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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah

Service Times

Thursday, September 21

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

Celebrate the New Year through worship, song and a special presentation of “Moana and Search for the Lost Shofar” at this interactive experience which is most appropriate for preschoolers and young children through grade 2 and their families. Children are then invited to participate in our childcare or High Holiday Experience for PreK-5 while their families take part in our Rosh Hashanah Morning Service. See our main High Holiday page for more information.

9:30 a.m.    Childcare (Infant – 3 years/ PreK*)

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

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

Be inspired by the awe and majesty of our familiar High Holiday liturgy. Service will be led by Rabbi Jim Bennett, Rabbi Jonah Zinn and Cantor Seth Warner, along with our congregational choir. The sermon will be given by Rabbi Jim Bennett.

These services are appropriate for adults and children grades 6 and above. Childcare is available for children too young to sit through the services. See our main High Holiday page for more information.

ASL interpreted. New Mishkan HaNefesh books will be provided.

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

This is a more informal and contemporary alternative to our traditional Sanctuary worship. This participatory service, appropriate for all ages, will be led by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein and accompanied by Hashemesh and Shaare Emeth vocalists and musicians.

New Mishkan HaNefesh prayer books will be provided.

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

All are invited to join in the beautiful ritual of Tashlich. Tashlich, which means “casting off,” involves going to a body of water and symbolically casting away our sins. SETYG, our high school youth group, will lead our congregational Tashlich observance this year.


High Holiday Experience

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!

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. After that time, you are welcome to show up as a walk-in and register at the check-in table.

See our main High Holiday page for more information.


Childcare (Infant to 3 years/PreK*)

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.

*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.

Register Here. Deadline: Friday, September 11



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, for Rosh Hashanah, offsite parking will be located at:

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.


Tzedek Opportunities

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 Here

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.

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