Note: Addresses of locations in the calendar are compiled at the bottom of the page.


Jewish Federation Annual Meeting: Jewish Federation of St. Louis will install Greg Yawitz as its new board chair during the organization’s 2019 Annual Meeting, which takes place at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Kaplan Feldman Complex. 

Federation will present the Fred  A. Goldstein Professional Leadership Award to Ellen Alper, executive director of National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis. The David N. and Roselin Grosberg Young Leadership Award will be presented to Andy Babitz and Lauren Cohen. Federation will recognize Wolff Shoe Company with the 2019 RubinBrown Corporate Leadership Award. 

Tickets for the annual meeting are $18 per person. An hors d’oeuvres reception will precede the meeting at 6 p.m.; dietary laws observed.  For more information and to register, visit For more information, contact Anna Marie Womble at 314-442-3802 or

Mirowitz Center opens with free week of classes: Covenant Place’s new Mirowitz Center (located in the Covenant II Cahn Family Building) will celebrate its opening the week of Sept. 9 by offering the community free trial classes. For more information or to register, visit or call 314-733-9813. The following are recurring programs:

  • An RPI physical therapist leads Tai Chi on Mondays (11:15 a.m. to noon) and Thursdays (11 to 11:45 a.m.), focusing on meditative movements and chair-based aerobics exercises. 
  • The Knit-Wits group, led by instructor Jerri Livingston, meets Tuesdays from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Participants can enhance their skills or help others learn, or simply socialize with others as they knit. 
  • Balance Barre by Vitality Senior Ballet on Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., featuring modified barre and chair-based exercises and stretches done to music with a fun and artistic edge. No dance experience necessary.
  • Balance and Bands class led by fitness professional Charlie Foxman, on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon. 
  • Community Singers, led by Robert Denison, on Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m. No experience necessary. 
  • Chair Yoga, led by Maxine Mirowitz, on Fridays, 11 to 11:45 a.m. 
  • Get Your Game On, held Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tables are available for groups on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • The Rabbi Is In meets the second Wednesday of every month (except for holidays). JF&CS Community Chaplain Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael  will lead discussions about Judaism, answer questions and facilitate group study of Jewish texts. 
  • Movies at Mirowitz — 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Free, but movie refreshments cost $1 each. The series will screen “The King’s Speech” on Sept. 12 and “Some Like it Hot” on Sept. 13. 

Arts & Faith Interfaith Concert at The Sheldon: The annual Arts & Faith St. Louis Interfaith Concert will take place at the Sheldon Concert Hall on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. This year’s free concert, “Songs of Hope,” will feature both adult and young singers and musicians from six faith communities as well as acclaimed soprano Christine Brewer. It will also include a storyteller component. After the concert, audience members can participate in creating #HopeMural developed by an interfaith group of teens. For more information, call 314-533-9900 or go to Doors open at 4:30 p.m.  

Tiles ‘N’ Smiles Mah jongg tournament: The third annual Tiles ‘N Smiles mahj tournament will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel. This community-wide event is being sponsored by the Senior Kollel. The cost for the tournament, which includes lunch and refreshments, is $36. For more info, call 314-726-6047 or email To register, go to

‘Ethics of Our Fathers’ town hall at Kol Rinah: At 6:30 p.m.,Monday, Sept. 16 Kol Rinah will host “Ethics of our Fathers,” a town hall meeting on St. Louis and Missouri government. Local leaders and elected officials, including Benjamin Singer and St. Louis County Council member Lisa Clancy, will discuss proposals for ethics reform and ways to ensure transparency, integrity, and accountability in government. The event is sponsored by Kol Rinah and Show Me Integrity. RSVP to or call 314-727-1747.

Starting Sept. 12

Movies at the Mirowitz Center: Covenant Place’s Movies at Mirowitz series will screen the historical drama “The King’s Speech” from 1 to 3 p.m.  The film stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, and it tells the story of King George VI. On Friday, Sept. 13, the series will screen the 1959 romantic comedy “Some Like It Hot,” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon from 1 to 3 p.m. The screenings are free of charge and welcome the public.

Friday Sept. 13

St. Louis NORC Travel Talk: Linda Nash will lead a travel talk from 11 a.m. to noon about St. Petersburg, Russia. This St. Louis NORC event is free and open to the community and will be held in The Gathering Place at the J.

