Featuring Jewish-themed art, spiritual, health and wellness workshops for men and women in their 20s through 50s. Join the Jewish Arts & Soul Project in creative spaces throughout St. Louis for unique experiences that nourish the mind, body and spirit. It’s a new way to engage! Generously funded in part by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
Location: Kakao Chocolate, 7272 Manchester Rd, Maplewood
Date: Monday, August 7
Celebrate Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love, surrounded by sweets at St. Louis’ premier chocolatier, Kakao. Participants learn about the wonders of chocolate while making ganache, caramels and barks in the Kakao kitchen. Bring a loved one or treat yourself for a night of confection perfection!
Location: The J’s Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building
Date: Tuesday, August 22
Local artist Deborah Katon teaches the art of metal tooling—a centuries-old embossing technique used to beautify Jewish artifacts. Participants will design, etch and patina wall hangings adorned with the hamsa, a protectant against evil, or chai symbol, the Hebrew word for “life”. Materials and light refreshments provided. Veteran metal-toolers and first-timers welcome.
For more information about Judaica Metal Tooling, contact Leah Frankel, 314.442.3454.
Location: Central Print, 2624 North 14th St, St. Louis
Date: Wednesday, September 13
Create your own Jewish New Year greetings on historic presses at Central Print. Participants select type and graphics and learn the basics of typesetting from Central Print experts to create a set of unique cards. All materials and refreshments provided.
Location: The Olivette home of Rebecca Rubin-Schlansky and Mike Vredenburgh (address will be provided to registrants)
Date: Tuesday, October 10
Celebrate Sukkot with drumming under the stars. Back by popular demand, local musician Shelley Dean leads participants on a musical pilgrimage. This adult version of her famed Rhythm ‘n’ Ruach features djembes, a blazing fire pit and refreshments in the Sukkah.
Location: The University City home of Tammy and Mark Friedman (address will be provided to registrants)
Date: Tuesday, October 24
Jewelry designer and educator Shayna Scribner, Ed.D., inspires us to adopt civility in our lives, framing her message with Torah concepts. Each participant will create a beautiful and unique Statement Bracelet, reflecting Shayna’s premise to “See Beauty, Hear Goodness, Speak Kindly.”
Location: The J’s Marilyn Fox Building
Date: Thursday, November 16
Local Judaica artist Batya Rich returns to teach the art of glass fusing. Each participant will design and create a mezuzah cover using colorful glass shards, rods and beads. The covers will then be kiln-fired by Batya and returned in time to make an impressive Hanukkah gift for you or a loved one.
Location: The J’s Staenberg Family Complex, Fitness & Wellness Building
Date: Sunday, December 3
ShalOM Workshop incorporates Judaism into our Yoga practice and Yoga into our Jewish traditions. Led by Michael Tzinberg, CYT, the program consists of poses, meditation, chanting and a discussion on fascinating intersections between Judaism and Yoga. All are welcome for this peaceful, exploratory afternoon.
Location: Companion Bakery’s Teaching Kitchen, 2331 Schuetz Rd, St. Louis
Date: Friday, January 12
Learn all about bread and what makes challah unique. Companion’s bakery manager Nancie Breunig educates on bread science and demonstrates mixing a challah dough. Participants manipulate and shape dough, tour the bakery floor and finally taste and take home Companion’s freshly made challah, just in time for Shabbat!
Location: Perennial, 3762 S. Broadway, St. Louis
Date: Thursday, January 25
Make your own hardwood challah board sourced from local, fallen trees at Perennial’s upcycling studio. Learn how to saw, plane, and shape your board using a variety of power and hand tools. Add designs with food-safe finishes and learn the proper care of wood boards to make yours last for many Shabbat meals to come!