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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 Larisa Klebe, Director of Nishmah, 314.442.3111.

Mini Salons

Nishmah Mini Salons: Fall/Winter Series
Wednesday, October 14, 7:30-8:10pm
You, Me and RBG
Zoom (registration required)

Join us via Zoom as Nishmah Director Larisa Klebe leads participants in meaningful discussion exploring our own connections to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life, work and legacy.

Register Online

Nishmah Mini Salons are engaging virtual conversations that cover a range of timely, thought-provoking topics. The dates for our fall/winter series are Wednesday, October 14; Tuesday, November 17; and Wednesday, December 16. 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 for updated information and registration.

Free, donations to Nishmah welcome

Contact: Larisa Klebe, 314.442.3111

Finding Ourselves in Torah

Finding Ourselves in Torah
with Rabbi Jessica Shafrin
Monthly, on Tuesdays (7:30-8:30pm)
Starts October 20 on Zoom (registration required)

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.

2020-2021 Class dates: 10/20, 11/24, 12/22, 1/26, 2/23, 3/30, 4/20, 5/25

Register Online

Cost is $36 for the series. The first class is free. Payment for the remainder of the series (November-May) will be collected after the October 20 session.

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.

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