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Social Responsibility Shabbat

Social Responsibility Shabbat is one of CRC's longest-running social responsibility programs. On the 2nd Friday night of every month, we invite a guest speaker to speak at our Shabbat service about an issue of social responsibility. We believe that Tikkun Olam, the work or repairing the world, is one of the ways in which we live Torah, and so we often say that our Social Responsibility Shabbat speaker is our "Torah" for the evening.

Our speakers cover a wide range of topics of interest to our members.

Past Social Responsibility Shabbat Programs

Recent Social Responsibility Shabbat programs have included:

  • Rev. Martin Rafanan, Gateway 180::Homelessness Reversed

  • George Lombardi, Missouri Department of Corrections

  • Dedee Lhamon, The Covering House, and Katie Rhoades, Healing Action Network

  • Rev. John Bennett and Rev. Allen Ladage, Missouri Interfaith IMPACT

  • Paula Gianino, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

  • Scott Emanuel and youth members of Growing American Youth

  • A.J. Bockelman, PROMO

  • Rod Jones, Grace Hill Community Services

  • Kylar Broadus, professor, attorney and transgender activist

  • Ruth Ehresman, Missouri Budget Project, and State Representative Jeanette Mott Oxford

  • Professor Terry Jones, University of Missouri - St. Louis

  • Rev. Rebecca Turner, Faith Aloud

  • Ron Levy, Director, Missouri Department of Social Services

Have a great idea for a Social Responsibility Shabbat speaker? Please contact Jennifer Bernstein at jenniferb@centralreform.org or or 314-361-1564 ext. 117 to suggest a speaker or topic.