Photos: Network STL wraps up Hanukkah with an edge


While some St. Louis Jews closed out Hanukkah 2021 at home, some ventured out and celebrated by wielding axes to honor Hanukkah and our Macabee ancestors.

Last week, we told you how the Tanach, offers numerous references to axes, both as weapons or as tools and that was one reason why so many Jews are throwing axes these days.

“It’s all the rage among the young people,” said Yael Sabah, Director of The Network STL. “We offered our students a number of opportunities such as to take them to Topgolf, throw an awesome Hanukkah party, and this is what they chose!”

The event was open to area college students and their peers. “Our primary focus is students at the colleges that don’t have a large community, schools like  UMSL, SLU, Webster, and the community colleges,” said Sabah. “We are working to build community for this underserved population — and every day is a new adventure.”

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What is Ax Throwing?

While it may seem odd to throw an axe, in recent years it has become very popular. Similar to darts, axe throwing is played with and against other members of a group. Individuals throw 1.5-pound hatchets at wooden targets marked with a bullseye and score points based on where on the target they stick the axe.

Where to go?

The Network STL event is taking place at Top Notch Axe Throwing St. Louis but they also have locations in Town and Country and St. Charles. And there are several other options available around the St. Louis region. Amp Up Action Park offers Axe throwing plus go-kart racing and other family activities. The Axe House is located in Valley Park.