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Nishmah – Programs for Girls

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nishmah-logoNishmah 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!


Nishmah Teen Banot Board

A leadership development program for girls in 9th – 12th grade.
$50 annual activity fee

Girls will make new friends while getting to know younger girls in grades 2-4. Use your creativity and talents to create exciting programs for others. As a Banot Board member, you can participate in Nishmah’s Banot Buddies program by becoming a “buddy” to younger girls.

“There really are no words to sum up my experience in Nishmah and on Banot Board. Since 6th grade, I was allowed to grow both as an individual and as a friend. I learned the importance of making friends and maintaining relationships, patience and planning. Now as a senior, I know I will take these skills into the real world. Looking back, I can’t believe I almost stopped attending It’s a Girl Thing. Because as of right now, I would do anything to experience it again. I will definitely miss this amazing part of my life. -Emma

Banot Buddies

This mentoring program pairs younger girls with Nishmah Teen Banot Board to explore girls’ (2nd – 4th grade) topics through a Jewish lens. The program focuses on a particular area that is relevant to modern “girlhood.” The older girls serve as mentors as they encourage younger girls to find healthy ways of navigating girlhood. The relationships between both groups support the fostering of leadership skills, self-esteem, and a lifelong connection to Jewish ideals.

“I love that Rachel has a “girl” place to grow up in that incorporates a Jewish Lens. I do not think any of us will truly understand the impact of empowering these little girls today, but we will know it years from now.” -Banot Buddies Mom

Israel Party at the Crown Center

2nd – 4th Grade Girls & Moms

Join other girls and moms for a meaningful afternoon as we gather to celebrate Israel’s 68th birthday. Nishmah’s Banot Board will faciliate fun hands-on projects for everyone.

Crown Center
Sunday, April 30, 2-4pm
$15 per mother/daughter pair

Contact: Simone Picker, 314-442-3166

Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! is a national program of Moving Traditions that challenges Jewish girls to think critically about the world while enriching their Jewish identities through the connection of Jewish tradition to relevant issues facing them today. For girls in grades 5, 6, 7 & 8 to meet new friends in a fun, creative and interactive Jewish space.

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“We are from all different schools and different Jewish backgrounds but we all connect during the time together. I have learned so much about myself and about the world around me through a Jewish and “girl” view. It’s the one program that I never want to miss.” – Leah, It’s a Girl Thing! Participant

“It’s A Girl Thing” is one of our community’s best-kept secrets! The intimate and safe setting – yet also a fun and energetic one –lends itself to some very meaningful experiences for our daughters. I never imagined that she’d like learning about Jewish values so much that she doesn’t want to miss a session. -Bonnie, mother of a participant

Creve Coeur

2016 Dates
Sundays, 3-5pm
August 28, September 18, October 30, November 20, December 11, January 22, February 12, March 26, April 23, May 7

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

$135 ($150 after August 28)

Girls are invited for a fun afternoon to find out more about Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!, Moving Traditions’ national program of groups of Jewish girls that meet once a month to talk about what’s going on in their lives and how Judaism can help them understand it all. This is a great chance to meet really cool and amazing Jewish girls from around St. Louis. Girls will also have a chance to meet current participants and the group leaders.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Sunday, August 28
2-4pm (grades 6-9)
3-5pm (5th grade)

Register Online

5th grade: The Lev Year (Heart)

Led by Carly Coon, Masters of Social Work Candidate (2017), previous Girl Thing group leader

Themes at a Glance

6th grade: The Ruach Year (Spirit)

Led by Lisa Deutsch, Masters of Social Work, over 10 years’ experience as Girl Thing group leader

Themes at a Glance

9th grade: The Koach Year (Power)

Led by Orna Isaacson, Masters of Social Work/LCSW and over 10 years’ experience working with children

Theme at a Glance

Rosh Hodesh at B’nai Amoona

Nishmah is also partnering with Congregation B’nai Amoona on a Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! group for 6th and 7th-grade girls hosted at B’nai Amoona.

B’nai Amoona
Sundays, 12-2pm
August 2016 – May 2017

Contact: Andy Schwebel, 314-576-9990 ext. 108

For more information about Nishmah’s programs for girls, contact Program Coordinator Simone Picker, 314-442-3166