Many people choose to make a difference in the Jewish Community through their congregation and through other programs offered.  I am proud to tell you about one family who has made great contributions to our Early Childhood Center, our congregation and the Jewish Community and whose youngest member, Tavi Rainey Chapel, has just started in the infant room of Kol Rinah ECC.

The Rainey Family- Laura, Dennis, Nicole, Amanda, Hannah and Delia are clear examples of the role the family and the congregation play in building a strong Jewish identity. Tavi’s mother, Nicole Rainey, was in the first class of Shaare Zedek Preschool in 1987. Her sisters Amanda, Hannah and Delia all attended the ECC as well. Nicole worked at the ECC during the summers and after college, before spending two years at Americorps.  She also worked at the Shaare Shalom Religious School for several years.  Nicole recently completed the Millstone Fellowship for Jewish Leadership. Tavi’s grandmother, Laura Rainey, taught at the ECC and the Religious School for approximately seven years.  Her love of children and Judaism was reflected in her teaching, making her an inspiring example of excellence in Jewish Education.

 All four Rainey girls were active in USY, serving on the SZUSY board in various capacities.  Amanda, Delia and Hannah now teach Hebrew School and Religious School at Congregation Beth Shalom in Columbia, MO.  Amanda spent two years as a fellow in the Southern Institute for Jewish Life, traveling the south as a Jewish educator.  She is currently on the staff at Mizzou’s Hillel.

 Great Grandma Dolores Kling, Laura’s mother, has started volunteering in the ECC infant room one morning per week.  She is a big help to the staff and has the pleasure of holding her great grandson as well.  Dolores has volunteered for fourteen years at Camp Rainbow, a camp for kids with cancer.

It is with confidence I say that Tavi will grow up with a strong Jewish identity as well.  He is already getting a head start by attending a Jewish Early Childhood Center.

 Remember, children learn best by example.  Get involved in Kol Rinah, volunteer at our ECC, Religious School and USY or serve on a committee.  We need you to help us keep Jewish Family Life and Jewish Identity “alive and well” at Kol Rinah and in our St. Louis community.