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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.


Banot Buddies

About Banot Buddies

2nd – 4th grade girls. 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.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
April 12

$15 per event

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.

$100 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

“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

5th-8th grade girls. This 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 today’s relevant issues. Girls meet once a month to talk, get creative, and bond over life experiences and how Judaism helps to understand it all. It’s an opportunity to meet amazing Jewish girls and connect with incredible group facilitators.

Future dates: 9/22, 10/27, 11/17, 12/15, 1/12, 2/23, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17

$150 annual fee ($135 if paid on or before 8/19)

Register Online

Contact: Larissa Klebe, 314.442.3111.

Taste of Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!

August 18
1:30-3pm (5th & 7th grade)
2:30-4pm (6th grade)
4-5:30pm (8th grade)
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur

This is a free event.

Register Online

Contact: Larissa Klebe, 314.442.3111.

For more information about Nishmah’s programs for girls, contact Larissa Klebe, Nishmah Director, 314.442.3111.