November 2, 2018, 6:00 pm
Congregation Shaare Emeth
11645 Ladue Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
Last Shabbat our worlds were shaken upon hearing that an anti-Semitic gunman had killed 11 members of the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill and injured so many more. How do Jews respond to this kind of tragedy? Do we let feelings of anger, fear and despair take hold? No! We do what Jews have always done. We respond to this kind of hate by renewing our commitment to our faith; by showing up for families celebrating simchas; by joining together in joyous prayer and song; by learning from our Israeli shinshin, Snir Dagan; by witnessing an 83 year old member become Bar Mitzvah; by donating tzedakah; by supporting those in the community who are struggling; by leaning on those in the community who are feeling strong; by being here, celebrating Shabbat, together.
We are proud that our Simchat Shabbat services will be part of the Jewish Federation’s Solidarity Shabbat and the American Jewish Committee’s #showupforShabbat initiatives.
Simchat Shabbat is a joy-filled, intergenerational, participatory service held on the first Friday evening of every month. We have assembled a new band who will lead us in high energy, contemporary music, and birthday blessings will be offered as well. While Simchat Shabbat is embraced by members of all ages, it includes a special component designed just for elementary-age children. After our birthday blessings (about half-way through the service) children are invited to join a member of our clergy for a separate Torah service that will include age-appropriate music, a story and a special Torah reading. While children are participating in this program, the rest of the Congregation will remain in the sanctuary for a sermon and concluding prayers. Both experiences will conclude together with a closing song led by our children.