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High Holidays 2017

Congregation Shaare Emeth

L’Shanah Tovah! We are so pleased to invite you to join with our Congregation Shaare Emeth family to usher in the year 5778. During the High Holidays each year we gather with our families, friends and community to come together in prayer, study and celebration of a new year.

When we say Happy New Year this year, we will have much that is new for which to be grateful. We are, of course, concluding our “Shaare the Vision” Campaign that has renovated and renewed our facilities to better fulfill our congregational mission: “Congregation Shaare Emeth is a compassionate and inclusive community that makes Judaism relevant, meaningful and joyful.” We are thrilled to be able to welcome the new year together in our beautiful, newly renewed sanctuary, chapel, auditorium and more. We are excited to introduce our new High Holiday prayerbook, Mishkan HaNefesh, that will help us bring new meaning into our worship and prayer. Yet we know that it is our community – all of us – that makes us truly unique. Please join us with your presence, your voice and your special contribution as we celebrate and give thanks.

It is our tradition to extend the warmest possible “Welcome!” as we open our doors to all who wish to join us during the High Holidays and throughout the year. All members of the Congregation and all guests and visitors are welcome to join us for our services; no tickets are necessary. We are grateful to our members who do their part to support our mission through their generous contributions. We hope that visitors and guests will feel similarly inspired to join and support our community during the coming year; we welcome your generous support to make our work possible. We depend on the generosity, participation and energy of each member of our community.

Please use these High Holidays as a time of personal renewal and rededication; a time to bring more meaning to your life. We look forward to you becoming even more active in the community and life of Congregation Shaare Emeth during the coming year! We can’t wait to wish you “L’shanah Tovah” in person. We hope and pray that this will be a year of sweetness, joy and peace for all.

If you are not a member but would like to express your appreciation for being able to attend our High Holidays services, please consider making a donation.

Unless otherwise listed, all services and programs take place at Congregation Shaare Emeth.

Selichot: Saturday, September 16

7 p.m.           Film Screening: “The Visitor”

9:30 p.m.     Reception

10 p.m.         Selichot Service

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, September 20

7 p.m.           Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

7 p.m.           Rosh Hashanah Mindfulness Service

Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 21

9 a.m.           Boker Tov Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service (PreK – 2nd grade)

10 a.m.         Rosh Hashanah High Holiday Experience opens (PreK – 5th grade)

10:30 a.m.   Rosh Hashanah Service (Sanctuary)

10:30 a.m.   Rosh Hashanah Service (Kehillah Center)

4 p.m.           Tashlich Service at Creve Coeur Park Tremayne Shelter

Days of Awe: Friday, September 22

6 p.m.          Shabbat Shuvah Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Erev Yom Kippur: Friday, September 29

6 p.m.           Erev Yom Kippur Service (Sanctuary)

8:30 pm.      Erev Yom Kippur Service Sanctuary)

Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 30

9 a.m.            Boker Tov Yom Kippur Children’s Service (PreK – 2nd grade)

10 a.m.          Yom Kippur High Holiday Experience opens (PreK – 5th grade)

10:30 a.m.    Yom Kippur Morning Service (Sanctuary)

10:30 a.m.    Yom Kippur Morning Service (Kehillah Center)

1 p.m.             Learning Session 1

2 p.m.             Learning Session 2

3 p.m.             Yom Kippur Afternoon Service

4 p.m.             Break

4:30 p.m.       Yizkor/Neilah Service

Services will end at approximately 6 p.m.

Erev Sukkot: Wednesday, October 4

5:30 p.m.       Sukkot Experience

Sukkot: Thursday, October 5

9 a.m.              Sukkot in Bloom (Early Childhood Event)

Erev Simchat Torah: Wednesday, October 11

6 p.m.               Simchat Torah Celebration

Simchat Torah: Thursday, October 12

9 a.m.                Simchat Torah Yizkor Service

This creative service for children (PreK – 5th grade) is led by Rabbi Jonah Zinn and features hands-on learning activities and fun with friends, new and old. While parents are in services, their kids will have Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experiences all their own!

