Third Annual Shabbat St. Louis service planned; service aims to unite Reform community

There will be several new additions to this year’s 3rd Annual Shabbat St. Louis community-wide worship service, set to take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road in Chesterfield. Worshippers can arrive early and engage in interactive Torah study led by area Reform rabbis from 9 to 9:45 a.m. At the Shabbat service, an interpreter will be provided for the members of the deaf community. Finally, in the spirit of Passover, attendees are invited to bring a donation of canned food to benefit the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Panty.

Reform congregations from throughout the entire St. Louis metropolitan area are coming together for this collaborative worship experience that takes place each year on the Shabbat during Passover. The band HaShemesh is once again donating its musical talent to accompany the service. This unique service is open to the entire community. All generations are welcome to attend. A Kosher-for-Passover Kiddush reception will follow the service.

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Shabbat St. Louis is planned and organized by a committee of representatives from area Reform congregations in consultation with the Reform Rabbis of St. Louis. Participating congregations include B’nai El Congregation, Congregation B’nai Torah, Central Reform Congregation, Congregation Kol Am, Congregation Shaare Emeth, Temple Emanuel, Temple Israel of Alton, Ill., Congregation Temple Israel of St. Louis and United Hebrew Congregation.

For more information, visit the Shabbat St. Louis website, www.shabbatstlouis.org.