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July 19, 2019 - Rabbi Arnow

Dear Kol Rinah Family,

A note about last week first. I tried sending out my weekly e-mail last Friday with our new system, and by accident, it sent me a copy of the email for every one of you, but didn't send it to you. So, my apologies!

Wow, it's hot! But it's cool in shul. Services tonight will be in the chapel at 6pm. Candle lighting is at 8:05pm. Tomorrow morning we'll be in the lower auditorium beginning at 9am. Rabbi...Read more...

July 12, 2019 - Rabbi Arnow

Dear Kol Rinah Family,

Please note: the St. Louis Eruv is currently down. It is expected to be repaired before Shabbat. Please call 314-863-1811 after 4pm to check on the status of the Eruv.

I don’t write often about the eruv. The basic idea of an eruv, as a reminder, is that on Shabbat Jews are not permitted to carry things from one domain (one person’s property) to another, or from a public to a private domain or a...Read more...

July 5, 2019 – Rabbi Arnow

Dear Kol Rinah Family,

We had a spectacular, fun and meaningful Pride Shabbat last week. Thank you to all who came, and a special thank you Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael, for his words of Torah, and to Dean Rosen and Phillip Deitch, for sharing with us some of the history of the struggle for LGBTQ inclusion in the St. Louis Jewish community.

Tonight is our second Shabbat in the Park, at Villa Park in Olivette. Come to hang out...Read more...

June 21, 2019 – Rabbi Arnow

Dear Kol Rinah Family,

Candle lighting tonight is at 8:12pm, and Shabbat ends at 9:18pm. (And the times are the same for next Shabbat too.) Why do I begin with this? This is the latest Shabbat will begin and end this year. So enjoy the "longest" shabbatot of the year the next two weeks!

Services tonight will be a cappella in the chapel at 6pm. Tomorrow morning services will be in the lower auditorium starting at 9am. Rabbi...Read more...

June 14, 2019 – Rabbi Arnow

Dear Kol Rinah Family,

On the heels of a lovely Shavuot, Shabbat is coming! We'll gather at 6pm in the chapel for Kabbalat Shabbat. Candle lighting is at 8:09pm. Tomorrow morning services will be in the lower auditorium, beginning at 9am. I'll be leading Torah Talk at 10:10am, where we'll look at two fascinating, unconnected midrashim on the parashah.

Our ShinShin (young Israeli doing a year of service in our community) Snir...Read more...

MAY 24, 2019 – Rabbi Arnow

Dear Kol Rinah Family, This Shabbat we'll celebrate the bat mitzvah of Rena Buhler. Mazal tov to her parents, Wendy Love Anderson and Jeremy Buhler, her brother Zachary, and her grandparents, our members William and Meris Hamilton. Services tonight will be in the chapel at 6pm, with our usual blend of music and spirit. Candle lighting is getting later, at 7:56pm. Tomorrow morning, we will be downstairs in the lower auditorium at 9am. Mincha...Read more...

MAY 17, 2019 – Rabbi Arnow

Dear Kol Rinah Family, I’ve had a busy week! Tuesday morning I attended a training on creating respectful workplace cultures that the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association offered. It was helpful and thought-provoking, and so important for all of us to be thinking about. The rest of the week was filled with many community events, coffees with congregants, and committee meetings, and hospital visits. The highlight was this...Read more...

May 10, 2019 - Rabbi Arnow

Dear Kol Rinah Family, Sunday through Wednesday I was in Montreal at the Rabbinical Assembly’s convention. It was wonderful to connect with colleagues, study, and step back from the day-to-day busyness and business of synagogue life to refocus on the big picture, the why’s of being a rabbi, of synagogues, of Jewish life. Nurturing senses of security and hope, creating community and supporting Jewish journeys are some of the bigger themes...Read more...

April 19, 2019 - Rabbi Arnow

Dear Kol Rinah Family, Shabbat and Passover are just about here! I hope your preparations have been meaningful. This morning, Wendy Love Anderson made a siyyum (completion ceremony) on a tractate of Talmud, enabling us firstborns to eat, despite it being the fast of the first born. We stopped eating chametz at 10:45am; at 11:30am, we’ll be burning chametz here at Kol Rinah. And at 11am, your chametz (those of you who made me your agents) was...Read more...

April 12, 2019 - Rabbi Arnow

Dear Kol Rinah Family, Passover is coming! If you are looking for a seder to go to, either first or second night, please call the office (314-727-1747) or e-mail me. We have several people who have offered to host, but could also use more hosts-so let us know if you have a little room at your seder table. Shabbat is coming too. Tonight, services will be in the chapel at 6pm. We’ll be joined by a bunch of our USYers, and we’ll have a...Read more...

April 5, 2019 - Rabbi Arnow

Dear Kol Rinah Family, We’ve got a packed Shabbat at Kol Rinah this week. We’ll start at 6pm with our family-friendly First Fridays Kabbalat Shabbat service in the lower auditorium. Bring your voice, and little or big kids, if you have them, and let’s welcome Shabbat together! Candle lighting is at 7:11pm. Tomorrow morning is one of the few times of year that we take out three Torahs. One is for the regular Shabbat Torah reading, this...Read more...

March 29, 2019

Dear Kol Rinah Family, Spring is in the air! Finally! And we have a wonderful Shabbat to enjoy spring. Tonight, services will be at 6pm in the chapel. We’ll sing, and welcome Shabbat together-join us!!! Candle lighting is at 7:04pm. Tomorrow morning services will be in the lower auditorium. I’ll be leading Torah Talk at 10:10am. Our member Denise Field will be celebrating the anniversary of her bat mitzvah and speaking on the occasion. Tot...Read more...
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