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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 Nishmah Director, Sara Winkelman, 314-442-3268.

Ilene Joseph Salon Series

Living room-based discussions for women.

As our organization’s first programming chair, Ilene Joseph was a passionate supporter of the Salon Series and volunteered countless hours as a facilitator to groups of devoted women. To honor of her many years of service on the Board of Nishmah, we felt it a fitting tribute to name the Series in Ilene’s memory. Nishmah salons are facilitated discussions about stimulating articles intended to connect, engage and develop intelligent conversations on topics of interest to us as Jewish women.

$18 Suggested donation per salon ($5 suggested donation for young adults and students).

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Spring Salon: Poetry

Building on the positive response to the poetry session at last year’s women’s retreat, Aura Kavadlo is returning to lead us in a thoughtful discussion about poetry. The conversation is intended to connect, engage and develop intelligent discussions on topics of interest to us as Jewish women.

Tuesday, April 25, 11:30am, Saul Mirowitz Community School
Tuesday, April 25, 7:30-9pm, Private Home

Start Your Own Salon

Overwhelmed by book groups but still looking to connect with other Jewish women on a regular basis? We can help you get started, by providing a facilitator or training you to facilitate. Find your friends and find a home, and we will help with the rest.

Good Food & Good Wine - like King Solomon's Table

An evening of thanks to all of our supporters, volunteers and donors.

Light kosher dinner* from Joan Nathan’s latest cookbook, King Solomon’s Table
Followed by opportunity to hear Joan Nathan talk about her cookbook

Thank you to Jenny Wolkowitz and retiring board members, welcome to Stefanie Levenson and new board members

Event Co-Chairs: Missy Korenblat-Harin & Shari Whay

Wednesday, May 3, 5:30
The J in Creve Coeur, Meetings room A&B
FREE

RSVP by April 28 to Sara Winkelman, 314 442 3268

To make a donation in honor of any of the women of Nishmah, please click here. Please note in the comment field of the donation form in whose honor you are making the tribute (indicate Nishmah in the comments as well).

Nishmah 2017-2018

Nishmah incoming President, Stefanie Levenson
Nishmah outgoing President, Jenny Wolkowitz
Nishmah  Board:
Susan Bosse, Kalanit Chappell, Suzanne Epstein-Lang, Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Evan Goldfarb, Lisa Greening, Margie Hartman, Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh, Nava Kantor, Aura Kavadlo, Missy Korenblat-Hanin, Stefanie Levenson, Marcia Lisker, Jerri Livingston, Bonnie Mann, Michelle Mufson, Amy Pakett, Debbie Polinsky, Ellen Schapiro, Karen Sher, Julie Stern,  Enid Weisberg-Frank, Jenny Wolkowitz
(Bold are new board Members)

Nishmah retiring board members:
Sue Lapp, Renee Wasserman

Nerot: Young Women of Nishmah

For women in their 20s and 30s

The Young Women’s group is a diverse network of Jewish women in their 20s and 30s who are interested in unique programs that provide social opportunities, education and spiritual enrichment and connection to Jewish identity. Check Facebook for monthly program updates, dates, times and locations.

Lisa Greening, Executive Director of Ready Readers
Lisa will share her thoughts on having a purpose in your profession and meaningful personal and professional growth. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions that are personally relevant.

Monday, April 3, 7pm
Private home (address given upon registration)
RSVP to Simone Picker, 314.442.3166

This is the third in a series of intimate conversations with influential St. Louis Jewish women. We aim to spark inspiration, community-building, and networking for those who are connected with the Jewish community and identify as women in their 20s and 30s. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with some of the most accomplished, interesting, and respected women in the broader Jewish community. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Simone Picker, 314-442-3166

Nerot Leadership: Leah Frankel, Nava Kantor, Amy Pakett, & Mel Paticoff

Moms Raising Girls

“Recognize When to Seek Help…with Your Daughter on Board”
For Moms with Girls in 3rd-6th grade

Join other moms for another great session of a new series designed specifically for you: moms with young girls aged 9 – 12. Keri Simon, MSW, LCSW will facilitate a meaningful session about addressing anxiety and knowing when it’s time to seek professional help. Keri will walk through some of the warning signs to look out for, share some insight into the various modalities of therapy that are available and appropriate for the developmental stage of your girls, and explain ways to keep your daughters involved in the process. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

Keri Simon, MSW, LSCW is a highly compassionate, engaging, skilled clinical social worker committed to providing excellent care and therapy for children, adolescents, adults and families. A career history of 15 years + working with diverse populations in schools and private settings with both groups and individuals. She displays an inherent ability to build rapport quickly with all of her clients and establishes professional therapeutic relationships dedicated towards solution based outcomes. Skilled at diffusing stressful situations, building trust, motivating clients, and teaching behavior intervention strategies while empowering clients to achieve their highest potential. Keri has years of experience working with resistant clients who have previously been unable to engage in therapy. Keri specializes in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues and trauma.

Events TBD

For more information or to rsvp, contact Simone Picker at 314-442-3166.

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Questions or to register, contact Simone Picker at 314-442-3166.

Nerot: Young Women of Nishmah

For women in their 20s and 30s

The Young Women’s group is a diverse network of Jewish women in their 20s and 30s who are interested in unique programs that provide social opportunities, education and spiritual enrichment and connection to Jewish identity. Check Facebook for monthly program updates, dates, times and locations.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Simone Picker, 314-442-3166

Nerot Leadership: Leah Frankel, Nava Kantor, Amy Pakett, & Mel Paticoff

Women's Shabbat Retreat

This Biennial signature event is a unique Shabbat experience with women of many generations, phases of life, and affiliations.  Together we explore, discover, build and examine our connections – to ourselves, each other, community, and spirituality.  Through Shabbat, healthy and delicious food, community, laughter and love, surrounded by the beauty of Pere Marquette State Park, we grow within ourselves and with our friends, both old and new, again and again.

Last retreat was February 2016 – look for us again in February 2018!

Shushan Nights! Purim Journey

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Purim is not just for kids! Join other women as we reclaim Purim as our holiday too. holiday. There will be fun, drinks, costumes, dinner at the bazaar and more! We will take this opportunity to delve deeper into the heroines of the Purim story. Women only – Bat Mitzvah age and up!

Experience the mitzvot of Purim | Belly Dancer | Raffle for Esther’s jewels | “Rap”-style Megilla | Gifts to the poor | Henna | Vashti shooters | More!

Invitation

 

Dietary laws observed.

Shushan Nights was held March 5, 2017.

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Contact: Sara Winkelman, 314-442-3268