Special Events

The Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines hosts special events that honor our Jewish heritage, celebrate community members and support Federation programs. Events are added to this page throughout the year. We also announce special events to our email subscribers, on our Facebook page, and through the mail, so we hope you’ll stay in touch.


To view all community happenings, check out our calendar.

The Tattooed Torah — November 13

Join us on Saturday, November 13, 7 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Synagogue for a screening of “The Tattooed Torah.” Following the film, there will be a live Q&A with producer, Lisa Effress, and film collaborators. The event will be live streamed HERE. Please note: Masks are mandatory while in the building and vaccinations are required for those who are eligible. 


Hanukkah Film Festival — November 28-December 5

Celebrate the festival of lights with eight nights of films. RSVP is required for this event in order to receive an access code. Limited number of codes available, please contact Alicia to secure yours today.

Hanukkah Lighting Across Iowa — November 30

Join us as we welcome the festival of lights together, as a state. Synagogues, households, Hillels and more will come together over Zoom to light the menorah. To register click HERE.

Hanukkah Celebration with Mentalist Sidney Friedman — December 1

A fun, astounding and memorable evening that will send shivers down your spine—you won’t want to miss this! Join us Wednesday, December 1 at Tifereth Israel Synagogue for this special All-in-One Hanukkah event. Please note: Masks are mandatory while in the building and vaccinations are required for those who are eligible. 

NYC Jazz in DSM — December 5

Jazz at Caspe returns! Join us for an afternoon of music at Caspe Terrace. For tickets and more information, contact Abe at abegold1951@gmail.com or call 515-279-6452. Please note: Masks are mandatory while in the building.