Saturday, Sept. 14

NHBZ Synaplex Shabbat, Lunch: Spiritual preparation for the High Holidays and a deeper connection to Judaism are the themes of NHBZ’s next Synaplex Shabbat. Regular services begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Sanctuary. A Learners Service led by Rabbi Yosef David of Aish HaTorah begins at 9:15 a.m. in the Chapel. Rabbi Ze’ev Smason’s  Starting Points topic is “Making the Most of Criticism,” which starts at 10 a.m. Babysitting is provided for younger children. Then, join one of these discussions with guest speakers at 11:15 am:  

1. “A Mother’s Love Story: What I Learned as My Son Became Religious” led by Peggy Cohen, former Associate Provost for Professional Development at UMSL, where she was also an associate professor of educational psychology. In her retirement, she has devoted her time to Cultural Leadership, NCJWSTL and her congregation, Temple Emanuel.

2. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy! The Jewish New Year” led by Rabbi Yosef David.

There will be a free Kiddush lunch for all at 12:15 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. No RSVPs are required. For more information, call Jeff at 314-991-2100, ext. 2.

Sunday, Sept. 15

Knosh & Knowledge brunch at Traditional Congregation: Join Traditional Congregation for a Knosh & Knowledge brunch presentation with Jessica Z. Brown. She will discuss “Making media literacy everybody’s business:  A challenging path forward,” looking at the challenges and joys of being media literate in an age when we’re bombarded with messages from a variety of platforms. Kosher brunch begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by Brown’s presentation at 10:15 a.m.  The cost is $6/person; send payment to Traditional Congregation or register online at For more information, email or call 314-576-5230. 

Celebration of American Jewish culture, Yiddish theater, klezmer: At 2 p.m. Will Soll presents “A Yid in Amerika” at the Focal Point in Maplewood. This solo program is a journey through American Jewish culture, focusing on the decades of massive immigration from Eastern Europe. It features voices from the sweatshop, Yiddish theater, the klezmer scene and artists like Sholem Aleichem, Eliza Greenblatt (Arlo Guthrie’s grandma) and Molly Picon. The program will conclude with a Yiddish version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Tickets are $12 in advance , available at, $15 at the door. For more information, visit

TI class looks at deeper meaning of sibling relationships in Torah: Why is it so difficult to get along with our siblings? What do the Jewish archetypes of family life in the Torah teach us about our own families? Rabbi Michael Alper will lead the class from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. in the board room at Congregation Temple Israel. No RSVP necessary; everyone is welcome. 

NHBZ plans kosher BBQ dinner: Enjoy a kosher barbecue dinner at NHBZ from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Guests will feast on a combination of low and slow smoked beef ribs, brisket and chicken. This is a full meal with sides priced at $40 a plate. A vegetarian dinner option is also available. By reservation only, 314-991-2100, ext. 2. Carryout orders are available and must be picked up by 5 p.m. Make reservations by Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Jewish War Veterans meeting: Jewish War Veterans Post 644 will meet at 10 a.m. at the Kaplan Feldman Complex. Bagels and coffee will be served. Members are encouraged to bring a Jewish relative or friend who has served on active duty or in the reserves. For more information, contact Post 644 Commander Edwin R. Cohen at 636-536-3818 or Vice Commander Ellis Frohman at 636-519-7512. 

Circle@Crown Cafe brunch: The Circle@Crown Cafe at Crown Center will offer Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 314-991-2055 for more information.

Crown Center trip to concert: At 2:30 p.m., Crown Center will lead a bus trip to the Friends of Music Concert at Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood featuring soprano, Stella Markou, along with Benedetta Orsi and Martin Kennedy. The trip is supported be the Trio Foundation of St. Louis. There is a $2 fare for the bus. RSVP to 314-991-2055.  

Kol Rinah discussion looks at history of parent congregations: At 6:30 p.m., enjoy dinner and a fond look back at the history of Kol Rinah’s parent congregations through images and stories. Gary Kodner will present the rich genealogy, reflecting on some of the highlights, rabbis, leaders and homes of its parent congregations: Brith Sholom, Shaare Zedek, Kneseth Israel and BSKI. Dinner is $12. RSVP by Sept. 8 by calling 314-727-1747 or email Held at Kol Rinah

Monday, Sept. 16

Crown Center Yiddish Group: At 1:30 p.m. the community is invited to Crown Center’s Yiddish Group, facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose. This group is for anyone with an affinity for the mama loshen — all levels welcome, whether you speak, understand or just want to learn. Call 314-991-2055 for more information.  