When is High Holiday Experience?

  • Rosh Hashanah (Wednesday, September 20, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Yom Kippur (Saturday, September 30, 10:30 a.m.)

Cost and Registration

High Holiday Experience is FREE for all families, regardless of when you register. However, our new FastPass online pre-registration will save you time and stress on the day of the program. Online pre-registration for Rosh Hashanah closes Wednesday, September 13, at 5 p.m. For Yom Kippur, it closes on Tuesday, September 26, at 5 p.m. After that time, you are welcome to show up as a walk-in and register at the check-in table.

Benefits of pre-registration:

  • Skip the check-in line and proceed directly to your child’s classroom. We will email you the correct room number a couple of days before each holiday. When you arrive, you can head right to their room to pick up their name tag and check in there.
  • Request your child be placed with their friends. When you pre-register, you can name a couple of friends with which you would like your child to be placed. We will try to accommodate them with their friends if their friends have pre-registered as well. We cannot guarantee requests for walk-ins as we must stay within staffing ratios in each room.

What should my child wear?

We are asking all children and staff to wear service-appropriate clothes – slightly dressier than school clothes. This request will help set the tone to celebrate these holiest days of the Jewish calendar.

Do you provide snacks? What if my child has a food allergy or sensitivity?

We do provide snacks as part of the High Holiday Experience program. As your child’s safety is our number one concern, please plan on using our FastPass pre-registration to sign up online. This will allow us time to purchase safe snacks for your child. Please make sure to fill out the food allergy/sensitivity area on the registration form.

What is my child has social, emotional or learning challenges?

We work very hard to accommodate all children so that everyone can enjoy a meaningful experience. You can help us do this by using the FastPass pre-registration to sign your child up online and let us know on the form what kinds of accommodations your child may need. This allows us time to set all children up for success. With advance notice, we can create visual schedules, train the staff on inclusion techniques, hire shadows if necessary and a variety of other accommodations. We hope you will take the time to fill out the questions on the pre-registration form so that we can begin planning for your child’s specific needs. We will, of course, attempt to make accommodations for walk-ins when necessary, however, we are very limited in what support we can provide without proper notice. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, contact Shandi Greve Penrod at 314-569-0010 or spenrod@sestl.org.

Childcare is an opportunity for the children to enjoy unstructured play in a safe and loving environment while parents have an opportunity to pray and learn in peace without the responsibility of caring for small children. Childcare is provided by qualified Shirlee Green Preschool teachers.

Cost is $10 per child, per service.

Childcare is available during these services:

Erev Rosh Hashanah          Wednesday, September 20, at 7:15 p.m. (Infant to 7 years)

Deadline: Friday, September 11

Rosh Hashanah                    Thursday, September 21, at 9:30 a.m. (Infant to 3 years/PreK*)

Deadline: Friday, September 11

Erev Yom Kippur                  Friday, September 29, at 6 p.m. (Infant to 7 years)

Deadline: Friday, September 18

Yom Kippur                            Saturday, September 30, at 9:30 a.m. (Infant to 3 years/PreK*)

Deadline: Friday, September 18

*Our PreK children (those who are 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2017) are eligible for High Holiday Experience during morning services; see previous section for details.

What if my child has social, emotional or learning challenges (e.g., separation issues, anxiety, sensory challenges and IEP)?

We work very hard to accommodate all children so that everyone can enjoy their time with us. You can help us do this by noting on the registration form what kinds of accommodations your child may need. This allows us time to set all children up for success. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, contact Kendra Brown at 314-692-5321 or kbrown@sestl.org.

Make your reservation here.

We are unable to accommodate walk-ins, so please make sure to fill out the above registration form before the deadline.


For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, parking is available at the Temple’s parking lots and off-site “overflow” parking lots.

Onsite Parking

Parking in the Temple parking lot is always first-come, first-served. Arrive early if you wish to assure yourself a spot in the Temple parking lot. Parking is not permitted in the grass or driveways of the Temple grounds, except when directed by the Traffic Committee.

