MaTovu is an inclusive Jewish space in St. Louis City that fosters connection by enriching our community's spiritual, cultural, and social life.



From 1929 to 1944, the South Side Hebrew Congregation met at a small synagogue building at 4200 Blaine Avenue in the City’s Botanical Heights neighborhood. While few records remain of the congregation, its distinctly Jewish character has been maintained in the windows and façade. MaTovu — an inclusive Jewish “neighborhood center” — opens the building as a Jewish space for the first time in 75 years.



MaTovu is divided into a large gathering space, a conference room, and a small office/library totalling around 2,600 square feet. The gathering space can accommodate up to 100 people, and the conference room and office can be used for smaller meetings by Jewish organizations or other small groups in the community. This project is a unique opportunity for the Jewish community to share its resources with Jews who do not live in the County and to be in close relationship with our neighbors who aren’t Jewish. MaTovu will also offer a home for innovative new ideas from existing Jewish institutions, young Jews, and the community at large.

About the Space


Board Members

Abby Bennett
Shira Berkowitz
Katie Garland
Russel Neiss
Paul Sorenson
Andrew Warshauer


Maya Felman, Program and Engagement Fellow