‘Ethics of Our Fathers’ town hall at Kol Rinah: At 6:30 p.m., Kol Rinah will host “Ethics of our Fathers,” a town hall meeting on St. Louis and Missouri government. Local leaders and elected officials, including Benjamin Singer and St. Louis County Council member Lisa Clancy, will discuss proposals for ethics reform and ways to ensure transparency, integrity, and accountability in government. The event is sponsored by Kol Rinah and Show Me Integrity. RSVP to or call 314-727-1747. 

Monday, Sept. 16

St. Louis NORC Monthly Film Series: Enjoy a free screening of Ken Burns’ “Mark Twain-Part 4” from 1 to 2 p.m. in The Gathering Place at the J. The film tells of Twain’s life full of adventure, success, defeat, comedy and tragedy. Last of four parts. Free and open to the community.  

Starting Sept. 16

JPro will host a week of workshops for Sharpening Your Skills: JPro has events planned Sept. 16-20. Visit for full details.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

‘The Pursuit of Perfection’ with Rabbi Joey Rosenfeld: At 7:30 p.m. at the Aish Firehouse, the Jewish Women’s Society will hold a pre-Rosh Hashanah lecture for women only with Mimi David and guest speaker Rabbi Joey Rosenfeld, a social worker/psychotherapist and addictions counselor. Rosenfeld believes that Judaism provides a system to understand our lives and that the path to real growth lies in our imperfections. For more information, contact David at 314-862-2474 or

Talk on history of U.S. silver: Explore the history of American silver from 1860-1910 during a talk from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Mirowitz Center in the Covenant Place II Cahn Family Building. Speaker Frank Hesselsohn, a native of Johannesberg, South Africa, shares examples and styles from different periods. Free and open to the community but RSVP requested by Sept. 16 to 314-432-1610. 

Crown welcomes Jewish New Year with Rabbi Seth D. Gordon: From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Crown Center, Rabbi Seth D. Gordon from Traditional Congregation will share thoughts on the High Holidays and help guests prepare for this important time of the year. Refreshments served. RSVP to 314-991-2055.  Made possible by the Myla Rosenblum Learning Fund.  

Rosh Hashanah dinner at Crown: At 5 p.m. join Crown Center for a festive Rosh Hashanah dinner. For those 60+, the suggested donation is $3. Make reservations at 314-991-2055, ext. 124.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 5.  Support provided by the Gladys K. Crown Foundation. 

Sharsheret’s Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group: The Sharsheret Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group offers support to women in the St. Louis Jewish community who have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer and are anywhere along their treatment path — before, during, or post treatment. These casual get-togethers are designed to encourage connections with peers, health professionals and related resources.  Led by a licensed social worker, the group meets 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur. The group is sponsored by Sharsheret Supports, a project of Nishmah, and newcomers are always welcome. A light kosher dinner will be served. The program is free but pre-registration is required to Debbi Braunstein: 314-442-3266 or

Thursday, Sept. 19

Movies at the Mirowitz Center: Covenant Place’s Movies at Mirowitz series will screen “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” starring  Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell from 1 to 3 p.m. The screening is free of charge and welcomes the public.  

Community Singers concert: Join the Community Singers from 6 to 7 p.m. in Covenant Place’s Mirowitz Center for a musical evening featuring songs from the musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” under the direction of professional musician Robert Denison. Free, but RSVP required by Sept. 17 to 314-432-1610. 

‘Conversation Project: The Aging Game Plan’ at The Brentmoor: At 3 p.m. Jewish Family & Children’s Service Community Chaplain Rabbi Jessica Shafrin will lead a free forum for community members on end-of-life care and the resources at their disposal, such as advance directives and living wills. To navigate this process, everyone will receive a copy of a booklet from the Conversation Project, which guides families through this difficult conversation with tips, information, and best practices.

Friday, Sept. 20

Movies at the Mirowitz Center: Covenant Place’s Movies at Mirowitz series will screen “To Catch a Thief,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio from 1to 3 p.m. The screening is free of charge and welcomes the public. 

Page Turners Book Group: This book group, which meets monthly on third Friday of the month, will be discussing Liane Moriarty is “Nine Perfect Strangers” from 1-2:30 p.m. in The Gathering Place at the J.  It is free and open to the community. Please RSVP to Laura at 314-442-3255.  

