Shavuot: A St. Louis Night of Community

For years it has been a CRC custom to gather late in the night on Shavuot with many other “eastern” congregations to study from all of our community’s teachers and rabbis. This year, we’re gathering online! Here is the link to register.

Join rabbis and teachers from across the community for an evening of study, learning, and community.

Here is rundown of the breakout sessions:


Welcome in story, song and candle lighting: Rabbi James Goodman, Central Reform Congregation


Do I Have to Believe in God to be a Jew? Rabbi Jim Bennett, Congregation Shaare Emeth

The Judaism in Mutual Aid: Laura Horowitz and Yoni Bloomberg, Mah Tovu

The 5-Legged Table- Ruth & Jewish Peoplehood: Emily Cohen, Temple Emanuel


Of Plagues and Prophets: Rabbi Michael Alper, Congregation Temple Israel

The View from the Middle-Community Partners in Discussion with What’s Most Needed Now: Dr. Koach Baruch Frazier, Mah Tovu

Ruth’s Journey-A Musical Midrash, Larisa Klebe, JCC


Gender and Sexuality in the Book of Ruth: Rabbi Lori Levine, Congregation Shaare Emeth

Why am I up Studying Torah? Exploring Shavuot (The Ultimate All-Nighter): Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg, United Hebrew Congregation

Ten Rungs- Hasidism According to Martin Buber: Dr. Will Soll, Congregation Neve Shalom


Talmud Circle-Explore the Meandering, Tangential, Mysterious and Absurd Stories of the Talmud: Rabbi Daniel Bogard, Central Reform Congregation

Wearing a Mask: Social Distancing in a Jewish Context-We will look at Jewish texts that explore the themes of social distancing and protecting the greater community: Rabbi Adam Bellows, United Hebrew Congregation


There are many different reasons given for why we eat dairy on Shavuot. At Sinai, the Israelites were considered to be as innocent as newborns whose food is milk. Kabbalists teach us that the numerical value of the chalav (milk in Hebrew) is 49, representing the days Moses spent on Mount Sinai.

Whatever the reason, this year you can participate in a mitzvah by eating cheesecake while following safe social distancing rules. Patty’s Cheesecake, a local business is selling a variety of options to enjoyed by one or more. Patty’s Cheesecake will donate part of the proceeds to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. The tasty treats will be ready for pickup before Shavuot begins the evening of May 28.   This is a great opportunity to support a local small business and an organization feeding thousands in our community during this especially challenging time.

Pick up at your cheesecake at The Baker’s Hub, at Patty’s Cheesecake. For the address and to place your order, visit then click “order online” then “Shavuot” option. We look forward to sharing this special holiday with you.



Thu May 28 2020


7:30 pm




Virtual Event