By ALAN SMASON
Congregation Gates of Prayer held its annual gala on Saturday night, May 11, with a perfectly executed theme reflective of its own name and an homage to the opulence of the Roaring Twenties. Titled “The Great Gatesby,” the affair afforded congregants an opportunity to dress in period costumes and enjoy music of the Jazz Age best typified by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby.”
In addition to a the Dapper Dandies providing musical accompaniment to the evening, food from a variety of local restaurants and one St. Louis restaurant, a favorite of Rabbi David Gerber’s, were on hand for congregants to sample.
The Rabbi’s Speakeasy occupied the adult lounge for the night and those who ponied up extra cash to help the synagogue’s general fund were treated to tastings of three very expensive bottles of Bourbon and Scotch and given special Norlan glasses for the tastings as momentos. Special chips were given which gave patrons the Norlan glass and tastings of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve and George T. Stagg Antique Collection Bourbons as well as the Glenfarclas 25-year old Scotch.
A “jail” was erected into which congregants were escorted and bail had to be raised in order to free them. Local actors and burlesque stars played roles as gangsters and cigarette girls throughout the night.
Silent auctions of a variety of items were held throughout the night as well.
Photos from the event are here: