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5777 / 2016 High Holidays 
at the Jewish Community Center (the J)


S’lichot – Saturday, September 24        
9:00 pm    New Member Wine & Cheese Gathering at CRC
                    (Begin to spiritually prepare for the Holidays)
10:00 pm    S’lichot Service at CRC

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, October 2 
8:00 pm     Service begins at the J

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

Rosh Hashanah II – Tuesday, October 4
10:00 am     Service begins at CRC

Kol Nidre – Tuesday, October 11
8:00 pm       Service begins at the J

Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 12
10:00 am     Service begins at the J
10:00 am     Alternative Service begins at CRC
1:00 pm       Breakout Sessions begin at the J 
3:30 pm       Children's Service begins at the J
4:30 pm       Yiskor and Concluding Services begin at the J

9:00 pm New Member Welcome
10:00 pm S’lichot Service

On the 21st of Elul (September 24 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. 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, 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!

Childcare for the High Holidays
After a several year break, 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. Please fill out the reservation form found on our website and return it by Friday, September 16.  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 Friday, September 16. 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 at here.

Mark Your Calendar, Newlyweds!
Sunday, October 2, 2016

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.  

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 at Erev Rosh Hashanah Services at the J on Sunday, October 2 at 8:00 pm. 
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.

High Holiday Tikkun Olam Projects

Winter clothing for Langston Middle Schoolers
Our new partnership with Langston Middles School began this past August. We are collaborating with Karen Hylton from St. Louis Public Schools and the SLPS faith-based initiative program help us 
determine the most effective and sustainable ways to enrich this 
community partnership. The purpose of the Faith-Based Initiative (FBI) is to partner Saint Louis Public Schools with congregations of faith in order to strengthen the linkage between schools and community, promote academic achievement, and provide positive role models for students in the Saint Louis area. This winter, Langston’s 230 students are in need of the following items that we ask are donated in VERY gently used, clean condition:
    - Winter jackets and coats (boy’s size 14 through men’s size  XXL; girl’s size 12 through women’s size L)
    - Winter hats and gloves
    - New socks (NO used socks)
    - Pants in black or khaki (boy’s sizes 10 and up; all men’s sizes through XXL; girl’s sizes 12-20 and all women’s sizes through L)
    - Collared short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts in black, white, gold, or bugundy (men’s sizes S - XXL and women’s sizes XS - XL )

High Holiday Security
As in previous years, we will have the presence of both uniformed and plain clothes officers as well as the complete cooperation and support of the St. Louis Police Department. We want our holidays to be welcoming and our services to be a Shelter of Peace for all who attend. Please note the following information to help ensure safety for our members and guests:

Please do not arrive at services more than one hour before start time. Doors will be opened one hour prior to the service start time.

There will be two primary entrances to the JCC. All other entrances will be closed. We ask that our members and guests please respect and help enforce this policy.

Please avoid carrying large purses, briefcases, satchels, book bags, etc. into the JCC. An officer may ask to check your bag; your cooperation and understanding will be appreciated.


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Shabbat Services

Kabbalat Shabbat 
All Fridays at 7:30 pm

Family Service
All Saturdays at 9:30 am

Shacharit Service
All Saturdays at 10:00 am

B'nai Mitzvah
September 3
Bat Mitzvah of Katie Krasnoff

September 10
Bar Mitzvah of Aaron Guller

September 24
Bar Mitzvah of Ari Perryman