewish expression. We look to honor profound changes and acknowledge new stages of life by helping you connect spiritually to the ancient Jewish tradition of the ritual bath.
What is Mikvah?
Ritual immersion is an ancient part of Jewish tradition, noted in the Torah and in later Rabbinic sources. Even today, immersion in a mikvah is an act required by Jewish law for converts to Judaism, brides, and women observing “niddah”, the practice of immersing monthly following menstruation.
Mikvah has also been used for other non-requisite, spiritual purposes throughout Jewish history. For example, by men prior to Shabbat and the holidays or by women in the ninth month of pregnancy. Ritual immersion in a mikvah – a gathering of living water (mayyim hayyim) – marks a change in status. Immersions can mark life transitions such as weddings, births, healing from illness or trauma, significant birthdays, divorce, pregnancy loss, fertility struggles, and mourning.
What do we do?
Nishmah’s mikvah guides, in collaboration with the Sylvia Green Memorial Mikvah, welcome women in our community seeking meaningful immersions. An assigned guide will work with you to facilitate a supportive, safe immersion experience from start to finish. In addition, we provide suggested readings, blessings and a framework for one’s personal experience. Our goal is to connect you to this ancient Jewish tradition in a manner that feels relevant and significant to your life in the present.
Nishmah relies on the generous gifts of our donors and program participants to support its robust and inspirational programming. Nishmah offers scholarships to women and girls to attend programs such as the annual Women’s Retreat, the Passover Journey event and more. Your support allows us to open the door to our full community.
For more information on Nishmah, please contact:
Debbi Braunstein, Sharsheret Supports STL Program Supervisor, 314.442.3266