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Nishmah – Programs for Women

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The Nishmah Women’s Retreat at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, IL on May 1-2 is postponed until April 23-24, 2021. Registrants will receive a full refund.

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 Larisa Klebe, Director of Nishmah, 314.442.3111.

Mini Salons

Nishmah Mini Salons: A Summer Series
June 24, July 8, July 22, August 12 (all Wednesdays), 7:30-8:10pm
Zoom and Facebook Live (registration required for Zoom)

Free, donations to Nishmah welcome

Join Nishmah for a series of engaging conversations led by inspiring facilitators, including former Nishmah Director Sara Winkelman, local psychotherapist and social worker Carly Sparks (MSW, LCSW), and more! We will cover a range of topics that speak to what our community most wants to discuss during this current moment; and, in an effort to respond in real-time to our rapidly changing world, we will not be setting all of our topics and speakers at once. Be sure to check back here (or Nishmah’s Facebook group) regularly for updated information, and registration.

Contact: Larisa Klebe, 314.442.3111

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.

Women's Retreat

The Nishmah Women’s Retreat at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, IL on May 1-2 is postponed until April 23-24, 2021. Registrants will receive a full refund.

Nishmah’s 2020 Women’s Retreat
Living with Intention: Bringing Kavanah Into Your Life
May 1-2, 2020
Pere Marquette Lodge (Grafton, IL)

Register Online

Join us for Nishmah’s biennial Women’s Shabbat Retreat as we explore what it means to live with intention. This inspiring and fun event brings together women of many generations, affiliations and life phases. The retreat runs 5:30pm Friday through approximately 9pm Saturday and includes hotel room, four delicious Kosher meals and all programming expenses. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available at all meals.

Retreat Co-Chairs: Ann Mayer Eisen and Shari Whay

Retreat at a Glance:

Friday, May 1

  • Check-in from 3-5pm
  • Engaging introductory activity on our theme: Living with Intention
  • Festive Shabbat dinner
  • Special talk on intentionality from Rabbi Andrea Goldstein
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services
  • Low key evening gathering with drinks, snacks and schmoozing

Saturday, May 2

  • Early morning hike and other active options
  • Drop-in breakfast
  • Shabbat morning services, both progressive and traditional options offered
  • Various small group breakout sessions led by experts and creatives
  • Leisurely lunch and Seudah Shlishit (light dinner)
  • Inspiring full group program in the afternoon
  • Havdalah and concluding ceremony

Registration Information:

  • Register online
  • Registration deadline is March 30. Early Bird deadline is February 26. Space is limited.
  • Price varies ($200-$360) depending on number of roommates. You may also attend Saturday without staying Friday night ($115).
  • Assistance registering: Nick Ierardi, Program Registrar, 314.442.3110
  • Questions about the Retreat: Larisa Klebe, Nishmah Director, 314.442.3111
  • The retreat ends Saturday after Havdalah (approximately 9pm). If you would like to stay Saturday night, please call Pere Marquette Lodge directly and mention the Jewish Community Center room block, subject to availability: 618.786.2331 x0
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! Check out the Nishmah at facebook.com/nishmahstl for upcoming events or contact Shira for more information.

Contact: Larisa Klebe, 314.442.3111

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