to the synagogue Neve Shalom, a link in the chain of Jewish tradition that
is millennia old. It is a large space, much larger than it looks because
when you walk through these doors, you walk into Jerusalem, into Casablanca,
into Minsk, into Salonika, into Strasbourg--into this space where Jews
have sung the same song to G*d for generations. When you enter here, you
have entered a larger space than you see. We belong to something greater
The Baal Shem Tov used to say, there is no room for G*d in a person too full of self. Less self, more other, less self, more Other--this is the dynamic of an emerging spirituality. Synagogue space is large enough to allow anyone to find their way in, and we have centuries of time on our side.
Every week the Parashah:
jsg and his friends make poetry and music based on Torah
Sunday, Nov. 9, 1-3 PM @ Kopolow Jewish Federation Bldg.
Shanda: What We Don't Talk About
#12 Millstone Campus
Incarceration, Mental Illness-mental health, Addiction
Rabbis Goodman and Talve and their friend working the spaces
N.B. This was really good. We took the pledge:
1) I pledge to bring someone in. If I light a candle, I will share the light.
2) I will be a reminder in every way I can to my family, friends, and community: we have these problems, they are difficult, but there is no shame attached to them and we live in a Big Tent.
3) We can live with our problems.
4) I pledge to break the *shanda* barrier, which means:
5) Talk, talk, and more talk.
6) I pledge to remind my community that we are working our problems, that being secret may be part of the problem, therefore:
7) I will not practice aloneness. I will talk with somebody. I will pick up the telephone.
*Shanda means shame. It's an obstacle to deep living.
Reluctant Addition to the Seder
Monday, April 14, 2014
Written in a symbolic Place of Vulnerability
The Haggadah is all about the telling, by Onkelos the teaching, by Maimonides
the showing. The story changes and it remains the same. We always have one
foot in the personal and one foot in the universal.
Each year we squeeze the story for more of what it means -- for the individuals
for the community the nation the world -- for the concentric circles to which we all
What it means, it’s a good question, but not the only question.
Attached to this year’s meaning is the silent heart of grief, which always precedes
the what-it-means question.
The world: still cracked. Hate corrupts, love repairs. We know this. But the first
response is always the silent heart of mourning, which is the silent heart of
suffering, which is the opening to the heart of wisdom. Some time into the future
we will respond by knowing: what to do.
For now: open a moment to the silent heart of suffering, still a part of our story,
our story a part of the world story.
Pray for peace in the grandest and most individual ways: the peace of the near
and the peace of the far. And healing for the losses, and some sort of comfort for
WE ARE MOVED SEE "MAP" (WE ARE HIDDEN AND REVEALED).
OUR NEW LOCATION IS ON THE MAIN FLOOR OF CHAI BUILDING
IN THE JCC CAMPUS, NORTH OF SCHUETZ ROAD.
COVENANT HOUSE COMPLEX
MAILING ADDRESS: #6 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR.
SUITE 3050 (FOR MAILING USES ONLY)
ST. LOUIS 63146
HOW YOU GET THERE:
GO TO JCC CAMPUS OFF SCHUETZ RD.
FOLLOW SIGNS TO THE JEWISH LIGHT OR
CHAI BLDG. OR NEVE SHALOM
YOU DRIVE ALL THE WAY TO THE BACK OF JCC CAMPUS
AND GO DOWN THE HILL ON YOUR RIGHT
YOU WILL SEE US
WE FACE NORTH
WE ARE ON THE MAIN FLOOR
ENTER DIRECTLY INTO OUR SPACE FROM THE OUTSIDE
Also: We have some events at the Covenant House 1
Covenant House 1 is where we had High Holidays 2012.
This is at the SOUTH end of the Covenant House complex.
Announcements for events will indicate if we meet at Covenant House 1.
Neve Shalom is a membership organization. We depend on your membership to fund our many activities. We welcome guests.
Dessert Seder at the Covenant House
#10 Millstone Campus Dr.
Saturday night, April 19 @ 6 PM
Wed., Sept. 4 @ 7:30 PM
Thurs., Sept. 5 @ 10 AM
Children's Service, @ 1 PM
Friday, Sept. 6 @ CRC 10 AM
Friday, Sept. 13 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sept. 14 @ 10 AM
Children @ 1 PM
Meditation Study 1 - 3 PM
Minchah @ 3 PM
Yizkor @ 4:30 PM
Neilah @ 5:30 PM
Lift up the remains of yesterday
We long for a pure
act of worship
you like what we are doing, please join us. We need you now. If you
would like to discuss membership, you may talk to our membership chair.
Would you like to discuss other ways you can contribute besides membership?
Talk to us.
The I is a thief, said the holy Rabbi. It snatches away the partial and mistakes it for the whole. Only Everything is everything. We invite you to enter synagogue space and synagogue time with us now, never alone, always accompanied by good companions, and by the additional soul each of us inherits by virtue of time.
Thanks for being here. Shalom aleikhem, peace to you, aleikhem shalom.