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Nishmah – Programs for Girls

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Nishmah offers a continuum of quality Jewish programs for girls in 1st-12th grade. Girls from diverse backgrounds come together to learn from each other and experience the world through a Jewish lens.

See what the St. Louis Jewish Light says about It’s a Girl Thing!

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Passover Journey

The Journey 2019
B’chol Dor V’dor

Celebrating women’s resilience throughout the generations and all over the world

Wednesday, April 3, 6pm
The J’s Staenberg Family Complex
Honoring Dr. Lynne Kipnis
For full program info and to register, click here.

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Nishmah’s pre-Passover women’s event returns! Musical guest Elana Jagoda guides us through a multi-sensory experience. Join women of all ages as we acknowledge our strengths and triumphs through stories, music, dance and food.

Festive Attire
Vegetarian Dinner (Dietary Laws Observed)

$54 per guest; $40 per guest if paid by March 6
$25 per student (2nd grade and up)
Scholarship funds available

For more information, contact Shira Kraft, 314-442-3111.

Banot Buddies: Protecting the Earth

Banot Buddies: Protecting the Earth

Sunday, February 24, 2-4pm
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur

For girls in 2nd-4th grades. Celebrate the Jewish value of shmirat ha’adamah – protecting the earth. Create upcycled crafts and earthy snacks with our Banot Board while taking action to help heal the world!

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Pricing: $12 per girl
Register online by February 22

Contact: Shira Kraft, 314-442-3294

About Banot Buddies

Banot Buddies pairs girls in elementary school with the young women of Nishmah’s Teen Banot Board to take a closer look at relevant topics through a Jewish lens. The relationships between the groups foster leadership skills, self-esteem and a life-long connection to Jewish ideals.

Nishmah Teen Banot Board


A leadership development program for girls in 9th – 12th grade.

Calling all Jewish teen girls! Are you interested in making new friends while getting to know younger girls in grades 2-4? Are you looking for a powerful experience where you can develop and hone your leadership skills, hear from local women leaders, get involved in social justice and advocacy activities, as well as use your creativity and talents to develop exciting programs for others? As a Banot Board member, you participate in Nishmah’s Banot Buddies program by becoming a “buddy” to younger girls. Application submission is required by August 22.

$50 yearly general activity fee

Why girls have loved Teen Banot Board:

I have learned a lot about women empowerment and how much embracing your Jewish identity matters.

I think the most important thing I gained is my relationship to other teenage girls my age.  I really appreciate the opportunity and cannot wait to continue to get to know these people.

This program has influenced me to engage more with my Sunday school students because I realized how much they look up to me.

Being able to understand what being a leader means.

Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing

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5th-7th grade girls. Take this opportunity to learn about this amazing program where Jewish girls meet once a month to talk, visit and bond over life experiences and how Judaism may help them understand it all. It’s also a great way to expand your circle of friends and interact with really cool Jewish girls you may have not otherwise met.

Contact: Becca Bohrer, 314-442-3294

2019 Dates
February 10, March 3, April 14, May 5

Participants meet with trained facilitators once a month in intimate groups of 10-12 girls.

$150 ($135 before or on August 19)

“My favorite part about It’s a Girl Thing! is bonding with my group and playing games where we get to laugh with each other and get to know one another better.” – It’s a Girl Thing! Participant

“I love that Nishmah and It’s a Girl Thing! has provided my daughter with a consistent group of Jewish girls that she can play, learn and grow with.” – It’s a Girl Thing! Parent

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5th grade: The Lev Year (Heart)

Led by Leah Frankel, MSW/LCSW/CLC, experienced family consultant and mental health professional

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6th grade: The Ruach Year (Spirit)

Led by Orna Isaacson, MSW/LCSW and over 10 years of experience working with children

Themes at a Glance

7th Grade: The Kol Year (Voice)

Led by Leah Frankel, MSW/LCSW/CLC, experienced family consultant and mental health professional

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For more information about Nishmah’s programs for girls, contact Becca Bohrer, Banot Program Coordinator, 314.442.3294.