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Saturday, November 4 – Monday, November 20, 2023

All are welcome. The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is an annual celebration of authors, books, and ideas during early November, with additional author events year-round. The range of author topics is vast: business, cooking, economics, family, fiction, history, music, religion, sports, and more.

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Hanukkah at Garden Glow

Sunday, December 10, 2023

All are welcome. Join us at 5pm at the Botanical Gardens to celebrate Hanukkah! We will walk the Garden Glow and enjoy the lights as a community. Families welcome.

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Charcuterie Board Tu B'Shevat

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Adults 21+. Check back later for more information.

Israeli Film Club

Thursdays in February
February 8, 15, & 22, 2024

Adults 18+. Check back later for more information.

Prince of Egypt in the Pool

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Kids & Families. Check back later for more information.

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, April 7 – Thursday, April 18, 2024

All are welcome. The J’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival showcases national and international cinema that explores universal issues through traditional Jewish values, opposing viewpoints and new perspectives. The Jewish Film Festival now offers year-round opportunities to experience Jewish films from around the world.

Documentaries, drama and short films are presented at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema for five days in June, with introductions by filmmakers and experts on the issues the films bring forth. Jewish Films for young adults are also presented to the public in an effort to expand discussion and audiences for this age cohort.

Additionally, the Jewish Film Society presents three films in the fall and three in the spring. Each film is followed by lively discussion and is selected to present stimulating issues. New members are welcomed each year.

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Family Passover Seder

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Staenberg Family Complex

Kids & Families. A fun, interactive and musical Passover Seder dinner experience led by the J’s Rabbi Brad Horwitz and a special song leader. Avoid all the cooking and cleaning and grab the family for this family Seder filled with music, food, activities and more.

Spark in the Park

Saturday, May 11

Kids & Families. Check back later for more information.

Yom HaZikaon Ceremony

Sunday, May 12, 2024

All are welcome. Join us on Yom HaZikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day – for a remembrance ceremony for the fallen soldiers of the wars of Israel and victims of Terrorism.

Registration not required.

Yom Ha'atzmaut Community Celebration

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

All are welcome. Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with us. The IAC, St. Louis J, and the St. Louis Jewish Federation invite the entire community to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day. The event will include petting zoo for children, food, treats, Israeli folk dances, live music, and much more! The event is funded by The Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Nishmah Lag B'Omer Bonfire & Drum Circle

Saturday, May 23, 2024

Adult Women. Check back later for more information.



Thursday, June 6, 2024

Kids & Families. Join us as we celebrate Shavuot with art projects for the whole family!

Pride Shabbat

Friday, June 14, 2024

All are welcome. June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, and the St. Louis Jewish community is coming together for a Pride Shabbat, Tel Aviv-style Beach Party! We’re inviting all who identify, their allies and families of all kinds to join us for a community-wide event with special concession snacks, games, music and a photo booth. Bring your towel and enjoy the “beach.” Pre-registration is encouraged.

For further information about any of our Jewish engagement programs and activities contact Chief Jewish Engagement Officer, Rabbi Brad Horwitz (, 314-442-3271.

Re:Treat at Sabra

Camp Sabra

Young Adults 22-36. Join the J for the Re:Treat for young professionals! With Camp Sabra as a beautiful backdrop, we created a Shabbat experience to interact with the corners of the Jewish community that do not see regular programming. RE:Treat allows participants to:

  • Experience the joyous Judaism which is uniquely created in a camp setting
  • Connect to their Jewish identities outside of traditional environments
  • Connect with other Jews in their age groups, creating a sense of belonging

This fall, we plan to build on last year’s success and want YOU to join us. Spend the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah with your peers in a magical camp setting. Plans include Kabbalat Shabbat overlooking the lake, alternative Shabbat morning service options, killer kosher food, laid-back afternoon camp activities, and much more!

Check back later for the dates for the next Re:Treat!

Community Kabbalat Shabbat & Tashlich in the Park

All are welcome. Register for one person and add the rest of the household members and info in the following registration questions.

Safari in the Sukkah

Families with children & adults. Join the Family Center, the J ECCs, PJ Library, IAC, and all of our friends for a special Sukkot spectacular. Gather in the Sukkah to shake the lulav and etrog, sing and schmooze with many variety of special animal guests.

Symphony Shabbat

Friday, October 27, 2023

All Ages. St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Kevin McBeth leads an SLSO string orchestra in the performance of music by Jewish composers including George Gershwin, Ben Steinberg, and Ernest Bloch. Guest singers Rabbi Amy Feder (Congregation Temple Israel) and Cantor Ronald Eichaker (United Hebrew Congregation) join the SLSO musicians to perform both sacred and secular selections. Seating is limited.


Families with children 11 & younger. Join the J and PJ Library in your favorite costumes for a special Havdallah experience with fall fun and snacks.

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