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.

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December University Series
Turning Spears into pruninghooks: Prophetic Judaism in the age of trump

Tuesdays in December, 7:00 pm at CRC 

Join Rabbi Susan as we learn more about what we can do to dismantle the xenophobia, sexism, and racism that threaten us, with direction from our texts and community experts. Sessions include: "We Were Strangers. . . " (December 6th), where we will learn how we can protect our undocumented and immigrant neighbors with the growing sanctuary house movements and respond to the passage of Amendment 6; "Freeing the Captives" (December 13th), where we will learn about growing a more just community in the face of sexism and gender biases with the Clemency Project and Planned Parenthood; and a class on December 20th focused on the story of the Maccabees and the reminder that we must fight idolatry in all its forms, including identifying the ways we can dismantle the racism in our hearts, community, and nation. 

CRC Grief Support Group 

Saturday, December 17, 12:30 pm

Please join us for our monthly grief support group. All who have experienced the loss of a friend, family member, or loved one are invited to attend. Together, we will listen and learn from one another, helping to make  connections and finding ways to  support one another through the grief process. This month's group is led by Jamie Sentnor. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Jamie Sentnor at sentnor@sbcglobal.net.

December Social Responsibility Shabbat

Friday, December 9, 7:30 pm

This Social Responsibility Shabbat, join 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia who will speak on her experience visiting Standing Rock and explain the importance of why this issue matters to us as St. Louisans.  We will also be joined by the St. Louis Native Women's Care Circle who will offer a water blessing with our community.

The Dakota Access pipeline is a 1700 kilometer pipeline intended to transport 400,000 barrels of oil that comes from North Dakota oil fields every day. Currently most of that oil is transported by train, but the new pipeline’s intent is to ease the overburden of that rail system. The oil is a product of fracking in the region. The company, Dakota Access LLC, is building the pipeline which is more than half complete. 

The construction of this pipeline has been protested for nearly two years by the Native Americans inhabiting the four states the line crosses. The intensity of the protesting increased when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted the builders a permit allowing the pipeline to cross under the Missouri River at Lake Oahe, just half a mile North of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. This not only puts their potable water source from the Missouri River at risk of contamination and oil spills, but digging on this land directly uncovers their sacred archeological burial sites. The Standing Rock Sioux say they were not consulted by the Army Corps when they were investigating the pipeline. 

The pipeline continues to be built in other non-contested areas of the states, while protestors and Natives stand their ground to keep the pipeline from being built on Native land. 


Materials Prep Day: Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 pm, Multipurpose Room at CRC 

We are in need of volunteers to help bundle materials in preparation for this year’s project. These bundles are crucial to the flow and productivity during the weatherizing weekend. Come enjoy pizza and help us prep the materials! RSVP to Marcy Brodsky.

Weatherization weekend:

Saturday, December 10 and Sunday December 11

10:00 - 11:00 am training and breakfast, 11:00 - 3:00 pm weatherizing homes

We will work one day in the Grace Hill north service area and the other day south (location to be determined). Meet at 10:00 for bagels, team assignment and project training. Done by 3:00. A great opportunity for building community within and outside of CRC. 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. No special skills are needed, so please bring your friends or family (12 and older) and join us for this worthwhile project. Sign up here. Contact Marcy Brodsky or (314) 302-8957 to volunteer, for questions, or directions (map will be provided).

Register to Volunteer for the Sixth Annual Jewish-Muslim Day of  Community Service

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The website to register for a community service site is open now through December 15th. Register for one of 25 community service sites now through December 15th online here. CRC is one of the community service sites and has three activities where volunteers will have the opportunity to create meaningful contributions for our local community. 

The morning of volunteering begins with a community welcome breakfast at 9:00 am at the Daar Ul Islam mosque at 517 Weidman Road. We encourage everyone coming to our CRC project site to join the breakfast beforehand. 
For questions or additional information about the Jewish and Muslim Day of Community Service, call 314-442-3894 or email Gail Wechsler at gwechsler@jcrcstl.org

Gateway Housing Women's Shelter

Preparing and serving meals December 29, January 26, and February 23

CRC congregants have organized an opportunity to provide meals to the third house, and the first women's shelter built under the auspices of Gateway Housing First. The program offers 16-18 homeless individuals a secure housing and meal opportunity during the winter months. The sites are staffed by a resident who provides counseling services. Post winter, rooms are provided to a smaller group of residents provided they have an ongoing source of income to pay reduced rent.This is their third year of operation. To contribute to this project through donations, cooking, or serving and enjoying the meals with the residents contact Jane Baker


Udgy Potluck Non-Book Club

Monday, December 5, 6:00 pm

Same time, different Monday, different month! Please join this wonderful group of folks who read books that make us wonder, question, learn, and maybe feel even a little bit udgy!  And who want to talk about them with 
other folks who like udgy books.  And who want to share and eat good food while we do it.  Our December book is The Ghost of Hannah Mendes by Naomi Regan. 
Please bring book suggestions for February!

LGBTQIA+ Latke Party

Friday, December 30, 6:00 pm

Please join us as we celebrate Hanukkah!  (Or learn how to spell it!!) We'll eat a lotta latkes, share a Shabbat dinner, and have good discussion. CRC will provide the main dish and latkes.  Please bring either wine or dessert or any other favorite Hanukkah food to share and your menorah and candles.  Please RSVP to  Tristan at 314-361-1564 ext., 100 or tristan@centralreform.org. 

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!


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.

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Shabbat Services

Kabbalat Shabbat 
All Fridays at 7:30 pm

Family Service
All Saturdays at 9:30 am

Shacharit Service
All Saturdays at 10:00 am

B'nai Mitzvah
December 17
Bar Mitzvah of Noah Sentnor