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!
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 September 1.
$50 yearly general activity fee
“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
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
Banot Buddies Presents: Social (Action) in the Sukkah!
Sunday, October 8, 2-4pm
Sukkah at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
$12 per girl
Girls in 2nd-4th grade will have a great afternoon celebrating Sukkot in the J’s sukkah and getting to know their older buddies from Nishmah’s Teen Banot Board. Participants will participate in a hands-on activity with the on-site community garden that donates food to the Jewish Food Pantry. A fun Sukkot themed snack will be provided.
To register or for questions, contact Simone Picker, 314.442.3166.
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.
“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
August 20, September 10, October 15, November 12, December 10, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 8, May 6
Participants meet with trained facilitators once a month in intimate groups of 10-12 girls.
5th grade: The Lev Year (Heart)
Led by Orna Isaacson, Masters of Social Work/LCSW and over 10 years of experience working with children
6th grade: The Ruach Year (Spirit)
Led by Leah Frankel, Masters of Social Work, experienced school-based consultant and mental health professional
7th/8th Grades: The Kol Year (Voice)
Led by Lisa Deutsch, Masters of Social Work, more than 10 years of experience as Girl Thing group leader
Rosh Hodesh at B’nai Amoona
Nishmah is partnering with Congregation B’nai Amoona on a 6th-8th grade Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! group, hosted at B’nai Amoona (324 S. Mason Rd, 63141). Contact Avital Ostfield at 314.576.9990 ext. 116.
Program generously funded by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of The Jewish Federation of St. Louis
For more information about Nishmah’s programs for girls, contact Simone Picker, Banot Program Coordinator, 314.442.3166.