Sababa returns Sept. 18; musical lineup released


Sababa, the area’s largest Jewish arts and culture festival, will take place Sept. 18 at Andrew and Ann Tisch Park on the east entrance of the Washington University campus.

“We are thrilled to announce that we have the opportunity to celebrate the vibrancy of contemporary Jewish culture again,” said Brian Herstig, president and CEO of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Sababa (which means “cool” in Hebrew) features local, regional and national visual artists, food and live musical performances, as well as activities from local Jewish organizations. New this year, the festival will host a dedicated pavilion area for families and children’s activities and entertainment.

St. Louis artist Tsila Schwartz takes part in the first Sababa Jewish Arts & Culture Festival in 2018.  Photo: Bill Motchan

Among the musical headliners expected are the Jewish a cappella group Six13, Sheldon Low and Klezundheit!, a St. Louis klezmer band.

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The festival, last held in 2018, is planned and coordinated by the Jewish Community Center with generous support from Federation.

“Now, more than ever, we are all in need of reuniting as a community. The J could not be more excited to orchestrate this celebratory gathering to showcase Jewish culture for the entire region,” said Lynn Wittels, President & CEO of the J.

Plans to bring Sababa back last year were postponed because of COVID. Organizers said they will continue to monitor guidance from public health officials but are hopeful that the outdoor festival will be able to return safely in September.

For up-to-date information, to volunteer, or to receive Sababa news visit or contact Judy Kramer at [email protected]. All Jewish organizations, congregations, schools and other groups are asked to designate a representative and contact Kramer with the name and contact info.