Here is a selection of local Jewish resources tailored especially for visitors, including college students and their parents visiting Washington University. For a more comprehensive listing of St. Louis Jewish information, you may want to visit www.JewishinStLouis.org.
Caveat Emptor! We do not provide any endorsement (Kosher or otherwise), to any of the establishments listed here.
St. Louis Jewish History
First, a little history: The first known Minyan in St. Louis occurred Rosh Hashanah, 5597 (September 12, 1836). A room was rented over Max's Grocery and Restaurant, on the corner of Second and Spruce Streets (now occupied by the St. Louis Arch grounds). The first synagogue was formed on October 3, 1841, as United Hebrew Congregation. The congregation was also known as the Polish Congregation and was created as Orthodox congregation.
Where to Sleep?
Many hotels seem to have discount for parents who are visiting their children, it pays to ask when you make your reservations.
There is a small hotel located on Washington University's Danforth campus, in the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center, which is near the North West corner of the campus.
Washington University in St.Louis
Campus Box 1194
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
If you want to be close to the campus, you probably want to stay in Clayton area. Here are a several options, search the web for others.
100 Carondolet Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63105
For parents visiting students at Washington University School of Medicine, or for families of patients at Barnes-Jewish, St. Louis Chidrens Hospital, and others in the area, your best bet is… The Parkway Hotel
4550 Forest Park Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
Where to Eat?
Students and campus visitors are able to purchase kosher-certified pre-packaged breakfast, lunch, and snack items at most campus eateries on WU’s Danforth campus. Prepared dinners are available in the Bear's Den area of the South Forty House on the South 40. St. Louis has a Kosher butcher and deli. In addition, many of the general supermarkets and specialty stores have reasonable Kosher selections.
Simon Kohn’s is located in Creve Couer, about a fifteen minute car ride from campus. They have a good selection of prepared foods for take-out or sit-in, a broad selection of fresh meats, St. Louis’ best Kosher wine aisle, frozen goods and groceries. Simon Kohn's will also deliver to most areas, including Barnes-Jewish hospital, sometimes for a fee. They are also licensed by the USDA to ship meats inter-state.
The supermarket with the largest Kosher section is a five minute ride west of campus. They also have pre-packed fresh meats, a limited selection of frozen products, and even get fresh Cholov Yisroel milk on a bi-weekly basis.
Schnucks - Ladue
8867 Ladue Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
The nearest supermarket to campus is a 5 minute walk from the South 40 residential area, while it’s Kosher selection is reasonable, it is not as broad as the Schunks market in Ladue. A bonus however, this store is open 24 hours a day.
Schnucks - Richmond Heights
6600 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117
Global Foods is an incredible cultural experience that, akin to a gastronimocal United Nations! Global Foods has foods from a broad variety of countries, including an excellent selection of Kosher food products from Israel.
Global Foods Market 421 N Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
Synagogues Proximate to Campus
Bais Abraham is the nearest Synagogue to Washington University. It’s rabbi, Hyim Shafner, is the past rabbi of the St. Louis Hillel.
Cong. Beis Menachem - Chabad, is located on Delmar Blvd, near highway 170. It is a special Shul, with a welcoming philosophy and educational approach.
St. Louis has one communal Mikvah, open Saturday through Thursday evenings. Appointments are required and are made by calling (314) 569-2770, extension 14. A Mikva for utensils ("Keli Mikva") is also on-site.
Sylvia Green Memorial Mikvah
4 Millstone Campus
St. Louis, MO 63146
Another Mikvah, is Used on Shabbos and the Yomim Tovim only. Appointments are required and are made by calling (314) 569-2770, extension 14.
Rebbetzin Nacha Rivkin and Rebbetzin Hinde Zuckerman Memorial Mikvah
8101 Delmar Blvd.,
University City, MO 63130
In the community of Chesterfield, there is a Mikvah which can be used daily. Appointments are required and are made by calling (314) 469-6160 or (314) 434-8634.
Tpheris Israel Chesterfield Mikvah
14550 Ladue Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Many synagogues in St. Louis maintain Judaica stores, however, the Source is the premier Judaica store in the St. Louis region.
The Source Judaica Unlimited
11044 Olive Blvd.
St Louis, MO 63141
Sites Worth Noting
The St. Louis Gateway Arch on the riverfront is probably the most recognizable St. Louis monument. The stainless steel parabola was built in 1965 and stands 630 feet tall. Guess what? It is hollow, and you can ride a tram to the top. It seems that this is more popular with tourists than with St. Louisans, but if you are visiting it’s a good place to start.
Voted as one of the great sports towns in America, St. Louis is home to the Rams, the Blues, and of course, the St. Louis Cardinals. The "Cards" or "Redbirds" have recently built a new ballpark in downtown which boasts a great view of the skyline and the arch. The city and county are overrun with Cardinal loyalists, so it probably best to leave your Chicago Cubs gear in the closet.
Forest Park is located between Washington University’s Medical School and Washington University’s Danforth campus. Crafted from 1,371 acres of greenery, Forest Park is likely one of the most beautiful city parks in the nation. It includes the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis History Museum, The Muny amphitheatre and the Jewel Box greenhouse. Most of these attractions are free to visit… courtesy of a special property tax.
There is only one City Museum, and it is unlike any museum you have ever been in. Housed in the former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, re-purposed objects. The museum boasts features such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile, and even two abandoned airplanes!
The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center of St. Louis houses an exhibition that provides a chronological history of the Holocaust with personal accounts of Holocaust survivors who emigrated to St. Louis. Photographs, artifacts, text panels, and audio-visual displays guide visitors through pre-war Jewish life in Europe, the rise of Nazism and events during the Holocaust between 1933-1945, and post-war events including the Nuremberg Trials and Jewish life after the Holocaust.
Excerpted from the Guide to Jewish life in St. Louis. (C) 2002, St. Louis Jewish Light.
Excerpted part from the St. Louis Jewish Community Directory. (C) 2003, NCSY. Torah Mitzion Kollel.
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