Our variety of worship experiences provides spiritual enrichment and a sense of community for all ages. Our worship services are engaging: pray, sing, and be actively involved.
Led by our rabbis and cantor, worship services at Shaare Emeth are for all ages and provide worship experiences that help you:
The variety of available worship experiences are designed to touch lives so that Congregants come to Shabbat services to find both answers and questions.
Shabbat Friday evening services are designed to welcome those of all ages, are informal and joyous, and regularly include special blessings for those observing birthdays during the month (see more below). All services are egalitarian and inclusive. Some Shabbat services feature special speakers or scholars-in-residence and cover timely topics. These services are always open to the community.
Friday evening services are always at 6 p.m.
Join us for a pre-service nosh each Friday beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Saturday morning services are also designed to welcome those of all ages but are slightly more formal. Most Saturday morning services feature a student of the Congregation becoming a B'nei Mitzvah. These services are always open to the community but are frequented most often by friends and family of B'nei Mitzvah students. All services are egalitarian and inclusive.
Saturday morning services are usually at 11 a.m., and a second service is frequently offered at 9 a.m.
Weekday Minyan is held in the Chapel each Monday and Thursday morning. Whether you are saying Kaddish or want to start the day on a spiritual note, you’ll enjoy this intimate worship experience.
Congregation Shaare Emeth never requires tickets to any High Holy Day services. Members and visitors alike any service. All services are egalitarian and inclusive.
Each year, the High Holy Days start with Selichot, a lovely candle lighting service on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah. It helps prepare us for the days and work ahead of us. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur evenings and morning, we offer adult-oriented services, family services, children and youth services, and various programs. There are also numerous opportunities for study, meditation, and prayers for healing throughout the inspiring Days of Awe.
Our High Holy Days music is a mixture of the traditional and the unexpected. If you're interested in joining the Congregational Choir, contact Cantor Seth Warner, 314-569-0010.
Learn more about specific High Holy Day services and logistics here.
The first* Friday of the month, 6 p.m., Stiffman Sanctuary
*with certain exceptions which will be publicized in advance in The Bulletin and Shaare Mail
Join us at 6 p.m. the first Friday of each month for a full Friday evening Shabbat service for all generations. Those celebrating a birthday this month are invited on the bema for a special birthday blessing and treat! Following the blessing, children ages seven and under and an accompanying adult leave the Sanctuary for a special program in the preschool.
One Saturday a month during the school year, 10:30 a.m. breakfast nosh, 10:45 a.m. service, Youth Lounge
Shaare Shabbat is the perfect service for families of all ages. Shaare Shabbat services begin at 10:30 a.m. with muffins, coffee and juice. At 10:45 a.m. we will join together for our monthly Shaare Shabbat service, a participatory Shabbat morning service filled with music and joy. A children’s table with activities keeps young ones engaged during services. If you would like to participate in the service, please contact Rabbi Goldstein at [email protected]
*New in 2014-15* Sunday once a month, 3:30 p.m., Pasternak Chapel
Next Services of Wholeness and Hope: Nov. 16, Dec. 14, 2014; Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, May 17, 2015
If you are feeling disconnected, lonely or afraid…
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Once a month during our regular Kabbalat Shabbat service, Shaare Emeth hosts a local expert to speak on a social action topic relevant to the St. Louis Jewish community. Some past topics and speakers include: hunger and food insecurity, Lift for Life Academy charter middle school, Gateway to Hope and breast cancer treatment for uninsured and underinsured individuals, and the advancement of music in underserved schools.
To suggest a topic or organization for a Social Action and Advocacy Shabbat or join the Social Action committee, email or call Debbie Bram, 314-692-5345.