a Jewish presence in the City of St. Louis
Whether you are a member or a friend, you are welcome at CRC. Please join us at our upcoming services, programs or events.
Despite a bit of a bumpy start with a canceled flight, our 10th graders appear to be taking NYC by storm! Please make sure to check our Facebook page periodically for more pictures and updates.
As one of Central Reform Congregation’s longest community partnerships, we have been helping weatherize in the Grace Hill neighborhood since 1990. Work with a team of other community volunteers to place plastic on interior windows of select area resident homes to keep our neighbors warm this winter. This year we will focus on elderly
residents within the Grace Hill service area.
Let’s put names with faces! For the first time in 20 years, CRC is putting together a photo directory. Our last photo directory was published in 1994. It needs updating! We have chosen to partner with Lifetouch for professional photography that will connect our members and tell our story. But we need YOU to make this complete. Each member and/or household will have the opportunity to be professionally photographed and will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and CRC photo directory for participating. You will also have an opportunity to purchase additional portraits. Pets are welcome!
To sign up for one of the sessions listed above, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Bernstein at (314) 361-1564, ext. 117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 45 minutes for your session. Thank you.
Rabbi Susan recently served as an honorary co-chair of a recent panel discussion on St. Louis race relations in the aftermath of Ferguson. Presented by Meet Me St. Louis, the event was hosted by the Missouri History Museum and cosponsored by 30 community organizations. NBC News Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom led the discussion.
From Left to Right: Karen Aroesty: Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Missouri & Southern Illinois, Reena Hajat Carroll: Executive Director, Diversity Awareness Partnership, Chief Steve Runge: Chief of Police, City of Charlack, Lisa Bloom, Raul Reyes: lawyer, journalist & commentator for CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and Fox News Radio, Rabbi Susan, and Anthony Gray: Senior Managing Partner of Johnson Gray, LLC, and attorney for the family of Michael Brown
There are many ways to help. Please click here for a more complete list of ways you can volunteer.
Please take a look here at the beautiful video for the 10th Anniversary Cultural Leadership Gala that Leah Greenbaum put together. It truly embodies the spirit of CRC and Cultural Leadership.
Please click here to read her thoughts on the current situation.
The Jewish Communities contingent once again made a big splash at PrideFest this year. Our booth was swamped with people looking for the hot ticket items - our rainbow Star of David temporary tattoos and our "I Love Nice Jewish Boys/Girls/Queers" stickers. The parade was a blast and our Tree of Life flash mob was a hit! CRC was well represented (as always!). We hope to see you again at PrideFest 2015!
At St. Louis City Hall on the evening of June 25, Rabbi Susan officiated at the wedding of CRC members Terry Garrett and Bruce Yampolsky. They were married alongside three other LGBT couples in Mayor Slay's office. The marriage licenses issued were the first of their kind in the state of Missouri. This is a clear, direct challenge to Missouri's unconstitutional ban on marriage equality.
Bruce and Terry celebrated their 30 years of love and commitment. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, all couples will be allowed to marry in Missouri. Mazel Tov to Terry and Bruce!
When you shop on Amazon Smile, Amazon will make a donation to Central Reform Congregation. It is a quick and easy way to help raise money for CRC!
The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.
The Charter for Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life. Click here for more information and to learn about how we, as a CRC community, can be more compassionate.
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We are now live-streaming our Friday night services. Click the "U" button (USTREAM) on the bottom of the left panel. In the search window (top, center), enter central reform congregation Shabbat, and click on LIVE. We will archive the services and these will be available for later viewing on the site.
In the same panel, you can connect to our Facebook page, our Twitter page, and directly e-mail CRC.
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As the kickoff event of our 30th Anniversary Celebration, our Open House and Opportunities Fair brought out a huge number of CRC members and potential members who explored how they could become involved in the life and work of CRC. Didn't make it or are curious? Click here to read the details of our opportunities. Click here to let us know your interests.
Looks like every other link? Yes, but this one is the key to our on-line catalog of books. You can check by author, title or subject matter to see what books we own and which of them are available for check-out, i.e. “IN.” The option to reserve items on-line is not yet available. Try it. See what we have and visit the library when you are here.
Facilitated by Michael Getty, Mem Movshin, and Will Soll, this series offers a shared encounter with Jewish liturgy. Together, we will journey deeply into both Shabbat and weekday texts, traditional melodies, and modern interpretations.
One of the longest running Tikkun Olam projects of CRC has been our weatherization program. For November’s Social Responsibility Shabbat, we will hear from a Grace Hill representative and CRC member Steve Kratchman, who will be talking about his experience as a volunteer from the very beginning of the project. The following is Steve’s recollection of the program’s impact:
“I have seen many of our congregants seeing life as it really is and for many of their children who participated have grown to learn things firsthand they may never have. Many have gone on to other volunteer positions which have given me a great deal of satisfaction. The results have given CRC a respected name in the neighborhoods and the city along with wonderful friendships. Weatherization is done in a day and you touch the lives of all who are within. Individuals profit, volunteers profit, CRC fulfills its mission along with Grace Hill in that we are “neighbors helping neighbors”. I hope all of our congregants could gather and experience what has been for me a terrific learning experience. And this comes at a time in our city that needs much compassion and understanding. You may never know what your impact will be, but you will have made one on those people who live in the homes you weatherized AND yourself.”
To hear more about the project and to hear how profoundly your life could be impacted by just devoting one day to help, please attend this Shabbat service You won’t regret it!
Please contact Jennifer Bernstein at (314) 361-1564, ext. 117 or email@example.com with any questions.
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All Fridays at 7:30 pm
Family Shabbat Service
All Saturdays at 9:30 am (except in July)
All Saturdays at 10:00 am
November 22, 5:00 pm
November 29, 10:00 am
December 6, 10:00 am
December 6, 5:00 pm
December 13, 10:00 am
December 13, 5:00 pm
December 27, 10:00 am