Shabbat experience for young adults announces spring schedule

A B’Yachad program last January.

Young Jewish adults are seeking a different kind of Shabbat worship experience, one that addresses their spiritual needs, fits into their lives and provides a community of peers that share their yearning for meaning in Judaism. B’Yachad Spiritual Shabbat Experience for Young Adults (B’Yachad), which seeks to address this longing, has announced its dates for spring 2016.

B’Yachad will kick off on Friday, Jan. 29, at The Chapel, an arts venue, performance space and art gallery, located at 6238 Alexander Drive in Clayton. Future Shabbat experiences will be held on Feb. 19, March 25, May 6 and June 3.

“B’Yachad is a peer experience that helps catalyze young adults’ spiritual yearnings and their desire of community” explained Rabbi Jonah Zinn of Congregation Shaare Emeth, which partners with Central Reform Congregation and a committee of young adults to organize B’Yachad. This Shabbat experience is held at different creative venues in areas popular with young adults and includes a participatory service followed by a communal vegetarian Shabbat dinner from local ethnic restaurants. The program is supported through a grant from the Jewish Federation of St Louis.

“This spring we’re excited to host B’Yachad at new creative venues such as the Contemporary Art Museum and CIC@CET Innovation Community,” stated Rabbi Deana Sussman of Central Reform Congregation. “B’Yachad uses creative venues like this to stimulate participants in new and different ways. I think this is part of what make B’Yachad so attractive to young adults.”

To learn more about B’Yachad and RSVP for upcoming Shabbat experiences, visit