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Elul Programs 2021

Elul Programs

During the month of Elul it is traditional to begin the process of reflection and repentance in preparation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This year we are offering many opportunities for all ages to reflect and study throughout the month.

We are excited to welcome you back into our building for learning opportunities. Most classes are being offered as “multi-access” with both in-person and virtual options. Each program description specifies the ways in which you will be able to participate. Please make a reservation for all programs, including your choice between in-person and virtual, so we may prepare for this hybrid approach.

Register online for all programs or by calling 314-469-0700. 

Plato & The Talmud II
Saturdays, August 7, 14, 21 & 28
3:30 p.m.— Spielberg Chapel & on Zoom
Free for members / $40 for non-members
This four-week course led by Cantor Eichaker will explore the book by Professor Jacob Howland, “Plato and the Talmud.” The discussions will focus on stylistic comparisons and determining how the Socratic style of dialogue may have influenced Talmudic  exegesis. Professor Howland offers excellent examples that we will study, chart and discuss. This course is more about how we think and how this method provides a  foundation for functioning in our daily lives. Registration is required. Registrants are encouraged to purchase the book through Amazon Books or the Kindle platform.


Becoming Whole This Season
Sundays, August 8, 15, 22 & 29
10:00 a.m. – Spielberg Chapel and on Zoom
Free for members / $40 for non-members
Becoming Whole this Season: This four-part series led by Rabbi Bellows will explore different ways we can become whole again this High Holy Days Season.

Class 1: Healing the Self—Self-care in a Jewish context
Class 2: Healing Relationships—Forgiveness in Judaism
Class 3: Healing Community—Civil discourse & community healing after a major event
Class 4: Healing the Jewish People—Similarities and differences among the Jewish people worldwide

Register and view a detailed class description

Challah Bake – Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, August 11
7:00 p.m. – Messing Auditorium
$10 for members/ $15 for non-members
Join Rabbi Rosenberg to learn how to make round challah for Rosh Hashanah. Registration is required by August 9 so that we know how many stations to prepare.


Mussar for the Holy Days
Saturdays, August 14, 21, 28 &  September 4
12:30 p.m. – Spielberg Chapel & on Zoom
Free for members / $40 for non-members
Mussar is a 1,000 year-old tradition that draws on Jewish values and wisdom to guide individuals towards developing character traits which enhance spiritual growth and personal well-being. The month of Elul leading up to the High Holy Days, provides a unique opportunity to focus on the habits and attitudes that we are encouraged to pay attention to at this time of year. In this Mussar class, led by Rabbi Rosenberg, we will look specifically at these traits:

Samayach B’Chelko/Contentment with one’s lot
Makir et Mekomo/Knowing One’s Place
Hakarat HaTov/Gratitude


Shofar Sundays
Come to a local park to see friends. Bring lunch, chairs or a blanket and get ready to hear the sound of the Shofar.

August 15, 12:00 p.m. at Stacy Park
August 22, 12:00 p.m. at Longview Farm Park
August 29, 12:00 p.m. at Chesterfield Central Park
September 5, 12:00 p.m. at United Hebrew
This date will have a food truck with ice cream for those who would like to purchase lunch and dessert.


Havdalah and My Grateful Playlist: Putting Gratitude into the Mix 
Saturday, August 21 
6:00 p.m. – Spielberg Chapel, Zoom and Livestream
Free for members / $10 for non-members
Cantor Eichaker will present audio samples and a set-list of religious and secular songs that can inspire a more grateful existence. From “Ordinary Miracle” by Sarah McLachlan to “Selah” by Alan Goodis, Cantor Eichaker will put together a diverse program for  participants to either create anew or add to an already existing playlist.