Children & Youth

All things CRC from birth to confirmation

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6-Weeks-Old to 5-Years-Old

The Nest

The Nest is CRC’s early childhood center.
We provide care for children 6 weeks to 5+ years of age.
Our Mission is to provide a safe and loving environment where each child is valued for who they are.

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4-Years-Old or Younger


Rainbow is open to the community and is offered once a month for families with young children prior to entering Pre-K. These sessions are designed to feature interactive Jewish activities such as music, movement, art, stories, and play.

Maxine at 314-361-3919 x118 or Read our FAQ

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Pre-School (and siblings)

Tot Shabbat

Tot Shabbat is a wonderful way to welcome Shabbat with your families during the summer! We are currently out of season for Tot Shabbat and hope you will join us at an upcoming Family Service. 

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Pre-School to 6th Grade

Family Services

Join us every Shabbat morning for a fun & informal chance to sing, reflect, and learn together. This 30-minute service is geared towards our youngest members, but all our welcome to watch online!

Family Shabbat services take place each Saturday morning at 9:30 am in CRC's Multipurpose Room or wherever noted in our calendar. When Shabbat school is not in session, it will stream to our Facebook and Youtube pages. 

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Pre-K to 2nd Grade

Shabbat School

Shabbat School introduces students to the basics of Judaism, the Jewish community, and Jewish holidays. Our teachers engage students with stories, songs and hands on activities. We often hear from parents how excited their students are about coming to "school" on Saturday mornings!

Essie at 314-361-3919 x106
Read our FAQ

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5-years-old to 12-years-old (and siblings)

Mensch Makers

Mensch Makers is a family mitzvah program designed to give families and their children opportunities to participate together in Tikkun Olam projects. We meet monthly on Shabbat or Sunday afternoons.

Each event is coordinated by a different Mensch Makers family, so click here for our Youth Calendar

For more information, email Vera at

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3rd Grade to 6th Grade

Religious School

Religious School students learn Hebrew letters, and gain fluency and reading skills in Hebrew. They study sacred time and space while exploring music from Shabbat Service, the Tanach, history, Jewish values, and social justice issues.

Read our FAQ

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Beginning in 4th Grade

B'nai Mitzvah

Preparing for a bar or bat mitzvah at CRC is a process, and each young person is supported at every step by CRC's rabbis, staff, educators, and Board. While the b'nai mitzvah service will take place at 13-years-old for boys and 12- or 13-years-old for girls, most families begin preparing as early as 5th grade.

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7th to 9th Grade

Teen Religious School

In the CRC Teen Religious School Program, students take a well-rounded look at Jewish identity-both as Jewish advocates in the world around us and personally as students. 
   -7th grade students do mitzvot as a class while some students continue studying to become Bar or Bat Mitzvah. 
    -8th grade students reflect on CRC’s core value of being a Jewish presence in St. Louis City and participate in local community service projects. Students will also travel to Chicago as a class.
   -9th grade students focus on learning what it means to be an advocate, especially a Jewish one, culminating in a unique Washington, D.C. trip.  
Read our FAQ

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10th Grade


Confirmation returns to self-reflection, focusing on real, modern issues that are influenced by our Jewish identity, leading to an unforgettable Jewish New York City trip. The year ends with a Confirmation service held on the second Friday night in May.

Read our FAQ

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High School

Youth Group

CRC’s youth group is open to all high school students in CRC affiliated households. Our youth group aims to hold monthly social events, alternating between a lounge night in our building and a social event somewhere in St. Louis. 

PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITIES: Attend our social events during the school year. Attend up to 3 conclaves. Hang out in our Youth Lounge. 

Contact: Rabbi Karen at  314-361-3919 x104 

B'nai Mitzvah Info & Materials

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Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitvah at CRC

4th grade, January after winter break: B'nai Mitzvah date sign-up forms mailed.
4th Grade, Spring semester: B'nai Mitzvah workshop - receive Binder and Portion Booklet.
5th-6th grade: Student continues to attend Hebrew School and attend some Shabbat services.
6th grade: Begin working with Rabbis on d'var Torah (teaching on student's Torah portion). Family should attend Shabbat morning services together.
6th Grade Workshop, Spring semester: Each student prepares his or her own prayer/service book (siddur). Begin organizing and writing your siddur. If you are planning to have a b'nai mitzvah party at CRC, it's time to start planning this too--contact Jake Talve-Goodman at  or 314-361-1564.
9 months - 1 year prior to date: First meeting with Rabbi (student and parent/s attend)
9-10 months prior to date: Contact Maxine Weil,  to start working with a b'nai mitzvah tutor.
6-9 months prior to date: Select Mitzvah project. CRC's rabbis and staff may be consulted if you need help with project ideas.
3 months before: If you are having CRC print your child's siddur, inform Becky Nelson Zoole at
1 month before: E-mail siddur to Becky if publishing at CRC.
3 weeks before: Rehearsal 1.
1 week before: Final rehearsal.
After bar or bat mitzvah: Attend teen programs (7th-12th grades) and chant blessings at High Holy Day services!