Tater Tot Shabbat at Shaare Emeth: At 5:30 p.m. join Congregation Shaare Emeth for this Shabbat celebration for preschool-age children and their families that includes an interactive, developmentally appropriate prayer experience, followed by dinner and activities. RSVP is required. RSVP online at by Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kara Richey at  

Alan Green 4 Chesed Golf Tourney: The 12th Annual Alan Green 4 Chesed Golf Tourney will take place at The Landings At Spirit Golf Course in  Chesterfield. The event will raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald House, Washington University Heart Center and Chads Coalition for Mental Health. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with a  shotgun start at noon. The cost is $500 per team (four-person scramble format) or $125 per person. The event will include a silent auction, prizes and a hole-in-one contest for a new car and a 3-carat diamond. Lunch and dinner will follow golf. RSVP online at

Saturday, Sept. 21

Shir Hadash S’lichot program and service: Join Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community at 7 p.m. at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex Arts & Education Building (upper level) for “Repentance and Change,” a special S’lichot program led by Cantor Joshua Finkel.  He will discuss ideas on repentance and change based on the teachings of Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. The group also will consider ways in which we each can tip the scale of our good deeds and iniquities ever increasingly toward the good.  The evening will also include dessert, Havdalah, and a brief S’lichot service.  Free and open to the community.  RSVP to Carol,  For more information, visit

Starting Sept. 21

Saturday Morning Bible Study at TI: Saturday Morning Bible Study with Rabbi Emeritus Mark L. Shook begins at 9:15 with a continental breakfast, followed by bible study from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at Temple Israel.  This week’s topic focuses on the study of the 12 prophetic books known as the Minor Prophets, beginning with Hosea and concluding with Malachi. No previous bible study experience is necessary.  Participants are asked to bring their own Bibles. For questions or more information, contact Shook at or 314-432-8050. 

Sunday, Sept. 22

Jewish Film Festival presents ‘Praying With Lior': The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary in June, 2-2-. but to get the festivities rolling, it is showing some of the most memorable films since the festival’s inception. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, the Jewish Film Festival will screen the 2008 documentary film “Praying with Lior.” The film offers a portrait of a young child with Down syndrome who is filled with an unquenchable spirit of davening (prayer) and singing. Watch him navigate his daily life towards his bar mitzvah, as the film documents how the family and spiritual community affirms the essence of the man Lior is becoming. Guest tickets can be purchased at $10 per film. For more information on how to join, call Zelda Sparks 314-442-3169. The film will be screened at the J’s Arts & Education Building.

Chabad plans ‘Shofar Factory’: In preparation for the Jewish New Year, children and their families can craft their own ram’s horn instrument, known as “shofar” in Hebrew, at Chabad-of Chesterfield’s “Shofar Factory.” When the horns are complete, participants will learn how to perform the traditional sequence of notes sounded on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The “Shofar Factory” will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 at Central Park, 16365 Lydia Hill Drive in Chesterfield. The event is free, but the shofar costs $36. To RSVP, which is required, and for more information, go to, email or call 636-778-4000. 

Starting Sept. 22

TE Tots parent-child program now features Rhythm ‘n’ Ruach: Temple Emanuel is thrilled to bring Rhythm ‘n’ Ruach, an interactive, joyful Jewish music and movement program, to TE Tots, a free parent-child class that meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings twice a month. Participants spend the morning “doing Jewish” with their preschooler. Each session includes stories, art, community building, free play and a Rhythm ‘n’ Ruach experience.  Classes are facilitated by Sondra Horowitz and Cantor Josh Finkel. Free and open to the community. No RSVP required. Contact Emily Cohen at or 314-432-5877 for more information. Upcoming class dates are Sept. 22 and Oct. 13 and 27.

Monday, Sept. 23

‘Mamas in Pajamas’ live conference call: Take part in a “Mamas in Pajamas” live conference call at 8:30 p.m. with Mimi David (for women only) as part of a Jewish Women’s Society event. Learn something meaningful and inspiring from the comfort of your home.  Dial 605-472-5814 and enter access code 126-753-373.  For more info, contact Mimi David at 314-862-2474 or

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Coffee Shmooze “Small Change”: Join Mimi David for this Jewish Women’s Society Event (for women only) at 9:15 a.m. at HJ’s Cafe’ at Covenant Place. For more info, call 314-862-2474 or email

