St. Louis Festival of Jewish Life planned for Feb. 16-21

Enrich the soul, mind and heart at the third annual St. Louis Festival of Jewish Life. More than 25 programs will be offered Feb. 16 to 21, including movies, food, parties, crafts, learning and concerts.   

The week kicks off with Havdalah, Music, Stories and Poetry, led by Rabbi James Stone Goodman and friends at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 and closes with an evening with rabbis and scholars on Thursday, Feb. 21.

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Highlights of the weeklong celebration include the first-ever Jewish Rock Radio RockFest National Music Festival featuring six Jewish music superstars visiting from around the country on Sunday, Feb. 17, and a concert on Wednesday, Feb. 20 by Shir Ami to benefit the Jewish Fund for Human Needs. 

Guests can attend a Mah Jongg party, participate in a Can We Talk? program focusing on the environment issues (Feb. 19 — see ad on page 24). In addition, there will be several classes and parties in celebration and preparation for Purim.  

“There is something for all ages, all backgrounds and interests,” says Rabbi Brad Horwitz of the Jewish Community Center, which is cosponsoring the festival with the the St. Louis Rabbinical Association, Central Agency for Jewish Education and the Saul Brodsky Community Library. RSVPs are encouraged for all events and most programs are free. For a complete listing or programs and more information, visit