Sababa, the festival of Jewish arts and culture, originally scheduled for October 10, 2021, has been tentatively postponed until October 23, 2022.

Sababa is a joint project of the Jewish Federation of Saint-Louis and J. The open-air festival showcases the dynamism of contemporary Jewish culture. The festival features local, regional and national visual art exhibitors, culinary experiences and musical performances, as well as activities of local Jewish organizations.

Comments from vendors, artists, volunteers and other Sababa professionals in the Jewish community indicated apprehension about the current COVID situation in St. Louis, even in an outdoor setting. The organizers felt it was in the best interest of the community to postpone the event until next year.

“Sababa’s goal is to bring the community together and be as inclusive as possible, and we were expecting over 3,500 people this year. We just didn’t think we could achieve our goals even though we were using all COVID security protocols, ”said Judy Kramer, Producer, Sababa 2021.“ Of course we’re disappointed – it was shaping up to be a great event! But we can really start next year!

“The health and safety of the community is a top priority,” said Rabbi Brad Horwitz, director of Jewish and adult engagement programs at the J. “Pikuach Nefesh – saving a life trumps all things no matter how far into the planning stage you are. “