Shaare Emeth hosting concert and encouraging donations to support Israeli and Palestinian families



Lucy Greenbaum takes part in the 2019 Songleader Boot Camp held in St. Louis at the Jewish Community Center. Photo by Jack Hartzman

Eric Berger, Associate Editor

Congregation Shaare Emeth is hosting a concert July 24 that could not only provide St. Louis attendees some much needed respite but also provide relief to Israeli and Palestinian families affected by the ongoing conflict.

The concert, Starlight, Starbright: An Evening of Music, Hope and Light, begins at 7:30 p.m., in the courtyard of the Reform synagogue.

“I think it’s going to be an amazing and fun time to really get together and sing together after all this time apart,” said Jeremy Goldmeier, Shaare Emeth director of communications.

The show will feature Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Lucy Greenbaum, the congregation’s music and youth engagement coordinator, and the Prayer Lab Musicians, comprised of Shaare Emeth members. The show will also include the Missouri Tree Frogs, a trio featuring Shaare Emeth member Russell Jaffe on the two-stringed dulcimer; his daughter Rebecca on a three-string dulcimer; and her younger brother William, who plays the dulcimer, banjo and other string instruments, the Light reported last month.


The show is free, but donations are suggested to Parents Circle Families Forum, an Israeli-Palestinian organization of more than 600 families who lost an immediate family member in the conflict.

Capacity for the in-person concert is limited to about 125 people, Goldmeier said. The show will also be streamed online. To register to attend online or in person, visit