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CRC Rabbi Search
We have initiated the process of adding a third Rabbi to our Rabbinic team. We have learned from our history that the pastoral, life-cycle events, religious holidays, and education needs of our 800+ household congregation is best served by three Rabbis. Over the past several years, we’ve enjoyed the additional support of Rabbi Ed Harris, who served in a Rabbinic role part-time until 2014, and Rabbi Educator Deana Sussman, who in 2016 assumed the role of Assistant Rabbi at Temple Israel in Omaha, Nebraska.
Scott Levine, President of the CRC Board of Directors, has directed CRC’s vice presidents of Leadership and Visioning, Leenie Becker and Janet Rodgers, to form a search committee in the next few months. This committee will evaluate the needs of our membership, Rabbis Susan and Randy, the board and staff. The goal will be to begin interviewing candidates late summer and early fall 2017 for
placement in 2018. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please e-mail Leenie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Janet at email@example.com.
The Jewish calendar does not let us stay still no matter how bleak our lives may look! Jews have turned to humor to survive the most challenging of times.
Tu B’shevat, the new year of the trees that comes on the full moon of the month of Shevat (February 10th) reminds us that no matter how barren the earth looks today the sap from the celestial tree of life is stirring and will explode with new life and possibility in the spring with Passover. Just after that we have the raucous holiday of Purim that turns everything upside down. There is nothing that cannot be made fun of, nothing is too sacred to teach us that if we can name it, if we can hold it in our hands, it is probably an idol and not God. We get so drunk that we cannot tell our friends from our foes. The farcical Book of Esther is read to yeah’s and boo’s as a Jewish beauty queen (oy ) saves the day. There can be no Passover without Purim, no liberation without humility.
To prepare for Purim our February University series will focus on the use of Jewish humor and satire as a
window into the Jewish soul. We have used humor in the darkest of times to lift us out of hopelessness into the realm of
possibility and renewed joy. The short stories, articles and videos we will study, will be posted on the CRC website in preparation of the class.
Join Rabbis Talve and Goodman for this series.
Join us to welcome the new moon of Adar. We will be partnering with Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis to combine science and the Jewish calendar for an unforgettable afternoon in their portable planetarium in CRC’s multi-purpose room. Get to know each other as we welcome the new moon, new knowledge, and new friendships. RSVP to Jen Fishering, firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.361.3919, ext. 101. Recommended donation of $10 per person. Limited space available due to size of planetarium. Due to a scheduling conflict in the community, our March 5th Starting Points program has been rescheduled.
Helping the Hungry: Tour the food pantry, then make trail mix to stock the shelves. Older kids will also sort food in the warehouse. RSVP’s encouraged to RACHEL DELSTON at email@example.com
Save the Date:
Saturday, March 11, 12:30 - 1:30 pm at CRC Lunches to Learn: Meet at CRC to make bagged lunches for the residents of Gateway 180, with optional delivery and tour of the homeless shelter afterwards. (Optional tour will run from 1:45-2:30 p.m.)
All are welcome who want to question and explore.
What is so very amazing about this time? Who were the main players? What were the issues? Who won? Why did they win? Who lost?Why did they lose? What were the issues at the end of BCE that influenced CE? What took the place of the 2nd Temple? Who was Jesus? What did he do? What didn’t he do? Why? What was Messiah to the people of the time? Why did they want one? Why did they pick the one they picked? What does all or any of this mean to us today
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