Offsite Parking and Shuttle Buses

Shuttle buses will run before and after services to/from the Ladue entrance to the Temple and offsite parking. This year, offsite parking will be located at:

Erev Rosh Hashanah (Wednesday, September 20)

Medical Buildings at 456 and 522 N. New Ballas

Shuttle runs from offsite parking to/from Shaare Emeth 6:45 p.m. through the conclusion of services.

Rosh Hashanah (Thursday, September 21)

Elks Club at 12481 Ladue Road (1.2 miles west of Temple, on the right as you drive west)

Shuttle runs from offsite parking to/from Shaare Emeth 9 a.m. through the conclusion of services.

Erev Yom Kippur (Friday, September 29)

Medical Buildings at 456 and 522 N. New Ballas

Shuttle runs from offsite parking to/from Shaare Emeth 4 p.m. through the conclusion of services.

Yom Kippur (Saturday, September 30)

Medical Buildings at 456 and 522 N. New Ballas

Shuttle runs from offsite parking to/from Shaare Emeth 8:45 a.m. through the conclusion of Yizkor/Neilah service.

Handicap Parking

Handicap parking spaces are available in the Shaare Emeth parking lot for those with a current handicap license plate or placard. These spaces will be held until 15 minutes before the start of services; at that time, they will be opened for general parking.

Drop-Off Lane

There will be a drop-off lane next to the building on the north side. Those needing to drop off family or friends should use this lane and then proceed to the parking areas. The drop-off lane will be available even when the parking lot is full, but cards will then be directed to offsite parking.

Traffic Committee Volunteers

Traffic Committee volunteers are on duty to facilitate the smooth flow of traffic in and out of the Temple parking lots and offsite lots. Your cooperation in following the instructions of the Traffic Committee volunteers is necessary and appreciated. A Traffic Committee Supervisor will always be on duty should you have any questions about parking or traffic control.

Oak Hill Elementary School Supply Drive

Oak Hill Elementary is a south city school in an immigrant community. Volunteers from Congregation Shaare Emeth are beginning their fourth year of helping in the classrooms. If you are able to donate any of the following supplies, please bring them to the Temple between September 20th – 30th.

  • pencils
  • pencil sharpeners
  • pink erasers
  • small boxes of crayons
  • pocket envelope sized cases for the above items
  • spiral bound wide-ruled notebooks
  • backpacks

High Holidays Food Drive

Nationally, one in seven Americans struggles with hunger. One in six families struggles with hunger in Missouri. 409, 416 households in the State of Missouri suffer from food insecurity.

The St. Louis Foodbank feeds 42,000 people every week. A $1.00 donation to the St. Louis Foodbank will buy 5.1 pounds of food.

Please bring nutritious canned or non-perishable foods to Shaare Emeth during your High Holiday visits, September 20th – 30th. High protein options are best: canned fish, beef stew, pasta with meat, etc.

Monetary donations are also welcome in cash or checks payable to “Shaare Emeth Food Drive.” All donations will be distributed to The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, St. Louis Foodbank and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

Sign Up To Volunteer

Want to do more? Add a mitzvah to your High Holiday observance.

We need volunteers to collect donations and pack boxes. Children are welcome with adult supervision. Contact Sue Picus at picushome@earthlink.net or 314-991-4027.

Prayer Books

We are excited to introduce our new prayer books, Mishkan Hanefesh. Shaare Emeth will provide these books for the Congregation during services, so you do not need to bring your Gates of Repentance prayer books.


Security is handled by both uniformed and plain-clothed Creve Coeur police officers. Traffic Committee volunteers are in radio communications with these police officers should you need assistance with a security matter. Please report suspicious activities or persons to the nearest police officer or Traffic Committee volunteer. If you have any questions about security, please contact Rosalie Stein, Executive Director, at 314-569-0010.


If you need a reciprocal, please contact Valerie Cundy at vcundy@sestl.org.

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