To give you everything you need to dive right into Shaare Emeth’s holiday activities, we’re offering Chanukah Adventure Bags. These bundles feature everything you need to celebrate the Festival of Lights, whether you’re following along with our congregational events or celebrating among family.
You can choose either a deluxe bag ($18, includes a chanukiah, decorative banner, two dreidels and more) or a free bag that contains all the basics.
Once you’ve signed up for one, we’ll send you instructions about contactless pickup at the temple.
How to participate: Order a bag (and see the full list of contents) here.
How do interfaith families celebrate the holidays? Join Rabbi Rachel Bearman and Subie Banaszynski for a Zoom conversation around this hot topic.
How to participate:
Join on Zoom with our member and baker extraordinaire, Eunice Reichman to bake her special recipe of simcha bread. One bread will be for you and the other for our Chanukah Gift Bags for our seniors. Once you register, you will receive the list of ingredients.
How to participate: Register here.
Donate money to cover supplies or assemble and deliver bags to our congregational seniors who are either homebound or living in retirement homes. Let’s show them how much we are thinking of them during this time.
How to participate: Register here to donate money or volunteer to assemble and deliver bags.
Join us on Zoom on select nights for a live candle lighting of the chanukiah! We’ll broadcast this beautiful tradition from different spots each night.
How to watch: Bookmark our congregational stream here and join at 6 p.m. each night!
Join us for a fun, festive and family-friendly service that will welcome in the Chanukah season with music and joy. This service will include lighting of the chanukiah candles for the second night.
Shaare Emeth is proud to partner with the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association to offer the community a special opportunity to study Torah together.
Rabbi Rachel Bearman will lead an exploration of Judah and Judith, two leaders that the Jewish tradition associates with the holiday of Chanukah. We’ll begin by investigating what the tradition has to say about both of these figures and then will move on to more contemporary interpretations of their identities and legacies.
How to participate: Register at bit.ly/JudahandJudith.
On the third night of Chanukah, give the gift of light to a family in need and give yourself the gift of an evening filled with music, poetry, story and song.
With Shaare Emeth’s clergy, Lucy Greenbaum and the Prayer Lab musicians, this Light Up the Night concert will brighten your winter nights and add a measure of warmth and joy to your holiday celebrations this year.
Registration is required and a $5 minimum donation per family is suggested. This money will go to Ameren’s Gift of Energy program to help community members pay their electric bills this winter.
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis
How to participate: Register and make a donation here. We’ll send you a link to the service after you register!
This year we are bringing the latkes to YOU! This Chanukah, community members will have an opportunity to purchase one easy, convenient kit of ingredients for a meal of Chanukah fun to make your own latkes. Our “Jew Apron” meal kits will be available on a limited basis to members of Shaare Emeth. These tasty, crispy, homemade treats are perfect for a stay-at-home celebration of the Festival of Lights.
On December 13, our community members will gather together to cook online and get those latkes just the right shade of golden brown!
How to participate: Purchase a kit here.
All are welcome to join us for tons of fun playing Chanukah Bingo, sponsored by Camp Emeth. The night will feature Camp Emeth Staff callers, fun games and more! Bingo cards will be in every Shaare Emeth Chanukah Adventure Bag, and also available for you to print at home.
How to participate: Register here.
Join Rabbi Goldstein and Lucy Greenbaum for a healing service filled with music, poetry and prayers illuminated by the themes of Chanukah. Whether you are praying for yourself, a loved one, those affected by the coronavirus or the healing of our fractured world, all are welcome at this service of connection and hope. The service will conclude at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the Chanukah lights for the sixth night of Chanukah.
Presented by the Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis
How to watch: Bookmark our stream here and join us at 5:30 p.m. December 15 to take part.
Celebrate the last night of Chanukah on the parking lot at Congregation Shaare Emeth! We’re offering socially distanced fun for every age.
How to participate: RSVP here and we’ll be sure to reserve your sufganiyot (donuts) to take with you.
Don’t forget to wear a mask if you are 3 years of age and over!