Congregations, youth groups partner for Fall Fest

Teens from the Jewish community in St. Louis will gather for an evening of unity and celebration at Fall Fest on Sunday, Nov. 19. The evening, which was organized by leaders from a variety of Jewish youth movements, “promises to be a fun-filled opportunity for teens to transcend organizational boundaries, forge new relationships and connect with the Jewish community,” according to a news release. 

Fall Fest will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19 at Dave & Buster’s, 13857 Riverport Drive in Maryland Heights. Highlights will include unlimited video game play, $20 game cards, pictures with St. Louis Blues Mascot Louie, a community service project, photo booth, kosher food, unlimited soda, raffles, an event T-shirt and more. The cost of the event is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

“This event is what St. Louis teens need to feel more connected to Jewish people around our community instead of only in our smaller youth groups,” B’nai Amoona USY President Rina Gersten said in a statement. “Sometimes it feels like Jewish youth groups are in competition, but Fall Fest is a way for all of us to play games and have a good time with each other.”

United Hebrew’s NFTY Chapter President Zachary Poscover said the event is opportunity to demonstrate Jewish unity.

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“I think Fall Fest represents that the St. Louis Jewish community is strong and united,” he said. “It is very exciting how we all are connected through Judaism, and we have the opportunity to meet many other people because of that.”

The event is open to teens in grades 8-12. Sponsoring organizations include BBYO, B’nai Amoona, Central Reform, Jewish Federation of St Louis, JSU, Kol Rinah, NCSY, NFTY, Nishmah, Shaare Emeth, Temple Emanuel, Temple Israel, The J, Tzofim – Israeli Scouts, United Hebrew and USY.

To register, visit the profile link on the St. Louis Teens Instagram account at