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Nishmah – Programs for Women

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Through a number of diverse and inspirational programs, Nishmah brings together Jewish women from different denominations who otherwise may have never met. Together, these women learn from each other, connect and form bonds through faith and friendship. Nishmah creates the foundation for these Jewish connections that form outside the walls of a synagogue environment.

For more information about Nishmah’s programs for women, contact Vickie Shuchart, Director of Nishmah, 314.442.3111.

Ilene Joseph Salon Series

Talking to Kids About Gender
Tuesday, May 10 at 7pm
At a private residence located in Ladue. Exact address to be disclosed after registration.
Free and open to all women in the community.
To RSVP, contact Vickie Shuchart, Director of Nishmah, 314.442.3111.

Dr. Sharon Vermont is a pediatrician who specializes in transgender health and works with children, teens and young adults who have gender concerns. Join Nishmah for our final Salon of the Year as Dr. Vermont discusses how and when to discuss the topic of gender with children.

For more information, contact Vickie Shuchart, Director of Nishmah, 314.442.3111.

Nishmah’s Salons are intimate, facilitated discussions on topics of interest to Jewish women. Preselected media, such as articles or videos, frequently help to incite and frame the conversation. Program is named for Ilene Joseph z”l, one of Nishmah’s founders and a passionate supporter of the Salon Series.

Free, donations to Nishmah welcome

Finding Ourselves in Torah

Finding Ourselves in Torah
with Rabbi Jessica Shafrin
Monthly, on Tuesdays (7:30-8:30pm)
January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17
In-person or via Zoom

Register Online

A pluralistic, intergenerational women’s Torah study program. Together we delve deep into the words of Torah, gleaning insights to influence our lives. We listen to the voices of female Torah scholars and our own, joining classic wisdom with modern life. All who identify as women are welcome to this open space for communal learning.

Cost is $36 for the series.

Nishmah Facebook Group

Nishmah’s Facebook group is an online extension of Nishmah’s mission to foster connections among Jewish women in St. Louis. We encourage members to share articles, upcoming events, book recommendations, etc…as well as start conversations and ask questions. Our hope is that members will play an active role in inspiring group conversation, learning, and engagement.

Especially during this time of social distancing when we are not having in-person programming, being part of this group ensures that you’ll be up to date with Nishmah’s online offerings.

Nerot: Young Women of Nishmah

Women in their 20s & 30s

We are excited to build a cohort of young women among the Nishmah community. Nerot offers specialized enhancements to existing Nishmah programming and mentorship and learning opportunities geared specifically to women in their 20s and 30s. If you are interested in getting involved, let us know!

Immerse: St. Louis Mikvah Project

Immerse: St. Louis Mikvah Project

Nishmah’s trained, volunteer mikvah guides facilitate welcoming, transformative and compassionate immersions for Jewish women seeking mikvah experiences of all forms. At Nishmah, we understand that moments of celebration, growth, transition and grief need a Jewish expression. We look to honor profound changes and acknowledge new stages of life by helping you connect spiritually to the ancient Jewish tradition of the ritual bath.

What is Mikvah?

Ritual immersion is an ancient part of Jewish tradition, noted in the Torah and in later Rabbinic sources. Even today, immersion in a mikvah is an act required by Jewish law for converts to Judaism, brides, and women observing “niddah”, the practice of immersing monthly following menstruation.

Mikvah has also been used for other non-requisite, spiritual purposes throughout Jewish history. For example, by men prior to Shabbat and the holidays or by women in the ninth month of pregnancy.  Ritual immersion in a mikvah – a gathering of living water (mayyim hayyim) – marks a change in status. Immersions can mark life transitions such as weddings, births, healing from illness or trauma, significant birthdays, divorce, pregnancy loss, fertility struggles, and mourning.

What do we do?

Nishmah’s mikvah guides, in collaboration with the Sylvia Green Memorial Mikvah, welcome women in our community seeking meaningful immersions. An assigned guide will work with you to facilitate a supportive, safe immersion experience from start to finish. In addition, we provide suggested readings, blessings and a framework for one’s personal experience. Our goal is to connect you to this ancient Jewish tradition in a manner that feels relevant and significant to your life in the present.

Inquire About Experiencing the Mikvah