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High Holiday Information

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. On this page, you will find all of the most complete, up-to-date information about our High Holiday services and programming. Read a welcome message from our clergy here, view details for each individual holiday using the navigation on the right or find information for all of the holidays in sections below.

You can stream our High Holiday services here.

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

Fast Pass registration for the Yom Kippur Experience is now closed. However, please bring your child to the registration desk in the Religious School hallway on Thursday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m. We always have room for one more!

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 21, 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.

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 [email protected].

Make your reservation here

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 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 5:30 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 [email protected].

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


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 5:30 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 8 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 4:30 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 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.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off

If you are picking up or dropping off passengers, please use our beautiful new covered entry and circle driveway by the South Lobby, which has easy, stairs-free access to the sanctuary.

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.

  • 185 small crayon boxes
  • 185 wide-ruled notebooks

High Holiday 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.

Sign Up To Volunteer

High Holiday Tzedakah Collection

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.

Interested in helping to collect donations? Sign up to volunteer here.

Contact Sue Picus at [email protected] 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.

We are offering the opportunity for you to dedicate a prayer book in honor of or in memory of a loved one. Your prayer book dedication will offset the cost of providing these books for our Congregation. A bookplate with your name will be placed inside the two-volume set for a tax-deductible contribution of $45. Please stop by our offices and fill out an order form or give us a call at 314-569-0010. (You can also print the form here and mail it in with your payment.)

Interested in learning more about these new prayer books? Subscribe to our Days of Elul blog series.


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 [email protected].

Congregational High Holiday Choir

Now is your chance to enhance our High Holiday worship and music in a meaningful way. Your previous musical, singing or Hebrew experience is not required, just a desire to learn some beautiful music and to pray with purpose. Open to singers middle-school age and up, we’ll sing for evening and morning services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We’ll be directed by Ben Silvermintz, the choir director at Parkway Central High School. Email Stacy Jespersen for more information.

Rehearsal: 7-9 p.m. (Wednesdays)

  • August 16, 23, 30
  • September 6, 13, 27

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