Rabbi Talve to give Assembly Series talk Feb. 12

Rabbi Susan Talve, the founding Rabbi of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, will give an Assembly Series lecture for the Assembly Series at 4 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge. Her talk will serve as the Rabbi Ferdinand Isserman Memorial Lecture.

Through her leadership in the Central Reform Congregation — the only Jewish congregation in the city of St. Louis — and her community outreach programs, Talve is working to improve relationships among groups and to improve conditions for those in need.

In addition to performing life-cycle events and leading worship services for the 700 households in the congregation, she teaches Jewish and non-Jewish youths and adults courses on Jewish life and thought.

She has forged a relationship with the largely African-American congregation of Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church to develop many socially responsible projects. These include conducting joint services commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a public-school mentoring program that has won national acclaim as a positive response to racism and violence.

She helped found and continues to lead a group at St. Louis Children’s Hospital for families of children with congenital heart defects.

Active in a range of social justice programs and organizations in the community, Talve has served in a leadership role for Missourians for Freedom and Justice.

Assembly Series talks are free and open to the public. For more information, call 935-4620 or go online to wupa.wustl.edu/assembly.

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