Choosing A Mitzvah Project

Tikkun olam - repair of the world - is a core value at CRC, and an important part of having a bar or bat mitzvah is the mitzvah project. This is a project, chosen by the student, which gives him or her an opportunity to "give back" to the community and help someone else. CRC students have chosen a wide range of mitzvah projects,  including making gift bags for children in the hospital, collecting donations for an animal shelter, and bringing a screening of an important film to St. Louis.

We encourage b'nai mitzvah students and their families to think about the mitzvah project early in the process. Because some mitzvah projects take time to arrange, planning ahead will give you the best opportunity to participate in a project that is meaningful to you.

The CRC rabbis are a great source of ideas and can be consulted when you meet with them.

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B'nai Mitzvah Siddur Preparation

One of the unique parts of having a bar or bat mitzvah at CRC is that each student creates his or her own prayer book, called a siddur, to be used during the service. While the Shabbat prayers remain the same, each student personalizes the book with that week’s Torah and Haftarah portions and their own readings and images.

The steps to create your personal Siddur are:

Windows users: The fonts below belong in the Font folder located in your Control Panel.


1. Double click on the appropriate file below, open, and choose SAVE AS. (Select a folder on your computer.)

Morning Service Siddur

Havdalah Siddur

2. Do you see Hebrew?

If not, repeat the steps above to download and add the Hebrew fonts. (Macs generally will not display the Hebrew fonts; but when sent to CRC, they will appear.) 

If you need any help with your Siddur, contact Becky at 314-361-3919 x102 or

Below are sources for some of the information you will need to make the siddur your own!

1. Scroll down page OR Click link below to obtain your TORAH and HAFTARAH PORTIONS (in Hebrew and English)


2. Click link below to obtain your HEBREW NAME (in Hebrew)

View a list of Hebrew names from which you may copy and paste into your siddur.

3. Click link below to find your HEBREW B’NAI MITZVAH DATE. (Be sure to check the “After sunset” box if it is an havdalah event.)

Find Hebrew Date.

4. Click link below if you have questions about the TRANSLITERATION and/or CAPITALIZATION of Hebrew words.

URJ Transliteration Guidelines

5. Need GRAPHICS/PHOTOS? Try these sites:

Google images

Yahoo! images

Bing images


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Central Reform Congregation provides you with siddur production services. Our capabilities include: full color covers, editing, formatting, proofing, collage-making, and printing.

Here is our process:

1. For each of the two rehearsals, you will receive 3 proof copies—one for the rabbi, one to keep/share, and one to mark your corrections—plus a three hole punched copy in a binder that you will use during rehearsals and when leading the service.

2. To have adequate time to prepare rehearsal copies, we need your print-ready digital siddur 7-10 days before your first rehearsal. You will have opportunities to make corrections and updates following each rehearsal. However, the siddur you e-mail us should include your welcome letter, all your quotes, a description of the mitzvah project, your thank you page, and all your pictures and graphics. If you believe you will have a problem meeting the deadline, please involve us early!

3. Please prepare the siddur in Microsoft Word. If you prepare your siddur in non-standard fonts, please include the font when e-mailing your siddur. If you want to know how to do this, contact Becky at 314-361-3919 x102 or

4. If your pictures and graphics aren’t digital and you are unable digitize them, we can scan them here. We also make picture collages. In these cases, please bring in your pictures early.

5. Once you have e-mailed the siddur, all changes should be either marked up in the rehearsal copy or e-mailed as a list. Please do not resend your copy of the siddur with corrections.

6. Remember, per the rabbis’ request, the cover picture cannot be of your child.

7. The cover is in color; pictures and art in the body of the siddur are printed in black and white.

8. Number to print? Figure one book for each invited guest Add 60-65 additional books for other congregants and guests if the b’nai mitzvah is Saturday morning.

9. To make arrangements, contact Becky at 314-361-3919 x102 or

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