Sababa, the STL Jewish arts and culture festival, returns to Washington University on September 18


Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the J sponsored the Sababa Jewish Arts and Culture Festival on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 at Washington University. Photo: Zach Dalin Photography

It’s back . . . .

Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Jewish Community Center are bring back the area’s largest Jewish arts and culture festival. It is scheduled to 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 Federation.

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

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Among the musical headliners expected to take part this year are the Jewish a cappella group Six13, Sheldon Lowe and the Brothers Lazaroff.

The festival, last held in 2018, is planned and coordinated by the J with generous support from the 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.