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.

Hien-haw Liow's D'var Torah

The weekend of January 9th was a very special one for both our friend Hien-haw Liow and CRC. Hien is a Washington University graduate student from China who has been studying Judaism for the past few years. If you are a regular Shabbat service attendee, you have no doubt seen his smiling face and held a wonderful conversation with him. He made his conversion to Judaism official on January 9th, and on January 10th, he was called to the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah (where he chanted Torah in both Ashenazi and Sephardic Hebrew)! For those of you who could not be there, we wanted to make his beautiful D'var Torah available to read (click here). His mother was able to stream the service all the way from China. Click here to read her blessing for Hien. Mazel tov, Hien, and welcome to the tribe!

CRC MLK Celebration

The Joint Venture celebration was an extremely moving and important gathering. The sanctuary was filled to the brim with members of both CRC and Christ the King. Our rabbis and Reverend Blackmon spoke beautifully and the dialogues among participants will play a role in helping our city heal. Please enjoy the pictures below, courtesy of Lisa Mandel. Click here to view more pictures.

CRC's Confirmation Class went to NYC

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.










Weatherization Project a Huge Success!



South City Site - Saturday, December 13, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

North City Site - Sunday, December 14, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

As one of Central Reform Congregation’s longest community partnerships, we have been helping weatherize in the Grace Hill neighborhood since 1990. We worked 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 focused on elderly
residents within the Grace Hill service area. A huge thank you goes out to Marcy Brodsky, who worked extremely hard to make these two days happen. 

Suspicion Nation Event

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

How Can We Continue to Help in Ferguson?

There are many ways to help. Please click here for a more complete list of ways you can volunteer.

Cultural Leadership Video

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.

Rabbi Susan is Back From Israel

Please click here to read her thoughts on the current situation.

PrideFest 2014 a Huge Success!

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!


Rabbi Susan Helps Make History

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!

Help Support CRC when you shop on Amazon

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

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.

Rabbi Susan Named One
of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis by The Jewish Daily

Click here for the link.

Live-Streaming Kabbalat Shabbat Services

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.

Connecting at CRC...

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 CRCDidn't make it or are curious? Click here to read the details of our opportunities. Click here to let us know your interests.

Weekly e-announcements:

This Week - January 29, 2014

Your Library: Our Sifriat Shalom

CRC Library Catalogue

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.

January University Series
Tuesdays in January, 7:00 pm

This month includes Rabbi Heschel and Reverend King’s birthdays as well as the National MLK Day.  Our Tuesday evening study in January will center around these inspiring religious and Civil Rights leaders, helping to contextualize the new movement for racial justice begun right here in Missouri with a new generation of diverse and committed clergy.  We will look at the spiritual outlooks of each and how those informed their activism.  Feel free to attend one, some, or all of the sessions.  See you there!

January Social Responsibility Shabbat - Friday, January 9, 7:30 pm

For many St. Louisans, they are unaware that there’s a fire burning in North County. It’s invisible to area residents, buried deep beneath the ground in the Bridgeton landfill. But the smoldering waste is an unavoidable presence in town, giving off a putrid odor that clouds the air miles away. Reports from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) indicate dangerously high levels of benzene and hydrogen sulfide in the air.

In 1973, 8000 tons of nuclear weapons waste from the Manhattan Project was illegally dumped at the nearby West Lake Landfill. West Lake is the “child” of the nuclear weapons waste pile adjacent to Coldwater Creek. Chronic exposure to ionizing radiation has a latent effect, meaning that illness often doesn’t occur until 10 – 20 years later. Because this is the same nuclear weapons waste that originated in Coldwater Creek, the group expects to experience the same disease and death that is occurring in the Coldwater Creek sometime in the near future.

Thankfully, a coalition has started to take action. Two members of this coalition are Harvey Ferdman, Policy Analyst for State Representative Bill Otto, and Dawn Chapman, a Bridgeton resident who formed the advocacy organization JustMomsStl. Their mission is to create awareness about the radioactive material that is interspersed throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan area, and areas that have been deeply affected by these materials. They also work toward the eradication of harmful materials from exposure to the general populace.

If the problem is not solved, the entire St. Louis metropolitan region could be threatened with radioactive smoke if the fire at the Bridgeton Landfill were ever to reach the nuclear site at West Lake. If you would like to learn how you can help, or just get more information, please join us for January’s Social Responsibility Shabbat. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Bernstein at (314) 361-1564, ext 117 or jenniferb@centralreform.org.

Please contact Jennifer Bernstein at (314) 361-1564, ext. 117 or jenniferb@centralreform.org with any questions.


CRC is proud to be an active member of Missouri Health Care for All.

Click here to learn more.




Shabbat Services

Kabbalat Shabbat 
All Fridays at 7:30 pm

Family Shabbat Service
All Saturdays at 9:30 am (except in July)

Shacharit Service
All Saturdays at 10:00 am

B'nai Mitzvah

Joey Elsbernd
February 7, 10:00 am

Reed Garland
February 7, 5:00 pm

Sophie Cohen
February 14, 10:00 am

Sarah Nicole Freedman
February 14, 4:30 pm

Lily Brown
February 21, 10:00 am

Parris King-Levine
March 14, 10:00 am

Ryan Rosenthal
March 28, 10:00 am