Central Reform Congregation is a vibrant urban Jewish community dedicated to supporting one another in holy ways, pursuing justice and lifelong learning, and providing a shelter of peace.
Our Core Values
Our core values are central to everything we do and serve as guideposts for prioritizing our activities.
A deep sense of community where we, in part, draw strength from each other by connecting both in crisis and in celebration. It is a community that strives to make Judaism relevant and meaningful in the lives of its members.
A respect for diversity including the valuing and sharing between generations and inclusiveness of all who seek to be a part of our community.
A focus on others through commitment to social issues and a reaching out to the broader community. This is further supported by a deep belief in the possibilities of Tikkun Olam-the repair of the world.
An expectation of participation by all its members. To a large extent the activities and the governance of the congregation are only possible through the active involvement of members.
A lay-led congregation with a devotion to but not over-dependence on the Rabbi.
An open, accepting and safe environment where members feel they can “experiment” in expressions of their Judaism.
An insatiable appetite for education. At all age levels, we are a congregation of eager learners and will aggressively support Jewish education.
An embrace of struggle as a way to continually challenge and grow our beliefs as individuals, as a congregation and as members of the broader Jewish community.
A sense of humor to ensure that we never get in our own way as we try to build and maintain respect, authentic, intimate Jewish community for all who seek us out and call us their community.
A fiscally responsible congregation.
An urban congregation committed to being a Jewish presence in the City of St. Louis and dedicated to remaining in the City.
Central Reform Congregation, a Reform Jewish congregation in St. Louis, Missouri, represents the coming together of a diverse and inclusive group of individuals who accept the responsibility of maintaining a community of respect and friendship. Through the study of Jewish texts, both ancient and modern, we join together to address questions relevant to the quality of our lives and the lives of all humankind. We maintain an active commitment to tikkun olam, the repair of the world, through social change and social responsibility projects.
As a diverse and inclusive community, we seek equal roles for men and women and welcome members of interfaith backgrounds, Jews by choice, members of the gay and lesbian community, singles, and people of all ages. With a commitment to people paramount, member participation is a fundamental cornerstone of our philosophy.
Whether you are a member or a friend, you are welcome at CRC. Please join us at our upcoming services, programs or events. Financial Responsibility Each member of the congregation is expected to pay a fair share of the cost of running our congregation, but finances are never a barrier to membership or participation at CRC. We will work with you confidentially to determine a financial commitment that is fair and affordable for you.
Central Reform relies on the active involvement of all members. Involvement can take many forms, including simply participating in events; providing food for and cleaning up after an Oneg; or planning a weekend program.
Each member of the congregation is expected to pay a fair share of the cost of running our congregation, but finances are never a barrier to membership or participation at CRC. We will work with you confidentially to determine a financial commitment that is fair and affordable for you.