Upcoming events for Jewish families in St. Louis


Upcoming events include a family “Making Mensches” event at Shaare Emeth’s Mitzvah Garden, Kol Rinah’s First Fridays family service, ‘Matilda: The Musical,’ the St Charles Jewish Festival and more.

‘Matilda: The Musical’

When/Where: July 22-24 (various times) at COCA, 6880 Washington Ave.

Virtual/In-person: In-person (masks required)

Cost: $15-$25 at cocastl.org

Description: Matilda, a young girl with extraordinary powers, uses her love of reading and storytelling as an escape from her life with her neglectful and abusive parents. When she’s sent off to school where she struggles with the school’s cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, Matilda befriends her kind teacher, Miss Honey, who realizes Matilda’s talents and encourages her to embrace her uniqueness. Matilda learns how to stand up to the adults in her life and discovers her own remarkable powers.

Shaare Emeth Mitzvah Garden

When/Where: 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 24

Virtual/In-person: In-person

Cost: Free

Description: Gather at the garden to learn more about the Jewish values of providing for those who are food insecure. Water, harvest and work together as a family. Enjoy a sweet treat. No garden experience is necessary. Bring yourself, the whole family, or make it a grandparent outing with the grandkids. Register by July 21 at https://congregationshaareemeth.shulcloud.com/form/making-menches.html


First Fridays

When/Where: 6 p.m. Fri, Aug. 5 at Kol Rinah, 7701 Maryland Ave.

Virtual/In-person: In-person

Description: A Kabbalat Shabbat service for every generation. A shorter version of the Friday service, with families and kids in mind. Meet outdoors, weather permitting. For more info, contact [email protected]

Golf at the Galleries

When/Where: Through Aug. 28 daily (check hours on website) at the Sheldon, 3648 Washington Ave.

Virtual/In-person: In-person

Cost: $10 adults, $7 12 and under, $8 adult members, $5 child member

Description: Join for the 5th season of this playable, artist-designed, nine-hole mini golf installation, designed to be inclusive, family friendly and accessible.

St. Charles Jewish Festival

When/Where: Sunday, Aug. 14, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main Center in St. Charles

Virtual/In-person: In-person

Cost: Free

Description: Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy live Jewish music (including “8th Day,” a popular Chassidic band), as well as kosher food, and learn about Jewish culture and traditions in a fun and meaningful way. The festival is planned by the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Charles County. Food will be for sale. For more information and to get a free ticket, visit: www.JewishStCharles.org/Festival.

Coloring STL

When/Where: Kickoff on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park (exhibit goes through Feb. 18, 2024)

Virtual/In-person: In-person

Cost: Free

Description: Coloring STL invites visitors to explore the St. Louis region’s architectural past and present by coloring in huge, custom-drawn illustrations of more than 50 local structures, including monumental St. Louis landmarks. Visitors of all ages can color these buildings in the wildest ways their minds can dream up, while discovering the fascinating stories and facts hidden within their walls.