Chesterfield, Missouri

March 18, 2013

Chesterfield, MO – http://www.tickstl.com

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Imagine!

Imagine what it would feel like to really belong!

Do you miss the feeling of community? Do you wish you had a personal one-on-one connection to a rav? Would you like to have a sense of belonging and the achievement of working together towards a common goal?

The Orthodox community in Chesterfield, Missouri, may be exactly what you are looking for! Chesterfield (a suburb of St. Louis) is a thriving, vibrant oasis of Torah in the heart of suburban USA. Our shul, Tpheris Israel Chevra Kadisha (“TICK”), located on a scenic pond, is the epicenter of the community led by Rabbi Aaron and Chanie Winter, who for over 20 years have dedicated their lives to the spiritual and material growth of the shul.

So what would make a family move from a larger community like New York to Chesterfield, Missouri? Chesterfield offers a unique full service Jewish lifestyle with all the amenities. Here, you will become part of a young, growing community—flourishing physically and spiritually. Each family is vital, each family is special, and each family has the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to our community’s growth.

The Chesterfield community centers around TICK. Rabbi Winter is a musmach of HaRav Henoch Leibowitz, z”tl, late rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim in New York. He is an inspirational speaker and rav who leads by example through his middos and avodas Hashem. Both the rabbi and rebbetzin maintain a close connection with each family in the community and offer advice and counsel. Under his guidance, the level of religious observance has grown considerably over the years. So too has the shul membership, with numerous young families moving into the community. The Shabbos morning groups for the large contingent of children are a weekly highlight. Chesterfield has an eruv surrounding the community and a beautiful mikvah is housed in the shul. TICK offers multiple classes and learning opportunities for men and women, an active Sisterhood, and community events. Communal activities, such as Purim and Simchas Torah seudos, are yearly highlights.

Despite the difficult economic times, St. Louis has employment opportunities for a variety of professions and skill sets. St. Louis has an especially strong medical community. Biotechnology, science, electronics, and telecommunications firms and businesses are also prominent in the greater St. Louis area. Ten Missouri-based companies made 2012’s Fortune 500 list. Express Scripts (60th) was the state’s highest-ranking company, with revenues over $46 billion. Missouri ranked 16th in the number of Fortune 500 company headquarters, and most Missouri companies are headquartered in the St. Louis area. St. Louis is also home to Washington University, an Ivy League school with an active Hillel, and St. Louis University, both of which are highly rated universities in many educational fields. We have extensive contacts within the larger St. Louis area and are more than willing and able to assist qualified individuals in job searches.

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There are many affordable and spacious housing options within the Chesterfield eruv. For those starting out, there are one and two-bedroom apartments for rent, or for larger families, there are two and three-bedroom townhomes available to rent. For those families who want to purchase a house, there are many affordable options. Set in beautiful neighborhoods, Chesterfield houses are ideal for family life. Homes are set on peaceful streets, have large front and back yards, and wildlife (e.g. deer, rabbits, and squirrels) is plentiful.

Major highways are easily accessible and there is seldom traffic. Downtown St. Louis is a 30-minute drive. Orthodox day schools and Kohn’s Kosher Deli are a 20-minute drive even during morning rush hour. Large supermarkets are 5 minutes away with plenty of kosher options. There are large malls 10 minutes away featuring nearly any store you need and all of the standards: Macy’s, Nordstrom, Walmart, BestBuy, Sam’s, Costco, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and many others. And a new super-outlet mall is opening nearby in mid-2013.

Kosher shopping is easy in St. Louis. All locally produced kosher products are supervised by the Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis, a nationally recognized and reliable kosher supervision. St. Louis has kosher certified delis, butchers, bakeries, restaurants, and ice cream shops.

St. Louis offers two beautiful state-of-the-art Jewish Community Center facilities, one that is 10 minutes away and another about 20 minutes away from TICK. Each has indoor and outdoor pools, gym facilities, Jewish events, and sports fields. St. Louis also offers many cultural attractions for both young and old like theatre, opera, museums, a world class zoo, the St Louis Arch, and major sports teams including the world class Cardinals baseball team and an ice hockey team, the St. Louis Blues.

A variety of Orthodox schools are available in St. Louis from early childhood through high school and bais medrash. Epstein Hebrew Academy and Torah Prep offer classes for 2 year olds through eighth grade. St. Louis also has a number of excellent options for high school students, including Block Yeshiva High School, Bais Yaakov, and the Missouri Torah Institute (“MTI”). MTI is housed in TICK and aside from being a full-service yeshivah high school, MTI also offers a 3 year post-high school bais medrash program for boys. Our congregation maintains a close relationship with the rebbeim of the St Louis Kollel.

The greater St. Louis is home to a significant and established Jewish community, with nearly 60,000 Jews in the area. Chesterfield itself and the general surrounding area are home to about 20,000 Conservative, Reform, or unaffiliated Jews. Everyone at TICK is committed to kiruv, bringing all Jews closer to Torah and Hashem.

If you are looking for an authentic, inclusive community where you can make an impact and live the life you’ve always dreamed—look no further. It’s all in Chesterfield, Missouri. Visit us and find out what you’ve been missing. We can’t wait for you to call it home.

Cost of Living

Kindergarten tuition: $11,000-$13,000

Elementary school tuition: $11,000-$14,000

High school tuition: $14,000-$18,000

Cholov Yisroel milk: $10/gallon

Grape juice: $8.99 for two large containers

Renting a one bedroom apartment: $640/month

Renting a two bedroom apartment: $740-$800/month

Renting a three bedroom home: $1,100/month

Buying a three bedroom house: $200,000-$500,000

 

Getting There

Chicago: 5 hours by car

New York: 2 hours by plane

Los Angeles: 4 hours by plane

 

Contact

Name: Michael Treisman

Email: mctreisman@sbcglobal.net

Phone #: 314-393-7068