Loaves of Love plans babka baking workshop: At 7 p.m., Schnucks Kehrs Mill will host the next Loaves of Love baking workshop, “A Babka Bake,” in preparation of the Jewish New Year. Learn how to bake the traditional babka with a holiday twist and gain insights to help prepare for the New Year. Everyone will leave with a delicious babka for themselves as well as one to share with a friend. Adults and children are welcome. RSVPs required and a donation of $36 is requested. To RSVP and for more info, visit or email

Thursday, Sept. 26

St. Louis NORC Annual Celebration of Life Party: St. Louis NORC hosts its annual “Celebration of Life” free event from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the J’s Arts & Education Building. All are welcome to enjoy live island music, tropical refreshments and take custom photos home. Special recognition for guests over age 90. RSVP to 442-3255 or  This event is made possible through the generosity of the Kahn Foundation of Temple Israel.

Kol Rinah and B’nai Amoona book club: The book club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month to discuss books by Jewish authors or Jewish content. This month’s book is “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin. Discussions are held at the St. Louis County Library headquarters. All are welcome and the event is free of charge. RSVP to the Kol Rinah office at or 314-727-1747. For more information, contact Betty Siegel at 314-991-0709. 

Makovsky will discuss Israeli election results: The Jewish Community Relations Council, in collaboration with the Center for Jewish Learning and Congregation B’nai Amoona, will present “Israel Updates: Elections, Peace Plan, and What’s Next? An Evening with David Makovsky.” The talk will take place at 7 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Road. The event comes a week after the scheduled Israeli elections and the release of Makovsky’s new book with Dennis Ross, “Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny.”  Makovsky, a St. Louis native, is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations. For more information, call 314-442-3871 or email 

Sunday, Sept. 29

Chabad of Chesterfield features six-course Jewish New Year dinner: Chabad of Chesterfield will be offering its annual six-course catered community Rosh Hashanah dinner following the conclusion of the services at 7:30 p.m, at the the Hilton Garden Inn in Chesterfield. Reservations for the dinner are required no later than Wednesday, Sept. 25th. The cost for dinner is $54 per person, though services are free. RSVPs are required at Feel free to email or call 314-258-3401 with any questions.


Elul — High Holiday learning at Kol Rinah: Interested in gearing up for the High Holidays? Come to Kol Rinah every Wednesday for the next two weeks starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 11., Rabbi Noah Arnow leads “A moving High Holiday; prayer choreography for the Days of Awe.” On Sept. 18, he  leads “High Holiday Melodies.” RSVP to or call 314-727-1747. 

St. Louis NORC classes: On Tuesdays, St. Louis NORC offers a chair yoga class from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The class, led by J instructor Nancy LeClaire, focuses on flexibility, balance, stress relief and camaraderie. Call Laura for details, location and cost: 314-442-3255. The NORC will also offer a current events discussion group on Tuesdays  from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., in The Gathering Place at the J. In addition, every Tuesday from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., the NORC Knit Group is collaborating with Covenant Place to meet for a weekly knit group.  Enjoy socializing, knitting, crocheting, crafting and receiving instruction from volunteer knit expert, Jerri Livingston on Tuesdays at 1:15 pm in the Covenant II building. 

Tai Chi for arthritis and fall prevention: Crown Center and OASIS lead a tai chi series on Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m., with a new session running June 19 through July 19. Space is limited; call 314-991-2055 for the cost or more information, or to sign up.  

Local Jewish organizations and congregations can submit calendar items and news releases to


Jewish institutions:

  • Aish Firehouse: 457 N. Woods Mill Road
  • Congregation B’nai Amoona: 324 S. Mason Road
  • Congregation Temple Israel: 1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive
  • Covenant Place II Cahn Family Building: 8 Millstone Campus Drive
  • Crown Center: 8350 Delcrest Drive
  • Kol Rinah: 829 N. Hanley Road
  • Nusach Hari B’nai Zion: 650 N. Price Road
  • Temple Emanuel: 12166 Conway Road
  • Traditional Congregation: 12437 Ladue Road

Other Locations:

  • Brentmoor: 8600 Delmar Blvd.
  • Focal Point: 2720 Sutton Blvd.
  • Hilton Garden Inn in Chesterfield: 16631 Chesterfield Grove Road 
  • Landings at Spirit Golf Course: 180 N. Eatherton Road
  • Schnucks Kehrs Mill: 2511 Kehrs Mill Road 
  • Sheldon Concert Hall: 3648 Washington Blvd.
  • Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel: 7730 Bonhomme Ave.
  • St. Louis County Library, Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.