Central Reform Congregation

High Holidays 5779 / 2018

Erev Rosh Hashanah – September 9
Service begins at 8:00 pm at the J

Rosh Hashanah I – September 10
Service begins at 10:00 am at the J
Alternative Service begins at 10:00 am at CRC
Children’s Service from 2:30 – 3:30 pm at CRC
Tashlich meets at CRC at 3:30 to
walk to Murphy Lake in Forest Park
Rosh Hashanah II – September 11
Service begins at 10:00 am at CRC



Kol Nidre – September 18
Service begins at 8:00 pm at the J

Yom Kippur – September 19
Service begins at 10:00 am at the J
Alternative Service begins at 10:00 am at CRC
Breakout Sessions from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the J
Children’s Service begins at 3:30 pm at the J
Yizkor and Concluding Services begin at 4:30 pm at the J

CRC’s High Holiday services are free and open to the public with no tickets required.


Saturday, September 1
7:30 pm Journal workshop with Will Soll
9:00 pm New Member Welcome: Wine & Cheese, Everyone welcome
10:00 pm S’lichot Service

On the 21st of Elul (September 1 this year), we gather to celebrate S’lichot, a holiday that always falls on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah. Traditionally, the service includes prayers of repentance in preparation for the High Holidays.
Our evening begins with a journal workshop led by Will Soll. Rosh Hashanah creates a seam in time, encouraging us to stop and look back before moving forward. This journal workshop is therefore designed to evoke the ebb and flow of 5778 and harvest its memories before we enter 5779. Journaling is solitary, private work that is nonetheless best done with the structure, support and encouragement of a community. It is not expected that you will share what you write with anyone.

CRC’s S’lichot begins at 9:00 pm with a new member gathering, where all families and individuals who have joined in the past year are invited to meet and get to know one another over wine and cheese. At 10:00 pm, the entire CRC community is invited to the S’lichot service. After a brief Havdalah service, we will enter the Sanctuary to pray, accompanied by the CRC Holiday Choir, and cast our schmutz into a bowl of water. Cleansed, we then light our candles and exit in silence. This meaningful ritual allows us to grow closer as a community in preparation for our High Holy Days and opens the door for the individual and internal process of reflection and t’shuvah that continues through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. If this will be your first year at CRC High Holidays (or even if you just want a refresher), this is the perfect opportunity to learn the beautiful music of the holidays so that you can sing along. If you have never attended a S’lichot service before, please do not be shy about coming. People comment year after year that this is one of the warmest and most profound services of the year. We sincerely hope to see you there!

Do you like to bake?

If you would like to provide a tray of goodies for the Erev Rosh Hashanah Oneg, please bring five dozen baked goodies to the services on the evening of September 9th. If you have any questions, please contact Camille Greenwald at 314-614-3619 or camille.greenwald@gmail.com. The trays will be available in the Oneg in mid August, so come and get ‘em!

It takes a village!

We need lots of help over the many days during the high holidays. One of the most important things that you can do to help is to
usher during and after one of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at the JCC and CRC. Consider doing it as a family or just by
yourself. Email Nancy at nancy@centralreform.org if you are interested in helping out.

High Holiday Childcare

We will be offering childcare for children of member households during the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning service. Childcare will be provided by trained caregivers from TLC family care. We need a minimum of 5 reservations to be able to offer this service. Please fill out the reservation form found on our website and return it by Monday, August 27. We ask for a contribution of $15 per child per session.

Childcare will be offered at the J only. Child care will not be provided at CRC during alternative services.

We must have your reservation before Monday, August 27. We cannot guarantee spaces for children whose forms arrive after that date. Licensing requirements specify the number of children a childcare provider can supervise. To ensure that we have sufficient childcare providers, we cannot provide drop-in care for children for whom no reservations were made – NO EXCEPTIONS. Find our registration form below.

Mark your calendar, newlyweds!

Sunday, September 9, 2018
Mazel Tov on getting married this year!
CRC was thrilled to be a part of your special day. You may or may not know that at CRC we have a special tradition of having couples who were married by our Rabbis during the year bring a honey cake (or two) to Erev Rosh Hashanah services. This year we welcome couples celebrating a special anniversary to bring a honey cake also!

We place all of the honey cakes under a Chuppah and encourage members looking for that special someone to go to the “Honey Cake Table.” It’s a nice way to share your love and encourage others to find what you have. You may bake or purchase your honey cake- either way is great. We welcome honey substitute (agave nectar) cakes, gluten free cakes, and vegan cakes as well. Simply bring it with you to Erev Rosh Hashanah services and place it on the table beneath the Chuppah.

This year, the honey cake table will be following Erev Rosh Hashanah Services at the J on Sunday, September 9.
Questions? Want a good recipe or want to know where you can buy a honey cake? Contact Jennifer Fishering at 314-361-1564, ext 101 or jen@centralreform.org.