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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur


Saturday, September 30

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

This interactive experience is most appropriate for preschoolers and young children through grade 2 and their families. Engaged in reflection through worship, song and a skit led by Rabbi Jim Bennett, Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Rabbi Jonah Zinn, Cantor Seth Warner and our Shaare Emeth staff. Children are then invited to participate in our childcare of High Holiday Experience for PreK-Grade 5 while their families take part in our Yom Kippur morning service. See our main High Holiday page for more information.

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

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

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

Be inspired by the awe and majesty of our familiar High Holidays liturgy. Cantor Warner will lead the service and Rabbi Goldstein will give the sermon. These services are appropriate for adults and children grades 6 and above. Childcare is available for children too young to sit through services. See our main High Holidays page for more information.

ASL interpreted. New Mishkan HaNefesh prayer books provided.

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

This is a more informal and contemporary alternative to our traditional Sanctuary worship. This participatory service is appropriate for those of all ages and will be led by Rabbi Jim Bennett and Rabbi Jonah Zinn. Rabbi Bennett will give the sermon.

New Mishkan HaNefesh prayer books provided.

1 p.m.             Learning Session: Rabbi Stiffman

“Should Rabbis Become Involved in Politics – Lessons learned from 150 years of Shaare Emeth.” Led by Rabbi Emeritus Jeffrey Stiffman.

1 p.m.             Learning Session: Rabbi Goldstein

“Stories of Justice.”  Join Rabbi Goldstein and congregational leaders as we explore personal stories of justice and how we can use those stories to bring an added measure of justice to our community, our country and our world.

2 p.m.             Learning Session: Bob Cohn

“Year of Turmoil, Year of Hope-Looking Back, Looking Forward.” Led by Robert Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, St. Louis Jewish Light.

2 p.m.             Learning Session: Rabbi Bennett

“What should we care about? Jewish texts and morality.” Led by Rabbi Jim Bennett.

3 p.m.             Yom Kippur Afternoon Service

The entire Congregation is invited to participate in this service, which will feature traditional and creative approaches of the Yom Kippur afternoon liturgy, afternoon Torah reading and Book of Jonah.

4 p.m.             Break

4:30 p.m.       Yizkor/Neilah Service

Service led by Rabbi Jim Bennett, Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Rabbi Jonah Zinn and Cantor Seth Warner.

New Mishkan HaNefesh prayer books will be provided.

Services will end at approximately 6 p.m.


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 Yom Kippur 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.

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 18



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 Yom Kippur, offsite parking will be located at:

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.


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.

  • 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.

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