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.
Nishmah Mini Salons: A Summer Series
Wednesday, August 12, 7:30-8:10pm
Finding Our Voices Through Prayer
Zoom (registration required)
What moments in our lives do we want prayers for, and what’s stopping us from writing them ourselves? Join Nishmah via Zoom as Rabbi Rachel Bearman, Associate Rabbi of Congregation Shaare Emeth, leads us in discussion about how women have long used prayer to address their specific circumstances, and how we can do the same today.
Summer Salons are a series of engaging conversations led by inspiring facilitators including former Nishmah Director Sara Winkelman, local psychotherapist and social worker Carly Sparks and more! As the pandemic continues to impact our lives, we will cover a range of thought-provoking and uplifting topics regarding our “new normal” such as how to help our seniors, dealing with loneliness, parenting during a pandemic and the positive aspects of social distancing. 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
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 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
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.