ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The second annual St. Charles Jewish Festival took place Sunday, August 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. outside of the Foundry Art Centre.

The event’s goal was to celebrate and showcase the local Jewish community by bringing several sounds and sights of Jewish life from all over the world right in St. Charles. This is the second event of its type – the Chabad Center of St. Charles County alongside its St. Charles Jewish Family Network served an estimated 6,000 Jewish people throughout St. Charles.

Rabbi Chaim Landa shared how the now second-ever event was established.

“A lot of folks out here just felt that they were the only Jew,” Landa said. “When we saw and heard that we realized we have to do something. What better way to bring people together? Last year we had over 1,200 people and this year it’s looking like it’s going be over 2,000.”

Attendees had the chance to enjoy some kosher food while listening to live Jewish music. Event organizers wanted visitors to learn about Jewish traditions and culture in both a meaningful and a fun way.

When attendees arrived, they were given a “passport,” which allowed them to travel around the Jewish world without ever having to leave St. Charles. They ran into costumed characters representing Jewish people from places around the world like Asia, Europe, and North, and East Africa. The characters would then stamp the visitors’ passports to proceed with the display.

“We wanted to educate, but in a fun way,” Landa said when explaining the origin of the passport traveling activity. “It’s interactive and personal.”

Landa shared that the people who will miss the event will have to wait and see what’s in store next year.

For more information about the St. Charles Jewish Festival, please call 314-728-6570 or visit JewishStCharles.org/Festival.