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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

Upcoming Salons TBA

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)
First session on Tuesday, October 19
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. The first class is free. Payment for the remainder of the series will be collected after the first session.

Nishmah Night at AR Workshop

Wednesday, November 3, 6:30pm
AR Workshop – 9200 Olive Blvd, Suite 112
To register, contact Vickie Shuchart, 314-442-3111

Join Nishmah for an evening of crafts, wine and snacks at the AR Workshop for our own DIY class. You will choose from nearly any wood plank from the AR Workshop website. In the workshop, you will have the opportunity to customize your project with your choice of designer paints and (non-toxic) stain colors. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Arts & Soul Project.

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

Save the Date: April 1 & 2, 2022

Nishmah’s 2022 Women’s Retreat will take place April 1 & 2 at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, Illinois. Details and registration information coming soon!

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