The Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the J sponsored the Sababa Jewish Arts and Culture Festival on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the University of Washington. Photo: Zach Dalin Photography

He is back . . . .

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Jewish Community Center are bringing back the region’s largest festival of Jewish arts and culture. It is scheduled to take place Sept. 18 at Andrew and Ann Tisch Park at the east entrance of the University of Washington campus.

“We are thrilled to announce that we once again have the opportunity to celebrate the vibrancy of contemporary Jewish culture,” said Brian Herstig, Federation President and CEO.

Sababa (meaning “cool” in Hebrew) features local, regional, and national visual art exhibitors, culinary experiences, and musical performances, as well as activities from local Jewish organizations. New this year, the festival will feature a pavilion dedicated to families and activities and entertainment for children.


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Among the musical headliners expected this year are the Jewish a cappella group Six13, Sheldon Lowe and the Lazaroff brothers.

The festival, last held in 2018, is planned and coordinated by the J with the generous support of the Federation.

“Now, more than ever, we all need to come together as a community. The J couldn’t be more excited to orchestrate this festive gathering to showcase Jewish culture across the region,” said Lynn Wittels, president and CEO of the J.

Plans to bring Sababa back last year were postponed due to COVID. Organizers said they will continue to monitor guidance from public health officials, but hope the outdoor festival can return safely in September.

For up-to-date information, to volunteer, or to receive news from Sababa, visit or contact Judy Kramer at [email protected]. All Jewish organizations, congregations, schools, and other groups are urged to appoint a representative and contact Kramer with name and contact information.