Temple Beth El in Jeff City to hold open house on Mar. 4

Temple Beth El in Jefferson City is having an open house on March 4 in celebration of its125th anniversary. The public is invited to the event to be held at Temple Beth El from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The congregation is the oldest one west of the Mississippi still in its original building, and is the 14th oldest temple building in the country.

It is located at 318 Monroe St., in Jefferson City, Mo. A 200-year-old Torah, will be on display. The event is free and light refreshments will be served. For additional information visit www.templebethel-jc.org. The Temple is located at 318 Monroe St. in downtown Jefferson City. For more information please call Sandra Mears Benson at 573-893-2786 or Gail Severance at 573-634-5118 or visit the website at www.templebethel-jc.org.

Traditional Congregation to hold rededication Shabbat

There will be a rededication Shabbat at Traditional Congregation on Saturday, March 1, at 9 a.m., honoring Jerry and Zeta Chervitz. Call 314-576-5230 for more information.

Seeds of Sun jazz ensemble to visit at Shaare Emeth

Mattan Klein and his band, Seeds of Sun, the leading Israeli jazz ensemble in North America, will perform with Shaare Emeth on March 7 during our 7:45 p.m. Shabbat Service. The band blends music in a jazz and world setting with original Israeli jazz. Both before and after the service, Israeli Festival of the Arts will be open for viewing. The evening is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the temple, 314-569-0010.

Hamantashen Bake Off set for March 2 at Fox Building

The “Great Hamantashen Bake Off” will take place on Sunday, March 2. The event will be held from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the JCC Marilyn Fox Building in Chesterfield for a fun-filled afternoon to get in the Purim holiday spirit. Participants can make and then eat homemade hamantaschen. Ingredients, baking utensils and an easy to follow recipe are supplied. While the hamantaschen are in the oven, participants can create Purim craft projects, play games, and construct shalach manot baskets to donate. The event is for children pre-K to 5th grade and their families. Presented by the JCC Helene Mirowitz Department of Jewish Community Life. For pricing and questions contact Brett Bunsick at 314-442-3433 or [email protected].

‘Musical Arts’ schedules performances

In celebration of the school’s 30th year, Beverly Milder’s Musical Arts is holding a class and music festival on March 1 and 2 at the Jewish Community Center’s Carlyn H. Wohl Building. There will be several performances throughout each day at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., featuring class students of all levels. These performances are open to the public and we anticipate an audience of over 1,000 people throughout the weekend. For additional information, call 314-469-6646.

Chai Circle to meet in March

The Jewish Women’s Chai Circle will hold the next Chai Circle meeting entitled “The Purim Miracle: Inside Roles, Outside Roles” on March 16 at 7:30 p.m. The challenge will be to climb into the physche of the Purim characters and to view the different roles that they played throughout the story of Purim. Participants will receive a basket filled with an assortment of hamentashen, tips and recipes on the art of hamentashen baking, and the chance to make their own hamentash creation. The event will begin with a brief class on the mystical realities seldom known from the story of Esther and conclude with the baking. Participants are requested to bring canned goods to be donated to the Jewish Food Pantry. One of the commandments of the day of Purim is to give to the needy.

The event will take place at 2122 Park Forest Dr. in Chesterfield. Suggested donation is $10. RSVP by emailing [email protected]

For further information about upcoming events, times, locations, or to join The Jewish Women’s Chai Circle you can visit the website at www.ChabadOfChesterfield.com, call 636-778-4000, or email [email protected].