Sababa, the Jewish Arts and Culture Festival of St. Louis, returns Sunday, September 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. The free festival is a collaboration between the J and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

“Sababa is a wonderful way to bring the whole community together and celebrate with art, music and food to experience Jewish culture,” said Lynn Wittels, J President and CEO. to 2018, but we were unable to host Sababa 2020 due to the pandemic. We know many people are eagerly awaiting the return of the festival.

Sababa, Hebrew slang for “Awesome, Cool, or That’s Awesome,” features local, regional, and national visual arts exhibitors, culinary experiences, and musical performances, as well as activities from local Jewish organizations. New this year, the festival will offer a pavilion space dedicated to families and activities and entertainment for children, including a magician, yoga, juggling and crazy science area.

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“Sababa aims to unite and inspire the Jewish community, as well as share our culture with others to lay the foundation for unity and understanding,” said Brian Herstig, CEO of the Jewish Federation.

Concerts by internationally acclaimed a cappella group Six13, Jewish rocker and St. Louis native Sheldon Low, and Klezundheit!, Missouri’s only klezmer band, are all free. Additionally, 30 jurors from the St. Louis Jewish Community will be presented with artwork for purchase ranging from ceramics, drawing, painting, jewelry, glass, sculpture and photography. .

Visitors can sample traditional foods such as knishes, pastrami, hot dogs and pretzels, as well as kosher cuisine not normally associated with Jewish culture, such as Indian cuisine at Gokul’s restaurant. St. Louis. Kosher ice cream, Dippin’ Dots, popcorn and cotton candy will also be served.

The Sababa Festival will take place in the parking lot outside Simon Hall near the south entrance to the Washington University campus in St. Louis (near Forsyth Blvd. and Olympian Way). Free parking is available in the Danforth University Center garage (6475 Forsyth Blvd.).

For up-to-date information, to volunteer or to receive news from Sababa, visit or contact Judy Kramer at [email protected]

The J is an interactive, multi-generational gathering place that offers a variety of programs and services to both the Jewish community of St. Louis and the community at large. The Jewish Community Center offers educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building and recreational programs and offers two state-of-the-art fitness facilities, all designed to promote physical and spiritual growth. Everyone is welcome at J.


The Jewish Federation of St. Louis is the Jewish community’s central philanthropy, planning, and community development organization. Founded in 1901, it is one of the region’s most respected and successful nonprofit organizations. The Jewish Federation of St. Louis supports more than 85 agencies, programs and services in St. Louis and around the world – to ensure a thriving Jewish community, respond to emergencies and care for our vulnerable people. Funds are raised through the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ annual campaign and planned giving opportunities. Learn more about The Jewish Federation of St. Louis is a proud member of United Way and a Better Business Bureau accredited charity. The Jewish Federation of St. Louis funded the Sababa Arts & Culture Festival.

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