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Whether you are a member or a friend, you are welcome at CRC. Please join us at our upcoming services, programs or events.
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.
Unfortunately, this link only works outside the CRC building.
Tuesdays in March, 7:00 pm
Torah for Adults: The stories you never heard in religious school. Rape, incest, genocide and god described as a “man of war.” Torah is messy and not always about peace and love. Instead of skipping over the parts we don’t like, let’s dive into the most difficult of these stories, including the Megillat Esther and the story of Purim, to uncover the dark side of the human narrative and let it challenge how we live today.
Sunday, March 9, 1:00-3:00 pm
LGBTQ families, please join CRC, our neighbors the First Unitarian Church, the COLLAGE folks, and others for an afternoon of community and learning.
As we come together on March 9, our genuine hope is that we support existing relationships and build new ones. And have some fun along the way.
Look forward to watching a movie, eating popcorn, and hearing from people from past COLLAGE communities and from COLLAGE staff. We have also built in time for discussion and to connect with one another.
COLLAGE envisions a world in which youth with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parents are connected to a broad community of peers and mentors, are recognized as the authorities of their shared experiences, belong to respected and valued family structures, and have the tools and support to create and maintain a just society.
Please RSVP to Maggie Duwe, firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 361-.1564, ext. 112 and feel free to reach out with questions.
Friday, March 14, 7:30 pm
Why should Missouri have early voting? There is nothing more American than standing up and exercising your right to vote. But, as our lives get busier, it is increasingly more difficult for many voters to make it to the polls on Election Day. Early voting provides every registered voter with the additional convenience and flexibility that many need to participate in our great civic tradition.
CRC is a proud supporter of this early voting initiative. We believe that increasing opportunities to vote will empower more people in our democracy. Early voting won’t fix everything, but will certainly give more people a voice.
Please come to our March Social Responsibility Shabbat to hear from Jobs With Justice’s Richard von Glahn, who will speak about this issue and what we can do to help get this initiative passed.
Saturday, March 15, 7:30 pm
Once again, we kick off Purim for adults with a fun and irreverent reading of the Book of Esther. This year, the vehicle to fulfill the mitzvah will be none other than the Beatles, as interpreted by our rabbis and others. All of this complete with a ‘house band’ and hamentaschen for everybody! Feel free to dress in costume.
Sunday, March 16, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Family Megillah Reading at 2:15 pm
The celebration continues for families and children of all ages. Our bar and bat mitzvah class of 7th graders have taken this day on as one of their mitzvahs and always work hard to provide a carnival of fun and games for the little kids of CRC. In addition, the Shushan Castle Bouncy House will be back, as well as Lisa Mandel and her Green Screen so that you can bring home fun photo souvenirs form the day. At 2:15, we’ll take a break from the festivities to gather in the sanctuary for a rollicking telling of the Book of Esther, again courtesy of the 7th Grade b’nai mitzvah class.
Our winter months ‘Movies with the Rabbis’ series returns with a theme. All of the movies we show--dramatic and documentary--will deal with the education system in our country. Each program will include popcorn and a discussion facilitated by a CRC rabbi. Looking forward to seeing you at the movies!
A Class Divided
March 23, 4:00 to 6:00 pm
The day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April of 1968, students in Jane Elliot’s third grade class in a small, all-white Iowa town were confused about why anyone would kill Dr. King. In an effort to teach her students what discrimination feels like and what it can do to people, Elliot divided her class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups. One day she treated the blue-eyed group as the superior group with the brown-eyed group being inferior. The next day she switched. What she saw, and what the students learned, was astonishing. This is the story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the children, and its enduring power thirty years later.
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"Protect freedom of religion for all Missourians" by Rabbi Susan
All Fridays at 7:30 pm
Family Shabbat Service
All Saturdays at 9:30 am (except in July)
All Saturdays at 10:00 am
April 5. 10:00 am
April 26, 10:00 am
April 26, 5:00 pm
May 3, 10:00 am
May 3, 5:00 pm
May 24, 5:00 pm
June 7, 5:00 pm
June 21, 10:00 am
July 5, 10:00 am