Monday, May 22, 2006

Off We Go

Blogging can be a stroll along a tortuous path.

For example, checking the Weddings section of the NYTimes (I find the couples announced so interesting), I found a wedding story and who performed the wedding?

The two were married on May 13 by Rabbi Susan Talve in Graham Chapel at Washington University

Curiousity got me and I decided to check out the Rabbi.

I found her here:-

Rabbi Susan Talve

Susan Talve is the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation, the only Jewish congregation in the City of St. Louis. She performs life cycle events, leads worship services for the seven hundred plus households that comprise the congregation, and is actively involved in the teaching of young and adult members. She also teaches courses on Jewish life and thought in both the Jewish and non-Jewish community.

A past president of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association, she was ordained by Hebrew Union College in Cincinnat in 1981, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters.

She also signed the Brit Shalom v'Tzedek petition. Which petition? The one that

demanded that the U.S. government not withhold aid to the Hamas-controlled government of the Palestinian Authority. This petition is BTvS’s response to the Ros-Lehtinen/Lantos Bill, HR4681, which would deny U.S. funds to the PA unless Hamas relents on its commitment to the destruction of Israel and the extermination of the Jewish people.

Her husband seems to be a very interesting Jewish soul.

Okay, my politics and Judaism practices are not parallel to hers but it was this line bothered me:-

"...Central Reform Congregation, the only Jewish congregation in the City of St. Louis."

It's also here.

So, I went to here and found a list of at least two dozen synagogues which purport to be in St. Louis, including the Rabbi's.

So, I'm going to e-mail her and ask if a mistake was made or perhaps I'm not familiar with St. Louis. Is the "City" a specific geographical location, like in London?

Update to be published later.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Central Reform Congregation is the only Jewish Temple/Synangogue/Shul in the CITY of St Louis. The City is a separate legal entity from St. Louis County which includes a large number of small municipalities and unincorporated areas and is generally included in the term "St. Louis" by those who are uninformed as to the legal status of the City.

By the way -- Rabbi Talve is a wonderful rabbi and her congregation continues to grow in both numbers and sprirituality.