In the News

2020
24
Aug
The rabbi who is neighbor to Mark and Patricia McCloskey speaks out: ‘They are bullies’

When Rabbi Susan Talve heard that Patricia and Mark McCloskey would be among the speakers addressing the Republican National Convention, she decided she could no longer stay quiet.

“It’s so upsetting that they have a national audience,” Talve said. “It’s upsetting we make heroes out of people who hate.”

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01
May
A lullaby for the soul during the coronavirus pandemic

here’s this song I like to hear when I’m sad, because it makes me feel a certain way of happy.

It doesn’t make me happy-happy. It’s not one of those instant pick-me-ups. But the song takes me to a place, every time. Listening to it is a process. An experience. And during this experience, the song nourishes me. It provides perspective, a chance for introspection, and in the end, it makes you believe in believing.

It’s called “Hashkiveinu.” It’s sung by Rabbi Randy.

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30
Apr
Watch: Rabbi Randy sings ‘Hashkiveinu’
23
Apr
Central Reform rabbi increases frequency of support group meetings during pandemic

These days, Rabbi James Stone Goodman spends a whole lot of time checking in with folks. “I make myself carry my 50-pound phone around and I call more people every day to see how they are doing,” said Goodman, who is affiliated with Central Reform Congregation. “Then I call their mother, their parents. I’m also talking with all kinds of people I haven’t talked to in a long while.”

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15
Apr
‘Frustrated, Angry, Depressed’: Pandemic Takes A Toll On Mental Health

[…] Some religious communities are ramping up their mental health outreach during the pandemic. Central Reform Congregation in the Central West End has expanded its monthly support group for people with diagnoses and their families to once-a-week gatherings.

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08
Apr
Families to celebrate Passover and Easter differently this year amid virus outbreak

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — Passover will begin at sunset Wednesday and Easter will be celebrated this coming Sunday.

Members of both religions will be celebrating differently this year as the coronavirus outbreak requires people to stay home to maintain the general public’s health. So instead of celebratory dinners at home and churches packed with members, everything is going digital. 

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27
Mar
How St. Louis-Area Clergy Are Maintaining Community Virtually

Over the past few weeks, local sites of worship have had to recalibrate how they serve their congregations during a time when coming together can do more harm than good.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson announced a 30-day stay-at-home order last weekend. The restrictions require people to remain in their homes whenever possible as part of an ongoing effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. There are a number of exceptions to the stay-at-home order, city and county officials said, but religious centers aren’t one of them.

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26
Mar
Local clergy ask Parson to issue stay-at-home order

ST. LOUIS – Several local clergies from around the St. Louis area joined a group web conference call on Facebook with a clear message for Missouri Governor Mike Parson.

“Our mission is to make a moral plea to Governor Parson to join the other 18 governors in the country and issue a stay-at-home order,”

Relatively speaking, Missouri has not been hit as hard as many other states.

Rabbi Susan Talve, Central Reform Congregation, says a state-at-home order from the governor would carry greater significance than ones from counties.

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18
Mar
13-year-old at Central Reform Congregation finds “silver lining” in postponed bar mitzvah

Henry Rosenzweig admits that last week, when plans for his March 14 bar mitzvah at Central Reform Congregation began to unravel, he was plenty disappointed. 

But in the end, the 13-year-old’s empathy for others helped him refocus his energy and taught him a life lesson he isn’t likely to forget.

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30
Jan
These big St. Louis buildings could go uncleaned as janitors authorize strike

[…] Michelle McNeal, a janitor at 1010 Market St., said she is a mother who previously experienced homelessness.

“We believe that $10 an hour is not enough to feed our families, to pay our bill, to be able to do public transportation, to be able to have our medical bills paid for,” she said.

Supporting the janitors at a downtown rally Thursday were Rabbi Susan Talve, St. Louis Building Trades Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Stiffler and Rev. Darryl Gray.

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2019
25
Dec
Photos: Interfaith groups gather for ninth annual St. Louis Jewish Muslim Day of Community Service
07
Nov
Jews in the News: November

[…] Rabbi Susan Talve was one of six honorees at the Missouri Health Care for All’s Health Care Champion Awards Reception. The event recognizes legislators, volunteers and community partners who have made an impact in Missourians’ access to quality, affordable health care. 

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10
Oct
Rabbi Randy’s chai celebration; NCJW’s Couturier

If pictures were used to explain the meaning of certain words, no doubt Randy Fleisher’s headshot would be found alongside “mensch.” The Central Reform Congregation rabbi personifies the definition of all-around good guy, kind soul and humble spiritual leader not only to members of his own congregation but to pretty much anyone who knows him.

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15
Aug
‘No Shanda’ group removes shame, stigma from mental health discussion

Sitting around the table in the Central Reform Congregation library earlier this month, the meeting of No Shanda, a mental health group led by Rabbis Susan Talve and James Goodman, was about to start. Several of the participants chatted with one another. Some sat quietly. I introduced myself to the two women sitting nearest to me. I knew one of their relatives; it began to feel comfortable. The other I had just met on the Oklahoma vigil trip and we smiled at each other.

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08
Aug
St. Louis activists protest migrant detentions

[…] The singing gave way to speeches by trip organizers, clergy and other participants.

“We need their holy chutzpah!” Central Reform Congregation Rabbi Susan Talve said. “Let our people and let our families and children go.”

Talve offered a prayer. 

“Loving Creator, thank you for allowing us to be here today to share these words,” she said. “I ask that the ears that hear this message will do good and that the light and love in their hearts will bring them to action to do what is right.”

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07
Aug
Reflecting on Ferguson five years later with Rabbi Susan Talve

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – This friday is fifth anniversary of Michael Brown’s death that turned into months of protests, riots, reflection and change.

Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation was on the front lines. She joins us on Fox 2 this morning to take a look back.

Rabbi Susan Talve marched with protestors, provided spiritual guidance and support. She also travels the world advocating for peace and social justice.

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31
Jul
St. Louis organizations arrive in Lawton for Ft. Sill protest

LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) – Protesters traveling from St Louis are in Lawton, gearing up for protest on Fort Sill Friday morning.

Protesters arrived in Lawton from St Louis, and will march on Ft. Sill to demand migrant children not be housed on post. The organization leading the protest is Heartland for Human Justice.

“We are a group that came together to work on immigration issues, especially to respond to the suffering we see for families,” said Rabbi Susan Talve, a founder of Heartland for Human Justice.

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29
Apr
New fellowship aims to reach multifaith couples

About three years ago, Rabbi Karen Bogard had to make an uncomfortable decision. 

She had received a request from a cousin who had been Bogard’s maid of honor. The cousin wanted Bogard to officiate at her wedding. But for Bogard, there was an issue: Her cousin was marrying someone who was not Jewish. 

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07
Feb
Rabbi Susan Talve Shares What She Observed In Guatemala As Global Justice Fellow

The southern border of the U.S., along with the people who live somewhere beyond it, can seem far removed from the St. Louis region. But for local Rabbi Susan Talve, who recently returned from Guatemala, the difficult situations facing many of America’s southern neighbors feel more urgent than ever.

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01
Feb
Witnessing Guatemala’s suffering is a transformative experience

The treatment of children on our southern border has many Americans asking why so many are being separated from their families, kept in detention and how 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo and 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, both from Guatemala, died in our custody on our watch.

I have been to the southern border, to shelters in Mexico, and recently to Guatemala to witness the human suffering, the injustice and the part American policy continues to play in the instability and migration in the global south. All of my visits have been with Jewish organizations and with other rabbis. I went with T’ruah, HIAS and most recently to Guatemala with the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) as a Global Justice Fellow. 

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