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High Holidays

CRC's High Holiday services are free and open to the public with no tickets required. Services are held at the J (Jewish Community Center of St. Louis) at the Staenberg Family Complex at 2 Millstone Campus Drive and at CRC. We invite you to join us for these holiest of days as we usher in the new year together.

If attending services at the J, we suggest bringing a sweater or jacket as spaces may be chilly.

(Below items will be updated shortly)
High Holiday Supplement 5776
High Holiday Member Teachings 5776
High Holiday Silent Readings 5776


2017/5778 High Holiday Schedule


Saturday, September 16

10:00 pm - S'lichot Service, CRC


Wednesday, September 20
8:00 pm - Erev Rosh HaShanah Service, the J (Jewish Community Center of St. Louis)

Thursday, September 21
10:00 am - Rosh HaShanah Service, the J
10:00 am - Rosh HaShanah Alternative Service, CRC
2:30 pm - Rosh HaShanah Children's Service, CRC
3:30 pm - Tashlich Service, Gather at CRC

Friday, September 22
10:00 am Rosh HaShanah Second Day Service, CRC


Friday, September 29
8:00 pm - Kol Nidre Service, the J

Saturday, September 30
10:00 am - Yom Kippur Service, the J
10:00 am - Yom Kippur Alternative Service, CRC
1:00 pm - Yom Kippur Study Sessions, the J
3:30 pm - Yom Kippur Children's Service, the J
4:30 pm - Yiskor & Concluding (Neila) Services, the J

Yom Kippur Study Sessions

All sessions are held at the Staenberg Family Complex at the J, between morning services and Yizkor/Concluding services. All are welcome!

Member High Holiday Teachings

Member readings are an important and unique part of CRC's High Holiday services, allowing the members of our community to enhance our experience by sharing their own teachings. Check back soon for a link to read them.

Other Important Information

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.

There will be one primary entrance into the Staenberg Family Complex. Other entrances will be closed. We ask that our members and guests please respect and help enforce this policy.

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

About the High Holidays

Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur - together known as the "High Holidays," "High Holy Days," or "Days of Awe," are the holiest days of the Jewish year. "For over 2,000 years, the High Holidays have been celebrated as a time for judgment, remembrance, and t'shuvah ('return' or 'repentance'). While every other holiday commemorates a transition in nature or an historic event, the High Holidays don't--they focus on people and their relationship to God."*

During the High Holidays we substitute our weekly prayer book, or siddur, with a special prayerbook called a machzor. Click to preview and/or download CRC's machzor: Erev Rosh HashanahRosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur, and the cover.

Rosh HaShanah - Happy New Year

Rosh HaShanah is a time for remembrance--a time to review and take responsibility for our actions and words during the past year. We work at reconciling our offenses to others and to God. We begin the process of self-forgiveness and of forgiving others and reconciliation. We wish each other a sweet new year celebrating with apples and honey.

"Rosh HaShanah arrives like a 'wake-up call' just before winter, offering a chance to renew and refresh your intentions, your priorities, and your sense of spiritual connectedness."*

Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement

On Yom Kippur we atone for sins between ourselves and God. T'shuvah is a return to God after recognition of our sins and confession directly to God. Yom Kippur is a fast day and is announced by blasts on the shofar (ram's horn).


* "Judaism for Dummies" by Rabbi Ted Falcon, Ph.D and David Blatner