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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.

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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.

Banot Buddies

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

To register or for questions, contact Simone Picker, 314.442.3166.

Banot Buddies: Sukkot Party

2nd -4th grade girls
Sunday, September 30, 2-4pm
The J’s Sukkah (Staenberg Family Complex)

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Girls in grades 2-4 are invited to celebrate Sukkot together in the J’s Sukkah! The afternoon includes a hands-on activity and a fun-Sukkot themed snack. Get to know the young women of Nishmah’s Teen Banot Board who will be the older buddies for the year.

Contact Simone Picker, 314-442-3166 to register or with questions. This is a drop-off program. Drop-off and pick-up will be in the lobby of the fitness building. If there is inclement weather, we’ll have the program indoors!

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: Simone Picker, 314-442-3166

Sunday, August 19, 1:30pm-3:30pm (5th & 6th grade)
Sunday, August 19, 4-6pm (7th grade)
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur

2018-2019 Dates
September 16, October 21, November 18, December 9, January 13, 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

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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 Simone Picker, Banot Program Coordinator, 314.442.3166.