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"Under One Tent": Circus Harmony & Tikkun Olam

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ST. LOUIS - eTradeWire -- Circus Harmony is a non-profit social circus school that teaches the art of life through circus education. They are based at City Museum and offer numerous outreach classes throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. By inspiring individuals and connecting communities with their circus education and entertainment programs, Circus Harmony has a positive impact on the St. Louis area and beyond! Their website is www.circusharmony.org

Under One Tent: Circus Judaism, and Bible is available from Ben Yehuda Press (https://www.benyehudapress.com/).May is Jewish American Heritage Month, an annual recognition and celebration of American Jews' achievements and contributions to the United States of America during the month of May.

In the recently published book, Under One Tent: Circus Judaism, and Bible, Jessica Hentoff, the artistic/executive director and founder of Circus Harmony, St. Louis' only circus school, wrote a chapter on Tikkun Olam, the repairing of the world. In this chapter, she talks about how she does this through Circus Harmony and its mission to help children "defy gravity, soar with confidence, and leap over social barriers all at the same time."

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One Circus Harmony program that they use to do Tikkun Olam and fulfill their mission is Peace Through Pyramids which brings together children from different countries, cultures, neighborhoods, and backgrounds to show them that their race, religion, and socio-economic background doesn't matter, what matters is what YOU bring to the ring.

In the book, Ms. Hentoff also acknowledges her Jewish family heritage, being the daughter of esteemed writer, Jewish atheist, and social activist, Nat Hentoff. She credits him with her social justice awareness and life direction.

Chapters in Under One Tent discuss the history of juggling, Jews under national socialism in Germany, Jewish circus history and a variety of other topics. Since it was published in March, it has been number one in new circus book releases on Amazon!

In Under One Tent, Jessica tells a Talmudic story about a Rabbi who asks the prophet Elijah if anybody in a marketplace would have a share in the World to Come. At first, there was no one in the marketplace who seemed to fit the description, until two men entered and Elijah said, "Those two would have a place."  When the rabbi asked them their occupation, they replied "We are clowns, when we see someone who is sad we cheer them up, when we see two people quarreling, we try to make peace between them."

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From her chapter in Under One Tent, it is clear Jessica Hentoff honors her Jewish heritage every day through her work with Circus Harmony.

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